Giving Groundwork the Credit it Deserves by Lindsey Buhrmann

Giving groundwork the credit it deserves Groundwork is an equalizer. If you practice – regardless of equine conformation or style – you can do well. That said, many equestrians don’t practice it enough, often because they are pressed for time and want to ride (I get it!). Let’s give...

Western Dressage Collection for Second Level

Moving to Second Level -Western Dressage Collection by Donna Snyder-Smith For Western dressage riders the collection asked for at second level could prove to be a stumbling block. Historically “collection” in the western horse gaits has been interpreted as a slowing of the horse through a reduction of energy...

Musculature of the neck and its relation to training.

Horse trainers and instructors are not required to be certified in the United States.  To hang out a shingle that claims you are a "horse trainer" requires no education, testing, or licensing.  As a lifelong learner, I have been fortunate to have many mentors who have helped me learn to...

Understanding Western Dressage Scores

Understanding Western Dressage Scores In quite a few western disciplines (Reining, Ranch Riding, Ranch Versatility, Cow horse, etc.) the horse and rider begin with a score of 70 upon entering the arena. Based on the performance of each maneuver/movement, your score can remain the same or go up or down with...

The POWER of video

The POWER of video – 6 Ways Video is helping you improve your Horse and Horsemanship Here at North American Western Dressage we strongly believe in the power of video. With our partner Coach’s Corral, we have developed both coaching and video judging resources. Still wondering how video might help...

How to Champion the NAWD Mission

Kris Blacklock has become a bit of a hero to me.  She's one of those rare individuals you come across that has this inherent ability to find the good in everything and everybody.  She is positive all the time and has FUN wherever she goes.    Kris has served...