NAWD Summer Virtual Ranch & Trail Show
Ranch horse competitions have been exploding in popularity, and in an effort to help more riders develop the partnership these events require, North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is pleased to introduce our new Ranch Horse Program. This exciting new program celebrates the athletic abilities of the working ranch horse while demonstrating the benefits that can be gleaned from Western dressage training.
Inspired by the ranch riding classes so popular in stock horse associations, our ranch riding program combines dressage training-scale values with maneuvers used by the working ranch horse, including hesitations, sidepassing, rollbacks and more. Horse and rider must work together to complete a prescribed pattern of maneuvers while showcasing calmness, relaxation, balance, precision, obedience and self-carriage.
The purpose of this program is to demonstrate how the ideal Ranch Horse displays calmness, relaxation, and balance while obeying the rider’s slightest cue.
Sign up to ride in our August show - ride a test at home or at Vaquero Training Center and submit your ride for feedback and placings.
Ranch Horse Western Dressage Progression:
Ranch tests incorporate a variety of movements with increasing level of skill and balance required for both rider and the horse. In Ranch Western Dressage, we combine the detailed scoring and feedback system found in dressage with techniques that the working ranch horse uses.
NAWD encourages a progressive riding plan for these Ranch Horse tests. These tests are presented in such a way that the horse and rider will benefit from beginning with test 1a and then progress to 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, and 6b. We recommend a score of 65% or greater on each test before horse and rider progresses to the next highest test. Ranch Horse will be offered for 24-7 virtual testing in 2016 and we will have multiple nationwide virtual shows available.