WESTERN DRESSAGE IS HERE FOR NC
The Western Dressage Association® of North Carolina was formed to support the goals of the Western Dressage Association® of America - to build an equine community that combines the Western traditions of horse and rider with Classical Dressage. Use dressage principles to develop a more balanced working cow horse or dig deep and learn the refinement that leads to piaffe - we're here for you to provide educational resources and support.
"... it is clear that the Western Dressage discipline is a melding of training methods. Classical Dressage brings the techniques of master European horsemen, techniques that are hundreds of years old and based upon principles which encourage cadence, balance, and carriage. It is technical and it is precise, a rigorous discipline for horse and rider. It is also an art. Western Horsemanship has been practiced on the ranches of the American West since the 1700s and even earlier through the traditions of the Spanish vaqueros. The subsequent advances in Western Horsemanship begun by the Dorrance Brothers and practiced by a new generation of horsemen and women opened the door to the mind of the horse, encouraging patience and understanding. The concept of “lightness” and subtle cues grew from its acceptance.
"It's About the Journey" - Larry Mahon.