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As Seen From the Judges and Scribes Perspective
By Sue Hughes and Mary Lynne Zylstra
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Welcome to the Western Dressage Association of Michigan – WDAMI
- Michigan Affiliate of the Western Dressage Association of America
- Non-profit created in 2010
- Nationally Recognized Affiliate for the U.S. Equestrian Federation – USEF
Created to further the Mission Statement of the Western Dressage Association® of America, through clinics, shows, and events, working with all Michigan clubs, associations and organizations that are interested in adding Western Dressage to their venues.
About Western Dressage
From the seeds planted by Tom and Bill Dorrance, grew new and more humane methods of starting colts and finishing performance horses. Light hands, subtle cues, and an appreciation for the ultimate benefits derived from a true partnership between horse and rider all led to a revolution in Western Horsemanship. It was inevitable that eventually Classical Dressage would meet the spirit of the western horse, and Western Dressage was born.
It is a discipline that combines training methods. Classical Dressage brings ancient techniques of master European horsemen, based upon principles that encourage cadence, balance, and carriage. It is technical and precise; a rigorous discipline for horse and rider, and it is also an art. Western Horsemanship has been practiced on the ranches of the American West since the 1700’s and even earlier through the traditions of the Spanish vaqueros. The advances begun by the Dorrance Brothers brought Western Horsemanship to a new generation of riders to consider the mind of the horse, encouraging patience, understanding and the concepts of practicing lightness and using subtle cues.
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