Innovative online equestrian competition, clinic, and coaching website HorseShow.com and the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) announce the launch of an all-new video series featuring all 16 WDAA dressage tests. These videos feature "live" horses and riders demonstrating each test in its entirety (including all patterns for the Introductory Level, Basic Level, Level 1, and Level 2) and provide an invaluable learning experience for riders interested in this exciting new discipline. WDAA Board member Karen Homer-Brown explained why this joint video project is so valuable for members of WDAA, the newest affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
"When just reading a test, the rider (especially those new to Western Dressage) does not always understand the tests and directives in writing," Homer-Brown said. "People tend to learn best when they read it and see it, so a high quality video can provide that extra visual understanding of what the tests require. The rider can not only see the movements and understand the flow of the test, but they also see the test from the vantage point of a judge so they will understand what the officials are looking for."
These high quality HorseShow.com/WDAA test videos will not only serve as a valuable resource for equestrians interested in trying western dressage for themselves, but will also form the basis for the WDAA Western Dressage educational library. "This test footage along with other video will be used in a variety of education materials for riders, trainers, and judges, and will enable a number of stakeholders in the sport to provide feedback to WDAA and help guide the development of this wonderful new discipline," noted Homer Brown. "The continuing partnership between WDAA and Horseshow.com provides educational resources that will not only benefit Western Dressage, but the entire equine industry."
To learn more and view the HorseShow.com/WDAA Western Dressage test video library, visit http://www.horseshow.com/western-dressage. For more information about the Western Dressage Association of America, visit www.westerndressageassociation.org.