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Western Dressage Representative:
Nance McManus

      Here's to a new year and the beginning of the horse show season. I have already started showing in quarter horse shows and am looking forward to progressing with my western dressage. SO MUCH TO LEARN AND SO LITTLE TIME!!

      I wanted to mention that as well as the NMDA offering Western Dressage at their schooling shows (and I think there might even be a few more shows after arrangements are made) that the NM Arabs have committed to offering WDAA recognized shows this year.

      The rated USDF show that NMDA has committed to on Mother's Day will not offer western dressage classes. I, for one, suggested that it might be plenty to organize a rated show much less find a way to include western dressage for the day. However the Arab shows previous to the Sunday show WILL be offering WD classes and with USEF licensed judges.

      https://www.nmarabs.org/ is their website. If you have any more questions please don't hesitate to ask. Make sure to check their website with enough time to enter.

      I can't wait to see the good friends at our NMDA schooling shows and other great opportunities that NMDA is working hard to offer this year.

      OH! Also....check out the PICTURES page on our NMDA website! It's tons of fun and has some wonderful history in those photos.

      Your Western Dressage rep, Nance

      The WDAA's new rules have gone into effect on the 1st of December. If you are interested in reading what's new click here.

      Harmony plays a major part in riding western dressage and it is now acknowledged in the rules.

      Just back from the meetings with the State Fair staff and Western Dressage will be an event again in 2018. The aim is for Wednesday September the 12th. GREAT news is that the shows will be starting at 9AM in the morning.

      WDAA World Show 2017

      A grand time was had at the Western Dressage World Championships in Guthrie, Oklahoma at the Lazy E. I am happy to report that there was more than one rider from New Mexico!

      Here is the most interesting news from the show: to win at Level 2 you still needed a 70+%!! Many of the people that are judging WD not only have an "R" in WD but also in Dressage and licensed with the USEF. So don't think that getting a 70% is easier in WD. The competition is getting deeper and I, for one, will be getting to as many schooling shows that I can in 2018.

      Sheza Hot Pistola, Nance Mc Manus' bay mare known as Jolie, received her "Register of Merit" having achieved 35 points riding in WDAA recognized shows. In fact there are 4 horses in the top 70 WDAA Life Time points from New Mexico. I think this reflects how riding with NMDA has helped us all with our dressage/training.

      Congratulations to Erlene's student Ashley Wallace for winning the WD Hack class and also showing in Level 1. Nance Mc Manus showed Level 2.

      Not that the New Mexico State Fair is an approved NMDA show, however, virtually all of the riders were members of NMDA and did a great job for the Western Dressage day!

      We are so good at having a good time AND showing our horses that our judge from the Enchanted Dressage show earlier this year came all the way from Tucson to show with us! Eleanor Stine-Masek brought her husband and their quarter horses to New Mexico to garner WDAA points. She is a USDF Gold Medalist as well as a USEF licensed judge. It was great to have an Arizona contingent here in Albuquerque.

      We need all the entries we can get because the State Fair will just not invite us back if the entries don't warrant our having a show. Thanks to Teresa Heine for stepping up and riding a borrowed horse especially since we had some scratches. Teresa did a great job marking in the 70s!!

      Cindy Kavan-Winfield helped us out again by reading tests. This was a big help for the audience that had not seen western dressage before.

      Also a thank you to Barbara Burkhardt, Cindy, Roger Winfield, Teresa, and Nance Mc Manus for setting up the court the evening before and especially to Barbara for coming back early on the Monday before we all showed to make sure the court was in good measure.

      It's a lot of work to get a show up and running and ALL of your help is most appreciated!!


      The new WDAA Western Dressage tests are out!
      Here is the link to the tests

      These are watermarked to use in training. If you are going to run a show there is another link for the judge's tests on the WDAA website. The USEF still, as of today the 2nd of January, has the old tests up. Also, if you want to buy the books here is the link for that.

      Please remember to send in your NMDA memberships. If you plan on showing for the year you will save a LOT of money on entries. It's a good deal!



NMDA Western Dressage Policy
  • All riders must wear a helmet at NMDA schooling shows and events while mounted.
  • The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) tests will be used. These tests can be found on www.USEF.org, OR www.WesternDressageAssociation.org.
  • Western riders may enter Equitation and Suitability classes.

Western Dressage Association of America

Western Dressage Association of New Mexico