Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Western Dressage Clinic

Saturday's Western Dressage Clinic at J-Six Ranch Equestrian Center presented by the Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association and featuring clinician Katherine Calkins brought together riders, horses and auditors with a wide range of experience and expectations - all wanting to know more about this emerging discipline.

Clinician Katherine Calkins demonstrating on Sparkle (owned by Marcella Kline-Green)

How is Western Dressage different from modern "traditional" dressage? It honors the horse and values the partnership*. Western Dressage is truly American in accepting horse and rider as we are and encouraging us to be the best we can be.  Based on the precepts of traditional dressage - precision of training that improves fluidity, self awareness, obedience and confidence - dressage benefits any horse and rider whether going into battle, tackling the work in the cow pen or traveling safely down the trail. 

Why are there "tests"?  Tests are used in dressage to evaluate the progress of the horse, the rider and the partnership.  In competition we may be used to "winning" but in dressage the true competition is ourselves.  While we may score higher than another horse and rider team at a show to win ribbons, our goal is to improve on the score of our last test and to move up to the next level.

Katherine Calkins has additional clinics scheduled and regular lesson groups focused on Western Dressage.  You can come watch the Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association show on May 5th to see what all the excitement is about!
Summing up for the auditors.

For more information contact Katherine by phone (520) 975-2822 or
by email:   Katherine@WickedGoodHorsemanship.com 

Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association Schooling Show
May 5 at J-Six Ranch Equestrian Center
Western and Traditional Dressage

Western Dressage Association of America
*The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is to honor the horse and to value the partnership it has provided us on our American journey. Its mission is to provide a model of training and horsemanship which optimizes this partnership for the benefit of both horse and rider. Its mission is to celebrate the American West where all these things came to pass.

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