Without rehashing everything I find wrong with the idea of creating a specified discipline called Western Dressage – seriously, why can’t they just simply have Dressage classes (tests) at Western Shows and call it a day? – I cringed just a little bit more when a good friend came across a tiny article in this month’s edition of Quarter Horse News.
Apparently, the “WDAA has submitted an application petitioning the USEF for affiliate association status for the discipline of Western dressage.” They site that the motivation for such an affiliation is multi-fold, and specifically mention “to provide a platform and resources for USEF breeds to offer classes in the discipline of Western dressage.” They also want such competitions “to be bound by the USEF mission of horse welfare, in particular to the drug and medication rules.” *sarcasm on* (But not the definition of Dressage gaits?) *sarcasm off*
I suppose becoming affiliated with USEF might add credibility to the sport and a certain set of rules, *sarcasm back on* if you afford the USEF credibility in terms of enforcing the rule book? *sarcasm back off*
Yeah, I’m still not convinced.
*Note: I’ve extended my visit an additional week, so new articles (of substance) are likely to cease to exist until such time. 🙂