Western Dressage and Beauty Found in Diversity

Webster’s dictionary defines diversity as “the state of being diverse; variety” or a “range of different things”. While the description is certainly adequate, it fails to capture the education or enchantment that can be found in diversity.

While walking through the barns, catching glimpses of the warm-up pens and watching the many Western Dressage rides at the WDAA World Championship Show, it was easy to be struck by the number of breeds and types of equines represented. Definitely diversity on display!

Each of the over 20 breeds and types brought their own special conformation, movement, style and magic to Western Dressage. And each was a delight to watch!


The following is the lists of the breeds and types identified at the show through records or conversations with riders and owners. If your horse was part of the show and is not represented in this list please drop a note to the WDAA.

We want to highlight the exceptional qualities of all horses in relation to Western Dressage and beauty found in that diversity!

2014 WDAA World Championship Show Breed Representation

  • Andalusian
  • Anglo-Arabian
  • Arabian
  • Appaloosa
  • Belgian
  • Buckskin
  • Connemara
  • Friesian
  • Grade
  • Haflinger
  • Half-Arab
  • Missouri Fox Trotting Horse
  • Morgan
  • Mustang
  • National Show Horse
  • Norwegian Fjord
  • Paint
  • Palomino
  • Pinto
  • Quarter Horse
  • Saddlebred
  • Thoroughbred

One Response to “Western Dressage and Beauty Found in Diversity

  • My husband Dennis and I showed at the World Show in the gaited classes and we rode Rocky Mountain horses.