Western Dressage Association® of America Seeks USEF Recognized Affiliate Association Status

2013USEF-Meeting-WebThe Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) recently submitted an application petitioning the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) for Recognized Affiliate Association status for the discipline of Western Dressage. On May 10, 2013, the USEF announced their 30-day grace period for applications of Recognized Affiliate Associations and that it is accepting comments regarding the submissions through June 11, 2013.

Recognized Affiliate Association status is granted by the USEF to a single organization to represent a particular International Discipline or National (Breed or) Discipline. That organization has a body of rules approved by the USEF and included in the Federation Rule Book. The WDAA is seeking to be that organization for the Western Dressage discipline.

The WDAA’s goal to affiliate with the USEF is motivated by numerous factors. One is the desire to provide a platform and resources for USEF Breeds to offer classes in the discipline of Western Dressage. Another is the determination that any competitions that offer this discipline will be bound by the USEF mission of horse welfare, in particular to the drug and medication rules. The USEF code of sportsmanship and competitions being on a fair, safe, and level playing field are viewed by the WDAA to be essential if the discipline of Western Dressage is to thrive and for the WDAA to fulfill its mission to honor the horse and to celebrate the partnership between horse and rider.

The WDAA invites all members, friends and supporters of the discipline of Western Dressage to review our organization and application. The historical background of the WDAA; information about the structure and design of the organization; a synopsis of the discipline of Western Dressage; and information regarding our partnerships including State Affiliations, Breed Alliances, International Alliances and Corporate Support and Educational Partners can all be found here on our website.

Interested parties can also send comments regarding our petition
to this address: westerndressageapplications@usef.org prior to June 11, 2013.

The WDAA recognizes the significant journey for both horse and rider which benefits from the practice of Classical Dressage techniques blended in the goals and hallmarks of the Western working horse.  It is the belief of the WDAA that partnership with the USEF, among other equine organizations and breed associations, can further related educational offerings and competitive events while being ever mindful of the organization’s mission, vision and values.


Download a WDAA Historical & Educational booklet about our Western Dressage journey!

3 Responses to “Western Dressage Association® of America Seeks USEF Recognized Affiliate Association Status

  • what is the difference Western Dressage and Cowboy Dressage. I am a Hunter/Jumper and Dressage rider.

    I come from a family of ranchers and ropers, reigning, bull riders, etc. But I have always went the other way. I am very interested in what you are doing and why why there are two of you….Western and Cowboy.

    Thank you.

    • DMD-Admin
      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comment. Cowboy Dressage is an equine business owned & operated by Eitan Beth-Halachmy. It would not be prudent for WDAA to characterize another group or business. We can only comment further about what we have developed as the Western Dressage discipline for the equestrian community.

      WDAA has a somewhat different position in the equine world. We were tasked with creating rules and tests which than can be used throughout the equine industry at competitions from schooling shows to World Championships for both USEF and non USEF affiliated breeds. Western Dressage brings a progressive approach to developing a balanced & willing equine athlete who is light in the bridle, steadily calm and safe. The rider works to be more tactful and attentive with light, responsive hands, a confident seat with clear, effective, subtle aids. Thus creating a harmonious partnership between horse and rider.

      You can read the new WDAA rules for the 2013 competition year on our website; both those and our new tests have been formally adopted at 2012 Annual Meeting. These same rules & tests were added to the USEF Morgan Breed division.
      Again, thank you for your email and for your interest in Western Dressage. Welcome to the Journey!

  • Congratulations to the Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) on having their application to USEF for “Recognized Affiliate” status accepted!