What is Western Dressage?

Western Dressage combines classical dressage training principles with the versatility of the western horse. Riders of all levels will focus on position, balance, and the correct use of aids to communicate with their horse. The goal of western dressage training for the horse is to develop a horse’s flexibility, balance and impulsion. A horse that can carry his weight on his hind legs and can reach under himself and lift his back will be a pleasure to ride and will remain sound for years. Thus, the goal of western dressage is true horsemanship and better riding skills to maintain your horse’s athleticism. In turn, a horse ridden skillfully and kindly is more willing, and you can learn more advanced movements together and apply them to a dressage test, western riding classes, reining, or just safe trail riding.  See more detailed training topics under 'Training Lingo.'

This is video clip has some training pointers included.

Lessons, Clinics and Shows

DiDi Lund provides lessons at our barn in western and traditional dressage.  We also provide clinics in western dressage.  We post clinic dates on our barn facebook site and on the facebook page, Western Dressage Association of Ohio.  Click the logo below to learn more!


Join us at central Ohio dressage schooling shows that offer Western Dressage.  For 2014, this will include MODA, Ohio Dressage Society, and the South Wind Stable shows.  We are the trailers with the western saddles and laid back attitudes!

Click this photo to join the Western Dressage Association of Ohio. Membership is $25 per year.  Members receive discounts to any of our clinics and feedback on your riding when you send video links.  Members may also join the national organization, WDAA, for an additional $25.   You can also contact us on the form below. 

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Recent Videos

This clip compares the free walk of two quarter horses

Trainer DiDi Lund and Miley at their first western dressage test.  2012

Vicki at her first show!

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14560 Walnut Creek Pike

Ashville, OH 43103

(614) 746-8327