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Dressage

Offering both traditional and Western Dressage disciplines for the Gaited horse, the NWHA has been instrumental in developing tests that highlight the unique and natural gaits of our breed.  

Gaited Dressage

NWHA Gaited Dressage©

NWHA has been the leader for Gaited Dressage and will continue to work with USEF/USDF to ensure commonality of tests and concepts. NWHA maintains the only USDF licensed Gaited Dressage tests in the industry.


Western Dressage

Since 2015, the NWHA and the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) have worked extensively together as alliance partners to incorporate Dressage principles for the western Gaited horse and rider.  The NWHA aligns with the WDAA tests and rules, as they are the sole affiliate recognized by the USEF representing Western Dressage discipline.

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Dressage Horse of the Year

NWHA's DHOY program awards horses and riders who show consistency in competition through the entire show season in the discipline of Dressage.  This annual Dressage award program uses an average of scores with the highest percentage being awarded NWHA's Dressage Horse of the Year title.


Categories of Championships offered:


  • Pleasure Champion - Intro (Horses and Riders who are not demonstrating proficiency at the Canter or Lope)
  • Musical Freestyle
  • Working Equitation
  • Cowboy Dressage
  • Traditional Dressage -Intro through 4th Level
  • Western Dressage - Intro through 4th Level


Program Nominations Due:     August 15th

A per level fee is required on the nomination form for eligibility*


Score Report Submissions Due:  December 31st

DHOY Rules (pdf)

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DHOY Nomination Form* (pdf)

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Dressage Score Report Form (pdf)

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Dressage Tests

Introductory & Training Levels

NWHA Introductory Level Test A (pdf)

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NWHA Introductory Level Test B (pdf)

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NWHA Introductory Level Test C (xlsx)

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NWHA Training Level Test 1 (pdf)

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NWHA Training Level Test 2 (pdf)

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NWHA Training Level Test 3 (pdf)

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First through Fourth Levels

NWHA First Level Test 1 (pdf)

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NWHA First Level Test 2 (pdf)

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NWHA First Level Test 3 (pdf)

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NWHA Second Level Test 1 (pdf)

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NWHA Second Level Test 2 (pdf)

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NWHA Second Level Test 3 (pdf)

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NWHA Third Level Test 1 (pdf)

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NWHA Third Level Test 2 (pdf)

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NWHA Third Level Test 3 (pdf)

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NWHA Fourth Level Test 1 (pdf)

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NWHA Fourth Level Test 2 (pdf)

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NWHA Fourth Level Test 3 (pdf)

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Western Dressage Tests

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Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA)

All Western Dressage tests are listed on the WDAA site. 

USEF/NWHA License Agreement

PER THE USEF/NWHA License Agreement:  NWHA is permitted to reprint the Copyrighted Material for the purpose of serving it’s members and for use only in dressage competitions. Permission to reprint the Copyrighted Material is granted for the printed form and published on NWHA’s website for downloading by competitors and/or competitions provided that USEF’s copyright text below appears on all prints and downloads of each test.  This license expressly excludes use of the tests for mobile applications. The use of the Copyrighted Material for any other purpose not specifically set forth herein is prohibited without the express prior written consent of USEF.  
Additionally, the use of this Copyrighted Material must contain the following text on the first page of each printed copy of the Copyrighted Works:
© 2000United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF).  Reprinted with the permission of USEF. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited by law. This test is modified with the permission of USEF for use by National Walking Horse Association. USEF is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the publication or for the use of its copyrighted materials in an unauthorized manner.