Sound Principles ~ Sound Horses
Sound Principles ~ Sound Horses
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.
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.
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.
NWHA Virtual Dressage
The National Walking Horse Association is proud to offer NWHA Virtual Dressage! NWHA is headed down center line - virtually, hosting our first ever NWHA Virtual Dressage series beginning in 2021. Using social media platforms, exhibitors can enjoy showing Dressage under licensed USDF or other carded judges. Entry forms and guidelines can be found on the NWHA Virtual Dressage Facebook group by clicking the following link: NWHA Virtual Dressage FB Group
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 median score being awarded NWHA's Dressage Horse of the Year title. Participation is open to all NWHA members and is complimentary with membership.
Categories of Championships offered:
Program Nominations Due: August 15th
Score Report Submissions Due: November 1st
Introductory & Training Levels
First through Fourth Levels
NWHA First Level Test 1 (pdf)Download
NWHA First Level Test 2 (pdf)Download
NWHA First Level Test 3 (pdf)Download
NWHA Second Level Test 1 (pdf)Download
NWHA Second Level Test 2 (pdf)Download
NWHA Second Level Test 3 (pdf)Download
NWHA Third Level Test 1 (pdf)Download
NWHA Third Level Test 2 (pdf)Download
NWHA Third Level Test 3 (pdf)Download
NWHA Fourth Level Test 1 (pdf)Download
NWHA Fourth Level Test 2 (pdf)Download
NWHA Fourth Level Test 3 (pdf)Download
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