Western Dressage is so new that I keep getting asked the same question.
“What Exactly Is Western Dressage?”
The best of both worlds. The mission is to give the western rider opportunities to enjoy the many benefits that progressive dressage training has to offer and to bring Western flavor to the sport of dressage. When combining Western horsemanship principles and classical dressage training to ride horses, we develop a well-rounded and balanced partnership. The fusion of these disciplines can yield a brave, well broke horse. Western dressage involves using classical dressage concepts and principles to train and develop the western rider and horse. The goal is to develop balance, relaxation and the acceptance of the aids through the tried and true methods of classical dressage. Western dressage is neither intended to train a dressage horse nor to put a western saddle on a dressage horse. It is merely the means by which we improve the horse and develop a well-rounded, disciplined horse regardless of its breed.
This is an all-inclusive discipline. Western dressage helps to develop and provide progressive, methodical training and valuable feedback for the Western dressage rider. Western Dressage can pave the way toward building a solid lasting relationship between horse and rider. As Western dressage evolves, the hope is that it will bridge the gap between English and Western riders while preserving the integrity and quality of both. I have found it an interesting wrinkle that different colored horses are supposed to be paired with specific color combinations for show apparel.
Kathleen Elliott Western Dressage 2013
Great Western Dressage Rescouces
Kathleen Elliott has studied dressage and horsemanship extensively with world-renown instructors. Kathleen has a gift for breaking down concepts into easy-to-understand components. Her students frequently comment on her patient, positive approach to teaching.
Kathleen Elliott is self-made rider and trainer has gained a reputation for good horsemanship and skillful riding by achieving repeated successes with many different horses. Notably, she has taken some very difficult "problem" horses and turned them into very successful and competitive show horses. Kathleen is also very adept in training and bringing along green horses.
Kathleen is a serious and dedicated trainer and rider with high aspirations. Horses trained by Kathleen have a high degree of rideability while also being developed to the best of their athletic abilities. Kathleen is also a sought after instructor and clinician with a positive approach to teaching. Her students have been very successful in the show ring as well as in their relationships with their horses.
Although Kathleen enjoys showing and competing, she takes pride in developing horses and riders, regardless of their competitive aspirations. Beginners through advanced riders are welcome, and AP Dressage does offer lessons on school horses for those without horses. Horses of all levels and breeds are welcome as well.
Kathleen trains and teaches out of Menifee, Chino Hills, Winchester, Gavilin Hills and French Valley, located right near Temecula. The facility is within easy driving distance of the 15 fwy & 91 fwys. Students are welcome to trailer in for lessons.
Before deciding to pursue dressage seriously, Kathleen competed in three day eventing, endurance riding and schooled jumpers.
Inland Empire, Winchester, Hemet, Gavilin Hills, Menifee, Riverside, Temecula, Canyon Lake, Sun City, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Hemet, Chino Hills, Norco, Corona, San Bernardino, Meadowbrook, Wildomar, La Cresta, Fallbrook Southern California, and surrounding equestrain areas
Kathleen aims to provide her clients the highest quality service and she prides herself on her training abilities. If you cancel less than 24 hours of your scheduled lesson or training appointment, Kathleen will not only lose your business, but also the potential business of other clients who could have taken your scheduled appointment time. For this reason Kathleen is obligated to compensate for her time as well as make up for our lost revenue.
The full lesson fee will be charged to you for missed appointments that are rescheduled or canceled less then 24 hours. Kathleen requires at least 24 hours notice.