The term “western riding “ is used to describe both a “style” of riding horses (with western tack) and a specific “horse show” class. The “western riding” class is very popular in the “model” horse show world as an entry in the “Other Western Performance” class. “Western Riding”  in the “real” horse show world is truly an amazing class to watch. I think this class is the closest thing the Western “horse show” world has to dressage in the “English show” world. When watching the top entries you will not see the rider change position or give the horse any cues during the performance. These top horses will perform with the same stride and cadence for the entire pattern.


The ground pole in a “western riding” class should be ALL white…with a cone at each end. The cones at the ends of the ground pole are actually part of the lines of cones that make up the patterns. So it is very important that the ground pole has a cone at each end. The cones CAN be colors other than the classic “traffic cone orange”. I have seen white cones and green cones used in “western riding” classes.


(Both of the models in the pictures are custom “Matriarch” models sculpted by Carol Williams and customized by Lyn Norbury. The loping mare was painted by Lyn Norbury and the jogging gelding was painted by Sherry Clayton. Dolls by Joan Yount & Darla Curtis…tack by Pam Perkins & Brooke Perry))

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