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Western Dressage Clinics

Simplification is the Key

BritishStirlingsw "Proper" horse training does not need to be technical! Western Dressage is not difficult to learn if it is simplified. Simplification does "NOT" minimize the value of Western Dressage training!


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"Effective Leadership"

DawneHappysh To be truly effective requires simplification. "If you do not understand the lesson, how will your horse understand?"
                    2013 USA Working Equitation National Champion!

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"This is Randy & Carbon's First National Championship"

Every year the IALHA (International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association) have their annual championship in Fort Worth Texas. It was held this year on October 15th-19th 2013. 

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                     Randy Byers Truth Revealed!

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"Rearing and flipping over backwards is the single most dangerous thing a horse can do!"

Why does a horse rear?
Rearing is a refusal to go forward or an evasion to your "go forward" aids or cues!""

How do you fix a rearing problem? 
Simply put, "keep the horse's feet moving in any direction except backwards!"  It is impossible for a horse to rear while in a canter. In the video at the bottom of the page you will find a  a detailed explanation of the two most common methods to fix this unwanted behavior. 

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Over the years, countless people and horses have been seriously injured or even killed by this type of unwanted behavior. This behavior is not to be taken lightly. A horse can go 6 different directions: forward, back, left, right, down, and UP! The truth is that it can happen at anytime without any warning from the horse or action on your part. If you have a horse that is starting to rear, seek help from a professional before you or your horse get seriously injured or even killed. "It is better to put a welt on the horse's butt than have the horse put you in the grave!"

Western Dressage

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Western Dressage / Northwest Horse Expo / iPhone Apps

Why have we not been more active with our NEWS section of this website?

The truth is that we are focusing our attention on social media like facebook. Facebook has been a great resource in equine education. Many horseman have benefited with the Trainer on Retainer page to get their questions answered. We have been using Q&A with illustrations, images, and video to help drive home the points about training and safety with horses.

We are also very busy working on new innovative products like the iPhone app projects and the new iPocketGuide. These new products are designed to be portable so you can take them with you into the arena.

What else have we been up to? Western Dressage is at the root and the foundation of our education. Randy has embraced this new USEF approved discipline and spearheading its acceptance to the western community. You will find that we have uploaded 8 new videos (more to come) that help you understand the focus of Randy Byers Horsemanship and this new discipline. In the coming year, 2011 we will be adding a huge amount of video content to help keep you up to date with the growth of WD.

We have also added a iPodcast over at iTunes. The Podcast is called "Western Dressage Today" and, no, you do not need an ipod to watch it. The concept of the podcast is to watch WD training videos on your smart phone or video enabled mp4 player. The premise of WDT is to bring you a verity of content from a verity of trainers that are involved with this new discipline. The focus of WDT is "NEWS" orientated not limited on just one trainer. Hope you enjoy the content.

One final note, The Washington Horse Expo in Feb was a huge success with the help of Maryjo Turnbull and her team; the hospitality was great. I also want to give a big thank you to our team for making it a huge success for Western Dressage and Randy Byers Horsemanship. Thanks to: Mary Majetich, Steve, Stewart, and Louis Emery, Susan Roswold, Charyl Haaren, and Blanche Dilleshaw.

If you want to stay up to date with Western Dressage and Randy Byers, please join the newsletter. Take care and we will see you at FB.



A huge Thank You goes out to Midwest Western Dressage and The University of Minnesota

for putting on a very successful clinic and show.

Here's what one of the auditors had to say.... "Anyone sitting on the fence trying to decide if they would benefit from a Randy Byers Clinic needs to get off the fence and attend one. This guy gives way more bang for the buck then you'll get anywhere else".

Carbon and I performed a Western Dressage demo for a group of guest at Barenscheer arena at UM. I want to give a big thank you to the University of Minnesota, Kelly Vallandingham Jen Johnson of Midwest Western Dressage and all the guest that watch Carbon and I dance to Garth Brooks.


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Western Dressage – a “New” Discipline?

The name – “Western Dressage” – might give the impression that people are simply slapping a western saddle on a dressage horse, but that’s not the goal of this “new” discipline. “We’re giving a name and face to a discipline that has existed for a long time,” Jen Johnson, the co-founder of the Midwest Western Dressage Association said.

Western Dressage is for the people who want the security and comfort of a western saddle, yet want collection, softness, suppleness and control that a dressage horse learns through its training regimen. The result: the rider gains – perhaps the most important aspect of an enjoyable ride – confidence.

“We gain confidence through control,” Randy Byers, a John Lyons certified trainer who conducts Western Dressage Clinics said.

Randy Byers, a John Lyons certified trainer and Western Dressage instructor on his horse "Carbon" “I’m a western guy first – you’re never going to see me in breeches,” Byers said.

Byers showed off some Western Dressage moves on his 6-year-old quarter horse, Carbon, at an open house introducing the Midwest Western Dressage Association on Saturday, May 7, at the Leatherdale Equine Center at the University of Minnesota. Similar to dressage, Carbon performed everything from lateral moves to flying lead changes with the ease and grace of a ballet dancer.

“Western horses have been taught to be brave; dressage horses have nice mechanical fluidity and precision; I want to bring that relaxation, rhythm, and timing to the western breeds. I think we can bridge the gap,” Byers explained, and jokingly said, “the western people have kind of a wall up against English-riding people – they think they’re snooty and drink too much champagne; the English people think the Western-riding people are barbaric and drink too much beer.” “English riding has great things; western riding has great things: with Western Dressage we’re building a bridge to connect the two together,”

  Byers said

 Barb Anderson Whiteis, Caille Farm Right now the discipline is in the development stages.

According to its website (www.westerndressageassociation.org), Western Dressage was first introduced by Eitan Beth-Halachmy, a horseman who began encouraging the addition of “Cowboy Dressage” classes at horse shows around the country. When Jack Brainerd; a well-known trainer, judge and breeder; met Beth-Halachmy in 2007, the two joined forces and started teaching “Cowboy Dressage” courses around the country.

Next, The American Morgan Horse Association (www.morganhorse.com) led the initiative to formalize Western Dressage as its own discipline. The result is the United States Equestrian Federation (www.usef.org) named the discipline “Western Dressage” and announced at its World Equestrian Games last fall that it is developing rules and tests for this innovative discipline. Currently there are six levels of testing.

How does the Midwest Western Dressage Association enter the equation? Prior to the USEF introducing its new Western Dressage division, Jen Johnson developed a passion for the discipline when she was looking for a solution to a problem she was having with her horse. “I couldn’t get my mare to collect and I could not capture her face because every time I tried in my dressage saddle, she would pull me out of my seat.”

Johnson bumped into Byers at the Minnesota Horse Expo in 2010, and started quizing him about her mare.

“He explained that I didn’t have the leverage I needed to capture her nose in my dressage saddle, but I would have the leverage I needed riding in a western saddle,” Johnson said. Johnson convinced Byers to give her a 2-hour lesson. “During that lesson, a light bulb came on for me – leverage is the key,”

  Johnson said

 Johnson’s excitement is contagious. Her sister, Greta Liubakka, joined the ranks of western dressage fans, too. Together, they launched the Midwest Western Dressage Association last fall (www.midwestwesterndressage.com).

“We’re giving a name and face to a discipline that has existed for a long time,” AnnMarie Hernick, the Secretary of the Midwest Western Dressage Association said, at its recent open house. She pointed out that less than 20-percent of horse owners choose to show competitively. “For the rest of us, Western Dressage can help us have more control, and be comfortable and more confident in our riding,” Hernick said, “we want to help people improve their partnership with their horse.”

Western Dressage – a new discipline?

The Midwest Western Dressage Association is not affiliated with the Western Dressage Association, or the USEF Western Dressage division; but Johnson is helping shape the future by participating in some of the strategic planning sessions.

Laurie With riding her Fjord "Oz" “Everything is still in the process of being formed. Right now we don’t know exactly what this is going to look like,” Johnson said. While the discpline of Western Dressage is being formalized, one thing is for sure – the Midwest Western Dressage Association events are a place where riders can network, have fun, and learn – while developing a great relationship with their horse. If you’ve enjoyed this story – please be sure to “Like” it – and help us spread the news! Please tell your friends to go to: www.EquineNewsMinnesota.com to join the mailing list. Also – do you have a story idea? Be sure to click on the “story idea” page – we’re always looking for interesting news about local horse enthusiasts!

by SUSIENELSON on MAY 20, 2011 

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