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Western Equestrian Society

The Western Equestrian Society (WES) was formed in 1985 to promote the discipline of Western Riding to the standard as practised in the United States. We promote the sport for enthusiasts at all levels, whether pure beginners or seasoned competitors. You can enjoy all of our ridden activities with ANY breed of horse or pony. Members participate with Highland ponies, Welsh ponies and cobs, traditional cobs, Haflingers, Arabians and also the various western breeds. In fact, you name the breed and there’s probably a WES member out there riding it in a western saddle! We like a bit of variety!
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society2 months ago
As you will be aware the last issue of the WES News was the last printed edition. At the AGM there was some discussion about desirability of maintaining the magazine and whether a digital version could be produced for minimal or no cost. Chris Thompson has very kindly volunteered to take on the task of producing this.

His intention is to produce a PDF version of the WES News which will be distributed either as an email attachment, or if the file sizes too big via an email giving a link to where it can be uploaded from. The PDF version would be similar in format to the printed version, except that it would be optimised for on screen reading.

The next issue of the WES News would have been out in June, and he is working towards getting a PDF version out in the same timescale. Obviously in order to produce a viable magazine, he will need input from the area and county representatives as well as members and so would request that you send any reports of what's been going on in your area, together with any suitable photographs, etc. up to his email address, for inclusion. cpa.thompson@btconnect.com
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society2 months ago
Congratulations to Jane Gibbs and Sarah Cameron the 2018 recipients of the Bill Sheppard Achievement Award.
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society5 months ago
We’d like to take the opportunity of thanking all the Members, Area Reps, Judges, Show Organisers, Stewards and Volunteers who have contributed to the Society during 2017. On behalf of WES Council may we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you at events throughout 2018

About WES


Western Riding for EVERYONE, all levels of riders and all breeds of horses

WES: An All Breed Society

The Western Equestrian Society (WES) was formed in 1985 to promote the discipline of Western Riding to the standard as practised in the United States.

We promote the sport for enthusiasts at all levels, whether pure beginners or seasoned competitors. You can enjoy all of our ridden activities with ANY breed of horse or pony. Members participate with Highland ponies, Welsh ponies and cobs, traditional cobs, Haflingers, Arabians and also the various western breeds. In fact, you name the breed and there’s probably a WES member out there riding it in a western saddle! We like a bit of variety!

We offer something for everyone

As with all clubs and societies some members enjoy competition and some prefer to do other things. WES offers something for everyone. Typical events range from 2 or 3 day training camps, one day clinics, social events and organised trail rides – we even run a Trail Award scheme so that non-competitive riders can be recognised for their hours spent in western saddle! There are plenty of opportunities to do all of these things, as well as to compete. But whatever you choose to do, the focus at all of our events is to have fun and enjoy our horses and each other’s company in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. That goes for officials and competitors alike.

A national society delivering local access

There are a couple of things that make us unique in the UK western community. The first is the fact that we’re an ‘all-breed’ society. But possibly the most distinctive feature is that we are national society that operates a regional infrastructure, and can deliver greater access to western events than any other western organisation in the UK. Through our affiliation with other western organisations, such as the AQHA-UK, APHA-UK and the regional circuits (the Garden of England Circuit and the Sherwood Circuit), and through our network of 13 Area Representatives, we provide access to events at local level.

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