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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

Judge & Events


If you would like to run a WES Event, all info you require is contained within this page.

Judges List

The following is a list of members holding WES judging cards:

  • Lucy Adams – (Lincoln)  Tel: 07833 357682
  • David Brindley – (Wrexham)  Tel: 07778 591196
  • Michael Carder – (Cambridgeshire) Tel: 01354 692011
  • Johanna Cotton – (Wrexham) Tel: 07984 141973
  • Scherie Dermody – (Cheshire)  Tel: 01270 780620
  • John  Dodds – (Northumberland) Tel: 07538 808752
  • Judith Hubbard – (Devon) Tel: 01409 221537.
  • David Hudspeth – (Nottinghamshire) Tel: 01159 119356
  • Bruce Lawrence – (Herefordshire) Tel: 01886 830006
  • David Lloyd – (Hampshire) Tel: 01252 875896
  • Bob Mayhew – (Hampshire) (Also holds AQHA,NRHA.DE and judge emeritus for APHA, NCHA & NRHA) Tel: 0173 081 2000 email:[email protected]
  • Tanya Rowe – (Norfolk) Tel:  01379 854949

Probationary Judges

None at present

WES Judges Committee

The following Judges are members of the WES Judges Committee:-

  • Bob Mayhew
  • David Lloyd
  • Mick Carder (Chair)
  • Scherie Dermody

Judges Score Sheets

Judges and Show Managers can download blank score sheets from our Download page.

Useful Events Documents

We’ve listed a few documents  on our Download page that are available to all and will help you if you are looking to hold a WES Affiliated Event in conjunction with other western events.

Events Manager List

WES run Event Manager Seminars to make sure that all events are run to our rules and all personnel are adequately qualified.  Download the current WES Approved Events Managers Listing from our Download page.

Exhibitor Information

Here you will find all the info you need in order to exhibit at a WES Event.

Becoming a member:
You can download the membership forms from the Downloads Page.

WES Rulebook:
Make sure you are up to date with the WES Rules by downloading the FREE WES Rule Book from the Downloads Page. The Rulebook also includes all WES patterns.

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