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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 weeks ago
**WES Nationals Equine flu info**

Horses attending the WES Nationals, the venue has specified that horses must have up to date vaccinations that do not exceed 12 months from administration. Any missed vaccinations must show the follow up vaccination in your horses passport.

Please check your horses passports before attending the show. Any horse found not to have up to date vaccinations will be turned away.

Before unloading your horses please report to David Brindley or Mick Carder.

Thank you in advance.
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society2 weeks ago
Just a quick reminder The Charity Pleasure Class at this years National Show will support The Alzheimer Society and the theme for Fancy Dress is Forget Me Nots or the Colour Blue or a combination of both all entry fees will be donated to the Society. If you can't enter or can't come and watch you can contribute towards the Charity by clicking here
Thanks to everyone no matter which way you contribute
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society2 weeks ago
*WES National Show*

Not long to go ... remember stables are limited and the places are filling fast !

Please follow the link to book your stables and file your entries.

If you have any questions please contact us. We look forward to seeing you 🤠

Trail Scheme

The Trail Riding Award’ Scheme is open to members of the Society only. The Scheme is very simple – any WES member who hacks out for pleasure (training and schooling do NOT count) in a western saddle can record their hours and qualify for an award. The horse does not have to belong to the rider but must be ridden in a western saddle.

The scheme is subject to a once only payment of £40.

Participants can download a Log Book to record their hours spent hacking.

Records mut be submitted to the Society on an annual basis to verify claim Subject to ratification* the following awards will be made:

  • 75 hours members will receive a certificate
  • 150 hours -certificate,
  • 250 hours – certificate plus an inscribed silver belt buckle* supplied by Montana Silversmiths
  • 500 hours – certificate plus option to purchase trail award merchandise from The Society
  • 1000 hours – certificate option to purchase trail award merchandise from the Society and 1 years free membership

Join now by downloading the PDFs below, or fill out this form to submit an entry to your log.

Previous Buckle Winners

1990 – Thea Lloyd (Apache of Blythwind)
1992 – David Brindley (Joiners Southern Comfort)
? – Jane Cresswell, Elaine Walker (Classic Charmer “Darius”)
1996/7? – Dawn Figg (Welsh Cob mare Dafarch Seren Mai)
2006 – Julie Grimwood-Ferguson (Alfred (Haflinger))
2006? – Phil Winstanley (Tennyson Splash***, Appaloosa)
2007? – Stephanie Goodacre, Anne Batley (Peppy’s Blazin Chevy “Blaze”)
2007 – Patsy George
2008? – Christine Taylor (Argentinian Criollo “Reyner”)
2009 – Christine Taylor (re-entered) (Q/H “Classical Zanny”)
2010 – Judy Jones
2011 – Julie Magnus-Hannaford (Tennyson Splash*** Appaloosa ), Bill Tait (Amigo), Melanie Reynolds (Jackson’s Skipalena)
2012 – Susan Thomson (Strider), Sarah Hadley ( Appaloosa “Amazing Princess”), Jenny French, Gerri Scargill (Lucy)
2013 – Bea Cook (Tia)
2014 – Vic Llewellyn (Archie)

Dawn Figg:   My Welsh Cob mare Dafarch Seren Mai and I were awarded a trail award buckle.  I should think it was 1996 or 1997 but I can’t remember exactly (after I got married but before my son was born!).  My mare passed away aged 28, after I had owned her for 24 years, and I do not currently ride but my WES buckle is still proudly displayed in the living room!

Julie Magnus-Hannaford:   I started 6th August 2009, 506 hours completed 3rd August 2011.  All done on Tennyson Splash. Looking at my trail log and remembering where I went it’s a fantastic record of all the places we went together & brings back happy memories. I also record if I am riding with other people so I can recall those rides.  Now on around 700 hours but have slowed down due to moving house and demise of horse! Will be picking up the pace again soon when new horse comes home.


Melanie Reynolds: In October 2011, I got my Silver Trail Award Buckle. Jackson’s Skipalena and I have had many wonderful hours in the saddle. We’ve moved about a bit, but this has given us lots of different trails to explore, from bridleways across farmland in Northamptonshire, then a chance to explore the Wiltshire Downs and Ridgeway and then back up to Northamptonshire where we now have bridleways and byways through farmland and forest to explore. We also have a regular companion in the form of hubby on his mountain bike, and Jackson sees this strange skinny “horse” as one of the herd.

1000 Hours

2014 – Julie Magnus-Hannaford was the first to achieve 1000 hours.

Julie (pictured on Alan on her 1000th hour ride) rode a number of horses over the time taken to achieve 1000 hours.

2019 National Show Sponsors

Many thanks to our kind sponsors of the 2019 WES National Show:

Sponsoring Novice Youth Clases and Hi Point


Sponsoring Championship Ranch Riding – free treatment voucher


General sponsor of the National Show 2019


Sponsoring Championship Ranch Riding


Sponsoring Championship Pleasure and Championship Trail


Sponsoring prizes


Sponsoring Championship Horsemanship


Sponsoring Championship Showmanship

Still plenty of opportunities for sponsorship available. Please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ page if you would like to take part.

Our Videos

WES Trophy Buckle

WES has produced a customised trophy buckle which is available for members to buy to celebrate any award that they win at a WES event from a class win to a high point award.

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