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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

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The Western Equestrian Society

We know that taking the first step into the world of western can be difficult, that’s why WES has also endorsed the Western Rider Development Programme, an online training programme that is available exclusively to WES members in the UK and Ireland.

… and a whole lot more…

So, if that sounds good to you…. why not be a part of it?

  • Promotes affiliated show classes up and down the country, with classes for the novice horse or rider right through to advanced levels – all WES classes are open to any breed of horse wearing western tack.
  • It promotes clinics with professional instructors from the UK and overseas to help horse and rider at any level.
  • It encourages the growth of the sport by recognising Instructors who have reached a satisfactory standard to teach Western Riding and who are only too willing to help you progress.
  • It circulates to all members a quarterly magazine with show results, reports of area and national activities.
  • It promotes a Trail Riding Award Scheme for those who hack out in Western Tack – with a presentation buckle award for 250 hours riding.
  • It provides a list of qualified judges and stewards to officiate at shows.
  • It organises an Annual National Championship Show and it maintains a National points table with annual Hi-point awards.
  • It provides activities, organised on an Area basis via a network of Area and County Representatives supported by the Society.

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