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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 Society1 week ago
2019 WES National camp now full !

We have a waiting list. Please get in touch if you would like to be on the waiting list... first come first served basis 🤠
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society2 weeks ago
We have just two slots available for the Michael Langford Clinic on 17th & 18th November at Trevor Hall Nr Llangollen.The space is for the Saturday morning and afternoon session. Cost is £40 for a single session or £70 for both. Please message me if you'd like this place.
Western Equestrian Society
Western Equestrian Society2 weeks ago
WES Council is very pleased to announce that at the Council meeting on Sunday 28th October we agree to bestow Honorary Life Membership to Scottish member Aileen McCandlish, affectionately know to everyone as Mrs Mac. Aileen has served the Society for many years in a number of roles and WES is pleased to be able to recognise her contribution. Mrs Macs reaction was

I am at a loss to say anything which is unlike me as it came as a pleasant surprise and I wish to thank everyone who was involved in giving me life membership. I never for one minute thought about this as I just enjoy doing every thing for Wes that riders and members get the most out of it and enjoy it. Thanks everyone again . Still lost for words !!!,

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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.

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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