FOSH Judge Certification Clinic for Dressage with Gaited Horses

May 30, 2013 — FOSH announces its second Independent Judges Association (IJA) Judge Certification Clinic for Dressage with Gaited Horses will be held June 14-16, 2013, in Chino Valley near Prescott, Arizona.

The three-day comprehensive clinic combines classroom instruction, interactive discussion, detailed information on gait standards for gaited breeds, IJA Dressage standards and live judging. This clinic will establish, explain and expand the discipline of Dressage for gaited horses, recognizing the uniqueness of each gaited breed, but reinforcing the aspects of Dressage (training) that are true for all horses. The agenda includes instruction for two days and practical application through live judging on the third day.

Although the discipline of Dressage is universal, it was developed for horses where the intermediate gait is one with suspension. In the gaited breeds, the intermediate gait is a gait without suspension. Consequently, there may be some differences between Classical Dressage and Dressage for Gaited Horses. All gaited breeds are capable of Dressage and all gaited breeds will benefit from Dressage. IJA respects the universality of Dressage and will adapt the Fundamentals for Dressage to gaited horses.

In addition to dressage, the clinic’s learning experience will be enhanced by guest clinician James Shaw, creator of the “Ride from Within.” Shaw is internationally renowned for his ability to see and understand tension in the rider’s body and to use both physics and the theories of martial arts to provide greater self-awareness for the rider. Each morning will include a complimentary hour of exercises taught and demonstrated by Shaw to clinic attendees.

The clinic welcomes any individual with an interest in the discipline of Dressage for gaited horses. Horse-rider combinations and auditors are being enrolled at this time, and space is still available.

For more information and to register, please see

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and actively fights against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, the only national organization that represents multiple gaited breeds, or to become a member, please visit

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