FOSH and NAWD Announce Partnership

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) and North American Western Dressage (NAWD) announce their partnership to promote and encourage the sound and humane training and exhibition of gaited horses in Western Dressage. Beginning in 2017, members of each organization will be offered a complimentary membership in the other organization. Another major component of the relationship is that the virtual dressage tests submitted by those riding gaited horses will be judged by individuals dually licensed with the FOSH Independent Judges Association and NAWD.

FOSH and NAWD have enjoyed partnership and reciprocal promotion since 2015. They have many similarities, the greatest being that they are both focused on education as a tool to improve the lives of our equine partners. Equine welfare is a top priority for both organizations, and they continually seek new ways to utilize the power of technology to keep education affordable for all equestrians. Reciprocal membership is only one way that they are strengthening their bond in 2017– stay tuned for more exciting announcements including a big event for August, 2017!

About Friends of Sound Horses

FOSH is a non-profit organization and is the only international organization dedicated to the promotion of the sound gaited horse emotionally, mentally and physically. Since 1998, FOSH has promoted fair competition through its IJA program (Independent Judges’ Association). FOSH provides educational resources and promotes humane training practices. For more information about FOSH or to become a member, or at (FOSH).

About North American Western Dressage

North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating horse enthusiasts about the universal benefits of Western dressage and providing fun, affordable ways to participate in this popular new sport. NAWD offers a variety of programs. Six Feet on the Ground groundwork tests, traditional Western Dressage, Western Dressage Trail and Ranch Horse Western Dressage, and Pre-Intro Western Dressage for even the youngest exhibitors as well as virtual coaching and showing opportunities, achievement awards and more. Learn more about NAWD at and at






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