Alliance Announced Between FOSH and NAWD

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) is pleased to announced that it has entered into an Alliance Partnership with North American Western Dressage (NAWD) for 2015 and beyond.  

NAWD and FOSH will work together to promote classical principles for all gaited horses through a new virtual show program calledGaits Wide Open.  Gaits Wide Open shall be modeled after NAWDs successful virtual show program and feature judges licensed by the Independent Judges Association for gaited dressage, both Traditional and Western, with the possibility of expanding into Trail and Groundwork options. 

NAWD and FOSH believe that gaited horses and riders can learn, train and excel in any discipline with the same classical training scale ideals of rhythm, relaxation, suppleness, connection, impulsion, and collection that are used by non-gaited breeds. 

Plans are in progress for educational activities, events and virtual show opportunities.

Classical horsemanship is for EVERY equestrian.  Both FOSH and NAWD (www.nawdhorse.org) welcome gaited horse owners and equine enthusiast who like to ride, try, and have fun with classical horsemanship or are interested in promoting dressage for gaited breeds.  If interested, please feel free to contact either organization to become involved as both welcome your enthusiasm, ideas and support.

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and in the fight against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.  For more information about FOSH, or to become a member, please visit www.fosh.info or call 800-651-7993.


FOSH Adds Second Level Dressage Tests to the IJA Manual for Gaited Dressage

Friends of Sound Horses announces the addition of Second Level Dressage Tests for Gaited Horses to the IJA Manual for Gaited Dressage.  The Second Level Tests join the 2 Gait Tests, Intro Tests, Training Level Tests, and First Level Tests.  The addition of the Second Level Tests increases the number of tests specifically developed for gaited horses to 23 or 46 when Western tests are included.

The IJA Manual for Gaited Dressage is comprehensive, covers all aspects of Dressage, and considers the unique characteristics of all gaited horse breeds.  The Manual was originally published and copyrighted in 2008 and included 19 tests.  In 2012, the number of tests was expanded to 38 with the addition of Western Dressage tests.  The addition of Second Level Tests increases the number of Gaited Horse tests to 46.

FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses is included under the FOSH Gaited Sport Horse initiative.  FOSH offers a reward program that is open to all breeds of gaited horses that are at least 48 months of age. Scores from gaited horse dressage tests judged by licensed judges are tracked for participants and recognized annually.  Recognized gaited horse tests include those published by FOSH, International Judges’ Association, Western Dressage Association of America, National Walking Horse Association, North America Western Dressage Association and Cowboy Dressage.

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and actively fights against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.  To become a member of FOSH and help in its efforts to fight soring or for more information about FOSH, please visit www.fosh.info.

 


Press Release March 8, 2016

Friends of Sound Horse (FOSH) is pleased to announce the Award winners for the second year of the FOSH Gaited Dressage Program. A division of FOSH Gaited Sport Horse, this unique program recognizes and rewards gaited horses competing in the discipline of Dressage. 2015 entries included Spotted Saddle Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse and Rocky Mountain Horse. Eligible scores ranged from 60.3% to 77.51% .

Tests may be Live or Virtual and English or Western. Recognition is given in Two Gait, Introductory, Training, First and Second Level. To be eligible for awards, three scores of 60% and over must be recorded in any level of Dressage competitions with a recognized judge. Tests must be specifically developed and written for gaited horses. Recognized tests include IJA, NWHA, WDAA and Cowboy Dressage.

Prince Jester’s Request, a Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, owned by Julie Dillon of Goffstown, NH was a repeat Award recipient by attaining the highest average scores at Second Level. This accomplished duo earned a score of 74.51%, the highest score of the year at Oak Rise#5.

Gift of Freedom, a Tennessee Walking Horse owned by Jennifer Klitzke of St. Francis MN was a repeat Award recipient. This team submitted the highest average scores in both Training and First Level.

The Great Expectation owned by Mary Nuroala of Duluth, MN and ridden by Sally Frones of Carlton, MN were new entries. This Tennessee Walking Horse was the Award recipient in the Two Gait category and achieved the highest average score of all categories for 2015.

FOSH thanks gaited horse owners who supported the FOSH Gaited Dressage Program. We look forward to the 2016 competitive year and the opportunity to recognize and reward gaited horses competing in the discipline of Gaited Dressage.

Since 1998, FOSH is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the sound gaited horse emotionally, mentally and physically; fair competition; and humane training and education regardless of breed or discipline.

February 27, 2015

Friends of Sound Horse (FOSH) is pleased to announce the Award winners for the inaugural year of the FOSH Gaited Dressage Program. A division of FOSH Gaited Sport Horse initiative, FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses is a recognition and reward program for gaited horses competing in the discipline of Dressage. This unique program honors any gaited horse participating in the art and discipline of dressage. Open to all gaited breeds, the inaugural program included entries from Spotted Saddle Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse and Rocky Mountain Horse.

Recognition is given to horses at each level of Test – Two Gait, Introductory Level, Training Level, First Level and Second Level. Tests may be English or Western. To be eligible for awards, three scores of 60% and over must be recorded in any level. Scores must be from Dressage competitions with a recognized judge and tests that are specifically developed and written for gaited horses. Recognized tests include IJA, NWHA, WDAA and Cowboy Dressage.

In the inaugural year submitted scores ranged from 70.53% to 63.97%. At First Level, the differential between the average scores for the winner and the average scores for the runner-up was a miniscule 0.62%. The eligibility requirements were not satisfied in the Two Gait and Training Level and no Awards were given.

Gift of Freedom, a Tennessee Walking Horse owned by Jennifer Klitzke of St. Francis MN was a multiple award recipient. This duo received the highest average scores in Training level and First Level. Gift of Freedom also submitted the highest score for 2014.

Prince Jester’s Request, a Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, owned by Julie Dillon of Goffstown, NH was the Award recipient at Second Level. Also the reserve at First Level, the difference in average scores was only 0.62%.

FOSH thanks all gaited horse owners who supported the GOSH Gaited Dressage Program in 2014. We look forward to the 2015 competitive year and the opportunity to recognize and reward gaited horses who compete in the discipline of Gaited Dressage.

Since 1998, FOSH is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the sound gaited horse emotionally, mentally and physically; fair competition; and humane training and education regardless of breed or discipline.

 

IJA Judge Certification Clinic

for Dressage with Gaited Horses

June 14, 15 and 16, 2013

Chino Valley, Arizona

The Second IJA Judge Certification Clinic for Dressage with Gaited Horses will be held on June 14, 15, and 16, 2013. FOSH supporter Kirsten Kuzmanic assisted by IJA Judge Pauline Stotsenberg will host the clinic in Chino Valley near Prescott, Arizona.

This intense and comprehensive 3 day clinic combines classroom instruction; interactive discussion; detailed information on gait standards for gaited breeds; IJA Dressage standards and live judging. On June 16 as part of the IJA clinic, a gaited Dressage Competition will be held. The competition provides an opportunity to supplement classroom instruction with practical experience – a schooling competition to educate judges and exhibitors.

 

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 parallels the traditional IJA Judges Clinic – instruction for two days and practical application through live judging on the third day.

Philosophy:

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. IJA believes all gaited breeds are capable of Dressage and that all gaited breeds will benefit from Dressage. IJA respects the universality of Dressage and will adapt the Fundamentals for Dressage to gaited horses. IJA recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each gaited breed as well as the similarity between gaited breeds.

Purpose

The purpose of the clinic is to educate and certify dressage judges for gaited horses.

  • There are many Dressage judges and instructors, but there are few Dressage judges or Dressage instructors who understand gaited horses.
  • There are few Dressage judges or Dressage instructors who understand the unique way gait affects the discipline of Dressage.
  • There are few Dressage instructors who understand gaited horses and how to deal with clients wishing to ride dressage on gaited horses.
  • Dressage Fundamentals are beneficial to gaited horses.
  • All horses whether gaited or not can benefit from the training and progression of the principles of Dressage.

The clinic welcomes:

  • all licensed IJA judges and IJA Apprentices;
  • those interested in entering the IJA apprentice program to pursue an IJA Dressage certification for gaited horses
  • any individual with an interest in the discipline of Dressage for gaited horses.

Fees

  • 2013 Licensed IJA Judge or Apprentice $100.00
  • Apprentice entering the IJA Program $150.00
  • Auditors to the clinic $50.00
  • *Auditors participating with horses – $25.00

If you are planning to attend

If you are interested in attending the IJA Judge Certification Clinic for Gaited Dressage

  • as an IJA judge, apprentice, or auditor, please contact the Director of Judges at ddlittle@telus.net for further information
  • If travel information is received ahead of time, it may be possible to arrange for shared driving and accommodation.

The closest large airport to Chino Valley (Prescott) is Phoenix Arizona. FLY GREAT AIRLINE flies directly into Prescott from Los Angeles and Denver and there is a shuttle to the hotel.

Prescott is about a one hour drive from Phoenix and Chino about 15 miles from Prescott so ground transportation is necessary. However, car pooling will be arranged so that costs can be shared. When I receive your registration, I will forward a detailed map to the exact location of the clinic.

Kristen has arranged with Kim Miller the manager of the DAYS Inn in Chino Valley for a group rate under FOSH judges Horse Clinic. Rooms are $75.60 plus tax for a double and $84.60 for a King. The season starts in June, so we suggest you arrange for rooms as soon as possible. There is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as free internet and a continental breakfast. Restaurants are close by.

Accommodation in Chino Valley

Days Inn

Chino Valley, AZ
Phone: 928-636-0355

Daysinnchinogmail.com

www.daysinn.com

Non-Smoking Hotel Located Close to Prescott National Forest With Free Continental Breakfast

Enjoy some time in the great outdoors at our Days Inn Chino Valley hotel. Conveniently located on Highway 89 with easy access to Interstates 17 and 40, our 100% non-smoking Chino Valley, AZ, hotel near Prescott National Forest is just a short drive from Flagstaff. Plan your excursions with free Wi-Fi Internet access and start your day with free continental breakfast.

 

For further information and to indicate attendance please contact

Dianne Little 403-271-7391 or 403-678-4452 or ddlittle@telus.net

 

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Complete the form below by June 1, 2013

Return with your check payable to IJA to:

Dianne Little

619 Lake Linnet Cres. S.E.

Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2J 2J3

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Name:__________________________________________________________

 

Address: ________________________________________________________

 

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Phone: ________________________Cell: _____________________________

 

E-mail; __________________________________

 

Further details will be released as they are available. You can find them on the FOSH website and the FOSH Gaited Sport Horse website beginning March (fosh.info and FOSHgaitedsporthorse.com)

 

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Dear USDF:

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) is pleased and honored to be considered as a Gaited Horse Dressage resource with the USDF, and we formally request that the FOSH Gaited Horse Dressage program link be posted on the USDF E Trax section and/or in any other applicable USDF website sections. The website address to be used is http://www.foshgaitedsporthorse.com/gaited-dressage/

 

FOSH warmly invites each USDF Board member to visit our website to review our gaited dressage information. You will notice the following resources:

  • · Universal dressage tests created for use by every gaited horse breed
  • · Western Gaited Dressage Tests
  • · Listing of Independent Judge’s Association (IJA) Licensed Gaited Dressage Judges
  • · IJA Manual for Gaited Dressage in pdf format

 

FOSH has tentatively scheduled several Gaited Horse Dressage clinics in 2013, one of which will take place in Virginia and another in Missouri. We welcome additional clinics, and if the USDF receives any inquiries, we would be happy to work with individual(s) to bring a gaited dressage clinic to their area. One of the FOSH IJA Licensed Gaited Dressage Judges, Diane Sept, will be conducting a Gaited Horse Dressage clinic in Europe this year. FOSH welcomes the USDF Board members to its Gaited Dressage clinics and is happy to provide dates and locations upon request.

FOSH realizes that USDF Board members may be unfamiliar with FOSH as it is not a breed registry. FOSH is a nonprofit, humane animal organization which includes in its mission an emphasis on the humane and sound exhibition of all gaited horse breeds. The Independent Judge’s Association (IJA) is a subset of FOSH and provides exhibition rules for gaited horses and licensing requirements for IJA judges. IJA is proud to state that it has been approached by many different gaited horse breed registries and associations expressing a desire for their rules to be included in the IJA Rulebook. As of today, 15 different gaited breed association rules are included under the IJA umbrella. The IJA introduced gaited horse dressage tests in the IJA Rulebook in 1999, and the IJA Manual for Gaited Dressage was published in 2008 which was also when the first clinic to train IJA judges in dressage was held.

 

FOSH hopes this provides useful information on its organization and the IJA; however, we welcome all inquiries and hope you do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. FOSH looks forward to a positive and mutually beneficial relationship, and once again, greatly appreciates this opportunity to have the FOSH Gaited Dressage program link posted on the USDF website.

 

Sincerely,

 

Teresa Bippen

President, Friends of Sound Horses

Tbippen1957@yahoo.com

 

Dianne Little

Director, Independent Judges Association

Email: ddlittle8@gmail.com

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For Immediate Release
January 17, 2013

Contact:
Kate Light
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klight@aimmedia.com
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