Open-Faced Bridle (without a Noseband) Western Saddle Western Tack and Attire


Riders and horses follow slowly follow the silver rail on the outside of the event arena as judges call out different moves that must be performed. Riders should not pass the horse ahead of them, and should maintain an appropriate distance.


Western Pleasure is a style of equestrian competition in the United States and Canada that judges horses based on cadence, speed, appearance and disposition. Riders usually wear traditional western cowboy attire while competing. It is a western style competition at equestrian shows that highlights the manners of the horse for appropriate gait cadence and speed, along with a suitable disposition. Equine conformation and temperament play a key role in this event. Most light breeds from the United States and Canada can compete in this event in either open competition, or shows limited to a single breed.