Welcome to the World of Cowboy Dressage®.
From Cowboy Dressage World
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
We have always felt that it takes courage to live your dreams. It is the goal of Cowboy Dressage World to help make your dreams a reality. Horsemanship is an arduous journey. A good relationship with a horse is an endless endeavor. There are highs and lows, frustration and joy, disappointment and achievement. Horses can stir all our deepest emotions. They heighten our senses and test our patience and knowledge. They can bring us peace and safe haven. Horses call to us and for many the call penetrates to the depth of our very being. Cowboy Dressage World wants you to experience it all. Open your heart and mind and let’s saddle up and ride!
Eitan, Debbie, Garn and Lyn
Cowboy Dressage World Gathering and Finals 2016
One word describes it all, “EPIC”
To state this was an “epic” event would be an understatement. With the addition of Top Hand this was a landmark event for Cowboy Dressage World. There is so much to share and tell that it cannot be covered in a few paragraphs. With approximately 1000 rides with exhibitors from the UK, Australia and Canada and visitors from as far away as Poland the gathering was impressive.
We do not feel it is our place to tell this story so I will leave it in the hands of those that were there. Read and enjoy.
The words below resonate deeply with Cowboy Dressage and Cowboy Dressage World. Often those who came before us got it right. We couldn’t have said it better than an “Old Cowboy’s Advice.”
An Old Cowboy’s Advice
Keep your fences horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks & bankers & lawyers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Don’t corner something that would normally run from you.
It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about is never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
Sometimes you get, & sometimes you get got.
Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, & a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
As you plan your Cowboy Dressage journey there will be times this advice will come to mind. We hope it will help bring a smile to your face and a little laughter in your heart. Enjoy and Saddle Up.
Cowboy Dressage® is owned and trademarked by Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy. It was founded in 1994 and is a separate business from Cowboy Dressage® World. Cowboy Dressage® World, LLC is a business that manages the infrastructure of Cowboy Dressage® . They are the ones who as a group write the rules, tests and general criteria. They manage the judging school and horse shows. Their job is huge and daunting. This is tight knit group who are dedicated to each other and all who support Cowboy Dressage® Cowboy Dressage® World makes Cowboy Dressage® happen!
Photos by Lesley Deutsch Blue Fountain Photography
Additional Photos by Lee Folino
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