The mission of Cowboy Dressage World is to bring the Cowboy Dressage code and lifestyle to the world though educational, recreational, and competitive programs and events.
Cowboy Dressage Mission and Vision
Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage®. It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. Soft feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back.
The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and Execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel.
Since Soft Feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage® it will be scored with emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored. ©
Message from Debbie and Eitan
Cowboy Dressage® has long been a labor of love for Eitan and I. It started with Eitan’s work and performances with home bred Holiday Compadre in the early 1990’s. It is because of this great horse, his talent and his heart that Cowboy Dressage® first came to public recognition and applause. Due to demand Eitan and Compadre soon became educators as well as performers. From Eitan’s years of contact with the general horse public the idea of Cowboy Dressage® as a competition came to being. At first only a dream it is now a reality. In Eitan’s efforts to continue on with his own personal dream and to continue on the legacy that he and Holiday Compadre founded he has brought forth his personal dressage home for the western horse. It is Eitan’s vision that this be a western discipline that is enhanced by dressage, not ruled by it. The tests are very western. Like the early west the rules are simple and the freedom abundant. It is based on release, not contact. Soft Feel, founded by great horseman of the past is Cowboy Dressage®’s core. It is the goal of Cowboy Dressage® to promote and teach that in a competition atmosphere, bringing it to light to a public that is in great need of it.
The competition part is new and will need time to grow and develop. It is created for those of you who longed for a place to hang your hat and live and ride the western traditions. It is our hope that each of you will embrace this new division. It is offers a place for the “partnership” to be rewarded more than the “maneuver” and the wellbeing of the horse and rider are held in the highest regard. If you ride the trials, the range, the rodeo or the dressage court you have a place to explore and grow with Cowboy Dressage®.
Cowboy Dressage® is not a club or association. There are no dues or membership. All copy, tests and courts are owned and trademarked ( ® ) by Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy. Permission to ride and use tests are granted to the public. To duplicate in any form of media, in any manner for financial profit is strictly prohibited. Anyone wanting to place information, tests, rules or court design on other websites or printed material must first ask permission by email Eitan@foothill.net.
Cowboy Dressage® Classes can be added or included to any non USEF show.