Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of years, you’ve heard of “Cowboy Dressage.” It’s one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines in America. This year’s Cowboy Dressage World Gathering & Finals was wild with 3 times the entries as previous years! The gathering was host to at least 400 people with over 1,000 rides running in 5 rings full time! Spalding Labs own, Ian Spalding, was on hand to present awards...

What is Cowboy Dressage?

Cowboy Dressage World is a partnership between, Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Lyn Ringrose-Moe, and Garn Walker. This group came together because of a shared passion for Cowboy Dressage. They are dedicated to educating the public about Cowboy Dressage and the benefits it holds for the Western horse. You will find them together or apart presenting clinics and supporting Cowboy Dressage competitions. Cowboy Dressage is a combination of the best of both worlds: Traditional Western and Classical Horsemanship. To learn more about Cowboy Dressage check out their website at cowboydressageworld.com.

What is riding in lightness?

“Lightness" represents the highest achievement between horse and rider. There are no short cuts on the road to its success. It is a pure partnership built on trust and reward. Lightness is accomplished when full use of the riders correct aids have maintained the horse in balance, cadence and carriage. When a horse is taught to "balance himself" and not rely on the riders hands to hold him in frame, lightness occurs. Lightness begins with the lead rope. From there to the advanced horse, it is a long, exciting, and rewarding journey. The feel of “lightness" is like no other. It, in itself is the reward.

Photos © credit Richard Horst Photography.