Cowboy Dressage is one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines in the USA. This year's Cowboy Dressage World Gathering & Finals will be held in Rancho Murieta, California September 5 - 10, 2017 at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center. Spalding Labs is proud to be the presenting sponsor.

Cowboy Dressage new to you? Want to know more?.. Cowboy Dressage is a combination of the best of both worlds: Traditional Western and Classical Horsemanship. To learn more about Cowboy Dressage go to The terrific folks that partnered to create Cowboy Dressage World is built on a Hand Shake and the desire to educate the public about Cowboy Dressage. The Hand Shake is not only between horsemen and horsewomen but also between horse and rider. CDW is more about the "code" than the "rules." They all share an immense respect for riding in lightness. Besides their website the Cowboy Dressage Facebook Page is a wealth of information with educational posts and events!

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.

Photo © credit Richard Horst Photography.