Cowboy Dressage remains one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines in the USA with no signs of slowing down! This year’s Cowboy Dressage World Gathering & Finals was held in Rancho Murieta, California October 9-14, 2018 at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center. Spalding Labs is again proud to be the presenting sponsor. Cowboy Dressage was developed in partnership between Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Lyn Ringrose-Moe, Garn Walker, Wyatt Paxton, and CDW. Built only on a hand shake and the desire to educate the public about Cowboy Dressage, this talented group came together through a shared passion for the love of horse and riding in lightness. That hand shake was not only between the horsemen and horsewomen but likewise between horse and rider. All participants share a terrific respect for riding in lightness. 

What is Cowboy Dressage?
Cowboy Dressage is a combination of the best of both worlds: Traditional Western and Classical Horsemanship.

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.

Cowboy Dressage has a thorough their websites at and as well as a wonderful Facebook Page filled with tons of educational posts! They are terrific people so check them out!

Photo © credit Maria Marriott.