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Cowboy Dressage Winter Newsletter 2014

Cowboy Dressage Book in the Works for 2014

Author Jessica Black, photographer Lesley Deutsch and artist Carol Bradford have teamed up with Trafalgar Publishing to do a coffee table book on Eitan and his Cowboy Dressage. This book is a little of everything and lot about Eitan’s history, horsemanship, his art and his passions. It is one man’s unusual journey so beautifully represented by the talented co-author Jessica Black. The book will have lots of stunning photographs by renowned photographer Lesley Deutsch and beautiful illustrations by the very talented Carol Bradford.

We are very excited about this and when we were approached by Jessica and Trafalgar Publishing we were thrilled. It is a huge job to capture a person’s life. We feel we are in good hands with this fine group of talent. Watch our Facebook page for release dates

Spalding-Labs Becomes a Sponsor

Spalding-Labs joins Cowboy Dressage and Cowboy Dressage World as Corporate Sponsor.

Could we possibly be more excited about this or what!!! Tom Spalding and Spalding-Labs has long been the sponsor of Light Hands Horsemanship. It is with great gratitude and excitement that we announce that Spalding-Labs have joined both Cowboy Dressage and Cowboy Dressage World as our leading sponsor.

You can say this all started over “flies.” That pesky bug brought us together. Visit for fly predators. They control your fly problem naturally! They also provide products for all livestock and dogs and cats too.

Their website offers a horseman’s and horsewoman’s community where you can go to get the latest in training tips, articles and horse related information from some of the best in the industry.

Light Hands Horsemanship Celebrates its 8th Year in 2014

2014 is Dedicated to all our Guests.

LHH will be May 29- June 1 this year. Once again we are planning on a full weekend of horsemanship, camaraderie, shopping, entertainment and food. All of this set at the beautiful Intrepid Farms in Santa Ynez, CA. Your host Art Perry will once again open his lovely farm for our event. Spalding-Labs continues to be a sponsor and supporter.

You won’t want to miss the two Museum tours. If you have not been on them they are a must. Saturday night will host our popular Sing-a-long. If you can sing, play an instrument or both be sure to plan on joining in. Both Mary Ann Kennedy and Ron Miller will be returning treating us to entertainment and song throughout the event. Keven Henning is back in the kitchen cooking up meals that are long remembered and absolutely delicious. Select vendors will return with quality merchandise.

Jeff Sanders will be joining the clinician line-up with a video and lecture presentation on the history of the California Vaquero. Rick, Bob, Eitan, Jack, Sheila, Lester, Richard and Jon will all be returning sharing their knowledge and expertise.

LHH has sold out the last 3 years.  If you are thinking of attending this year get your reservations in early. There are considerable discounts for early bookings. 2014 will be the last year that LHH will be held at Art Perry’s beautiful Intrepid Farms. We thank Art for his years of support and hospitality. There is no one Quite like “the Intrepid One.” Visit for details.

Hope to see you all there.

CD World Finals Show

Rancho Murieta, CA

Who ever said “build it and they will come” couldn’t have said it better. We did and they came. Boy did they ever. Riders, spectators and horses attended in record numbers.

Cowboy Dressage originated with the great Holiday Compadre and Eitan Beth-Halachmy. The Morgan Stallion Santa Fe Renegade and Eitan were to carry on where Holiday Compadre left off and bring Cowboy Dressage to the forefront of the equine industry around the world. It was the Morgan Horse that formed the foundation of the vastly popular equine sport. The Morgan founded it and excels at it.

Our first Cowboy Dressage show was held in August of 2012. After that it exploded here on the West Coast. Record numbers of horses and riders began to show up at shows as the word spread. Shows were starting in the 50 ride range and quickly began to grow to 100 to 200 rides per show with in the first year.  Many of these early shows were associated with A rated Morgan shows. They were held a day before the Morgan show started. The additional rides created large additional income for these shows. We like to think of it as “paying it forward.”

This did not happen by accident. The growth and support was well earned. Cowboy Dressage World Partners, Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Garn Walker, Lyn and John Moe, Susan and Terry Tomasini and Sarah Dickinson worked tirelessly and gave endlessly to build the lifestyle and Hand Shake Code of Cowboy Dressage World. This group of people is driven by a shared passion and it is contagious. People fell in love with it. It is simple… be kind to your horse and your fellow horseman. Live honourably and always choose the high road when dealing with your horse no matter what the competition demands. When you fail, try again.

In August as a group someone mentioned we should put on our own show…a Final with no qualifying. Make it affordable, give them education and a place for all to show. We had hoped to get 200 rides, maybe more if we were lucky. When the numbers came in we had over 500 rides and had to turn many away. We had 4 rings with 4 judges going for 2 days. It went like clockwork.  We even amazed ourselves!

During the highpoint awards and overall highpoint awards the lights went out in the indoor arena where the awards were being held. Garn Walker lit a match and read the awards by match light. His remark was, if this isn’t Cowboy I don’t know what is.” The lights did come back on but it was a special moment that grounded us all.

Last August at a show two young adults showed up to show at a Cowboy Dressage World show. They were Vaquero riders and totally unprepared. When the young man went to ride his test he got so lost it was a disaster. Garn Walker stopped him in the middle of his test and walked him through his test… teaching him, not judging him for his 6 minute ride.  The judge allowed it. The two youngsters got a lecture from Garn and Eitan. The two returned to the Finals and were fantastic. They went home, did their homework and returned in top form.  Breaking the rules and doing the non-norm changed these rider’s lives.

Another great story is about a Mule at the finals who entered the ring and was frightened by the table and judge at C. The judge got down from her table and walked out to the Mule and helped her get comfortable with the table and the people on the judges stand.  When the mule relaxed the judge said, “Now you can ride your test.” That person riding that mule was Morgan’s own Julie Chan. In Cowboy Dressage World these things are the norm, not the isolated.

What is Cowboy Dressage World

Cowboy Dressage World has become the backbone of the Cowboy Dressage Clinics, Shows and Retreats.

Cowboy Dressage World continues to strengthen and develop the Cowboy Dressage Competitions that you see spreading across the country. Cowboy Dressage is a business owned and operated by Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy. It has been their trademark for over 23 years. Cowboy Dressage World is the “work horse” of Cowboy Dressage. It is a separate business who produces Cowboy Dressage World Horse Shows, Cowboy Dressage World Retreats and Cowboy Dressage World Clinics. It is through Cowboy Dressage World that many of the educational programs will come to the forefront.

There is an amazing group of dedicated horsemen and women with in Cowboy Dressage World. Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Garn Walker, Lyn Ringrose Moe and Sarah Dickinson form the hub of this enterprising group. Each throws a leg over a horse every day. They are hands on horsemen and women who have dedicated their lives to the horse and progressive education. In addition to the governing group there is an all-star group of advisors that help keep Cowboy Dressage World in constant forward motion. Sheila Varian, Katrina and Jeff Sanders, Susan and Terry Tomasini, Dianne Old Rossi, Jack Brainard, Paul Dubray, John Moe and Melissa Walker. No moss gathers on these stone as they are all “get er done” folks who are a huge asset to Cowboy Dressage World.

In addition to Cowboy Dressage core members and advisors we have a staff of dedicated and talented people who help us manage the horse shows. Kelly Rose, Ron Smith, Jaqueline Deiter and our ring man Wyatt Paxton are our all-star horse show team.

In 2015 expect to see a Cowboy Dressage Handbook. A highpoint show series at Murieta Equestrian Center and development of Cowboy Dressage World approved and supported shows.

For any horse show or overall calendar information please go to

Cowboy Dressage World Announces a New Blog

Pearls from the Manure Pile
A Collection of Wit, Wisdom, History, Art and Education

To find all the latest educational articles, pictures and video simply go to the Blog. This blog will be a wealth of informative subjects related to horses and horsemanship, history and stories. It is the one place to go for endless education on a diversity of equine related subjects.

Cowboy Dressage World Horse Shows

In 2014 Cowboy Dressage World will be holding a total of 5 shows at the fabulous Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA. If you have ever been to Murieta Equestrian Center you know what a premier equine event facility it is. Cowboy Dressage World is proud to make Murieta Equestrian Center its home base. There will be 4 shows and the Cowboy Dressage Finals Show. All details will be listed on the Cowboy Dressage World website as the shows get under way.

Cowboy Dressage World Shows at Murieta Equestrian Center will be offering free Cowboy Dressage 101 Clinics, “What You Need to Know That is Not in the Rule Book.” These will be informal and presented by Kelly Rose, Ron Smith and Megan Evans. We felt this would be especially beneficial to those that are new to the show world.

  • June 20-22, 2014
  • August 1-3, 2014
  • August 27-28, 2014
  • November 13-16, 2014 Cowboy Dressage West Coast Finals

The Many Looks of Cowboy Dressage

With a full year of Cowboy Dressage Competitions behind us we are seeing a growing trend in the “look of Cowboy Dressage” This look is defining who we are as horse people. We are excited about it. It is earthy, romantic and western. It is an eclectic look with a little retro, buckaroo, vaquero, pioneer and ranching. Most of all, it is all western.

Three New Cowboy Tests for 2014

Watch for new Walk/Jog/Lope #5/#6 and Challenge Walk/Jog/Lope #2. These should be out and ready to ride the first of June.



Cowboy Dressage for Gaited Horses for 2014

Two walk/intermediate gaited tests and one walk/intermediate gaited/lope tests have been added to the Cowboy Dressage Tests for 2014.

Cowboy Dressage Facebook

In case you are not one of the 15,000 likes or 100,000-300,000 visits to the Cowboy Dressage Facebook page let us invite you to take look. You will find a lot of educational and historical articles and diagrams. We also keep you up to date on what is going on with Cowboy Dressage across the country and around the world. If you want the latest news go to the Facebook page. For Eitan’s personal clinics, schools, the Cowboy Dressage tests, rules, diagrams etc. go to

Cowboy Dressage School of Horsemanship

Eitan will be offering his school of horsemanship here at Wolf Creek Ranch in 2014. Here is a list of dates for the upcoming schools. His schools are very popular and fill each year. Many travel great distances to join us here for 5 days of horsemanship.

If you have an interest in riding with Eitan please visit

2014 dates

Jan 12-16
Feb 24-28
March 3-7
April 19-23
May 5-9
May 19-23




Eitan’s Clinics and Expos for 2014

Feb 7-9
Cowboy Dressage Clinic and Lecture
Pomona Horse Expo
Pomona, CA
Feb 14-16
Cowboy Dressage Clinic and Lecture
EquiFest of Kansas
Kansas Pavilions 1229 E 85th St.
N Park City, KS 67147
March 20-23
Cowboy Dressage Clinic and Lecture
Northwest Horse Fair & Expo
Linn Co. Fair & Expo Center
3700 Knox Butte Road
Albany, Oregon 97321
April 11-13
Cowboy Dressage Clinic and Lecture
Midwest  Horse Fair
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, Wisconsin
April 15-17
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Dan Lynch Farms
5425 Otto Kerl Road
Cross Plains, Wisconsin 53528
April 25-27
Cowboy Dressage Clinic and Lecture
With Lyn Ringrose Moe
Mane Event
Equine Education & Trade Fair in Red Deer

Alberta, Canada
(250) 578-7518
April 26-27
Varian Arabians Hands On Clinic
Sheila Varian and Eitan
Varian Arabians
Arroyo Grande, CA
May 1-14
Vienna, Austria – Details to follow
May 29- June 1
Light Hands Horsemanship
Santa Ynez, CA
June 13-15
Cowboy Dressage Clinics and Lectures
Western States Horse Expo
Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
June 28-29
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Gardnerville, NV
Kristen Roberson
July 4-6
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hosted By:
Saskatchewan Cowboy Dressage 
Saskatchewan CowboyDressage
Contact: Lindsay McGregor
Brian Bohn 306-631-7877

Sept 12-14
Cowboy Dressage Retreat at the V6 Ranch
Sept 12-14, 2014
Parkfield, CA
Contact Kathleen Green at 818-371-3464 or

Mark your calendar for our Cowboy Dressage Retreat. This will be 3 days at the fabulous V6 Ranch in central CA. There will be Cowboy Dressage clinics, trail rides and cow work. Lots of yummy cowboy cooking, campfires and entertainment. You can camp, bring an RV, or choose to stay in the Lodge or Bunkhouse. Bring your own horse (paddocks available) or rent one of the ranch horses for the 3 days.  Plans are still being made so stay tuned and be READY to RIDE.

Sept 27-28
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Wisconsin Cowboy Dressage Club
Contact Person - Heather Lekan 
phone: 608-206-0596
Location: CountryView Equestrian Estates  West Bend, WI

Oct 2-5, 2014
American Horsewoman’s Challenge
Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma
Contact: Jim Hutchenson at:
NWNHC Productions
PO Box 884
Fall City, WA 98024

Oct 14-19 or Oct 20-26
final date TBD

Dos Amigo’s Clinic and CD Show
Eitan and Jack Brainard Clinicians
Gainesville TX area Location TBA
Contact Bonnie Glasgow

Horse Expos 2014

Eitan has a busy year ahead in 2013 and 2014. You can expect to see Eitan and his Cowboy Dressage at the following Horse Expos. Eitan has added new video lectures to his educational program. These videos are very well done and highly educational.

Cowboy Dressage Across the US

As Cowboy Dressage grows we are seeing a steady and solid growth across the country. If you are interested in Cowboy Dressage and want to become more involved you can visit our Facebook Page  and find the different groups for each state. They are listed on the left of the page. Or to contact other states or countries you can also find them on Face Book. They are listed under Cowboy Dressage of _____. There are strong groups providing shows and clinics in TX, NY, MN, WI, KS, WA, OR, OK, NM, and lots going in in our neighbor Canada. Expect to see things happening in FL, IN, MI, CO over the summer. If you are looking for a Cowboy Dressage instructor you can visit. under the “help heading.”

Cowboy Dressage at the Fort Worth Stock Show!!
We are very excited that Cowboy Dressage will be featured at the Fort Worth Stock Show Monday Feb 3. Jack Brainard, Craig Johnson, Donna Duval, Brenda Hilgencamp, Gloria Beduhn, Sonya Brown, Mary Kitzmiller, Dr. Karl Cloninger and Vicki Bass will be presenting and demonstrating. Contact: Bonnie Glasgow: for information. Visit for details!

Cowboy Dressage World Retreat at the V-6 Guest Ranch in Parkfield, CA
Sept 12-14, 2014
Cowboy Dressage World isn’t just about the competition; it is about a lifestyle and code of horsemanship and fellowship. We try to keep things plain and simple. We govern ourselves by living and competing with in that code. We feel pretty strongly about this and it is our commitment to it that drives the ethics of Cowboy Dressage World.

With growth and population the Western Lifestyle is harder to live for many who do not ranch. But for those of us who still hold dear the value of the “hand shake” and “honor” close to our hearts the Western Lifestyle lives on even in us city folks.

Sept 12-14, 2014 Cowboy Dressage World will be offering a 3 day Cowboy Dressage Retreat at the beautiful and historic V-6 Ranch in Parkfield, CA. There will be a bit of everything. A Cowboy Dressage clinic, tests, trail rides, camping, cattle work, campfire, singing and ranch cooking. You can bring your own horse or rent a reliable ranch horse. There is a lodge, bunkhouse, camping and RV spots available. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed so this event will sell out quickly. If you are interested please contact Kathleen Green at: 818-371-3464 or for pricing and packages available. Auditor for clinics welcome.

V-6 website at:

Clinicians: Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Garn Walker and Lyn Ringrose Moe.
We hope to do more of these across the country each year……

Custom Cowboy Dressage Saddles

Why Ride a Cowboy Dressage Saddle?

The history of the western saddle is an American journey. I would like to share with you the short version and how it relates to the Cowboy Dressage Saddles that we offer for sale.

The early western saddles were built with a deep centered seat with the fenders and stirrups under the rider’s hips allowing for the rider to be in better balance. With the popularity of the Rodeo in the 1950’s, the saddles began to change. You saw a flatter seat with a low cantle.  The fenders became thicker and were set more forward putting the rider in a chair position. The deep centered seat disappeared and the legs were placed in a forward position. This may have been good for calf roping and bull dogging but it did not allow for the rider’s proper position. This became the style of western saddles and seeped over into the show ring of today. With the advent of the closer contact reining and cutting saddles, the saddles did improve. The fenders being less bulky allowed for more leg movement. In some but not all the fender was set back a bit, a much needed improvement compared to the saddles of the 50th and in today's show ring.

When designing these custom built Cowboy Dressage Saddles, we took all this into consideration. The saddles we built have a deeper seat by adding an extra inch to the height of the cantle. The fenders and stirrups are set well back under the rider’s seat putting them back in balance. The fenders are narrow allowing for more feel and freedom of movement. The saddles are a close contact with a 7/8 rigging so there is no bulk under the fender. The seat has a “narrow twist” which if you have ever ridden in one you will never want a saddle without it. These are simple things but they are very important and what can make the difference in a saddle that you can ride in for long rides on the trail or compete in Cowboy Dressage or pleasure classes. Like a horse, when the saddle is built to work with you and help you, it makes for a comfortable and effective ride. Your horse appreciates your improved balance and clearer cues. You appreciate the comfort and ease of riding it allows.
These saddles are reasonably priced.

The Chavez The Compadre The Santa Fe

Kenda Firkins Saddles Joins Cowboy Dressage’s  Saddle Line

Cowboy Dressage is excited to announce a new Cowboy Dressage Saddle, The Cheyenne. This saddle is made by Kenda Firkins Saddles of Texas. We feel this new addition will offer a model that completes our line of saddles.

The Cheyenne  

Loping Hackamores

You've got to love this! A beautiful, quality loping hackamore that is more than just work equipment. Perfect for starting young horses and for transitioning to the next step. The unique design allows for the use of a direct and indirect rein that you do not get from a regular hackamore.
You have two styles to choose from. One with a horse hair mecate split rein with tooled leather poppers to add to the overall look. A  Theodor is added to complete the hackamore. The second with a split rope rein.

Cowboy Dressage Letters/Brands are Now Available

Now you can purchase just the letters/brands needed for your Cowboy Dressage Court. They come in 7” or 12” sizes. With or without the brands and in b/w or color. They can be bought as sets or individually. Full sets run from $60 - $150 depending on size and colors. Individual letters run from $6 - $14.

New Graphic effects NGE Decals use nothing but high performance vinyl. This means that the custom Cowboy Dressage vinyl letters/brands will be easy to install, and they will be easy to remove. Six years is the standard outdoor durability for all of our vinyl products, including snow, heat and rain. They are safe to wash and will not fade, chip, crack or peel. The letters/brands will work great on buckets, cones and other flat surfaces. To order go to: New Graphic Effects

Jack Brainard Release New Book

A Horseman Remembers……His First Ninety Years
Jack Brainard is a natural born story teller. In this entertaining memoir he avoids the temptation to merely recite the facts, dates and events that have made up his extraordinary life. Instead, he weaves a fascination tale of that begins on the plains of South Dakota when veterans of the Indian wars and the great cattle drives regaled young Jack with stories of their own. The last chapter ends almost a century later as he travels around the country extolling the virtues of his latest passion Cowboy Dressage.

Blessed with extraordinary power of observation, a keen sense of humor and an appreciation for irony, Jack’s life story can be told only by the man himself. Darrell Dodds, Publisher Western Horseman Magazine.
To purchase go to: or call Bonnie at: 214.707.1873

The Cowboy Dressage World Membership with a Hand Shake

This Hand Shake is very close to all our hearts here at Cowboy Dressage and Cowboy Dressage World. It is our attempt to bring the past back into the future. As a group whenever we get off course we come back to this hand shake and it centers us. It helps us do what we do so you can do what you dream about doing.
Your Hand Shake means a lot to us and those that have already taken it. It is below for you to take a look at. If you like it, take it and welcome.

Membership With a Handshake

Mission and Vision Statement of the Cowboy Dressage World Lifestyle, Training Philosophy and Competitive Discipline So Feel is the mission and guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage™. It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. So feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive messages sent by the horse. The timing and use of the release, relaxation, preparation and execution are the fundamentals of So Feel.

The competitive discipline of Cowboy Dressage™ uses a uniquely designed court, on which the horse and rider execute “tests” prescribed through advancing levels of difficulty. Judges score these tests based on the horse and rider’s quality of performance as they advance through these defined levels. Judges also score the horse and rider on lightness, harmony, finesse and the partnership expected as well as balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance. © For more information go to A grassroots movement within the horse industry suggests many of us yearn for the “good ol’ days” when a handshake and a person’s word was his bond. It is a code of honor still practiced by some horsemen and horsewomen today. Yet for most folks, a contract is regarded as a necessary tool of doing business. An entire generation is missing the feeling of pride of being known as a person whose handshake and word is as reliable and ironclad as a written legal document.

Cowboy Dressage is growing nationally and internationally. We are humbled by the enthusiasm it is generating and its enormous projected influence on the equine community. Such rapid expansion, while exciting, also places our sense of being a close-knit community and our grassroots identity in jeopardy. And while no formal Cowboy Dressage organization currently exists, we believe we need a meaningful gesture that signifies our commitment to our shared values, vision and to one another.

Membership With a Handshake is our answer. We feel good about it and think you will too. No annual fees or group passwords are required for Cowboy Dressage World membership, but we do have expectations of ourselves and of you:

With our handshake and our word we promise to:

  • Continue to educate and teach as much as possible in all formats.
  • Keep Cowboy Dressage simple and uncomplicated.
  • Provide tests, rules and information to everyone who wishes to show
  • Support and educate individuals outside the show ring who want to learn and improve as horsemen and women.
  • Strive to maintain Cowboy Dressage as a grassroots, community-focused movement.
  • Ensure Cowboy Dressage is accessible to everyone regardless of their income or status within the horse world.

Whether they show, trail ride, barrel race, cut, rein or just love horses, this will be a place they can hang their hats and be proud. And most of all, to look for “the try” in you, the Cowboy Dressage World members.

With your handshake and your word, you pledge “to try” to:

  • Become the person others can trust with a handshake and your word.
  • Exemplify the Cowboy Dressage way of life and find the courage to chase your dreams.
  • Not allow defeat when faced with setbacks in your life and your horsemanship.
  • Treat all horses and people with integrity and kindness.
  • Look for “the try” in your horses and always reward them.
  • Look for “the try” in people as you travel down your horsemanship path.

With your handshake and word you become a member of Cowboy Dressage World. We Ride Together With You, Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Lyn Ringrose Moe, Garn Walker and Sarah Dickinson.

CLICK HERE To become a member!

Please note you will get a conformation email. For the membership to become official you must reply to that email.

Happy Trails,

We leave you with some words and thoughts by an unknown author.

"Cowboy in this age has come to means something else. It is a type, a type of person who lives with a set of values and in an emotional frame that makes for a good and sometimes hard life.

They are men and women who hold a strong belief that main stream city life is not good  for the soul, that truth, justice and honor are not just words but who you are,  men and women who value the land not just as a commodity but as a spiritual place.”

Being a cowboy is an ethic, a view of life that transcends stereotypes and is about how one relates to the world.”

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