News From Debbie and Eitan July 2012

Cowboy Dressage
The Competition
Born in the USA

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 your ride the trials, the range, the rodeo or the dressage court you have a place to explore and grow with Cowboy Dressage.

The new court may be the most defining part of Eitan’s vision. It is user friendly and takes a lot of the “guessing” out of the rides. Eitan says the new court simply makes sense. It is not traditional but it is a concept whose time has arrived. With new tests and ideas being brought forth the time is right for change.

Everything that has been put into “Cowboy Dressage” the Competition is for the public to enjoy. It is not an association, a club or organization. There is no membership or fees. It is our gift to horse lovers all over the world.
Cowboy Dressage Classes can be added or included to any non USEF show.
Visit for more information.

Cowboy Dressage
The Competition

Mission and Vision Statement
The Court of the West

Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage.  It is a wordless, intimate communication within the partnership between horse and rider.  Soft feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel 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.
To find out more about the tests, judging, rules etc. visit

Mother Lode Morgan and Gypsy Horse Show

Aug. 30- Sept 2, 2012
Rancho Marietta Equestrian Complex
Sacramento, CA

In 2005 the Mother Lode All Morgan Show hosted the first ever Cowboy Dressage Classes. This was the brain child of Kelly Denison the show secretary. She took Eitan’s ideas and ran with them. She was right on, they were a hit and the show continued to hold these classes every year since. In 2011 they hosted the first official Western Dressage Classes. From a few entries in 2005 to almost 60 entries in 2011 the show has grown and the concept is on fire. In 2012 the Mother Lode Show and Kelly Denison will be once again bring back Cowboy Dressage and debut Eitan’s new Cowboy Dressage tests and arena.

Cowboy Dressage Open Horse Show

Cowboy Dressage is proud to announce that it’s new tests and classes will debut at the Mother Lode Morgan and Gypsy Show Thurs Aug. 30th at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Complex near Sacramento, CA. These class are open to all breeds and there will also be a “freestyle”.

Tests being offered are Walk/Jog #2 &# 4 and Walk Jog/Lope #3 & #4. Tests and rules can be found at

Please refer to show premium list at for stalling and show entries etc.
For Information on RMEC, hotels, RV hookups  and directions visit:
Free Cowboy Dressage Clinic at Mother Lode Show

A clinic given by Eitan, Lyn RingRose Moe and Susan Tomasini will be given to all those interested in riding, teaching or judging these tests on Wed Aug 29th. The clinic will start at 10:00 am under one of the covered arenas. This is a FREE clinic and auditor only. The new Cowboy Dressage Arena will stay up for the rest of the afternoon following the clinic. Those who wish to practice their tests will be welcome to do so.

Bring chairs and be ready for a day of sharing and learning.
Anyone riding in the arena later in the afternoon must sign a RMEC release of liability at registration.
Please contact Kelly Denison for general show information 530-383-4935/ Contact Lyn, 209-747-0984/  or Eitan 530-346-2715/  for clinic and Cowboy Dressage Show information. Hope to see you all there. It is going to be lots of fun!!!

You will be able to get entry forms on line at
Please RSVP to Lyn or Eitan if you plan on attending the show and/or clinic.

Thank you Sacramento Valley Morgan Horse Club for hosting the return of Cowboy Dressage Classes.

Cowboy Solutions

Cowboy Dressage is excited to form an alliance with Cowboy Solutions.
Please contact them for your Cowboy Dressage Court needs. They have a wide range of models and prices to choose from. These are beautiful quality courts and state of the art quality and design.

Cowboy Solutions is also an authorized GGT Footing subdealer, specializing in Western blends, a full range, *coming soon!*, of Cowboy Dressage Competition and training arenas and accessories, trail obstacles and natural horsemanship training obstacles, and more. Ask for Allyn. She will take wonderful care of you.
951.775.7466 direct.  Toll-free:  866-389-0018

Dianne Olds Rossi to Perform at Mother Lode Show
Satuday Sept 1, 2012  in the Evening

photo by DBH

Famed horsewoman and entertainer Dianne Olds Rossi will be performing Sat Sept. 1, at Rancho Murieta in the evening following dinner at the Mother Lode Morgan and Gypsy Show. Dianne will also be the artistic judge for the Cowboy Dressage Freestyle. Eitan will be the technical judge. What an opportunity to be judged by two greats in the industry.

Eitan Release Poetry in Motion II

Poetry In Motion II
“The Partnership”

Famed horseman, artist and teacher, Eitan Beth-Halachmy brings to life a beautiful and highly educational DVD. As promised Poetry in Motion II, “The Partnership” is a continuation of Eitan’s highly acclaimed Poetry in Motion I, “Understanding the Horse From the Inside Out.”

Like his horses “The Partnership” is a work art. Eitan shares how he creates his trademark “lightness” through the use of the: Circle of the Aids, Control of the Horse’s Body Parts, Straightness and Bends.

With the use of beautiful videography, diagrams, music and animation Eitan makes this educational experience easy to understand and a joy to watch. It will not only enrich but inspire those that seek clarity and finesse in their horsemanship.

“The Partnership” is a blend of simplicity, simple truths and time tested basics that will aid any horseman or horsewoman in their horsemanship journey.

Visit: for more information and purchase. $35.00  30 minutes

Welcome Holiday Sunny Fe

On Mother’s Day we welcomed MEMC Neon’s first foal. She and Santa Fe Renegade proved to be an excellent cross. Holiday Sunny Fe is a big beautiful colt. He is going to be a black chestnut with a star, strip and snip. He is the best of the best of our best. Sunny Fe is a stud prospect. He is simply stunning. Sunny is offered for sale to the right home. Beautiful neck and head, lots of substance and very correct in conformation. Picture taken at 4 days old.

Congratulations to Little Sister
Firerun Natalie Fe owned by Teri and Kurt Rumens
(WC Santa Fe Renegade X WC Firerun Natalia) And

To Little Brother
Tres owned by Megan Eaton
(WC Santa Fe Renegade X Kismet Promise)
For Sale

Holiday  Bonita Fe and Holiday Pachita Fe
(Santa Fe Renegade X Light House Bonnie)

We wish to congratulate Diane Lents of Rancho Santa Fe, CA on the continuing success of her two beautiful mares Bonita Fe and Pachita Fe.  These two mares are under the direction of Garn Walker and bringing home the blues in the Western Pleasure Division.

Congratulations to Casey Monty and the wonderful work she is doing with the Santa Fe sons Merriwold Jesse James owned by Merriwold Morgans California and Meadowcreek Bay B Fe owned by Kasey Monty in Washington.

Watch for all 4 of these beautiful horses representing the BEST of Santa Fe Renegade at the Morgan Grand National 2013

Merri Wold's Jesse James
Meadowcreek Bay B Fe owned by Kasey Monty

France Comes to Cowboy Dressage

Congratulations to Chris Newbert and Chico.

Chris has the well deserved honor of being the first western rider to be accepted to Philippe Karl's Ecole de Legerete (school of lightness) Way to go Chris and Chico!

Photo by Holly Clanahan


CDSOH 2013 Schedule
Dates for Eitan’s Cowboy Dressage School of Horsemanship for 2013 are:

Jan 14-18, Feb 4-8, March 18-22, April 1-5 and May 20-24. Only 4 riders allowed. You can bring your own horse or ride one of ours.  These clinics fill every year so sign up now. Don’t miss out.

Future clinics for 2012

Cowboy Dressage Clinic
July 17-19 and July 22-24, 2012
Kokonini Farm
Deda and Chris Newbert
139 Turner Rd
Wentworth, N.H.
Sheila Varian and Varian Arabians Summer Jubilee
August 3-5, 2012

1275 Corbett Canyon Road
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone: 805.489.5802
Fax: 805.489.5977
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
August 18 - 19, 2012
Rhodes River Ranch
22016 Entsminger Road
Arlington, Wa 98223-5346
contact Kasey Monty:
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Sept 8 and 9, 2012

EMR Morgans
315 Coverdell Road Bigfork, MT 59911
Ed and Valerie Radtke 406-212-8949
Sally Anderson 406-212-1231
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
Sept 22 & 23, 2012

Red Rock Ranch
Vicki and Jim Hackett
9650 Longs Mill Road
Rocky Ridge, Maryland 21778
Dos Amigos Texas Clinic
Oct 17 - 21, 2012

Location To Be Announced
Bonnie Glasgow 214-707-1873
Cowboy Dressage Clinic
November 3-4, 2012
Rhodes River Ranch
22016 Entsminger Road
Arlington, Wa 98223-5346
Contacts: Elaine Steel 208-660-5204

Sheila Varian’s Summer Jubilee With Eitan

Join Eitan and Sheila Varian at Sheila’s Summer Jubilee
August 3 - 5, 2012
Varian Arabians
Arroyo Grande, CA

If you have not been to one of Sheila’s events it is a must on your horse bucket list. Three fabulous days of beautiful horses, entertainment, vendors, clinics, food and sale horse presentations…. all just for you.

Eitan is honored to be Sheila’s clinician this year. Sheila and Eitan together are like Burns and Allen on horseback. There is sure to be great horsemanship and lots of laughs.

For more details visit:, 805-489-5802
Be sure to watch for an article with Eitan and Sheila in The Modern Arabian Horse Magazine soon.

Our Beautiful Cheyenne Gold

Our much loved Cheyenne Gold debuted at Light Hands Horsemanship this last May. It was his first trip off the ranch since he arrived here 3 years ago. Cheyenne was a star. He gave all that Eitan asked of him and more. This horse has a very bright future ahead of him. Like Eitan he is a character. They are well matched. We are looking forward to being part of his journey.

Light Hands Horsemanship 2012 Continues to Thrill

2012 was the 6th year for Light Hands Horsemanship (LHH) and like previous years it sold out early.  The world is learning that Light Hands Horsemanship is an unequaled opportunity to learn from some of the top clinicians in the world.  It spanned the globe again this year with attendees from Canada, Australia, Hungary, Mexico, Denmark, UK, Switzerland, Austria and Scotland.  People attended from 16 states as well.  It is a small, intimate event that gives attendees the chance to meet and talk one-on-one with the presenters, ask their individual questions and learn how to improve their communication with their horse.

All the presenters at Light Hands Horsemanship are unique in their background, their techniques and their approach.  But they are very consistent in their focus and goal of creating “lightness” in their horses.  Lightness is the cornerstone if this event.  It is what each presenter strives for from the first time they touch a horse through that horse’s advanced training.  Attendees are taught about creating lightness in horses from beginning work, introductory work, advanced work and the finishing stages.

Featured this year were presenters Dr. Robert Miller and Rick Lamb. Both gave lectures throughout the event.  Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Richard Winters, Jon Ensign, Lester Buckley and Jack Brainard returned.  Each of these presenters is very accomplished and more information about each can be found at and at their individual web sites (links can be found on the LHH site).  More importantly, each presenter at Light Hands Horsemanship is an excellent teacher.  They all have an innate ability to explain a concept, point out subtleties in movement and horse behavior, to simplify the complex and all with a sense of humor and lots of entertainment.

Light Hands Horsemanship was fortunate to add Sheila Varian and Leslie Desmond to the lineup this year.  Sheila shared her Vaquero Horsemanship knowledge and Leslie was a perfect fit for LHH since her main goal is “to teach others how to teach their students to develop a reliable partnership that is based on feel.”

There is no doubt people come to Light Hands Horsemanship each year to learn how to create lightness in their horse too.  But there’s more to the event than horses.  There is a Museum of the Cowboy Tour and a tour of the Intrepid Museum Collection.  Every day features Santa Maria Style BBQ with treats like Kobe burgers, oak grilled prime rib, white cheddar and sage popovers and endless popcorn, tea, water and coffee.

Tall Tales is now an annual event where the presenters share stories, tell jokes and have fun with each other and the audience.  There was also a sing-a-long this year.  Richard Winters does a Sunday morning service each year as well.

The 7th Annual Light Hands Horsemanship is already scheduled for May 30 – June 2, 2013.  The past years have sold out early so keep a close eye on and for registration information.

Spalding Labs has sponsored Light Hands Horsemanship since the very first year.  Through products like Fly Predators, Fly Traps and Bye Bye Odor, Spalding Labs provides the tools needed for healthier and happier horses.  Through ongoing support of Light Hands Horsemanship, Spalding Labs provides the means to a healthier and happier relationship too.

Happy Trails to all of you. I will write another newsletter when time allows. Until then stay safe and well. Looking forward to some big announcements for 2013. Stay tuned. Click Here to visit Light Hands Horsemanship

As always thanks to our sponsors for believing in us:

Spalding Labs

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