Welcome to the World of Cowboy Dressage®.
We have always felt that it takes courage to live your dreams. It is the goal of Cowboy Dressage World to help make your dreams a reality. Horsemanship is an arduous journey. A good relationship with a horse is an endless endeavor. There are highs and lows, frustration and joy, disappointment and achievement. Horses can stir all our deepest emotions. They heighten our senses and test our patience and knowledge. They can bring us peace and safe haven. Horses call to us and for many the call penetrates to the depth of our very being. Cowboy Dressage World wants you to experience it all. Open your heart and mind and let’s saddle up and ride!
Eitan, Debbie, Garn and Lyn
Cowboy Dressage World Gathering and Finals 2016
One word describes it all, “EPIC”
To state this was an “epic” event would be an understatement. With the addition of Top Hand this was a landmark event for Cowboy Dressage World. There is so much to share and tell that it cannot be covered in a few paragraphs. With approximately 1000 rides with exhibitors from the UK, Australia and Canada and visitors from as far away as Poland the gathering was impressive.
We do not feel it is our place to tell this story so I will leave it in the hands of those that were there. Read and enjoy.
The words below resonate deeply with Cowboy Dressage and Cowboy Dressage World. Often those who came before us got it right. We couldn’t have said it better than an “Old Cowboy’s Advice.”
An Old Cowboy’s Advice
- Keep your fences horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
- Keep skunks & bankers & lawyers at a distance.
- Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
- A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
- Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
- Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
- Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
- Don’t corner something that would normally run from you.
- It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
- You cannot unsay a cruel word.
- Every path has a few puddles.
- When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
- The best sermons are lived, not preached.
- Most of the stuff people worry about is never gonna happen anyway.
- Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
- Sometimes you get, & sometimes you get got.
- Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.
- Always drink upstream from the herd.
- Good judgment comes from experience, & a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
- If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
- Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
As you plan your Cowboy Dressage journey there will be times this advice will come to mind. We hope it will help bring a smile to your face and a little laughter in your heart. Enjoy and Saddle Up.
Cowboy Dressage® is owned and trademarked by Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy. It was founded in 1994 and is a separate business from Cowboy Dressage® World. Cowboy Dressage® World, LLC is a business that manages the infrastructure of Cowboy Dressage® . They are the ones who as a group write the rules, tests and general criteria. They manage the judging school and horse shows. Their job is huge and daunting. This is tight knit group who are dedicated to each other and all who support Cowboy Dressage® Cowboy Dressage® World makes Cowboy Dressage® happen!
Photos by Lesley Deutsch Blue Fountain Photography
Additional Photos by Lee Folino
Cowboy Dressage® wishes to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all our sponsors.
A Special Sponsorship in Loving Memory of Wasyl Malyj Ph.D, a dear friend of Cowboy Dressage
By Linda Hughes
Wasyl Malyj, Ph.D. initiated and led the development of genetic testing of horses and other animals at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His work resulted in genetic testing for parentage verification in labs world wide. That changed the entire industry and established a new level of research to elucidate genetically based equine diseases and traits. His primary goal was always to utilize knowledge of the equine genome to help improve the health of future generations of horses, and to promote understanding by riders of their mounts. Initially Wasyl’s work introducing genetic testing into the equine world was met with great skepticism and resistance from labs, including his own. All labs at the time utilized Serology (blood) based testing for parentage verification. Articles arguing that Wasyl was pushing an unnecessary and inferior approach were written, and law suits were threatened. Fortunately he was far ahead of others in the field both in terms of his knowledge of genetic research techniques and his understanding of advanced equipment. He was able to convince Dr. Fred Murphy, then Dean of the Veterinary School at UC Davis, that genetic testing was the way to go. As a result, Wasyl acquired the first genotyping machine on campus, a very expensive item. The testing was worked out, and thanks to the supportive stance of the Director of the Veterinary Genetics Lab, and the AQHA and its Board of Directors, genetic testing for parentage verification was implemented successfully with 99.9 percent reliability of results. The need for blood tests was replaced by simple pulling of mane or tail hair, and storage of generations of equine samples was greatly simplified. Soon all major labs were using the same technologies.
Thus began elucidation of the equine genome which was fully sequenced in 2007. The opportunity for new avenues of research into equine disease using DNA testing was achieved. Later Wasyl’s interests led him to a faculty role in Health Informatics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He remained very proud of his impact in generating the new field of Equine Genomics and continued an active interest. When he became familiar with Cowboy Dressage he realized he might help identify the learning moment between a horse and rider. From discussions with his wife, he thought that collecting real time data from non invasive physiological measures, especially Heart Rate Variability (HRV), would contribute to a clearer understanding by riders of “feel” in good horsemanship. Done well such feedback in conjunction with good instruction could significantly benefit horses and riders by facilitating better partnerships. At the time of his death in 2014, Wasyl was working on a device to collect such data reliably from humans and animals and analyze it in real time to provide immediate feedback. Recognizing the significance of such things as shifts in cardiac rhythms associated with the “ah ha” moment in learning is application for his work. It is potentially as applicable to horse and rider interactions as to teacher-student interactions, to name just a couple of possibilities for such measures. Wasyl was a lover of horses, dogs, cats and animals in general throughout his adult life. He was exposed to enough of the pros and cons of training animals that the possibility of improving the understanding and communication involved interested him tremendously. Someday his vision will be realized by another person possessing the right combination of talent, interest and initiative. —-