Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Thank you to our corporate sponsor Spalding Fly Predators.
“No Flies = Happy Horses” When the horses are happy we are happy!

Award Sponsors for 2018

Spalding Fly Predators
Ranch Life Naturals
Redmond Rock
Ricotti Saddlery
Robert M Miller
Rodeo Etc
Stable Mix Feed
Tomato Face
Stacy Anderson Apparel
Nutrena Feed –
Dale Chavez
Ranch Hand Studio –
Sierra Horseware –
Riding Warehouse –
Saddle Fit Revolution –
Osuna Boots –
Buckaroo Leather –
Cathies Cinches –
Cattle Kate –
Featherlite of California –
Finish Line Products –
Gene Baldwin Custom Hats –
Jesseca Hutchings – JHutchings Performance Horses
Maria Marriott Photography –


High Point Package
Cherie Cross – Get Away Horse Play
Water’s Edge Natural Medicine
Mission Belle Supplements
Tomato Face Creations
CFF Farm
Sue Carroll
Rhodes River Ranch

High Score Package
Water’s Edge Naturopathic Clinic

High Point Saddle Donation
MM Training and Consulting

Soft Feel Package
Rawking Horse Ranch

Try Package
SRY Coaches and Harris Stage Lines

Friendship Package
Little Bear Creek Ranch
Michelle Hurley
G.E. Forge and Tool
Renee Fruiht

Supporters of CDW
Cattle Kate
Marcia Moore Harrison
Sheltering Oaks Farm

Buckle Sponsors

Western Sky Horsemanship
Lucky Duck Ranch
Triton Vet Clinic
Joan Denton
Judy Johnson/Saralynn Austin
Lynn McEnespy
Meadow View Morgans
Nancy Olson
Largent Quarter Horses
Saralee and Paul Garber
Sheryl Strathman
Wy-Not Cowboy Dressage
Teresa Parker
Beverly Meyers
Summer Wind Ranch
Pam Cunningham Pierce
Christi Raines
Christine Hanson



A Special Sponsorship in Loving Memory of Wasyl Malyj Ph.D, a dear friend of Cowboy Dressage

By Linda Hughes

Wasyl and SmokeWasyl 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.

Wasyl’s primary research interest in human and animal medicine was focused on two areas: predicting the onset of a health problem before symptoms are obvious.: e.g. heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, etc, and doing pattern recognition searches on huge databases of medical information to find matches that would inform both diagnostics and treatment. Approaches he and colleagues presented and promoted at national conferences are generating results seen frequently in the medical news of today. Wasyl knew that success with the work he and others were pursuing was rapidly approaching fruition. Someday soon some of his vision will be realized by others possessing the right combination of talent, interest and initiative.


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