★ CDW 2023 Fall Gathering and Show ★

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October 12, 2023 - October 15, 2023 All day

Cowboy Dressage World Gathering and Finals

Oct 12-15, 2023

Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center
Rancho Murieta, California

Oct 12-14, 2023 with Awards on Sunday the 15th.  Move in 2:00 pm on October 10th.
Going to a 3 day show with 4 rings!

New and Revised “Need to Know” for 2023
Please read thoroughly.

  • The show is 3 days this year. Competition days are Thursday, October 12th through Saturday, October 14th. Awards will be Sunday the 15th in the morning. Move in day is Tuesday, October 10th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Trifecta must fill at least two teams to hold competition, so please sign up in order that we can continue this fun competition.
  • Riding for the Brand will be replacing two tests. The three qualifying tests for 2023 will be: Challenge Walk Walk Test 1, Walk Jog Lope Test 3 Open Court and Freestyle Walk Jog Lope.
  • Big news is the Final Competition for Riding for the Brand will be on Saturday night with the Mystery Test and Freestyle rides done on the OPEN COURT!
  • TWO Freestyle Competitions. Regular Freestyle classes AND Championship Round (top 5 walk jog & top 5 walk jog lope on Friday night). Championship Round will receive the new
    John Moe Memorial Freestyle Cups.
  • Friday Evening Freestyle Finals & Coffee and Desserts.
  • If you wish to show in the Liberty Neck Rope or Liberty Freestyle, you must sign an additional release and send in with your entries. We are excited to be offering these tests.
  • New Horsemanship tests will be offered this year!
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spurTeam Trifecta Entry Form Click Here    |  Uploaded 08/01/2023

Contact: Beverly Meyers bevmeyers@outlook.com

2023 Riding for the Brand Competition

Qualifying Tests October 12-14, 2023
Championship Saturday Evening October 14, 2023

Riding for the Brand was an unwritten code of the Old West but understood by everyone who agreed to live the cowboy life on the open range — that the cowboy should always “ride for the brand.”  In the early days of the American West, a brand was a ranch’s trademark.  It meant protecting the ranch and its livestock, whatever it took.  The brand also represented pride, duty, stewardship, loyalty and dedication.

Perhaps a few lines of a cowboy poem say it best:
“Ridin’ for the brand means to help neighbors and friends; Search for that one last stray,
Even though you’re tired and it’s the end of the day.  It’s just not the cowboy way to quit.”
Cowboy Dressage reflects those principles of being moral, just, fair and dedicated.

Qualifying Tests for 2023

Challenge Walk Walk Test 1 * Walk Jog Lope Test 3 Open Court * Walk Jog Lope Musical Freestyle
(these tests do not count as one of the 4 riding tests per day nor towards show end awards)

RFTB Top 5 Finals Championship Tests: 

Mystery Test and Walk Jog Lope Musical Freestyle on Open Court

Evening MC: Phil Monaghan

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spurRiding For the Brand Entry Form Click Here    |  Uploaded 08/01/2023

Click Here to Meet the Contestants

2023 CDW Team Trifecta Competition

spurTeam Trifecta Entry Form Click Here    |  Uploaded 08/01/2023


Wednesday, October 11th in Arena 1

 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Horsemanship Clinic: Riding the Challenge Walk Walk Test given by Lyn Ringrose Moe. (This is a new test for RFTB 2023)

Tests, patterns, and call sheets Click Here.

There will be a drawing for a special prize for one lucky attendee.

If you haven’t had a chance, check out this article about the new Vaquero Buckaroo Division:

CDW Newsletter for May 2022.

If you need your hackamore properly fit to your horse, please set up a time with Brad Tarp at his booth.  Check out his website:  https://bradtarpbraiding.com

5:45 p.m. – CDW Partners

Arena 1

Topic: Sharing of Information, News and

Q/A from Audience

DRAW FOR TRIFECTA TEAMS following meeting with the Partners.

Arena 1 at show office

Shirts for Riding for the Brand given out and photo op.

Thursday, October 12th – Classes Begin

Riding for the Brand Freestyle Qualifier

Trifecta Classes

Freestyle Competition Qualifier

Friday, October 13th – Classes continue

Riding for the Brand Qualifiers

Trifecta Classes

6:00 p.m. – Coffee and Dessert

6:30 p.m. Freestyle Championships

Evening MC: Tanja Kraus

Arena 1


Qualifying Rides:  Thursday, October 12th

Walk Jog Freestyle – Amateur and Junior exhibitors only

Walk Jog Lope Freestyle – Open, Amateur and Junior exhibitors

Championship Ride:  Friday, October 13th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Championships will be the Top 5 Walk Jog and Top 5 Walk Jog Lope riders scoring 68% and above.

If the rider has more than one qualifying ride, they can only choose one.  Award:  John Moe Memorial Cup

Saturday, October 14th – Regular Classes Conclude

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Silent Auction (office area)

6:30 p.m. – Riding for the Brand Finals in Arena 1

RFTB Award Presentation to follow

– MC Phil Monaghan

Sunday, October 15th

10:00 a.m. Gathering & Finals Awards – Arena 1 porch

*New Vaquero Buckaroo Division for Gathering and Finals 2023

New name Vaquero Buckaroo (VB): VB exhibitors can now ride in all of the following tests: WJ, WJL, Challenge WJ and Challenge WJL.  Exhibitors must declare on entries (by class number) if they are riding as a VB or Regular Test.  Exhibitors cannot ride one test and enter as both VB and Regular Test.  A separate test for each division must be ridden.  To be recognized as VB, exhibitors must have in tack or clothing 3 of the following when competing: Rawhide or rope Riata, hobbles, rein chains, quirt, leather cuffs, gauntlets gloves, hackamore with Fiador, tapaderos, mohair, cotton or horsehair girths, serape tied across back of saddle, chinks or chaps, and get down rope.  As rider rides to judge’s stand before entering the test they stop and acknowledge their 3 items.  Spade bits are not mandatory in the two rein or in the bridle. CDW bit rules apply.  Two hands cannot be used except in the hackamore or snaffle.

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Looking forward to seeing you in October!