Why a Handshake?
In many ways, the Old West was a simple time, led by an unwritten Code of Honor. This code was a moral compass for many, guided by a man’s word of morality and decency. It represents fairness, loyalty, living each day with courage, and respect for the land. Cowboy singer and poet (and hero to those of us who remember him) Gene Autry said of the Old West Code of Honor: “A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks and animals. Be honest in thought, word and deed. Be a good steward of land and its animals. Stay curious and open-minded.”
In those days, a person’s handshake was a symbol of a man’s integrity and the Old West Code of Honor. A handshake assured upholding of moral principles. Banks would loan money on a handshake. Business was completed with a handshake. A man was taught to never go back on a handshake; his handshake was an acknowledgement of honor. There were no 30-page documents with places for 15 signatures and a notary stamp. Men simply shook hands, which sealed the deal.
We invite you (not just men!) to become a member of Cowboy Dressage for free, completing the deal with just a (virtual) handshake.
With our part of the handshake pledge and our word, we promise to:
- Continue to educate and teach at all levels
- Keep Cowboy Dressage simple
- Provide tests, rules and information to those who wish to show
- Support and educate individuals outside the show ring who want to improve their skills
- Maintain Cowboy Dressage as a grassroots, horse- and horsemanship-focused movement
- Make Cowboy Dressage affordable to everyone
- To always be supportive and non-judgmental
- To enjoy the camaraderie of Cowboy Dressage members
- Most importantly, to support the “try” in you and your horse
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 philosophy
- Find the courage to chase your dreams
- 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
- Not berate yourself for what you view as mistakes or failures; it’s all a learning experience
- Have fun
By taking this free Handshake Pledge, you’ll become a member of Cowboy Dressage World. Welcome!
You’ll receive an email to confirm your membership. Please reply to the email to complete your membership. If you need assistance, please contact Sara Uhalde at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, welcome to Cowboy Dressage World. Whether you want to ride in our gatherings or watch from the rail, you’ve chosen to join a great community of people. We welcome all breeds of horses (and mules!) and people of all ages and all skill levels.