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It has been awhile since CDW updated you with news in the world of cowboy dressage.  To tell you the truth the partners have been going a warp speed with multiple projects. Here is a quick up date. Read and enjoy.

Cowboy Dressage World Gathering and Finals 2019
Oct 8-13, 2019

Murieta Equestrian Center
Rancho Murieta, CA

Preparations for the CDW Gathering and Finals are underway. This years event promises to be bigger than ever. Here are some exciting things we are offering this year to our exhibitors and friends.

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New for 2019

Test your partnership in Partnership on the Ground#2, Freestyle and Challenge Walk, Jog, Lope #2.
Top 5 to show back for Mystery Test and Freestyle on Sat evening Oct 12 Arena 1

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Master of Ceremony : Jill von Ilten

Riding for the Brand

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:

“Riding 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.

Dinning in the Dirt with Dave Stamey

Friday, October 11th – Dining in the Dirt with Dave Stamey

Concert and BBQ Dinner (must pre-register) – Arena 1

5:30 p.m. seating, 6:00 p.m. Dinner, 7:00 pm Concert

Dinner Menu:   BBQ Pulled Pork, Boneless Skinless Teriyaki Chicken,

BBQ Baked Beans, Spring Salad, Potato Salad, Chocolate Mousse Cake,

Rolls & butter, Iced Tea/Water/Lemonade

Dinner & Concert Ticket: $75 (purchased by 9/21/19)

(between 9/21 & 10/4 – Ticket price will be $100

No tickets will be sold after 10/4/19)


Exhibitors please use entry form.
General Public please mail check made out to Cowboy Dressage World and mail to:

C/O Bev Meyers
9660 Tavernor Rd
Wilton, CA 95693
Please put # of tickets in “for” line. 

Enjoy this free concert with the best Cowboy Entertainer

Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charlie Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician four years in a row.

Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted seven times Entertainer of the Year, seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He has delighted audiences in twenty-three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.

Golf Cart Contest

The inaugural CDW Gathering and Finals “Golf Cart Contest” was hysterical last year. Great turn out and kudos to those who put so much work into their presentations.  It was such a success we will be doing it again this year.  Decorate your golf cart, add some music and drive a test!!!

Next Newsletter will have pics and updates on the CDW Gathering and Finals Buckles and Awards. They are over the top this year!!! No one does it like CDW!!!

CDW Gathering and Finals Competition to conclude Sat late afternoon.

High Point Awards on Sunday Mid Morning

Riding for the Brand Awards Sat pm after RFTB Championship Rides

Lectures, Lectures, Lectures. Continuing Education at this year’s Gathering and Finals. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn.

Tuesday, October 8th
Educational Lectures

Location to be determined

4:30 pm Dr. Sharon Spier

Topic: Lameness and Soundness in Performances Horses


Dr. Sharon Spier


Dr. Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM is a professor of the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of interest include Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection (also known as pigeon fever or dryland distemper), hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP), and genetic diseases of horses. Dr. Spier was appointed as an Emergency Treating Veterinarian for five Olympic Games (1988-2008) and multiple World Equestrian Games and is active in a number of equine groups.

A horse lover all of her life, Dr. Spier has owned, raised and trained horses of various breeds. She has participated in English and Western disciplines, as well as polo, endurance, ride and tie, and natural horsemanship clinics. At UC Davis, she directed the Equine Field Services for over 30 years and taught general equine practice, equine behavior, and horsemanship in the veterinary curriculum. She is presently serving on the Scientific Advisory Board for the AQHA and volunteers in other equine health-related projects nationally and internationally.

5:45pm Brad Tarp

Topic: Fitting the Bosal and Hackamore

Hello my name is Brad Tarp. I grew up and live south of Salinas, California. I learned to braid from Bill Dorrance, our neighbor but did not meet him till I was 15 years old. I went to high school with his boys, Billy, Dave and Steve. My cousin Bryan Neubert and I would either ride or drive through our property to get to Bill’s and he spent hours teaching us how to scrape hides, make strings and braiding small projects. Bill also taught us about roping and working cattle. He was a great man and teacher. Since then I still talk to Bryan regularly and we share ideas. Bryan has been a huge help to me in learning new braiding techniques. I play his braiding videos occasionally to remind me about certain buttons.

After a small stint at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I went to work in Nevada at Soldiers Meadows for Ray Hunt. Then married my wife Rosemary and went to work at the Bare Ranch in Eagleville, California, for Simplot. This is where I met Lige Langston and he taught me how to make rawhide honda’s. Lige’s honda’s were the first I had ever seen on a nylon rope. Lige was an incredible person and buckaroo in Northern Nevada and California. You can see him in the movie Lige: Portrait of a Rawhide Braider. It was filmed in Surprise Valley, California. Lige loved to sing every Sunday at church in Cedarville, California and would listen on my radio at Grass Valley Cow Camp to the opera every night between 6 and 7. He also was a great cook who so graciously shared his sour dough recipe with my wife. We stopped eating those biscuits after we both gained 10 plus lbs! We moved again and worked at the ZX Ranch in Paisley, Oregon for Ray McLaughlin. Those times were a lot of fun working on the buckaroo crew 6 plus days per week. Big cavvy, lots of horses in my string and enjoyed every minute of it – except shoeing in the snow.

In the late 1970s, I again hooked up with Bill Dorrance and he loaned me his tools and told me I could take his tools and have them copied. Bill also gave me a key to his shop in case I needed a tool or a place to work. In fact I still have this treasured key.

I now have my own small shop at our family ranch in Pine Canyon.

Since I still have a day job I use a lot of kangaroo leather in my projects as I can set it down anytime and pick it up and go again. Kangaroo is much stronger than calf leather for small strings. On some of my smaller buttons it can be split down to 1/32″ and still retain the strength. On larger bosal bodies it is so even that I do not have to split it. Working with rawhide requires more time as you have to work with the strings with the correct moisture. That’s why a lot of my bosal bodies are rawhide; I can get those braided and take my time with the buttons.

All of my rawhide and kangaroo come from suppliers from the United States. The kangaroo leather is all drum stuffed, which means the color is pushed into the leather and grease is added at that time. I use rawhide in 90% of my cores. They are either recycled riata’s, braided pieces of rawhide, twisted rawhide or single strings. Occasionally I will use a piece of round leather stock as a core for a softer feel.

6: 15 pm CDW Partners

Topic: Sharing of Information, News and Q/A from Audience


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Silent Auction

CDW Gathering and Finals needs your silent auction items. Please bring to office. Silent Auction will be Sat Oct 12th 11 am – 4 pm.

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan our much loved CDW Publicist is facing some health issues. CDW wishes her a full recovery and looking forward to working with her soon. “We will be here for you Kate, just get better.”

New CDW Website

The new CDW website was/is a much bigger project than we anticipated. So often the case when we envision a new project. We have not abandoned it.  Look for the new site to be completed in Sept.


We Are Growing And With Growth Comes Change

There have been some changes within the CDWPA as far as requirements for the Level 3 clinician status. This was done after much thought and consideration as to what is best for CDW Professionals in the long term “big picture.”  With Level 3 being our PhD for CDW Clinicians we realized that it is now time to raise the bar.  More positive changes to follow for 2020 but all in the best interest of the professionals and integrity of CDW professional programs. Stay Tuned!

Partnership and Growth Stories Wanted

Do you have a story about how Cowboy Dressage helped you and your horse, in the ring, on the trail or in the barn?  Love to hear about your journey in partnership. Please submit a short story and pic to

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