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“Our Stories”

Each story is a love affair that all horse lovers will embrace and enjoy. They all have a common thread of compassion, dreams and fulfillment.
Read and you will find a bit of yourself in each story. Enjoy.


Oliver's story

This is Oliver. We call him “Oh”. He was a $500 feedlot/kill pen rescue that we got in December 2015.  He was the most impulsive decision I have ever made! He was beat up, skinny and his feet hadn’t been done in at least 6 months. His teeth had probably never been done and his breath was atrocious. We battled ... Read More Click Here»

Call on Kevin, Thoroughbred ex-racehorse

  My name is Sally Wilmot. I live in Queensland Australia and do Cowboy Dressage with Mandy Probyn (she taught me all I know 😊) I have a thoroughbred ex-racehorse named, Call on Kevin or Kevin around the stables. He is a very big boy who has been training in Cowboy Dressage for the last couple of years. We were ... Read More Click Here»

From Unwanted to CDW Virtual Reserve Amateur High Point

It was spring of 2011, I was working for an Arabian breeding farm in Spokane, Washington when this adorable, scrawny, just over 13-hand 3-year-old half-Arabian gelding who was unwanted by his breeders fell into my life. Ricky, registered as Najahs Last Stand, was meant to be a 90-day project, it was the only way my parents would agree to letting ... Read More Click Here»

Beth Shirley and Star!

After 10 years of not riding due to some life events out of my control, my brother and a dear friend pushed me to reignite my life long love affair with horses. I began a search on a very low budget for a horse that I cold train, and eventually maybe show again. Searching Craigslist one evening I came across ... Read More Click Here»

Rescue Horse to Cowboy Dressage

This is Oliver.  We call him “Oh”. He was a $500 feedlot/kill pen rescue that we got in December 2015.  He was the most impulsive decision I have ever made! He was beat up, skinny and his feet hadn’t been done in at least 6 months. His teeth had probably never been done and his breath was atrocious.   We battled ... Read More Click Here»

Thoroughbred ex-racehorse "Call on Kevin"

My name is Sally Wilmot. I live in Queensland Australia and do cowboy dressage with Mandy Probyn (she taught me all I know 😊) I have a thoroughbred ex-racehorse called, Call on Kevin or Kevin around the stables. He is a very big boy who has been training in cowboy dressage for the last couple of years. We were lucky ... Read More Click Here»

My beloved horse Mama (AKA Mama Rocks Me)

The story of my beloved horse Mama (AKA Mama Rocks Me). I purchased this horse in 2014 from the Fallon Nevada kill pen, sight unseen. In fact, I didn’t even select her. She was part of a herd of 26 mares from a bucking horse ranch that went out of business.  I was told they were all pregnant.  It tore ... Read More Click Here»

My First Cowboy Dressage Event, by Elise Lalor

I spent the last week at my first “Cowboy Dressage” event and wanted to take a moment to write about what the show experience was like. Ali Kermeen invited me to the show by asking me to set a show goal to “make Denny a better horse than before he left to the show”. It seemed like a stretch goal ... Read More Click Here»

Cowboy Dressage Clinician Barbara Wagner comes from Germany to Holland

At the first weekend of August the Cowboy Dressage ambassadors Anne-Marie Havelaar and Djoke Knol had planned to sponsor a clinic with Cowboy Dressage clinician Barbara Wagner. Because of the situation with Covid 19 the Cowboy Dressage clinic had to be cancelled. The restrictions eased up a bit though and more activities were possible again in Europe. So at the ... Read More Click Here»

Finally Finals!!!

What a busy year it has been!  I suppose they all are pretty busy, though, aren’t they? Here it is fall already and the Cowboy Dressage World Final Gathering is happening in a couple of weeks and I feel like I’ve barely got a start on my training for the year. There have been some very exciting things happening in ... Read More Click Here»

2018 Cowboy Dressage World Gathering & Finals is a Wrap

Photos by M. Marriott by Jenni Grimmett We are home and the horses are settled into their own beds again after a 10 day trip to Northern California and back for the 2018 Cowboy Dressage World Final Gathering.  This was our 5th Finals Gathering and they just get better each year.  So many amazing things happened at the Ranch Murieta Equestrian Center this year.  I’ll ... Read More Click Here»

2017 CDW Gathering and Finals Recap by Jenni Grimmett

It still feels to me that my Cowboy Dressage 2017 season just started a few weeks ago. As I’m looking back on a year of accomplishments and growth and fond memories of my Cowboy Dressage family it is hard to reconcile our Final Gathering has already come and gone. If you are like me and still reeling from the long ... Read More Click Here»

Cowboy Dressage in a Nut Shell by Dr. Jenni Grimmitt

My husband Dan and I were recently asked to describe Cowboy Dressage “in a nutshell”.  I am sure the person inquiring was more interested in getting the short version from a pair of enthusiasts than he was in really hearing the answer but it made me realize that describing Cowboy Dressage in a few words accurately is highly difficult.  It’s ... Read More Click Here»

Cowboy Dressage® World of Scotland

This beautiful letter was posted on Cowboy Dressage® World of Scotland Facebook Page. It was so “right on” we wanted to share it with all of you. Thank you Brandon McAuslan for your heartfelt words…… Cowboy Dressage® World of Scotland I recently had the privilege of taking part in the first official Cowboy Dressage clinic held in Scotland, and I ... Read More Click Here»

Cowboy Dressage Final Gathering 2015: Here's what you missed.

By Jenni Grimmett DVM cowboydressage.blogspot.com/ If you weren’t at the Murieta Equestrian Center, in Ranch Murieta, California last week for the Cowboy Dressage Final Gathering, I hope you at least took advantage of the live streaming, because history was made. Cowboy Dressage has been at the forefront of a revolution in equine competitions and equestrian lifestyle and this weekend we ... Read More Click Here»

What's Up With "Cowboy Dressage?"

With Richard Winters Horsemanship www.wintersranch.com As I write this article, I’m sitting at a horse show. Last night I rode with over thirty other riders in the preliminary round of the Top Hand Competition. I know that I have qualified as one of the top 10 riders. We are now waiting to see who will make the top 5 cut ... Read More Click Here»

How Cowboy Dressage Saved My Burnt-Out Hunter/Jumper

Three months ago, if you had told me that I’d be holding a pair of rope reins, throwing a western saddle around and practicing my slow jog, I’d have said you were crazy. I’m deeply attached to my custom Devoucoux and my comfy tall boots, I’m the kind of person who gets home from the horse show and switches on ... Read More Click Here»

Cowboy Dressage is a Gift.....

In the past few years Cowboy Dressage has become part of our lives. It has become one more tool in our bag for helping our clients and horses gauge their progress and give them a very realistic set of goals. It is something every horse and every rider can do, something we should all at least be proficient at for ... Read More Click Here»

My Top Hand experience... Rebecca Wirth

It takes years to develop a partnership with a horse and the hard work put forth by our Northwest riders shown through at the Cowboy Dressage 2015 Gathering & Finals. They were rewarded for their dedication to their horses and rightly so. Rebecca Wirth from Estacada, Oregon Linda Cody Winning ribbons sometimes is and sometimes is not a reflection of ... Read More Click Here»

Top Hand competitors… I salute you!

I’ve enjoyed the comments and perspectives from my fellow competitors in Top Hand at the CD Finals. Besides the great horsemanship, I would like to share a few things that stood out for me. First, was the willingness and courage of many accomplished horsemen. The horseman that stepped out of their box (discipline of choice) to compete in Top Hand ... Read More Click Here»

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