Welcome to Cowboy Dressage® World. It is our goal to help you host the very best Cowboy Dressage® World Gathering/Show possible. Cowboy Dressage® World is here to help and support you in your event endeavors as much as possible. Please feel free to call upon us when any need arises. We look forward to building this new and exciting equestrian discipline together.

Cowboy Dressage® does not belong to a few people, it belongs to all those who embrace it. We at Cowboy Dressage® World are just the custodians. The future of Cowboy Dressage® is in your hands. It is a HUGE responsibility and undertaking and we ask that you not take it lightly. It is a commitment from the heart first and foremost and we ask that the shows be run according to the high standard that will be set forth below.

All Cowboy Dressage® World rules must be followed as stated in the Rules and Guidelines.

Schooling Shows and Playdays

  • Schooling show or play day is defined by any show that is charging less than $21 per ride. See information under FEES
  • A schooling show must have insurance as described under INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
  • A schooling show or play day must have a release of liability as described under INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
  • The facility for any schooling show or play day must provide proof of insurance as described under INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
  • All riders at a schooling show or playday must sign a release of liability naming Cowboy Dressage World LLC in the release.
  • Schooling Shows and Play Days should follow General Rules as they apply to their particular show and are not required to meet all the General Requirements and Staff etc. but Insurance and Liability must be met as required.


  • All office and grounds staff must be courteous, patient, and welcoming at all times to all exhibitors.
  • If a rider is having serious problems or is having an unsafe ride the judge or rider can stop the test. At that point, the judge may ask if the rider would like to “scratch” the class and use the remaining time to school with support from trainer or instructor. No refund is allowed.
  • Gathering/Show must send thank you notes to all sponsors in a timely manner.
  • If there are multiple rings, the arenas must be clearly marked. A notice should be posted as to what tests are in each arena and a map of the grounds should be available if needed.
  • It is recommended that the Gathering/Show offer hospitality each morning.
  • Vendors should be welcomed and encouraged.
  • Additional clinics and lectures are always a good thing to offer the “guests.”
  • A show “sheriff” should be appointed by the show management. It is the “sheriff’s” job to manage any rule or equipment questions or concerns. The “sheriff” should know all rules and protocol. If a “sheriff” is not available then the lead judge may act in their place. Questions can only be presented to the judge during breaks. If there is no sheriff and a judge is not available, then the show management will act on their behalf
  • If Equipment is not allowed in the competition it is not allowed in the warm up ring. No draw reins, gimmicks, etc. This policy must be enforced by the “Sheriff” or Show Manager.
  • Any abusive behavior to horse or fellow exhibitors is not tolerated in any way. Anyone out of line must be given a warning. If the abusive behavior continues, the competitor can be asked to leave the show and no awards given or refunds. This is the responsibility of the show manager or Sheriff to monitor and enforce. Use common sense and judgment…the abuse should be obvious. Always be courteous and helpful in these situations. Approach should be made in the attempt to be helpful, never judgmental or condescending.
  • Cowboy Dressage® World requests that a brief summary of the event be sent to Cowboy Dressage® World, along with any written comments that the management feels pertains to Cowboy Dressage® World directly. Please send by email to: bev@cowboydressageworld.com
  • Show Management must encourage all staff and volunteers take the Cowboy Dressage World Membership with a Handshake. Click Here for Membership.
  • CDW Gathering Show Fee Accounting to be submitted after show, Click Here to download form.
  • Coming Soon – “How to submit test scores for year end awards.”


  • Show Secretary: Gathering/Show must have a show office staff (office help, test runners, test tabulators), supervised by the show secretary or manager
  • Assistant Show Secretary
  • Gathering Liaison: The Sheriff is a person with adequate knowledge of the Cowboy Dressage® World Hand Shake, Code and Rules. They must also have adequate horsemanship skills. Garn Walker (530.305.4341) or Lyn Ringrose-Moe (209.747.0984) can be contacted with questions on rules, equipment and abuse issues during the show if Sheriff is not available or a clarification is needed.
  • Show Manager
  • Stable Manager
  • Court Manager
  • Hospitality
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Sponsorship Manager
  • Banner and Signage Manager
  • EMT (mandatory for any show with over 200 rides. If not used an emergency # must be posted)
  • Vet and Farrier on site or on call. (contacts must be posted outside show office)
  • Event Sheriff must be posted at show office with contact number.


  • All shows must have full liability insurance and name Cowboy Dressage World as Additionally Insured. Proof must be supplied to Cowboy Dressage World (1 million/2 million) prior to show/gathering and emailed to: bev@cowboydressageworld.com
  • The facility for any show must provide proof of insurance to CDW and name Cowboy Dressage® World as additionally insured.
  • A release of liability clause for Cowboy Dressage® World must be included in the release of liability form.
  • All exhibitors must sign a release of liability that is appropriate for each state or country.
  • No show can be held without presentation of Insurance and Liability release to Cowboy Dressage World prior to show/gathering.
  • Any Cowboy Dressage World Event not complying with required Insurance and Liability requirements will not be sanctioned or recognized by Cowboy Dressage World, LLC
  • Any Cowboy Dressage World event that does not comply with the Insurance and Liability requirements will not be allowed to use the name or any of CDW properties. (tests, court, etc)
  • Cowboy Dressage World will not support or be liable for any accident, injury, death or disputes that may happen during event.
  • An electronic copy of all clinic and show insurance and release of liability is to be emailed to: Bev Meyers bev@cowboydressageworld.com.
  • All CDWPA Clinician’s Insurance is sent to: Sheryl Strathman. horseplayX5@sbcglobal.net
  • Address for Additionally Insured is: c/o Bev Meyers 9660 Tavernor Rd, Wilton, CA 95693
  • Click here for link to the following applications:


  • All tests, diagrams and call sheets can be found here: Judges Scoresheets, Test Diagrams and Call Sheets
  • Tests must be printed legal size (test on one side, cover sheet on the other side)
  • Cover sheet must be completely filled out and presented to judges
  • Gathering/Show must offer all Cowboy Dressage® tests, other than optional tests below:
    • Freestyle Walk/Jog©
    • Freestyle Walk/Jog/Lope©
    • Walk/Jog/Lope #5©
    • Walk/Jog/Lope #6©
    • Walk/Jog/Lope #7
    • Challenge Test Walk/Jog/Lope # 2
    • Liberty
  • Please use Official Class List for all shows. If you are not running certain classes remove class number and class name. It is very important to keep class numbering/names the same for all shows to make it easier for tracking year end points.
  • Score sheets must be organized in proper order to follow the day sheet and be ready for judge each morning. This should be prepared by show office.
  • Show secretary must council scribes to verify the test is correct with regards to rider and test being ridden BEFORE the ride begins. It is helpful if the caller announces the rider’s number and test before test begins.


  • Entry fees should be appropriate for the location of the show (e.g. $35-45/class, post entry $25-50)
  • Recommended closing date is one month prior to show date.
  • Maximum of 4 Under Saddle test per horse per day. Maximum of 4 On the Ground Tests per horse per day
  • Refund policy must be clearly stated on the premium and registration, and posted at the show office.
  • All entries must be Handshake Member. Click Here for Handshake
  • All exhibitors are encouraged to be a Remuda Member. Click Here for Membership
    • A $25 fee will be charged for any non-Remuda Members.
  • Please see Remuda Membership for more membership information. Click Here.
  • All exhibitors must sign a release of liability
  • All volunteers and staff must sign a release of liability


  • Gathering/Show is required to hire a recommended Cowboy Dressage® World judge. A list of Recommended Cowboy Dressage® World Judges can be found on CDWPA.com.
  • Gathering/Show must have a judge’s scribe.
  • Gathering/Show must provide appropriate amenities for the judge (table/chair/pens/pencils/note paper/bell, water, blankets for warmth if needed).
  • Gathering/Show must provide adequate breaks for judges.
  • Judge must have a brief meeting with competitors the morning of the first day of Gathering/Show for introductions and to answer any questions.
  • A contract between event and judges must be completed Click Here to view and print a SAMPLE of the Show Officials Contract.


  • If a Gathering/Show spans more than one day, stabling must be offered. Stable manager must be hired.
  • Gathering/Show must have ample parking for competitors and spectators.
  • Gathering/Show must have ample bathrooms for the size of show.
  • Gathering/Show must have a feed/shavings outlet if show spans 2 or more days.


  • Gathering/Show must provide current call sheets of all offered tests in competition arenas.
  • Gathering/Show must provide adequate footing.
  • A Standard Cowboy Dressage® Court, Challenge Court, and Partnership Court must be used. It is not necessary that Brands be on cone letters.
  • Courts dimensions and set up can be found Click Here
  • Rails for the court are optional.
  • Gathering/Show must provide a volunteer at the back gate to keep riders on time and show on time.
  • A caller’s microphone is optional but recommended.


  • After calculations are completed for all riders in a class, test results should be folded in half and placed on a table for each rider to retrieve
  • Awards must be posted in a timely manner.
  • Cowboy Dressage® Logo must be used on all ribbons. Click Here to download Compass logo
  • Classes must place first place through tenth place.
  • Ribbons must be awarded first place through fifth place.
  • Class placing must be posted outside show office in a timely manner.
  • Overall Open and Amateur and Youth High Point and Reserve must be awarded. (Ribbons are fine or awards of show choice)
  • Overall High Single Score must be awarded.
  • Class Division High Point awards are optional.
  • At Finals Gathering and Shows overall High Point and Reserve High Point ribbons must be presented.
  • Gathering/Show must include an overall Veteran High Score ribbon. This award is given to any individual one time per year only. (any US veteran or anyone wishing to ride in honor of a US veteran is eligible)
  • Gathering/Show must include an overall Cancer High Score pink ribbon. This award is given to any individual one time per year only. (any Cancer Survivor or anyone Battling Cancer or anyone wishing to ride in honor of anyone who has to face Cancer may enter)
  • Gathering/Show must include a Jack Brainard Judge’s “Try” Award for the most improved rider for the duration of the show. To calculate this award, the judge identifies a horse and rider combination that showed marked improvement with each ride. The competitor is to receive an award in recognition of their efforts.
  • If there are two riders or less in a class, then the points will be given as follows:
    70% + = 1st place, 65% + = 2nd place. Scores below 65% do not get points towards awards.
  • Please see the CDW Rules and Guidelines, for more complete information on Awards.
  • Scores for Awards may be arrived at by percentage only if there is just one arena and one judge. Points are not needed in this situation.


The rider is encouraged to memorize their tests. The use of a caller is not mandatory. Cowboy Dressage® World allows the rider to use a caller of their choice, however, the ultimate responsibility for accurate and correct riding of the test falls upon the rider. If the rider chooses to use a caller, it is the rider’s responsibility to arrange for one. Callers can post a flyer at show office in case of need.


A fee is to be paid to Cowboy Dressage® World as follows:

  • A minimum of $200, or $5/ride, whichever is greater. Schooling Shows and Playday exempt.
  • $25 non member fee for each non member rider.
  • Check made out to Cowboy Dressage World LLC can be sent to: Cowboy Dressage World, c/o Bev Meyers 9660 Tavernor Rd, Wilton, CA 95693
  • Checks must be mailed and received within 15 days of completion of show.
  • An accounting of number of entries must accompany check and signed by show Secretary. Click Here for Accounting Form.
  • Fees are due from any CDW Show that charges $21 or more per test. Any amount less than $21 is considered a play day or schooling show and is allowed to run without fees due to CDW.

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