Cowboy Dressage® World does not operate in either clubs nor associations as we are familiar with in South Africa. This is more like a “dealership” as the Beth-Halachmy’s holds copyright over all tests and materials as well as the trademark right of the words. We have been given the permission to represent, use and coordinate this sport/discipline in South Africa and we are very excited to do so!
As seen in the history of Cowboy Dressage® World, it is a western type discipline that is enhanced by dressage, neither ruled by other. The tests show aspects of both worlds, hence our slogan “When Dressage Suits Your Needs but a Stetson Fits Your Life Style”. In the spirit of the old Cowboy ways – or early west – the “try” is rewarded, rules are simple and the freedom abundant.
The competition section (called Gatherings) of our sport was created as a space for the “partnership” more than the “manoeuvre” to be rewarded, and the well-being of the horse and rider are held in the highest regard. This discipline is based on release, not excessive contact, hence the “Soft Feel”, with a horse in self carriage. This forms the core of our sport. Soft Feel will always be the tie-breaker in any event. Soft Feel is also scored with the emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as priorities. Balance, cadence, carriage, control and performance are all additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.
As a movement that value community and grassroots, we will strive to keep this discipline as affordable as possible, and no fees are required to join us. We welcome all equines, whether mule, donkey, imported or local bred, gaited or not, to our community. As per instruction we will endeavor to promote the “western image” of this discipline meaning tack and turnout (higher levels compulsory) while anybody can join with any well fitted tack in the lower levels.
Cowboy Dressage® World also produce an abundance of educational and training material for the rider and a well thought through qualification programmes for both judges and trainers (clinicians) is available.
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