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May 2014  “When East Meets West: Sometimes a Handshake will Do!” 

The KCDA board thought you would like to read a recent letter

sent to us  and Cowboy Dressage™ World judges trainer Lyn

Ringrose Moe regarding the KCDA's judges training by Rebecca

O'Bea, USDF "L" With Distinction judge and bronze and silver


Becky will be a great ambassador among the worlds of Cowboy

Dressage™, traditional dressage and USEF western dressage as

she can accurately articulate who we are and what we stand

for when discussing these disciplines.

We are fortunate to have her in our own backyard and look foward to working with her at future gatherings

and events. As one judge-in-training remarked, "she gets us!"

 Click to read Rebecca O’Bea’s letter

Aug 2014 “Why Gatherings?”

Article written by Rachel Zenger

The Kansas Cowboy Dressage© Association (KCDA) began calling its events “Gatherings” to follow the lead of

Cowboy Dressage© creators and tireless promoters, Eitan and Debbie Beth-Halachmy. They began using the

term in California, and I think I know why.

In 2012, I got very excited over an article by Jack Brainard about his vision for a new discipline that would

become Cowboy Dressage© as we know it now. I did enough research to know who Eitan was (although not

how to pronounce his name) and the origins of his Cowboy Dressage© philosophy. I had heard on Facebook

about a Kansas clinic in this new discipline. I knew I couldn’t miss it, so I booked a motel room, loaded up my

horse and my dog, and headed south.

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Jun 2014 “What do KCDA ribbons mean?”

To help everyone remember that a Cowboy Dressage test is about

your partnership with your horse and becoming a better rider and

teacher for your horse, rather than being pitted against your friends,

KCDA has instituted a variation on the Danish system for our


In dressage, any score over a 60% is considered a good score.

Therefore, at a KCDA competition, scores of 60%-67% are rewarded

with a white ribbon. Scores of 68-74%, which are VERY good, are

rewarded with a red ribbon. Scores of 75-85% are excellent, and earn a blue ribbon. Very rarely, a person

might achieve a score of 86% or higher, and for those special tests we will award a purple ribbon. If scores

are below a 59%, we award a green ribbon to "reward the try."

May 2014  “Cowboy Dressage?”

Article written by Joan Stibal

The ‘soft feel’ discipline on fire in the world of Western riding

The dream of being a cowboy and living the code of the American West was a childhood passion in the

hearts of two extraordinary individuals born, not in different states, but on different continents. Together,

the two were destined to found a movement that is changing the lives of horses and their human partners

around the world.

Eitan Beth-Halachmy (born in Israel) and his wife and life-partner, Deb, born in California, first discovered

each other after Eitan’s amazing journey to the United States. Eitan came to complete his degree in

veterinary medicine, but left school in California because of his overriding desire to train horses. One of his

strongest influences had been a Hungarian Calvary officer who instilled in Eitan a regard for horsemanship

and the horse that resonates in Eitan’s philosophy today.

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Sep 2014 “Katrina Sanders: Channeling the California Vaquero in All of Us”

Article written by Joan Stibal

Katrina Sanders will be bringing her passion for California Vaquero

Horsemanship to Kansas for a clinic Nov. 1 and 2, 2014 at

Summer’s Palace in Auburn, sponsored by the Kansas Cowboy

Dressage Association (KCDA). At the KCDA year-end awards

banquet Saturday evening, this up-and-coming horsewoman will

share her research on “The History of the Early California Vaquero,”

a presentation that she delivered at the prestigious 2014 Light

Hands Horsemanship Clinic in Santa Ynez, Calif.

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Katrina Sanders demonstrates traditional California Vaquero artistry.

Oct 2014  “KCDA Volunteers Rock at American Horsewoman’s Challenge”

Article written by Joan Stibal

I wish every member of KCDA could have been with us at the

American Horsewoman’s Challenge at the Lazy E in Guthrie,

Okla., the weekend of Oct. 3-5! It was awe-inspiring to see the

40-some women and their youthful horses tackle challenge

after challenge in the variety of competitions; including, liberty,

Cowboy Dressage, Xtreme Cowboy Race and culminating with

the top 10 scoring competitors performing a freestyle ride. You

couldn’t help but compare them with what your horse would

do if faced with the stress of a three-day competition complete

with the final timed event that included nine scary obstacles.


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Many of our KCDA volunteers
Kansas Cowboy Dressage™ Association


April 2018 “All About Cowboy Dressage World™ Memberships”

Article written by Rachel Zenger

Since the beginning of the year, many Cowboy Dressage™

riders are hearing about the CDWPA (Cowboy Dressage™ World

Professional Association) and Cowboy Dressage™ Remuda for

the first time. Here is a quick guide to the international Cowboy

Dressage™ organizations, which will hopefully help you

understand 1) what are these organizations, in basic terms; 2)

what you get for your membership; 3) whether you need to

join; and 4) if you do need to join, how to do it.

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May 2019 “Our KCDA Harmony Buckle”

Article written by Rachel Zenger

When we first decided to offer year-end awards for our club, we tried to

approach awards in a different way than what we’d experienced in other

disciplines. We took a long hard look at the philosophy of Cowboy Dressage

and what made it special: its inclusiveness, its celebration of the "try," and its

emphasis on partnership, which sometimes means choosing the right thing

for your horse over what might give you the competitive edge.

As a result, we have always offered year-end "Harmony Buckles” that target

the participants who came out and supported our events but who didn't

necessarily take home the most blue ribbons.

All of high-point awards are based in part on scores in tests ridden at shows during the year, but also on

attendance and participation at competitions and educational events, including volunteer time. But the

Harmony Buckle is different than our other prizes because it’s always set at a high but attainable point value,

and there is no limit to how many we award.

The buckle isn't a way to compel members to come enjoy our events or help out -- our organization is full of

amazing members who do those things anyway. It’s there to show our appreciation for what each and every

one of our KCDA family brings to the group each year.