About Eitan Beth-Halachmy
Cowboy Dressage co-founder Eitan Beth-Halachmy, born in Israel, dreamed as a boy of growing up to be a cowboy in the American West. After coming to the United States to finish his university studies, BethHalachmy stayed and has gone on to become a respected and accomplished trainer, competitor, performer, and educator. He has, in fact, become that icon he dreamed about — an American cowboy. sion. The smaller court also fits the movements and shorter strides of Western horses.
Each cone around the court has a brand to go with the letters (for example, Double Bar N, Lazy J, Heart H, Rocking R, and Broken Arrow F), enhancing the Western identity of the Cowboy Dressage court. Testing: Competitors are required to perform patterns of maneuvers, increasing in difficulty level depending on the test. Maneuvers include walk, jog, and lope gaits in free and working tempos; stops, turns, and backs, often associated with boxes, cones, or ground poles; and circles of varying sizes and speeds. Tests include Walk/ Jog, Walk/Jog/Lope, Challenge, Vaquero Challenge, Gaited, Partnership on the Ground, and Freestyle. Judging and scoring: Judges score each element of the pattern using marks ranging from 0 (not executed) to 10 (excellent). Since soft feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage, it’s scored with an emphasis on lightness, harmony, finesse, and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas over which the horse and rider are judged and scored.
Debbie Beth-Halachmy shows Indigo Go Gold in a Cowboy Dressage competition. Competitors are allowed to ride two-handed.