Cowboy Dressage from the Judge’s View


My name is Martina Bone and this is my blog about Cowboy Dressage.

I’m an international judge, trainer and clinician for this exciting new discipline that was developed by Eitan Beth-Halachmy. I’m one of the first judges recognized by the discipline and have judged many shows throughout the U.S., Europe, the Finals in Canada, as well as all the Finals here in California. I also teach clinics throughout the U.S. and Europe and am dedicated to spreading the word of soft feel!

I hope my blog will help those of you who may not have regular access to a trainer or would like a more in depth view of Cowboy Dressage!


4 thoughts on “Cowboy Dressage from the Judge’s View

  1. Thank You for all this information, it is really helping me understand more about Western Dressage. This is So Helpful as i can’t afford a Trainer & my area is limited on Certified Trainers. I recently attended a Beginners Clinic & was able to do a W/J/L test. It was quite helpful & made me want to learn more. My hopes are to compete at this Wonderful New Discipline & Grow as a Rider even more. With the Information you are providing, things are more clear as to what i need to work on with myself & my horse. I Love getting the Judge’s Point of View & Look Forward to Learning More from Your Blog !

  2. Hi Martina! I had a question regarding the judging of transitions. When there is a gait change at a “letter”, and I realize one needs to be as precise as possible, is it better to have changed to the new gait a few steps before the letter or is it better a few steps after the letter? How does the scoring differ? Example…transition from a working jog to a free jog at the letter B…if I am unable to make the exact transition at B, where is the great loss of points….if I’m in the free jog a few steps before B or a few steps after B? Danke Schoen!! Baerbel

    • Hi Babs,
      Assuming everything else is correct and I am only taking points off for the early or late transition, I will take the points off according by how much you missed the mark. The comment will say transition early or transition late. If you are doing it on purpose because you know your horse is not yet ready to do it at the letter, prepare adequately and make sure the transition is smooth, or I have to take off more. So the scoring might be exactly the same if you are slightly early or slightly late. Hope that makes sense.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>