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        11-01-2013, 09:17 AM
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    Eitan was the motivator of Western Dressage but he distanced himself from it last year to concentrate solely on his original concept of Cowboy Dressage as he had concerns about the direction WD was moving in
    He wanted it to be more about the western cowboy horse with a lot of influence from the Vaquero style of riding
    He uses different letters in the arena and has different tests - which are still evolving. He's recently introduced a showmanship test for young handlers too
    One of his biggest aims was that it would be a venue for amateur riders on any type of horse to go along and learn, get involved and above all have fun without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed because they were less than perfect.
    It is not a place for 'bling' btw so leave your sequins and rhinestones at home!!!
    There are quite a few info videos on his Youtube channel
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        11-01-2013, 10:27 AM
    I do have to say that while I love classical dressage I think I'm going to try some western or cowboy dressage (still not clear on the differences lol but I'll get there). I love watching it, I love the premise behind it, and I love the fact that it combines how I was taught to ride western with elements of dressage mixed in. I also love the energy of it all. IMO it seems like most of the western dressage/cowboy dressage riders have a lot more enthusiasm in their ride (and so do their horses) than the classical dressage riders/horses. Most importantly of all though, it gets people involved and excited about horses even more.

    My next horse I'm definitely going to try in this area.

    As a side note, my BO has been considering getting into it with some of her foals/young ones. She hated classical dressage but is really getting into the western side of it! The dressage lady on the other hand cannot stand it and keeps calling it "fake dressage". :P
        11-01-2013, 07:31 PM
    I was just really impressed with Eitan as a teacher, and the clinic was very upbeat & fun. I just have always thought of dressage as "stuffy" and intimidating. I left with a t shirt, a cap, and a DVD...
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        11-01-2013, 08:30 PM
    It always depends on the instructor. I probably make a disproportionate number of jokes in my lessons and chat far too much haha. Most folks are really quite down to earth and likable once you get to know them. Glad you had a good experience at the clinic!
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