The CDWCO Point System

The CDWCO Point System seeks to reward Members for their participation in events and their hard work with their equine partner. We have two point systems that riders can accumulate points towards at CDWCO-approved events. The details on both of these systems are listed below. 

Harmony Points

These are based on your Harmony with the group and fellow competitor, to reward participation and involvement. 

     Ride in a clinic:  20 points (40 point annual maximum)

     Audit a clinic:  5 points per day

     Volunteer at a CDWCO event:  5 points/2-hour shift 

     Attend a CDWCO playday:  5 points per day (30 point annual maximum)

     Ride in a CDWCO schooling show:  15 points per day

     Ride in a CDWCO Regional Gathering:  25 points per day

     Attend a CDWCO Board Meeting: 10 points per meeting

First through Fourth Places in the Harmony Division will be awarded special prizes at our Year-End Awards Banquet, with the First Place award being a buckle!

Partnership Points

These are based on your Partnership with your horse, which allows you to succeed in the show ring. These are tracked by horse and rider pair. Here's how it works (NEW SYSTEM FOR 2022):

--You must be a member of CDWCO to be eligible for year-end awards.
--You must ride tests at a minimum of two of our four shows (Regionals counts as one show, even though it's two days).
--The top eight test scores will be used to determine a rider/horse pair's year-end score. The highest and lowest of those eight scores will be set aside (not counted) and used for breaking ties.
--In the event of a tie, the highest scores will be added to break the tie. If there's still a tie, the lowest scores will be added. 
--The more tests and shows you ride, the more scores we'll have to choose from!

First through Fourth Places in the Partnership Division for Youth, Amateur, and Open classes will be awarded special prizes at our Year-End Awards Banquet, with First Place awards being a buckle!

Final 2021 Standings: Partnership
Division  Place  Rider           Horse           Points
 Amateur      1        Kathryn Titus        Andi                  143 
              2        Laura Cassiday       Bayou A Diamond       138
              3        Lorae Merritt        Mr. Z                 102
              4        Lauren Light         Freddie                73

              5        Barb Ford            Miss Poker Fleet       72
              6        Ed Ranegar           Tangka                 71

              7        Lisa Cheney          Rainy                  53
              8        Darci Acklin         My Sweet Summertime    48
              9 (tie)  Kim Villamarin       Cavallia Luna          34

              9 (tie)  Kimberly Garrett     Sunshine Song and      34
                                            Dance Man 

              10       Penny Fonfara        Poet                   14

              11       Tiffany Brown        Miss Smokin Dash        9

              12       Penny Fonfara        George                  8

              13       Karen Deck           Tinkerbelle             5

              14       Megan Osborne        Skippa Countess Lass    4

Open          1        Pam Pierce           Shine Bubba Shine      78

              2        Sheila Ranegar       Renegade               42

              3        Melanie Smith-Breidt Armada                 37

              4        Pam Pierce           He's Got Shine          6

              5        Pam Pierce           Poet                    5
Final 2021 Standings: Harmony
Place      Name            Points
1             Lorae Merritt         286.25

2             Laura Cassiday        277.5

3             Barb Ford             251.25

4             Pam Pierce            188.75

5             Lauren Light          160

6             Kathryn Titus         138.75

7             Ed Ranegar            133.75

8             Sheila Ranegar        132.5

9 (tie)       Melanie Smith-Breidt  121.25

9 (tie)       Kim Villamarin        121.25

10            Kimberly Garrett       85

11            Lisa Cheney            80

12            Darci Acklin           57.5

13            Lori Case              51.25

14 (tie)      Jo Bottorff            50

14 (tie)      Penny Fonfara          50 

15            Pat Notter             35

16 (tie)      Bill Acklin            30

16 (tie)      Karen Deck             30

17 (tie)      Megan Osborne          20

17 (tie)      Kirsten Young          20

18            Tiffany Brown          17.5

19 (tie)      Haylie Pomroy          10

19 (tie)      Morgan Young           10

20            Marion Dahlgren         0

Point System FAQs

Can I show in a pointed show in English tack?

You may complete "exhibition rounds" in non-legal tack at the show management's discretion. However, rounds completed in tack that does not meet the standards of the Cowboy Dressage rulebook will not be counted towards show placings or year-end awards. 


What if I want to show more than one horse?

You are absolutely welcome to show more than one horse towards show and year-end awards. Please note that the horses' points will be tracked separately, as the goal of the point system is to reward individual partnerships. 

How many classes can I compete in per show?
For the welfare of the horse, Cowboy Dressage World requires a maximum of 4 ridden tests and 4 in-hand tests per horse, per show. However, if the rider is showing two or more horses, the rider may compete in more than eight classes. If a horse/rider pair inadvertently competes in more than four ridden and/or in-hand classes per show, then their four lowest point valued placements will be counted towards show and year-end awards.


How can I host a show?

We would love to help you get a Cowboy Dressage schooling show up and running. Cowboy Dressage World has published a lot of helpful information on hosting a show on their website, located here. We can provide a banner, and also have a full Cowboy Dressage court for rent for ($50/day). We can advertise your show, and offer year end points for approved events. Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help your event be a success!