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.
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!
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
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!