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. If you are interested in having your event qualify for the CDWCO point system, click here.
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
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. It is a weighted placement system as follows:
# of Riders Points for placement
1 1st = 2 points
2 1st = 4 points, 2nd = 2 points
3 1st = 6 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 2 points
4 1st = 8 points, 2nd = 4 points, 3rd = 3 points, 4th = 2 points
5 1st = 10 points, 2nd = 5 points, 3rd = 4 points, 4th = 3 points, 5th = 2 points
6 1st = 12 points, 2nd = 6 points, 3rd = 5 points, 4th = 4 points, 5th = 3 points, 6th = 2 points
2021 Standings: Partnership (updated 7/24/21)
Division Place Rider Horse Points
Amateur 1 Laura Cassiday Bayou A Diamond 64
2 Kathryn Titus Andi 58
3 Lorae Merritt Mr. Z 41
4 Barb Ford Miss Poker Fleet 40
5 Ed Ranegar Tangka 34
6 Lauren Light Freddie 27
7 Penny Fonfara Poet 14
8 Darci Acklin My Sweet Summertime 12
9 Kim Villamarin Cavallia Luna 11
10 (tie) Tiffany Brown Miss Smokin Dash 9
10 (tie) Lisa Cheney Rainy 9
11 Penny Fonfara George 8
12 Kimberly Garrett Sunshine Song and 7
13 Megan Osborne Skippa Countess Lass 4
Open 1 Pam Pierce Shine Bubba Shine 27
2 Sheila Ranegar Renegade 18
3 Melanie Smith-Breidt Armada 14
4 Pam Pierce He's Got Shine 6
5 Pam Pierce Poet 5
2021 Standings: Harmony (updated 7/24/21)
Place Name Points
1 Lorae Merritt 162.5
2 Laura Cassiday 160
3 Barb Ford 130
4 Pam Pierce 82.5
5 Lauren Light 72.5
6 (tie) Ed Ranegar 50
6 (tie) Sheila Ranegar 50
6 (tie) Melanie Smith-Breidt 50
6 (tie) Penny Fonfara 50
7 Jo Bottorff 45
8 Kim Villamarin 41.25
9 Darci Acklin 37.5
10 (tie) Lisa Cheney 35
10 (tie) Kimberly Garrett 35
10 (tie) Pat Notter 35
11 (tie) Bill Acklin 30
11 (tie) Kathryn Titus 30
12 Megan Osborne 20
13 Tiffany Brown 17.5
14 Lori Case 15
15 (tie) Karen Deck 10
15 (tie) Haylie Pomroy 10
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 may 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!