“When Dressage Suits Your Needs….
but a Stetson Suits Your Lifestyle.”
A lifelong horseman, Eitan Beth-Halachmy (known to his friends simply as “8”) followed his heart and the seeming intervention of mystical destiny not only to multiple world championships, but also to a spiritual cross-species bond with his equine companions. Eitan was born in Israel, where a Hungarian Cavalry Officer was to instill in him as a young boy a regard for horses and horsemanship that is still the foundation of this training methods and philosophy.
After attending the University of Vienna in pre-veterinary medicine he came to the United State to peruse his studies at the University of California at Davis. While in Vienna much time was spent observing at the Spanish Riding School. There he watched, listened and absorbed. Although is early training was classical it was his love of the American Cowboy that led him on his western journey.
Eitan has won many World and National Titles in the Morgan Show Horse Industry. It was an inspiring victory pass that founded his trademark “Cowboy Dressage.” From a victory pass in 1993 to a new and exciting western movement and competition in the US and abroad Cowboy Dressage has taken on a life of its own. Eitan retired from the show ring in 2008 but continues on promoting and sharing his horsemanship through clinics and expos.
In September of 2006 Eitan and his Multiple Western World Champion Santa Fe Renegade had the great honor of being asked to represent the US in the closing ceremony of the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. The pair were asked to return to open the World Equestrian Games in the Opening Ceremony in Kentucky in 2010.
Eitan now has dedicated his time to sharing his knowledge and unique style of horsemanship through is very popular Cowboy Dressage, now not just a style of horsemanship but a very popular western competition sweeping the US and abroad. His goal is always to train and ride with kindness, refinement and to inspire and elevate others by combining traditional western and classical dressage. The very best of both worlds.