How To Build a DIY Cowboy Dressage Court

You don’t need a fancy smancy dressage court to do cowboy dressage; there are plenty of ways to build one at home.

So you hear all these people talking about how much they like Cowboy Dressage. You see all the information is free on the website and you want to give it a try. But what about a court? No worries! You don’t need a fancy smancy dressage court, there are plenty of ways to build one at home. You need 20 markers with letters.

Marker Ideas:

Cardboard boxes filled with sand

Bales of Shavings

5 Gallon Buckets



Stumps of trees or cut wood from a fallen tree

Letter Ideas:

Use a Sharpie pen

Duct tape can make your letters

Spray paint and stencils can make great letters too

There are inexpensive vinyl letters on amazon that do the trick in a jiffy.

Want to go big or go home and build your own Challenge Court? Here you go!

Use schedule 40 PVC/DWV or PVC pipe 3″ in diameter.

You’ll need 112 feet with 8 – 45 degree fittings and 4 – 90 degree & 2 – tees to make the E walker poles. Add caps if you like, 18 of them total. Cut all pipe to about 5 feet in length. PVC/DWV pipe is lighter in weight and has no enlarged end (couplers) built in. Pvc pipe does, so if you PVC you’ll cut your pipes about 4′ 10″ to remove the coupler. Here is how to set it up just download the PDF here

Or meet Court Specialist Wyatt Paxton at the June World Gathering Show learn more on how to build one from the source. If you want to buy your challenge court Wyatt can take you order too.

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Cowboy Dressage is revolutionizing the way people interact with their horses in the western communities. It provides an outlet for folks that embrace kindness in their horsemanship and gives them a place to showcase their endless endeavor of cultivating a good relationship with their horses. Cowboy Dressage is rewarding the art and beauty of riding with a soft feel partnership and celebrates the TRY in horse and rider. This community treats each other and their horses the way you would want to be treated. NICE!






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