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EXCA Brave Horse

The Brave Horse, Volume 2, Issue 2     


February 2010

Welcome to the Extreme Cowboy Association 

We are excited about 2010 and the many fun filled and exciting Extreme Cowboy Racing events that are on the schedule.  The formation of EXCA has been an thrilling and challenging adventure! Many people have worked tirelessly to create an association that you will be proud to tell your friends about.  This is the latest issue of your monthly newsletter, The Brave Horse.  

You will receive it each month electronically around the middle of the month.  The Brave Horse will be full of interesting stories, EXCA event results, point standings, human interest stories about EXCA members and Tips and Tales from our founder, Craig Cameron.  We encourage you to communicate your suggestions for stories and ideas that will make  The Brave Horse fun, better and more informative.  

The Brave Horse the best newsletter in the equine world.  Please forward your ideas and suggestions to Bill Hull at bhextremecowboy@gmail.com.


Have you ever thought about the process that all of us have in common and have the opportunity to experience every day?  Each day presents many opportunities to learn.  It doesn’t matter what we are doing during the day.  WE might be at home doing chores or we might be at our job as a mechanic, airline pilot or horseman.  If we pay attention to what we are doing and always give our very best effort, we will learn something everyday.  When we learn, we will grow.  When we grow, we become more efficient – it doesn’t matter what it may be; when we learn, we grow and when we grow we get better and when we get better it encourages us and allows us to keep going.


I make it a point to learn as much as I can each and every day. Each day I learn, I also grow as a horseman.  Every time I walk into an arena, whether at home or on the road in front of a standing room only crowd, my goal is to learn and grow.  That’s the only way I can keep going up and down the road 44 weeks each year.  Learning, growing and going is the ethic that has worked for me.  Give it some thought – I am sure it will work for you, too.


Ride Smart and Live Large,


Craig Cameron




Craig will be appearing at the following events over the next couple of months.  We hope you will take the opportunity to participate when he is in your area! 

  • February 25-28.  Pennsylvania Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, PA.

  • Craig will be presenting educational and entertaining horsemanship demonstrations each day along with question and answer sessions.

  • March 3-5.  Road to the Horse in Murfreesboro, TN.

  • Come support Craig in this exciting competition as he and two other professional horsemen take on the challenge of starting a colt.  My money is on Craig in this one!

  • March 12-14.  3 day Horsemanship Clinic in Las Vegas, NV.

  • This clinic will fill in a hurry.  Sign up now!

  • April 15 – 18.  Clinic and Extreme Cowboy Race in Monroe, NC.

  • All of you in the Mid- Atlantic and South Eastern Regions be sure to sign up quickly for this one!



Mark your calendars for this one!  Plan to attend the first EXCA judging clinic, April 23 – 25 at the Double Horn Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas.  Our founder Craig Cameron will be hosting and leading participants through an exciting and entertaining weekend of learning the fine points of judging an Extreme Cowboy Race.  The clinic will consist of discussion, questions and answers, judging live on the original Extreme Cowboy course as seen on RFD-TV and the written test.  Upon successful completion, you will receive your Level 3 Judges rating*. 

The cost of the clinic is $650.00 which includes lodging, breakfast and lunch each day.  Call 800-274-0077 to make your reservation!


* Judges will have ratings of Level 1 – 5.  All Judges will begin at Level 1 with the exception of those that attend this clinic.




I was born into the horse business.  My father Denzel Cameron was respected for his horse training on many movies such as The Man From Snowy River, City Slickers, and Windwalker. Denzel was well known worldwide as one of the top premier movie horse trainers.  He was the man behind many animal actors.

Denzel made many special appearances driving for the Wells Fargo Stagecoach.  Denzel’s most recent work can be seen in the latest Planet of the Apes movie where he trained a black horse to rear on camera. 

My mother is well known locally for her beautiful paintings she’s done for family and friends.  Some of which have been published here and there.

She is also a well accomplished horsewoman. 

For over 25 years Denzel and Geraldine resided in Rosamond California preparing and training Liberty Horses and Driving Horses

In 2004 my father passed away so I decided to move into my parent’s ranch and keep the family tradition alive.



I started working alongside my dad from the time I could walk.  When I turned one I rode my first horse solo; the age of seven, I trained my first horse; and at nine years of age, l was riding race horses out of the starting gates for my father.  After winning several races at the Victorville Fairgrounds at 14 years of age, it was obvious to me that would soon grow be too tall for a jockey. 

I started working with my father at Randall Ranch where I met Glen Randall.   As a teenager, I enjoyed starting horses with dad and Glen.  Soon Phillip Rutherford, the owner of Randall Ranch, started sending me on commercial, parades movie and television jobs.



My passion shifted to the show world. At the age of 17 I trained a renegade mare to show in the 5000 Stock Horse Triumph at the Forum in Los Angeles.  I had been given this mare two years prior because she was vicious and rank and no one could handle her.  With this mare I placed 5th against the finest competition in the country, many of whom were legendary top trainers and experienced show horses.  We later competed in the Stock Horse Sweepstakes at a fair in Lancaster and placed second out of 17 horses.  We continued on victoriously in many competitions throughout Southern California.

When I was 19 years old I trained a horse by the name of RW Pico Plaudit for Roy and Lola Williams in Newhall, California.  Pico was undefeated in Halter and Jr. Western Pleasure as a two year old stallion.   With Lola’s horses I won virtually every single halter division and western pleasure and reining division on the West Coast for Cal-Western Appaloosa Association.  We also placed at the World Championships.

By the time I was 21 I met Xenophon, the famous Arabian stallion now in the book of legends.  Xenophon was a western pleasure horse that was acquired for a board bill by his owners.  My father, Denzel, used Xenophon as a turn back horse to help me train other horses.  Xenophon had already been sent out to a famous trainer to learn cutting but Xenophon showed no interest in it.  On my father’s recommendation, I started training Xenophon to cut cattle and in six months we went to our first show walking away with 4 first place winnings. 

I then turned my attention to Reined Cow Horses.  In 1988 I placed 3rd in the Pro-Am World Championship Snaffle Bit Maturity in Reno, Nevada.  That same year I led the nation and won the West Coast Cal-Western Appaloosa Association Hackamore Reining Championship on “Sheza Commandart”.   With limited showings, I took “Chex Me Out Montana” to the NRCHA Hackamore Championship at Oceano then turned around and won the Central Coast Reining Horse Association Open Jackpot Reining. 

In 1997, I acquired a buckskin stallion named “Dun It For Money” by the famous “Hollywood Dun It”.  Destiny put us together at a pivotal time.  Soon after I acquired this fine stallion, I knew I really had a star.  I took “Dun It For Money” and “Chex Me Out Montana” to the Griffith Park West Coast Circuit in AQHA Senior Reining.  Chex Me Out Montana and Dun it For Money placed 5th and 8th against 30 of the best West Coast trainers and horses. I then entered Dun It For Money in the prestigious Monterey National Horse Show and the annual Santa Barbara Fiesta Rodeo and Stock Horse Show in the Open Reining.  We dominated the competition and walked away with two championships.  



Barbara Ferrante of Tehachapi, CA  (proud owner of the AQHA horses, “I’ll Cowboy Up” and “Especially Colonel”)  put  her geldings in training for reining and Ranch Horse competitions.  After winning most of the local events, we decided to look for something a little more challenging.

In Fall of 2007, Barbara introduced me to Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Racing DVD collection.  After setting up several extreme obstacles at my ranch and introducing the horses to them, I knew I was hooked! 

We entered up in the 2008 Equine Affaire’s LA-Pomona Extreme Cowboy Race.  This race was the most difficult I ever participated in to date.  I’ll Cowboy Up and I won it.  I placed 5th in the 2009 Equine Affaire EXCA race.  2009 was a great year!  We traveled all year to many EXCA races. California seemed to have many challenging courses and excellent riders.  We really enjoyed the friendships we developed with the fellow competitors.  The competitions made me feel much closer to my horses.  I am always surprised over what they will do for me.  With all my movie experience I thought I was born for this event.

The fact that my last name is Cameron and my horse’s name is “I’ll Cowboy Up” was a sign from God to pursue EXCA and it looks like he was right.  I have never had so much fun in my life with a horse as I have been having at the EXCA Events.




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