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2012 WORLD UPDATE
Buckles: will be given out to the winners of each go round.
Final Run: starts with a clean slate (winner of Final Round takes the title)
Event Committee: now forming
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with Evon Kurtz assisting.
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2012 Cowtown Challenge
EXCA National Championship
Date: June 1-3, 2012
Will Rogers Memorial Center Watt Arena
3401 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas
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based on number of entries
Craig Cameron American Horsemanship Demonstrations
Details: Entry includes 2 Expo passes. RV Hook-ups available. Stalls available Thurs PM thru Mon AM.
Clean Slate Finals Run
California Regional Boundaries
By popular request the Northern and Southern California Regional boundaries have been merged together.
EXCA Welcomes English Riders
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Hooves N Irons Extreme Cowboy Race with Craig Cameron
Date: May 26, 2012
Location: CPR Ranche, Dersch Rd
"Hot as a Pistal" race commentary by Craig Cameron. An exciting fast paced race against the clock.
1 Full Go - top 25% up to 10 riders return for a 2nd Go -- per Division (2 round accumulative points) .
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Buckles ti 1st & 2nd
Cash Payout to 3rd place
Awards thru 6th place
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QUESTION FOR OUR NEW NAB CHAIRMAN - BILL CAMERON
Photo by Andrea Kaus
We have a question about the 2012 World that is listed in the January Brave Horse. It says that the final round is wiped clean and the winner of that one round wins the World. So it will not be a points total for the three days? "Anyone can have a lucky run" can you please explain why they are making this change?
When people come to watch the finals at a World Championship they expect the best ride to win it. Because the Finals are harder, it makes for a much more interesting and competitive race if everyone starts at an equal level. The first two go rounds will be cumulative taking the top 10 scores and riders to the Final Go Round. Luck will have nothing to do with this. It has been m y experience in the past that people get lucky in the first two go rounds because they were easy and then bomb out in the finals because they were much more difficult. There's is always a bad taste in every ones mouth when this happens. As a rider, to me this is very discouraging to see especially when the horse that improves the most should be the winner. To win the finals of EXCA is something that is earned and I have never seen anyone get lucky and win a World title, however I have seen people bomb out in the Finals and win a World title. I suppose you could say that you "got lucky" if you made the finals because the competition has been pretty incredible! I think last year's show was the best competition I have seen yet, especially in the Youth and the Novice. - - - Bill Cameron
Elizabeth Roten & "Belle"
Elizabeth & Craig
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Evon: What did you do during the two months prior to the competition?
The weeks prior to the championship I trained a lot; I rode and practiced at least two hours every day. It was a wonderful opportunity to go to the worlds and I wasn't going to waste it.
Evon: What did you find most challenging at the World?
The most challenging for me was the pressure and the nerves; they were the most difficult obstacles to deal with (even more difficult than the water box). The fact that I was competing on the world's stage against the best horse and rider teams around the country definitely added extra pressure and difficulty to the competition.
Evon: What advice can you give to the youth?
My advice to the youth is no matter how hard it may be; train your own horse. "You" are the one to achieve that ultimate trust relationship that everyone in the horse world is working toward. Be the one to put the buttons and cues on your horse, that way you learn your horse's likes and dislikes and you will discover their personality. When I discover something a horse doesn't like - I absolutely flood them with it. By all means don't put yourself in danger, but make your horse wish that he had never spooked at it in the first place. I am not talking about desensitizing, I do not desensitize my horses. I want my horse to be as sensitive and reactive as possible. However, you need to get your horse to accept things - to "want" to figure it out in their own mind. Then they will not freak out when he sees a leaf in the wrong place. I don't want to desensitize my horse, I want her to be curious, and totally aware of everything that's out there. Besides, that's what the judges want to see. If you get your horse to respect you through trust (not fear) things will be ten million times easier when it comes to training and competing.
Evon: Who inspired you the most in the EXCA?
Well, there are a lot of people who have inspired and helped me with many great training tips. One of the people who helped me the most is Joyce Lewis. She has given me so much good advice; she has really helped me get to where I am in the EXCA. Also there is a special lady who has helped me a lot as well, thanks Diana. The person I look up to the most, I actually met at the World Championship in Oklahoma. His runs were absolutely amazing. The relationship between Cam Schryver and his horse is something very special. They are a great team. Also I really appreciate him pulling me off to the side while I was waiting for my next run and giving me some great tips on teaching my horse to spin. Spinning happens to be one of my horses' weak points; however, she is improving thanks to Cam's advice.
Evon: If you could share your most memorable moment in EXCA, in a few words what would you say?
Well, my most memorable moment at the EXCA World Championship would have to be the first day of the competition. At the end of the day seeing my name on the top of the list of 37 riders was way cool. That was a moment that I will never forget. Working so hard, training and practicing, and racing all year to qualify, and it paying off like it did, that was truly amazing, especially with all of the other talented horse and rider teams that I was competing against. The first day was a great day. And of course receiving the World champion buckle great as well. Knowing that I was up against the best of the best in my division caused a lot of pressure. And I guess I looked pretty silly among all those big horses. Some were 15.3 hands and some even taller. My little horse is barely 13.2 and I happen to be five foot seven, so I bet a lot of people got a good laugh out of the way we looked - ha-ha. However, I simply let my horse and my riding speak for themselves. I am very fortunate to have won the EXCA Novice World Championship. I would like to thank everyone that has given me training tips and support. I especially want to thank my Mom and Dad for their support, and for driving me the twenty two hours from our home in North Carolina all the way to the Lazy E in Guthrie Oklahoma. It was a long way to go, but it was the greatest trip of my life, I will never forget it.
Thank you Elizabeth for your time and the great interview... Evon Kurtz
June 1-3, 2012
Here is your chance to perform in front of a huge crowd and walk away with an EXCA National Title. Prizes & Money guaranteed.
In your down time you can see legendary reiners - Tim McQuay, Tom & Mandy McCutchen, the woman behind Cavalia & her horses - Silvia Zerbini, champion of Dressage - Mari Mondo Zduic, and World Champion Endurance rider - Becky Hart. Don't forget to drop on by and see Emmy Lou Harris and The Riders in the Sky perform live.
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For EXCA Nationals entry information contact Frank Turben.
2012 JUDGES RENEWAL REMINDER
Due to minimal changes in the EXCA 2012 Rulebook, there will be no requirement to take the online renewal test. Judges can request their card when renewing their EXCA membership.
- TV appearance opportunity for you and your horse!!
- One rider from each club will be chosen regardless of age or division to compete at the Double Horn Ranch, Bluff Dale Texas!
- Finals to be aired on RFD TV
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