Welcome to the Extreme Cowboy Association

We are excited about 2012 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 Frank Turben at





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Photo By: Marilyn Merrick

Message from Craig Cameron



Double Horn Ranch

The Making of Great Horses & Horseman


In the beginning a horse does not see the reason, meaning or purpose in what we are asking him to do. Through repetition he learns what we want or do not want of him. In my line of work as a clinician I am presented with many tough horses that are deemed un-trainable. People always ask for the secret in training that type of horse? There is no secret. Horses respond positively to effective training techniques.


The best horsemen are casual around their horses. Training in a relaxed fashion and with an effective process

entails working with the horse, not against him. If you follow this formula positive results are inevitable. In public demonstrations with "unrideable" horses, time after time the horses have amazed on-lookers by quickly relating to positive training. In just a matter of an hour the first-rides were accomplished without a bronc-ride or mishap.


The key is to be an effective trainer with effective techniques. If you are not effective, no matter how good your intentions are you might as well be looking west for the sunrise. Like the horse, you must be willing to change and work to have the first ride an important one and remember from good beginnings things tend to come naturally. --------- Craig Cameron



In This Issue
Craig Cameron Tools of the Trade
Sponsorship Opportunities
Message From Our New NAB Chairman
Interview With a Champion
National Championship
Judges Renewal
Craig Cameron Collection
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Especially Extreme Cowboy Racing!
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Corporate Sponsorships, Branding, Display & Signage Opportunities.
Visibility for sponsors is offered through web, advertising, printed flyers, signage and race day promotions.
Corporate sponsors are encouraged to take advantage of the various opportunities for exposure.


Contact EXCA

Texas Headquarters


Phone: (254) 728-3082

Fax: (254) 728-3081





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)

Show Committees:

Event Committee: now forming

Sponsorship Committee:

Cece Lamborne Bulkley

with Evon Kurtz assisting.

Spectator Passes:

Sponsors and competitors receive two extra passes.


2012 Cowtown Challenge

EXCA National Championship

Date: June 1-3, 2012



Will Rogers Memorial Center Watt Arena

3401 West Lancaster Avenue

Fort Worth, Texas


Payback in cash and/or prizes

based on number of entries


Craig Cameron American Horsemanship Demonstrations


Qualifying: None

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

Check with your local club for details.


Hooves N Irons Extreme Cowboy Race with Craig Cameron

Date: May 26, 2012

Location: CPR Ranche, Dersch Rd

Anderson, Ca


"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) .


$1000 Event Guaranteed Cash Payment. All riders of all disciplines welcome.

Buckles ti 1st & 2nd

Cash Payout to 3rd place

Awards thru 6th place

Limited to 50 Riders

Spectators welcome $12

Tickets & Entry Info: 530-347-0212

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

2011 World Novice Interview with Elizabeth Roten


2011 World Champ.  Novice Elizabeth Roten
Elizabeth Roten & "Belle"
2011 Novice World Champ. Elizabeth Roten
Elizabeth & Craig

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View Elizabeth's World Championship Final Go


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

2012 EXCA National Championship




AmeriEquine Festival of the Horse

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.

For details on the first AmeriEquine Festival of the Horse visit:

For EXCA Nationals entry information contact Frank Turben.



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
  • Contact your local EXCA club for upcoming information!
Looking for 2012 Sponsors

Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsorships, Branding, Display & Signage Opportunities

Visibility for sponsors is offered through web, advertising, printed flyers, signage booth, and race day promotions. Corporate sponsors are encouraged to take advantage of the various opportunities for exposure.

  • $100 Display Banner Hanging EXCA World Finals
  • $100 Sponsor 1 Obstacle EXCA World Finals
  • $200 EXCA Web page Link and Logo for your Business - Email Blasts
  • $250 Booth at EXCA World Finals - Display 1 arena banner - Web Page Link and Logo for your Business - Email Blasts
  • $500 Booth at EXCA World Finals - Display 3 arena banners - Announcer Recognition - Web Page Link and Logo for your Business - Email Blasts
  • $750 Booth at EXCA World Finals - Display 4 arena banners - Announcer Recognition - Obstacle Sponsorship - Web Page Link and Logo for your Business - Email Blasts
  • $_____ World Finals Race Sponsorships call EXCA Web page with link, Announcer Recognition, Arena Banners, Booth & World Finals Race, Email blasts with logo on flyer and:

(*May be more than one Corporate Race Sponsor)