June 2012 Brave Horse


JUNE 2012

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 webmaster@extremecowboyassociation.com



Craig mm photo
Photo By:  Marilyn Merrick

Stories From Craig Cameron


True Story: Freight-Training


At one time I worked as a cowboy on the Ralph Lauren Double R Ranch in Ridgway, Colo.  One fall day, a norther' blew in unexpectedly, bringing with it lots of wind and snow.  The cowboys I worked with decided to load the horses and make a run for the headquarters.


With six horses all saddled and a big stock trailer, we began loading the horses one after the other.  The last horse, a big bay, refused to load.  The cowboys, cold and ready to go home, were in a hurry and had no interest in any "fine" trailer-loading techniques.


I took the initiative to step in the trailer, holding the balky horse's lead rope.  The other cowboys hoo-rayed, whipped and tried to spook the horse into loading.  The confused bay finally took a huge leap into the trailer and freight-trained headlong into me.  I escaped, but not without a laceration and a broken nose.  This is a good example of how not to load your horse.


The key to correct trailer loading is preparation and patience, which translates into confidence in the horse.  There's nothing better than a horse that loads and unloads on command.


Excerpt from:  RIDE SMART by Craig Cameron with Kathy Swan.   Published by Western Horseman.  


In This Issue
Craig Cameron Tools of the Trade
Sponsorship Opportunities
EXCA World News
Message From Our New NAB Chairman
EXCA Highlights: Nationals
National Championship Schedule & News
Photo of the Month
It's a Beautiful World
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Contact EXCA

Texas Headquarters


Phone: (254) 728-3082

Fax: (254) 728-3081

Email: doublehornd@lipan.net 



Attention EXCA Mustang Owners:  
Earn a Dale Martin High Point Saddle! 


Bring On The Mustangs!

The top yearend point mustang will win a custom Dale Martin Saddle to be presented at the EXCA World Championship.



  • 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:

Committees: now forming

Sponsorship Committee:

Cece Lamborne Bulkley


 Spectator Passes:

Sponsors and competitors receive two extra passes.


EXCA 2012 World Championship  Location


November 2 - 4, 2012 


Circle T Resort 
4007 W. Hwy 36 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 
Details will be posted on the EXCA web site soon. 


Bill Cameron
Photo by Andrea Kaus

One question that comes up often is "How fast should I go over the bridge on an EXCA course?"


I think it depends on the width of the bridge and the experience of the horse and rider team.  When crossing a very narrow bridge, the risk factor is extremely high that that the horse might slip.   The smart thing would be to trot or walk to avoid any mistakes.  However, some horses can easily lope right over.  I like to see a low head looking at what he is about to cross with no hesitation.  If he lopes across with his head high, not looking where he is going, I might consider this a little reckless and not give the extra points they were looking for.


When walking the course, check the surface material carefully and how slippery it might become because your first concern is the safety and welfare of your horse.  Precision and Perfection always come before speed.  When speed is added it becomes a beautiful thing to watch and this is what sets EXCA apart from the other organizations.


  - - -     Bill Cameron



The Nationals were a great success thanks to our wonderful competitors.  Congratulations to all the winners.  




1st        CC Metzler & Shelby the Mustang

2nd        Michelle Schmidt & Ain't No Scaredy Cat

3rd        Dennis Tipton & Goodbars Sonny

4th         Lisa Steinbach & Texan at the Ritz

5th         David (Nip) Dodd & Bucks Uno

6th         Joe Holloway & Solano's Moonlite Run



1st         Joseph Visser & Meet My Dust

2nd        Brittany Wiseheart & Sweetie 

Joseph Visser & Meet My Dust


















1ST        Steve Barrett & Mr Genuine Doc

2ND        James Best & Honey

3RD        James Bes & Little Black Skids

4th          Dennis Tipton & Goodbars Sonny

5th          David (Nip) Dodd & Bucks Uno



1ST         Tracy Pinson & Texan at the Ritz

2nd         Tracy Pinson & Skyjacker's Mtn High

3rd          Joseph Visser & Meet My Dust

4th          Leanne Hale & Slick


Tracy Pinson













1ST         Lee Hart & Shelby the Mustang

2nd         Wendy Stephens & The Bailef

Lee Hart






Wendy & The Bailef w/ Craig
Photo by Mark Limsky

Overall Champion: Lee Hart

Reserve Champion: Steve Barrett

Craig Cameron Shootout Winner: Lee Hart




Congratulations to our EXCA member Wendy Stephens for winning the AQHA Master Lewvel 3 Trail Challenge!!




EXCA Member Appreciation:  Lee Hart 

Thank you Lee for your hard work, dedication, and helping your fellow EXCA members at the Nationals.  You are greatly appreciated by us all. 

Photo pick of the month...
Gianna Sbarbaro Young Gun Aloha Region
Please submit your favorite photo to NaturalBornRacers@gmail.com

It's a Beautiful World

The World Show of the EXCA is intended for the enjoyment of the EXCA members.  I propose that we come together to provide attractive, interesting and challenging obstacles for the next World Show.  For example, I will bring barrels.  I will attempt to make the barrels interesting by finding different types of barrels and adding colors, designs, etc.  Most people have plenty of room in their trailer to transport something to the World Show.  Wouldn't you want to be a small part of providing a great World Show for everyone?

My goal is to have common obstacles such as barrels, jump standards, cowboy curtains, water boxes, bridges... things of which most racers are familiar.  These will be provided by EXCA members that are attending the World Show.  These obstacles are not "deal breaker" types of obstacles.  They are common obstacles that are used in many races.  The only difference is that we should attempt to have these common obstacles take on an uncommon flare.  For example, the jumps could be made of flower boxes or colored cross members.  Bridges could be lined with artificial foliage and/or painted.  Drag obstacles could be adorned with bells, flags, etc.  Other decorations are also welcomed, such as photo backdrops, artificial foliage, water fountains - anything that might add interest to the course.

Frank Turben has agreed to help volunteers organize the needed obstacles for the World Show.  If you would like to volunteer an obstacle, please contact him to check that the obstacle has not already been promised by another EXCA member.

My hope is that by dividing the obstacle work among EXCA members, we will provide a better World Show for everyone.  Also, I would like to think that no one person is overburdened with providing all the obstacles.

Please consider helping us to provide an attractive obstacle for the upcoming World Show.


Elizabeth Hanzel