August 2012 Brave Horse


AUGUST     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



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Photo By:  Marilyn Merrick

Riding Tips From Craig Cameron


Craig Cameron on Horsemanship - Part 2



Experience is the best teacher for feel. And if you want to experience horsemanship, you have to live it.  You have to read about it, study it, make it your passion.  You have to love it.  Even if you don't have a horse, you can hang around a stable and clean stalls.  Sit in the stands at horse events, watch and become a part of the horse industry.  You can associate with people who're involved in it.  Make it your lifestyle.  Pretty soon you;ll be able to grow.  How can you be better if you're not willing to put in the time and work/ it's your job to get the experience.


If you're lucky enough to have a horse, become a part of his life. Don't just catch him when you want to ride him.  Go into his stall or corral, pet him, scratch behind his ears and hanbg out with your horse.  Make it so he's happy to see you coming.  You don't want your horse to run away; you want him to come to you.  Be with your horse like another horse would.  All the time you'll be learning from him.  That's how you become a horse-man, and your horse becomes a man-horse.  Your horse will get in tune with you.


Don't think of a horse as just a thing.  He's not a tractor.  He is a living, breathing entity, just like you.  Learning horsemanship is like learning another language. You've got to become bilingual and speak horse to the horst.



Timing is everything.  Your timing has to be good in order to communicate with the horse on his level.  Timing is discipline and timing is release.  You have to know when to release pressure so the horse has an incentive to learn what you want.  It's not the amount of pressure you place on the reins or spurs; it's the release the horse is interested in.  it's the release that makes them responsive and light.  Bits and spurs work on pressure and if you pull or push hard enough they work on pain.  It's not the pressure or pain that gives the horse then incentive, it's the release.  Horsemanship, like all things athletic, is a matter of feel, timing and balance.


Realize that time is not a concept horses understand.  A horse never thinks in terms of time - of minutes or hours.  That's a human thing.  I've never seen a horse wear a watch.  They live in the moment.  Time to the horse is time to eat, time to breed, time to move, time to sleep, length of day or night; that's time to a horse.



Rhythm is a specific pattern of movement.  Good horsemanship is getting in sync with your horse's movement.  In any of the horse's gaits, there's a rhythm, and you need to move with it.  They don't call it sitting, they call it riding.

It's like dancing.  You and your horse are partners.  Even if one person (you) is leading and one person (the horse) is following ideally you're still moving together as your horse's partner, it's your responsibility to be in rhythm with your horse's feet.  It comes down to footwork.



Balance is a state of equilibrium. You shouldn't hinder or impede your horse's movement with unbalanced riding, which would upset his equilibrium.  Be in balance with your horse as you sit in the saddle - not too far forward, nor too far back.  Don't lean from side to side.  Move with your horse and not against him.  A balanced rider helps, not hinders, a horse through all movements.  You're riding a living entity; stay centered.  The importance of balance in all maneuvers can never be overemphasized.  It's a key ingredient in all great horsemanship.  Riding bareback will help you develop your balance. (to be continued)


Excerpt from:  RIDE SMART by Craig Cameron with Kathy Swan.  Pages 37-45  Published by Western Horseman.   

In This Issue
Craig Cameron Tools of the Trade
Sponsorship Opportunities
EXCA World News
Message From Our New NAB Chairman
Member Spotlight: Joseph Visser
NAB Member Input Needed
Article: Dalene's Corner
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EXCA Texas Headquarters


Phone: (254) 728-3082

Fax: (254) 728-3081




November 2 - 4, 2012 



Circle T Resort 

4007 W. Hwy 36 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 



Attention:  Mustang Owners 
Earn a Dale Martin High Point 

Bring On The Mustangs!

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



EXCA World Prizes:  

  • 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

Volunteer for EXCA World 2012 here 


 Spectator Passes:

Sponsors and competitors receive two extra passes.



  • Young Gun, Novice, & Non Pro on Friday
  • Ride Smart, Youth, & Pro on Saturday  

Entry fees: 

* Pro $200

* Non Pro $175 

* Novice & Ride Smart $150

* Youth & Young Gun $100



  • Limited Entries
  •  "Man" on "Man" heads up competition
  • 10 riders (two at a time)
  •  $100 entry fee - 80% payback
  •  Fastest time wins
  •  No judges - No points
  •  Open to all riders 18 & over
Futurity Division
Don't forget to get your entries in now.
Bill Cameron
Photo by Andrea Kaus



I would like to know what is considered "showboating" during the free ride and while doing obstacles. If the obstacle is a sack of cans.....would shaking the sack over the horse be considered "showboating"? Or if using a tarp during the free ride and waving it around be considered such? Thank you for your time. Janie


Dear Janie,

Shaking cans is not considered showboating.  It shows that the horse is not afraid of the bag when it makes noise. I would give bonus points for this as long as the rider does not get carried away and do something goofy and dangerous to scare the horse.  Waving a tarp that you were asked to ride with would be considered bonus points, not showboating.  Changing gaits, speeds, or doing lead changes would be considered bonus points during a free ride.

I consider showboating something like standing on your horse's back while loping around the arena or doing a back flip off the horse for a dismount.  Showboating would also be doing something that would take unusual acrobatic skill.  On a free ride, I consider showboating anything that severely slows down your speed taking away from your overall time.  I would also look at riding your horse into a horse trailer and grabbing the roof for dismount a form of showboating and very dangerous.

  - - -     Bill Cameron

Member Spotlight
Joseph Visser - Youth & Non Pro

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Joseph Visser Extreme Cowboy 2011 EXCA World Finals: Youth Division
Joseph Visser Extreme Cowboy 2011 EXCA World Finals: Youth Division
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Arena Etiquette

A few tips to make arena warm-up safe and fun!

By Dalene Cameron


Know that every arena has three spaces in which to ride!



  • The rail should be left open for riders who are working their horses at the lope or extended trot, and moving quickly.
  • If you hear a rider behind you, call out "rail please," you should immediately move to the left (inside track) to let them pass.


  • The inside track is for riders who are jogging or walking their horses.


  • The center of the arena is where a rider can practice concentrated maneuvers ( spins, side-pass, etc...)
  • A rider should always move into the center to stand, dismount, or visit, preferably exit the arena when socializing.


  • During warm-up, the majority of horses will be traveling counter-clockwise. Do not attempt to work your horse in the opposite direction unless very few horses are warming up and the space allows you to safely do so.
  • When two riders pass each other while riding in opposite directions, they should always pass left shoulder to left shoulder the same as when driving on the road!




  • Look over your shoulder before swinging a rope. Always be aware of any riders approaching from behind.
  • Loud verbal commands may cause another rider's horse to react to your command of "Whoa" or other verbal urging (smooching & clucking)
  • Never back-up or bring your horse to an abrupt stop without first looking behind you.