September 2012 Brave Horse




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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Riding Tips From Craig Cameron


Craig Cameron on Horsemanship - Part 3



Develop a positive attitude about riding and horsemanship. It makes no sense to walk out to your horse's pen if you're looking for a fight. Consider yourself lucky and privileged if you get to ride only once a week or once a month. You're lucky to be around horses.

Your attitude has to be positive because your horse has the ability to pick up on your attitude. He has that awareness, the ability to sense whether you're feeling aggressive or mean or unsure. If you're having a bad day and having trouble adjusting your attitude, make sure you do something with your horse that's easy for you and your horse to do. Don't push the situation by tackling some difficult task.


Whatever you do, don't get angry at your horse; it will only get in your way. Don't get frustrated; frustration will only get in your way. You have to have more discipline and maturity than the horse. You can work your horse through inspiration or desperation. It's up to you. The greatest horseman in the world get the most out of every horse because they have the right attitude.


Remember, horsemanship is a thinking and a working man's game. You've got to be able to work at it and outthink your hoarse. When a problem arises with a horse, stop and think it out.


Look for the Try

What you look for in horsemanship is the try on the part of the horse. I'll accept anything but the quit from a person or a horse. I can't stand the word can't. Don't give me the can't; give me the try. Don't always expect 100 percent from your horse as long as he's trying. Be willing to accept only 75 percent of what you know he's capable of because you know he's trying.


Maybe he's just having a bad day. Horses are going to have good and bad days, just like you and me. Maybe your horse doesn't feel well today. Maybe he's hurting in places you're not aware of. If you accept your horse's 75 percent today, maybe he'll give you 110 percent tomorrow.


Always give something back to the horse. The best things are release, relief, relaxation, reward or a pat on the neck. Do something to let your horse know when he's doing right.


Communication and Control

Horsemanship is all about communication and control you need control of the whole horse - head, neck, shoulders, rib cage, hindquarters, all the way through to his feet. And then you need to communicate so he'll understand the game you're asking him to play. He shouldn't fear it or hate it; you shouldn't have to drag him into the arena to do it. If you could do it right, I think most horses would love the sports we ask them to do.


A great barrel horse understands his job; he runs from his heart. A great cutting horse likes to cut cattle; he dares a cow to get past him. The ones that quit and run off on the ends are sometimes scared to death. Horses that have bad reactions to performance are afraid of what they're doing. Many times it's a loss of confidence and trust. They don't understand it and were probably pushed too hard and too fast to perform. A loss of confidence can be hard to regain.


If you can get past the fear to the understanding, then you'd have total control of your horse because he'd understand the game you're playing.


Give horses a year or two to understand your game, not 30 days. By not progressing too hard and fast, you avoid the element of fear. There are times when your horse will get a little nervous and unsure about what you're doing. Right then, stop and go back to something the horse understands. When he regains his confidence and calmness, return to the lesson and start over again.


Learning to Learn

Allow your horse to learn. It's a time consuming process. For example, don't try to get your horse spinning very quickly until he learns how to give to pressure, follow his nose, and place and move his feet. Just like fine wine, learning takes time. Anything that's worthwhile usually takes time. Give your horse the opportunity to learn. He didn't come into the world knowing what you want.


You train horses to learn by going through a series of basics. For example, in teaching a horse turn around or spin, like reiners do, first you ask for a little bend or yield, then a circle; then you get a quarter-pivot or turn. Be happy with that, recognize and reward it. Before long you're getting a half-pivot, then a three-quarter pivot; then your horse turns all the way around one time.


Horses are capable of latent learning. That means it might take a few days or weeks for something to click mentally for a horse. You might not think he understands when you're training him one day, but then the next day or in a few days, he's got it. Give the horse a chance to solve it, soak it in, to pick it up, to mentally process what it is you're trying to tell him. Some pick things up right away; others take longer. Some horses are just slower than others.


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
World Sponsors Spotlight:
NAB Member Input Needed
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Contact Us

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

What Qualities Make a Great EXCA Horse?


It does not seem to matter what breed of horse it is; I have seen every breed excel in the event including mules. The judge is looking for a horse/ mule that is comfortable in his surroundings and not stressed by everything going on around him. They are looking for a horse that operates on a loose rein and a soft touch; and, when a rider puts a leg on them, they move over without hesitation. I personally like to see a horse in frame or on the bit, which is very important for some of the dressage like maneuvers. What is most impressive is when a horse approaches a ground obstacle, their attention is focused on the obstacle and not simply running over it when they are told to. It is always impressive to see a horse that takes care of himself a little bit when he goes over a bridge or a jump.

The judge also rewards horses that depart softly on the correct lead and are ready to move onto the next obstacle. When you are running a horse aggressively and put him to park or ground tie, to do an obstacle, it is very important that the horse does not move their feet and stands motionless. In my travels, EXCA horses are among the bravest and well-trained horses in the world. Many of the top riders in EXCA are champions in many disciplines. No other association can claim the versatility of the Extreme Cowboy horse and rider.

- - - Bill Cameron

World Sponsors Spotlight
The Southern Obstacle Challenge Association is a non-profit organization that has been formed to offer obstacle challenge and sanctioned Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race events all over the Southeast. The goal of SOCA is to provide events where horses and riders can have fun, as well provide education about our equine friends, foster camaraderie, and promote involvement with the equine community. There are divisions for all levels of horses and riders at all events, with payback and prizes awarded. SOCA will also offer clinics and schooling days to help horses and riders negotiate obstacles in a safe manner and where participants can improve their horsemanship skills. SOCA will also host charity events to help raise much needed funding for various other non-profit organizations, in and outside the equine industry.
Wayne Conkle and Tracy Pinson are the owners of Darby Oaks Stables conveniently located in Bushnell, Florida - Just an hour from Tampa, Orlando, and Gainesville. Both have grown up with Tennessee Walking Horses and continue to be actively involved in showing, trail riding, exhibiting, breeding, and teaching.
Attention: NAB Members

Please forward your ideas suggestions for discussion at the annual NAB meeting. email to :
Announcement from EXCA
International Board Member
Evon Kurtz

Welcome Aboard "EXCA Club Hungary -"


We are very excited and proud to announce the formation of a European EXCA racing club in Hungary.


They will be holding their first EXCA competition Spring or Summer of 2013. The club director Török Gergely has been receiving calls from Checz, Slovaks, and Poland expressing interest in competing in their upcoming EXCA race. "This is special and will be a huge event" says Török Gergely (Greg).


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EXCA World News - Do You Qualify?

This year's qualification to compete in the EXCA World Championship requires that the horse/rider team must rank in the top 60% of their Division in overall World Qualifying Points. A Regional factor will be considered to determine World qualification (if you compete in a region with a limited number of races, EXCA will adjust the qualification parameters). EXCA Membership must be current to compete at the World. If your membership lapses, your accumulated points will reappear on the points page once your membership is renewed.