Welcome to the Extreme Cowboy Association   

We are excited about 2013 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.


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Craig Cameron...

Perseverance - Riding the Tough Ones

People are curious and often ask, "What's the toughest horse you've ever worked?" "Has there ever been a horse you couldn't tame?" Traveling around the country as a horse trainer who'll work with any horse is much like a prizefighter willing to take on all comers.

I was a professional bull rider for many years and competed at the country's biggest rodeos. My challenge was to ride the rankest bulls the stock contractor could provide. In rodeo, it's the cowboy versus the contractor. The cowboy says, "I can ride anything you've got, and the contractor says, "I can put you on the ground."

When I began putting on public colt starting demonstrations, I never meant them to be a challenge; however, my audience had other ideas. Instead of bringing horses for a learning demonstration, people brought them as a contest. "Craig Cameron is coming to town? Yeah, have we got one for him." After 20 years of proving myself and the method of working through understanding with horses, regrettably this contesting still goes on. I think it's a lot like auto racing or rodeo. Some folks come hoping to see a wreck.

Tough horses-I can name you a few. Las Cruces, N.M., 1992, a bad mare flipped completely over on me. Oklahoma City, a rank and spoiled stallion ran me over, and I still carry that scar on my shoulder today. At the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in Forth worth, I was kicked to the ground. Amarillo Ranch Rodeo, I was kicked by an outlaw and had to be helped on the horse to finish before going to the hospital to drain the fluid off my knee. I was bucked off three times by the same mare in Ardmore, Okla., before finally "getting through" on that horse. As James Gholson, wagon boss of the Pitchfork Ranch, or the crowd that attended the Sweetwater, Texas Ranch Rodeo about the black stallion that kicked me down, pawed me and bucked me off twice before I "conquered" that bronc. The list goes on and on. Obviously, there've been many tough horses, but one in particular comes to mind when I think of truly tough.

My good friend, and one of the finest horsemen I know; Mark Chestnut of Whitesboro, Texas, had three long yearlings for sale, two fillies and a stallion. They were well-bred and the price was right. We sealed the deal, and my wife, Dalene, and I headed to Whitesboro. Not being halter-broke, the youngsters were wild but looked great. We crowded them into my stock trailer and were homeward bound with our new horses in tow.

Two fillies broke out soft and melted down into a smooth training routine. The little stallion that I eventually had gelded, however; was a horse of a different color. There was something contrary about him. He had a standoffish air. Just catching him in a stall was a task, even though he wore a halter and lead rope. He received many hours of leading, brushing, tying, and good ground work, but still the trust wasn't there.

My first trip to the round pen with this guy was memorable. The setting was an indoor arena with a 45-foot portable round pen set close to the barn window. I simply walked into the training corral. I hadn't moved or even started to work the young prospect when, without warning, he unhesitatingly and very athletically jumped completely out of that barn window and was gone. I think I laughed and cussed at the same time. I knew right then that then that this horse was a bit of a rattlesnake and was wild as sage. We started calling him Sage...

Taken from: RIDE SMART by Craig Cameron with Kathy Swan. Page 156 & 157. Published by Western Horseman. 


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Opening Ceremony


US  - Cam Schryver

Canada - Tom Ryan

Sweden - Aia Hill & The Swede

Hungary - Lizz McIntsh

 So Africa - Bennett Green

 Slovakia - Cullen Green


              France - Eliza Green               


 Belgium - Lee Hart

Bill Cameron
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Why we use silly foam fingers and boring orange cones with barrels.


Many times when we want to test a horse's courage or trust we will create a wall with foam fingers or a cloth curtain.


Why do we use the foam fingers? It is one of the best ways to test a horse's bravery. They simulate brush and tree branches out on the ranch. The fingers are safe and cannot hurt a horse or it's rider. The average horse who is not schooled on the foam fingers will not want to go through them. We also use round barrels and orange cones in our jumps and courses because simulate jumping fallen trees and logs and they are pretty safe. We like things that test a horses and riders trust and abilities while keeping them safe.


You should never set up a course to purposely scare a horse. Set up a technically challenging course then add things that might get their attention, this way they their confidence builds.


          - - -     Bill Cameron

2013 Harmony Farms EXCA World Championship Results
Circe T Ranch Arena, Hamilton Texas


Young Guns:
 1. Ginna Sbarbaro
 2. Piper Crabtree
 3. Bennett Green
 4. Madeline Lomas
 Go Round Winner:  Piper Crabtree



 1. Kayla Ginella
 2. Michael Lindsey
 3. Paris Starn
 4. Robin Moore
Go Roun Winner: Paris Starn


 1. James Anderson & Six Flo Buck
 2. Lee Hart & Sparkling Jacette (Frances Jones)
Go Round Winner:  Lee Hart & Wizard of Highbrow (Nip Dodd)


Non Pro:

 1. Tracy Pinson
 2. Leanne Hale
 3. KelsieJo Graham
 4. Ricky Carey
Go Round Winner: Tracy Pinson


 1. Elena Aoki
 2. Kayla Ginella
 3. Meilan Sim
 4. Shelby Ratliff
Go Roun Winner: Kayla Ginella

Ride Smart:

 1. Jim Ochs
 2. Rick Peniston
 3. Frances Jones
 4. Jim Best
Go Round Winner: Steve Barrett


 1. Cam Schryver

 2. Runt Rageth

 3. Lee Hart

 4. James Anderson

Go Round Winner:  Cam Schryver


Overall World Champion:  Cam Scryver 


Cam Schrver Pro World Champion

& Overall World Champion

Tracy Pinson

Non Pro World Champion


Jim Ochs

Ride Smart World Champion




Kayla Ginella

Novice World Champion





Elena Aoki 

Youth World Champion


Gianna Sbarbaro 

Young Guns World Champion



 Dennis Robinon 

High Point  World Champion


James Anderson

Futurity World Champion 



Ricky Carey

Craig Camerson Shoot Out World Champion

Tater - Horse Hall of Fame
Cullen Green
Inez Throm
Mustang Challenge
High Point World Champion:  Dennis Robinson 
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees:
James Best
Diana McMurtrey
Evon Kurtz