MAY  2013

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.


Please forward your ideas and suggestions to Frank Turben at



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Photo By:  Marilyn Merrick

Equitation, Developing a Good Seat


Riding properly is a matter of developing good habits.  Good equitation techniques are important whatever you do, from the simplest tasks to the most advanced maneuvers.  No matter if you're catching your horse, mounting him, riding the trails, working cattle, jumping a fence or spinning a hole in the ground, your skills dictate your level of horsemanship.


Great horseman are made, not born.  Like any craft, horsemanship must be worked at.  It's your level of desire, determination and dedication that counts.  Study the methods and exercises in this chapter to build a solid foundation for your horsemanship.  How far you take it will be up to you.


Excerpt from:  RIDE SMART by Craig Cameron with Kathy Swan.  Page 71  Published by Western Horseman.  

In This Issue

Craig Cameron Tools of the Trade

Sponsorship Opportunities

Article Headline

Judging, Keep it Simple

National Championship

International News


Craig Cameron Collection 

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Click on logo above to take you to Craig's collection. These are the tools & equipment he uses everyday.  They will help you to Ride Smart and achieve success in any discipline you choose. 


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. 



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Contact Us

EXCA Texas Headquarters


Phone: (254) 728-3082

Fax: (254) 728-3081






Brave Horse Seeking Your Involvement.


Brave Horse would like to hear your stories and showcase your favorite photos from your EXCA club events. International EXCA clubs too!!



May Photo Picks:

Courtesy of Ontario Xtreme Cowboy.













Bill Cameron

Photo by Andrea Kaus

Ask the Judge:

Debbie Boltman of EXCA South Africa asked:  "How Can We Judge and Keep It Easy? 1/4 points are difficult to understand and tabulate".



Judging Obstacles & Keeping It Simple


The average score is 5.5 with no mistakes. When scoring an obstacle such as a waterbox, one is watching the approach very carefully, watching for straightness, willingness and taking care not to stop.   If they hesitate or stop, that is a deduction of to 1 point from the 5.5 average score.  If they back up or turn away, it might be 1 to 2 point deduction from the 5.5, giving them a 4.5 or 3.5.


If a horse's approach is clean and they walk right thru like it is not even there, I would give them a 6.5.   If they trot thru a 7.5 or 8 is given. And if they lope thru, a 8 or 9 possibly.  Also the departure must be clean to get a 5.5.  If a horse steps out crooked or stumbles there is a deduction from 5.5 such to 1 point. 

I don't like using points because too many fractions to add and you can be very accurate using increments. 


    - - -     Bill Cameron


Extreme Cowboy Association National Championship May 24 & 25, 2013 

The Southern Obstacle Challenge Association would like to invite all EXCA racers to the National Championships which will be held at the historic Celebration grounds in Shelbyville, Tennessee on May 24th and 25th, 2013.  Craig Cameron designed the outdoor course, so it will be fast, furious and fun! 

The event will offer two rounds for all divisions (Young Guns, Youth, Novice, Green Horse, Non-Pro, Ride Smart and Pro.  Each division will run once on Friday and again on Saturday, with the scores being combined to determine the winners.  There will be prizes, payback and ribbons, plus belt buckles for champion and reserve, in all divisions.

Please come join the fun!  Enter soon as order of go will be determined by receipt of entries - Last to enter is the first to run.   

For more information, please see the flyer and entry form on the EXCA website.





Hooves & Irons 2nd Annual Competition. 

"Hot As a Pistol" Race Commentary by Craig Cameron



International News.   

Hungary's first Sanctioned EXCA race will be held on June 15 & 16, 2013.  They are doing a meticulous job of organizing and promoting EXCA.  Thank you Hungary!



France's first official sanctioned EXCA race to be held on  August 24 & 25th.  They have great sponsors and will be doing a four page French Magazine layout for EXCA.  Thank you France!!



Extreme Equestrian Trail Org. of South Africa held their first official EXCA sanctioned race on April 22, 2013.  Their next race will be June 2nd 2013.



  Ontario Xtreme Cowboy Clinic, May 18 & 19th