Welcome to the Extreme Cowboy Association
We are excited about 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo By: Marilyn Merrick
Stories From Craig Cameron
True Story - ARENA-SOUR or TRAIL-WISE
At one time I worked for a world-class cutting-horse operation. This top trainer had some of the best horses in the cutting industry. These horses were trained in an arena, and they were not just good, but great at what they routinely did.
However, from time to time I had to ride one of these horses out of the arena and into the pasture to gather cattle. When I left the confines of the arena, these horses were lost. They went from being great to terrible. They spooked at logs and bushes, and couldn't cross the smallest ditch or ravine. If it was windy, it seemed like those horses were going to lose their minds. I felt out of control when riding outside the arena.
I told myself right then that I would never have horses like these. I would make sure, whether I was training a reining horse, cutting horse, barrel horse or dressage horse, that he would spend time not only in the arena, but also in the pasture, to make him a well-rounded, brave horse. To this day, I can spot a horse that has never been ridden outside and is strictly an arena horse.
Riding your horse in the pasture and on the trails, in addition to in the arena, is doing both you and your horse a favor. Cross-training not only makes him brave and better broke, but also a safe, happy horse.
Remember: True natural horsemanship does not take place in the arena; it takes place outdoors, where the horse originally lived. Outside riding is the best way to develop a great horse.
Excerpt taken from Ride Smarter book, page 145.
Written by Craig Cameron. Published by Western Horseman.
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Have an interesting or funny EXCA competition story about you and your horse that you would like to share?
Funny stories of your travels to an EXCA show?
Share with us your tips for preparing you and your horse for an EXCA race? (article format please).
How about a travel checklist that you use and any advise on how to get those horses to drink water while hauling?
Please submit your stories and ideas to EvonKurtz@gmail.com
What new obstacles would you like to see added to our rule book? Please submit your photos and ideas for approval to: Frank Turben
Don't forget to give your local National Advisory Board member a big thank you for all their contributions and hard work. Keep them informed on your race feedback and any new ideas your EXCA group club may have.
The EXCA World Championship is around the corner.
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Ask the Judge:
How fast should I go over moguls to get a good score without hurting my horse?
I have seen some near disasters at several shows I have judged so this is a great question. When approaching a mogul especially if the mogul is three to six feet high, make sure you slow down enough that your horse can see what is coming. You can still maintain your momentum. Before you reach the approach you should have slack in your reins so that your horse can concentrate on what is ahead. Often times speed will send a horse off center to one side if there is more than one mogul. It should look smooth at whatever speed you choose. If you hit it too fast it is not going to make you look too smart. There is a high risk that you could injure your horse so make sure you "ride smart." Also coming off the top off a mogul you could send a horse too hard and I have seen them go down on their knees obviously good horsemanship is required to do the moguls correctly and get a high score. It is not about just running over them.
Good luck to everyone and stay safe.
- - - Bill Cameron
|2014 Hall of Fame Nominations|
EXCA is now accepting Hall of Fame & Horse Hall of Fame Nominations
Nomination information & application for the Horse Hall of Fame.
October 30 - November 2, 2014
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The 2014 EXCA World Championship promises to be an exciting competition as it brings the best of the best from across the United States and Canada going head to head with the goal of winning the title of EXCA World Champion!
You will find more information on the 2014 EXCA World Championship on the EXCA website, www.extremecowboyassociation.com.
Due to increasing credit card rates we are encouraging you to pay by check. Upon receiving your check, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a Craig Cameron Premium Performance Saddle Pad valued at two hundred dollars. THANK YOU!
If you are qualified, entry forms can be found here.
We look forward to seeing you in Hamilton!
2015 EXCA National Championship
Extreme Cowboy Race National Championships To Be Held at Circle E Guest Ranch in Belvidere, TN in Conjunction With the Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation National Trail Ride
Craig Cameron's Extreme Cowboy Association and the Southern Obstacle Challenge Association are pleased to announce that the EXCA National Championships will be held at the Circle E Guest Ranch in Belvidere, Tennessee, June 5th and 6th, 2015. The Nationals will be held in conjunction with the Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation National Charity Trail Ride. Judges for the Championships will be Peter Fraser, Alberta, Canada and Diana McMurtrey, Winter Garden, Florida - The only two level 5 EXCA judges. SOCA President and Nationals judge, Diana McMurtrey said "SOCA is proud to once again have the opportunity to host the EXCA Nationals." She added, "We are so excited to be working with a great charity and expect to see some of the best horse and rider teams in North America at this event".
The FRMF National Trail Ride will benefit the foundation and will feature nightly concerts, vendors, live and silent auctions and great food. The beautiful Circle E Guest Ranch (www.circleeguestranch.com) is located in the Cumberland Mountains on highway 16, just 8 miles from Winchester, Tennessee. Nestled on the fringe of over 100,000 acres of uninhabited mountain lands, Circle E offers 120 miles of marked trails with breathtaking views of the mountains, caves, waterfalls, creeks, four seasons of color and an abundance of wildlife. Circle E has 240 campsites with water and electric, as well as 400 stalls with shavings.
The Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation (http://www.fionarosemurpheytrust.org) was established by singer Michael Martin Murphey and named after his granddaughter Fiona who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Fiona has endured multiple fractures of arms and legs since birth. She was diagnosed with a broken collarbone, arm, femur and several broken ribs in utero. The Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation Charitable Trust helps children with bone diseases and other debilitating conditions and is a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization based in Georgetown, Texas. With more than 10 years of experience, Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation Charitable Trust functions to provide aid to families and children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and similar conditions.
Extreme Cowboy Racing combines horsemanship with speed. The event is judged, as well as timed. Horse and rider teams must execute a series of obstacles that represent trail or ranch work. Obstacles may include water crossing, shooting, roping, negotiating trash or dead fall, ground tying, jumping, dragging and always includes the signature free ride. Horses must be able to run wide open and then rein back to perform slow, technical maneuvers or obstacles. Horses can be of any breed, age, size and sex. The cowboys and cowgirls range in age from 8 to 80!
There will be world champion riders and horses competing for over $5,000 in prize money, various prizes and the coveted EXCA Nationals belt buckles that are awarded to the champions and reserve champions in each of the divisions including Pro, Non-Pro, Ride Smart (55 & Over), Novice, Intermediate, Youth, Young Guns (11 & Under) and Green Horse. Each division will run once on Friday and then again on Saturday, with the scores from both runs being totaled to determine the winners. The course will be different each day and riders do not know what the obstacles will be until the morning of the race.
On top of all the awards, this will be a triple point event to earn those coveted points toward qualifying for the World Finals in Hamilton, Texas. Additionally, SOCA has successfully negotiated with the famed Calgary Stampede to, once again, give an automatic invite to the 2015 EXCA Nationals Pro Champion to participate in the 2016 Cowboy Up Challenge, a by invitation only event.
Come see why Extreme Cowboy Racing is the fastest growing equine sport - It is almost as exciting for the spectators as it is for competitors. For more information, volunteer opportunities, entry forms, or sponsorship packages, please email email@example.com or go to www.extremecowboyassociation.com or www.southernobstaclechallenges.com.
2014 EXCA WORLD FINALS
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Printed Flyers, Signage and Race Day Promotions
Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2014
- $1000 TITLE SPONSOR PACKAGE - all of the above plus Title Sponsor will be mentioned in print media, (TV permitting), radio interviews and magazine articles, 4 Banners Displayed in Arena
- $500 DIAMOND SPONSOR - Display 3 Arena Banners; Announcer Recognition; Web Page Link & Logo for your Business - Email Blasts
- $250 EXCA WEB PAGE LINK and Logo for your Business - Email Blasts; Announcer Recognition during event; One Banner Displayed in Arena
- $200 BELT BUCKLE SPONSOR - Announcer Recognition during event; One Banner Displayed in Arena
- $100 OBSTACLE SPONSOR - Announcer Recognition during event
- $100 BANNER (Per Banner) - Displayed in Arena during 3 Day World Finals; Announcer Recognition during event; Multiple Banners OK
- $75 BANNER DESIGNED AND PRINTED
- Gift Certificate or Merchandise Gift
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