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



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Photo By:  Marilyn Merrick

Stories From Craig  Cameron

A Better Way - Enthusiasm, Effectiveness and Achievement 



Circles are one of the most common patterns, and w all use them in our daily riding. But, as with anything else, too much of a good thing sometimes can be counterproductive.

If you're riding in circles in the arena or outside, don't get nonchalant about it. Don't be bored; be enthusiastic. Remember, enthusiastic riders make enthusiastic horses. If you're bored, you're not thinking. Good horseman are always thinking, and good patterns keep you thinking. You have to remember where to go, what to do, and what you're trying to achieve with your horse. Have goals. Small goals are believable, and therefore achievable. Start simple and build to a big goal.

As I ride a pattern, I'm literally saying to myself, "Craig, get your hands in the box, lift your inside rein, push with your outside rein, position your leg." And I always remember that when my horse is correct and doing what I ask, I release those cues. It's guide and release, correct and release, position and release. It's the release that gives my horse a reason to do the things I want him to do.

As discussed in earlier chapters, the cue system is effective because of the release. If someone comes and pinches you on the arm it's not the pinch you're interested in; it's the release. When you think that way, you're seeing things from the horse's point of view. As you ride these patterns, keep that in mind. Think as you ride through these patterns, use your cues effectively, and always remember that release that allows you to ride with smoothness, and gives you a rhythm and tempo that is soft and correct.


Excerpt taken from Ride Smarter book, page 151 


Written by Craig Cameron.  Published by Western Horseman.


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Brave Horse Story Submission
Ask the Judge: Interview with Bill Cameron
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Phone: (254) 728-3082

Fax: (254) 728-3081


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We would love to hear from you!!
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


What new obstacles would you like to see added to our rule book?   Please submit your photos and ideas for approval to:  Frank Turben

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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.
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Ask the Judge:  

What obstacles should I practice in preparing for the EXCA World Championship.

Based on my experience competing in EXCA for the past 5 years, I would say going back to the basics is best.  For example, back thru and side passing over poles is always good to practice for foot and body control.  Practicing different size bridges and water boxes gives your horse confidence.  

I try not to show my horse too many scary things because the last thing I want to do is shake his confidence.  Another thing competitors should practice is jumping because it is always included in the EXCA World Championship (excluding the Novice Division).   In addition, two obstacles that seem to be difficult for riders are the daisy chain and the pinwheel.

Good luck to everyone and stay safe.



                                                - - -     Bill Cameron

October 30 - November 2, 2014
Circle T Resort
Hamilton, Texas

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,


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!


2014 EXCA World Championship


Peter Fraser - Monitor

While new to EXCA 2014 World Championships, virtually all of the major events/equine organizations/World Championships use a Judges/Competition Monitor, particularly when the event is multi-judged. This includes NCHA, AQHA, NRCHA, NRHA, APHA, etc... These elite events and Associations see the importance of assigning a judges/competition monitor as an added layer of support to ensure fairness, consistency, transparency, accuracy and compliance of the rules of competition in the very best interests of the organization, its representatives and officials, and all competitors. This position is not the same as a Show Stewart (who is basically focused and charged with rule compliance/enforcement) but rather has a much broader and more proactive role in regards to problem prevention and /or resolution, quality assurance, a variety of liaison roles, and confidence levels of competitors.  

The Monitor will focus on building the confidence, awareness, consistency, due diligence and mutual respect of the judging team to help ensure that this talented and respected team is fine tuned for an exceptional finals. The responsibilities include dispute resolution, preparation for and common understanding/approach to judging unusual obstacles, moderating decisions regarding problems with obstacles in mid class (arena conditions and fairness), resolution of rule discrepancy/judgments between team members, and a variety of idiosyncrasies that often arise with the multi judges format.  

The Monitor does not correct the final scores of any of the judges, instead, the Monitor works to ensure that all judges' scores will accurately reflect the appropriate and relative standard of excellence each competitor achieved that day.  

Given the nature and best interests of EXCA and the newness of this position, it is important the Monitor be encouraged/free to engage with the audience and competitors on a casual basis to help build understanding, confidence, transparency and support for the entire EXCA team! 

We would like to welcome Pete Fraser as Judges/Competition Monitor to the EXCA 2014 World Championships!! Please show him your support at what will surely be the best finals ever!!


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 Visibility for Sponsors is Offered through Web, Advertising,

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
  • Gift Certificate or Merchandise Gift


Circle T Resort

4007 W. Hwy 36, Hamilton, Texas 76531


For Sponsorship information Contact:

Cece Bulkley

Phone: (808)864-1695