One of the fastest growing equine sports, the Extreme Cowboy Race has become an international phenomenon. It is the brainchild of true cowboy Craig Cameron, a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and one of the finest horsemen in the United States, who wanted to offer equestrians of all ages and skill levels a well-rounded competition emphasizing proper horsemanship, camaraderie and a good time. What started out as just a bit of fun on your horse, has spread like wildfire around the world!
You don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to compete in Extreme Cowboy Racing. As long as you have an interest in honing your horsemanship skills and developing a deeper partnership with your horse, as well as a need for speed, consider yourself qualified.
Designed to put one’s horsemanship skills to the test, Extreme Cowboy Racing involves an intense obstacle course that riders need to navigate with smoothness and style. To do so, a trusting relationship with their horse is essential. The obstacles on course generally represent the tasks and challenges faced on a working ranch (farm) – crossing water or a narrow bridge, dragging a log, carrying a bucket of water or a tarp, jumping over an obstacle etc.
Scores are given for each obstacle on the course and consist of three components – the approach to the obstacle; the obstacle itself; the departure from the obstacle. You are scored on not only riding through each obstacle successfully, but on the way it is done. So the looser the contact on the reins and the calmer the horse, the better!
A ‘free ride’ element is also included where the rider has the opportunity to clearly demonstrate speed with control. A final score is given for overall horsemanship.
So while you don’t need to have a million-dollar horse with an advanced level of training to compete in an Extreme Cowboy Race, it is essential to have a good working relationship with your horse, a sense of trust and understanding between you both. Consistency and making sure your horse understands what you are asking are integral to developing a successful partnership for the Extreme Cowboy Race.
Sounds like there’s some fun to be had with this, I might need to give it a try at home! How about you globetrotters, care to join me in giving this one a go?