August 20, 2013
I volunteered to help with the Extreme Cowboy Association competition hosted at KCRC. EXCA as it's called is a competition done in western tack and attire. The riders are timed and go through a series of obstacles. This particular course had the rider go into a "box" and turn there horse several times clockwise and then counter clockwise. Then they had to take a rope off a barrel and loop the barrel and ride their horse around it coiling the rope around the barrel. The next obstacle include three 1 foot jumps. Then a circle that had poles laid out to make the horse trot nicely over the poles in each direction.
The next "obstacle" was a free ride, most people just galloped around the arena and didn't do anything every interesting. Then they had to drag a pallet so many feet and then rode between two cones doing a stop and turn, run, stop and turn etc. Next they had to open the gate to get out to the other obstacles. After that there was a stand that had a pulley which pulled a tarp up in the air. Many had their horses walk through it with the tarp flapping around! Then they had to back up a hill and back down a hill. Next was ground tieing. They dismounted, ran up a couple of jumps on a little hill and came back to mount their horse. The final thing was running over a bridge and going back to the gate to close it.
There were several divisions, youth, novice, non-pro and pro. Some of the higher divisions added the cowboy curtain (noodle thing) into the mix or had slightly more complicated maneuvers to do. I found it very fun to watch. I was up in the eagles nest doing the timing for the runs. Each rider is judged by time but also horsemanship and how well the team does each obstacle. I could see getting involved in doing stuff like this with Dani at some point.
After the event was done I grabbed Dani from her stall and round penned her for a little bit and then brought her over to the tarp. I pulled on the pulley and she started as the tarp flapped all around. When she calmed a bit and licked her lips I let the tarp down. We repeated this, each time the tarp getting higher and faster. She became very calm about it and even tried to nibble on it. I may have to build one of these since the club doesn't own one, it's a great desensitizing obstacle! We still need to work more on the cowboy curtain.
When I finished my chores and playing with Dani I went to my truck to head home. Guess where all the flies decided to hang! The roof of the cab was covered in flies!
Anyways, it was a long day but I had fun working with other club members and learning about the EXCA.