This past week I had the privilege to attend the filming of season four
of the Extreme Cowboy Race. Which airs on RFDTV or on the Internet
at www.Horsecity.com/extreme. The setting was at Craig Cameron’s beautiful
Double Horn Ranch, Located in the hill country north of Stephenville, Texas.
Craig provided hospitality and chow second to none for 14 contestants and
their guests, not to mention a course that tested the ability of both horse
and rider. I don’t think television does it justice. Being there
in person gives the feeling of riding with each competitor. Everyone
was really behind each rider on every run. Partly I guess, because everyone
seemed to become good friends in a short period of time. Each season
Craig seems to come up with more new and exciting obstacles. Season
four was no exception. It did get a little Western at times. Along
with the antics of some competitors, Thomas Sonders trying to beat the heat
by washing his face in the middle of the water crossing during the race.
And how wild the Texas 3 step became when the contestant was bare back.
Not to mention some of the competitors interviews were very entertaining.
Craig even borrowed an event from Little Britches rodeo, the flag in the
bucket. And golf balls on parking cones? Not sure what discipline
that represents. Not wanting to give away the surprises that you will
witness in the upcoming shows, I would like to focus on the experience I
I have been to a lot of different competitions, but this experience was
unique, being that all the competitors were top representatives of their
own disciplines. They were from Oregon, Washington, California, Indiana,
Louisiana and of course Texas. The big difference I noticed about this
competition was that it didn’t seem to be as much of a competition, as a
bunch of professionals having a good time, doing what they love. They
cheered each other on, and everyone helped each other out in different areas.
I learned more just listening to the conversation over supper than you could
imagine. And as always Jerry Diaz was the consummate entertainer.
He entertained us with his rope expertise every chance he had. He was
only upstaged by his son Nicholas who is an entertainer himself.
The course was set up to allow at least one obstacle for each competitor
to show case his own expertise. Of course Jerry’s was roping, and he
held a clinic. Todd’s was the turn around (spinning). After which
he was riding other’s horses helping them get a better turn around on their
horse. Later he filming two short segments on starting your horse spinning,
which should air sometime in November. The different disciplines represented
included, barrel racer, rodeo pickup man, reining trainer, cutting trainer,
ranch hands, mounted cowboy action shooters, charro and Ty Murray (he is his
In the past I have heard the term “cowboyed on” used in a negative regard
toward horse training. In seeing the bond and trust exhibited between
horse and rider, I would be honored to be able to cowboy on a horse as these
professional’s do. This was a race as the name implies, however Craig’s
comments were, horsemanship, safety and take care of your horse above all.
The competitors also shared his view on horse care, some purposely taking
an obvious deduction to protect their horse. Craig had a Vet on
site at all times, (no MD’s) he said if anyone got hurt the vet would look
at them also.
We arrived back home late Wednesday night. But the motivation had
me up early Thursday morning, riding my own horse and building obstacles
in the back yard. That morning I received a phone call advising me
not to unpack. Todd will be going to Guadalajara in the near future
to hold a clinic, and I get to tag along! Thanks Todd, I am so proud
and thanks Taumi for letting me make some of the trips. For these professionals
the saying rings true. “ The road goes on forever, and the party never ends!”