Danny Lopez Extreme Sr Cowboy Duels It Out In Pomona

Story by: Patti Ansuini © 2009 ~ All photos courtesy of Charles Hilton Images ~

Dan Lopez admits he’d heard about Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race and had even seen the number one rated RFD TV show a time or two. It was fun to watch, but adds that it had never occurred to him that he might one day become a seriously Extreme contender.

At 74, Dan is semi-retired but still trains and shows a few horses for long time clients. The past few years he has geared down his operation and enjoys some free time riding his favorite mount, a colorful 12 year old Appaloosa stallion known as Badger Lee. The pair help friends out at cattle round ups and of course he wouldn’t miss a spring branding with his friends and neighbors.

During the holiday season several of Dan’s friends had stopped by and talked up Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race. They asked his opinion on how he felt about entering the fast paced event that was scheduled for a run during the upcoming Equine Affair in Pomona, California. Several of his clients had asked that if he weren’t interested in taking a shot at the title himself perhaps he’d consider training them.

Dan reflected on the idea for a short time and gave them the answer most had hoped for. He didn’t feel he could honestly train someone to do something he’d never done himself so all bets were now on Dan. Family and friends alike reasoned, ‘wouldn’t it be something for that old Reinsman to show those youngsters how it’s really done’.

To read the rest of the excellent article about Dan Lopez, complete with additional photos, click here: extreme-cowboy-race


  1. Sharie Said,

    February 27, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    Oh, what a fun story! Congrats Dan, on yet another awesome finish.

  2. Richard Lankford Said,

    February 28, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    Thanks Danny for showing that you are never to old to compete. And thanks for doing it on an appaloosa.
    Your efforts is another way of promoting the applaoosa horse and ApHC.

  3. Debbie Said,

    March 2, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    Had freinds who watched him go for it – said he gave it his all as he always does – way to go Danny!!!

  4. Sandy Jirkovsky Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

    Cowboy Jim says way to go Danny!! We are so proud of you and your horse!!! Our bets are on you anytime!!! They say a man just needs a good horse, a good dog, and a good woman and I sure know he has the good woman!! Congratulations and thank you Patty for a great story!

  5. Jennifer Patterson Said,

    March 14, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

    Congratulations, Mr. Lopez! It’s great to see you are still enjoying the horses and competition!

  6. Charles Hilton Said,

    March 17, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Dan, congratulations to you and your horse. It was inspiring to watch both of you working together throughout the course. I just wanted to watch but feel that because I needed to photograph you, I had the very best seat in the house to see you perform. What an amazing and awesome pair you two make.

    Thank you for those moments and memories, Charles Hilton

  7. BC Frugal in Law Said,

    March 25, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    Great story, very inspiring

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