How much fun can you legally have in 3 minutes?

From Lantz McLaren, Indian River, Ontario:
Well, I’m happy to report that Craig Cameron and the Extreme Cowboy Race program can motivate even the most diehard horse person to do things they would never imagine. Pushing for speed, overcoming long held phobias, even getting in on the act and putting on a show for the crowd, it rapidly all becomes part of the rush.

On June 10-11, Canada’s Outdoor Equine Expo presented the Extreme Cowboy Race and Craig for all who wished to try something just a little different. A sucker for a challenge, I bit and hauled Ima Patriotic Doc to give this YouTube sensation a try. Ima Patriotic Doc is an Appaloosa stallion that has earned 17 National titles, World Show placings and countless high-point awards in his “show pen” career. Cutting, sidesaddle, ranch trail and roping are all within our normal grasp of events, but this was a test beyond our expectations. As Craig explains, speed, horsemandship and the ability to “ride smart” are required to get around this program. The course included jumps, log gates, bridges, ground ties, roll backs, sliding stops, lead changes and a host of other demands, with a need for speed and entertainment.

Our log gate rolled off, jumping barrels we normally turn was a bit different, a single stride lope over a bridge is not a show norm and me on my hands and knees trying to wiggle through a straw tunnel seemed to please the crowd. “Smoke” and I saved the best to near last, with me the guy afraid of height scrambling up a 10′ ladder, egging on the crowd and Smoke throwing down huge stops and rollbacks, much to the delight of everyone. After the times were reviewed, judges’ score sheets tallied and the check endorsed, Ima Patriotic Doc and I were named Reserve Extreme Cowboy Race Champions and awarded a nice big ole check for $1,000!

So, it’s perfectly legal, a ton of fun, about the best entertainment going and just as easy as swinging your leg over your horse’s back to have a good time. Extreme Cowboy Racing is a “Smart Riders” way to bring fun times and fresh faces to horse related events.

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  1. Diane Said,

    June 17, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    Congrats to Lantz and “Smoke” for showing that appaloosas can and do shine outside the breed ring.

  2. Penny Whitehead Said,

    June 22, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Congrats to you and your boy. Just the kind of event that really showcases the versatility of our breed so many of us are so very proud and appreciative of.

  3. Verne Henrickson Said,

    June 28, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Congrats to you Lantz great job of training “Smoke” and Sandra for supporting him. He has turned into the best colt I have ever raised ! We are so proud of him down here in South Dakota

  4. Lantz Said,

    July 3, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    We are so happy you raised this boy. He is an excpetional horse, sire and partner to both Sandy and I. Our oldest crop are now 2 year olds and I’m loving how they are coming to form. If yu ever need a transplant of great blood back in your neck, we can share.

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