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The Cowboy Race is Extreme!

(AUGUSTA, Ga.) The "Extreme Cowboy Race" premiers a whole new race

Monday, Sept. 4, on RFD-TV!

The new season, "Extreme Cowboy Race #3" hosted by Craig Cameron, is not

what viewers have come to expect in the first two races. Built from a

barren parking lot at the CalExpo Center in Sacramento, Calif., the

course for this race is wild, physical, and most importantly, extreme.

Held during the 2006 Western States Horse Expo, "Extreme Cowboy Race

#3" was the result of months of planning and preparation. Not only did

the course have to be designed from the ground up but all the competitor

entries had to be sorted, reviewed and approved. The competitors, who

came from all over the country, ranged in age from 18 to 65. But age

was never a factor as each of the 34 contestants worked his or her way

through the course during the three-day event.

"The competition keeps getting better every time," said Ryan Dohrn,

HorseCity.com general manager. "After the first two seasons, we were

contacted by viewers and fans all over the country who wanted a chance

to compete in the next race. So, we decided to leave Craig's ranch,

head west and give them a chance to cowboy up. The course had the same

concept as the one located in Bluff Dale, even though it was built from

the ground up. Having a live audience allowed us to add an element to

this race that is next to impossible at the Double Horn Ranch."

"I was thrilled with the Extreme Cowboy Race at the Western States Horse

Expo this year," Miki Cohen, Expo president and founder, explained. "Our

audience went nuts over the race; it was fun and dynamic for people to

watch, and challenging for the contenders. I was also impressed with the

emphasis on good horsemanship in the judging criteria. It's the first

time we've included this kind of competition at the Expo, and it turned

out to be a real crowd pleaser."

The "Extreme Cowboy Race" is a timed race with obstacles designed to not

only push horse and rider out of their traditional comfort zone, but

also test the communication and horsemanship of each team. The

obstacles were created similar to the ones at Craig Cameron's ranch such

as the log pull and various jumps. Some of the new elements included

herding cattle, backing within a defined pattern, and a water obstacle

that made crossing a river look easy.

Judges award points based on a set of five criteria: 1. Horsemanship, 2.

Cadence, 3. Control, 4. Horse's attitude, and 5. Overall execution.

Each day competitors competed for one of the prized 'Top Five' positions

to advance to the finals. The top1 0 competitors plus one wild card

competed in an all-out race to the finish and earn the title of "Extreme

Cowboy."

The "Extreme Cowboy Race" spans 15, 30-minute episodes with each episode

featuring horse-and-rider teams as they complete the course. The new

season will begin Monday Sept. 4 on RFD-TV with new episodes premiering

each week. Each episode will also be available on HorseCity.com to view

by those who do not get RFD-TV. Also, like the first two seasons, the

"Extreme Cowboy Race #3" will be podcast through iTunes and

HorseCity.com.

Photo Caption: “Heidi Holstrom sails over the hidden ditch with tarp in tow. Contestants had to pick up and carry a blue tarp through the flat part of the course to show the brokenness of their mount.”

 

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