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Professional and Working Cowboys Compete for the Extreme Cowboy Race Title

(AUGUSTA, Ga.) The newest season of the “Extreme Cowboy Race” pushes the limits, pairing the working cowboys against the professionals in an all-new race starting March 5.

The new season, “Extreme Cowboy Race #4,” returns to Craig Cameron’s Double Horn Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas. Last season's open call in Sacramento, Calif. was a great opportunity to see how working cowboys and cowgirls competed on an extreme course. But for Season #4, it was time to go back to the heart of the race. Fifteen competitors were invited to the ranch in Bluff Dale to compete.

Among some of the notable cowboys were Sacramento’s Extreme Cowboy Race champion, Bob Banks, as well as first runner up, James Chico, and second runner up, Ted Williams. First season’s champion, Thomas Saunders, and PBR Champion Ty Murray were also on the guest list. From farriers to Louisiana boys all the way to Mexican charros, this season's race has it all. Since the race was filmed in August, the riders not only had to focus on their times and horsemanship but they and their horses had to battle the blistering summer heat.

“The course is new for everyone involved,” said Ryan Dohrn, HorseCity.com general manager. “The winners from Sacramento are now in a ranch setting and there are a few new faces mixed in with the cowboys and cowgirls. As always, there is a new twist to everyone’s favorite obstacles as well as a couple new ones thrown in there.”

Some of the favorite obstacles such as the famous Texas Three-Step, log drag and varieties of jumps were included, but Cameron decided to bring in some new ones that challenged the riders like never before. At one point, each rider has to strip his or her saddle off the horse and pick up a rider and double-ride bareback. Competitors also had to use some of their roping skills being asked to rope a green horse. Also this season, there is a time limit for each obstacle and if a competitor goes over the time limit, he or she will be ushered on. This season has added more pressure to the cowboys and cowgirls, creating a race that is much more exciting than previous ones. The winner this time around will truly be able to call himself or herself the Extreme Cowboy Race Champion!

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. Judges award points based on a set of five criteria: 1. Horsemanship, 2. Cadence, 3. Control, 4. Horse’s attitude, and 5. Overall execution. The first round of competition features 15 horse-and-rider teams. The top eight competitors move on to Round 2 for another set of competition. The top four competitors then advance to Round 3 for an all-out race to the finish and the title of “Extreme Cowboy.”

The “Extreme Cowboy Race” spans 15, 30-minute episodes with each episode featuring four horse-and-rider teams as they complete the various rounds. The new season will begin Monday, March 5, 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 previous seasons, the “Extreme Cowboy Race #4” will be podcast through iTunes and HorseCity.com.


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