Cowboy Race challenges both horse and rider to maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both horsemanship and speed. Western style clothing and tack are required. There is no age limit for horses. The courses are not a set pattern but are different at every event. The obstacles, terrain and length of the courses will vary.
Scoring the Cowboy Race:
1) A score is given for each obstacle on the course. A score is also given for overall horsemanship and speed.
2) Each obstacle consist of 3 components: the Approach to the obstacle, the Obstacle itself and the Departure from the obstacle.
3) Each obstacle may consists of a maneuver similar to reining or the negotiating of an obstacle
similar to a trail riding event.
Be sure that if your entry is a maneuver eligible in trail or
a maneuver eligible for reining that you do not cross enter it into Cowboy Race. Only one performance event per photo is allowed.
List of Maneuvers for Cowboy Race:
Backing - Down Hill
Backing - Up Hill
Circles Big and Small-slow and Fast
Doubling - Turning into Fence
Serpentine Through a Pattern
Side Pass over Logs, Ground Poles or Panels
List of Obstacles for Cowboy Race:
Bareback Double Rider
Blindfold and Lead Your Horse
Climb Wind Mill-Ring Bell
Flares and Smoke
Lead Across a Water Obstacle
Leading Horse-From Ground
Move Golf Ball from on a Cone to Another Cone
Open and Close Gate (rope gate or regular gate)
Pick up Horses Feet
Pony or Leading a Second Horse
Put on Easy Boots and Then Ride
Ravine Ride-deep or shallow
Ride Through Round Bales and Road Flashers
Slicker or Tarp Carry
Spearing Stationary Rings
Stand Up in Saddle-Hit Tennis Ball
Step-down or up
Tarp -drag-carry-ride over
Teeter Totter Bridge
Trash Ride (trash between two panels)
Water Crossing (shallow or deep)
Examples of Cowboy Race:
Blindfold and Lead Your Horse. Photo taken from EXCR Site.
Jump. Photo taken from EXCR Site.
Cowboy Curtain Photo taken from EXCR Site.
Water Carry. Photo taken from EXCR Site.
Tunnel. Photo taken from EXCR Site.
Move golf ball from on a cone to another cone. Photo taken from EXCR Site.
Stand Up in Saddle-hit tennis ball. Photo taken from EXCR Site.