CASTING CALL - WE WANT YOU FOR THE NEXT CRAIG
CAMERON COWBOY CHALLENGE
That’s right, ladies and gents, Craig Cameron and Ride Smart Horsemanship are looking for experienced, professional
riders to participate in the filming of one of the most exciting competitions around - the Craig Cameron Cowboy Challenge.
We are seeking *professional* horsemen and horsewomen who are up for a challenging competition that will put their
horsemanship skills to the ultimate test. You could be the next cowboy (or cowgirl!) to prove his grit on national television, to
win big bucks, and to win the Craig Cameron Cowboy Challenge buckle!
The Challenge will take place September 18-21, 2016. Participants who are selected are subject to a $500 Entry Fee.
Each rider is responsible for providing their own horse and tack. At this time, we plan on having eight riders consisting of
four teams of two and will participate in a series of ~6-8 challenges. For more information, please see our FAQ below.
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Do you have what it takes?
Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than July 20th. Send applications:
PO Box 50
Bluff Dale, TX 76433
Completed Entry Form (download here).
Video footage of you riding (a link to youtube or other video hosting site is preferable. If mailing your application, send
a DVD or flash drive, please).
$10 non-refundable Application Fee (You can make checks to Craig Cameron Horsemanship, or call the office with
your credit card information).
A note from 2015 Cowboy Challenge Co-Champion:
A Cowboy Challenge
By Runt Rageth
Its evening, everyone is gathered around the chuck wagons, the campfire blazes away, a lone coyote howls in the distance while each cowboy readies
his bedroll for the night. One of the top hands from the neighbor’s outfit boasts on how well he roped today; the foreman from your outfit respectfully
disagrees and brags on his men. The next thing you know, a challenge has been issued and accepted. Thus came the beginning for rodeos and many
other Cowboy Challenges and Traditions.
I think the competitive spirit lives within each and every cowboy or cowgirl. In this modern age all we need is a place and reason to turn that spirit loose.
Craig Cameron’s Cowboy Challenges give everyone who is brave enough a chance to compete among their peers and even heroes. Craig helps keep
the western lifestyle alive by having his races and challenges. The challenges are exciting for the spectators and they push the contestants to use all of
their horsemanship skills to get the job done.
The Cowboy Challenge that was held at the Double Horn Ranch will be extremely entertaining for any audience and I promise you that each of the
competitors on the two man teams pushed themselves to their physical limits for a chance to take home the Buckle not to mention a really big paycheck.
Each team was made up of experienced horsemen with a wide range of skills and abilities.
The Brown Bandits were big, young and athletic guys which was a huge advantage over some of the more “seasoned” competitors. Cole and Bruce
were both world class athletes and up and coming trainers in the Working Cow Horse and Polo World. Cricket (Bruce’s dog) made sure they did
everything right and stayed on track. It did not hurt that they have a pretty famous dad and uncle to show them the ropes. If you have not guessed both
of the last names are Cameron.
A bronc rider/ranch hand and a horse trainer/team roper made up the Green Team. Both guys are seasoned horsemen even if they were a little wet
behind the ears and everywhere else as far as that goes. Clint Hoepke and Greg Ganzkow both have been apprentices at the Double Horn Ranch
giving them exposure to what it takes to be a cowboy. I will say that the Green Team was not afraid to talk trash and when it came down to it, those guys
When you have PBR and PRCA bull riding Legends, the likes of Jim Sharp and Ted Nuce making up the Bull Team, it makes you take a step back in
awe. When you think about all the things these two guys have done, the reality sets in that you might just get your butt kicked. You have to tell yourself
that if you do get beat by these two, it will be okay, because they are among the toughest men in the world. Both men are seasoned ranch hands and
experienced horsemen. Notice I said seasoned, not old. I do not want those two mad at me.
The Red Rangers are just a couple of average competitors. The 2015 National EXCA Pro Champion, multiple time EXCA world qualifier and Calgary
Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge competitor, Chris Redden makes up one side. He has ridden bareback bucking horses and still competes in numerous
ranch rodeos. He is a seasoned rancher and experienced horseman, he comes to win and have fun, and the faster he gets to go, the better. I grew up
ranching and training horses. I competed in various events through high school, college and into the Amateur Rodeos. Being the 2014 EXCA Pro World
Champion and two time Champion of the Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge makes me no stranger to pressure. In the past, Chris and I have
competed against each other; this time we got to work together and compete against everyone else.
I do not know how many nights Craig stayed awake to think up all the events for this Challenge, but it must have been a lot. Who in his right mind would
say, “OK, ride your horse into the pen, get off, run as fast as you can (through ankle deep sand), climb over a fence (that you can’t even see over), pick
up a saddle and run up a hill (that seemed like two hundred yards), then try and shoot a target with a pistol and a rifle (like that will work).” To make it
worse, all eight of us knot-heads said “Oh that sounds like fun, let’s do it.” …Of course it was on the day it was only 105 degrees in the shade.
Craig’s twisted mind was working overtime when he came up with the morning chores event. You tell me how you get fun out of digging a post hole,
changing a flat tire on a trailer, carrying water buckets and scooping poop. I am pretty certain that none of us have ever done chores that fast in our
lives. The rest of the events were creative, entertaining and plain out fun.
I can’t help but think that once viewers watch the first episode, they will be hooked and will have a hard time waiting to watch the next one. I hope the
viewers get excited about the episodes to come and keep watching to see which team brings home the paycheck. Or they might be watching to see if
the eight of us knot-heads — excuse me, I mean competitors — follow Craig blindly over the edge of a cliff like a bunch of lemmings!
Congratulations to all competitors for a job well done. The competition and the camaraderie were world class. It really was a great group of cowboys to
hang out with and compete against. Thanks to everyone who helped put on the Challenge and a huge thank you to the Sponsors. With their continued
support these Challenges and the Extreme Cowboy Association can only get bigger and better. Thanks to Craig and Dalene Cameron for being such
dedicated hosts and the use of their world class facility.
I am sure Craig is already lying awake at night again, thinking of what he is going to do at the next Cowboy Challenge.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: What constitutes a “professional horseman”
A: A very seasoned, very experienced and knowledgeable rider
Q: What are the Challenges?
A: We don’t reveal the courses or challenges until the very second before we start the competition, but you can
get an idea on the Cowboy Challenge by watching the video above from last year’s Challenge.
Q: What horse do I use?
A: Selected riders must provide their own horse and tack.