A new, family-oriented club based on the common bond of horsemanship has launched in Sugarcreek at S bar L Arena on Smokey Lane Road.
The group of riders participated in a Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Association Race at the facility on August 11. Sponsored by Weaver Leather in conjunction with the O.H.I.O. EXCA Club, the event drew riders from various age groups and skill levels.
Known as extreme cowboy racing, the sport is one that is growing around the globe. A specific rulebook has been developed to help those who wish to become active find their niche in the sport created by Craig Cameron. There are chapters across the United States as well as Canada and now the sport is growing in parts of Europe. There are competitions both regionally and globally for those who amass enough points at local events.
“There were many positive comments given by race participants, including that the race was well-organized, well run, had fantastic judges, was welcoming and had great people and awesome prizes,” said Anissa Fuller, Club Secretary. “Our members are fun and friendly. For example, if desired, they called out to each rider their next obstacle to assure that no one would ride off course and be disqualified. This is allowed in the rules and folks want results based on everyone having their best race on their best horse. The club’s goal is to Open doors to Horses, Insights, and Obstacles (O.H.I.O.). The members truly enjoy new faces and building relationships with both horses and humans.”
For Fuller and the rest of the club, the family atmosphere is one of the things that brings them back again and again. It was noted that the volunteers who lead the organization have worked extensively behind the scenes to get things up and running. They praised the work of Phil and Magen Mullet for the use of S bar L and their expertise in the field. The couple has also worked with the group to accommodate meetings, event scheduling and obstacle storage at the facility just outside of Sugarcreek.
O. H. I. O. EXCA is governed by co-Presidents Steve Fuller and Jimmy McDonald. The pair looked at Extreme Cowboy Association and found it to be a good fit. Currently, O. H. I. O. EXCA is the only sanctioned group of its kind in Ohio.
The first race held in Sugarcreek had a total of 17 entries in a schedule of eight divisions that included: Young Guns, Novice, Green Horse, Non-Pro, Intermediate, Youth, Ride Smart, and Pro. Skills and obstacles were challenged by both rider and horse as they worked as a team to maneuver through a series of situations resembling those that a cowboy might experience, making it both fun and practical. Some of the obstacles included a narrow bridge, walking beside a waterfall, backing straight or in an L shape, and riding through dead fall.
The club is working to plan and host at least three races in 2019. For more information about the club, contact Steve Fuller at 330-343-2617 or Jimmy McDonald at 330-260-8833. The group also has an active Facebook following at O. H. I. O. EXCA Opening doors to Horsemanship, Insight, and Obstacles.
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