Xtreme Cowboys to test trust between riders, their horses

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BERRYVILLE -- An "Xtreme Cowboy" race that tests the trust between rider and horse is coming to the Carroll County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 17.

According to organizers, riders will compete in four divisions when taking their mounts through obstacle courses. They will be timed and performance tested.

"You make your horse do things it wouldn't normally do, like side-step over timber, walk through a pool of water, run with a bright rain slicker flapping in the breeze, or traverse a teeter-totter," explained Rhonda Worrall, a member of Cowboy Church, sponsor of the event.

Xtreme Cowboy races began in Texas, she said, started by Craig Cameron who is featured on the RFD channel Sunday nights.

A trip to a race in Missouri sparked interest, she said, and church members decided to host a benefit race here.

All money from entry fees, spectator admissions, auctions and food sales will be distributed through the Merlin Foundation to Carroll County residents being treated for cancer.

"They can use the money for gas for doctor's visits or any other expenses related to their care," Worrall explained.

She said Billy Williams, the pastor of Cowboy Church, is spearheading the effort.

Church members, along with those from Grandview Baptist, Christian Cowboys of the Ozarks, and "all horse people," are helping, she said.

The entry fee, which can be paid the morning of the event, is set at $10 each. Prizes will be awarded to all winners.

Participants can compete as Buckaroos (ages 5-11), Youth (ages 12-18), Novice (19 and older who have not won money in an equestrian event), or Open Class, which is for everyone else.

Youngsters and Novices will compete indoors; all others will perform outdoors.

During a lunch break, from 12-1 p.m., music will be provided by Danny Ray Harris, the 2010 Christian Country Honor Awards Male Vocalist of the Year.

Admission is $5 per family or $2 per person. Races begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call Williams at (479) 903-9008.

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