Xtreme Cowboy race raises funds for cancer victims

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Jerry Adams (left) won first place and a belt buckle in the Novice division and Kevin (Short) Williams captured the win and a belt buckle in the Open division.

BERRYVILLE -- More than $7,000 was raised for local cancer patients on a rainy Saturday when riders and their supporters turned out for the first-ever Xtreme Cowboy race held in Carroll County.

The race, which tests the trust between rider and horse, was held at the fairgrounds north of Berryville Sept. 17.

There, 54 riders in four divisions took their mounts through obstacle courses where they were time and performance tested.

Hayden Williams (left) was the winner of a belt buckle in the Buckaroo division and Ashton Wise was the belt buckle winner in the Youth division.

All money from entry fees, spectator admissions, auctions and food sales totaled more than $7,000, said Rhonda Worrall, a member of Cowboy Church, sponsor of the event.

She said the money will be distributed through the Merlin Foundation to Carroll County residents who are currently 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, spearheaded the effort and church members, along with those from Grandview Baptist, Christian Cowboys of the Ozarks, and "all horse people," also helped, she said.

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

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

Taking top wins in the Carroll County Xtreme Cowboy race were Hayden Williams, Stran Wagner, Lexey Williams and Linze Langston, who competed in the Buckaroo division.

In the Youth division, Ashton Wise took first, followed by Lance McCall and Maria Rubio.

Jerry Adams was the first place winner in the Novice division, followed by Devon Williams and Joe Switzer.

Kevin (Short) Williams was the winner in the Open division, followed by Michael Mayo and Heithe Williams.

Worrall said the race was a huge success and organizers hope to host another Xtreme Cowboy race in the future.

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