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The Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) Rulebook

Every effort has been made to make the EXCA Rulebook all-inclusive for rules for the 2019 EXCA season.  Should there be a situation arise that is not covered in the 8th Edition Rulebook, EXCA Association Policy will prevail for the entire 2019 season.  The EXCA Executive Committee consisting of the Chief Executive Office, Chief Operating Officer, and the President determines Association Policy.

Should a rule be challenged during an event, the event Judge(s) have the authority and are charged with the responsibility to enforce the spirit and intent of the rule in question.

  1. EXCA is the recognized association for the equestrian sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing.  EXCA is the only association that provides the official rules and guidelines of the sport.
  2. The EXCA recognizes only those events that are conducted under the rules and guidelines set forth in this rulebook.
  3.  Extreme Cowboy Racing is a multi-faceted equestrian sport that requires the riders to demonstrate both speed and horsemanship.
  4. The safety of the rider and the horse are always most important.
  5. This rulebook contains the specific rules and guidelines adopted by the Extreme Cowboy Challenge, Inc.
  6. All EXCA members shall sign the Participation and Liability Release Agreement. Young Gun and Youth members shall have their parent and/or legal guardian sign their Participation and Liability Release.  See Participation and Liability Release section for the approved form.
  7. When an EXCA Division has age restrictions, the age of the EXCA member on January 1st is the recognized age for that entire competition year.
  8. The EXCA scoring spreadsheet places a proportionate amount of emphasis on time.  In order to receive time bonus points the course must be completed in 8 minutes for any Division.  Any course not completed in the maximum course time allowed of 8 minutes will receive a time bonus score of zero.
  9. A horse may be ridden one time in each Division with the exception of Young Guns and Youth, in which case the horse may be ridden a maximum of three (3) times.
  10. Riders may compete on multiple horses in the same Division.  The rider must pay an entry fee for each horse. The same horse may be ridden by multiple riders up to a maximum of three (3) times per go in an EXCA event.
  11. Non-Pro competition shall be run prior to Ride Smart competition.  The reason is that every Ride Smart rider has the option to compete in Non-Pro but not every Non-Pro can compete in Ride Smart because of the age requirement of being 55 or older.
  12. The Pro Division shall always be the last to compete in an EXCA event.
  13. A Novice, Intermediate, Youth, Ride Smart or Non-Pro can ride in the Pro Division using the same horse.
  1.  Definitions:
  • Rules will say “shall”.
  • Guidelines will say “should”.
  1. Competition Divisions:
  • Young Guns – Minimum age of 7- maximum age of 11.  Any rider between the ages of 7-11 is eligible to compete in the Young Guns Division.  Young Guns riders are allowed to ride “up” into the Youth Division with parental permission.

o    The same Young Gun may ride a maximum of two horses.

o    The course shall contain 8 obstacles plus Overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 & 2.

  •  Youth – Minimum age of 12- maximum age of 17. Eligible Youth may ride up to Intermediate, Non-Pro and Pro with parental approval.

o    A Youth may ride a maximum of three horses.

o    The course shall contain 13 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 4.

  • Novice – 18 years & Over.  The Novice Division is designed for base level riders who have developed only the basic riding skills, such as loping, backing and side passing, etc. and have had little or no success competing in other equestrian events. The Novice Division is considered an entry level division that will allow the rider to develop confidence and additional horsemanship skills to allow the rider to move into the Intermediate Division. The purpose of the Novice Division is to provide a division that is fair to all base level riders.  Novice riders are allowed to ride “up” into higher Divisions of competition.

At the end of the competition year, a decision will be made by the Executive Board as to whether or not to move a rider out of the Novice Division. The Executive Board shall review statistical data regarding how many times a Novice has won their division and the number of riders that were in the Novice division at each race.   The Executive Board may consider recommendations from judges and promoters regarding appropriate placement of the Novice rider. They may also consider the rider’s placement in the World Finals on a case by case basis.  A rider who has been moved out of the Novice Division may petition the Executive Board to remain in the Novice Division.

o    Novice shall not be required to jump but may be required to ride over obstacles.

o   The Novice course shall have 10 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 3.

  • Intermediate – 12 years & Over.  An Intermediate rider is an individual who is ready to move out of the Novice division but is not yet ready to compete in the Non-Pro division and does not receive compensation for riding or training horses, ponies or mules. An Intermediate rider has increased horsemanship skills such as increased speed and confidence in their basic skills and are prepared for the challenges of this higher level.  A rider in this division has had some competition experience in equestrian sports and/or Extreme Cowboy Racing.

At the end of the competition year, a decision will be made by the Executive Board as to whether or not to move a rider out of the Intermediate Division. The Executive Board shall review statistical data regarding how many times an Intermediate has won their division and the number of riders that were in the Intermediate division at each race.   The Executive Board may consider recommendations from judges and promoters regarding appropriate placement of the Intermediate rider. They may also consider the rider’s placement in the World Finals on a case by case basis.  A rider who has been moved out of the Intermediate Division may petition the Executive Board to remain in the Intermediate Division.

o    Intermediate shall not be required to jump any obstacle higher than 18 inches.

o   The Intermediate course shall contain 13 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 4.

  • Non- Pro – 12 years & Over.  A Non-Pro rider is an individual that has experience as a rider but does not receive compensation for riding or training horses, ponies or mules astride.  This definition applies to all riders age 18 and over, except a Youth rider with parental permission.

o   The Non-Pro course shall contain 13 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 5.

  • Pro – 12 years & Over.  An individual is considered a professional rider if he/she is age 18 or over and receives compensation for riding or training horses, ponies or mules astride.

o    A Pro may ride an unlimited number of horses in the Pro Division and may also compete in the Futurity Division.

o    In order for a professional to return to a lower level of competition, he/she must not have received substantial compensation or worked full time riding or training horses, ponies or mules for a period of five years prior to applying to return to a lower level of competition.

o    The course shall contain 13 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 6.

  • Ride Smart 55 years & Over.  The Ride Smart Division is designed for non-professional riders age 55 and over.

o    The course shall have 13 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 5.

Members registered as Non-Pro and Ride Smart may not ride down to the Novice or Intermediate Division. But members may renew their memberships at the lower division, such as Intermediate.

  • Futurity Division (3 and 4-year-old horses only).

o    Futurity horses may be ridden by any rider age 12 and over.

o    The Futurity Division is a sanctioned competition at the EXCA World Championship only.

o    All horses must be either 3 or 4 years old during the competition year of the World Championship in which they plan to participate.

o    A futurity horse must be nominated by August 1 to be accepted for the EXCA World Championship competition.

o    Any late nominations will require a $100 late fee at time of nomination.

o    Horses of any breed are accepted. Horses do not have to be registered. Grade horses must submit a Coggins test for proof of age.

o    The Futurity fee will be paid in installments as follows: $250.00 with the nomination form and registration papers by August 1; $100.00 by September 1 and $100.00 by October 1. Note: there is a 10-day grace period provided the postmark is no later than August 10, September 10 and October 10 each year. Any installment received after the grace period will have a $25.00 late fee added.

o    Should a futurity horse be scratched from nomination, any fees that have been paid are non-refundable but are transferable.

o    All exhibitors and/or owners must be current members of EXCA.

o    The nomination form can be found on the EXCA website and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the EXCA office.

o    Any horse that is nominated for the Futurity may only compete in the sanctioned EXCA Green Horse Division to remain eligible for the World Finals.

  • Green Horse Division – A Division to develop aged horses new to EXCA & Futurity Horses

o    Green Horse Division for horses of any age

o    Green horses may be ridden by any rider age 12 or older.

o    The Green Horse Division shall have 10 obstacles plus overall Horsemanship and time points on the spreadsheet.  Points will not be tracked by EXCA.  Point fees do not apply to this Division.

o    Obstacles shall be rated 1 – 3.

o    There will NOT be a Green Horse Division at The WORLD Finals

o    The Green Horse cannot be ridden in any other Divisions.

o    Green Horse event scores must be recorded on a separate spreadsheet as their results do not get sent to the EXCA office and their points are not tracked.

  1. Sanctioned Events
  • A Club shall submit an EXCA Event Application a minimum of 30 days prior to the scheduled event.
  • There is a $265.00 annual sanctioning fee for each Club.  The Club may host one or multiple events during the year. The Club President or a designated Club representative must also be a full member of EXCA for the purpose of hosting events.
  • The Club establishes the amount of the entry fee for each of their events. EXCA shall receive $10.00 per entry administration fee.   For example, if you determine that you need to charge an entry fee of $50.00 per rider, EXCA suggests that you charge $60.00 per rider to cover your expenses and pay EXCA the $10.00 per rider administration fee. It is the Club’s decision how you use the remaining $50.00, however EXCA recommends that after expenses, 50% of the money goes to riders in payback or prizes for all Divisions with the exception of the Pro Division which should receive a higher percentage of the entry fee in payback and/or prizes.
  • Should a Club choose to give a buckle with the EXCA logo, or use the verbiage Extreme Cowboy Association or Extreme Cowboy Race on the buckle the Club must order their buckles through the EXCA office.   No Exceptions.
  • Following the EXCA Event, the Club must send the original Excel score sheets toturben@extremecowboyassociation.com.   Send the administration fees ($10 per rider per event) to EXCA within 5 business days. by mail to EXCA, P.O. Box 50, Bluff Dale, TX. 76433.  All fees are to be mailed to the EXCA office in Bluff Dale. Any score sheets not submitted within five business days from the conclusion of the event will be subject to a fine of $50.00 per day.
  • Following an event, points will not be posted until all paperwork and fees have been received by the EXCA office.
  1. Safety
  • All riders are expected to compete within their individual capabilities.
  • Should a rider be bucked off or fall off, he/she may continue to compete provided he/she can catch their horse unassisted and remount within one minute.  Should the horse leave the parameter of the course, the rider is disqualified from that round of competition.
  • All riders are expected to make certain their horse is in condition to compete in the Extreme Cowboy Challenge.
  • Parent(s) or their designate may be on the course when a Young Gun is competing.  The purpose of the parent or designate is for safety, not coaching the rider through the obstacles.  Due to safety, fairness and insurance standards, it will now be illegal for anyone to follow a rider on horseback for the purpose of coaching, promoting, encouraging, or assisting that rider in any division.
  • Should a Young Gun, Youth or Ride Smart rider be required to dismount, he/she may use a mounting block or hay bale to remount.  Getting a “leg up” is not allowed.
  • The rider or the parent(s) / legal guardian in the case of riders under the age of 18 assumes all responsibility for participation in an Extreme Cowboy Challenge event.
  1. Extreme Cowboy Challenge Courses
  • Obstacles will be assigned a difficulty rating of 1-6, with 1 being the easiest and 6 being the most difficult.
  • There shall be 8 obstacles for Young Guns plus a score for “Overall Horsemanship” and a time score.
  • There shall be 10 obstacles for the Novice Division plus a score for “Overall Horsemanship” and a time score.
  • All other Divisions shall have 13 obstacles, a score for “Overall Horsemanship” and a score for time.
  • The Regional Championships should have 14 obstacles plus “Overall Horsemanship” and total score.
  • EXCA Board of Directors will determine the number of obstacles for the World Championship.
  • Young Guns may ride a course of only 1 & 2 rated obstacles.
  • Youth may ride a course of 1 – 4 rated obstacles.
  • Novice may ride of a course of 1 – 3 rated obstacles.
  • Intermediate may ride a course of 1 – 4 rated obstacles
  • Non-Pro and Ride Smart may ride a course of 1 – 5 rated obstacles.
  • Pro may ride a course of 1 – 6 rated obstacles.
  • The Futurity Division may ride a course of 1 – 6 rated obstacles.
  • Course obstacles should be posted one hour prior to the event and should not be numbered.
  1. Jumps and bank jumps or drops
  • No permanent “fixed” jumps over 22”.
  • Bank jumps must be no more than 36”.
  • Drops must be no more than 54”.
  1. All obstacles must be constructed with safety for the rider and horse in mind. 
  • Example: no exposed T – posts, rebar.
  1. Extreme Cowboy Challenge Obstacles.

The obstacle rating is designated to the right of each obstacle i.e. 1R, 2R, 3R, 4R, 5R and 6R. (R means rating)

  • Each Division has been assigned a specific level of difficulty for the obstacles that they are allowed to attempt. It is the riders’ responsibility to have a clear understanding of their own ability and the ability they have achieved within the partnership with their horse.  Should any rider approach an obstacle that he/she feels is beyond their ability, he/she is expected to skip that obstacle and go to the next obstacle.
  • Each obstacle shall have a 30 second time limit. The time begins when the rider approaches and begins to negotiate the obstacle. If the time limit elapses, a whistle will be blown and the rider must move on to the next obstacle.  The judges may allow the rider to continue provided the horse/rider team was making substantial forward progress toward completing the obstacle when the whistle was blown.
  • If the rider does not complete the obstacle, points will be given or deducted based on his/her attempt. A valid attempt may be scored from .5 – to 2 points.  The judges shall not give a 0 (zero) if a valid attempt is made.
  • If a rider skips an obstacle and begins the next obstacle (example: the rider completes obstacles 1 – 4 and skips obstacle 5 and begins obstacle 6) he/she may not go back to the obstacle that was skipped.  If the rider does go back to the skipped obstacle at any time, it will be considered “off course” and will result in a DQ (disqualification) for that round of competition.  The rider will receive a score of 0 (zero) and a 30 second time penalty for any obstacle that is skipped.
  • Obstacles should not be numbered.
  1. EXCA Scoring and Judging System

The following is an explanation of the EXCA scoring system. This is how judges will be looking at each obstacle. It is included to help riders learn how the judges are scoring.  The EXCA judging of each obstacle will be done on a scale of 1 – 10, with 5 ½ being considered an average score.  There are three basic components to each obstacle: the Approach (+1 or -1 point), the Obstacle itself (0 – 8 points) and the Departure (+1 or -1 point). Although there are three components to consider, the judge only records one number for each obstacle score.  The purpose of this is to improve horsemanship and to allow the judge to provide a more accurate score for each obstacle, as well as pinpoint areas for improvement.  The following is a breakdown of the scoring system defining each phase as well as what the judge will be looking for on each obstacle.

 THE APPROACH

Every rider will start the approach with a score of 0, and receive quarter point increments or deductions, based on performance.  Total points for the approach are not to exceed -1 or +1 point in this section.

The approach to any obstacle might involve a downward transition to a trot or walk from a lope or even a gallop.   EXCA places an emphasis on riding with a loose rein.  The judge will be scoring on what happens when those loose reins are picked up to make a transition or start the maneuver.

The downward transition should be smooth, soft and balanced.  The horse should be in a natural frame and willingly respond to cues from the rider.  The horse should act as if it knows how to do the transitions, and that they are following the cues they were taught.  The horse should not act as if being pulled down by strength, gaping its mouth, or throwing its head up in the air to resist to the point of notice.  The horse should not be swapping leads on the way in.  The approach should be as straight as possible.

Penalties (-1/4) point per incident

  • Incorrect lead
  • Gaping mouth
  • Not changing in the back during a lead change (cross firing)
  • Excessive spurring
  • Hanging or balancing on your reins to maintain balance
  • Going too fast when conditions make footing unstable
  • Being heavy handed
  • Having excessive speed going into an obstacle creating an unnecessary risk for the horse and rider
  • Not keeping the horses’ hind leg planted during a turn around
  • On a turn around, hopping and not crossing over correctly on the front end

Awards (+1/4) point per incident

  • Starting on and maintaining the correct lead
  • Riding on a loose rein
  • Keeping the horse’s inside leg planted during a turn around
  • On a turn around, showing speed and crossing over in the front without hopping
  • Big sliding stop, without pulling on the horses’ face, causing a gaping mouth and head elevation
  • Good speed control with lots of rate
  • Backing through an obstacle with straightness, cadence and speed while having the horse bridled up and broken at the poll
  • Keeping the horse collected and correct throughout the obstacle maintaining the proper framed body

THE OBSTACLE

The rider shall start the obstacle portion with an average score of 5 1/2.  A judge may award up to 3 additional points for the execution of the obstacle and may deduct to a score as low as 0.  The maximum score of an obstacle shall be 8. Riders shall be awarded or penalized using quarter point increments as shown below.

After transitioning down to the appropriate safe speed, the horse should act as if it has seen and done the obstacle before and is looking to find their way through the challenge.  On the obstacle, the EXCA is looking for a horse working on a loose or soft rein.  For example, does the horse have a catty look with his head down hunting the obstacle?  And, does the rider know where the horses’ feet are?  Ideally, the horse and rider should look confident and even a little relaxed.  Again, horsemanship is always stressed as well as speed with control.

Penalties (-1/4) point per incident

  • Incorrect lead
  • Gaping mouth
  • Not changing in the back during a lead change (cross firing)
  • Excessive spurring
  • Hanging or balancing on your reins to maintain balance
  • Going too fast when conditions make the footing unstable
  • Being heavy handed
  • Having excessive speed going into an obstacle without control in a way that could endanger horse or rider
  • Not keeping the horses’ inside hind leg planted during a turn around
  • On a turn around, hopping and not crossing over correctly on the front end
  • Big sliding stop, pulling on the horse’s face, causing gaping mouth and high head

Awards (+1/4) point per incident

  • Starting on and maintaining the correct lead
  • Riding on a loose rein
  • Keeping the horses’ hind inside leg planted during a turn around
  • On a turn around, showing correctness, crossing over in the front without hopping
  • Good speed with lots of rate
  • Backing through an obstacle with straightness, cadence and speed while having the horse bridled up and broke at the poll
  • Keeping the horse collected and correct throughout the obstacle maintaining proper framed body

 THE DEPARTURE

In the departure, the rider shall be awarded up to 1 point or deducted as much as 1 point depending on his performance done in ¼ point increases or deductions.

Leaving an obstacle is probably a little easier to do and judge.  How the actual obstacle is accomplished will have a lot to do with how the horse and rider leave.  If an obstacle went well, the EXCA would expect to see a smooth exit and an efficient line being established to the next obstacle.  Like jumpers coming down from one jump while looking and lining their horse up for the next jump.

The upward transition should be smooth and on the correct lead for the line of travel.  Leads are really important here but may not always happen within the parameters of the obstacle.  A lot of riders trot out and acquire the new lead on the way to the next obstacle.  That correct or incorrect lead will be judged in the overall horsemanship category.

Balance, cadence and confidence are what the EXCA wants to see coming into and out of obstacles.  Smoothness up and down through the gait transitions, similar to automatic transmissions, rather than four speeds with popping clutches.

Penalties (-1/4) point per incident

  • Incorrect lead
  • Gaping mouth
  • Not changing in the back during a lead change (cross firing)
  • Excessive spurring
  • Hanging or balancing on the reins to maintain balance
  • Going too fast when conditions make the footing unstable
  • Being heavy handed
  • Having excessive speed going into an obstacle
  • Not keeping the horses’ hind inside leg planted during a turn around
  • On a turn around, hopping and not crossing over correctly on the front end

Awards (+1/4) point per incident

  • Starting on and maintaining the correct lead
  • Riding on a loose rein
  • Keeping horses’ hind inside leg planted during a turn around
  • On a turn around, showing speed and crossing over in front without hopping
  • Big sliding stop, without pulling on the horses’ face, causing gaping mouth and head elevation
  • Good speed control with lots of rate
  • Backing through an obstacle with straightness, cadence and speed while having the horse bridled up and broke at the poll
  • Keeping the horse collected and correct throughout the obstacle maintaining proper framed body

A score of 8 or 9 indicates the horse rider team had an outstanding Approach, Obstacle and Departure.

A perfect ride and a score of 10 should be extremely rare.

  1. Showboating

Riders are not allowed to add any components to an obstacle that are not required without prior approval from the judges.  Should additional components be added, it will be classified as “showboating” and points will be deducted from the obstacle score.  If riders have a creative idea they should consult with the judge prior to the event.  Originality and flair are encouraged when it does not take excessive time.

  1. Submission of a Rule Change

When you have an idea for a “new rule” or a suggestion to “modify” an existing rule, we encourage you to let the EXCA know about your ideas.  You may submit your suggestions to your local Club and your Regional National Advisory Board member. They will forward your suggestions to the EXCA Office.

 

  1. Request for an Obstacle Approval

If you have an obstacle that you would like to use in your event that is not currently listed, contact EXCA by E-mail to president@extremecowboyassociation.com or call 254.728.3082.

  1. Judges
  • Judges must be 18 or over, current members of EXCA and are required to successfully complete the Judge’s Certification test that is found on the EXCA website, www.extremecowboyassociation.com.  The fee to take the 2019 test is $35.00.  Each applicant shall take the test online and submit the completed test to president@extremecowboyassociation.com.   The test will be scored and the applicant will receive notification of the test results.  A score of 90% or higher is required for EXCA Judge’s Certification.  Upon successful completion of the test, the Judge will receive his/her Judge’s Card and a copy of the 2019 EXCA Rulebook.
  • Judges’ will be rated on a scale of 1 – 5 depending on their experience and reputation.  A rating of 5 is the highest rating and a rating of 1 is the lowest rating.  All Judges’ are encouraged to attend a Judging Seminar hosted by Craig Cameron.  Details of these seminars can be found by going to www.craigcameron.com.
  • Should an applicant fail to successfully complete the test, he/she may submit a fee of $20.00 to take the test a second time.
  • Should the applicant fail to successfully complete the test the second time, he/she must wait a period of at least 60 days to resubmit their application to take the test.  A fee of $35.00 will be charged to take the test and renew the process.
  • Note:  As some EXCA Regions are continuing in the growth process, they may have difficulty finding good judges in their geographic area.  Should this occur an NAB member from that Region shall contact the EXCA office by email to this address: president@extremecowboyassociation.com or by mail to request an exemption to the certification process.
  • There should be two judges for each EXCA event.  When more than one judge is used, they should be separated by a distance of at least 25 feet.
  • A Judge should not judge a member of his/her own family.
  • An event promoter should not judge their own event.
  • Each judge should have a scribe to record Judge’s scores and notes.
  • Judges shall be knowledgeable of good horsemanship and shall judge each event based on good horsemanship and speed with control.
  • Judges shall pay particular attention to the rider’s balance, cadence, soft hands (loose reins), the use of their legs and seat and speed with control.  Judges shall pay attention to the horse being on the correct lead going into an obstacle and leaving an obstacle as they move toward the next obstacle.
  • Judges shall have knowledge of the different breeds and consider the breed in their judging.  This means a judge must consider the way of going for any given breed and judge accordingly. Example:  A judge shall not score his/her preferred breed higher than his/her less preferred breed unless his/her preferred breed actually has a better “go” than his/her less preferred breed.  Judge’s must always keep in mind that this event is about “getting it done correctly”; it is not a popularity contest.
  • A judge may ask any rider to drop the bridle after the rider completes the course. A judge may disqualify any horse/rider team if the horse has a bloody mouth that is determined to be caused by rough handling.
  • The Judges may disqualify a contestant for what they deem to be abuse of any animal or the abuse of these rules without notice or reason given.
  • A Judge, Producer/Host shall disqualify any contestant if it appears the contestant has used any form of alcohol/drugs that may or may not inhibit their ability to navigate the course.  Riders shall not consume any form of alcohol during the event until competition is complete on the day they compete.
  • If a judge deems a horse unfit to complete for any reason, the horse shall be disqualified from the event.
  • If a contestant is unable to complete the course for any reason, the contestant shall be disqualified from that round of the event.  Should the event have additional rounds, the contestant shall be allowed to compete in the following round(s).
  • Judges shall not confer with each other while a rider is on course or being scored.
  • At the judge’s discretion, a contestant may be issued a re-ride should an outside distraction from beyond the course be so great as to inhibit the contestant from competing. Should such a distraction occur, the contestant must complete the course; receive an official time and seek a re-ride from the judges within one minute of completing the course.  If a re-ride is granted, the contestant will have the re-ride at the end of their Division that day. The Judge’s decision regarding a re-ride may not be challenged in any way for any reason.
  • Judges must sign their Judge’s sheets prior to turning them into the show office for computation.
  • Should a contestant choose to file a complaint about a Judge, there will be a filing fee of $50.00. The complaint will be reviewed by the NAB from the Region and the event Producer/Host.  Should the complaint be deemed as valid, the $50.00 will be returned to the contestant that filed the complaint.  The NAB will send a written report of the complaint and their findings to the EXCA office at this email address: president@extremecowboyassociation.com.
  • A Judge may be removed by the EXCA Board of Directors for words or actions that have been deemed harmful to the organization.
  1. Tack
  • All tack must be traditional western or Australian unless stated differently for a specific event.
  • Mechanical hackamores, tie downs, martingales, cavessons, drop nose bands and any form of gag bit or slip bit is not allowed.
  • A bosalito will be considered a cavesson except in a traditional two rein set up. A bosalito will not be used with a get down rope.
  • It is acceptable to ride without a bridle or bareback.
  1. Draw for “Order of Go”.
  • The draw for the order of go shall be held in one of three ways:
  • It may be determined by an electronic draw, a random draw with contestants present or by the order of registration.
  • The draw for the order of go may not be challenged and riders must compete in the order they are drawn unless given specific permission to change by the Judges.
  • Riders shall be ready to compete in the order they are drawn.  Failure to be ready in the correct order is grounds for disqualification from that round.
  1. Walking the Course
  • Riders will walk the course with the Judges prior to the event. No horses are allowed on the course during the walk through and no practicing is allowed on the course prior to or during the event.
  • Obstacles and course rules will be reviewed at that time.
  • Only the riders are allowed to ask questions about any obstacle or rule on the course.
  • It is the responsibility of the contestant to fully understand the rules, obstacles and the order of obstacles prior to the beginning of the event.
  • It is acceptable for event officials to conduct one walk through for all Divisions.  This means that every obstacle to be used in competition that day shall be explained.  It is the riders’ responsibility to know which obstacles are to be maneuvered in their Division and the sequence of these obstacles.  If one walk through is to be used for multiple Divisions, the Producer/Host shall provide a map to every contestant describing their Division.

 

  1. Tie Breaker
  • If there is a tie at the conclusion of the Event that involves the top places, the winner is determined by the fastest time.
  1. Timing
  • Events shall use either electronic timers or a minimum of two stop watches for total time.  The 30 second limit for obstacle time will be done by a separate stop watch.
  • There should be a primary timer and a backup timer for total time.
  1. Dress Code
  • Traditional western attire or Australian Stock attire is required.
  • Dress jeans or colored jeans are acceptable.
  • Riders shall wear long sleeve button up shirts.
  • Logos, with the exception of makers mark, on shirts, jackets, pants are not allowed unless approved by the EXCA office.
  • Shirts must be tucked in when the rider begins competition.
  • Riders must wear riding boots with a heel. Tennis shoes are not acceptable.
  • Riders shall wear a western style hat or certified riding helmet. Caps are not allowed.
  • Chaps and spurs are optional.
  1. Obligations of an EXCA Member
  • Being a member of EXCA is a privilege, not a right.
  • The EXCA Board of Directors has the authority to direct disciplinary action or sanctions against an individual member, judge, or EXCA Club.
  • Good sportsmanship is mandatory at all times.  Any display of poor sportsmanship is grounds for a fine of up to $250.00, suspension or revocation of EXCA membership.  A contestant cannot be banned from an event prior to them committing an act considered to be detrimental to EXCA.
  • Individual members are responsible for their own safety and the safety of their horse.
  • Examples of actions that could be considered detrimental to the EXCA are:

o    Threatening or aggressive behavior to others during or following the competition.

o    Tampering with another rider’s horse, tack or equipment is not allowed.

o    Non-payment of debt to EXCA or EXCA Club.

o    Competing under the influence of non-prescription drugs or alcohol.

o    EXCA event Promoters/Hosts, volunteers and staff are strictly prohibited from consuming any form of alcohol during the competitive portion of an event.

o    Unauthorized use of the EXCA trade mark™ or copyrighted material.

  • Failure to conduct EXCA sanctioned events in strict compliance with EXCA rules.

 

  1. Fraternization
  • Riders may not fraternize with Race Officials or EXCA staff or officials during the event or away from the event course until the entire event is completed.
  1. World Point Qualifying Events: Single (WPQ) or Double Point (DWPQ)  
  • WPQ (Single points) Single point administration fees for each event.
  • DWPG (Double points) Double point administration fees for each event.
  • No more than two WPQ or DWPQ events may be held at one location in a single weekend.
  • Limiting the number of riders at a race shall be advertised 30 days in advance on the EXCA web site.
  • No WPQ event will be allowed to take place on the same weekend as the Regional Championship within the same Region.
  • There shall be a maximum of two (2) judges for any EXCA event.
  • When using two (2) judges, the two judge’s scores will be totaled and divided by 2 to determine the score given to the horse/rider team for that go of the event.
  • Each contestant shall be ready to go when their order of go position is called.  If a contestant is not ready to go within 30 – 60 seconds following the previous rider’s departure from the course, he/she may be disqualified from that round of the competition.
  1. EXCA Cowboy Classic (Triple Points, one administration fee)
  • Any current EXCA Affiliated Club can apply to host an EXCA Cowboy Classic event.
  • Must be pre-approved
  • Must be in conjunction with another major event, i.e. a State Fair
  1.  EXCA State Championships (Double Points, one administration fee)
  • State Championship dates and location shall be approved by the EXCA.
  • Each State may have one State Championship event.
  • State Championships shall offer all seven divisions.
  • Any EXCA member may compete in a State Championship.
  • A State Championship shall be a standalone event.
  1. EXCA Regional Championships (Triple Points, one administration fee)
  • Each Region shall have one Regional Championship.
  • Regional Championships dates and location shall be approved by the EXCA and may be held anytime throughout the year (prior to the World Championship).
  • Regional Championships shall offer all seven divisions.
  • Any EXCA member may compete in the Regional Championship.
  • A Regional Championship shall be a standalone event.
  • Each region may limit the number of entries that can be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Regional Championship events should use at least one (1) Level 3 judge
  • EXCA will recognize the Top World Point earning Cowboy and Cowgirl in each EXCA Region.  All points accrued through the current season are included to determine the regional champion in each division.
  • An EXCA member must compete in the Regional Championship in order to win the Regional Championship.  An exemption may be submitted to the EXCA office for approval in the event of a death in the family.
  1. EXCA International/Provincial Championship Series (Five Times Points, one administration fee)
  • International/Provincial Championship dates and location shall be approved by the EXCA.
  • Each Country/Province may have one International/Provincial Championship event.
  • International/Provincial Championships shall offer all seven divisions.
  • Any EXCA member may compete in an International/Provincial Championship.
  • An International/Provincial Championship shall be a standalone event.
  1. EXCA World Championship
  • The date and location of the EXCA World Championship shall be determined by EXCA office.
  • Qualification to compete in the EXCA World Championship requires that the horse /rider team must rank in the top 60% of their Division in the National Points standings.
  • A horse may be substituted for the World competition only with a written confirmation by a veterinarian that the horse is out for the competition season.    A substitute horse must not have won a Division title at the EXCA World Championship within the last three years.

 

  1. Horses
  • Horses that are competing in EXCA events may be of any breed.
  • There are no age or gender restrictions, unless specifically stated for a specific event in which age restrictions may apply. Any event with an age restriction must be approved by the EXCA.
  • All EXCA events should have post-race exams by a licensed veterinarian.
  • All Regional Championships and the World Championship should have post-race exams by a licensed veterinarian.
  1. Welfare of the Horse
  • Every horse shall be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Any action or treatment that is deemed to be cruel, abusive or inhumane will result in immediate disqualification from the sanctioned EXCA Event.
  • Such disqualification shall be reported by the EXCA Event host. The EXCA Event host shall report the incident to the EXCA office within 3 business days following the EXCA Event.  The EXCA Board of Directors will review the details of the incident and have the authority to take additional disciplinary action as deemed necessary.
  1. Lameness
  • The EXCA judges and EXCA veterinarian have the obligation, responsibility and authority to disqualify any horse that is obviously lame. Lameness is determined if:
  1. The horse is showing consistent lameness at a trot.
  2. Obvious nodding, hitching and shortened stride.
  3. Minimal weight bearing while moving or standing still.
  1. Insurance
  • The hosting landowner is covered by the EXCA spectator liability policy.
  • The hosting landowner or designated agent must be a member of EXCA.
  • Should the hosting landowner require a Certificate of Insurance the landowner shall request the Certificate by ordering the Certificate online from the EXCA website, www.extremecowboyasociation.com.  The Certificate should be ordered at least 14 days prior to the event.
  • The landowner or designated agent shall pay any fee associated with acquiring the Certificate of Insurance.
  1. Membership Fees
  • An individual membership fee to join the EXCA shall be as follows:
  • $650.00 for a Lifetime membership. A Lifetime membership will also include an official EXCA Lifetime Buckle.  A current member may convert their regular membership to a Life membership for $575.00
  • $65.00 per year for an individual membership in Novice, Intermediate, Non-Pro, Pro, Futurity and Ride Smart Divisions.
  • $45.00 per year for Youth and Young Gun membership.
  • $105.00 per year for a family membership.
  • EXCA Membership Through a Club: Members can join EXCA through their local club.  They must pay the club directly (at a $10 discount for Individual or Family Memberships) and the club must submit the member’s application(s) and payment to EXCA. The Club that has submitted the most members by the end of the competition year will receive an award and receive recognition by the EXCA.
  • $35.00 for a Greenhorn membership to compete in a sanctioned EXCA event for a period of 30 days.  Once the 30 days has expired, the Greenhorn member must pay the additional $30.00 Individual membership fee to compete in an EXCA sanctioned event.  No exceptions.
  • $25.00 for an Associate membership.  Associate members may not compete in an EXCA sanctioned event.
  • A “Club” may be an individual EXCA member of a group of EXCA members that host sanctioned EXCA Events during the year.

o   o    The “Club” shall pay an annual sanctioning fee of $265.00 to EXCA.

o   o    The “Club” may host one or multiple EXCA Events during the year.

  • There shall be an administration fee of $10.00 ($5 International) per contestant in each EXCA event. This fee shall be forwarded to the EXCA within five (5) business days following each EXCA event.
  1. Additional Membership Benefits
  • Each EXCA member shall receive an EXCA membership card.
  • Each member shall receive “The Brave Horse” the EXCA Electronic Newsletter with EXCA news, EXCA member and contestant interviews, general stories of interest and ‘Horsemanship Tips & Tales’ from EXCA Founder, Craig Cameron.
  • Members shall receive discount prices for merchandise purchased from the EXCA Tack & Gift Shop located on the EXCA website