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Watch Extreme Cowboys ride hard and fast at Chicopee Ag Center
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Rick Peniston and Savvy speed towards the finish line during the Georgia State Championship Extreme Cowboy Race held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. - photo by Kaylee Martin

More than 20 modern-day cowboys went riding and roping on the open range of the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center on Saturday, Aug. 11, for a day of fun competition at the Georgia State Championship Extreme Cowboy Race.

Extreme Cowboy Racing

Riders discuss their tactics during the Georgia State Championship Extreme Cowboy Race held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.
By: Kaylee Martin

Extreme cowboy racing is growing more popular in the world of equestrian sports. It is a timed event that challenges both horse and rider to maneuver through a series of obstacles resembling those a cowboy might encounter out on the trail, making it both fun and practical. Some of the obstacles at Saturday’s event included a narrow bridge, a see-saw, walking underneath a hanging “cowboy curtain,” roping and carrying a flag.

The Southern Obstacle Challenge Association is the local division of the Extreme Cowboy Association, and competed at the Ag Center for a third consecutive year. Each competition consists of eight divisions, allowing access for a wide range of ages and skill levels. Riders are judged on horsemanship skills as well as how well the horse approaches, navigates and exits an obstacle.

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Leanne Hale and her horse, Jigsaw, begin the course at a full gallop during the Georgia State Championship Extreme Cowboy Race held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. The pair recently placed third at the Cowboy Up Challenge during this year’s Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. - photo by Kaylee Martin

“We’ve got somewhere between 25 and 30 horses and riders here. While this event is obviously in Georgia, we’ve only got three from Georgia competing today,” said event co-organizer and rider Joe Holloway. 

“People travel here to compete from all over the Southeast, even as far as Mississippi. Extreme cowboy racing is so fun and while it is a competition, everyone here is like one big family. If anyone wants to get into horses, this would be a great sport for them to try.”

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Joe Holloway ropes a ‘steer’ off of Annie during the Georgia State Championship Extreme Cowboy Race held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. - photo by Kaylee Martin
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