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What is an Extreme Cowboy Race?

I first came across extreme cowboy racing (EXCA) when I volunteered to photograph the El Paso County Sheriffs Posse in February 2022.  They host their extreme cowboy races monthly in their arena in Sunland Park, New Mexico, just outside of El Paso, Texas. 

During the extreme cowboy race, cowboys and cowgirls must overcome a variety of trail obstacles as quickly as possible.  These obstacles range from going through steep ditches, crossing raised tires, crossing a bridge, herding cattle, lifting weights, backing through an alley, side passing over a log, and more.  It’s a truly exciting event to witness. 

Equestrians of all ages and levels of riding are allowed to compete.  I’ve seen riders braving obstacles with mules, Gypsy Vanners, Quarter Horses, and gaited horses. 

The camaraderie and horsemanship is amazing.  Everyone helps one another out, from walking the course together, to calling out the next obstacle for the riders that they are directly competing with. 

Interested in coming out and watching the extreme cowboy race?  The next extreme cowboy race is being held April 30th and May 1st at 1800 McNutt Road, Sunland Park, NM 88063.  The race starts at 0930.

April 11, 2022

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