Ex­treme cow­boys back from Texas

The Glengarry News - - Straight Talk - - Steven War­bur­ton

A trio of lo­cal cow­boys and cow­girls made waves south of the bor­der ear­lier this month at the Ex­treme Cow­boy As­so­ci­a­tion’s World Cham­pi­onships in Glen Rose, Texas.

Rose Huxted, a 34-year-old from the Dalkeith area, placed 20th in the pro divi­sion while two younger riders – Macken­zie Kunz, 17, of StEu­gene and Tyler Seguin, 17, of Dal­housie Mills – placed 11th and 15th re­spec­tively in the youth divi­sion.

Ms. Huxted com­peted against 35 pro riders from all over the world. The youths com­peted against 16 of their peers.

It was the first time the trio at­tended the world cham­pi­onships.

“You have to qual­ify,” ex­plains Ms. Huxted. “You com­pete at the provin­cial level and they tally your points through­out the sea­son. The rule of thumbs is that if you’re in the top 30 per cent, you can go.”

She and her fel­low riders were thrilled with the plac­ing they got, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the judg­ing was so close. In fact, she says there was only a nine point dif­fer­ence be­tween 20th place and eighth place.

All in all, there were more than 200 en­tries from around the world. She met riders from Ger­many, Bel­gium, and even Aus­tralia.

She says the com­pe­ti­tion is like an ob­sta­cle course. Horse and rider nav­i­gate 13 dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cles and they are eval­u­ated on their horse­man­ship as well as their speed.

The com­pe­ti­tion ran from Nov. 6-11. It was a 6,000-kilo­me­tre round trip to get there but Ms. Huxted says she’d do it all again next year if she has the op­por­tu­nity.


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