Extreme cowboys back from Texas
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.
ROSE HUXTED IN TEXAS