We just got home from the Kansas Horse Council's Horse Expo. We competed in the Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race. There were 30 cowboys (and some cowgirls) and 3 of those rode mules. We were very pleased with Hoosier's results - of course we thought he should have won. There is still some discrimination in judge's against a longer ear. Craig Cameron tells the crowd that he doesn't care what you ride - horse, pony, mule - that it's how they ride that counts. I don't think he got his point across very well to the judges. One of the judges clearly did not like the mules. Loren had a clean run. He didn't knock anything over. He didn't fall off. He kept the golf ball on the cones. Clearly not everyone is ready to look at the results not the animal being ridden. I would certainly like to see how judges are chosen change now that they have started the Extreme Cowboy Race Association. I also would like to see something in the rules indicate that someone who runs it clean should place over someone who fails an obstacle. Sort of like with team roping - a slower time on 4 catches should beat a faster catch of only 3 head.
With every association - if you don't like the rules, don't play. It's like when you were a kid on the playground, the kid who had the ball made the rules. If you didn't like the rules, get your own ball.