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Glenn Stewart is a Grand Champion at the Calgary Stampede!

Against a throng of Canadian and American heavy hitters, during the first Extreme Cowboy Race held in Canada, Glenn Stewart and Genuine Jet Smooth, his faithful 10-year-old quarter horse stallion, emerged as the winners of the inaugural Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge on Monday afternoon at the Pengrowth Saddledome!

After competing in the preliminary rounds on Saturday and Sunday and standing 2nd overall, Monday afternoon Stewart  pulled ahead and took the lead. During Monday’s 12-team championship final of the Cowboy Up Challenge, Stewart and Genuine Jet Smooth were fast, clean, smooth and nearly flawless, negotiating the obstacles on the Saddledome infield with ease and grace. Stewart’s winning score from the event’s two-man judging team was 110.5, good for a $5,000 cheque, a coveted Stampede championship buckle, and an automatic berth at the Extreme Cowboy Association’s (EXCA) world championship later this year at Topeka, Kansas.

"Glenn puts the O in Smoooooth" commented the MC on day 2, as Glenn and Jet performed soft canter pirouettes and sliding stops in a series of obstacles and manueovers - all in a halter.  The harmony and connection between horse and rider was evident; a beautiful ride and testament to the versatility of solid horsemanship.

One of the fastest-growing sports in the equine industry, Extreme Cowboy Racing is a timed and judged event that demands both horsemanship and speed, and challenges both horse and rider with an obstacle course that may include such challenges as moguls, bridges, log crossings, tunnels, cowboy curtains, roll backs, and water crossings, among others.

Judges award points for each obstacle, on a scale of one to 10, based on criteria such as horsemanship, cadence, control, and overall execution. Horse-and-rider teams are required to complete each obstacle within a predetermined time period to collect points.

Extreme Cowboy Racing, sanctioned by the Bluff Dale, Texas-based EXCA, was created by Cameron, known as the “cowboy’s clinician,” and originated as a TV program on Rural Free Delivery-TV (RFD-TV) in the U.S. Thanks to a wild surge in popularity, EXCA staged 70 events in 22 American states, from Hawaii to Maine, during its first official season of competition in 2009, and more than 100 events are scheduled for this year.

Glenn would like to thank Craig Cameron and the Calgary Stampede for organizing on this fabulous event which puts horsemanship first and foremost, showcasing the riding portion.  Glenn would also like to thank all the folks who came out and cheered them on, the volunteers, The Horse Ranch Team, and all the other contestants who made this race a true challenge to "Cowboy Up".

 Video from the Event