March 23, 2010 2 min read
They say that the third time’s a charm, well, for Craig Cameron, that statement became fact at the 2010 Road to the Horse. For those of you who may not be familiar, Road to the Horse is a competition that gives three internationally known trainers the opportunity to show off their horsemanship skills and experience. Each competitor chooses an unbroken colt from a remuda (a group of 10 horses), and builds a relationship with the horse. The competitors are judged on the end result, as well as the skills and tactics used to get this result. This competition shows that gentle horsemanship is a kind and effective way of breaking a horse while building a strong relationship with it.
Craig Cameron is known as the “Original Cowboy Clinician”, and has been training horses for the last 22 years. He started out riding bulls and broncs, but his real passion was always the horse. Craig was not impressed by the many “trial by fire” suggestions he received when he asked fellow riders how they trained their horses. This led Craig to his life as a true gentle horseman. Craig took everything he learned and wrote a book on horsemanship, released by Western Horseman, to teach others how to use his techniques. The release of his book led to his show “Ride Smart” and the “Extreme Cowboy Race” on RFD-TV, as well as the clinics that he puts on at the Double Horn Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas. Craig also travels across the country to teach his techniques and train horses.
Craig and his wife, Dalene, came to visit us at the saddle shop before he headed to Tennessee to compete in Road to the Horse. Craig and Dalene joked about the fact that after two attempts, Craig had yet to win, and played lightly at the fact that Craig has taken some flack for it. As we sat there chatting, Craig announced, “We’re gonna get it this time.” He was right!
After vigorous competition, Craig claimed his World Championship. In an interview following his victory, Craig said (referring to his horse), “He was the little ragamuffin of the remuda, but he was low-headed, curious, and brave, and I was lucky to have him. I didn’t think the first day he was such a good choice in the first half-hour, but in the end, he made me use all of my skills and gave me a lot.”* Craig added, “Every time I’ve competed at Road to the Horse, I’ve left a piece of my heart in the arena. Now I’m getting a little bit of that back. I truly believe winning Road to the Horse is going to change my life. I am 61 years old and now I am a World Champion, and no one can ever take that away from me. This may be the best day of my life.”
We want to congratulate Craig on his World Championship and can’t wait to see what this year brings for him!
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