Cactus Releases an NBHA Branded Barrel Racer Saddle

March 18, 2010

Greenville, TX (March 3, 2010) – Cactus Saddlery is proud to announce the release of the National Barrel Horse Association branded barrel racing saddle. In 2008, Cactus Saddlery became the Official Saddle of the NBHA and began designing the NBHA saddle to suit the needs of every barrel racer.

Scott Thomas, General Manager of Cactus Saddlery, said, “The NBHA Barrel Racer took a year to design and develop. Our goal was to design a saddle that would give the rider proper positioning while fitting the horse correctly. We designed a tree that allows the saddle to sit low on the horse, with bars that flare out and contour to the horse’s back to eliminate unwanted pressure and provide excellent communication between horse and rider. The fenders are set forward to help maintain the rider’s center balance and allow for full range of motion during a run.”

“Cactus has developed a line of high-end products available for purchase that are geared directly to the needs of barrel racers. What an exciting opportunity for NBHA members, especially directors who are looking for award items. We are proud to be associated with Cactus Saddlery, a company known for quality and durability,” said Sherry Fulmer, Executive Director of the NBHA.

The Cactus NBHA Barrel Racer features hand tooled Hermann Oak Leather, in-skirt rigging, stainless steel stirrups, custom NBHA conchos, and embossed NBHA logos. The NBHA saddles can be ordered in three tooling amounts and weigh approximately 29 pounds.

Cactus Saddlery is the Official Saddle of the PRCA and one of the industry’s leading saddle and tack makers, providing customers with premium saddles, strap, and equine accessories that are designed, developed, and ridden by top endorsees. All Cactus Saddlery products are handcrafted in the USA using the finest quality materials available, with a focus on fit, quality, looks, and personalized customer service. To learn more about Cactus Saddlery, please visit www.cactussaddlery.com.

Craig Cameron Wins Road to the Horse

March 23, 2010

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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