NEWS


  • 16 Nov 2014 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board appreciates the participation of the membership in the recent survey we sent out. Getting feedback makes it much easier for the board to make decisions about the future of UHCA and potential Handbook changes. Below are the results of the survey.

        

    Key Issues:

    Should we increase the number of obstacles in the Buckaroo division?

    • 63% of members are in favor of this change
    • 13% of members were opposed to this change
    • 23% of members expressed no opinion
    • Breaking down the results a bit further, 85% of parents of Buckaroo riders supported this decision

    The board had decided to increase the number of obstacles for the Buckaroo division to 8.

     

    The next important issue was whether members felt that moving the Colt division from the high impact course to the low impact course was a positive or negative change.

    • 62% of the members felt it was a positive change
    • Less than 8% felt it was a negative change
    • Of the riders who have competed in the Colt division in the past two seasons, 66% felt it was a positive change

    The board is still discussing how we can improve timing of our events so both courses finish closer to the same time while still keeping our colts safe .

    We also wanted to know if you felt 2 year old colts were too young to be competing in UHCA events.

    • 33% of members said 2 year old colts should not be ridden in UHCA events
    • 41% of members felt that it should be up to the rider to decide
    • 25% were unsure of how they felt about this issue

    The board had decided not to prohibit 2 year old colts from UHCA competitions, but we do encourage riders to consider the health and welfare of these young horses when deciding to compete on them.

     

    80% of the membership expressed an interest in being able to register for events and pay entry fees online. There are some logistical challenges with paying for entries in advance when there is a third-party host involved. For now, we will most likely offer pre-registration online, but you’ll have to pay at the event with the exception of UHCA-hosted events such as this year’s race at Burlington.

     

    80% of the membership indicated they would like to have access to an online member directory. We will be adding this feature to the website.  By default, the directory will display the members name, city, and state, but members can control what information is displayed or not displayed by editing their privacy settings in their profile.

     

    62% of members indicated that the online Handbook meets their needs. The board decided to print a handful of Handbooks for those that do prefer print and these will be available at events, but will not be mailed out.

     

    87% of members felt that the current method of providing access to scorecards is effective, so we will continue to make the scorecards available at the following event. However, the scorecards will be discarded after the subsequent event, so be sure to have someone pick yours up for you if you are unable to attend the following event.

  • 05 Oct 2014 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another exciting UHCA season comes to an end with a great event at Burlington, KS. Thanks to Jim and Joyce Ochs for putting on a fun finale to our 2014 season. The hospitality of the folks in Burlington was outstanding and we really appreciate all the support UHCA and this event received from the community of Burlington and Coffey County. It was great to see spectators in the stands and to see new riders experience cowboy racing for the first time.  Results have been posted to the UHCA website.


    It was amazing to see our riders and their horses/mules improve throughout the season. It may be a few (chilly) months until our next race, but we’re sure all our riders will be working hard to improve and up the ante for 2015! 


    Congratulations to our winners!

    Buckaroo: Avery Howell

    Youth:  Alaina Rohnke

    Novice: Joyce Ochs

    Classic: Jim Ochs

    Colt: Josh Rushing

    Intermediate: Pat Glidewell

    Amateur: Jim Ochs

    Open: Runt Rageth


  • 15 Sep 2014 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It’s hard to believe we’ve already had 8 races this year. Rex Buchman and the Flint Hills Rodeo Association put on a great event this past Sunday. It was a long day, but the courses were challenging and it was such a treat to get to do so much cattle work! Thanks to everyone who came out to support UHCA and our host. It was a beautiful day in the Flint Hills of Kansas!

    Congratulations to our win...ners!

    Buckaroo: Danali Cramer
    Youth: Alexis Shin
    Novice: Brandy VonHolten
    Intermediate: Spencer Hawerlander
    Colt: Ashley Purdin
    Classic: Jim Ochs
    Amateur: Judy Coffel
    Open: Runt Rageth

    Results and year-end points have been posted on our website.

    Only one more event left this year, and it’s a big one! You don’t want to miss it. Plan to be at the Coffey County Fairgrounds on Oct. 4 and stick around for the Burlington Taste of Fall Celebration going on all weekend long.
    undefined at Flint Hills Rodeo. 
  • 02 Sep 2014 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BURLINGTON, KS--September 2, 2014--The Burlington Promotion Committee has teamed up with the Ultimate Horsemen’s Challenge Association (UHCA) to design a distinctly western event to usher in the fall season. The event will be held October 4–5, 2014, at Kelly Park and the Coffey County Fairgrounds in Burlington, KS. Admission is free to all activities.

     

    Activities will begin early on Saturday with the Masons Breakfast at Kelly Hall. Both a tractor show and a car show, the latter presented by Poor Boy Rod Club will be ongoing until 3:00 pm. Food and craft vendors will be set up in the 4-H building as well as outdoors.

     

    The Burlington Promotions Committee is excited to team up with the UHCA.”  According to Promotions member Salli Stewart, the committee feels this event will breathe some new life into the Taste of Fall Festival. "We have kept some of the activities from past years, but have added new things and feel there will be something for everyone" says Stewart.  "Moving the event will also be new to the festival. We will have some new challenges but we hope the positives will outweigh any negatives we encounter."

     

    The popular Kansas River Gang will perform reenactments at noon and again at 2:00 pm. The Kansas River Gang is a traveling group of melodrama performers that bring the wild-west back to life with mock gunfights and humorous skits from the 1800s. They will certainly set the tone for the cowboy-themed celebration.

     

    Live music will begin at 12:30 pm on Main Stage with Jill Warren-Wagoner and Jason Wagoner followed by JJ Edwards, Katie Rich and Johnny Freeman. At 2:30 pm, the Wagoner’s will take the stage again followed by the Kirchner Family, Tara Glades, and Rachel and Jaycee Belcher.

     

    There will be no shortage of fun activities for kids. The Coffey County Museum will be featuring Pioneer activities and the Burlington Jaynes will present a Baby Show in Kelly Hall. The Coffey County Library will host Story Time and adventurous kids can participate in a Hay Dig. The Coffey County Sherriff’s Department will be sponsoring Buck-a-Roo family games at 2:00 pm followed by Kids Races at 4:00 pm.

     

    For those with an interest in the arts, the Emporia Art Center Art Mobile will be on site. Pumpkin decorating and a talent show will allow attendees to demonstrate their creative abilities as well.

     

    On Saturday, starting around 9:00 am, UHCA will host its final challenge of the season in the Rodeo Arena and adjacent field. In this fast-paced event, a horse and rider team must maneuver through a series of obstacles, while demonstrating skill, finesse, horsemanship and speed. A score is given for each obstacle on the course and riders are judged on overall horsemanship.

     

    Some of the obstacles encountered at a UHCA event are things that a rider might routinely experience while trail riding or working on a ranch, while others are designed to test a horse’s or mule’s reaction in an unfamiliar situation. UHCA welcomes riders of all levels, providing eight challenge divisions suitable for all breeds of horses and mules. The event is co-sanctioned with the Extreme Cowboy Race Association (EXCA) and will be one of the last opportunities to earn qualifying points for the upcoming EXCA World Championship in Hamilton, TX. Some of the most talented extreme cowboys in North America will be on hand competing. Three UHCA members placed in the top 5 at the invitation-only Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge in July.

     

    “This event would be an excellent opportunity for local horsemen, horsewomen, and horse kids to try their hand at the sport of extreme cowboy racing. Whether you are a young Buckaroo just starting out, a Novice wanting to improve your skills, or a seasoned professional looking for a new challenge, we provide an opportunity to compete against others of similar ability,“ said Kate Fowler, UHCA President.

     

    Attendees and competitors will want to stick around after the race to watch the Flint Hills Mounted Shooters Jackpot. The shoot will begin after the UHCA event is complete on Saturday afternoon. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is the fastest growing equestrian sport in the nation.  Mounted contestants compete in this fast-action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition.  Racing through challenging courses that include elements of barrel racing, pole bending, and wild-west action, the shooter with the fastest time and fewest missed targets wins. The Flint Hills Mounted Shooters club is affiliated with the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association (CSMA) and was formed in 2011 to promote the sport of mounted shooting. 

     

    The activities continue on through Sunday starting with Cowboy Church at 8:00 am, led by David Kraft, Range Management Specialist from Gridley, KS. The public is welcome to attend the cowboy-style worship in Kelly Hall--boots and spurs not required.

     

    At 9:00 am, The Midwest Ranch Horse Association (MRHA) Competition will begin. The MRHA was organized to give cowboys a venue to showcase their using horses while exchanging ideas and techniques they use in training these horses. Contestants complete in three segments or activities: dry work/reining, cow work, and roping. In the dry work/reining segment, riders are judged on their ability to perform rollback, circles, lead changes, stopping, backing and spins. Cow work consists of boxing or holding a cow at the end of the arena, and turning a cow down the fence in both directions. The objective is to demonstrate control of the cow. The final segment is roping, which is judged on how well the rider and his/her horse demonstrate proper roping mechanics.

     

    Immediately following the MRHA Competition, spectators will be treated to a Working Cow Dog Demonstration from local cattleman, Beau Beyer.

     

    “The community has really rallied in support of bringing these exciting events to Burlington. A number of local businesses have made donations to help make these events possible,” said Jim Ochs, UHCA Treasurer and Coffey County resident.  “We really appreciate the support and interest the community has displayed for the celebration and hope that it generates positive economic impact for the city of Burlington.”

     

    On a final note, Ochs added, “we welcome anyone that is interested in these events to attend and participate. We are always looking for new riders and spectators won’t be disappointed with all of the fast-paced action these events will provide.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    For more info contact:

    Burlington Promotions Committee, Burlington Recreation Center, 620-364-8484

    Ultimate Horsemens Challenge Association, Jim Ochs, 620-343-5234, www.ultimatehca.com

    Flint Hills Mounted Shooters, Kate Fowler, 785-845-6891, www.flinthillsmountedshooters.com

    Midwest Ranch Horse Association, Dwight Bylik, 918-349-2325, https://www.facebook.com/MidwestRanchHorse

  • 01 Sep 2014 7:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our first ever race at Big River Ranch in Lexington, MO, was a big success. Robbie Maupin and crew were great hosts and showed our riders a great deal of hospitality. They have a fantastic facility and a number of our members went early and rode the trails. If you weren’t able to attend the race, be sure to check out Big River Ranch this fall when it cools off. It’s a great place to ride and spend a relaxing weekend with good friends and great horses.

    We had a number of new riders on Sunday and we hope you all enjoyed it enough to join us at the next race. Hard to believe we have just 2 events left this year. Both are going to be packed full of extra activities, so plan to come and stay the weekend.  Make sure you reserve your campsite and stall early!

    Congratulations to all of our riders who were able to improve their horsemanship and conquer yet another set of challenging courses. These hosts never cease to amaze us, putting their unique twist on course design (anyone else want to go out and get a saber now?)

    Results and year-end points have been posted on the UHCA website.

    Our winners were:

    Buckaroo: Danali Cramer

    Youth: Alexis Shin

    Novice: Ryan Taylor

    Classic: Marsha Coleman

    Colt: Josh Rushing

    Intermediate: Jenny Forge

    Amateur: Greg Scheutz

    Open: Alexis Shin

  • 17 Aug 2014 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    R Bar B in Topeka, KS, put on an exciting race this weekend. A big thank you to Greg and Linda Scheutz and Russ Brown and crew for designing a challenging course with some unique obstacles. We love the new facility too! We had a great turnout with 87 entries and an amazing 17 Buckaroo riders. Let’s hear it for the Buckaroos! We certainly had some new riders with us and we want to welcome all of you back to our next race in Lexington, MO, on August 31. UHCA is like potato chips, one is never enough! Results and year-end points have been posted to http://ultimatehca.com/results. 

     

    Congratulations to all of our winners and for those of us riders that finally got our horses through the barrel curtain or up to the pigs! 


    Buckaroo: Danali Cramer

    Youth: Alexis Shin

    Novice: Ryan Taylor

    Colt: Ashley Purdin

    Classic: Joey Jernigan

    Intermediate: Pat Glidewell

    Amateur: Greg Scheutz

    Open: Lee Hart


    R Bar B in Topeka, KS, put on an exciting race this weekend. A big thank you to Greg and Linda Scheutz and Russ Brown and crew for designing a challenging course with some unique obstacles. We love the new facility too! We had a great turnout with 87 entries and an amazing 17 Buckaroo riders. Let’s hear it for the Buckaroos! We certainly had some new riders with us and we want to welcome all of you back to our next race in Lexington, MO, on August 31. UHCA is like potato chips, one is never enough! Results and year-end points have been posted to http://ultimatehca.com/results.

    Congratulations to all of our winners and for those of us riders that finally got our horses through the barrel curtain or up to the pigs!

    Buckaroo: Madison Branham

    Youth: Alexis Shin

    Novice: Ryan Taylor

    Colt: Ashley Purdin

    Classic: Joey Jernigan

    Intermediate: Pat Glidewell

    Amateur: Greg Scheutz

    Open: Lee Hart

    R Bar B in Topeka, KS, put on an exciting race this weekend. A big thank you to Greg and Linda Scheutz and Russ Brown and crew for designing a challenging course with some unique obstacles. We love the new facility too! We had a great turnout with 87 entries and an amazing 17 Buckaroo riders. Let’s hear it for the Buckaroos! We certainly had some new riders with us and we want to welcome all of you back to our next race in Lexington, MO, on August 31. UHCA is like potato chips, one is never enough! Results and year-end points have been posted to http://ultimatehca.com/results.

    Congratulations to all of our winners and for those of us riders that finally got our horses through the barrel curtain or up to the pigs!

    Buckaroo: Madison Branham

    Youth: Alexis Shin

    Novice: Ryan Taylor

    Colt: Ashley Purdin

    Classic: Joey Jernigan

    Intermediate: Pat Glidewell

    Amateur: Greg Scheutz

    Open: Lee Hart

  • 06 Aug 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are going to take a group picture at our next event, at R Bar B Saddle, Tack and Trailer, on August 16. We will be taking the picture during the lunch break, so be sure to come out and ride and stick around if you are in one of the morning divisions to be included in the picture.  We’d like members to horseback if possible.

     

  • 03 Aug 2014 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to C5T Ranch and Kristin and Brett Cloud for hosting a great race yesterday in Benton, KS. They did an outstanding job of designing two courses that simulated real ranch work. The race ran smoothly and the weather was lovely for early August. Thanks to all of our riders who came out. It was great to see some new faces among our familiar friends. There were lots of great rides, but our big winners were:

    Buckaroo: Danali Cramer

    Youth: Alexis Shin

    Novice: Beth Sandness

    Classic: Jim Ochs

    Colt: Josh Rushing

    Intermediate: Pat Glidwell

    Amateur: Hannah Resser

    Open: Chris Redden

    Results and year-end points have been posted on our website.

     

  • 13 Jul 2014 9:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to the Bates County Sheriff's Posse crew for putting on another great race. Josh Rushing and Scott Simms did an outstanding job with course design. Special thanks to Holly Rushing, Natalie Umphenhour, and Jami Page for all their hard work as well.


    It's our fantastic hosts that make UHCA races possible and they continually come up with new and inventive ways to challenge our horsemanship and our mounts. Putting on a race is no easy feat and we can't show our appreciation enough.

    Congratulations to all our riders for the progress they're making with their horses and mules.

    Winners for the Bates County Sheriffs Posse event are:
    Buckaroo: Mirah Scott
    Youth: Alexis Shin
    Novice: Brandy Von Holten
    Colt: Josh Rushing
    Classic: Marsha Coleman
    Intermediate: Wes Coffel
    Amateur: Jim Ochs
    Open: Runt Rageth


    Results and year-end points have been posted. 

  • 07 Jul 2014 6:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to UHCA cowboys Lee Hart (Reserve Champion) , Runt Rageth (3rd Place), and Chris Redden (4th Place) for taking three of the top 4 spots at the Calgary Stampede's Cowboy Up Challenge . What great representation for UHCA and the Midwest. These fine cowboys are the best of the best! Way to go guys! Outstanding!

     

     

     

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