• 14 Apr 2015 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow! What a way to start the 2015 season off right. A BIG thank you to the Riverside Cowboy Church and Eagle Ranch Resort for putting on a fantastic event. If there was ever an award for the smoothest and timeliest event, they would win it! And a special thank you to our event secretaries Beth Sandness and Holly Rushing. We could not have done it without you wonderful ladies! We had a record 121 entries—our biggest event EVER! This is going to be a record-breaking kind of year for sure. We already have 98 members after the first event!


    It was so great to see so many familiar faces and so many new folks getting their first taste of UHCA! We’d like to welcome the 38 new members that have joined this year. We hope you all had a great event and first experience with UHCA and are excited as the rest of us for the next race.  Welcome to the family!


    Congratulations to all of our riders at Eagle Ranch. There we so many great runs and UHCA continues raise the level of extreme cowboy racing as evidenced by our quality horses, mules, and riders.

    The results are now posted on the UHCA website at Winners by division were as follows:

    Buckaroo: Avery Howell

    Youth:  Justin Branham

    Novice:  Dan Miller

    Classic:  Helen Alewine

    Intermediate: Pat Glidewell

    Colt: Josh Rushing

    Amateur: Jim Ochs

    Open:  Jake McCracken

  • 27 Feb 2015 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The UHCA Judging Clinic is still planned to start at 10 am tomorrow Saturday, February 28 at Rocking V Ranch, just south of Topeka. While the meteorologists are calling for some snow, we are still planning to have the clinic, which is in an indoor arena. Auditors, please bring a lunch and a chair. The clinic will last until 2:00 pm. Please drop us an email at if you registered and are not planning to attend for weather or any other reason.  Don’t forget there is a second clinic in Louisburg on March 7! If you did not register, but would still like to attend, email


  • 24 Feb 2015 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interested in supporting UHCA? Contact us to learn about becoming a sponsor. We have three levels of sponsorships available. Contact us today!


    Gold Sponsorship $1000
    Sponsors at this level receive a banner to be displayed at each UHCA event, promotion on the UHCA website (Home page, Results page, and Sponsors page) with links back to the sponsor’s website, promotion on the official UHCA Facebook page, and access to membership demographic data. Sponsors will also receive two tickets to the Annual Year-Ends Awards Banquet. Only a limited number of gold sponsorships are available.


    Silver Sponsorship $500

    Sponsors at this level receive their logo on signage to be displayed at each UHCA event, a logo and company description on the UHCA Sponsors page with links back to the sponsor’s website and two tickets to the Annual Year-Ends Awards Banquet.


    Bronze Sponsorship $200

    Sponsors at this level receive a logo and company description on the UHCA Sponsors page with links back to the sponsor’s website and two tickets to the Annual Year-Ends Awards Banquet.


    Event Sponsorships

    If you are interested .in supplying products or other donations as prizes for an event, please contact each event host directly.

  • 04 Feb 2015 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    UHCA has two exciting Judging Clinics planned for February and March. These clinics are designed to educate current and potential judges on the UHCA Handbook and the mechanics/nuances of judging a UHCA Challenge Event. Participation in this hands-on clinic is by invitation only, however, auditors are welcome!

    UHCA Members and fellow horsemen are invited to attend and take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about what judges look for and listen to our expert panel explain obstacle scoring. Auditors can follow along with their own scorecards, comparing their observations to our experts’ and are encouraged to participate in designated auditor Q&A sessions. More info at!
    It's free to audit, just bring a sack lunch and a chair!


  • 18 Jan 2015 8:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UHCA now offers a variety of merchandise screen printed with the new UHCA logo. Items such as t-shirts, hats, coffee mugs and more can be purchased directly from  Now you can show your UHCA pride! More information can be found at here.


    Zazzle has hundreds of apparel styles available...more than just what is pictured in the store. After selecting the item with the logo placement you prefer, click on See All Styles to pick the style of shirt that suits your taste the best! Long-sleeve, short sleeve, v-neck, sweatshirt, hoodie--whatever your taste, Zazzle has it! 


    Prices for merchandise are set by Zazzle with 10% of each sale going to support the UHCA. 


    Visit our Zazzle Store today! 

  • 15 Dec 2014 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 11th (Sat) - Eagle Ranch, Collins, MO

    May 9th (Sat) - Miller's Ranch, Maple Hill, KS

    May 30th (Sat) - Linn Co., Mound City, KS

    June 20th (Sat) - R Bar B, Topeka, KS

    July 18th (Sat) - Von Holten Ranch, Sedalia, MO

    August 29th (Sat) - Big River Ranch, Lexington, MO

    September 20th (Sun) - Strong City, KS

    October 3rd (Sat) - C5T Ranch, Benton, KS

  • 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,

    Flint Hills Mounted Shooters, Kate Fowler, 785-845-6891,

    Midwest Ranch Horse Association, Dwight Bylik, 918-349-2325,

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