PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Cowboys and cowgirls from across the Southeast saddled up and rode into north Mississippi for the annual Extreme Cowboy Race hosted by the Southern Obstacle Challenge Association and Itawamba County Horse Association.
Nearly 60 contestants on horses ranging from quarter horses to mules competed in a skills contest.
Riders and their horses go through a series of obstacles with the obstacles simulating cowboy and ranch work.
The contestants compete for points and trophies along with ribbons.
They say it requires a lot of time and effort into training a horse for something as challenging as the extreme cowboy race.
"It is fun to see if your horse will do challenge for you," adds Tasha Murff, contestant. "Your horse, it's a lot of fun. I enjoy it. I enjoy the challenge of it and the competition."
"To take a horse off of its home base where it's very secure in its surroundings into another place and ask them to do all these events just makes you feel good," added Tracy Pinson, secretary treasuer. "You've done the work and you've got your horse trained."
Contestants will saddle up for the regional championships in South Carolina in September.
From there, it's on to the world championships in Hamilton, Texas.