Cowboy Challenge in New Zealand is a competition with obstacles, designed to not only push horse and rider out of their traditional comfort zone but also to test the communication and horsemanship of each rider. These kind of competitions are becoming very popular in the USA and Cowboy Challenge has been embraced by New Zealand riders as it fits right in with this country's love of extreme sports.
The first New Zealand Cowboy Challenge, the White Horse Cowboy Challenge, was held in Gapes Valley, Geraldine on 27 February, 2010. It was organised by the Aoraki Western Riding Club, with 31 entries in total - youth and adult. Due the success of this inaugural Cowboy Challenge and the interest in the sport thereafter, the New Zealand Cowboy Challenge Association Inc. was duly formed.
The NZCCA does not organise Challenges, but regulates, maintains points and provides an official rule book as well as administrative assistance. The NZCCA has developed an official, competitive structure, enabling local, regional and national challenges to be held.
See "Downloads" page for Rules and Constitution; the Rule Book includes a list of obstacles that may be included in a Challenge.
See Events Calendar for upcoming events.
Annual Points are awarded as follows:
competitors 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
1 or 2 1
3 or 4 2 1
5 or 6 3 2 1
7 or 8 4 3 2 1
9 or 10 5 4 3 2 1
11 to 15 6 5 4 3 2 1
16 - 20 7 6 5 4 3 2
21 + 8 7 6 5 4 3