Anderson Cowboys Up — Again!

Jim Anderson reaching for the lariat as his mare, Picasmokenlittlelena, leaps
over the edge of the giant wagon wheel.

Jim Anderson has this Extreme Cowboy Racing thing figured out. The Strathmore horse trainer has competed three times in the Stampede’s Cowboy Up Challenge sponsored by the Extreme Cowboy Association. In hisdebut in 2011, he was Reserve Champion. Last year, he won. This year, Anderson topped the field in all three nights of competition—and not by small margins. “My mare was really good,” Anderson explained. “She was consistent all week long.”

Three-quarters of the competitors were world champions. Of the six Americans and five Canadians competing in the Cowboy Up Challenge, six had world championship buckles, three had won at the Stampede and two were the most honoured riders in the sport. Glenn Stewart of Baldonnel, BC took third in the second go and was sixth in the final.