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Nov. 15, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University employee and horse-riding enthusiast Chris Redden stepped off the college campus and onto his horse, Cisco, for the weekend, earning a fifth-place finish at the Extreme Cowboy Association World Championship in Topeka, Kan.
More than 130 riders from around the world competed in the cowboy racing competition where riders are judged on how they navigate their horses through a series of obstacles, overall horsemanship and speed.
"We're judged on horsemanship, how willing your horse is and how fast you can go," Redden said. "Speed with control is the name of the game."
Redden sat in the eighth spot after round one Friday, but fell to 13th place after dropping a log during the log pull competition in the second round. Redden gained enough ground, however, to clinch a spot in the final round. His total during Sunday's final round was the fourth-highest among riders in the pro division.
The fifth-place overall finish was Redden's highest in four years of competing. Redden, who was competing in the pro division for the first time, became eligible for national competition after participating in regional contests throughout the summer.
As hardscape supervisor in Northwest's Office of Environmental Services, Redden works in the grounds shop and oversees repairs to sidewalks, streets and parking lots.
For coverage of this story in the St. Joseph News-Press click here.
For more information about the EXCA World Championship click here.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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