Search for the great American cowboy: Local cowboy Randy Speegle will be showcasing his equine talent in three competitions
by MELISSA SNYDER
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COWBOY UP  — Cowboy Randy Speegle is at home in the ring  — competing on one of his horses at the SSHBEA World Grand Championship in Shelbyville. Hoping to prove his cowboy status, Speegle is participating in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Project Cowboy and Extreme Cowboy Race.
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Most authentic cowboys and cowgirls were born with a rope in their hand. The horseman way of life is who they are. One cowboy who knows it’s more than the silver that adorns the saddle, how big the hat is or the clothes that make the cowboy is Randy Speegle.

To demonstrate his equine abilities Speegle will be participating in three events: the Ultimate Extreme Mustang Make Over Challenge, Extreme Cowboy Race and Project Cowboy.

For the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Speegle was chosen to transport a wild Nevada mustang to his ranch and train it in 90 days for the national competition in Murfreesboro Oct. 22 and 23.

Speegle’s mustang, as well as the other selected horsetrainer’s mustangs, will be available for adoption in a live auction at the conclusion of the two day event.

The local cowboy plans to thrill the audience and test his horsemanship skills at the Extreme Cowboy Race in Ringgold, Ga., on Aug. 27 - 29.

While competing for points in “fastest growing equine sport” first originated by world horse clinician Craig Cameron and made official by the Extreme Cowboy Association, Speegle will lead his horse through challenging courses of the Extreme Cowboy Race.

Project Cowboy, a competition looking for the individual who best represents the American cowboy is open to all horsemen or women who demonstrate outstanding horsemanship, live by the western lifestyle and possess exceptional people and communication skills.

Speegle is one of only 200 participants selected to represent the spirit of the authentic cowboy in Project Cowboy.

Equine competition pioneers Tootie Bland of Tootie Bland Productions and Patti Colbert of Patti Colbert Enterprises have joined forces in Project Cowboy which will be held Oct. 8-10 in Fort Worth, Texas, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center.

“Project Cowboy is a talent search targeted to horsemen located down the country roads that no one knows about. The world needs to know they are out there,” said Colbert. “Project Cowboy will find the great American horseman, or woman, and make them famous.”

According to Speegle’s business manager Robin Cummings, the Texas competition will include seven challenging competitive rounds of horsemanship and communication skills.

Speegle hopes to be named Project Cowboy champion and receive the $10,000 cash and gifts which will include a trophy saddle and a trophy buckle. In addition to the cash and prizes, the winner will appear in the 2011 Road To The Horse Legends World Championship and other select events.

The cowboy enjoys the competition element as much as he does instructing and coaching. He has won several grand championship titles and said he would not be able to do what he loves without the support of his wife Wendy.

The local cowboy is training for the upcoming events at Double S Stables in Benton. It’s also where he has trained horses and riders for more than 20 years — offering horsemanship workshops and clinics for beginning and experienced riders.

Speegle, who is aware horses read and communicate with body language, believes patience is an important part of horse training.

“You have to keep a cool head,” he said. “I get so much enjoyment out of seeing someone I have coached do well. I want them to experience the same fun I have with horses,” said Speegle.

Speegle has a long list of equine associations.

He is a member and a senior judge for the National Racking Horse Association, a member of the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeder’s and Exhibitors Association, and a member of the Extreme Cowboy Association.

He also fills the role of judge for numerous local saddle club events in Tennessee and surrounding areas.

“People come from all over to learn from his experience. He is patient and his teaching techniques are proven,” Cummings said. “He is producing a training DVD series now.”

For more information on Speegle and Double S Stables, visit www.doublesstables-speegle.com or call 877-889-2124.

For more information about Project Cowboy visit www.projectcowboy.net 512-663-6884.

Interested horsemen and women can download an application online. All entry forms must be completed by Sept. 1.