LETHBRIDGE - The Rocking Heart Ranch Colt Starting Challenge is underway.
10 trainers from across Western Canada are spending up to 60 days with one of
their horses to train it on some basic fundamentals, as well as any extra
showmanship qualities to earn extra points.
These up and coming trainers range in age. Melody Garner says "we've got everywhere from
young guns from like 18, 19 up to I believe we have a gentleman in his late
40's, early 50's, but they're trainers that you don't necessarily hear of
everyday. These are people that train a few horses a year, they're trying to get
their business going and this is an opportunity for them to tell the world about
what a good job they do."
The challenge will wrap up on August 24th at the Taber Agriplex. There will
be three local judges including Heather Smith of Taber, Rose Prozak of Fort Macleod, and Ryan Smith of Champion. 4-H member's can also register with their club to
judge the event and compare their score with the judges. 4-H kid's that
participate will also be entered to win a yearling colt. There will also be a
sale of the horses showcased that day.
Garner adds "we're trying to encourage more youth to come out to this event so
that we can get more youth involved and back in the saddle and keep this horse
Trainers in the challenge are Jon Blackmore of Magrath, Clem Lowry
of Perryvale, Barry Arnstead of Claresholm, Calvin Bevans of Lethbridge, Rod
Olsen of Cardston, Terrel Oler of Canyon BC, Jacequeline See of Edson, Maria
Michel of Revelstoke, BC, Sid Matsalla of Yorkton, and Renee Gareau of
Camrose. The winner will receive $5,000 cash.