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Up and Coming Trainers Take Part In Colt Starting Challenge


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 industry growing."


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.

Posted on Monday, July 01, 2013 at 4/18/2014 8:44:05 AM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
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