Arizona Horseman's Challenge

ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

& EXPO

April 19, 20, and 21, 2019

2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Jody Swink of No Sweat Natural Horsemanship is the creator of this format for the colt starting competition. The concept is not new, the execution of it is. In most colt starting competitions, the one who gets their horse the farthest is the winner, period. In the AZHC there are four judges watching five trainers work with untrained mustangs in eight hours over three days. They watch how they interact with their horses, and what different training tools they use to overcome challenges that the horses present. In this unique setting, the trainers are judged on how they bring the horses along, not only the result. This format also makes a fun spectator event. The horses are picked by the trainer’s using a white elephant style, with numbers out of a hat and they can steal each other’s horse. The trainers get eight total hours in two-hour increments to work with their colt over three days. The seating at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre puts the spectators up close and personal. All five trainers are visible at the same time. The caliber of judges that attend this event is impressive, with years of experience and wisdom earned while working with horses. This colt starting contest has created many lasting friendships, when they all have something to learn, as well as teach, the feeling of comradery and encouragement is palpable. The 2019 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo will take place April 19, 20 and 21, at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek.

Arizona Horseman's Challenge

Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

April 19, 20, and 21, 2019

2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Jody Swink of No Sweat Natural Horsemanship is the creator of this format for the colt starting competition. The concept is not new, the execution of it is. In most colt starting competitions, the one who gets their horse the farthest is the winner, period. In the AZHC there are four judges watching five trainers work with untrained mustangs in eight hours over three days. They watch how they interact with their horses, and what different training tools they use to overcome challenges that the horses present. In this unique setting, the trainers are judged on how they bring the horses along, not only the result. This format also makes a fun spectator event. The horses are picked by the trainer’s using a white elephant style, with numbers out of a hat and they can steal each other’s horse. The trainers get eight total hours in two-hour increments to work with their colt over three days. The seating at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre puts the spectators up close and personal. All five trainers are visible at the same time. The caliber of judges that attend this event is impressive, with years of experience and wisdom earned while working with horses. This colt starting contest has created many lasting friendships, when they all have something to learn, as well as teach, the feeling of comradery and encouragement is palpable. The 2019 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo will take place April 19, 20 and 21, at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek.