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August 18, 2017 - August 19, 2017
All Day
Time Details:
Friday: 6:00 PM - 9:00PM and Saturday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CAM-PLEX East Pavilion
1635 Reata Drive
Gillette, WY 82718
Cristy Beatty 808-269-3408
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Gillette Colt Starting Challenge

Friday, August 18, 2017

Come watch THE ACTION as 6 experiences horse trainers compete to gentle and ride 6 unbroken horses in just a few hours using Natural Horsemanship methods. On Friday they have 2 hours, on Saturday 1.5 hours, then they ride their horse thru an obstacle course. The Judges decide the Winner!

What is a Colt Starting Challenge?

Contestants compete to gentle and ride the horse have drawn using Natural Horsemanship methods. The horses in this event have never been saddled, bridled, nor ever ridden, yet they are halter broke.

  On the first day the Trainers have two one hour sessions to work with their horse in their round pen, with a half hour break in between. All the trainers are working their horses at the same time. They take a turn to explain to the audience, while they are training, what they are doing and why.

   On the second day, they have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a half hour break in between. On the second session they have the choice to leave the round pen and ride in the arena to prepare their horse for the obstacle course. 

Next the round pens are removed from the arena, and each rider has 12 minutes to ride their horse thru an obstacle course in the arena. In the obstacle course, they ride over a tarp, weave thru vertical poles, walk thru zig zag poles, rope a barrel, and drag a pole. Judges decide the Winner. A Buckle is awarded.