The challenge is on. Horsewomen from across the United States are invited to enter the first American Horsewoman’s Challenge, a six-month contest to train a young horse for a cross-discipline competition.
Show off your training skills in the American Horsewoman’s Challenge. APHA File Photo.
“Eighty-five percent of horse owners are women, but too often they are not recognized for the contribution they make to training America’s pleasure horses,” Event Producer Jim “Hutch” Hutchins said. “This competition highlights the cross-discipline interests of many American horsewomen and the skills necessary to create a well-rounded equine partner.”
Open to any horsewoman based in the United States, the first 500 entrants must submit a 10–15 minute video showing their skills in Cowboy Dressage, ranch/trail versatility and liberty work. A panel of judges will choose the top 50 competitors who will be invited to compete at the finals, held October 2014 in Oklahoma City.
Finalists then select any green-broke horse, defined as having fewer than 10 rides, of any breed to train for the finals, where they will demonstrate their skills over three days. The finals will culminate with a musical freestyle performance.
With $28,000 up for grabs at the finals, those interested should visit the Horsewoman Challenge website and Facebook page today for more information about this event.
If you plan to enter and compete on a Paint Horse, contact Megan Brincks at [email protected] so we can share your journey with the Paint community.