2011 Trainer's Challenge of the Unwanted Horse
As with the prior years, we were once again amazed at the support shown to the 2011 Trainers and their Students. Despite the beautiful weather which often finds people on the trails rather than in an arena, we had a great turnout for the fourth year in a row!
And, in no particular order, we'd like to thank:
- The trainers (once again) for the wonderful job they did with their students, for taking time out of their busy schedules to provide updates on their progress, and for the care and concern they demonstrated with their students in their training and the strange (and new) environment of the Leatherdale Center.
- The University of Minnesota for providing the Leatherdale Center as a venue for the event for the fourth year in a row.
- Everyone who came to watch and cheer on their favorite trainers and horses.
- Everyone who followed us on Facebook and our website, and told their friends to do the same.
- Everyone who came bearing donations for the local Food Shelf.
- All the MHARF volunteers for their efforts in promoting the event and their help in setting up before and tearing down things after the event.
- The announcer and judges who are an integral part of this event.
- The class and event sponsors who helped support the event and the classes.
- The farrier and veterinarian, because without them we wouldn't have much of a Farrier/Vet class.
- The caterer for the wonderful food and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
- Anyone who we may have forgotten to formally thank in this list.
- And, of course, the horses who showed us all that it matters not the struggles life throws your way, if you put your heart into something you can become a champion.
What is the Challenge, you ask? Well, we're glad you asked!
Everyone wants to have that horse that can do "everything", which is understandable. We all have day jobs, and there are bills to pay, people to see, and things to do. So when it comes to the horse, wouldn't it be nice to just jump on and go? Well, because of this attitude (and it's a fair one), we oftentimes overlook the horse with limited or no training. We don't have the "eye" to see a diamond in the rough, or we've got too much going on.
Training a horse is a lifetime commitment, even after giving it a good start. You want your horse to be rock-solid when a jogger in blaze orange comes around the corner. You want your horse to stand stock-still when the farrier is working on their feet. You want to ride with the confidence that your horse is not going to explode into a panic the next time you try to trailer them or ride in a busy arena or walk past the dreaded "Horse-Eating Mailbox".
Our goal of this challenge is to show you the diamond in the rough; that while training is an important part, it's about the time you put into a horse that also matters.
To this end, we're inviting trainers from across Minnesota and the neighboring states to step up and show everyone what they can do with the horse that is "Unwanted". For everyone following along at home, once we have the trainers selected we will have a list of horses and trainers in a sort of "blog" specific to each trainer and student. Finally, we have some information that you, the kind public, might want to know about the upcoming event and hope that you can spread the word about our little challenge.