On Saturday, August 25th beginning at 9:30am, the 2012 Trainer's Challenge of the Unwanted Horse will be held at the Louise Leatherdale Center at the University of Minnesota. (Link to Directions)
The entry fee to this year's event is once again a non-perishable food item, toiletry item, or $5.00 donation.
We'd like to thank our sponsors this year - Cinch Chix and The Valley Equestrian Newspaper. Please let them know you appreciate their support of this event.
Jr's No. 19 BBQ has been asked, and has accepted, to be our caterer again this year, so bring your appetites as well!
It is here, before a panel of judges, a collection of trainers will demonstrate how they've taken a horse that no one wanted - a horse that came to them untrained and inexperienced - and with the right amount of time and investment in training, turned it into a horse who is now a willing companion.
But wait, there's more! Not only are these trainers going to demonstrate how they've taken this unwanted horse and turned it around into a willing, working companion, we said they're going to be judged on their work. And with this judgement comes recognition and a prize - a cash prize! This year, we are pleased to annouce that the cash prizes will be increased over prior years - across the board! As always, these prizes come complete with the appropriate bragging rights.
Oh, but wait... there's MORE. After the dust settles and the applause has died off, we're going to have ourselves a silent horse auction to give everyone a chance to talk to the trainers, meet the horses, and make sure they see the horse they want. And as fate would have it, we happen to have horses, fresh off of training, ready to go home with the highest bidder.
Would you like to bid on one of these horses? We really hope you do! But before you get all excited about the potential of adopting one of these fine animals, we ask that you pre-qualify. And how do you do that? It's easy:
- Contact the trainer working with the horse in question. Their contact information will be posted on their "blog" page and on the bio page. If it's not yet up, it should be up shortly after the horses and trainers begin to be paired in mid-April. Otherwise, if you can't wait, please contact the Rescue and we can get you contact information.
- If you like what you see with regards to the horse, then please contact the Rescue to arrange a time to meet. Prospective adopters are interviewed face to face (no application) and a farm inspection is set up so that we can check out the place where the adopted animal will be kept. Check out our Adoption Guidelines for qualifications.
- Finally, upon qualifying, an Adoption Contract is signed by both parties. This contract is a co-ownership that lasts for the life of the animal. An animal adopted from MHARF cannot be sold, traded, or given away. If for any reason the adopted animal is not wanted, at any time, the animal must be returned to MHARF. We do not adopt out stallions and it is usually a policy that mares are adopted with a no breeding clause in their adoption agreement. Furthermore, only under special circumstances does the MHARF adopt out an animal outside the state of Minnesota.
We hope to see you on August 25th!
Please don't forget to pre-qualify so you can adopt!