On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, the 10th Annual Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse will be held at the Leatherdale Equine Center at the University of Minnesota. (Link to Directions)
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!
Grand Champion will receive $5,000, Reserve Champion $3,000, and Third Place $1,500. There will also be cash prizes fourth – sixth place with the amount still to be determined. Individual classes wll have a payout of $500 per class which will be split among the placings! These prizes are made possible by our very generous event sponsors. We have many sponsorship opportunities available at all levels. Please see our Event Sponsors page for more details!
Oh, but wait… there’s MORE. After the dust settles and the applause has died off, we’re going to have ourselves a silent 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 in the silent auction held the day of the Challenge.
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 which you are interested. Ask plenty of questions to see if it will be a good match for you. We also highly recommend you visit with the horse and trainer during the training season. Contact info and links to individual team Facebook pages will be posted on the site in May, 2017. If you like what you see with regards to the horse, then please read the Adoption Guidelines and fill out the Adoption Application. MHARF will contact you shortly after receiving and reviewing your application.
- 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 hope to see you at the Trainer’s Challenge!
Please don’t forget to pre-qualify so you can adopt!