On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the 11th Annual Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse will be held at the Leatherdale Equine Center at the University of Minnesota. (Link to Directions). The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for an approximate event start time of 9:30 a.m. (normally running until around 5:30 p.m.). Entry fee is $5.00 at the door (all ages).
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 Contact Us for more details about sponsorship (official 2018 Sponsorship page coming soon).
The horses competing in the Trainer’s Challenge are available for adoption. However, they aren’t available until the day of the event itself. Throughout the day, we hold a silent auction for pre-approved bidders/adopters. Potential bidders/adopters must have an approved application on file in order to receive a bidding number. For more information on pre-qualifying to bid in the silent auction and adopting a Trainer’s Challenge horse, please see our Adopting a Trainer’s Challenge Horse page. If you have more questions about this process, please feel free to Contact Us. We are always more than happy to answer questions!
We hope to see you at the Trainer’s Challenge!
Please don’t forget to pre-qualify so you can adopt!