On Saturday, September 13th, the first ever Trainer's Challenge of the Unwanted Horse will be held at the Louise Leatherdale Center at 10:00am at the University of Minnesota. It is here, before a panel of judges, 12 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.
Here's the flyer for the Event!
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 prize of $4,000 to be exact. Runner-up will also claim a purse of $1,500 in additon to 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 horse auction. And as fate would have it, we happen to have 12 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. If it's not yet up, it should be up shortly. 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.
And last but not least, be sure to attend the Trainers Challenge event at the Louise Leatherdale Center on Saturday, September 13th. The event starts at 10:00am, but you'll want to show up early. Bring your neighbors! Bring your friends! Bring your neighbor's friends! It's sure to be an event that you wouldn't want to miss!