Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo
Presents

COLT STARTING CHALLENGE USA
4 Unbroke horses

4 Round pens

4 Expert horse trainers

 

 

The Hoosier Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge will have 4 Contestants who will start, gentle and ride 4 unbroke horses in just a few hours. These horses have never been saddled, bridled, nor ridden, however they are halter broke.

Come and watch all 4 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have 2 one hour sessions to work with their horse in their round pen with a 10 minute break in between. Each Trainer will explain to the audience, one at a time, what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.

The next day, all 4 Trainers continue their work with their horses in the round pens. Some will choose to leave the round pens and ride their horse in the arenas as they prepare their horses for the obstacle course. They will all have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a 10 minute break in between.

Next, all 4 Trainers will each have 12 minutes to ride their horse thru the obstacle course, one at a time. The Judges decide the Winner and a Buckle is awarded.

To enter your horse for this event, call Cristy 808-269-3408

We are looking for horses between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 years old which are halter broke. They must be never saddled, bridled, nor ridden. No studs, drafts or mustangs. See the “Enter My Horse” tab for more information

 

Brose McVey

Brose McVey

Brose McVey has spent decades working with horses and has started colts for top trainers in reining, cutting and other disciplines.  A businessman and father by day, his passion is working with horses and their owners, especially young colts.  He works with clients to correct problems and improve owners’ relationship and experience using natural horsemanship techniques drawn from his study of top trainers like Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt and others, as well as his time studying under top reining horse trainers.

 

Brose is participating to draw attention to and raise funds for Ben’s Ranch Foundation, Inc., a charitable program he founded in honor of his late son.   Ben’s Ranch Foundation is developing a national program to serve teens struggling with mental health conditions by placing them on individual family farms and ranches where they will live, work and unwind for a summer or longer.

 

 

 

Brose McVey

CARMEL, IN

 

 

 

Jason Irwin

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 Jason Irwin started his first colt when he was 12 and has been at it ever since. He is a self taught trainer who has put the foundation training on hundreds of young horses. Although his specialty is starting colts under saddle, he also works with liberty horses, problem horses, and adds finishing training to older horses. In addition to training, he also teaches clinics where he helps people advance with their own horsemanship and training.
Jason trains horses fulltime at his family’s business, Northstar Livestock (located near Southampton, Ontario, Canada), which produces horses that sell throughout North America. Northstar Livestock raises quarter horses – specializing in big fancy blue roans.
Horses started and trained by Jason have gone on to succeed in a wide cross-section of events, ranging from barrel racing to ranch work to fox hunting to performing in drill teams, and just about everything in between. His aim is to put a solid foundation on a young horse so that it can go on to excel in any discipline.

Jason Irwin

ONTARIO, CANADA

 

 

 

 

Michael Gascon

michael-gascon2017  Michael Gascon was raised on a horse farm with both parents being renowned horse trainers. He has never known life without horses. They are a way of life for both him, his sister, parents and grandparents. Michael grew up traveling and showing and became accustomed to frequently being in new towns with new audiences. From a very young age it became obvious that Michael has an amazing gift to bond quickly with horses. This allows him to thrive in competition. He has always been able to connect with a new horse, go out the very same day and compete and look as though both he and the horse have known each other for years. This gift has allowed him to win numerous National, Grand National and World Championships. Michael has conquered his dream for competition in the show ring and now has a heart to become the next great clinician, teacher and entertainer. He is passionate about teaching and helping others better understand, bond with and enjoy their horses and is being blessed to travel worldwide while doing clinics as well as teaching at his Gascon Horsemanship Academy where he resides in Poplarville, Mississippi. Although Michael specializes in the fine step and gait of the Paso Fino Breed his years of experience allows him to train and work with many different horse breeds. Michael’s favorite part of horse training is Colt Starting and was excited when he was contacted to compete in the 2016 SEFHA Colt Starting Challenge and won. Michael’s talent, high energy and creativity has also been brought to light when he starred in the first ever Paso Viral Video “Jurassic Paso Park” with over 50 million views worldwide while being featured on CNN, ESPN, Telemundo and numerous local news stations from Coast to Coast. He also rode for Luke Perry as a stunt double in the movie “A Fine Step” which starred his favorite horse Tito. Tito is a 10 year old Grand National Champion Paso Fino Stallion. Together Michael and Tito show the versatility, poise and beauty of the Paso breed during the “Mike and Tito Light Show”. They have been featured in venues such as Road to the Horse, The Celebration, the 76th Germantown Horse Show, The Hoosier Horse Fair and the list goes on and on. Michael is evidence of what hard work and a positive and energetic attitude are capable of. He feels blessed and is grateful to have been raised in a horse loving family. It has allowed him to grow, experience and now share his love and passion for horses and people and the amazing bond that can be made between them.

Michael Gascon

POPLARVILLE, MS

 

 

 

 Morgan Shortt

 Morgan Shortt manages the family farm known as “Anning Mill Farms” located in Ontario, Canada.  Her fascination with horses began as a child; sitting for hours on end watching the herd.  Morgan had the opportunity to debut her talents in the show ring at age 5 and fell in love with the partnership built between horse and human through the growth of learning different disciplines.  
Spending most of her time in the Hunter/Jumper and breeding rings with various young horses, Morgan has a passion for the development of the young horse.  This passion was channeled at the young age of 13 when Morgan began purchasing unhandled youngsters in effort to start them well enough for an amateur mount to purchase.  As this venture grew she began small breeding operation, and Morgan was certified by Colorado State University as an Equine Reproduction Technician.  “The ability to work with the horse from day it is born is a gift and a privilege.” says Morgan.
Morgan ran into many horses who had been miscommunicated to or misunderstood.  This lead her to search out established methods of communication through a better understanding of natural horsemanship.  Morgan makes special mention of a mentor, Tim Fortune, who introduced the teachings of Tom Dorance, Buck Brennaman, and Ray Hunt.
“Adjustments are the key to progression.” – Morgan Shortt

 

 

 

 Morgan Shortt

ONTARIO, CANADA


 

For more information on Colt Starting Challenge and the bios of the contestants visit coltstartingchallengeusa.com.

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To enter your horse call 808.269.3408
To enter as a Contestant call 808.250.9949