Enter your horse
Get your horse started, gentled, and ridden by a very experienced Natural Horsemanship horse trainer right in front of you in just a few hours. We will accept your horse if it is either a gelding or a filly between 2.5 and 4 years old. It must never have been saddled, bridled, nor ridden, and is sound. Your horse must be halter broke and able to be lead into the round pen.
You must talk to us FIRST before entering your horse. We need to make sure your horse qualifies. Sorry, no full drafts, studs, or mustang horses. Call Kelsey 317.650.4616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your horse’s breed, age, and whether it has ever been saddled, bridled, or ridden. Submit your horse to be in the Indiana Trainer’s Challenge for only $200. Pay your $100 deposit now, then pay the other $100 by March 1, 2018. It is mandatory for your horse to be boarded overnight at the State fairgrounds. The overnight boarding fee is $75 for the weekend. It is self-care, bring your own feed. We do not guarantee that every horse will get ridden at our event. 95% of them are started, gentled, mounted, and ridden. If your horse is one of those 5% which spends the sessions bucking, then your horse will obviously need more training time than event allows. If your horse was not ridden, it was a choice made by the Trainer with your horse’s best interest at heart. Your horse’s well-being is our top priority. Contestants compete to start, gentle and ride the horse they have drawn using Natural Horsemanship methods. The Trainers draw for horses. You may bring your horse Thursday April 5, 2018 and no later than 2 hours before the event starts so it can settle in a new place. Your horse must be current on their shots and no super long or split hooves. Should you decide to withdraw your horse from our event after having paid your $100 deposit, for what ever reason, we will refund all but $25 if notified 30 days prior to event. No refund will be given if withdraw notification is received within 30 days of event. Check out the “Contestant’s Info” tab on our web site to see the Contestant’s biographies, pictures, and contact information. The Contestants draw for horses on the day of the event. You lead your horse to their assigned round pen half hour before the event starts. On the first day the Trainers work with their horse in their round pen. All the trainers are working their horses at the same time. They take a turn to explain to the audience, while they are training, what they are doing and why. Generally half the trainers are on their horses and riding them the first day. On the second day session they have the choice to leave the round pen and ride in the arena to prepare their horse for the obstacle course. The round pens are removed from the arena, and each rider has 12 minutes to ride their horse thru an obstacle course in the arena. In the obstacle course, they will walk, trot, and canter around the arena both directions. They ride thru vertical poles, over a tarp, weave, walk thru zig zag poles, drag a pole, rope a barrel. Three judges will select the Winner.
If you are mailing your application and your fee, please send it to:
Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo
1547 North State. St.
Greenfield, IN 46140