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Special Events

The following Special Events are listed on this page. Scroll down for more information on each event.

Colt Starting Challenge USA
Mustang Days
Equine Comeback Challenge / Forever Home Adoption Showcase
POLO                                and                    POLOCROSSE
Working Equitation
Cowboy Dressage
Select Horse Sale
Artist's Reception & Mane Event - An Evening of Equestrian!





 
Colt Starting Challenge USA
Friday, March 11 at 1:30 PM
Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 PM
in the Event Center


Click image above for SIZZLE video!
If you love horses, you will enjoy watching experienced cowboys and cowgirls from around the Country gentle, start, and ride unbroke horses in just a few hours. How is this possible? These horse trainers are not only very talented, but they are using Natural Horsemanship methods. This technique speeds up the process of starting and gentling a horse. Our event is not only to entertain you, but also to educate you about how a horse thinks, operates, and responds to a Horse Trainer’s cues using body language. Watch THE ACTION as you see the unique personalities of not only the horses, but also of the Contestants, and their original concepts to starting colts.

It is Colt Starting Challenge USA’s goal to provide a forum for Horse Trainers from around the Country to compete at our events, in order to show off their Natural Horsemanship skills. The Trainers compete against each other in order to find out at each event, who wins the Champion Trainer buckle. Trainers gain cumulative points at each event towards participation in the National Finals, at the prestigious NFR Cowboy Christmas Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. 

Colt Starting Challenge USA was founded by expert Horse Trainer Russell Beatty and his wife and announcer Cristy Beatty. They now tour the United States to produce Colt Starting Challenge USA events from California to Virginia.

For more information, see our web site at www.coltstartingchallengeusa.com and our Facebook page for videos of our events.

2016 RMHE Colt Starting Challenge USA Contestants (Coming soon!)
Warrick Bergroth - Lakewood, CO
I grew up outside of Melbourne, Australia, riding horses with my father, an accomplished horseman and rodeo cowboy. I started rodeoing at fifteen years old in Australia and New Zealand, and came to the U.S. in 1982 to further this dream. While in Steamboat Springs, CO, I attended a Monty Foreman clinic, which opened my eyes to a more effective way to communicate with horses, and since then, I have never looked back.

Over the past 15 years, I have worked with great horsemen, such as Jack Brainard, Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Mike Major, Bryan Neubert, and Dennis Reis. Each person helped me develop a deeper understanding of horsemanship. I have taken this knowledge, transformed it, and put it into practice in order to get the most out of horses. My true understanding of horses has helped me start numerous colts and hold horsemanship clinics throughout the United States and Australia.

I welcome any opportunity to help others establish an effective relationship with their horse. People frequently come to me frustrated because their horse will not cooperate nor responds to their cues. By showing others a better and safer way to communicate with their horse, people leave my clinics with the power and knowledge to accomplish what they want.

Kyle Hockett - Winlock, WA
Kyle Hockett is the owner and operator of EPIC Performance Horses, LLC in Winlock, Washington. Kyle grew up on horseback in a family of cowboys. Kyle learned horseshoeing skills from his father and starting shoeing horses at 16. He learned quickly that top performance is the result of good physical care and conditioning. As a farrier and trainer, Kyle’s focus is on encouraging each horse’s individual natural talent. His training philosophy is that each horse has individual needs and abilities so training needs to be individual as well. He is well known for his ability to rehabilitate horses with physical and behavioral problems.
 
Kyle is willing to take on any training challenge, last year he was the Oregon Quarter Horse Association Champion in Green Hunter under Saddle, Senior Western Pleasure, Green Western Pleasure, Senior Western Pleasure and Reserve Champion Junior Western Pleasure horse. He coached four students to qualify for the AQHA novice world show. Kyle’s personal passion is team roping and cow events.

In 2015 Kyle won first place at the Colt Starting Challenge USA National Finals at the NFR Cowboy Christmas Trade Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Morgan Moser - Pittsboro, NC
I am from Pittsboro, North Carolina and I am 19 years old. My family has always had horses and I have grown up riding. I was taught basic horsemanship skills at a very young age and began training at Bar T Horsemanship when I was 14. I have been there starting and training horses for about five years. From showing in reining and taking hunter jumper lessons, to starting and restarting many horses and mustangs, I have learned some of what to do, and a lot of what not to do, from numerous people and myself.

I really enjoy starting horses, and seeing the changes they make as they learn and try their best to do what you ask. I like seeing young horses transition smoothly through the stages of starting them under saddle, and the big leaps or tiny steps that mistreated or badly taught horses make when showing them a better way people can be. Horses are extremely honest and have more patience than anything I know of. Honesty (with yourself and your horse) and
patience are very important qualities to have when working with horses, especially when starting a horse.

Bryan Neubert, Richard Winters, Martin Black, Tom Dorrance, and Ray Hunt are some of the great horsemen that I have learned from and follow. My family and close friends also follow horsemen such as these, so I have been surrounded by the mindset of working through the horse my entire life. I ride almost every day as my job and would like to make a career out of it eventually.
Margaret Blaha - Scottsbluff, NE
From California to New Jersey, Margaret has been competing in horsemanship-oriented competitions whenever the opportunity presents itself. Although she's always been passionate about horses, it wasn't until 2011 that she started her first colt for the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Colorado. From there she was offered a trainer position for the Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue (a non-profit) where she started impounded horses and helped problemed horses so the general public could adopt them. She moved to Oklahoma, and then to Nebraska and continued to train colts while learning more about cattle and ranch work. Colt starting became her focus and she has since taken every opportunity to improve her skills and pursue her passion. She loves the challenges of various breeds and disciplines. She enjoys competing in drill team, trail competitions, ranch horse versatility, and reining.

Margaret trains horses for the public during the spring and summer and owns and operates a carriage company during the fall and winter. She currently evaluates and trains horses for The Caparisoned Project (a non-profit horse therapy program for veterans), and is a year-round TIP trainer for the Mustang Heritage Foundation. She remains a full time college student and is working towards a Master's in Business.

Currently located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Margaret is available for lessons and training for a variety of interests. She believes in a soft touch for a solid foundation in every horse.


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Zen Greenlee - Kremmling, CO
Zen has been riding and starting colts for quite a bit of his life now. He works horses with the understanding that "...you can't force a horse." He looks for the colt to partner with him and make the choice.

When he was approached and asked about his method, he simply stated "I don't have one. You see, not all horses are the same. I have to do things different with each one. The closest thing I have to a "method" is simply the 3 C's. Calm, confident, and consistent.

See him on Facebook under The Rusty Spur Ranch.
Name - City, State
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Mustang Days
All events held in
the STADIUM ARENA!

PLEASURE & COWHORSE CLASS
2:00 PM on Friday, March 11th
FREESTYLE CLASS
3:00 PM on Saturday, March 12th

EXTREME RACE
8:00 AM on Sunday, March 13th

Presented by Colorado Mustangs
and
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

 



 
Equine Comeback Challenge
and
Forever Home Adoption Showcase


You'll have 4 opportunities to watch the COMEBACK CHALLENGE in the STADIUM ARENA!

Ranch Work - 8:00 AM Friday, March 11th
Cattle - 4:00 PM Friday, March 11th
Trail - 8:00 AM Saturday, March 12th

Freestyle - 11:00 AM Sunday, March 13th







A Home for Every Horse introduces the Equine Comeback Challenge; a program designed to help provide rescue horses with a solid and subsequently the opportunity for these horses in need to receive a new job and a chance at a forever home. The Equine Comeback Challenge allows rescue horses to attend full time training with trainers from all over the country showcasing the ability of rescue horses. The Equine Comeback Challenge features horse and trainer pairs to compete in a 90-day transformation process that is sure to provide excitement and also tug at the heart strings of people all over the world as these horses show their true ability as an equine partner.

Learn more about this program and the trainers here!

Afterwards, these horses will be offered up for
adoption through the Forever Home Adoption Showcase.

 



 
POLO
CSU vs. T.B.D.


Sunday, March 13th at 9:00 AM
Event Center Arena
The CSU Polo Club wins the 2015 National Champions! The Colorado State University Men’s Varsity Polo team took home our fourth National Championship in April. They are the first CSU club sport to win back to back National Championships in 1990 and 1991 followed by a third title in 1999. We are looking forward to another successful season in 2016.

POLOCROSSE
Demonstration and Seminar

Sunday, March 13th at 11:30 AM
Event Center Arena
Polocrosse is a team sport that is played all over the world. It is a combination of polo and lacrosse. It is played outside, on a field (the pitch), on horseback. Each rider uses a cane or fibreglass stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose, thread net, in which the ball is carried.

 


 
Working Equitation
You'll have several opportunities this weekend to check out the expertise of Tarrin Warren and even ride with her!
Wed. March 9 at 10:00 AM
Working Equitation Pre-Clinic
Thurs. March 10 at 10:00 AM
Working Equitation School Show
Fri., Sat., & Sun., March 11 - 13 at various times
Ride With the Expert Program

Click here for registration form!
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
10:00 AM – Working Equitation Clinic

Tarrin Warren is the owner of TNT Quarter Horses, LLC. She lives in central Texas with her husband, two boys and collection of creatures. They breed, train and show their Quarter Horses. Tarrin also trains and competes on outside horses. In addition to the breeding, training and competing, Tarrin enjoys giving lessons and clinics to help others reach their goals with their horses. Tarrin had been judging, teaching and training for over 20 years.
Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Working Equitation School Show

This will be a WEIAUSA Licensed Schooling Show for Intro, Novice and Intermediate Riders at both
Amateur and Open Levels.
Your Judge will be Tarrin Warren.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 11th - 13th, 2016 at various times.
Ride with the Expert at EXPO!

Ride at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo with Tarrin Warren during Expo sessions. You can register to be a rider with Tarrin as she demonstrates the various components involved in having the best Working Equitation horse ever. Be part of the Ride with the Expert Program and have 2 stalls for three days, a 3-day entry badge and 3-day parking pass. Spend the entire weekend at Expo with your Horse! Other clinics are also available to you. Tarrin’s availability will be limited, and riders may choose other Expo RWTE Clinicians.

 
 


 
COWBOY DRESSAGE
(More information to come soon!)










 
 


 
Select Horse Showcase & Sale
in the STADIUM ARENA


Showcase of Sale Horses

Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Select Horse Sale
Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Horse Sale Conducted by Harley D. Troyer Auctioneers, Inc., who has been conducting successful auctions since 1978.

For a listing of sale horses, click here...

Email:  troyerauctioneers@msn.com
Website:  www.troyerauctions.com
Phone:  970-785-6282


 
 


 
Black Tie Equine Art in the Park Show Opening
Saturday, March 12, 2016 starting at 4:30 PM.
Art in the Park area of Hall of Education Building

SPECIAL EVENT: BLACK TIE EQUINE ART IN THE PARK SHOW OPENING! 
You are invited to an evening of art, magic and music and that is only the start of an evening you will never forget. You will be treated to a reception and one-of-a-kind art show and sale with food and beverages. You will enjoy the opportunity to rub shoulders with the artists and help support the work of the Colorado Horse Council to protect and promote horses in our state. Following the art show, you will be our guests of The Mane Event evening performance with exciting equestrian acts!

An Evening at the Equestrian Expo, Equine Art Show, Sale and Mane Event:

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM.
in the Art in the Park area of the Hall of Education Building
Entry Fee T.B.D.

Show and Sale with proceeds assisting the work of the Colorado Horse Council to protect the rights of owners and welfare of equines.
Sophisticated and talented artists who blend their passion for horses with their creative intuition highlight this one-of-find art exhibit. The artists selected to the "Art in the Park" gallery at this year's Expo will display paintings, equine-related photography, bronze sculptures and various mixed-media all celebrating the horse from their own perspective and artistic interpretation.

Reception with food and drink.
Meet the artists.
Browse and purchase art (40% of proceeds are donated to the Colorado Horse Council).
After drinking, eating and enjoying art, join us at the Mane Event to be amazed and enchanted by the riveting equestrian acts!

We look forward to seeing you there!