Watch the action as six expert horse trainers compete to gentle and ride six unbroken horses in just a few hours using Natural Horsemanship methods. This exciting event is sponsored by the Connors State College Equine and Rodeo program on Friday, Oct. 3, from 6-9 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1 – 5:30 p.m. The event is free to the public.
“It’s exciting to watch these guys gentle an unbroken colt,” said CSC Head Rodeo Coach, Jake Lawson. “The trainers will have a total of three and a half hours to train their horse enough to ride through an obstacle course.”
The horses in this event have never been saddled, bridled or ridden. On the first day the trainers have two one hour sessions to work with their horses in their round pen. On the second day, they have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horses. The round pens are then removed from the arena, and each rider has 15 minutes to ride their horse through an obstacle course. The winner will be awarded a buckle.
Connors State College has an award-winning equine program and offers events designed to educate and promote the equine industry. For more information on the Colt Starting Challenge or on the Connors State College Equine Program and Rodeo, visit www.connorsstate.edu.