One of the USA’s biggest equine training challenges is BACK and better than ever for 2021!

The Appalachian Trainer Face Off will be back in 2021 bigger and better than ever! August 19-21st!

Look for a NEW Series in 2021 on the APPALACHIAN TRAINER FACE OFF


2020’s ATFO faced many challenges due to the global pandemic; however, we are proud to say the event was a massive success, in spite of adversity.

Over 60 horses and trainers took part in the 2020 program. Almost all of the horses in the competition and showcase were adopted, some with adoption fees over over $12,000. The high adoption fee equine was Andy, a mule trained by Adam Black as a showcase. His adoption fee was over $13,000! Trainers take home 50% of the fees, and the other portion comes back to Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue. The total for adoption fees in 2020 was over $100,000!

For 2021, we also now have the ATFO365, which means you can follow horses and trainers year round! The horses and trainers are special pairings hand selected and partnered for a non-competitive side of the event that lasts from the end of 2020’s event and goes through 2021 until the next event. You can find those horse/trainer pairings on our Facebook page album, as well as on this website.

To apply for 2021, please wait until January 1st. Questions? Email