The 2017 ATFO was a huge success, and it will be back in 2018!

Advantages for Trainers:

Heart of Phoenix has tens of thousands of engaged followers across the United States, and the exposure for trainers if tremendous during this event on both the Appalachian Trainer FACE off page and the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue page, blog and youtube channel. This means a vastly expanded reach for your training business where you reach more potential, future clientele.

We put together a well-known team of judges, with names like Michael Lyons Horsemanship and Tim Clyne of TC Performance Horses, coming together to evaluate your skill level in this competition.

The highest adoption fee paid in 2017 was $3,300. Trainers have the opportunity to walk away with a sizable fee. The rescue keeps the first $600 of the approved adopter adoption fee his means that trainer of that horse walked away with a $2,800 CASH AWARD above and beyond the PRIZE Package offered to the Grand Prize winner! If a trainer engages the right adopter base, the sky is the limit.

The prize package varies year to year, but for 2017, the GRAND PRIZE winner received an entire pallet of BUCKEYE Perform Feed, a huge package of supplements from Buckeye, $400 in cash awards, $1,000 value Custom 24×20 piece of Art work of the subject/horse/pet of their choice, $100 in Custom Apparel of their choice from Underground Printing, An award plaque and more!

Being able to compete against your peer group and set yourself apart is a valuable, competitive portion of the FACE OFF. This type of event is uncommon in this region of the United States, and we believe showcasing GOOD HORSEMANSHIP and sportmanship in the equine community is incredibly important; this event allows those things to take place.

To us, though, the most tremendous AWARD and REWARD is knowing you’ve
changed the life of a horse that has previous suffered unspeakable
neglect by your training efforts and by showing the HORSE WORLD what
that horse can do when given the opportunity.


The event was captured beautifully by so many folks. Click check Photo below for a unique album captured by a different photographer to see the event from their perspectives






CHRIS COBURN (Download with pin 7633)




Author: T. Creamer

Director of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC HomesteadHer, Photographer, Advocate for kindness, common sense and freedom

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