For 2019, Applications will be accepted as of January 1st
You will need client, vet, professional and peer references, facility photos, facility video, as well as a training and riding video ready
In order to apply for either division, you will need to:
- Easily be able to travel to the pick up in West Virginia in May (date to be determined) and for the full two day event in August 23-24 2019 in Winfield, WV.
- Demonstrate an exceptional skill level with horses of a multitude of backgrounds.
- Show a history of sensible, humane horsemanship.
- Be willing to commit to consistent video and photo updates of your horse’s progress for 100 days.
- Have a network that will allow your to successfully secure sponsors for much of your horse’s care (or have financial resources that make caring for your training horse no burden).
- Be a great sport
- Plan to work to market your training horse
- Be able to offer discounted 30-90 days of training after adoption to the adopters to encourage a lasting partnership
There will be up to 20 ADULT trainers between both divisions selected total
There will two divisions:
Professional – the Pro division will require:
- a clear history of equine training,
- the trainer to earn a substantial amount of their income from training,
- have a large community following,
- a business website and social media.
Professional trainers will be required to submit 2 videos of their work to be evaluated by our judge panel (judges will be outside of Heart of Phoenix, as well as within our organizations. Panel is anonymous to applicants).
Trainers that apply for the Pro Division but do not meet the full jury requirements are eligible to be approved for the Amateur division.
We ask that you be very honest and candidate about the division you quality for to make the process smoother during our screening.
Age requirement for the PRO Division is 25 and up.
6-10 trainers will be selected. A portion of the Pro Division trainers may be by invitation; however, applications are welcome and encouraged. Horses in the professional division will have an opening bid of $800.00
- Horses for the Professional Division may be unhandled / feral in type. Some will likely not be able to be haltered and may need condition.
Amateur – this division will require:
- the trainer to have at least two years of verifiable training and lessons being provided to their local equine community.
- A solid list compromised of show history, client base and/or peer references to create a portfolio to establish your skill as a trainer.
- Age requirement is 18 and up.
- horsemanship skill beyond that of just a good rider
- demonstrate good ground work skill
Approximately 10-14 trainers will be selected for this portion. Horses in this division will have an opening approved adopter bid of $600.00.
Horses for the Amateur division will be halter trained, have been rehabbed and may have had a light start undersaddle but not be suitable for the average rider.
All trainers will compete in Basic skills, Trail Course and Free Style segments.
A revised set of extended guidelines will be coming soon.
(There will not be a youth portion for 2019.)