With over 1,000 attendees and over 30 adoptable horses last year, we have updated the event for 2020!
This year, the event will span 3 days.
Beginning Thursday evening, August 20th, we will kick off with the basic skills portion. Friday will be the trail competition, meet and greets, demos and the Exhibitor Dinner ($15 per attendee). Saturday will have a 20 class Fun Show, and by Mid Day, the Free-style portion of the ATFO will begin much earlier in the day, ending with the awards, then auction, allowing for the event to end in the evening.
Relevant Vendors will be encouraged ($25 fee if you register before July 1st, $50 if you register afterward).
Judges are tentatively: Patrick King, Yvonne Barteau and Josh Lyons.
We will have increased stadium seating, sound and a much larger program for attendees. We will also allow time before the Exhibitor Dinner Friday for a meet / greet with trainers and judges.
All horses will be assigned a number that will follow them through the event and match the printed programs and their stalls, and which barn the horses are in will be listed in the program.
We will have 10-15 Trainers in each of the divisions: Amateur and Pro. All trainers will take part in all 3 portions of the competition, including freestyle.
There will not be a Bonus horse section. This is being updated as the “Showcase” adoption portion, which you can read about here.
Awards will be to the 1-3 places for each division, and the fan favorite will be by applause for the top 5 contenders from online voting.
There will be a social media award chosen by the HOP team for the trainer who runs the best online presence campaign, which will factor in multiple areas of the marketing leading up to the event.
All horses must be adopted through the HOP process.
Professional horses will be feral or unstarted, and they will not be pointed.
Amateur horses will be horses within the rescue already that are undersaddle or very handled, and they will be evaluated and pointed to create an even starting point for this division only.
Add Points possible during the 100 days leading up to the event will be 6 total. Amount of likes on posts will not factor into these points. For instance, two videos and 4 photo posts will be required, with one week windows for the whole 100 days, and trainer will get 1 point for posting each.
Should a trainer’s horse not adopt out during the event, trainers have the option to take the horse back and receive 75% of whatever fee they set after the event, but the horse must adopt through our adoption process and on our adoption agreement at Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue.