In 2019, with over 1,000 attendees and over 30 adoptable horses, we realized it was time to re-structure this awesome event.
For 2020, 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 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, ending with the awards, then auction.
Vendors will be encouraged if equine related ($15 fee).
We will have two blocks of three judges. One set of judges will be local and judge the Basic Skills portion on Thursday. The Trail and Freestyle will be judges by three non-local judges: tentatively planned to be 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 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.
Bonus horses and trainers will be highlighted and marketed on our social media, be able to show in all Fun show classes and will be part of adoption auction. There will be no competition portion for the bonus round. This horses can be ANY horses a qualified horse person seeks to assist us with during the event to find a home, including young horses that can only be shown in hand.
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.
All horses must be adopted through the HOP process.
Pro horses will be feral or unstarted, and they will not be pointed.
Amateur horses will be horses within the rescue already that are undersaddle, and they will be evaluated and pointed to create an even starting point.
Points possible during the 100 days leading up to the event will be 6 total. Amount of likes on posts will not factor. 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.