Partner & Submit A horse for the Appalachian Trainer Face Off

While we have accepted horses from owners in need and other rescues since the inception, 2020 marked a record year in terms of how many horses we have been able to accept from other organizations.

We have decided to offer a new program for this year and moving forward in the vein of collaboration and expansion because we believe a NATIONAL Adoptable Horse Training Event should become a reality, and soon!

Horses need to be under late teens, feral to green, non-gaited and at least 14.2hh to be considered outside of the horses already in Heart of Phoenix (we bring many smaller and gaited horses to the event, already)

Option 1 has always been offered yearly since 2017; however, this year, we have made a much greater effort to accept more horses from other rescues and advocacy groups than before.

These horses are surrendered / transferred to Heart of Phoenix and become our organization’s full responsibility. They may come from rescues, owners, trainers that have too many projects or in any other manner if they are need of training and help. This is a great option for rescues far from our location, that have many horses in need of training, do not have a large trainer network or just would like to be able to focus on their tasks at hand in their area while offering one of their horses an amazing opportunity to shine. The horses turned over by owners are able to be selected by ATFO trainers (if they are not chosen, will remain with HOP and get training in a traditional manner outside of the event), are adoptable into homes screened by our team and adopt on our contract. We will make sure these horses are vetted, freeze branded, micro-chipped and protected as long as we exist.

Option 2: This is presented in an effort to encourage growth of the Appalachian Trainer Face Off, to increase the collaboration within industry and rescue groups

This options is open to advocacy organizations with a good reputation for standing behind their horses that would like to be involved in a trainer challenge to network and offer an opportunity to one or more of their horses but are not able or interested in being the host of such a major event. Groups are able to offer one or more horses to take part in the event while retaining custody of the horse(s). They are required to cover vet and farrier costs of their horse(s). They are required to bring at least one trainer application that HOP must approve to the table for each horse in the event. The horse(s) will go into the pool trainers select from, and the trainers they have encouraged to apply that are approved will select from the pool of horses in order in which they are drawn. The trainer does not need to be employed or with the group, but the trainer does need to have applied specifically at the request of the other rescue/organization and have noted that on their application. The horse(s) will go through the HOP adoption approval process with final say on applications staying with the organization that owns the horse. Horse(s) will be adoptable during the ATFO event in the adoption auction format. Horses will not be freeze branded or microchipped by HOP and will go on the contract of the rescue/group that presented them. Affiliation of the group will be mentioned on marketing of the horse. That group will receive 25% of the adoption fee of the horse, 25% will go to Heart of Phoenix (who covers grounds fees, facility rental, marketing costs, etc) and 50% to the trainer of the horse.

If interested in taking part, please email

Author: T. Creamer

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

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