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ADOPTION PACKET for Bidding Approved Adopters  – UPDATED 7/31

All Appalachian Trainer Face Off horses receive 100 days of kind, knowledgeable and thorough training by one of our approved contestant trainers leading up to a three day 2020 event.

These horses are amazing, healthy and well started equines, but keep in mind, 100 days of training mean you need to be a solid intermediate rider for most of these horses and/or planning to have the horse continue training.

To read about what to expect from a 90-100 day  training horse, visit here.

Pro division horses start at $800 bids. Amateur start at $600. Horses typically go for the opening big, but bids CAN quite high.

To adopt, you need a Heart of Phoenix application approval BEFORE August 14th, 2019. Please apply as soon as you know you’re interested.

Approval allows you to bid on any suitable horses you are interested. Approval doesn’t require you bid or adopt.

You can arrange with the trainers to meet the horses before applying, if the trainers schedule allows.


This event takes place at the Winfield Riding Arena on August 20-22. You do not have to be present to bid. You can do so via phone with a proxy assigned to you.

Please keep in mind, an Adoption isn’t a sale. You can learn about adoption here. The horses go on adoption agreements through Heart of Phoenix.

Approved candidates can visit / ride the horses while in training and are encouraged to do so, if time allows. Please chat with the trainers, and the trainers will be very honest with you about the faults and the talents of the horses.

Once approved to adopt, you may BID on the horse of your choice (up to TWO horses per approved home) on August 22th in person or BY PROXY (We have people able to do this for you).

Live Bidding will have an official auctioneer.

The event, competition and auction will be streamed live on Facebook on the ATFO and Heart of Phoenix pages.

So, Submit Your Adoption Inquiry Here

Essentially, HOP horses adopt to safe homes with a history of good horsemanship, the ability to provide sufficient care and with solid vet, farrier and peer references. Nothing needs to be fancy.

Our adoption process makes sure you get the right horse for you – it is a no fail process for finding the right match.

Each adopted horse goes to a home under an adoption agreement that provides terms to keep the horse safe for his/her natural life, so if the horse doesn’t work for you, the horse comes back to us, and the base fee of ($600-$800) is refunded. Adopted horses cannot be used for breeding or re-sale or be given away, but they are YOUR horses, as long as you care for them and want to keep them.