To adopt an ATFO horse, you need to know these things:
- These horses receive 100 days of knowledgeable and thorough training by one of our approved trainers leading up to a three day 2020 event from August 20-22nd in Winfield, WV.
- Horses adopted during a live auction to approved homes. You do not have to be present to bid. You can do so via phone with a proxy assigned to you.
- At least HALF of these horses are 100 day training only horses. For those, it means you need to be a solid intermediate rider for most of these horses and/or plan to have the horse continue training. Most ATFO trainers are offering continued training at a discount. The will not be suitable for adopters without established experience.
- There are over 45 horses in this event from which to select. You can bid on horses that are suitable for your skill level.
- Approval allows you to bid on any suitable horses you are interested. Approval doesn’t require you bid or adopt. It just gives you the option to do so.
- You must apply HERE before August 15th and be approved to be able to BID on event horses, and you are encouraged to meet these horses beforehand while in training.
- Horses should be up to date on dental, farrier care and vaccines, as well as deworming and coggins.
- Pro division horses start at $900 bids. Amateur start at $700. Showcase Starting bids are $600 and up to $1,500. Adoptions fees vary. The average 2019 fee was $2,000, which the highest fee being $3,400. The value of training for these horses alone is over $2,500 per horse.
- Adoption isn’t a sale. It works differently, but it is a process that is good for you and horses. When you adopt, you can compete with, show, love, trail ride and enjoy your horse. They cannot be bred. They cannot be sold, though. They are adopted and must return to the rescue if you change your mind or cannot keep the horse. The base adoption fee we set of $600 is returned, if you request it, when the horse comes back to us. You can learn about adoption here. The horses go on adoption agreements through Heart of Phoenix.
- Horses adopt on Contracts, are branded to HOP and micro-chipped.
Beginners – this isn’t the right spot for your first horse unless you have a trainer and plan to keep this horse in training / boarding for quite a few months moving forward. PLEASE visit here for information for beginners.– Director, Tinia Creamer
Please apply as soon as you know you’re interested.
Please try to arrange with the trainers to meet the horses before applying, if the trainers schedule allows. If you cannot, please try to meet the horse during the event.
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 any horse you are approved for (you will be given a list when requested on auction day. (up to TWO horses per approved home) on August 22nd in person or BY PROXY (We have people able to do this for you, but you must let us know ahead of time, and you will be the phone and able to watch the auction livestream).
Live Bidding tentatively will have an official auctioneer.
The event, competition and auction will be streamed live on Facebook on the ATFO and Heart of Phoenix pages.
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-$900) 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.