The Appalachian Trainer Face Off is back for 2018 after huge success in 2017! The application deadline for 2018 is April 1ST! Horses will be picked up May 15th. The Face Off will be August 24 and 25 in Winfield, WV. Judges will be Patrick King, Adam Black and the 3rd judge will be announced soon!… Continue Reading
If you've been in need of a trainer or a lesson facility or clinician, I bet you have long since realized that truly talented, caring horsemen and women aren't all that easy to find.
The trainers and judges of the Appalachian Trainer Face Off not only proved their extreme skill and excellence, but they also proved they were caring, honest and sincere.
A more awesome combination when you're looking for someone to work with a horse you care about would be impossible to beat, and that is why we want to take a moment to share their names, locations and webpages, so that you can contact them if you are in need of their services and spread the word!
GREAT TRAINERS ARE INVALUABLE!
The Annual Open Show we've hosted for the last 5 years has been a dip in the water, though, to help us break down the barriers, crack the ice, so to speak. It has helped build connections with the horse community in various disciplines, helped us meet trainers, judges and potential adopters already committed to being life long horsemen and women. It helped put Heart of Phoenix out into the line of vision of the horse community, to be sure. Last year, we changed it up a bit by bringing in a trainer we've met, Mike Hurst, through our efforts to be proactive, to do a demo with a previously unhandled horse, Paladin. It was a huge success. This year, the time was simply right for something more. The Appalachian Trainer Face Off brought what I believe we needed to the region we work in that had never taken place here on various levels.
Trainers responded. Wanted to help. Were proud to help. Competitive. Kind.
Judges came forward with the same attitude.
The Horse Community began to watch, comment,
take intense interest across our region.
Adopters put in applications to offer homes.
The barriers between the equine world and rescue seemed to
start to disappear.
If You're Looking for an Equine Partner of a Lifetime, Look no Further!
These 8 horses have had 90-100 days of unique, skilled training with some of the best trainers on the east coast of America, folks.
Ponies, Horses, Gaited, Trotters, Jumpers and all around rock stars. . .
ADOPTION FEE starts at an opening bid of $500 on August 26th to approved bidders
ALL FACE OFF HORSES ARE ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITIES FOR EQUINE PARTNERS!
This event will host a youth portion. Please stay tuned for the Youth competition details and application. Age 10-17 will be eligible to apply with parental consent.
April 15th, 2017:
Trainers selected based on their Applications’ merit will be invited to compete in The Appalachian Trainer Face Off. If you have not been contacted by April 15th, we invite you to submit an application in 2018! Space is limited, but we appreciate everyone who takes the time to apply!