We often launch challenges to encourage some friendly competition and to have our riders stretch themselves in new and different ways as they build personal connections within our community.  If you would like to participate in a current challenge or help to sponsor its prizes and costs, get in touch!

Junior Trainer's Challenge!

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Overview

Level 3-4 riders under 18 will compete in teams of up to 5 to do the best "Glow-up" transformation for an incoming rescue horse!  They will be responsible for evaluating the horse for health and training, and then creating and executing a detailed feeding and training plan.  They will need to do their own research and ask for help from our Senior Trainers along the way. The team who can turn out the most transformed horse will win a prize basket!

Summer 2020 Competitors
  • Team 1 (Left Horse): Kiersten, Brianna, Shelby, Ria, Kenzie
  • Team 2 (Middle Horse): Alana, Avery, Jillian, Lauren, Maci
  • Team 3 (Right Horse): Addison, Braelynn, Jayden, Lyla, Brianna
Rules
  • Teams are responsible for doing their own research to determine how to answer questions during the evaluation period. Once they have determined a method they are required to seek assistance from a Senior Trainer to carry out their evaluations.  For example, they might look up how they would determine the weight of their horse, and then ask for help with carrying out the method.
  • All work with and around their horses MUST be done with a Senior Trainer's supervision.
  • Teams can set their own schedule for which members are available when to carry out tasks throughout the week.  Contributions are meant to be flexible to the availabilities of each family.  Members should try to make it to the weekly check-in meetings, but it is not required.
  • Each team has a journal in the basket in the Feeding/Training area.  Members' names are color-coded, and any time a member discovers an answer or has an idea, they should record it in the appropriate category of their journal in their color to track what everyone finds.
  • Final plans are to be submitted by Saturday of each week via the electronic link by just ONE member of the team who can accurately represent all the information that has been collected by their team in the journal throughout the week.
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Week 1: Evaluating the Horse (June 22-28)

By June 27, each team needs to complete and submit the Intake Form on their chosen horse, which will take you through 20 detailed questions on a variety of topics to help you get to know your new equine partner.  You will need to measure and identify your new horse's physical characteristics; evaluate their health, weight, and soundness; determine their level of training; and identify any behavior concerns that will need addressed.  You can receive help from any of our Senior Trainers, vets, farriers, or other service professionals, as well as conducting your own research to determine how to answer the questions you will need to address.  You can set your own schedule to work with the horse, whether it's one at a time, in groups, or all together.

Week 2: Developing & Beginning to Execute Plans (June 29-July 5)

On Monday, June 29 at 5:30, all three teams will meet with the Head Trainer to go over their findings from Week 1.  They will be guided through the process of developing health and training plans, and will have the opportunity to do a Q&A session for anything that was unable to be answered during their Week 1 research.  Throughout the week, members will begin to implement their plans under the guidance of Senior Staff Trainers.

Week 3: Adjusting Plans (July 6-12)

On Monday, July 6 at 5:30, all three teams will meet with the Head Trainer to go over their progress from Week 2.  They will be guided through the process of evaluating the progress and efficacy of their plans, and will have the opportunity to do a Q&A session for anything that they were unable to answer during their Week 2 plan execution.  Throughout the week, members will implement their newly tweaked plans under the guidance of Senior Staff Trainers.

Week 4: Adjusting Plans (July 13-19)

On Monday, July 13 at 5:30, all three teams will meet with the Head Trainer to go over their progress from Week 3.  They will check in with their goals, tweak any plans, and begin to determine, and will have the opportunity to do a Q&A session for anything that they were unable to answer during Week 3.  Teams will be guided to determine what kind of home and job would best suit their horse, and make final tweaks to their plan to be able to accommodate that.  Throughout the week, members will continue implementing their plans under the guidance of Senior Staff Trainers.  Before the week is up, each team will need to take professional quality pictures and video of their horse showcasing what they have accomplished, and then will be guided to write a description to accurately describe the horse and all its traits.  Judging will happen on July 19, and the winners will be awarded their prize basket!