Training Challenge

Thank you to our 2020 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge Coordinator, the volunteer crew, competitors, sponsors, and the judges!

About the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenges.
Spring 2021 Challenge:  

COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can lead to illness and death. While both we and the event venue has taken enhanced health and safety measures as recommended by the CDC, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists regardless of precautions taken in any public place, including the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and for everyone’s safety, you must wear a mask when not mounted on a horse, social distance, and comply with any and all posted instructions and government orders related to COVID-19 while at the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. BY ATTENDING THE BLUEBONNET RESCUE HORSE TRAINING CHALLENGE, YOU AND ANY GUESTS VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISK RELATED TO COVID-19 AND OR MUTATIONS THEREOF AND AGREE TO RELEASE, WAIVE AND DISCHARGE BLUEBONNET EQUINE HUMANE SOCIETY AND THEIR AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS AND LICENSEES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, LOSS, CLAIM OR DEMAND ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO OR CONTRACTION OF A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO COVID-19. MASK REQUIRED.

Fall 2021

We will begin assigning horses in late May.  Horses will be picked up June 1 – 15, and the competitors will work with their horses from June 15-October 16.  The competition will take place during the Bluebonnet Horse Expo at the Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor, Texas on October 16. 

The Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge is a competition in which volunteer foster homes and professional trainers work with a Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society foster horse for four months and compete in the Challenge in the Spring or Fall Challenge.

The goals of the Challenge are to:

  • Introduce the public to talented rescue horses
  • Showcase the training abilities of Bluebonnet foster homes
  • Produce horses who are ready to go to work for their adopters

The competition is open to any BEHS member who applies and is approved, as well as professional trainers. If you are not currently a BEHS member, join the rescue to begin the process.  Those competing in the professional category do not have to join the rescue.  All competitors will need to fill out a Training Challenge application here.

The contest will be judged by a panel of  three equine professionals. Each horse and trainer or foster home combination’s total score will be based on:

  • Difficulty level of horse
  • Condition of horse
  • Freestyle Class
  • Trail Class

Please email us with any questions.

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is looking forward to seeing you at the 2021 Bluebonnet Expo & Training Challenge. We would like to remind everyone that attendance in person is voluntary and the decision of whether or not to attend is yours.  Depending on what the COVID guidelines are closer to the time of the event, we might be re-evaluating restrictions. Please check back closer to the event for any updates. 

If you are positive for COVID-19, please do not attend the Expo. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, dry cough, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, headaches, nasal congestion, etc., please do not attend the Expo unless you have taken a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test within 48 hours of the start of the Expo and received a negative result.   Instant self-administered antigen tests, such as the BinaxNow, Ellume, and others are available at retail pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS. PCR tests are available at medical clinics, laboratories, and pharmacies throughout the U.S.A. Antibody tests should not be done, as they cannot distinguish between past and current infections. If you test positive, you should not attend the Expo and follow CDC guidance, as well as consult with your medical provider. 

COVID-19 Protocols at the Expo

·         Attendance in person is voluntary and the decision of whether or not to attend is yours. 

·         Masks and hand sanitizers will be provided at each entrance. Also, hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the venue.

·         We strongly encourage attendees to wear masks.

·         Modified room set up for vendors to accommodate social distancing.

·         Expo attendees are also asked to self-monitor for potential COVID-19 symptoms. If you have a fever or chills, shortness of breath, cough, muscle or body aches, new loss of sense of taste or smell or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 please do not attend the Expo and follow CDC guidance, as well as consult with your medical provider.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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