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We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge!

Applications for the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge close at 10pm on Saturday, June 1st. We will not accept late submissions/applications this year.

The Challenge is a competition and adoption event for the horses of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Competitors work with a Bluebonnet horse for four months (June-October) and then compete over an obstacle course, in a freestyle where they can show off the horse’s skills, and show off the horse’s basic skills (such as trailer loading, standing tied, picking up feet).  We award up to $13,000 in prize money divided between four divisions:  Professional Under Saddle (starting or restarting a horse under saddle), Non-Pro/Foster home under saddle (working with horses who have already been started under saddle), In-Hand (for pros and non-pros 13 years of age and older), and Non-Pro in Hand (for kids 12 years of age and younger).  The competition takes place on October 5th during the Bluebonnet Horse Expo at the Williamson Co Expo Center in Taylor, Texas.  All Training Challenge horses are offered for adoption at the event.

There is a $20 registration fee for all trainers to help with some of the administrative expenses associated with the event.

Apply to compete here

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.

The goals of the Challenge are to:

  • Introduce the public to talented rescue horses
  • Showcase the training abilities of participants
  • 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.

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
  • Ability to perform basic skills such as tying, picking up feet, etc.

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