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Central States County Fairgrounds
James Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, SD
 Oct 5, 6 & 7, 2018
Fri 3 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat 3 pm - 5:30 pm
 Sun days   2 pm - 4pm
Indoor Arena
800 San Francisco St, Rapid City SD  

After paying entry for the Expo, our event is free

- 6 ROUND PENS.....

The Black Hills Horse Expo Colt Starting Challenge will have 6 Contestants who will start, gentle and ride 6 unbroke horses in just 
a few hours. These horses have never been saddled, bridled, nor ridden, however they are halter broke. 

On Friday night at 7pm, come and watch all 6 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have 2 one hour sessions to work with their horse in their round pen with a 10 minute break in between. Each Trainer will explain to the audience, one at a time, what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.

On Saturday day at 3pm, all 6 Trainers continue their work with their horses in the round pens. Some will choose to leave the round pens and ride their horse in the arena as they prepare their horses for the obstacle course. They will all have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a 10 minute break in between. 

Then at on Sunday at 3pm, all 6 Trainers will each have 10 minutes to ride their horse thru the obstacle course, one at a time. The Judges decide the Winner and a Buckle is awarded. 

Contestants Entered for
The Black Hills Horse Expo
Colt Starting Challenge

1. Thomas Smittle (S. Dakota)

2. Briana La Fleur (Texas)

3. Claude Roebuck (S. Dakota)

4. James Maze (Washington

5. Luke Reinbold (New York)

Biography and Contact Information of 
Contestants for the Black Hills Horse Expo

James Maze has been training horses professionally for 26 years . Specializing in starting colts, training and showing cutting horses, teaching intro to cow clinics and working as a farrier. 

James and his wife Linda are also Senoir Pastors of Stable Beginnings a cowboy church on Camano Island, Washington.

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Black Hills Horse Expo
Luke Reinbold is from the finger lakes region of New York State where he is a professional horse trainer and runs a small Angus herd. He has successfully completed in two Mustang Makeovers both times making the top ten. 

His favorite thing about horses is their honesty and he strives to better learn how they communicate every day in order to be able to communicate with them more effectively. 

This is Luke's first Colt Starting Challenge USA competition and he is looking forward to showcasing his skills.
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Winner of the 2017 Colt Starting Challenge USA in Abilene Texas! Briana has competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover event in Fort Worth, Texas. Briana’s first time competing in the event resulted in an impressive 8th place finish. In fact, Briana’s performance was highlighted in the e-magazine, being the only rider/trainer to secure a top 10 position as a first time competitor.  

Briana moved to Texas 5 years ago and started TLC Horse Services out of Granbury, TX offering her clients professional horse training as well as professional farrier services. Today, Briana’s training services focus mainly on colt starting, problem horses and finishing reining horses. Briana hopes to start breeding her own horses and wants to enter as many colt starting competitions as possible to display and hone her colt starting skills. 

Through TLC Horse Services, Briana continues to inspire and teach people how to build a partnership with their horses, a partnership built on mutual respect and trust. It is this type of partnership that can provide people and their horses with endless possibilities where only the sky is the limit!
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Claude Roebuck was the Winner of the 2008 Colt Starting Challenge held in Sioux Falls, SD. His program has a few basic principles which contributed to the win, such as: each horse is an individual, and each individual has a different personality, ability and learning curve. Every contact an individual horse has with their handler leaves an impression on him, and helps form his training level. 

With this in mind, Western Working Horse offers a complete training program for your horse based on sound and proven principles, yet tailored to the individual horse. Whether your horse has never been touched, or is a seasoned horse needing a refresher on his skills, we can take him to the next level of training. All breeds are welcome. Please contact us for pricing and further information about how we can help your horse reach his full potential.

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I began to gentle and saddle-start mustangs at the Saddle Horse Training Program at Stewart Conservation Camp Carson City, NV in 2009, under the tutelage of Hank Curry. Aside from learning the skill of gentling wild horses, Thomas learned many important life skills; responsibility, consistency, congruence of thoughts, feelings and actions, connection over control and honest and respectful communication. 

Thomas currently is a HIP/HIGH clinician and horse trainer for Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue teaching these important skills to men/women combat Veterans that suffer with PTSD, TBI, Drug and Alcohol Dependency. Thomas believes that mustangs are an excellent partner in helping those that suffer the after effects of various types of trauma.  

Thomas was also asked to join the Red Horse Nation staff to help provide Horse Inspired Growth and Healing workshops for Native Youth. He is now been promoted to Executive Director of Red Horse Nation. Thomas also conducts Wild Horses and Warriors Retreat for veterans. 

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