The Rocky Mountain Expo Colt Starting Challenge will have 8 Contestants who will start, gentle and ride 8 unbroke horses in just a few hours. These horses have never been saddled, bridled, nor ridden, however they are halter broke.
On Friday, come and watch all 8 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have 2 hours to work with their horse in their round pen, with a 10 minute break in between. The trainers will explain to the audience, one at a time, what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.
On Saturday, all 8 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 the third day, on Sunday, all 8 Trainers will each have 12 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 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Colt Starting Challenge
Rudy Lara is a horse trainer born and raised in New Mexico. He has been involved with horses his entire life. He started training horses for the public in 2009. In 2010 he obtained 12 endorsements from Dennis Reis making him eligible to become an instructor. He currently lives and trains horses full time in Taos, NM.
Some of Rudy’s recent accomplishments are placing top 3 and earning people’s choice award in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Santa Fe’s Horse Shelter Trainer Challenge. In 2016 Rudy Lara was invited to São Paulo Brazil for the 2016 Global Equus Expo as a guest clinician. Also that year he was a finalist at the annual Buck Brannaman Vaquero Roping Event. The following year in 2017 has was hand picked by Buck Brannaman for the annual Houlihan Colt Starting clinic, hosted at Buck Brannaman’s ranch in Wyoming, two years in a row.
Rudy specializes in colt starting, doma vaquera, ranch roping, and working with problem horses. He strongly believes in natural horsemanship and giving his colts a strong foundation without intimidation. Horses are an important part of Rudy’s life and it’s his mission to help riders and their horses become better partners throughout their Equine journey.
My name is J.R. Lyons. I own and operate L/B Performance Horses with my younger brother, Spencer, out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I come from a long line of cowboys and horse trainers. My great grandfather trained race horses in California in the 1940’s and 50’s. My grandfather was part of the crew that built the great Cody, Wyoming Rodeo Arena, the “Rodeo Capital of the World”.
At 12 years old, with the help of my father, I started my first colt and have been pursuing the craft ever since. The relationship between horse and rider is unique and addicting. I can’t imagine another way of life.
Horses are the best teachers I have found. They have provided me the opportunity and ability to teach others what I have learned from them. My sole goal for this event, is to try and get people thinking about what the horse is thinking, to help others get more done with their horses while doing less physically in a shorter amount of time. I am of the school of thought of MINIMAL necessary force, reason being if you do too much physically, the horse’s ability to retain information will greatly decrease, if not shut down all together.
As for myself, my horse career began starting colts to pack through Yellowstone and the Bob Marshall wilderness, this quickly led me to large cattle ranches and my fascination with horses shined through as my passion. I learned that the best teacher around was right next to me and they weren’t charging anything, in fact they were actually paying my bills. At this point my desire to continue learning from the horse in all disciplines took off like wild fire as I began to pursue understanding and effective communication. Since that day I have been riding upwards of 500 horses a day. I can’t wait to share my love of the horse with you.