Call Russell Beatty at 808-250-9949
to discuss your experience with starting horses
to be considered to enter any of our Colt Starting Challenges USA events.
Once Russell has spoken to you and has approved your entry to a
specific Challenge, then you are cleared to make payment below
for your $100 non-refundable entry fee.
The number of spaces available for Trainers for each Colt Starting Challenge varies by each event from 4 Trainers up to 8 Trainers.
The amount of trainers allowed in each event is governed by how big the arena is and how many panels the facility has. Call to determine how many Trainers are in an event which is listed.
If you want to be in a specific Challenge and it is already full, we ask if you can be a Judge for that event. This way, if one of the Trainers drops out, you can be next in line to fill their spot. Also, by being a Judge, you can see exactly what The Colt Starting Event is like, so you will be prepared for the next one you enter.
Please write down what tasks you need to do from the Judging sheets on our web site so you know what you are being judged on. See the "Judging" tab. During the obstacle course, You cannot lead your horse over any obstacles, you must ride them over or thru the obstacles.
You will be asked to sign a release of all claims on the day of the event, and you will be asked to assist with putting up and taking down the panels to make up the round pens.
Contestants are to wear a collared shirt WITH A FRONT POCKET, and a Cowboy hat in the event. NO T-SHIRTS are to be worn during our events.
COLT STARTING CHALLENGE USA CONTESTANT RULES
Contestants are to bring their own equipment such as saddle, pad, halter, ropes and any props they may need to work with the horse that they have drawn. No abusing the horse. No blindfolding the horse. The horse cannot be tied up to be saddled. No spurs, tie downs, and no hobbles or leg restraints of any kind. No bits allowed except an O ring snaffle bit. The horse can be ridden with a halter, bozell, or bridle.
It is mandatory to wear a COWBOY HAT, and a COLLARED SHIRT WITH A FRONT POCKET each day so our microphone receiver fits in your front pocket. Our receiver unit is 1"thick, 3 1/4 tall, and 2 1/2 wide. For all FEMALE trainers, please read this paragraph carefully and MAKE SURE your pocket is big enough as almost all female western shirts have itty bitty front pockets. Best to wear a mens western shirt instead since their pockets are big enough.
If you have entered a Horse Expo, there is an additional mandatory $20 fee you must pay to have your bio and picture posted on that specific Expo page. Your $20 payment is due when you submit your bio and picture, or you can pay it at the same time as the entry fee for the Expo. For the rest of our events, its optional for a trainer to have us post their bio and picture on our "Contestant Bio" tab. To be added to our Contestant Bio tab the cost is $20 to post it there for 2 years.
For the first 3 of the 4 training sessions, Trainers must remain inside their round pens. Only on the 4th training session can the Trainer choose to leave the round pen and ride their horse in the arena.
Use of a bull whip to crack it may only be used when it is the Trainers' turn to speak on their microphone. Also, before cracking the whip, the Trainer must warn the other Contestant's first verbally to let then know you intend to crack your bull whip.
In the obstacle course portion, the horse is to walk, trot, and canter around the arena, getting all 3 gaits in one direction. Rider can complete each obstacle in any order. The horse also needs to back up 3 steps, have all 4 feet picked up, and put a stop on the horse from a trot or canter. The obstacles will be: weaving thru and over poles, cross a tarp, rope a barrel, and drag a pole with a rope. Once you are done riding thru the course, you must exit the arena. You may do obstacles multiple times to increase your score. If your horse refuses an obstacle, you can come back later to it.
If a contestant can not ride their horse thru the obstacle course, then they will not be allowed to be part of the obstacle course. If they do not attempt the obstacle course, they will be unable to place either First , Second, or Third place in the event.
During the obstacle course, Trainers can not be on the ground to lead their horse thru or over any obstacle. If they do, they will get a zero score for that obstacle. Trainers must RIDE their horse thru the obstacle course. However, they may lead their horse around the railing of the arena before getting on their horse, to get the horse used to the looks of the arena.
Contestants will have 5 points deducted each time for getting bucked off, and up to 10 points (at the discretion of each Judge) for having their HORSE/SADDLE TOUCH OR SLAM INTO THE PANELS of the round pens. Therefore, its best if Trainers have a halter on their horse and pull it off the panels when they are training.
During your time to talk to the audience with your cordless mic, you must talk the entire time allotted to you by the announcer. It is not what you say, but that you continue to talk so that there is no "dead air". The audience wants to hear every word of what you are saying. Talk about anything related to horses, your background etc.
The key to winning or placing with a high score in our event is to do a lot of ground work. If you notice, the first two sections of day 1 & day 2 are all ground work. The audience wants to know what exact tasks of ground work you do to prepare the horse so that it will stand for the saddle, and for you to get on it. Getting on your horse early will just simply wear your horse out. There are no points for being the first one to get on your horse. Riding it with walk, trot, and canter is only 3 points.
Another tip, is that the Judges tend to watch you more when its your turn to talk. So that's a good time to run thru the many tasks that you are being Judged on, while saying out loud that you are doing each one.
Contestants are allowed to help each other in the first 4 sessions, and the Judges are told there is no negativity on points for you helping each other. So if your horse does not have forward motion when you finally get on, don't just sit there smacking and hitting your horse with a crop/flag etc. Ask another Contestant to come and get at your horse's hip and help move your horse. The audience really likes to see this! So do the Judges, its all about making it look smooth and easy from the audience's view.
Bring your business cards, or make flyers. Talk about your horse training business and tell them to come talk to you at the next break.
Watch the videos we have posted on our Facebook page. You can see what the trainers are doing and how the horses are acting, and see what the obstacle course looks like.