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- 6 UNBROKE HORSES....
- 6 HORSE TRAINERS......
- 6 ROUND PENS.....
COLT STARTING CHALLENGE USA FINALS

Our National Finals Colt Starting Challenge Event will feature 6 unbroke horses and 6 Natural Horsemanship Trainers who will gentle, start, and ride these horses in just a few hours. These horses have never been saddled, bridled, nor ridden, however they are halter broke. 

On Friday at 6 pm, come and watch all 6 horse trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse in their round pen with a 10 minute break in between. Each Trainer will take a turn to explain to the audience what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.

Then on Saturday at 6 pm, 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 have two 30 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a 10 minute break in between. 

On Sunday at 12 pm, 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 $1,000 cash prize, and a Buckle is awarded.
OUR NATIONAL FINALS 2019
WERE HELD AT THE:
CONTESTANTS FOR 2019
COLT STARTING CHALLENGE USA
NATIONAL FINALS

1.  Brandon Barsh (Texas)

2. David Troyer (Kentucky)

3. Samantha Long (Idaho)

4. Chad Palmer (Utah)

5. Rudy Lara (New Mexico)

6. Patrick Priest (Oregon)
Biography and Contact Information of 
Contestants for our 2019 National Finals Event
Thank you Seventeen Flat for providing a set pop up barrels for the Winner for our 2019 Finals event
A big Thank you to Partrade 
Company for sponsoring us with 6 sets of spurs for our Contestants in 2019
A Cut Above Buckles sponsored our Winning Champion Trainer Buckle
Thanks to Cashel for sponsoring 
our 6 Contestants with a Cashel Saddle Pad in 2019
Western States Horse Expo
Fri, Sat, & Sun on Nov 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2019
Freedom Arena
Fri 6pm - 9pm            Sat 6pm - 8pm
Sunday 12 pm - 2pm

Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA


BRANDON BARSH
My name is Brandon Barsh, I am forty one years old and I can't remember a time in my life that there wasn't a horse in the pasture to ride. My brother and I grew up riding horses and actually started our first colt when he was 12 and I was 10.

I am a professional firefighter and on my days off, a farrier. Over the past 13 years I have seen many horses both good and bad and have learned through experience that patience and repetition work best when working with horses. My method of training/starting colts is to start small and build from there but only when the horse is ready. 

I have been married to my beautiful wife, Candice, for 19 years and we have two beautiful daughters, Jordyn 17 and Camy 12. I would like to thank God for my ability to work with horses like I do and for this opportunity to compete at this year's Colt Starting Challenge USA’s National Finals.


RUDY LARA 
OF TAOS NM WON!

AQUILLA, TX
254-709-1453
[email protected]
CHAD PALMER
Chad Palmer is from Utah where he started competing with horse at an early age at State Fairs and the National Western Stock Show. Chad started his first colt at age of 12 where he learned from his Dad and Grandpa along with a few other family friends that had a deep understanding of horses. 

As a kid growing up on a farm with work horses used for weight pulling competitions it always amazed Chad how much effort, heart and try a horse would give just because you asked. 

This started chad down a road of wanting to understand how a horse thinks and what his instincts are to further advance the connection between horse and rider.
SOUTH JORDAN, UT
801-989-8282
[email protected]
DAVID TROYER
My name is David Troyer. I have trained horses all my life. I grew up in a large Amish community in Central Wisconsin. I currently live in Munfordville, Kentucky.

My goal is to have a good ground work base on all of my horses. The majority of my training is starting colts to ride and drive. I have my own training facility here at my home. This is what I do everyday.
MUNFORDVILLE, KY
270-925-2348
[email protected] 
RUDY LARA
Rudy Lara is a horse trainer born and raised in New Mexico. He has been involved with horses his entire life.  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.
TAOS, NM
575-404-5410
[email protected]
SAMANTHA LONG 
Samantha Long is a 19 year old trainer from Spirit Lake, Idaho. She has a passion and love for all things horse. 

Samantha raises quarter horses and mules with her Father. She also enjoys hunting in the High Country with the horses. She participates in endurance rides and is a current candidate for Miss Play Day in Athol, ID. 

She trains with a quiet and gentle hand, and always tries to work with the horse to achieve success. She believes trust between horse and rider is essential to build confidence in both, so they can work fluidly as a team. A horse treated with kindness and as a team member is much more likely to give his everything than a horse that is treated as a tool.  

SPIRIT LAKE, ID
208-627-6093
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PATRICK PRIEST
I can’t say growing up I ever was exposed to be anything other than a backyard horse or pack string. I remember feelings of shock and awe the moment I first realized what horsemanship was. My greatest horsemanship influences have been Western Horseman with cutting horse programs. Or as they like to joke “a horseman with a cutting horse problem”.

Most Trainers have to pay the bills somehow. It was easy for me to fall in love with cutting horses, However I start colts of any discipline with ease. My true love will always be the western cow horse. Collecting my knowledge from legendary Western Horseman and NCHA hall of fame cowboys how to build a turn on a cow from the groundwork in the first day. 

I pride myself on the special craft and skill I have developed all these years. The energy of young horses has always captivated or maybe a better word is matched to mine. There has never been anything better for my cowboy soul than feeling these young horse’s minds grow. Feeling these young horses learn, and using them to develop competent real ranch skills that lead to success in the show pen.

TERREBONNE, OR
503-380-5756
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