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Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Albany, OR
               March 20, 21 & 22, 2020
         Fri & Sat 6pm - 8pm    Sunday 1:30pm
           3700 Knox Butte Road East, Albany OR

                  After paying entry for the Horse Fair, our event is free

   - 6 HORSE TRAINERS......
   - 6 ROUND PENS.....

The Northwest Horse Fair 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, come and watch all 6 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have a one hour session the first round to work with their horses in their round pen. Then there will be a 10 minute break. The second session will be another one hour session. Each Trainer will take a turn explain to the audience what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.

On Saturday, 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 in the second session. They will have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a 10 minute break in between. 

Then on Sunday, the 6 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 Northwest Horse Fair
Colt Starting Challenge

1.  Brett Condon (Oregon)

2.  Carissa Howard (Oregon)

3.  Micah Sebranke (Washington)

4. Teddie Frank (Oregon)

5. Samantha Reed (Washington)

Biography and Contact Information of 
Contestants for the Northwest Horse Fair

Entry Fee 
for Contestant at the 
NW Horse Fair
In his 30 young years, Kyle has traveled all over the country riding with some amazing people. He chose to hang his shingle in Arlington, Washington and now owns and operates a private training facility, Churchill Performance Horses, along with his wife, Whitney.

Kyle specializes in colt starting and training the all-around horse. His journey as a trainer began working on ranches in Wyoming and continued into the show pen Kyle has competed in cutting, reined cow, reining, ranch sorting/versatility and had huge success in several Extreme Mustang Makeover events. 

Kyle strives to build a confident horse from the first touch. He believes that by getting out of the horse’s way and letting them grow up, they come along more quickly and with a better feel. Kyle teaches feel and timing. He works to guide the horse while ultimately allowing the horse to make its own decisions. His goal is to see his clients enjoying their equine partners while striving for the best horse they can make together. “Sit down, feel your horse, and ride every stride”.

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Jack Merrill is the owner of Bar 2 Bar Performance Horses and JM Farrier Service of Parma, ID. Specializing in reined cow horse futurity prospects, Jack also trains rope, ranch and a variety of cow horses. Starting colts holds a special place in his program. Watching youngsters learn skills and gain life experience makes all of the long hours and hard work worth it. 

Along with training horses, Jack is an accomplished farrier who travels the Northwest to clients. The basis of both the training and farrier services are focused on producing safe, correct, and sound mounts that are competitive and have real life experience out on the ranch. 

Wet saddle blankets and consistency are what make a good horse great. Jack has a light handed, soften spoken approach to his training, and works well with horses that are skittish or scared. Following the methods of common sense horsemanship, Jack Merrill produces mounts that will not let you down.

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Brett Condon is 36 years old from Silver Lake Oregon where he is the head cowboy for the Bell-A ranch. Brett has been around horses and cattle his entire life. In his younger years he competed in rodeos with team roping and ranch bronc riding. 

Recently he has been more focused on starting colts and training problem horses for clients. Brett has a natural ability to connect with horses and gain their trust to make the horse less stressed and more willing to respond to what he is asking.
Carissa has always had a love for horses and training. She's been riding since she was a baby. As a teen she came to the NW Horse Fair for the first time. While watching trainers, she learned the concept of natural horsemanship training. Everything made sense. She bought and trained some green horses and started training for others. Carissa did OHSET and 4-H with the horses she started and trained. Carissa and her family run Lighthouse Ranch, a non-profit ministry that teaches life skills, cooking, mechanics, work ethic through horses, and more. She is a riding instructor, 4-H leader and avid supporter of her local community. 

She has high moral values and is always fair, patient, and calm. She tries to accomplish as much as possible during each training session, but is patient and slow when the horse needs it, and ends on a good note each time. She believes every horse is different and so it is taught in a style that it can learn best. She prepares the horse to help the horse be as successful as possible. Carissa also works with horse and owner as a pair, to help them better understand each other and work as a team. 
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Teddy Franke is from North Central Oregon and is a life long student of the horse. Along with his family, he manages the horse program for Camp Morrow, a faith based Christian Youth Camp located just East of the Cascade Mountains. He also operates Franke Equine; a horsemanship and farrier business. 

Teddy is a CHA certified master riding instructor and certifier. He is a graduate of Mission Farrier School, an ASHA Judge, a past AYHC board member, and is a sitting board member for the Certified Horsemanship Association. He loves competing in ranch roping and stock horse events as well as cowboying on Central and Eastern Oregon ranches. He has a fun easy going personality that resonates with both horse and human students. Check out his show “Live Equestrian” on Farm and Ranch TV or on Youtube. For more info visit  
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My name is Micah Sebranke and I am 21 years old. I currently attend Northwest University in Kirkland Washington where I am working to earn my Business Management Degree. 

I have always had a strong passion for horses, and currently live in Snohomish. Washington where I am living and training out of a boarding facility. I specialize in breaking/starting colts, bringing in horses for 30 days of training, working with problem horses, and also give riding lessons. 

I believe we can never stop learning how to become better horseman, so I work with as many trainers and horses as I can. I have competed in Western Gaming, Roping, Jumping, 3 Day Eventing, Dressage, and many various styles of riding both English and Western. The last few years I have put my time into the starting and training side of horses, working with both horses and people which is why I have decided to compete in the Colt Starting Challenge USA.  
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Over 20 years ago I started my horse journey as a wide eyed girl that always dreamed of owning a horse; I quickly found myself well out of my depth. My first horse was a $500 auction horse that a green as grass 8 year old had no business owning. A fiery 16 year old flea bitten grey Arabian that everyone told me was a lost cause. That was my first introduction to so many vital life lessons that I still pull upon today, as an adult, mother, teacher, student, and horse trainer. I learned to persevere, listen with my eyes, ears, and body, and most importantly to give everyone a chance.  

While I have gone multiple directions over the years, from mustang gentling to reining; I always find myself back at my roots. I find tranquility and happiness when I am with the most misunderstood of the equine world. I love to give the second, or third, or fourth chance that is so often needed. Most of all I love to see the growth and strengthening between human and horse relationships when the right techniques and teachings are applied.  

I pull from many different training techniques, from Parelli to Monty Roberts. My philosophy is that all people and all horses are different and learn differently, so the more “arrows in my quiver” the better. I strive to produce a horse that is confident, soft, and mentally sound. Combining what I have learned from various clinicians, personal mentors, and different disciplines I am able to create a confident, versatile horse.

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