There is something beautiful and majestic about a horse, from its raw power to its sheer beauty in movement. Russell Beatty first witnessed it as a child, and that’s when his passion for horses began to stir. It’s merged into a lifelong love and a hunger to work with horses.
Beatty has worked with and trained horses all his life, and now he has developed Colt Starting Challenge USA, an event that features some of the brightest trainers in the country who work with untrained horses in a competition.
“This is a competition between trainers,” said Beatty. “Each trainer is matched with a horse on a random draw. The colts have not been started and have not ever been saddled, bridled, nor ridden. They have been unhandled most of the time.”
The trainers will then work with the animals over the course of two evenings, and judges will determine which of the trainers wins. The competitions take place across the country, including an event scheduled for this Friday and Saturday nights, June 14 and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Box Elder County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena in Tremonton. Tickets are $15 per person each night and the audience is to bring their own chairs.
There will be two hours of work on Friday night with a half-hour break in between, Beatty said.
“This is all done with an audience, and each contestant has a microphone so that when it’s their time to talk, they can say what they’re doing and why they’re doing it,” he said.
Saturday night will feature two 45-minute sessions with a break in between.
“After the second session, we tear down the round pens, set up our obstacle course and the contestants ride their horse through the obstacle course. The winner gets a buckle.”
For more information and an action video, visit www.coltstartingchallengeusa.com