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James Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, SD
 Oct 20, 21 & 22, 2017
Fri night 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat & Sun days   3 pm - 5pm
800 San Francisco St, Rapid City SD  

After paying entry for the Expo, our event is free

- 6 ROUND PENS.....

The Black Hills Horse Expo 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 night at 7pm, come and watch all 6 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have 2 one hour sessions to work with their horse in their round pen with a 10 minute break in between. Each Trainer will explain to the audience, one at a time, what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.

On Saturday day at 3pm, 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 all have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a 10 minute break in between. 

Then at on Sunday at 3pm, 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 Buckle is awarded. 

Contestants Entered for
The Black Hills Horse Expo
Colt Starting Challenge

1.  L. C. Mahaffey (Texas)

2. Chance Vomacka (S. Dakota)

3. Phil Rogers (N. Carolina)

4. Fausto Navarro (New Jersey)

5. James Maze (Washington)

6. Caleb Kenner (Nebraska)

Biography and Contact Information of 
Contestants for the Black Hills Horse Expo

I grew up on a cattle and horse ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. I started riding green horses when I was about nine. I broke my first horse from start to finish when I was twelve years old. I have been starting and training horses ever since.

I have seen a lot of approaches to starting a horse that would bring confusion to the horse immediately and on down the road in training. There is no one certain way that I start a horse. I believe that like people, every horse is different, and a lot of the time they require a different approach. 

I like to really focus on teaching a horse by eliminating the different opportunities for confusion. I am just thankful that God has surrounded me with people who are good horsemen. Double click here to add text.
Phil grew up on his family farm in the mountains of north Carolina. As a child he dreamed of becoming a famous cowboy and he has pursued that dream with passion and drive.

Over the years Phil has had the opportunity to work with some of the founding fathers of todays natural horsemanship, including Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance and continues to expand on his teaching methods and knowledge with regular clinics and private farms.

Phil and his wife Kim aim to educate and help horse people of all levels and from all disciplines t have a more meaningful and productive relationship with their horse through honest and clear communication.

To learn more about Phil and Phil Rogers Horsemanship you can visit him on Facebook at "Phil Lee Rogers" and on you tube under Phil Rogers Horsemanship
I'm Fausto Navarro, from Costa Rica; a small country in Central America. I grew up on a farm. I have been working with horses since I was 15. By working with my father I learned his methods "natural horsemanship ". 

​I love Ranch work, colt starting, training, roping and solve problems. I prefer natural methods because it's the best way to build trusting partners. I have no idea how many Colts I have started probably 100's. 

I enjoy helping people showing a safe way to communicate with theirs horses. Built a solid foundation give the best opportunity for success.
L.C. Mahaffey is a horse trainer originally from south Texas. He is currently located in Peoria, Illinois bringing his south Texas flare to the Midwest. L.C. (Creek) specializes in training the all around working cow horse from, colt starting, to reining, cutting and ranch versatility. 

In 2014 Creek won the all around ranch horse of the year in the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, All Around Ranch Horse of the Year. He defended his title again in 2015 and 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. L.C Mahaffey is an NCHA money earner as well as a money earner in AQHA Ranch Versatility. 

L.C gives credit for all of his accomplishments to the apprenticeships over the years to outstanding trainers and horsemen. Such of which are as follows, Colby Woods, Bill Riddle, Mark Mills, Sam Wilson, and a special thanks to his mentor Buster Welch. Last but not Least, he thanks his dad, Colin Mahaffey. Without him, L.C. would not have the foundation for training horses he has today.

James Maze has been training horses professionally for 26 years . Specializing in starting colts, training and showing cutting horses, teaching intro to cow clinics and working as a farrier. 

James and his wife Linda are also senoir pastors of Stable Beginnings a cowboy church on camano island, wa.

I am from South Dakota and have had the opportunity to train for lots of different people all over.  I've been training horses for 15 years and have been around horses my whole life. 

I have qualified for the Colt Starting Challenge USA National Finals Championship in Las Vegas in 2015. 

My main goal is to help horse people understand horses better as well as training horses to be suited for every rider.