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Indiana State Fairgrounds - Blue Ribbon Arena
March 31 & April 1, 2017
Friday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am to 11:30 am
​1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis Indiana

- 4 ROUND PENS.....

The Hoosier Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge will have 4 Contestants who will start, gentle and ride 4 unbroke horses in just a few hours. These horses have never been saddled, bridled, nor ridden, however they are halter broke. 

Come and watch all 4 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.

The next day, all 4 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. 

Next, all 4 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. 

​The horses in our event are between the ages of 2 and a half and 4 years old, never saddled, bridled, nor ridden. Your horse must be halter broke. Sorry no full Drafts, Studs, or Mustangs. To enter your horse Call Cristy 808-269-3408. See our "Enter Your Horse" tab on our web site for more detailed information.
Contestants Entered for The Hoosier Horse Fair 
Colt Starting Challenge

1. Jason Irwin 
 Ontario Canada

 2. Brose McVey 
Carmel Indiana

   3. Stephen Graycheck
    Dahlonega, Georgia

4. Morgan Shortt
Ontario Canada
Biography and Contact Information of Contestants for the Hoosier Horse Fair

Pay $150 Contestant Entry Fee 
for the Hoosier Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge

Jason Irwin started his first colt when he was 12 and has been at it ever since. He is a self taught trainer who has put the foundation training on hundreds of young horses. Although his specialty is starting colts under saddle, he also works with liberty horses, problem horses, and adds finishing training to older horses. In addition to training, he also teaches clinics where he helps people advance with their own horsemanship and training.

Jason trains horses fulltime at his family’s business, Northstar Livestock (located near Southampton, Ontario, Canada), which produces horses that sell throughout North America. Northstar Livestock raises quarter horses – specializing in big fancy blue roans. 

Horses started and trained by Jason have gone on to succeed in a wide cross-section of events, ranging from barrel racing to ranch work to fox hunting to performing in drill teams, and just about everything in between. His aim is to put a solid foundation on a young horse so that it can go on to excel in any discipline. See his website

Brose McVey has spent decades working with horses and has started colts for top trainers in reining, cutting and other disciplines. A businessman and father by day, his passion is working with horses and their owners, especially young colts. He works with clients to correct problems and improve owners’ relationship and experience using natural horsemanship techniques drawn from his study of top trainers like Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt and others, as well as his time studying under top reining horse trainers.

Brose is participating to draw attention to and raise funds for Ben’s Ranch Foundation, Inc., a charitable program he founded in honor of his late son. Ben’s Ranch Foundation is developing a national program to serve teens struggling with mental health conditions by placing them on individual family farms and ranches where they will live, work and unwind for a summer or longer.

For more info see Brose on Facebook at Brose McVey Horsemanship.
Stephen's desire to have a reputation as a quality horseman began when he moved to Montana and started working on horse and cattle ranches. That introduction to the lifestyle of a horseman instantly had him hooked. Knowledgeable, experienced, and reputable buckaroo-style mentors took Stephen in and he hasn't stopped since.

Stephen cowboyed across Central and Western Montana, and is a big believer in the importance of a confident horse who has a job. He takes a combination approach of leadership and respect to his colts. He knows a horse looks to the rider to guide them (both mentally and physically), but also realizes the importance of keeping their mind alive. If done properly, your confident leadership will give them the confidence, and you respecting them will keep them willing. The key components in Stephen's program are: Great feel, consistency, and positivity in the mind. 

Stephen has been running "Lazy S Horsemanship" out of Georgia for over a year now, and travels the southeast and country for clinics and expos. While home he takes in client horses, and also spends time working with our military veterans, sharing his experience and knowledge in a more personal format, to help expand their skill-set for more options of employment. 
​Morgan Shortt manages the family farm known as “Anning Mill Farms” located in Ontario, Canada. Her fascination with horses began as a child; sitting for hours on end watching the herd. Morgan had the opportunity to debut her talents in the show ring at age 5 and fell in love with the partnership built between horse and human through the growth of learning different disciplines.  

Spending most of her time in the Hunter/Jumper and breeding rings with various young horses, Morgan has a passion for the development of the young horse. This passion was channeled at the young age of 13 when Morgan began purchasing unhandled youngsters in effort to start them well enough for an amateur mount to purchase. As this venture grew she began small breeding operation, and Morgan was certified by Colorado State University as an Equine Reproduction Technician. “The ability to work with the horse from day it is born is a gift and a privilege.” says Morgan.

Morgan ran into many horses who had been miscommunicated to or misunderstood. This lead her to search out established methods of communication through a better understanding of natural horsemanship. Morgan makes special mention of a mentor, Tim Fortune, who introduced the teachings of Tom Dorance, Buck Brennaman, and Ray Hunt. “Adjustments are the key to progression.” - Morgan Shortt