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CHALLENGE USA                 
                                                            2016 NATIONAL FINALS 
                                                Trey Young WON!


Come cheer on your favorite Natural Horsemanship Trainer as they compete for the $1,500 prize money, a new saddle, and the National Finals Champion Buckle. There will also be a Year End High Point Winner who will win a Buckle and a New Saddle. They compete to do the best job to gentle, start, and ride an unbroke horse. 

There will be 8 Trainers in this 3 day event. They are our Top Trainers from various States, and are extremely talented. This is going to be a very tough competition. These Trainers and have qualified to compete in the finals by having the most cumulative points from Winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place during our 2016 Colt Starting Challenge events. 

On day one they will have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse. On day two they will have two half hour sessions. Then on day three each Trainer will have 12 minutes to ride it thru an obstacle course, which includes riding it over a tarp, roping a barrel, and dragging a pole. 

The Judges decide the Winner who will receive the $1,500 in cash, the Winning Buckle, and a New Saddle! The Year End High Point Winner also wins a Buckle and a Saddle.

Each day's Highest Score point-wise will win a Roping Dummy from Hot Heels Roping Dummies


Ryan was raised in Northern Wyoming on his family's ranch, and has been horseback most of his life. He started his first colt at 13 and has been training ever since. At first it was just riding his family's Thoroughbred horses, then taking outside colts. He's been training for over 20 years now, and is always trying to learn more about the horse and different methods. In 2009 he went to learn trick horse training from Carole Fletcher. By teaching horses to do tricks like a hug, stretch or bow Ryan believes that the horses enjoy working and learning therefore respecting you more. Also by learning the Natural Horsemanship approach from his Uncle Dale, Ryan has seen horses become more submissive by establishing the mindset that he is the leader of the herd. Once a horse is really listening to you, the quicker they will learn everything you are trying to teach, from a good stop, to roping, to reining and everything in between.

Ryan currently runs his family's cattle ranch in South Eastern Colorado. He always has a few colts in training and has started doing clinics to teach others to gain more respect and responsiveness with their own horses. His biggest influences have been his Dad and Uncles, Floyd and Dale, whom have all started and ridden good horses their whole life.​

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 hundreds of them. 

I enjoy helping people showing a safe way to communicate with theirs horses. Built a solid foundation give the best opportunity for success.​

Kyle Hockett is the owner and operator of EPIC performance horses LLC in Bend, Oregon. Kyle grew up on horseback in a family of cowboys. Kyle learned horseshoeing skills from his father and starting shoeing horses at 16. He learned quickly that top performance is the result of good physical care and conditioning. As a farrier and trainer, Kyle’s focus is on encouraging each horse’s individual natural talent. His training philosophy is that each horse has individual needs and abilities so training needs to be individual as well. He is well known for his ability to rehabilitate horses with physical and behavioral problems.

Kyle is willing to take on any training challenge, last year he was the Oregon Quarter Horse Association Champion in Green Hunter under Saddle, Senior Western Pleasure, Green Western Pleasure, Senior Western Pleasure and Reserve Champion Junior Western Pleasure horse. He coached four students to qualify for the AQHA novice world show. Kyle’s personal passion is team roping and cow events

Steve trains for the public out of the North Platte area of Nebraska. He has gone from California to New Jersey competing in 5 Extreme Mustang Makeovers and been in the top ten every time. He also competed in the first ever Mustang Million last fall held in Ft Worth. 

He started training for the public at the age of 15 and has now trained over 1,000 head of colts. He enjoys ranch work, training, roping, starting colts, and wants to explore all opportunities to improve his horsemanship


Jonath Robles is the head trainer and manager at Sunny Slope Stables in Damascus, OR. He specializes in colt starting and problem horses, and has over 10 years of experience. It has been said that Jonath has a natural talent when it comes to working with horses. Jonath grew up around horse trainers that used a lot of old school cowboy training methods, and he knew there had to be a better way. 

He quickly grew a fascination, almost an obsession with Natural Horsemanship. Jonath admires and follows the teachings of Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance, Monty Roberts, and Buck Brannaman. Jonath says, “Some of the things that these trainers can do with a horse seem so unreal, its so beautiful that you almost feel like you are dreaming, I consider it ‘live art”. Jonath’s natural talent has provided him the opportunity to travel and work with some amazing trainers.

Jonath will take on the challenge of working with a horse that has been neglected or abused. Jonath takes a slow approach with the horse and digs deeper into the horse’s personality. “It is more than just training a horse”, Jonath says. “It’s working with a horse to build a bond, respect, and most importantly... trust".

Lucia Clemetson is a CHA Certified Riding Instructor and 3-Day eventer who strives for the best education for her students and an educated clinician on the road. Her training facility, "Flying C Farm Inc." five miles north east of Moses Lake, involves horse training, colt starting, riding lessons to all ages, and horsemanship clinics. 

Her mission and foundation is teaching horsemanship for the human to better understand the horse, very much influenced by the phenomenal horseman, Buck Brannaman. Horsemanship teaches defining trust, confidence, character, self-esteem, and respect within. She continues to grasp as much knowledge as she can and be a student of the horse. 

​She has a strong background of showing in many disciplines including western pleasure, cow events, hunt seat, driving, jumpers, dressage, and eventing. With 20 years of experience she has trained and worked with some of the best trainers in the country including 2 time Olympian, Amy Tryon, which she applies in her barn management, horse care, and training. Although her background displays much time in the show ring, Lucia's true passion is starting and working with troubled horses with her goal to become a methodical, not a mechanical horsewoman. See my Facebook page : The horse bond/info

My story isn’t much different then anyone else’s story that is here training horses. Horses have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and see horses being a part of my life for as long as I can help it. They are more then an animal to me. 

I grew up showing Morgan horses, along with my Mom and Grandpa, who I have to credit my interest in horses to. As I grew older I rode horses for a few people in my area, along with rodeo, riding bulls and saddle bronc horses. Now a days I am a farrier and ride horses in Lincoln, Nebraska, ranging from barrel and roping horses to dressage and hunter jumper horses.

When I look at horses I see peace and freedom. When I am around and using horses, I feel the same way, and that is why I enjoy them so much. To have a horse and you be on the same page is a feeling that can’t be easily explained and only truly understood by people who have felt it. That is what I try to help people with their horses, and that again is a reason I enjoy this life. I have a strong passion for understanding the horses’ mind and how it relates to me and how I can learn from that particular horse. 

Trey Young is from Crawfordville Florida, where he lives with his wife and two boys at 3Y Ranch. Trey has been around horses his entire life and has had the privilege of being around some of the greatest horseman of his time. 

rey moved to Weatherford Texas in 1999 where he received a rodeo scholarship to Weatherford College in the team roping. Trey was fortunate enough to live with Chris Cox, one of the greatest horseman of all time while in Texas. 

Not having the knowledge that he felt he needed Trey worked for Chris in 2007. Then to south Florida to work for world champion roper and cow horse trainer, Jay Holmes. HRTV aired Trey Young “The American Horseman” on Dish Network in 2010. He has done many clinics and expos throughout the country trying to spread and further his knowledge about the horse. Trey rides a limited amount of outside horses now in Florida as well as conducts clinics and Trey Young “The American Horseman” now airs on Farm and Ranch TV.  

he learning process is never ending with an animal or a human that can think for itself. The greatest teacher Trey has ever had is the horse and with an open mind the possibilities are endless to the understanding between horse and rider. 

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Our 8 National Finals Contestants  
1. Ryan Bulkley - Springfield CO    48 pts  
2. Fausto Navarro - Lyndhurst NJ    46 pts
3. Trey Young - Fayetteville FL    43 pts
4. Kyle Hockett - Bend OR    43 pts
5. Jonath Robles - Portland OR    38 pts
6. Lucia Clemetson - Moses Lake WA   38 pts
7. Steve Sward - North Platte NE 35   pts
8. Zach Kaup - Lincoln NE    32   pts

Thank you Montana Horse Trailers for providing the Winner of the Colt Starting Challenge USA National Finals a NEW SADDLE, and also a NEW SADDLE for the Year End High Point Winner
Thank you Seventeen Flat for providing each of our 8 Contestants with a set of your pop up barrels. The official pop up barrel of Colt Starting Challenge USA
Thank you Larry Mahan for donating 8 Larry Mahan Hats for  each of our 8 Contestants.
Thank you A Cut Above Buckles for donating 8 Jackets to each of our  Contestants.
Thank you Cactus Ropes and Triple R Tack for donating a 50 foot rope  and a rope back to each Finals Contestant.
CLICK HERE on "SUGAR" a Palomino Filly to see all 8 horses in the event which are FOR SALE 
on Dec 7th at 5pm $2,500 by Silent Auction. 
All 8 horses are provided by Freeman Ranch of Yoder CO
Special Thanks to
 Excel EQ for Sponsoring our National Finals
Thank you Cashel for donating 8 saddle pads to our 8 Finals Contestants
Thank you Hot Heels for donating 3 roping dummies for prizes each day 
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Second Place was Steve Sward
Third Place was Kyle Hockett