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Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul, MN
 April 27, 28 & 29, 2018
Fri 8:30 am - 10:50 am
Sat 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
Sun 9:30am - 10:50 am 
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN  

After paying entry for the Expo, our event is free

- 4 ROUND PENS.....

The Minnesota Horse Expo 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. 

On Friday morning at 8:30 am, come and watch all 4 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have a one hour session the first round to work with their horse in their round pen. Then there will be a 10 minute break. The second session will be 50 minutes. 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 morning at 8:30 am, 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 in the second session. 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 9:30 am, 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. 

Contestants Entered for
The Minnesota Horse Expo
Colt Starting Challenge

1.  Robert Carsel (Iowa)

2. Jeremy Kaiserlik (Minnesota)

3. Gary Kuoppala (Minnesota)

4. Claude Roebuck (S. Dakota)

Biography and Contact Information of 
Contestants for the Minnesota Horse Expo

Robert Carsel is currently located in Central Iowa and will soon be relocating back home to Southern Missouri. 

I have been working with horses my whole life and starting colts since I was 13, I’m a farrier full time and now ride colts part time. I concentrate on a very solid foundation from groundwork through all stages of training to accomplish a soft, responsive, and willing horse that can go any direction or discipline. 

If you would like to see some of my work or horses I’ve trained please go visit Robert Carsel Colt Starting on Facebook. Give me a call anytime.
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My name is Gary Kuoppala.  I've been training horses for over ten years. Specializing in starting, and working with troubled horses. Helping horses get over their issues and teaching their owners to work with them and become better partners is very rewarding to me.

 I use obstacles and groundwork to build a strong bond between horse and owner. Seeing the team develope a great bond by conquering challenges is my favorite way to watch the team grow. I

In the last few years I've started working more with cattle and I'm really enjoying the sport of cutting.  
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Jeremy uses natural horsemanship for clear communication to establish a foundation that is necessary in any discipline. In his 20 year career he has started hundreds of colts and consistently seeks the knowledge to be more successful with each horse. 

Jeremy has competed successfully in Extreme Mustang Makeovers, competitive trail, and trainers challenges most recently taking grand champion in the 2017 MHARF rescue challenge in Minnesota. 

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Claude Roebuck was the winner of the 2008 Colt Starting Challenge held in Sioux Falls, SD. His program has a few basic principles which contributed to the win, such as: each horse is an individual, and each individual has a different personality, ability and learning curve. Every contact an individual horse has with their handler leaves an impression on him, and helps form his training level. 

With this in mind, Western Working Horse offers a complete training program for your horse based on sound and proven principles, yet tailored to the individual horse. Whether your horse has never been touched, or is a seasoned horse needing a refresher on his skills, we can take him to the next level of training. All breeds are welcome. Please contact us for pricing and further information about how we can help your horse reach his full potential.

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