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NORTHWEST HORSE FAIR 2019
Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Albany, OR
March 22, 23 & 24, 2019
Fri & Sat 6pm - 8pm Sunday 1:30pm
3700 Knox Butte Road East, Albany OR
After paying entry for the Horse Fair, our event is free
- 6 UNBROKE HORSES....
- 6 HORSE TRAINERS......
- 6 ROUND PENS.....
COLT STARTING CHALLENGE USA
The Northwest Horse Fair 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, come and watch all 6 Natural Horsemanship Trainers work their horses at the same time. They will have a one hour session the first round to work with their horses in their round pen. Then there will be a 10 minute break. The second session will be another one hour session. Each Trainer will take a turn explain to the audience what they are doing and why as they work with their horse.
On Saturday, 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 in the second session. They will have two 45 minute sessions to work with their horse, with a 10 minute break in between.
Then on Sunday, the 6 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 Northwest Horse Fair
Colt Starting Challenge
1. Kyle Churchill (Washington)
2. James Maze (Washington)
3. Micah Sebranke (Washington)
4. Cody Abatie (Oregon)
5. Jack Merrill (Idaho)
Biography and Contact Information of
Contestants for the Northwest Horse Fair
for Contestant at the
NW Horse Fair
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 Senior Pastors of Stable Beginnings a Cowboy Church on Camano Island, Washington.
CAMANO ISLAND, WA
In his 30 young years, Kyle has traveled all over the country riding with some amazing people. He chose to hang his shingle in Arlington, Washington and now owns and operates a private training facility, Churchill Performance Horses, along with his wife, Whitney.
Kyle specializes in colt starting and training the all-around horse. His journey as a trainer began working on ranches in Wyoming and continued into the show pen Kyle has competed in cutting, reined cow, reining, ranch sorting/versatility and had huge success in several Extreme Mustang Makeover events.
Kyle strives to build a confident horse from the first touch. He believes that by getting out of the horse’s way and letting them grow up, they come along more quickly and with a better feel. Kyle teaches feel and timing. He works to guide the horse while ultimately allowing the horse to make its own decisions. His goal is to see his clients enjoying their equine partners while striving for the best horse they can make together. “Sit down, feel your horse, and ride every stride”.
My name is Micah Sebranke and I am 20 years old. I currently attend Northwest University in Kirkland Washington where I am working to earn my Business Management Degree.
I have always had a strong passion for horses, and currently live in Snohomish. Washington where I am living and training out of a boarding facility. I specialize in breaking/starting colts, bringing in horses for 30 days of training, working with problem horses, and also give riding lessons.
I believe we can never stop learning how to become better horseman, so I work with as many trainers and horses as I can. I have competed in Western Gaming, Roping, Jumping, 3 Day Eventing, Dressage, and many various styles of riding both English and Western. The last few years I have put my time into the starting and training side of horses, working with both horses and people which is why I have decided to compete in the Colt Starting Challenge USA.
Jack Merrill is the owner of Bar 2 Bar Performance Horses and JM Farrier Service of Parma, ID. Specializing in reined cow horse futurity prospects, Jack also trains rope, ranch and a variety of cow horses. Starting colts holds a special place in his program. Watching youngsters learn skills and gain life experience makes all of the long hours and hard work worth it.
Along with training horses, Jack is an accomplished farrier who travels the Northwest to clients. The basis of both the training and farrier services are focused on producing safe, correct, and sound mounts that are competitive and have real life experience out on the ranch.
Wet saddle blankets and consistency are what make a good horse great. Jack has a light handed, soften spoken approach to his training, and works well with horses that are skittish or scared. Following the methods of common sense horsemanship, Jack Merrill produces mounts that will not let you down.
Cody is a professional farrier and entrepreneur by day, and colt starter by night and on the weekend. A current resident of Estacada Oregon with his wife Jessica Abatie and son Carson.
Cody’s love for horses came from a young age. Being a young fearless youth of Western Horsemen of Oregon and still a member and competitor now. Competing in timed events such as barrel racing, poles, flags, figure 8, keyhole and all team events.
Cody continues to ride and assist at Timed Event Specialties by Jessica Abatie as needed and enjoys participating in farrier clinics and horsemanship clinics when available to continue his education.
One of Cody’s mantras for starting colts is to always remember you can only reward for one thing at a time, because you can only train one thing at a time.