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Taylor County Fairgrounds, Abilene Texas
May 10 & 11, 2019
1700 Highway 36, Abilene Texas     Facility number 325-677-4376
Friday 4pm to 7pm      Saturday 12pm to 3:30 pm

- 6 ROUND PENS.....

The Western Heritage Classic 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. 

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.

The next day, 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 all 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 Western Heritage Classic Colt Starting Challenge
​           1. Brandon Barsh (Texas)

           2. Briana Lafleur (Texas)

           3. Mary Kitzmiller (Texas)

           4.  Olin Lynch (Texas)

           5.  Caleb Hindi (Colorado)

           6.  Rudy Lara (New Mexico)

Biography and Contact Information of 
Contestants for the Western Heritage Classic

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​The Winner
is awarded a 
Champion Trainer Buckle

My name is Keith Messick. I live in Snyder, TX. I have always enjoyed horses. I begin breaking horses 15 years ago and have tried many methods until I have successfully come up with my own. 

Each horse has a mind of its own and as a trainer you have to figure each horse out. I have begin a new journey of calf roping and training calf horses. 

It is very enjoyable to see the transformation horses can make with proper training.  
$150 Contestant Entry Fee for the Western Heritage Classic Event
My name is Brandon Barsh, I was born and raised in Texas. I’ve been married to my junior high school sweetheart, Candice for the last 19 years and we have two beautiful daughters, Jordyn, 17 and Camy, 12.

I’ve been riding and working with horses my entire life. I was about 11 years old when my brother and I started our first colt. I am a full-time fire fighter for Waco Fire Department in Waco, Texas. On my days off I am a farrier/ trainer. Through my business as a farrier, I have picked up my side business as a horse trainer. I have been trimming horses since I can remember, but I went to farrier school in 2006 and have been a farrier for the last 13 years. 

I love working with horses and believe in focusing on the methods of patience and repetition. In my years of experience, I have found this to be very successful.  
I recently competed in my very first Colt Starting Challenge in Amarillo, Texas where I finished in 2nd place. It was a great experience and I look forward to doing more. 

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Winner of the 2017 Colt Starting Challenge USA in Abilene Texas! Briana has competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover event in Fort Worth, Texas. Briana’s first time competing in the event resulted in an impressive 8th place finish. In fact, Briana’s performance was highlighted in the e-magazine, being the only rider/trainer to secure a top 10 position as a first time competitor.  

Briana moved to Texas 5 years ago and started TLC Horse Services out of Granbury, TX offering her clients professional horse training as well as professional farrier services. Today, Briana’s training services focus mainly on colt starting, problem horses and finishing reining horses. Briana hopes to start breeding her own horses and wants to enter as many colt starting competitions as possible to display and hone her colt starting skills. 

Through TLC Horse Services, Briana continues to inspire and teach people how to build a partnership with their horses, a partnership built on mutual respect and trust. It is this type of partnership that can provide people and their horses with endless possibilities where only the sky is the limit!

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Olin Lynch, was born into a family of cowboys and horsemen. While still nursing a bottle he would ride in the saddle in front of his grandfather, Louis Lynch, gathering cattle on the ranch that Louis was working on. That beginning set the stage for his life, establishing a love for both horses and cattle. At the age of 12, Papa gave Olin his first two rein horse, while the hard work was done it gave Olin a chance to finish a young horse and make the horse his own. 

At 18, Olin started his first colt, a granddaughter from his first rope horse, in the hackamore under the supervision of his Papa. That horse and experience, branded Olin with the desire to become a better horseman than his grandfather. It became a passion that would drive him to constantly improve.

Over the past 20+ years, Olin with the support of his wife, Charma, has worked tirelessly to
improve his understanding and knowledge of the horse, seeking to be ever softer and more attentive and to develop a willing, confident and competent partnership with the horses he rides. All the effort to know more and gain understanding has only taught him, that as his knowledge expands so does the realization that he still has much to learn. The most humbling and greatest complement ever, was the day that his Papa told him, he had surpassed him as a horseman.
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Caleb Hindi grew up as a cowboy in the mountains of Colorado where he was taught the value of hard work and honesty. Throughout high school and college Caleb ranched and competed in rodeo. Attaining Championships in Bull Riding, Bareback riding, and Ranch Saddle Bronc riding. He continued his career in the PRCA, but his true ambitions remained in horsemanship.  

After dedicating years of his life learning from many great horsemen such as Chris Cox, Deborah Hindi, and several others. Caleb has now aspired to be an entrepreneur and strike out on his own where he has newly established himself in Petrolia Tx.

  Caleb Hindi Horsemanship’s training program takes a lot of consideration in building a solid, lifelong foundation in young horses. These standards include but are not limited to, balance under saddle, relaxation under pressure, and ground manners. Caleb Hindi Horsemanship also focuses on working with problem horses and performance horses.

  Caleb aspires to be a top competitor in the NRCHA arena and continues to learn and stive for those goals every day. Jack Brainard imparts, “it takes two lifetimes to learn from experience.” For that reason, Caleb strives to learn more from others every day. For the road to truly great Horsemanship is never ending. 
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Rudy Lara is a horse trainer born and raised in New Mexico. He has been involved with horses his entire life. He started training horses for the public in 2009. In 2010 he obtained 12 endorsements from Dennis Reis making him eligible to become an instructor. He currently lives and trains horses full time in Taos, NM.

Some of Rudy’s recent accomplishments are placing top 3 and earning people’s choice award in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Santa Fe’s Horse Shelter Trainer Challenge. In 2016 Rudy Lara was invited to São Paulo Brazil for the 2016 Global Equus Expo as a guest clinician. Also that year he was a finalist at the annual Buck Brannaman Vaquero Roping Event. The following year in 2017 has was hand picked by Buck Brannaman for the annual Houlihan Colt Starting clinic, hosted at Buck Brannaman’s ranch in Wyoming, two years in a row.

Rudy specializes in colt starting, doma vaquera, ranch roping, and working with problem horses. He strongly believes in natural horsemanship and giving his colts a strong foundation without intimidation. Horses are an important part of Rudy’s life and it’s his mission to help riders and their horses become better partners throughout their Equine journey.

My name is Frank Marsh from Big Spring, Texas. I was born and raised in West Texas. I have been happily married to my best friend and the mother to our four wonderful kids for 20yrs.

I have been around horses for most of my life. Currently I work in the oil field chemical business. I start horses and do tune-ups for folks in the local area in my spare time. 
I started utilizing the natural horsemanship methods about 15yrs ago and wished I had learned these techniques earlier. They make the learning process for the horse so much easier in the long run. 

I believe if I use these methods correctly, a horse could be off for a while, brought back in for a short tune-up and it would be as if he was finished yesterday. We have to work with the horse, not against them. This helps to make a safer, happier and more willing equine partner. 

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