Harmony horses a hit at Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

Harmony Trainers at Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

The Harmony Equine Center was well represented at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, held at the National Western Stockshow Complex in Denver on March 11–13. The annual event for horse enthusiasts features horse clinicians from all over the country. As part of this year’s expo, we hosted an information booth, participated in the Equine Comeback Challenge and offered clinics on overcoming obstacles and facing challenges with a horse.

Harmony Equine Center trainers Brent Winston and Ben Grogan presented four clinics to approximately 200 people during the three-day event. Attendees learned how to prepare their horses for challenges such as trailer loading and for obstacles they might encounter in the arena or on the trail.

Eight horses from the Harmony Equine Center participated in the Equine Comeback Challenge, a program designed to provide rescue horses with a solid opportunity for adoption. The challenge featured 22 rescue horses that had never been ridden, and each horse was paired with a trainer for 90 days prior to the competition. The event included three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the finals, which included a trail course, cattle work and a ranch pattern. Each of these classes showcased the different abilities of the horse and rider. The top 10 horses participated in a final-round freestyle competition on Sunday.

The Harmony Equine Center was fortunate to have seven of the top 10 horses in the final round, with trainer Jason Patrick and his horse Cactus winning the event. Jason also won the three preliminary classes. Cactus was one of the horses impounded in the Conroe, Texas, neglect case and sent to the Harmony Equine Center last September. Jim Cook won third place on Trinity, and Sam Wilson won fourth place on Selena; both of these horses were also from the Texas case. Most important, 20 of the 22 horses that participated in the event were adopted—a win for all the rescues that participated.

As icing on the cake, two additional horses from the Harmony Equine Center were adopted at the expo, including Porthos, who spent 730 days at our center before finding a home.