On Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center staff and horses participated in the Battle on the Rockies at the National Western Stock Show Complex. The horse show was the first ever of what is expected to be an annual event and was exclusively for rescued horses that have been adopted and those that are available for adoption.
The Battle on the Rockies, which was held during the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, featured horse and rider pairs competing in four classes. There were 62 total entries with 15 participants in the Open class, 25 participants in the Non-pro class, 6 participants in the Youth class and 16 participants in the Adoptable class. Nine rescue horses along with Harmony staff participated in each of the four divisions.
With more than $8,000 in prize money plus a chance for the top two riders in each division to compete head to head for the overall championship and a saddle, there was plenty of competition.
The Harmony team was well represented in the finals and won three of the four championships and saddles. Congratulations to the following winners:
- Rebecca Johnson and Maggie Moo for winning the Open division. Maggie Moo came to Harmony from a cruelty case in southern Colorado nearly six years ago, and she was completely unhandled when she arrived. Plus, Maggie Moo had a baby during her time at Harmony!
- Brianna Koch and Zane for winning the Non-pro division. Zane was a transfer from one of Harmony’s partners in Oklahoma.
- Brent Winston, Harmony Equine Center head trainer, and Buddy for winning the Adoptable horse class. Eight-year-old Buddy came to Harmony as an owner surrender.
In addition to winning the saddles, Ben Grogan finished third on Fearless, a young 3-year old, in the Ranch Riding class for adoptable horses, and Meredith Hatterman took second place in the Ranch Riding class in the Non-pro division. Harmony also had one youth on their team, 7-year-old Addison Barrett, and she won third place in the Ranch Riding class.
Not only was Battle on the Rockies a successful weekend for Harmony, but it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase adopted horses from all over Colorado.
Visit harmonyequinecenter.org to learn more about Buddy and Fearless and view other adoptable horses.
The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from human societies and rescue groups in the Midwest and the southwestern United States can receive training and rehoming. In March 2018, Harmony began opening its doors to privately owned Colorado horses in need of rehoming. Since Harmony opened in 2012, more than 1,500 horses have been helped. To learn more, visit harmonyequinecenter.org.
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