Big prizes in horse chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Equi­days is ex­cited to an­nounce a part­ner­ship with Kaimanawa Her­itage Horses ( KHH) to launch New Zealand’s first wild horse chal­lenge, the Ma­jor Mile­stone.

This am­bi­tious event seeks to place 25 wild, un­touched stal­lions with the na­tion’s lead­ing horse train­ers who will com­pete for $ 15,000 in cash and prizes. KHH cre­ated the chal­lenge to high­light the tal­ent and train­abil­ity of wild Kaimanawa horses through a national train­ing ini­tia­tive.

Af­ter be­ing train­ers are se­lected, ran­domly as­signed an adult Kaimanawa stal­lion ( more than three years old), which will then have to be gelded to be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete. Train­ers will have 150 days to build trust and de­velop a re­la­tion­ship with their horses to en­sure the best pos­si­ble per­for­mance in the hal­ter and/or rid­den classes.

Train­ers will then com­pete in the Stal­lion Makeover Chal­lenge at the 2015 Horse of the Year Show. The top-ranked stal­lions will bat­tle it out in the pre­mier arena dur­ing the Fri­day Night Ex­trav­a­ganza, with a size­able purse for the top six fi­nal­ists.

The chal­lenge was for Ma­jor KH, who was be­lieved to be about 17 years old and was re­homed to the Wil­son sis­ters in the 2012 muster.

Al­though Ma­jor died only five months af­ter he was mus­tered, the re­mark­able stal­lion chal­lenged ev­ery pre­con­cep­tion about what an older wild stal­lion should be like.

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