Big prizes in horse challenge
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.