Come­back Chal­lenge Champs An­nounced

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The Rocky Moun­tain Equine Come­back Chal­lenge, pre­sented by A Home for Every Horse and the Colorado Un­wanted Horse Al­liance, came to a close on March 13, 2016.

A Home for Every Horse and Colorado Un­wanted Horse Al­liance part­nered af­ter a joint as­pi­ra­tion to help im­prove the lives of res­cue horses, and bring at­ten­tion to their tal­ents and abil­i­ties. The chal­lenge high­lighted 22 res­cue horses from the Rocky Moun­tain Re­gion af­ter 90 days of train­ing. Teams com­peted in ranch rid­ing, work­ing cat­tle class, and a ranch trail class, fol­lowed by a fi­nal top-10 freestyle per­for­mance.

Ja­son Pa­trick, of Whis­per­ing Wil­lows Ranch, and Cac­tus were the 2016 Rocky Moun­tain Equine Come­back Chal­lenge Cham­pi­ons. They were fol­lowed by Brenna DeGeer and Wapiti; Jim Cook and Trin­ity; Sam Wil­son and Se­lena; and Brit­tnee Wood­ward and Lost Legend. The to­tal prize money awarded to the top five train­ers was $10,000.

Zen Green­lee was nom­i­nated as the best Over­all Horse­man, re­ceiv­ing a $500 award. Ja­son Pa­trick and Ben Gro­gan won sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively.

A Home for Every Horse was founded in 2011 as a way for — the World’s Largest Equine Mar­ket­place — to de­velop partnerships with equine res­cues and use their resources to help find for­ever homes for the more than 170,000 un­wanted horses in the United States. In 2014, Mariah Ham­mer­schmidt, project co­or­di­na­tor for A Home for Every Horse, re­al­ized there was a grow­ing need to as­sist res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions in their ef­forts.

A Home for Every Horse’s part­ners helped with the Rocky Moun­tain Equine Come­back Chal­lenge in a big way. Purina, Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany, Zoetis, Weather Beeta, and Elec­tro­braid will con­tinue to sup­port the train­ing and plac­ing of res­cue horses around the coun­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.ahome­forevery­

Ja­son Pa­trick of Whis­per­ing Wil­low Ranch (right) and Cac­tus won the Rocky Moun­tain Equine Come­back Chal­lenge. From left to right: Megan Bryant of Purina; Mariah Ham­mer­schmidt, project co­or­di­na­tor of A Home for Every Horse; and Dawn Bur­netti of the...

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