Comeback Challenge Champs Announced
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 Equine.com — 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.ahomeforeveryhorse.com.
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...