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Colt starting competition highlight of horse training challenge

Three of North America’s leading colt raisers compete against one another in timed training challenge

A highlight of Brandon’s Horse3 event demonstrated the unique connection that is made between horse and trainer in the initial stages of colt raising.

The North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) hosted the Trainer’s Challenge during the Horse3 event, which saw three clinicians take a young horse out of a supplied select group and work with them for four hours over the course of the three-day event.

“Overall the event went over very well. We had lots of people here to attend the clinics as well as watch the Trainer’s Challenge,” said show chair Dave Mein, agriculture sales and events manager with the Keystone Centre.

The trainers use their knowledge, skill and ability to form a relationship with the colt to advance it as much as possible in the allotted time.

D5 Performance Horses of Miniota and Bridgeman Land and Livestock of Rivers provided horses for the event.

Participating clinicians were Tom Durocher, Russ Krachun and Lachlan Bell.

On the final day trainers were judged on how well they connected with the colt and how much they were able to achieve in leading a colt in four hours.

Judges for the event included Bob Kaufman, John Tilley and internationally acclaimed clinician Steve Rother.

Lachlan Bell of Cochrane, Alta., came out the winner of the competition. Bell was born in Queensland, Australia and came to Canada in 2004. He began his career in Canada working with Gregg Lauder and now owns and operates Lachlan Bell Performance Horses.

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Jennifer Paige is a reporter centred in southwestern Manitoba. She previously wrote for the agriculture-based magazine publisher, Issues Ink and was the sole-reporter at the Minnedosa Tribune for two years prior to joining the Manitoba Co-operator.

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