This year’s event featured four female horse trainers competing for the colt starting championship. It was outstanding.
There have been female competitors in 2 previous years but this was the first time that it was exclusively female. The horses that they were presented with were, in my opinion, exceptionally challenging. The result was a remarkable opportunity to observe horses with very strong personalities and trainers with a unique range of styles.
I have already watched the DVD program three times and it is a challenge to see everything that is going on.
This year one of the competitors was a professional show jumper with tack and methods never before seen at RTTH. When I first heard about this all kinds of questions went through my fuzzy old head. As I should have known, horsemanship is horsemanship no matter how you dress it up.
Just to add another dimension to the event, one of these ladies dislocated her shoulder near the end of the first round pen session. For most people, this would have been the end but, not so. After a few minutes to put the shoulder back in this lady resumed the session and then went on to complete the event. That is the picture of determination and strength.
For students of horses and horsemanship this an event you should not miss. It is an educational opportunity that is truly priceless. You will see some of the best examples of building trust in horses with high levels of sensitivity (skepticism and fear). For me personally it reinforced it reinforced the importance of using my voice to communicate with and build trust with a horse.