The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is a spotlight to recognize and crown the top female trainers in the United States and Canada. The competition is open to female trainers of any breed or in any discipline. It is is a six-month challenge to train a young horse and prove the trainer’s skill and the horse’s talents across a wide spectrum of working, pleasure and equitation classes. The overall champion is crowned once per year at the annual festival and show. The premier Finals event and celebration of the “Year of the Horse Woman” took place at Oklahoma City in 2014.
Competition is open to any horsewoman in the United States and Canada who wishes to prove her skills on a national stage. Entrants submit a video audition which includes specific moves, with a horse they have trained, demonstrating the trainer’s horsemanship skill, equitation, light-handedness, and equine partnership. Required skills are taken from the following classes:
The equine competitors must be 3 – 6 years old, “green broke,” with no more than ten rides. Entrants can choose any breed of horse they like, from any breeder they choose, then have six months to train it for the Finals.
The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is currently on hold pending additional sponsor and individual support. “Like” the Challenge on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news.