Trainers Challenge Day Two

 With two days and three sessions under their belts the colts and trainers are making great strides towards Sunday’s challenge. All three trainers worked their horses in two separate one-hour sessions today some making great progress. Tomorrow is the final 45-minute session before the horses and trainers compete in the Trainers Challenge at 2:30 in the Toyota Arena.

Stormy and his trainer TJ Clibborn playing around with the barrels.
Stormy and his trainer TJ Clibborn playing around with the barrels.

TJ Clibborn and his horse Stormy spent day two getting Stormy despooked with the use of barrels and other obstacles. While the duo worked with a lead rope throughout the day, Stormy showed off his stubborn side by rearing and bucking in protest. By the end of the second session Clibborn had a bit in and was working on picking up Stormy’s feet.

Evan Bonner and Douglas are all business on day two.
Evan Bonner and Douglas are all business on day two.

Preparing for the final obstacle course Evan Bonner and his colt Douglas wasted no time on day two working with the saddle. By the second session, Bonner has Douglas saddled up and comfortably moving around the pen. The pair worked on obstacles and were practicing roping and dragging barrels by the end of the day. Unlike Clibborn and Stormy this pair was working without the use of a bit, just utilized a halter.

Ed Dabney and Pennie focusing on communication.
Ed Dabney and Pennie focusing on communication.

For trainer Ed Dabney and his horse Pennie, they have the most challenging relationship between all three teams. On day two Dabney and Pennie focused on space respect, learning each other’s boundaries and developing a working relationship. Dabney has found Pennie to be a worried horse so the pair focused on reviewing movements learned on day one. By the end of day two Pennie was working with a rope and halter to maneuver through obstacles Dabney set out. During the second session, Pennie finally began to relax with the saddle pad on his back.

The final day will have all three teams working on last minute skills during their final session starting at 10 am. Then the teams will compete in the Trainers Challenge obstacle course. The judges will tally the scores and the winning team will be named.