Russell Beatty spent much of last year travelling the Mainland and performing in 17 different colt starting challenges. Now he brings the show to Maui in a throwdown of skills against Tamalyn Baldwin of Piiholo Ranch. Both contestants will get a round pen and a green horse–one never saddled, bridled, had a blanket on its back or been ridden. The object is to tame and ride their horse using natural horsemanship methods.
“Folks come to see a colt starting challenge event as people love to watch a good wreck,” says Beatty. “The trick is not to get yourself in one.”
The riders must also ride their horse through an obstacle course in the arena. Then the judges decide who has the most points and wins the challenge.
The competition spans two days, Feb. 25-26. It runs two hours on the first day and one and a half hours on the second. Beatty will also host a two-day clinic on natural horsemanship for horse owners March 10-11.
“You have an owner manual for almost everything you own, but yet you don’t have an owner manual for your horse,” Beatty says. “Many people own horses, yet they are not confident, safe and out riding as often as they should. Knowledge is power. I really enjoy teaching people about their horse to unlock all their horse’s secrets.”
The event is free to public and organizers ask that everyone bring their own chairs. For more information, call Cristy Beatty at 269-3408 or Russell Beatty at 250-9949 or check out hawaiiancoltstartingchallenge.com.