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Shamus Haws wins Utah Horse Expo Trainer's Challenge again

 

April 2012 issue

 

  Utah horse trainer Shamus Haws, working with a two-year-old unstarted colt, was awarded “Best Horse Trainer in Utah ” at the Utah Horse Trainers Challenge for the second year in a row during the Utah Horse Expo. The Expo was sponsored on by the Utah Horse Council, March 9–11, 2012, and held at the Equestrian Park Events Center in South Jordan, Utah.

      Haws, 36, competed against three other horse trainers. Each was provided with a two-year-old untrained Quarter Horse in January and had 60 days to train them.

      Craig Thurgood, organizer of the Expo, explains that the Utah Horse Council purchased the two-year-old colts for the competition, and at the conclusion of the Expo, a silent auction was held and the colts were sold.

      “The new owners then chose to put those colts back into training with the trainers who had competed in the Trainers Challenge,” says Thurgood.

      “This was the first year that a gelding had won,” says Haws. “The previous winners were all fillies.”  

 

      “My colt was a bit bronky the first two weeks, but soon settled down. He was a Peptoboonsmal and Freckles Playboy colt will a lot of natural cow sense.”

      Each trainer showed ground work, cow work, roping, reining, trail and freestyle with their horses. A Q&A session and a final challenge were given on the last day.

      “I was shocked to find out I had won again,” says Haws. “I was trailing Gary Ryan Bayles by a couple of points going into the final challenge and got lucky.”

      Haws received $10,000 in prizes, including a custom buckle, a ton of Purina feed, a custom-designed rock flagpole base, and $5,000 cash. Rules prevent a two-time winner from competing again and so Haws will not be eligible to enter the Trainer’s Challenge next year.

      Last year, Haws purchased his winning filly at the auction, and explained that he hadn’t purchased this year’s winner because he prefers to ride mares, but he did go home with a colt from the competition — to train for its new owner.

            For more information about the Utah Horse Expo, the Utah Horse Trainers Challenge, and the Utah Horse Council: phone 801-612-0417 or visit www.utahhorsecouncil.com.

 

 

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