SEATTLE, Wash.–Jan.7, 2014 NWNHC Productions has announced the first national competition to crown the top all-around women horse trainers in the United States. The American Horsewoman’s Challenge TM is a six-month contest to train a young horse for a cross-discipline competition to be held in October of 2014 in Oklahoma City. The competition combines the equestrian skills of Dressage, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The top ten finishers split a purse worth $28,000.

“Eighty-five percent of horse owners are women, but too often they are not recognized for the contribution they make to training America’s pleasure horses,” said Jim “Hutch” Hutchins, event producer. “This competition highlights the cross-discipline interests of many American horsewomen and the skills necessary to create a well-rounded equine partner.”

The competition is open to any horsewoman, based in the United States, who believes she has talent and wants to prove her skills on a national stage. The first 500 entrants will be required to submit a 10-minute video showing their skills in Cowboy Dressage TM, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The videos will be reviewed and scored by a panel of judges who will choose the top fifty competitors. Those competitors will be invited to select whatever breed of horse they like, train it, and join in the Finals.

The Top 50 will have up to six months to train a “green broke” horse between the age of three and six years old at the time of the Finals. Each competitor will be asked to demonstrate their and their horse’s skill over three days in three different events. The Challenge Finals will culminate, with an exciting Freestyle event demonstrating the horse-human partnership, lightness, music interpretation and creativity. A panel of celebrity judges will critique and score the freestyle performances in front of the live audience.

Fans of each competitor can follow their favorite trainer’s challenges and progress, throughout the training process, on social media and personal blogs. Plans also call for a Webcast of the Finals event for those who cannot get away from family or job obligations.

An Advisory Board of internationally-recognized clinicians has joined the Challenge to help guide its direction. It includes Debbie and Eitan Beth Halachmy of Cowboy Dressage, Grande Liberte performer Sylvia Zerbini and husband/manger Richie Waite, and Extreme Cowgirl and Cowboy Dalene and Craig Cameron.

Interested competitors and horse enthusiasts can learn more about the American Horsewoman’s Challenge and enter by visiting: Social media fans can also “Like” American Horsewoman’s Challenge on Facebook.
The Finals event will include an exposition of equestrian products and services by vendors from across the country. Companies interested in participating as a sponsor or vendor can learn more at:

NWNHC Productions is a division of the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center, based in Fall City, Wash. The Center conducts equestrian education classes and seminars, sponsors clinics with renown clinicians and offers professional development internships for students looking to make horse training and education their career. The company also retails equestrian equipment and supplies for those who prefer a “natural horsestyle.”



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