The horse whisperers

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the trainer challenge continues to be one of the top draws at the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. After choosing their mounts, the three contestants have four one-hour sessions during the expo to display their individual methods and techniques for starting a filly Quarter horse. Judges look at how each horse responds to the trainer’s communication skills and horsemanship as well as showmanship, based on audience response. In a close competition between all three trainers, Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sask., accumulated the most points over the four-day competition to be this year’s winner. William DeKay photos

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the trainer challenge continues to be one of the top draws at the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

After choosing their mounts, the three contestants have four one-hour sessions during the expo to display their individual methods and techniques for starting a filly Quarter horse.

Judges look at how each horse responds to the trainer’s communication skills and horsemanship as well as showmanship, based on audience response.

In a close competition between all three trainers, Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sask., accumulated the most points over the four-day competition to be this year’s winner.

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