khh Freedom to friendship Stallion Challenge
The KHH Freedom to Freedom Stallion Challenges was born from a desire to see all kaimanawa stallions have a future and to showcase the trainability of the horses that many felt were unsuitable for rehoming.
This competition continues to go from strength to strength each year and not only highlights some very capable trainers but shows very clearly how trainable kaimanawa stallions can be when partnered with the right person. With the addition of mentor students last year, the talent pool for incredible trainers continues to grow.
The 2022 Freedom to Friendship Stallion Challenge will be another one to watch with another lineup of stunning yet completely different stallions and equally talented trainers. We have some returning competitors this year as well as some new trainers to introduce and we already feel like it’s going to be another exciting competition.
With twelve trainers and fourteen horses potentially competing later in the year at the Ultramox Freedom to Friendship Stallion Challenge Competition at Equifest we are excited to introduce our competitors and stallions for the 2022 competition.
This year will see the fan favourite Freestyle classes return along with obstacles and Handling & Conditioning. Plenty of options to highlight the versatility of the Kaimanawa breed.
With a limited number of older stallions available from the 2022 muster some trainers received horses not suitable to ride so we are changing the format to suit both ridden and non-ridden competitors.
When the horses are first mustered into the yards, the stallions are drafted off into a separate pen. Where possible the horses are cross-referenced to the database to determine their ages.
When the horses are loaded onto a truck and a stallion is required for the challenge, the stallions are put back through the race and the first one that goes through, goes on to that truck.
In the case where multiple stallions are going to the same location, that number of stallions is loaded onto the truck for delivery. On arrival the stallions are named or numbered and the trainer will select their horse from a hat.