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Freedom to Friendship

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 and a new Colt Challenge for this year, the talent pool for incredible trainers continues to grow.

The 2023 Freedom to Friendship Stallion & Colt Challenges will be another one to watch with another lineup of stunning yet completely different stallions and equally talented trainers. We hope to have some returning competitors this year as well as some new trainers to introduce and we hope it’s going to be another exciting competition.

With trainers and horses potentially competing later in the year at the Ultramox Freedom to Friendship Stallion & Colt Challenge Competition at Equifest we are excited to open applications to become a competitor for the 2023 competition.

2021 Stallion Challenge

Catch the highlights from the 2022 Freedom to Friendship Stallion Competition

Freedom to Friendship

If you would like to be considered as a trainer for the 2023 Ultramox Freedom to Friendship Stallion or Colt Challenge, please contact the team at

The 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.

New COLT Challenge

With some stallions not being old enough to compete in ridden classes, and for handlers that prefer to work with younger horses we are introducing a Colt Challenge so that every colt and stallion has an opportunity at a second chance in life.

How are stallions assigned?

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.