UTAH HORSE TRAINER'S CHALLENGE FINALIST!! (Published 01-21-2017 by a student)
While the public was not able to witness the interview portion Saturday morning, quite a few of us were able to cheer Steve on for the rest of the competition. There were a total of 12 contestants. First was the riding demo with each contestant riding a horse they brought. After not riding Bugs for about 5 years, Steve had less than a week to prepare with Bugs after Penny injured herself.
When it was their turn to ride the predetermined pattern (including obstacles), Steve rode bridleless! The announcer even pointed out to the crowd at the end of their performance "to anyone who might not have noticed, that was performed without a bridle!" Steve asked Bugs to trot the figure 8 pulling the roping dummy -- rope coming across Bugs's hindquarters, something a few contestant's horses were unable to do -- without batting an eyelash. Several people asked Steve to pose for a picture riding Bugs without a bridle.
Then came the first wait to find out which SIX competitors would go to the next round. We were sure Steve was "in," but waiting was a bit tense not knowing what the judges were looking for or scoring on specifically. When they announced Steve's name, the "HPH entourage" cheered LOUDLY. We were the biggest supporting group of any of the 12 contestants for sure! The second challenge was working with an unhandled weanling, being judged on whether or not they got a rope or halter on the horse WHILE explaining to the crowd what they were doing and interacting with the crowd... all in 15 minutes. (Steve was only one of two competitors who interacted with the crowd.) He did a great job of explaining what he was doing and WHY, and his weanling was the only one who willingly & curiously approached him without a rope.
Then we waited excitedly while the judges tallied the scores of the interview, riding demo, and teaching demo -- debating who we thought might be the final 4 competitors to receive a horse to train for the Expo. We were VERY EXCITED and VERY LOUD when they announced Steve's name as one of the finalists!!
The most interesting part for some of us was watching the end... after the finalists each drew for a horse and the judging had ended. Four untouched 2-year-olds were driven into a round pen to be "caught" and handled for the first time by the 4 finalists. Clearly they have different methods and philosophies. Steve was the ONLY one who got a halter on his filly without a fight and with no outside assistance inside the round pen. What is it Parelli says? TAKE THE TIME IT TAKES SO IT TAKES LESS TIME. Steve is a great example of making it be about the HORSE, being tuned in to what the HORSE needs and communicating in a way that creates a horse who WANTS to work with him. (And he teaches people to do the same with their horses! Cool, huh? Check out Housley Performance Horses on Facebook.)
Each finalist now has 60 days to handle and train their respective 2-year-old filly to the best of their ability and show the horse throughout the entire Utah Horse Expo in March. They will also be manning a booth and interacting with the public during the whole 3-day Expo before a winner is declared. The 4 trained horses will be auctioned off at the end of the event.
PLEASE COME TO THE UTAH HORSE EXPO on March 17, 18, and 19 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center and support Steve Housley and Housley Performance Horses. It should be a very exciting, entertaining and educational weekend for everyone! You can get more info about the Expo at utahhorsecouncil.com who will post information about Expo and tickets soon. We thank the Utah Horse Council for having the Utah Horse Trainer's Challenge to showcase our state's best trainers and choosing Steve Housley as one of the BEST! We also thank Purina for sponsoring this amazing trainer's challenge.
Wow! 2016 was quite a year! Lots of achievements, goals reached and new
goals set. 2016 started with my goal to
bring up some new horses and sell a few.
Second and Tardy found their forever partner with John in St. George,
enjoying life on the trail. Excel (aka
Axel) started under saddle and has become an awesome go-to horse. Really rewarding to be able to breed the best of both worlds--her daddy
is super laid back and her mom has fire--and then train and ride that
combo. Axel is still looking for her
forever partner. Meanwhile, she gets to
be the lesson pony.
Beginning our lives together
in September, Crystal and I tied the knot with a great wedding party! We each rode in on our favorite horse, of
Crystal and I ended the
competitive season by winning our riding club's district High Point Man and
High Point Woman. Crystal went on to win
High Point Woman in both region and state as well as totally kicking my butt
this year barrel racing, finishing 2nd place in 3D with her horse, Rose. I ended up in 7th place in 3D with Penny, 3rd in 4D
with Coco, and 3rd in 5D with Angel... in Angel's first year racing!
What's in store for
We have some every exciting
events happening! Starting with a
futurity horse, Ritz (owned by Kathy Myers), a young mare I just started under saddle a few weeks ago. We also have Sam, Blue Boy, and Smokey here
with us now. Sam is one of my next SUPER
horses coming up! Talk about feeling a
horse's abilities! He is so light, yet
can be cool and calm. Blue and Smokey
are just getting started this winter.
Our first major event will
be the first part of the Utah Horse Trainers Challenge on January 21, 2017, at 8am at
the Golden Spike Event Center. Our
barrel racing season starts the middle of February, pretty much every Wednesday
night. Our goals this year include
posting our event schedule with locations for those who want to watch us
compete. We're also going to post videos
of the runs Crystal and I make at every event.
Yes! Housley Performance Horses
is going to get social in 2017! Keep
watching and following us! We appreciate
all your support!
We hope you all had
wonderful holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!!!
Steve and Crystal Housley
UPDATE FROM HOUSLEY PERFORMANCE HORSES (published 12/14/2015, 6:44:53 p.m.)
2015 has been a blur, to say the least. From completing the move from NM and NV to Idaho, now I'm settled in Hooper and West Havcn, UT. Currently working out of Horseman Haven North (The Allens) in Hooper UT. I'm very GRATEFUL that Craig and Connie Allen allow me to share my vision of Natural Horsemanship out of their place.
Our horses are out on the track systems, enjoying our new northern UT home. (Don't tell Penny about the snow -- she may protest.)
This year I also have a new horse, Angel, who was given to me by Scott of Boulder City. While she has spent most of the summer up at the ranch in Lava Hot Springs, ID, I brought her down to my place late summer and started her rehab and building our bond and started running barrels, too.
Penny won the Rocky Mt Barrel Horse Association 3D saddle. Very proud of her for this. Coco won the Rocky Mt Barrel Horse Association 4D Saddle. They were both very consistent all year.
Will be better about keeping everyone posted and up to date. Til next time, keep it natural.