• Quarter Horse X Mare
  • 12 years old former brood mare
  • 15hh (estimate)
  • 100 days of training with Dan Hull of Dan Hull’s From the Ground UP Horsemanship
  • ADOPTION FEE starts at an opening bid of $500 on August 26th (Learn how to Apply and about the adoption auction here)

ALL FACE OFF horses come UTD on farrier care and vetting, as well as freshly out of extremely thorough training (that alone is worth thousands of dollars).


Rory was rescued with her filly by her side two years ago in Pennsylvania from an auction. She has been used, they were told, as a brood mare only. She was barely halter broke. She couldn’t be trimmed or seen by a vet without heavy sedation. She was difficult to handle, load and work with as a semi feral mare who had been both neglected and ignored when it came to any aspect of her well being and care. Last September, Heart of Phoenix was contacted about accepting this mare, but we did not have space at that time. The small group needed to reduce their numbers due to care costs, and Rory was a difficult horse to handle. We told them whenever we could get space, we would try to help. It took many months, but right before the start of the FACE OFF, Rory was hauled down to West Virginia, and not only did she become part of HOP, but she arrived in time and as a perfect candidate to be in the training competition. She arrived thin and very afraid, as well as reactive. It wasn’t hard to see that behind all those years of neglect of her body and mind, a willing girl was waiting in there for someone to teach and care for, though.


Rory goes into her new home with 100 days of training with Dan Hull from Dan Hull’s From the Gound Up Horsemanship. Her training has been meticulously documented by Shannon and Dan on the above social media page. You can see all aspects of the work that has gone into this mare for 3 months! Dan has added a special bonus for the adopter of Rory. You will receive, at no cost, two 8 hour days of introductory training with her after adoption!

Dan’s helper in documenting this awesome process with Rory, Shannon, says this mare has truly “blossomed as a participant in the Appalachian Trainer Face Off training challenge” and says she has “become such a willing equine partner.”

Rory has been trail ridden and has also been used in a recent Horsemanship clinic. She has been trained under western tack, but Dan has ridden her English, as well. Rory has never been ridden with a bit with Dan. She has been started and ridden in hackamore, and this has worked very well for her. She has also been ridden by two children and two adults besides her trainer during these many weeks.