Change the future of an adoptable horse, reach tens of thousands through the Heart of Phoenix audience and connect with a massive number of future clients by being an ATFO trainer in 2020.
This event has grown to become one of the largest trainer exhibitions in the country, and we invite you to apply today. Featured in Horse Illustrated Magazine, The Appalachian Trainer Face Off hosted 1,000 attendees in 2019 and saw thousands tune in online. Many of the stories of previous horses competing reached 10-30k people through our Instagram feed.
The competition is judged by internationally recognized horsemen and women. More importantly, it has expanded the reach of excellent trainers, sharing their talents nationwide, while helping re-home dozens of horses. We believe in a message that good trainers and good horsemanship make lasting partnerships.
We do not want a single awesome trainer, be they amateur or professional, to miss the chance to take part. Professionals will select a horse to train from a herd of feral or entirely un-started horses of various breed in May. They will train the horse for 100 days to compete in a 3 part event in August.
Trainers in this division compete for a prize package and title, and all trainers receive 50% of the adoption fee of their horse. Amateurs will work with horses up to a green broke level under saddle.
They will train the horse for 100 days to compete in a 3 part event in August.
Trainers in this division compete for a prize package and title, and all trainers receive 50% of the adoption fee of their horse. Showcase Horsemen and women will not compete but will highlight their journey with their selected horse through 100 days, and they will be able to show their horses during the Fun Show portion of the ATFO in August, as well as receive 50% of the adoption fee of their horse.
Sponsored, in part, by Heart of Phoenix, The ASPCA, Buckeye Nutrition and Excel Supplements. For 2020, Applications will be accepted from August 2019 until APRIL 15th 2020.
While many trainers from last year are returning, we have Professional and Amateur training spaces, as well as Showcase spots, for applicants to be considered for in this amazing competition.