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Ed Dabney wins the Virginia Trainer’s Challenge and is Declared Champion of the East Coast Trainer’s Challenge Series
Richmond, VA, October 28, 2007 – Ed Dabney has emerged as the new Champion of Equine Extravaganza’s East Coast Trainer’s Challenge after a clean sweep of two exciting competitions. Ed walked away with a victory in North Carolina in August of this year, and rejoined the competition for the final showdown in Virginia on October 28th, alongside fellow competitors Bob Jeffries and Kenny Harlow.
“I want to express my gratitude to Equine Extravaganza’s producer Vicky O’Hara for inviting me to compete and to the Trainer Challenge sponsor, the Virginia Department of Agriculture’s VAnimal ID program. I also want to thank Liz Booth, owner of Virginia Sport Horses, who provided the horses used at the Trainer Challenge. I appreciated the opportunity to work with such a fine colt.”
The East Coast Trainer’s Challenge showcases natural horse training methods in a three day competition featuring three renowned trainers working with three untrained horses before a panel of judges who are evaluating the techniques employed by the trainers. The trainers draw for their individual colt and then are allowed only one hour per day over the three day period in which to work with the horse. The primary focus of the event is for the trainer to display an ability to read the horse and accomplish as much training as possible without over-stressing the young horse physically or mentally. After the designated three day period, competitors are expected to be able to gain the trust of their colts and, if possible, demonstrate the ability to walk, trot and canter in an open arena as well as negotiate a number of impressive obstacles such as bridges, barking dogs, lariats, and tarps.
“It was an honor to participate alongside Kenny Harlow and Bob Jefferies who are both top notch trainers. I consider it a privilege to have been able to display my gentle training methods before a large spectator audience and an esteemed panel of judges.”
Ed Dabney was sponsored in the Trainer’s Challenge by HorseSouth magazine and Sundowner Trailers of Georgia.
Ed Dabney is a Wyoming horseman with over 30 years experience using natural horsemanship techniques working with horses in the ranching, movie and training industries. Ed currently presents Horsemanship Clinics internationally on topics as varied as Classical Equitation, Fear Management and Ranch Horsemanship. Residing now near Athens, GA, Ed accepts horses for training, teaches riding and horsemanship lessons and produces instructional videos. Ed’s training articles have been published in numerous horse related magazines and his “Gentle Horsemanship” television program has been seen on RFD-TV.
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