EQUESTRIANS WITH DISABILITIES THRIVE AT CHISHOLM CHALLENGE 

Fort Worth, Texas, January 4, 2017 – Chisholm Challenge announces their 14th annual horse show scheduled for January 9 -11, 2017.  Organized by a consortium of 13 therapeutic horseback riding organizations in North Texas, Chisholm Challenge invites the public to attend and enjoy this fascinating and uplifting equestrian event for equestrians with disabilities. Admission is free.
Kicking off Chisholm Challenge is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) sanctioned show on January 9 beginning at 10 a.m. Events will include: Reining, Western Pleasure, Walk, Trot and Canter Hunt Seat and Western Equitation and Walk, Jog and Lope Trail Class and Showmanship.  Since 2012, Chisholm Challenge and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has hosted the largest AQHA Equestrians with Disabilities competition in the world.
On January 10 and 11, approximately 200 equestrians with disabilities representing each therapeutic horseback riding center will compete in remaining Chisholm Challenge events.  Amy’s Wish for Wings, All Star Equestrian, Born 2 Be, Equest, Hope for the Trail, ManeGait, New Hope, Stable Strides, Stars and Strides, Texas Tech, Victory, and Wings of Hope have participating riders.  They will compete in events such as English Equitation, Western Equitation, Western Riding, Showmanship at Halter, Barrels, Pole Bending, Driving and Working Trail. Noted equine behaviorist, Madison “Mustang Maddy” Shambaugh will perform a special exhibition on January 10 at 1 p.m.
Equestrians that place during competition will receive Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo / Chisholm Challenge rosettes. First place division winners will receive a custom Gist Silversmiths belt buckle.  All participating therapeutic horseback riding centers are members of PATH, Int. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International.). PATH membership ensures that all competitors have certified instructors, trained horses and recognize and respect all recognized safety requirements. The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding are well established and enable riders with physical and mental challenges to strengthen their bodies and empower their spirits.
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is providing the John Justin Arena, and other amenities for the show, affording Chisholm Challenge contestants an opportunity to showcase their riding and show abilities as equestrian athletes.
Chisholm Challenge continues to grow due to the remarkable individuals who donate their time and talents. More than 250 people, including officers, judges, announcers, ring stewards, safety stewards and EMTS, volunteer for this rewarding event. These wonderful people see with their hearts and genuinely believe in the riders.  To learn more about the Chisholm Challenge, or to participate in a future event go to: http://www.chisholmchallenge.com or email: info@chisholmchallenge.com.
Twenty-three days of fun-filled entertainment is on tap from January 13 through February 4 at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Get your tickets today and enjoy a fun-filled western heritage experience. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.fwssr.com. Ordering tickets is also made easy by calling (817) 877-2420.  Get ready for Prime Time – get out to the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

 

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