Appalachian Trainer Face Off Application
Hosted by Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue
Please make sure you understand all dates related to this 2022 event in AUGUST. Tentatively, pick up is May 1 or 2, and the event is Aug 18-20.
Selection will be based on quality of application based on the a panel of judges within and outside of Heart of Phoenix.
You must be 18 to apply, with a few exceptions made as mentioned on the website for 17 year old applicants. You must be over 24 to apply for the Pro division, with few exceptions being made.
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State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Arab Emirates
Papua New Guinea
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Sao Tome and Principe
United Republic of Tanzania
Country / Region
Household Income (some verification is required and sufficient income needs to be evident to care for the horse in training you will have):
If you have a Facebook, please provide the link here:
If you have a website, link us here:
General Liability Insurance Information, if applicable (Policy Information of provider)
Which Division do you wish to be considered for?
How many horses do you personally own?
Years You have been training Horses?
How Many Horses are in training at this time in your facility? Photos of each horse must be emailed to email@example.com
Do you own, lease or rent your facility?
Do you have any equine related eduction or certification(s)?
Have you ever been charged with neglect or cruelty to an animal?
Have you done any training competitions or exhibitions before?
Favored bit for starting horses undersaddle:
Have you worked with feral horses before?
"Do you agree to follow the HOP required vet, worming and dental protocol and to contact HOP if you feel a special circumstance warrants a change?
Describe your typical feeding schedule, your feed brand and hay:
Do you believe a solid groundwork foundation is essential before starting a horse under saddle? There is a ground work session in the ATFO that is judged.
Describe the property the horse will be kept on (fence, acreage size, shelters)
Please give us some information about yourself outside of your career with horses:
Vet Name and Number (We will contact your vet):
Equine Dentist Name and Number or email (if applicable):
Peer Reference with number:
Client Reference with number:
Farrier Name and Number (Please let them know we will be calling)
You can have your Client and Peer References
call or text their reference to us at 304-962-7761.
A riding and a ground work video is required for your application. You can link us to these via social media, Youtube or send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org - texting doesn't send a good enough quality video, unfortunately, but you can send links to the number.
Professionals: you must link to an (unedited) training videos with a horse you are training and not owned by you showing groundwork and riding.
You must link one (unedited) training video showing groundwork and riding, but the horse can be a personal horse.
The video(s) ideally should show W/T/C footage.
Click here that you will submit a video before May 1st
Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Humane Treatment Policy -
Every horse shall, at all times, be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion. Any participant using abusive or excessive training techniques or being inhumane to a HOP horse in his/her care (determined excessive or abusive by the board and officers of Heart of Phoenix) will always be removed from the contest and face possible legal action. Some techniques and devices are not allowed. Full disclosure is included in the trainer packet received in May, if a trainer is chosen.
The following list includes but is not limited to examples of unacceptable behavior and training techniques:
No horse appearing to be emaciated, drawn or injured may be exhibited.
Use of or evidence of inhumane training techniques or methods: no training object may be used in an abusive manner,
no excessive spurring and/or excessive jerking of reins.
Any inhumane treatment that results in wounds.
Additionally, Heart of Phoenix and the APPALACHIAN TRAINER FACE OFF promotes and encourages the following examples of sound, compassionate, and successful training techniques and handling methods:
*Horse and trainer exhibit a solid relationship based on respect and understanding
*A calm and willing partnership between horse and trainer is evident, regardless of the obstacle or environmental
challenge during competition or training phases
*Trainer maintains a credible level of dignity for the horse during all phases of training, competition and repositioning
*Trainers seek and employ methods of horsemanship in order to promote and encourage
the positive relationship between horse and trainer.
*Horse must be on appropriate body weight and condition to compete based on the on sight vet assessment the days of the competition.
BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT YOU ARE GIVING UP CERTAIN LEGAL
RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO RECOVER DAMAGES IN CASE OF
INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, ARISING OUT OF YOUR RIDING, Training or working with a horse from Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue.
The USE OF any Heart of Phoenix Equine rescue HORSE AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN EQUINE ACTIVITIES during the Appalachian Trainer Face Off or any other Heart of Phoenix activity, INCLUDING INJURY, DEATH, OR
PROPERTY DAMAGE, is not the responsibility of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue or its officers or volunteers or board members.
READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING IT. YOUR
SIGNATURE INDICATES YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT TO
By signing this form, I hereby acknowledge on behalf of myself that I have familiarized
myself with the activities that I will be allowed to participate in, and that I do hereby
acknowledge and agree that I will participate in these activities without restriction or
limitation. I recognize the inherent risks involved in riding and working with horses,
including but not limited to:
Bites, kicks, abrasions or contusions from horses.
Being thrown or bucked off by horses.
Scratches or other injury from stalls or enclosures.
Scratches or other injury from grooming tools and other equine equipment
Allergic reactions to animals, hay, or other allergens.
Tripping in holes or on materials or equipment.
Slipping, falling, or otherwise being injured in the barn, in stalls, or on the
grounds, which can be slippery, muddy, wet, or contain or present other
Through my signature below, I certify that I have read and understand the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Humane Treatment policy, and agree to abide by these principles as a participant in Appalachian Trainer Face OFF. I also understand that should a determination be made (as outlined above) that I have violated any part of this policy, I may lose the privilege of competing at HOP / ATF events.
I also recognize that that I may be, at the sole discretion of the panel of Heart of Phoenix and / or their affiliates for the ATFO, disqualified for failure to comply with any portion of these standards or the standards includes in the packet the day horses are picked up.