2017 Champions

ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

& EXPO

May 11, 12, and 13, 2018

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
The 2017 Verde Valley Equine Festival was quite the event. Horse industry professionals from all over the United States brought their expertise to Cottonwood, Arizona for an action packed weekend. Between the beautiful exhibitions, educational clinics, and a variety of shopping, there truly was something for everyone. In the Arizona Horsemen’s Challenge five trainers competed for the top title: to be the Arizona Horsemen’s Challenge Champion.  On Friday trainers Sara Boland, Travis Lyons, Brian Bausch, Ben Monarque, and C.L. “Lee” Anderson selected a wild mustang.  The competitors had only eight hours over the three-day event to train.  On Sunday they showcased their mustangs, hoping that what they had accomplished in such a short time would secure them the championship.  From Ben Monarque driving his horse through various obstacles from fifteen feet behind, to Travis Lyons standing on his trusting mustang’s back, the competition was an incredible testament to the power of wild horses and the persistency of cowboys and cowgirls. A new twist was introduced this year and involved the spectators voting each day on their favorite Az. Horseman’s Challenge Trainer.  Brian Bausch wowed the fans with his incredible training techniques and style and was voted Fan Favorite. In a very tight competition where the lead was passed back and forth several times, Sara Boland, a 5th generation resident of the Verde Valley, came in as the runner up to the championship with her remarkable and talented horse training skills. In the end it was Travis Lyons, a Verde Valley resident, who took the championship. The judges agreed that his unique approach led him and his mustang to success. Travis left the 2017 Verde Valley Equine Festival with a victory, and after the auction, his mustang left to a forever home with an incredible start to a solid foundation in her training.

2017 Champions

The 2017 Verde Valley Equine Festival was quite the event. Horse industry professionals from all over the United States brought their expertise to Cottonwood, Arizona for an action packed weekend. Between the beautiful exhibitions, educational clinics, and a variety of shopping, there truly was something for everyone. In the Arizona Horsemen’s Challenge five trainers competed for the top title: to be the Arizona Horsemen’s Challenge Champion.  On Friday trainers Sara Boland, Travis Lyons, Brian Bausch, Ben Monarque, and C.L. “Lee” Anderson selected a wild mustang.  The competitors had only eight hours over the three-day event to train.  On Sunday they showcased their mustangs, hoping that what they had accomplished in such a short time would secure them the championship.  From Ben Monarque driving his horse through various obstacles from fifteen feet behind, to Travis Lyons standing on his trusting mustang’s back, the competition was an incredible testament to the power of wild horses and the persistency of cowboys and cowgirls. A new twist was introduced this year and involved the spectators voting each day on their favorite Az. Horseman’s Challenge Trainer.  Brian Bausch wowed the fans with his incredible training techniques and style and was voted Fan Favorite. In a very tight competition where the lead was passed back and forth several times, Sara Boland, a 5th generation resident of the Verde Valley, came in as the runner up to the championship with her remarkable and talented horse training skills. In the end it was Travis Lyons, a Verde Valley resident, who took the championship. The judges agreed that his unique approach led him and his mustang to success. Travis left the 2017 Verde Valley Equine Festival with a victory, and after the auction, his mustang left to a forever home with an incredible start to a solid foundation in her training.

Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

May 11, 12, and 13, 2018

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo