Training Challenge

To rescue takes passion. To imagine a better world takes courage. We believe that it's up to us - all of us - to create new traditions honoring horses, humans, and the partnership we share.

Connecting Talent

With Potential

Join us on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 from 10am-2pm for a Performance Equine Adoption Kickstart (PEAK) Training Challenge! We are inviting experienced Colorado and Wyoming trainers to be partnered with unstarted or lightly handled members of our herd in order to give both participants the opportunity to reach new heights. With a judging panel of respected equine professionals, an audience full of potential new clients and adopters, and a $10,000 cash prize pool, this is an event you won’t want to miss.


Are you up for

the challenge?

Showcase your training talents, leadership skills, and partnership as an equine advocate through this exciting, 100-day equine foster training challenge hosted by Colorado Horse Rescue in Longmont, CO. Gain exposure for your training business by sharing your expertise with one of our lightly handled horses in order to help them reach their peak!

For more information on training requirements and event incentives, see the PEAK Training Challenge Flyer and the 2023 PEAK Training Packet linked here! Further training or event-related questions can be directed to Sharon Gilbert at

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR 2023. Please check back again next year!


Dr. Bruce Connally, DVM, MS

Wyoming Equine

With 30+ years of clinical experience, Dr. Connally is a former assistant professor at CSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and currently practices with performance equines. He also competes with his own horses and therefore understands competitive environments and best practice for working with high-performing horses.

Jody Marken

Two Spruce Farm

Jody owns and operates Two Spruce Farm in Berthoud, Colorado. She teaches lessons in horsemanship and basic jumping, offers Trail Obstacle and Cow-Working clinics, and is a USEF “r” judge for Hunters and Hunt Seat Equitation. Jody loves to judge and believes everyone should experience the show from the judge's perspective.

Jessica Dabkowski

Pony Peak Stangmanship

Jessica graduated from CSU in 2003 with a degree in Equine Science. She’s always had a passion for working with “project horses” and competed in her first Mustang Makeover competition in 2010. Since then, she’s competed in 15 mustang makeovers and teaches riding lessons and horsemanship in Livermore, CO.



This exciting event is open to public – free of charge! Enjoy a competitive training showcase with the opportunity to see some of CHR’s adoptable horses in action. Invite your friends, family, and fellow equine enthusiasts for a day of exciting showmanship by a group of experienced trainers and introductions to freshly-trained, deserving horses ready to find their new home.


Hang tight while we go get your horse!