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March 13, 2018

Amanda Bodkin



A Home for Every Horse in partnership with the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance has wrapped up the 2018 Equine Comeback Challenge at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. A total of 21 horses competed in the event and 16 were featured in the adoption auction. It was an amazing showcase of the many talents of rescue horses.

We saw many amazing trainer-and-horse pairs during the Top Ten Freestyle Competition, but in the end, Rumor Has it from Happy Haven Farm and Sanctuary and Sam Wilson from Rock’ N S Performance Horses came out on top. An outstanding performance from an outstanding pair!

The Equine Comeback Challenge gave 21 horses the training they needed to transition into their next career, half of that total will be returning to the rescues the horses came from and the other half going back to the trainers who spent 90 days training these horses.

The Equine Comeback Challenge not only helps rescue horses receive the training they need; it also shows the potential of these horses to the equine community. These horses are versatile and talented, and suitable for many different disciplines and homes. The Equine Comeback Challenge horses are a representation of the many horses that are available for adoption in rescues all over the United States.

Top Ten Placings:

1. Sam Wilson and Rumor Has it – Safe Landing Horse Rescue

2. Jessica Dabkowski and Salt Wells Warrior Wren – Far View Horse Rescue

3. Cori Hoody and Maddie – Terolyn Horse Rescue Inc.

4. Brittnee Woodward and Skips Last Chance – Colorado Horse Rescue Network

5. Ben Grogan and Enchantress – Drifter’s Hearts of Hope

6. Tiffany Angus and Ghost – Colorado Horse Rescue Network

7. Levi Draper and Xena – Colorado Horse Rescue Network

8. Bryson Wagner and Jackie – Drifter’s Hearts of Hope

9. Taryn Hillman and Vixen – Happy Haven Farm & Sanctuary

10. Alecz Adams and Journey – Drifter’s Hearts of Hope


The non-profit Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance works to reduce the number of abandoned horses in Colorado. We collaborate with equine organizations and state agencies to promote awareness, education, and research, and we provide funding to organizations to care for abandoned horses and increase their chances of being adopted. Learn more at

A Home for Every Horse was founded in 2011 as a way for—the World’s Largest Equine Marketplace—to develop a lasting partnership with equine rescues all over the country and use their resources to help find forever homes for the more than 170,000 unwanted horses. At the beginning of 2014, Mariah Hammerschmidt, the former Project Coordinator for A Home for Every Horse, realized there was a growing need to assist rescue organizations in their efforts.

After years of helping rescues find homes for horses previously listed as unwanted, A Home for Every Horse took rescue horses to a new level. The goal of the Equine Comeback Challenge is to showcase the ability of rescue horses all over the country, with the help of trainers willing to donate their time and experience to rescue horses for 100 days. Since it began, the Equine Comeback Challenge has been able to showcase rescue horses as willing and competitive equine companions to the equine community.

A Home for Every Horse’s generous partners are on board to help with the Rocky Mountain Equine Comeback Challenge in a big way. Purina, Tractor Supply Company, Merck, WeatherBeeta, and Electrobraid will continue to support the training and placing of rescue horses around the country.

If you want more information on rescue horses or you want to locate a rescue near you, please check out and the Active Interest Media Equine Network have joined forces with the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition to launch A Home for Every Horse Project.

This project helps find homes for America’s 170,000 to 200,000 horses in need of care and shelter. Here’s how it works: • Begin the search for your next equine partner You can search horses waiting for homes at nonprofit shelters across the country. Browse by rescue horse, or find rescue organizations in your area.

• Visit the site’s “Services” section to learn about your local rescue organizations. Find out how you can volunteer, donate, or simply spread the word.

• Look for upcoming stories on related to horse rescue.

If your 501(c)(3) rescue organization would like to join the Home For Every Horse Project, call (866) 467-7323, ext. 6385. is a part of Active Interest Media Equine Network.


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