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November 4, 2015

Mariah Hammerschmidt


Boulder, Colo. – A Home for Every Horse is excited to announce a partnership with the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance to bring the next Equine Comeback Challenge to the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in March 2016. The announcement comes after a joint aspiration to help improve the lives of rescue horses and bring attention to their talents and abilities. The challenge will highlight up to 25 rescue horses from the Rocky Mountain Region after 90 days of training in a one of a kind event. The new event will hold several different classes allowing trainers to showcase the ability of rescue horses.

The non-profit Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance works to reduce the number of abandoned horses. 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

The 2016 Rocky Mountain Equine Comeback Challenge will not only be a larger show case of rescue horses and their trainability but will also have $10,000 total prize money to be awarded to the top five trainers from the challenge.

Following the event at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, horses will be available at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Auction to pre-approved bidders only. The horses will all start at a minimum bid of $1,000, following the sale, the trainer and rescue will split the sale profits to allow rescues and trainers to bring in another horse and find forever homes for all of the Equine Comeback Challenge horses.

A Home for Every Horse will continue to use the new format for the Equine Comeback Challenge that will allow trainers to select their rescue horse partner for the competition. This new format will allow for trainers to select a horse that matches their training style in addition allows rescues to meet the trainers to form a continued working relationship. The Equine Comeback Challenge horses will all be between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. The Equine Comeback Challenge strives to promote the trainability of rescue horses across the country which includes adding value to horses that previously were listed as unwanted.

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 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 a rescue horse for 90 days the Equine Comeback Challenge has been able to showcase rescue horses as willing and competitive equine companions.

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, Zoetis, WeatherBeeta, and Electrobraid will continue to support the training and placing of rescue horses around the country. 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. If you want more information on rescue horses or you want to locate a rescue near you, please check out

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 at You can search horses waiting for homes at nonprofit shelters across the country. Browse by rescue horse, or find a rescue organization 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 A Home for Every Horse project please fill out the online application at is part of the Active Interest Media Equine Network.

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