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Mustang Makeover Reflections

By Bob Silbernagel

The following are some thoughts from Andrew Bowman, of Master's Hand Training in Olathe, regarding his participation in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Collins last weekend. The photos show Bowman and Little Joe preparing to compete, and working without bridle. Thanks to Andrew for sending this and congratulations on his placing.

"After competing in Trail, Reining, and Working cow horse classes, the scores were added up and I came in 8th place out of 38 trainers.

"I was very happy with the performance of my horse and feel I did a good job showing him. A couple of really good trainers who were paired with really good horses, made for some tough competition.

"Little Joe was adopted by Joyce and her daughter from Eastern Colorado for a steal at $500. Prices at the adoption varied greatly and overall were quite low."

"I was honored to be picked by World Champion trainer Al Dunning to be on his team, as this was also a team competition. Each of the trainers on Dunning's team had several opportunities to ride with and receive instruction from him. I learned a lot from him and was pleased that he complimented my riding and training abilities. Although I did not work directly with nationally known clinician Ken McNabb, I did have the opportunity to visit with him about training techniques. He said that while watching me ride, he could tell by Little Joe's responses that I train well. Working with these top horsemen was the highlight of the competition for me.

"I was very happy to reach that level (among the top 10 finalists). It came as a relief after all my hard work."

To read more about Andrew, Little Joe, and Master's Hand Training, LLC, click HERE.
 

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