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Hats Off!

Shamus Haws - Best Horse Trainer in Utah

 

May 2011 issue

     Winner of the 3rd Annual Utah Horse Trainers Challenge, Shamus Haws was named the “Best Horse Trainer in Utah .” The competition finals were held during the Utah Horse Expo in South Jordan , March 11-13, 2011.

     Haws, 35, competed against three other horse trainers. Each contender was given a two-year-old horse on January 15 and had 60 days to train their horse.

     Haws named his filly “Norma Jean,” and describes her as “A superstar horse. She has a great, willing mind and has been very trainable.”

     However, two weeks into her training, after being body clipped, Norma Jean developed a severe body fungus and lost all her hair. Haws gave her 15 days off from training, and her hair grew back quickly.

     Although, at the final competition, Haws had only 45 rides on Norma Jean, while the other horses each had 60 rides, Norma Jean performed well in the ring. Each trainer competed in ground work, cow work, roping, reining, trail, freestyle, Q&A, and a final challenge presented at the last minute.

     The winner was determined by a panel of three top, regional horse experts and judges, as well as by popular vote of the Utah Horse Expo audience. Haws won the overall competition by 70+ points, as well as the Peoples’ Choice by more than 300 votes.

     Haws received a $5,000 cash prize, a custom trophy buckle, one ton of Purina feed, and two custom-made saddles.

     Haws, along with his family and in-laws, run the day-to-day operations of their 30,000 acre cattle and horse ranch in Western Utah . Between his clinics and the ranch, he’s happy to spend 300 or more days in the saddle each year.

     Haws says, “I feel that I am always a continual student of horsemanship. I love the challenge of convincing horses to ‘want to,’ rather than making them ‘have to.’”

     At the end of the Expo, Haws purchased Norma Jean for $2,800. He plans to continue her education and to show her in 2012.

            For more information about the Utah Horse Expo and the Trainers Challenge, contact the Utah Horse Council at 801-612-0417 or visit www.utahhorsecouncil.com.

 

 

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