In the horse world where the typical scenario is one horse/one discipline, respected horseman Charles Wilhelm is taking another route–and throwing down a challenge.
“I’ve always believed that every horse should be multi-talented, much like a versatile ranch horse,” says the California trainer and clinician. “Each and every horse should be able to quietly do a variety of tasks and exercises with confidence and success. Having a Super Horse is a great goal to shoot for, and even if you don’t accomplish that final ‘Super Horse’ level, the training process will help fill in any ‘holes’ in training the horse might have.
“For instance, I’ve seen top level dressage horses who shy at a cavaletti pole on the ground, and world-class jumping horses who were out of control on an easy trail ride. These may be great horses at the one thing they do, but in my book they aren’t Super Horses. A Super Horse can appear in a parade one day, work cows the next, compete in an equitation class the following day — and more. The Super Horse can do all that with lightness, cadence, carriage, fluidity and responsiveness.
“After a number of successful Super Horse Clinics at my ranch for the past two years, the popularity of these events inspired me to create a super horse competition. I wanted the challenge to be a platform for horses and people to achieve a higher level of diversified performance.
“So I decided to give people an opportunity to develop their horses to participate in a range of events, and created the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge that will have its debut in Sacramento at the famous Western States Horse Expo, June 7-9,” Wilhelm said “And let me add that this is not a race. This challenge is designed to showcase the rider’s control, and the horse’s relaxed lightness and responsiveness throughout the course. The competition is designed to challenge the horse and rider to excel in their abilities and to demonstrate communication, horsemanship and equitation.
“One of the great bonuses of having the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge at Western States Horse Expo is that these horses will be exposed to huge crowds, golf carts, babies crying, horses all around them, bursts of applause, loud speakers — all kinds of environments and noises that you can’t duplicate at home,” states Wilhelm. “It’s great exposure for the horse. You can’t buy that kind of training!”
The overall winner of the three-day Ultimate Super Horse Challenge will receive one of Charles Wilhelm’s signature saddles. In addition, the winner of each day’s competition will receive an award.
“There are written regulations for the event,” says Wilhelm, “including what equipment is acceptable. We’re limiting the competition to 15 contestants. Each contestant must qualify by sending a video of their performance that will be reviewed before the applicant is accepted. This guarantees that the audience will see good horsemen and women put their horses to the test — and have fun doing it!”
The three days of competition include the following:
- Equitation and Trail Patterns: Including trot poles, sidepassing, up and down transitions, gate and bridge
- “Dancing with Cows TM”, and Working Pattern
- Super Horse Challenge Grand Finale: Extreme obstacles with the finalists! Flag run, dragging and crossing a large tarp, pedestal, balls, jumps and more
To view and download the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge application form and rules/regulations, visit www.CharlesWilhelm.com.
“And if you don’t want to enter, you can participate by attending the Horse Expo and watching these exciting and maybe even humorous challenges. Then you’ll get an idea of what it takes to have a Super Horse!” concludes Wilhelm.
For more information on Charles Wilhelm, his program, clinics, DVDs, equipment and books, visit www.CharlesWilhelm.com.