Colt Starting Challenge

Congratulations to Michael Gascon on Winning the 2017 Southern Equine Expo Colt Starting Challenge

Michael Gascon built a strong foundation with his gelding during the first four rounds culminating in a dominant finals performance. Michael received the highest score from the judges and the most fan votes alike. Prior to the competition, the horses were randomly drawn by the contestants. Michael made the most of his draw allowing him to showcase his progressive approach to training young horses.

Leading on the judge’s cards going into the finals, Taylor McIntosh earned the respect of horsemen showing that he had the talent to win any competition in the country. Taylor remained steady through the finals but came up just a little short. Over the three days, Taylor took a tough draw and transformed him into a willing partner. Taylor did such a good job bringing this horse along that Josh Peebles, one of the judges and last year’s Colt Starting winner, bought the horse.

Ben Wallace drew the most challenging horse of the competition. Ben understood that he was responsible for the future career of his horse. If he pushed the beautiful roan gelding too fast, he could have a big wreck that would be tough to recover from. Ben’s patience paid off during the finals as he was finally able to mount and ride his draw. Ben may not have won the competition but he did win the respect everybody in the stands.

Special thanks to Lost Creek Cattle Company for providing such a good group of geldings. Dr. Kinslow and manager Charlie Ramsey had the geldings looking good and in perfect shape for the competition. All three horses were sold during the weekend, proving that others agree.

Round

Michael Gascon

Taylor McIntosh

Ben Wallace

1

97

90

80

2

133

136

99

3

125

139

104

4

81

78

52

Finals

206

130

36

Judge’s Total

642

573

371

Fan Vote

216

83

85

Michael Gascon

Taylor McIntosh

Ben Wallace

2017 Colt Starting Challenge Horses

Allgeldings are offered for sale following the Colt Starting Challenge

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