Trainers have several round pen
sessions in front of the crowd to get
their horses broke to saddle and
accustomed to obstacles before the
obstacle course finale.
flip, and he and his horse, Seven
Attraction, were on the same page.
“It was from there that I knew
I had him with me mentally, and
I looked at my assistant and said,
‘ We got him!’” Dowers recalls.
“That’s when it went from two
individuals to a partnership.”
Dowers, who also won the
2013 National Reined Cow Horse
Association Sna;ed Bit Futurity
Open World Championship, is
proud that he was able to show
that he could win a finished event
like the futurity—“a goal that we
work toward with our horses”—
and be able to win an event where
it’s all about starting the horse and
getting him on the right track.
“I think it’s cool to tie the two
events together because it’s always
been a big thing for me,” he says.
“It’s cool for people to see that a
performance guy does have the
time to take it slow, and that we do
a lot on the horsemanship side of
things—it’s not forcing the horse
to do things. We still do
horsemanship, just with a little
di;erent application.” HI
MEGAN ARSZMAN is a freelance
writer based in Indiana, where she’s
learning to balance motherhood with
horses, dogs and writing.
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