The Southern Equine Expo Colt Starting Challenge is NOT a race, but rather an event to demonstrate and educate on how the proper use of sound horsemanship fundamentals result in establishing the functional relationship between horse and man. The process is accelerated in this format showcasing the effectiveness of each horseman. It is the journey, not the destination that matters most.
Images are from 2022 Round 4, all three colt starters in the big arena together for the first time and working cattle to help train their horses. This is unique to the Southern Equine Expo Colt Starting Challenge. All fillies and trainers did outstanding job.
All part of the journey to put a solid foundation on these fillies.
2024 Colt Starting Challenge Competitors
Click on the individual picture to learn more about each of the these talented horsewomen
Thank you to Lost Creek Cattle Company for providing the horses in 2024.
The Southern Equine Expo welcomes the return of Lost Creek Cattle Company as the Official Colt Starting Challenge sponsor again for 2024. Lost Creek Cattle Company is the equine portion of Kinslow Farms, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Kinslow, DVM. Approximately 100 Quarter Horses share 1,000 acres in the Tennessee hills with a commercial cow herd, backgrounding operation and feed lot.
In 2017, Lost Creek Cattle Company furnished the horses for the Colt Starting Challenge. “We were impressed with the condition and the quality of the horses Dr. Kinslow and ranch manager, Charlie Ramsey brought to the Expo”, stated Patrick Kayser, Southern Equine Expo CEO.
The Lost Creek Cattle Company horses are raised outside in the pasture, in a group setting the way the Good Lord intended. The horses have a ton of color, good bone, great minds, and come from using bloodlines. The goal of Lost Creek Cattle Company is the production of high-quality ranch type working horses.
Their foundation breeding began with the grand ole bloodlines that were proven for generations such as Blue Valentine, High Rolling Roany, Pete Oswald and King Fritz. Current bloodlines being infused into the herd include Playgun, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, and Josephs Gold. Great conformation and a polite disposition are demanded; while Dr. Kinslow prefers roan colored horses.
The fillies selected for the 2022 Southern Equine Expo are the most uniform set of horses ever used. All of the horses are blue roan color, strong top lines, straight legs standing on a solid column of bone, pretty heads, and good attitudes. Full siblings to these horses matured between 14.2-15 hands
Prior to the expo, the horses will be vaccinated, dewormed using Zoetis products, and only halter broke. All horses will be for sale at the Expo. Lost Creek will also have yearling fillies, and young riding horses for sale at the Expo. Stop by their booth for more information.
Through Dr. Kinslow and the Lost Creek Cattle Company’s support, the Colt Starting Challenge remains a central attraction at the Southern Equine Expo.
Andrea Fraire wins 2023 Southern Equine Expo Colt Starting Challenge Champion presented by Lost Creek Cattle Company
Pictured (L-R): Charlie Ramsey, Lost Creeek Manager; Dr. Kinzlow, Lost Creek Owner, Sam Powell, Legendary Judge; Josh Guin, MC and Judge; Sarah Chastain, 2nd Place; Andrea Fraire, Champion; Mary Kitzmiller, 3ed Place; Ken McNabb, Clinician and Judge; Perry Neal, Clinician and Judge; Hannah, Lost Creek Top Hand; Amy Cook, Lost Creek Top Hand, Patrick Kayser, Southern Equine Expo CEO