Now we’re onto the obstacle course. When practicing I followed the same timeline as in the real event, so the colt had a rest overnight. This overnight rest before the obstacle competition makes the event quite different from others because the horses get a full day’s rest before going into the obstacle course.
In 2011, cases of EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus-1, were rampant following two large events held in Utah. This May, several confirmed cases of EHV-1 have surfaced in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky.
California trainer Russell Dilday focuses on training cow horses for the nation's top events, including the World's Greatest Horseman competition, an event he has won three times. The horseman has won more than $587,000 in reined cow horse events, much of that on his stallion Topsails Rien Maker. The duo won the World’s Greatest Horseman titles as well as a National Reined Cow Horse Association championship in the Open Hackamore class. Dilday trains colts and aged event horses at his Porterville facility, which he shares with his wife Tanna and their sons Colt and Ace. He also conducts clinics and competes throughout the United States.