Stock Horse of Texas and Carter Ranch Horse offer the Plan 4 Progress Challenge for riders at home with their horses during COVID-19 social distancing.

With COVID-19 and social distancing efforts cancelling horse competitions and clinics across the country, Stock Horse of Texas is offering an at-home clinic and contest for the month of April — the Plan 4 Progress Challenge.

Trevor and Tara Carter of Carter Ranch Horse in Clovis, New Mexico, teamed up with SHTX to offer four weeks of lessons to SHTX members in social isolation with their horses. The lessons come from the reined cow horse and ranch versatility trainer’s Plan 4 Progress program.

But it’s also a contest, with weekly prizes offered along with an overall prize at the end of the month. The idea is to get people riding with a fun competition goal in sight.

Trevor Carter works a cow horseback on the ranch.
Trevor Carter works cattle at home at Carter Ranch Horse in Clovis, New Mexico. Photo by Christine Hamilton

Each week participants get an assigned lesson, or “challenge,” offered in a series of short videos. Riders work on the challenge at home for a week. They then video themselves riding the challenge with their horse, and upload it to the Plan 4 Progress website. At the end of each week, names are drawn from the riders who submitted videos for prizes.

The lessons include discussion boards with Trevor answering questions and offering feedback on videos.

The Carters developed the program to help people at home with their horses, who don’t have access to regular training help. Trevor is a regular clinician and competitor at SHTX events.

It’s not too late to join the SHTX Plan 4 Progress Challenge. Head to the Stock Horse of Texas or Carter Ranch Horse websites to find out more and sign up.

Check out Trevor Carter’s video tip for taking the stress out of a lead change, also featured in Western Horseman’s February 2020 issue.

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