First, the trainers have all adopted their horses. It happened April 24th live on RFD TV. Bidding by phone they had 130 approved trainers bidding on something like 106 horses (with some trainers adopting two) there were many frazzled nerves worried if they would get the horse they liked, or could afford. Phone bidding can be problematic, as you have someone who is to be bidding for you.. and I'm sure there are some disappointed folks out there, but Angi is not one of them.
Her horse Lot 55 was not her first pick, in fact as she went over and over the videos the day before when watching 55 remarked "He's not on my list, how did I miss HIM?" To which I say.. because you kept looking at mares!
The second way it is different is that there will be no In Hand portion. This is where Angi really shines as her horses are all very solid in general manners and ground work. I do not think that she has ever been out of the Top 10 In Hand, and was 2nd in her division last year with Azania. With no In Hand class, they need something else to judge them on, so in this years event cattle work is not optional! Sadly we have no cows, but have been going to Rosamond HS to
Also there will be no auction at the end, but trainers can place their horses, and have the adoptions transferred, so you may still be able to adopt a horse in Ft Worth if you wish to.
Finally they get no reimbursement for this event, and need to pay stall fees when in TX. (on top of the travel cost) However they are paying $$ awards to the top 20 finishers, rather then the usual 3. I'm sure we will find some fun way to gather funds for the trip, so stay tuned for opportunities to join in.
Here are a couple of pictures from his "torture" session last night ;-)