3rd Annual Horseman’s Mission

Oct. 21 to 23, 2021

3 Day Colt Starting Competition

Clinics & Seminars

Thursday & Friday Night Performance
(Separate Tickets Required)

Located at the
Holmes County Fairgrounds
8880-OH 39, Millersburg, Ohio

Three Colts, Three Trainers, Three Days

When presented with the idea by two different friends to put on a colt starting competition the wheels started turning. With lots of planning and the help of a wonderful committee, the dream of the “Horseman’s Mission” came true. Whether it’s starting a colt, improving you’re riding, or teaching your horse new things. The Horseman’s mission is here to help support and educate other horse lovers on how to go to the next level with their horses.

So if you enjoy leaning about horsemanship, spending time with great clinicians and trainers, and enjoy being in a family friendly atmosphere, don’t miss out on this event!

How the Colt Starting Event Works

Each trainer has 11/2 hours per day to train his/her colt.
Each trainer is judged on horsemanship and finished performance by a panel of judges.
1st Place wins a saddle by JR Custom Saddlery


Our 2021 Colt Starters

Michael Mast
Dundee, OH

“My wife, Emily, and I live near Dundee, Ohio. As far as a job goes, I am fortunate and grateful to work in the family business. In whatever time we have left, we enjoy living outdoors, riding horses, and the ag lifestyle. We’ve got about 2 acres here at the house and barn, but are fortunate to be able to rent some pasture up the road from us. There we run a few cows and raise some beef. I got involved with horses through my Grandpa. He worked with a lot of problem horses, and tried to see things from the horses’ unique perspective. I enjoy the challenge in working different horses that are all unique in their own way. We don’t live on a large cattle ranch by any means, but working cows on horses is something we are always eager to do. It gives purpose and meaning to any training we do in the arena, and going up against a hard nosed cow every now and then is always good for both man and beast! Haha… HAPPY TRAILS!”

– Michael

MaryBeth Thornton
Howard City, MI

MaryBeth Thornton is from Howard City, Michigan. She started her training business 5 years ago after completing her Master Certification through Ken McNabb.

MaryBeth enjoys starting colts and putting a solid foundation on horses so they can go any direction. She gives lessons and clinics working with both the horse and rider to improve communication and help them reach their goals. In 2018 MaryBeth went through Josh Lyons Accreditation program which spurred her on to compete in the reining industry and work with more performance horses. 

She is honored with the opportunity to compete in this years Horseman’s Mission, colt starting competition and looks forward to being with you soon.

Joseph Miller
Valley Ranch, Baltic, OH

“I consider myself horseman in progress, starting on a bareback pony in approximately 2002 that Grandpa bought out of Mt. Hope at the regular monthly sale.

I live in Fresno, OH with my wife, Mary Esther, and our 3 children. We are just getting started in raising quarter horses. I love to see a rough rebellious horse transform into a reliable partner that is trustworthy. I’m not a professional, but truly believe that God has no need for us humans to beat an animal into a productive tool/machine, just because we’re upset or ignorant of a better way to connect to an animal. Sharing with each other from different experiences is one of the best ways I know of that will help and teach our family, neighbors, and friends of a better way.

To God be the glory the Glory, Honor, and Thankfulness in everything; Amen

– Joseph


Featured 2021 Clinicians

Jesse Westfall

Westfall Horsemanship
Perrysburg, OH

Stacy Westfall

Westfall Horsemanship
Perrysburg, OH

Jake Lundahl

Lundahl Performance Horses
Newbury, OH

Terry Myers

Ostrander, OH

Training, Clinics, Lessons

Joel Coalter

This event is
being announced
by Pro Rodeo
Joe Coalter
Lodi, OH

Jason Smith

J Smith Horsemanship

Mission Host
Moderator and Educator

Monroe Miller

Hidden View Ranch
Fresno, OH

2019 Colt Starting

Sadie Fisher

Unbridled Equine
Millerstown, PA

2019 Colt Starting

Leon Raber

Lost Mule Co.
Fredericksburg, OH

Advanced Mulemanship

Kevin Raber

Diamond K Horsemanship
Jackson, OH

2018 Colt
Starting Champion


The Horseman’s Mission Select Sale

Please note: the Select Auction
has been moved to
NOVEMBER 19 & 20, 2021
in Sullivan, Ohio

Lodging, Tickets and Location

What you need to know before you come to The Mission.

About Us

Who are we, what we do and why we’re here.

2021 Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 21

  • 9:00 (Mission Arena)…………………..Introduction
  • 9:00-10:00 (Mission Arena)…………Kevin Raber 
    Working with problem or behavior issues
  • 9:15-11:00 (Horseman’s Arena)Stacy Westfall
    Teaching Western Dressage. To ride in her clinic for a two-hour session, call Ray Raber at 330-275-2877
  • 10:00-11:00 (Mission Arena)…………Terry Myers
    Riding with correct body position
  • 11:30 (Mission Arena)…………Drawing for Colts in the Colt Starting Competition
  • 12:00-5:00 (Mission Arena) Round 1 of Colt Starting Competition
  • 5:00 Clear Building
  • 6:00 Doors reopen for Performance *Advanced Tickets Only (To purchase, call 234-301-7627)
  • 7:00-9:30……………..The Mission Accomplished Performance* DOWNLOAD PERFORMER FLYER
    Come see horses and riders working in harmony
    *Requires a separate (advance) ticket

Friday, October 22

  • 9:00-9:45 (Mission Arena)……………….Kevin Raber 
    Working with problem and behavior horses
  • 9:00-11:00 (Horseman’s Arena)…………….Jessie & Stacy Westfall 
    Teaching Western Dressage and Reining. To ride in their clinic call Ray Raber at 330-275-2877
  • 9:45-10:30 (Mission Arena) ……..Monroe Miller & Leon Raber
    Life Beyond the Round Pen
  • 10:30-11:30 (Mission Arena)………….Jake Lundahl Preparing for the lead change
  • 11:30 (Mission Arena)……………..BJ Grimmet
    Sharing a message from God’s Word
  • 12:00-5:00 ((Mission Arena) Round 2 of Colt Starting Competition
  • 5:00 Clear Building
  • 6:00 Doors reopen for Performance *Advanced Tickets Only (To purchase, call 234-301-7627)
  • 7:00-9:30……………..The Mission Accomplished Performance* DOWNLOAD PERFORMER FLYER
    Come see horses and riders working in harmony
    *Requires a separate (advance) ticket

Saturday, October 23

  • 9:00-10:00 (Mission Arena)………….Monroe Miller & Leon Raber 
    More on Life beyond the Round Pen
  • 9:00-11:00 (Horseman’s Arena)………….Terry Myers
    Get hands on riding with correct body position. To ride in this clinic call Ray Raber at 330-275-2877.
  • 10:00-11:00 (Mission Arena)…………… Jake Lundahl Preparing for the lead change
  • 11:00-12:00 (Mission Arena)……………. Sadie Fisher Trick training
  • 12:30-4:00 (Mission Arena) Round 3 of Colt Starting Competition
  • 4:15 Announcing the Colt Starting Winner and Awards

Sunday, October 24

  • 10:00 (Mission Arena)..Cowboy Church Services by Pastor Mark Mullins and BJ Grimmett
    Everyone is welcome!

Our Mission Statement

The Horseman’s Mission is to “inspire both young and old horse lovers to work with the horse in a horsemanship manner. Using communication and feel creating a trust and bond that allows us to reach unlimited goals. To encourage spiritual communication to reach eternal goals.”

Horseman’s Mission Planning Committee

Event Coordinators
Ray Raber — 330.275.2877

General Information
Maynard Miller — 330.275.4015

Vendor Information
Brenton Schlabach — 330.231.7426

Stall & Barn
Daniel Erb — 330.201.8675

Secretary & Treasurer
Eli Miller — 330.600.2115

For information, please contact Ray Raber (330.275.2877) or Maynard Miller (330.275.4015)

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