Every year, tens of thousands of horses are given up to a rescue. Most of these horses have a hard time getting adopted because they were never properly trained, or have been neglected. But a Boulder group is using that clean slate as a positive.

“I want a blank slate,” said Justin Dunn, a volunteer trainer with the Equine Comeback Challenge. “I’m a mustang trainer, and I really like that about the mustangs—they’re untouched.”

The 2016 Equine Comeback Challenge pairs 22 rescue horses with professional trainers. The teams have spent 90 days together training and preparing the horses for adoption.

“Unfortunately rescues don’t have the resources to give all the horses a second chance as quickly as they need to,” said Mariah Hammerschmidt, from A Home for Every Horse. “There are hundreds and thousands of horses standing around in rescues that don’t have training.”

This competition ensures that those horses get that training.

“After this they will go to their forever homes and become regular members of the equine society,” Hammerschmidt said.

All of the money raised from selling the rescue horses that participate in the Equine Comeback Challenge goes back to the horse rescue they came from and the trainers who helped them.

“The whole concept is great,” Dunn said. “Take a horse that needs a home and get them love.”

The Equine Comeback Challenge will be going on March 12th and 13th at the National Western Complex in the Hall of Education, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO. It’s open to the public and the rescue horses are for sale. The winners will be named March 13th. For more information click here.