Montana Center for Horsemanship Director of Horsemanship Education Eric Hoffmann Selected as Judge for Road to the Horse Wild Card Challenge in Texas September 22-25

Eric Hoffmann, Director of Horsemanship and head horsemanship instructor at the international equine education center, Montana Center for Horsemanship headquartered in Dillon, Montana is no stranger to colt starting.  Hoffmann coordinates and directs the Center’s annual Colt Sale Prep Class, Challenge and Sale, in partnership with the University of Montana Western.  Hoffmann’s students have also won multiple Colt Challenge events.

As one of five judges selected recently, Eric will be judging six talented colts starters who will compete at the first dedicated Wild Card Challenge September 22-25, 2022, at the Cowtown Coliseum, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Wild Card Champion will take their share of the $25,000 cash prize and receive an invitation to compete at the coveted Road to the Horse 2023 World Championship of Colt Starting. Critiquing this talented Wild Card lineup will be the responsibility of the five judges, each of whom brings a unique skillset to the panel.

Hoffmann is one of a group of five that also includes Barbara Schulte, Punk Carter, Jesse Westfall, and Jeff Williams, the Head Judge.

Hoffmann will also be a presenter, panelist and showcase the skills of his Natural Horsemanship students at the September Conference & Film Festival – “The Natural Horsemanship Revolution” at the Montana Center September 8-10.  A key part of the conference will be award winning films and filmmakers from EQUUS International Film Festival. This year, Ty Murray will also be both a presenter and a film participant, with several films about his work, featuring Rosie and Sioux, two draft horses being trained in different disciplines.  Films in which Ty is featured, will be among the official entries by filmmaker Luke Linderman.

Eric Hoffmann, Director of Horsemanship and head horsemanship instructor at the Montana Center for Horsemanship and the University of Montana Western has taught horsemanship classes since 2008. Hoffmann holds an A.A.S. in Equine Management and Training from Laramie County Community College and earned a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agriculture Education from the University of Wyoming and Montana State University.

For more information about the Center, the upcoming Conference and supporting education initiatives, please contact Director of Development, Communications and Strategic Partnerships, Janet Rose at 406.925.3270.


The mission of the Montana Center for Horsemanship

  • To help every horse and person make the most of their respective lives
  • To enable horses to learn effectively and experience “horse happiness” through the process of Natural Horsemanship
  • To help individuals achieve personal and professional success in the equine fields

Contact:  Janet Rose:  406.925.3270

Photo available on request
(Photo Credit: Road to the Horse)
Photos (L-R): Barbra Schulte, Punk Carter, Eric Hoffmann, Jesse Westfall and Jeff Williams