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Road to the Horse honored Montana horseman and Wild Card competitor Jon Ensign with an official Road to the Horse 2014 judging position when his 6666 Ranch bred American Quarter Horse gelding had to leave the competition. Road to the Horse has always had a huge passion for the horse and always, without question makes decisions based on what is best for every horse involved in the competition, so when Road to the Horse Owner and Producer Tootie Bland heard the news regarding Playboys Sense, Bland’s first priority was to the horse.

“I am so excited to bring the very first Wild Card competition to Road to the Horse in 2014 but after veterinary examination, it was decided that Playboy’s Sense should be removed from the competition, due to an injury he had sustained while turned out” Bland explains. “Jon Ensign was so impressed with this talented colt that he will retain ownership and continue his training, after he has rested him in his beautiful pastures in Montana.”

“Designed to showcase future superstars of the horse industry who have the talent to capture a World Championship of Colt Starting title, Wild Card Jon Ensign is more than qualified to step into a judging position at Road to the Horse 2014. The decision to bring Ensign on board as a judge was obvious to me and an honor for the event” Bland stated. “ Road to the Horse is always known for twists and turns in the competition and 2014 will be no exception as Ensign steps up to judge the talented horsemen and women, that he would have competed against.”

Round one of the Wild Card competition will commence on March 13th, 2014 at 5:30pm. Alltech Arena doors will open at 4:30pm to allow fans to enjoy shopping at the most extensive Road to the Horse trade show yet. Tickets will be required for Round two of the Wild Card competition which concludes March 14th, 2014 where  a  Wild Card Champion will be crowned and will automatically make their way directly into the Road to the Horse round pen to compete for the World Championship of Colt Starting 2014 title.

Fans will witness a historical showdown between these seven Wild Card competitors on March 13th and 14th, 2014:

Jim Anderson of Strathmore, Alberta Canada

Trevor Carter of Farwell, Texas

James Cooler of Summerfield, North Carolina

Mary Kitzmiller of Kemp, Texas

Kerry Kuhn of Kansas

Sean Patrick of New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Adam Tarpley of Merkel, Texas

Tickets for Road to the Horse 2014 are on sale now.  To purchase tickets for Road to the Horse 2014, go to www.roadtothehorse.com or call 325.736.5000. Road to the Horse fans can learn more about the Wild Card competitors and have the opportunity to follow their progress via the Road to the Horse website and Facebook page.

 

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About Ram: With legendary power, performance and dependability, Ram Trucks is determined to work hard and play even harder, boldly forging ahead to get the job done. Ram is the Official Truck of Road to the Horse and Exclusive Sponsor of the Wild Card competition at Road to the Horse 2014. Visit www.ramtrucks.com to learn more.

 

About Road to the Horse: (March 13-16, 2014 – Lexington, Kentucky) Road to the Horse is an exclusive horsemanship experience that combines valuable education and thrilling entertainment!

A competition untouched by others, tests skill, experience and colt training prowess, Road to the Horse dares elite horse trainers to create a trusting partnership with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse. The test begins with the selection, choosing only one horse from the AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch; competitors have just three days to build a working relationship. With disruptive sounds, exhilarating sights and adrenaline-pumping time constraints each competitor must face the final trial, an obstacle course. Only one can walk away with the Colt Starting World Champion title.

Road to the Horse enjoys the support of corporate partners such as Western Horseman, American Quarter Horse Association, Ram, Platinum Performance, Zoetis, 6666 Ranch, Cinch, Nutrena, W-W Livestock Systems, Martin Saddlery, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Centaur Fence, Red Brush Trailers, Gist Silversmiths, Twisted X Boots, Barrel Horse News, Quarter Horse News, Brooks Mayberry Equine Insurance, Horse Radio Network, Suncoast Shavings, Valley Vet, Spalding Fly Predators, Western Shooting Horse Magazine, Horsemen’s Corral, Horseman’s Hoofbeats and CSI Saddle Pads along with many more valued industry products and services. Contact Road to the Horse for sponsorship opportunities available in 2014.