A note on the Road to the Horse schedule seemed simple enough: 6666 Ranch tour with RTTH crew and Vicki Wilson. Every time there’s a trip to the 6666 Ranch on the Road to the Horse schedule we’re all pretty excited. A tour of the historic 6666 Ranch is on every horse lover’s bucket list and it’s something we’re lucky enough to call ‘work,’ but our recent trip to the 6666 Ranch threw us a curve ball which no-one expected. Well, no-one except Tootie Bland because let’s be honest, she’s usually the one throwing them! This curve ball came in the form of a majestic grey 6666 Ranch stallion called Natural Bottom.
Dr. Glenn Blodgett had told us about Natural Bottom, we knew him to be an impeccably bred grey AQHA stallion who screamed versatility and athleticism, everything the 6666 Ranch stood for.
Vicki Wilson and the RTTH crew visited each 6666 Ranch sire, all stunning in their own individual ways and all world class champions in the discipline they excelled in. Like kids in a candy store, we lined up one by one, following the 6666 Ranch Stallion Manager from stall to stall, until we came to the last stallion, Natural Bottom.
When RTTH Owner/Producer Tootie Bland laid her eyes on the regal grey stallion, that’s when months of plotting and planning in the RTTH Office went down the drain. Creating our yearly ‘look’ for each Road to the Horse event is something we take very seriously and for months the RTTH crew had imagined our festive 2018 Mardi Gras design placed on the face of the perfect buckskin horse. The RTTH crew felt like the gold glow from a buckskin would be fitting for our Fifteenth Anniversary, and we already had in our pocket what we thought was the perfect buckskin photograph.
That’s about the time Tootie Bland blurted out with “Oh my gosh, this may just be one of the most stunning horses I have ever seen, what does everyone think about him using him as our 2018 poster child instead of the buckskin?”
To be honest, as a RTTH crew member who had spent the last few weeks scrolling through thousands of buckskin photographs to find ‘the one’ Tootie Bland liked, I was not amused but as a RTTH crew member you come to almost expect the odd curve ball. As caught off guard as the RTTH fans are with Tootie Bland’s left ball ideas, you can imagine what gets thrown at the crew!
Once the initial shock of Tootie’s declaration wore off, we could see exactly why she threw this one at us. What would make a better poster child and program cover for Road to the Horse 2018 than the stunning 6666 Ranch sire who literally took our breathe away. Call her impulsive but yes, Tootie Bland was right on this one!
So, when you admire the stunning grey stallion in our graphics, you can smile at the curve ball the crew caught and know he really is as stunning in person as he is in his photographs. This grey stallion, who is still currently immersed in a successful show career is truly one-of-a-kind. We look forward to having colts from Natural Bottom run in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse in the coming years!
NATURAL BOTTOM: 2011 Gray Stallion (Playboys Buck Fever – Natural Ingredient, by Peppy San Badger). 2017 RHAA Senior National Champion. Sired by NRCHA all-time leading sire, PLAYBOYS BUCK FEVER earner of $62,246. His first foals are yearlings of 2017! Learn more here.
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