• Elite Australian Horseman Dan James Returns as a Competitor in 2018

    emailbody2018-danjames
    He’s no stranger to Road to the Horse. The crew loves him, the fans love him, let’s just be honest, everyone loves the charismatic Australian horseman, Dan James! Since his very first appearance at Road to the Horse 2012, fans have had a front row seat to the colorful life of Dan James and his beloved grey 6666 Ranch bred gelding, fondly known as Swampy.

    After winning his Road to the Horse World Championship title in 2012, as one half of Team Australia, James purchased his winning 6666 Ranch bred colt REMEMBER SUNSET and both have embarked on nothing short of an unbelievable journey. Thousands of horse lovers around the world have been left speechless by the unbelievable bond that has formed between Dan James and Swampy, obvious in their mesmerizing liberty demonstrations.

    “For our Fifteenth Anniversary, we’re bringing fans the best of the best from around the globe” proudly states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer, Tootie Bland. “Road to the Horse has been privileged to witness Dan James grow as a horseman, husband and father, and as a past Road to the Horse World Champion, there’s no denying, Dan James is one of the greatest horseman of our time.”

    “I can’t wait to be a part of such a milestone at Road to the Horse and help kick off the 15th Anniversary celebrations” states Dan James. “Road to the Horse has always been such a special event for me and I couldn’t be more excited to return as a competitor in 2018.”

    In 2008, James joined his good friend, Dan Steers, in Western Australia at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre where they performed together each weekend in the ‘Dan and DanrtthHomepageFeaturedImage2018-danjames Show’ developing their horsemanship techniques.  In 2009, Steers and James relocated to New South Wales and Double Dan Horsemanship was born.  After winning Road to the Horse 2012, James has continued to excel as a horseman, collecting multiple Kentucky Gold Cup and AQHA Congress Freestyle Reining Championships.

    Now based in the United States, Dan James continues to perform, teach and inspire horse lovers continuing the legacy of Double Dan Horsemanship at the Australian Equine Performance Center, based in Midway, Kentucky. James is joined by his wife, Elizabeth and new-born daughter, Isabella.

    Dan James will join the Road to the Horse 2018 line-up with Kiwi sensation Vicki Wilson, who will return to defend the title she courageously captured in 2017. International showjumper Vicki Wilson, was not only the first cowgirl to capture a Road to the Horse title from her homeland of New Zealand, she was also the first competitor from an English discipline.

    Road to the Horse 2018 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.  Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email tammy@roadtothehorse.com.

     

  • Hotels Fill Up Fast. Book Your Room Now!

    Hotelheader

    With such busy schedules, it’s easy to put off booking your hotel room for Road to the Horse 2018 but did you know we’re only 233 days away from kicking off our Fifteenth Anniversary celebrations! To make it easy, we’ve put together a list of hotels that are tried and tested by RTTH crew, so we know you’ll get the best rates and have a great stay at one of our suggested hotels.

    Browse our list of suggested hotels here.
    Learn more about the Kentucky Horse Park Campground here.

  • A RTTH Curveball from 6666 Ranch Sire Natural Bottom

    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.

    IMG_8950adjsWhen 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.

    Road to the Horse 2018 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.  Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email tammy@roadtothehorse.com.

  • More RTTH. More Action. More Convenience on the Road to the Horse YouTube Channel

    To watch educational and entertaining footage from Road to the Horse 2017 simply:

    1) Visit YouTube or click here.

    2) Type ‘Road to the Horse Channel’ in the search bar or click here.

    Missing the colt starting action? The Road to the Horse 2017 DVD contains every minute of the Road to the Horse competition, so you don’t miss a minute! Every round, every competitor and every colt is featured in two state-of-the-art over-stuffed DVDs, which are in stock now! Shop here.

  • RTTH Official Program receives Top Honors at AHP Equine Media Awards

    We take the Road to the Horse Official Program very personally. We’ve racked up countless hours writing, creating, tweaking and editing but who counts hours when you’re following a passion? It’s both our desire to create the best program we can for our fans and our unyielding love for horse, that drives us to not only create an informative publication but one that will be cherished as a keepsake. Road to the Horse was honored to accept top honors in the Business Brand Equine-Related Publication category at the AHP Equine Media Awards on June 17th in Scottsdale, AZ.

    The award-winning Road to the Horse 2016 Program was our biggest yet, encapsulating seventy-two color pages with everything a fan would love to know about Road to the Horse including pedigrees on the AQHA Remuda, Road to the Horse history, scorecards, judge’s biographies and even favorite reaward-tophonorescipes from the competitors!

    Road to the Horse was also privileged to accept an additional award of an Honorable Mention in the highly-contested Business Equine-Related Single Print Advertisement category, an advertisement inspired by a stunning portrait photograph of Nadine Bailey, Tootie Bland’s mother.

    “We won! Holy cow, we won!” declared Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “There have been a million ‘No, that is not quite right’ to ‘yes that’s it’ in my ‘push until you get it’ fashion to take a typically stagnant, common program that is cranked out at all events and turn it into a memorable keepsake from Road to the Horse to our fans. It is an honor to have won this AHP Award and on a personal note the portrait advertisement of my mother, Nadine Bailey, receives an Honorable Mention! It was a great day for Road to the Horse among the giants of the publishing world.”

  • Check out our YouTube Channel

    rtthHomepageFeaturedImage2018-youtubeWe’re made it even easier for you to enjoy Road to the Horse action anytime, anywhere! Simply visit our YouTube Channel and enjoy Road to the Horse footage and bonus material. You’ll find snippets from past events, past entertainers plus interviews with past and current competitors. We’ll be constantly adding new footage so check back often!

    View the Road to the Horse YouTube Channel here.

  • One Arm Bandit & Co. Returns in 2018

    onearmbandit_IMG_8026-web

    In 2018, Road to the Horse will celebrate our Fifteenth Anniversary in spectacular style and there’s no better way to kick off the festivities than with entertainer and fan favorite, the One Arm Bandit. John S. Payne is a veteran entertainer at Road to the Horse but we haven’t witnessed his talent since 2015, when his wild west attitude and inspirational strength instantly shot him to popularity with Road to the Horse fans.

    “How could we ever celebrate our Fifteenth Anniversary without our great friend and twelve-time Specialty Act of the Year, John Payne” states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “He’s RTTH family and it’s always a wild ride to have him return, as we kick off our mega celebration of fifteen years of great horsemanship, change, tenacity and entertainment! You can’t have a mega-celebration without a mega-watt entertainer.”

    John S. Payne, the notorious One Arm Bandit, was born to a rancher in the oil rich town of Shidler, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1953. Ranch life with four brothers taught John to ‘Get out of the way or get run over.’  John believes ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

    Onearmbandit_2-webOn June 12, 1973, while tearing a house down for his dad and thinking the electricity had been shut off, John climbed an electric pole to cut some wires.  Problem was, he was dead wrong about the status of the wires.  Thousands of volts of electricity ran through his entire body for an unbearable ten seconds. John remembers the electrocution clearly.  He tried to release his grip, but could not. It burnt through his fingers on his right hand and he fell twenty-five foot to his death.

    Despite the massive electrocution, he survived. What hurt the most afterwards was his chest, which had been worked over by his rescuer during CPR. After a mad dash to the Ponca City Hospital, an ER nurse asked John what he was allergic to.  While staring death in the face, John wittingly answered “Electricity makes me break-out a bit,” proving his sense of humor was still intact.

    The doctors wanted to cut off John’s left leg but he told them; “I can’t ride a horse with one leg, and if I can’t ride a horse, I don’t want to live.”  The doctors did, however, cut off his right arm below his shoulder. After five weeks in the Tulsa Burn Center, the doctor reported, “No apparent brain damage, but he will be shorthanded.”  So, John checked himself out and went home to start breaking a horse he had bought while in the hospital.

    In 1975 John took a liking to Judy Crabtree and they married.  John and Judy are responsible for what is now the most sought after gang in the rodeo world today, The One Arm Bandit & Co.

    Thanks to family and friends, The One Arm Bandit & Co. has won the prestigious title of PRCA Specialty Act of the Year an unprecedented 12 times. Learn more at www.TheOneArmBandit.net.

    Road to the Horse 2018 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.  Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email tammy@roadtothehorse.com.

  • RTTH World Champion Wilson Honorary Guest at 6666 Ranch

    IMG_7919adjl-webIt’s only fitting that the current World Champion of Colt Starting returns to where it all begun! New Zealand international show jumper Vicki Wilson made the trek back to the United States after claiming her first Road to the Horse Championship in March, for two historic reasons. To prepare her recently purchased 2017 World Champion colt BOON RIVER LAD for the thirty hour flight back to her homeland of New Zealand, and to step foot on the famous 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas.

    After a fairytale ending at Road to the Horse 2017, Wilson vowed to continue his training, making BOON RIVER LAD the very first 6666 Ranch bred horse to call New Zealand home. Their bond was obvious at Road to the Horse and after falling in love with the courageous bay gelding she fondly called ‘Kentucky’, Wilson knew he would have a special place in their show team in New Zealand.

    “Matching the world’s best clinicians with the prestigious 6666 Ranch bloodlines continues to produce talented equine celebrities” states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “Our Road to the Horse Alumni is just outstanding and I know ‘Kentucky’ will be a huge success under the guidance of Vicki Wilson.”IMG_8036adj-web2

    Tootie Bland accompanied Vicki Wilson on her visit to the 6666 Ranch where they toured the veterinary clinic, the broodmare remuda and watched colts under saddle in training. A highlight of the visit for Wilson was the chance to meet the dam of her 6666 Ranch colt, THREE EIGHTS BEDOUIN; a stout grey AQHA dam, who is known as the leader of the broodmare remuda.

    “It’s pretty amazing here at the 6666 Ranch” expressed Vicki Wilson. “When you get here you realize how big a setup this is and how many people it takes to operate with 600-700 horses, all healthy and happy and in such amazing condition.”

    Road to the Horse 2018 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email tammy@roadtothehorse.com.

  • RTTH Fan Favorite Lucky #7 Could Be Yours!

    AV8A8551adjwebWhen Dan James asked Road to the Horse 2017 fans to select which colt he would be taking home to train by applause, there was no question, it was the 6666 Ranch colt BOONS KNOCKOUT. This playful colt, fondly named ‘Lucky #7’ bucked, jumped and kicked his way into the hearts of fans. There was no denying this stunning colt was looking for a friend. After the completion of Road to the Horse 2017, BOONS KNOCKOUT made his way to the Australian Equine Performance Center in Midway, KY, where he will remain in training until Road to the Horse 2018.

    There are giveaways and then there are life changing, cross all your fingers and toes, giveaways. The Road to the Horse / Double Dan Insider Horse Giveaway is one of those epic drawings you would do anything to win! One random fan at Road to the Horse 2018 will be gifted with a famous 6666 Ranch bred colt that ran in the Road to the Horse 2017 AQHA Remuda, and then placed in training with Double Dan Horsemanship. Not only will this special colt come with a solid foundation from Double Dan Horsemanship, the colt will be accompanied by a huge selection of gifts from dependable and trustworthy brands like Zoetis, Nutrena and Espana Silk Grooming Products.

    “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only own an amazing colt who wears the famous 6666 Ranch brand, but it’s an opportunity to share and learn from the knowledge of Dan James, one of the most popular and talented trainers we have ever seen” states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “You’re getting the total package, the very best breeding and training. You’ll want to stuff your pockets with four leaf clovers when it’s time for the random drawing at Road to the Horse 2018!”

    BOONS KNOCKOUT (2014 sorrel gelding) is sired by the 6666 Ranch sire BOON SAN (earner of NCHA $57, 580) and out of the mare SIXES KNOCKOUT (sired by SEVEN FROM HEAVEN). Not only is this colt royally bred, he shares the same breeding as REMEMBER SUNSET (aka. Swampy) the star of Dan James’ infamous liberty team and a past Road to the Horse World Champion Colt.

    To qualify for the chance to win BOONS KNOCKOUT (#7), a person must hold valid membership as a Road to the Horse Roadie, as well as membership as a Double Dan Horsemanship Insider at the time of the Road to the Horse 2018 event. The winner will be selected by random draw and does not have to be present to win but must be a US resident. For more information, rules and conditions visit www.RoadtotheHorse.com .

    Road to the Horse 2018 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.  Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

    DDH-7-web

  • Gritty Kiwi Cowgirl Vicki Wilson Set to Defend her Title in 2018

    Vicki heard you.  Tootie heard you.  The whole world heard you.  Fans didn’t just whisper, they shouted for the return of Vicki Wilson at Road to the Horse 2018, and the gritty Kiwi cowgirl answered!  Famed show jumper, Vicki Wilson, took over the Road to the Horse Facebook page to let everyone know, she’s coming back on a viral Facebook LIVE video. Her passion burns strong and her ‘broken wing’ will be healed, as she plans to defend her World Championship of Colt Starting title, she so valiantly earned in 2017.

    “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Road to the Horse 2018 and I can’t wait to come back to share my knowledge, do more clinics and educate people in America and around the world, I think there’s bigger and better things to come” stated the international showjumper Vicki Wilson.

    The search for a horsewoman like Vicki Wilson had spanned over a decade. The dream of blending the English and Western disciplines had been a lifelong mission of Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland, a pioneer who is constantly driven to smash the preconceived boundaries of horsemanship. This gutsy visionary was on a quest to bring unique talent to Road to the Horse and the delivery was embraced by hungry fans.

    From the very beginning, there was no denying this cowgirl was different, but fans embraced her English riding roots and new training concepts which clearly demonstrated her unyielding love for the horse. Wilson began as an unknown to most on the American landscape, but fans quickly fell in love with the Kiwi, after she portrayed unbelievable strength, to not only carry on at Road to the Horse 2017 with a dislocated shoulder, but to walk away with the coveted title.

    “This is the dawn of a new paradigm, the evolution of a new way of thinking” stated Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “Fans have never witnessed anything like Vicki Wilson and she’s ready to return and defend her title. Plans are already underway for the biggest celebration in Road to the Horse history, as we commemorate our fifteenth anniversary in 2018.”

    Missed the Facebook LIVE video? Watch it here…

    Road to the Horse 2018 will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park March 23 – 25, 2018. Tickets on sale now at https://www.roadtothehorse.com/tickets/ or by calling 877-772-5425.