• Diversity Shines at Road to the Horse 2018

    Call her a dreamer but for the last 15 years Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland has dedicated her life to uniting the equine industry. Bland has been a relentless advocate of the horse, sharing her message, that however diverse we may be as equestrians, the success of a young horse stems from a solid foundation.

    This diversity has never been more apparent than at Road to the Horse 2018. With Wilson mounted in her English saddle, Dowers in his Western saddle, and James in his Australian saddle, all three Road to the Horse 2018 competitors displayed remarkable horsemanship, staying true to their roots and true to the horse. All different, but all undeniably successful.

    “That’s what good horsemanship is” stated Road to the Horse 2018 judge Mike Kevil. “It has no boundaries, it has no gender. A good hand is a good hand, and that’s what you see here at Road to the Horse.”

    Show jumping sensation and defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion Vicki Wilson proudly brought the Gist Silversmith’s Road to the Horse 2018 World Championship buckle back to her homeland of New Zealand. Wilson secured her place in Road to the Horse history as the only horsewoman to have captured two World Championship of Colt Starting titles.

    Australian horseman, Dan James was honored with the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award for his exceptional horsemanship skills which he portrayed throughout the entire event. A recognition that is hand-selected and awarded by legendary horseman Jack Brainard.

    “When the greats of colt starting lay it on the line, any thought that you think you can predict the outcome should be thrown out the window! And so, it was on that given Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky” states Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland. “The only thing anyone can predict about Road to the Horse is that it is unpredictable until the last second!”

    Plans are already well underway for Road to the Horse 2019, where the colorful Mardi Gras celebrations of 2018 will be traded for a little piece of the Wild Wild West.

    Learn more about Road to the Horse at www.RoadtotheHorse.com.  Road to the Horse 2019 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 800-514-3849. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

    Colts selected at Road to the Horse 2018:

    Vicki Wilson: #8 Wyoming Pick and #12 Crowns Lad

    Nick Dowers: #5 Little River Tuf and #6 Boons Sixgun

    Dan James: #2 Double Mountain Fork and #11 Rockin Latigo

    Photos and videos from Road to the Horse 2018 can be found on our Facebook page here.

  • Missed the action? View RTTH 2018 Videos on RTTH Facebook

    Road to the Horse 2015 Wild Card Champion Trevor Carter kept all our fans up to date by posting LIVE videos from the event on Road to the Horse Facebook. Visit Road to the Horse Facebook to replay LIVE videos from the event.

    Join us on Road to the Horse Facebook here.

    Learn more about the Road to the Horse 2018 podcast at: http://www.horseradionetwork.com/roadtothehorse/

     

  • It’s hard to bring a Cowboy down. Canadian Jim Anderson Withdraws from RTTH 2018

    Road to the Horse is well adapted to change. The twists and turns throughout the history of the competition has built a crew that is both flexible and adaptable. As we approach the final countdown to Road to the Horse 2018, it is with great regret that we inform our devoted fans, that Jim Anderson from Canada, has withdrawn from the competition due to medical reasons.

    The Road to the Horse 2014 World Champion, who was set to represent his homeland of Canada has withdrawn from the competition due to complications arising from a surgery in January, which has left Anderson with weakness and extreme fatigue. Despite a steady and hopeful recovery, encompassing multiple therapies, Anderson is disappointed he has not healed enough withstand the demands of the competition.

    “It’s hard to bring a cowboy down and even harder to stop a World Champion in his quest and commitment to represent his country and his horsemanship” states Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland. “There will always be a spot for World Champion Jimmy Anderson at Road to the Horse and we wish him a speedy and complete recovery.”

    Road to the Horse 2018 kicks off on Thursday March 22, at 5:30pm at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, when the Remuda will be revealed to the public for the very first time from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm by 6666 Ranch Horse Division Manager, Dr. Glenn Blodgett, and AQHA President, Dr. Jim Heird. This bonus Road to the Horse event is FREE to the public.

    The main ticketed event kicks off on Friday March 23, 2018, as Road to the Horse celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and in true Road to the Horse fashion, it is guaranteed to be spectacular. All past World Champions, the Road to the Horse 2018 international competitor lineup is a collection of the world’s best colt starting talent. Our lady competitor, from the beautiful islands of New Zealand, is an international showjumper and our defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson. Downunder horseman and Road to the Horse 2012 World Champion Dan James will return to the Road to the Horse round pen for the first time since 2013. Red, white, and blue, American-made Nick Dowers is both a NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Road to the Horse World Champion. Fans watched Nick Dowers win his World Championship of Colt Starting title in 2016. All past World Champions who have captured one Road to the Horse World Championship buckle, all looking for their second.

    Learn more about Road to the Horse at 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.

  • FREE Entry to Remuda Reveal on Thursday March 22, 2018

    The Revealing of the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch: We hear them coming. The dust. The hooves that pound the ground like a sweet summer storm. It’s a promise of what’s to come. With anticipation, we wait, and we watch the history pages fill before our eyes. They are the one passion that unites us, however diverse we may be. They are the stars of the show. They are the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch.

    On Thursday March 22, Road to the Horse throws open the doors of the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park at 5:30 pm to allow fans to take advantage of the renowned shopping experience. The Remuda will be revealed to the public for the very first time from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm by 6666 Ranch Horse Division Manager, Dr. Glenn Blodgett, and AQHA President, Dr. Jim Heird. This bonus Road to the Horse event is FREE to the public. The main ticketed event kicks off on Friday March 23, 2018.

    “If you’re passionate about horses, you won’t want to be anywhere else on Thursday March 22” states Road to the Horse Founder/Producer, Tootie Bland. “We’re celebrating our fifteenth anniversary in spectacular fashion and there’s not a better way to launch this mega-celebration, than to showcase the world’s best three-year-old colts from the historic 6666 Ranch.”

    In 2018, Road to the Horse celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and in true Road to the Horse fashion, it’s guaranteed to be spectacular. All past World Champions, the Road to the Horse 2018 international competitor lineup is a collection of the world’s best colt starting talent. Our lady competitor, from the beautiful islands of New Zealand, is an international showjumper and our defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson. Representing our neighbors from north of the border, Canadian Jim Anderson is both a Road to the Horse World Champion and our Wildcard Champion from 2014. Downunder horseman and Road to the Horse 2012 World Champion Dan James will return to the Road to the Horse round pen for the first time since 2013. Red, white, and blue, American-made Nick Dowers is both a NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Road to the Horse World Champion. Fans watched Nick Dowers win his World Championship of Colt Starting title in 2016. All past World Champions who have captured one Road to the Horse World Championship buckle, all looking for their second.

    Learn more about Road to the Horse at 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.

  • Who Judges the World’s Finest Equine Clinicians?

    Road to the Horse hunts the globe in a quest to bring together the best of the best. Only one competitor will walk away with the World Championship of Colt Starting title and that is determined by only those individuals who are qualified to judge the world’s finest. As Road to the Horse continues its voyage in uncharted waters, individual judges are unique as the event itself. Each individual on the Road to the Horse Judge’s Panel is an expert in their discipline. A unique blend of diverse talents that stretches from the round pen, to the dressage arena.

    In a pursuit to reach its own exceptionally high standards, Road to the Horse has created a cutting-edge digital judging system where each professional lends their experience and expertise, as they judge every step taken from beginning to end. Their reputations will be on the line, when they determine who will walk away with the world’s most coveted horsemanship title.

    The Road to the Horse 2018 Judges Panel consists of these talented individuals:  Yvonna Barteau, Jack Brainard, Dr. Jim Heird, Mike Kevil, Cody Lambert, and Jeff Williams. For a complete biography on each individual judge, click here.

    Yvonne Barteau: Yvonne Barteau is one of this nation’s most celebrated riders and a lifelong horse trainer. She has earned her USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as well as her Gold, Silver and Bronze freestyle bars. Her Business KYB Dressage has trained over a dozen horses to the Grand Prix Level and over 50 to Prix St George. In 2015, her Holsteiner stallion GP Raymeister, was named Most Winning Horse in USDF history. Yvonne Barteau has published two award-winning books. Her recent release The Dressage Horse Manifesto is the second of two books she has authored on horses. Ride the Right Horse, examines the impact of human and horse personalities and how they work together. Yvonne and her husband Kim are based out of Maple Park, Illinois.

    Jack Brainard: Trainer, Breeder, Judge, Leader, Teacher, Author, Mentor and Friend are all accurate labels of Jack Brainard of Tioga, Texas, long known for his contributions to the equine industry and his lifelong commitment to horses and the people who enjoy them. Jack Brainard has bred and trained horses for over 54 years and judged for a variety of national horse associations for over 40 years. A true veteran judge of colt staring, Jack Brainard has never missed a year at Road to the Horse. He has judged every competitor, at every event.

    Dr. Jim Heird:  Dr. Jim Heird is Executive Professor and Coordinator of the Equine Initiative and holder of the Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair at Texas A&M University. Dr. Heird has an international reputation in the field of equine sciences. He has lectured on numerous topics both nationally and internationally. He has been a successful judging team coach, teacher, researcher, and extension specialist. In 2017, Dr. Jim Heird was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. In March of 2018, Dr. Jim Heird will become President of the AQHA, the World’s Largest Breed Association.

    Mike Kevil: For 40 years Mike has developed his own training practices that include patience, consistency and understanding the horse. Before the modern-day term “Horse Whisperer” Mike was a master of this art. Today, he has numerous horses in his training program and a full waiting list. Although he admits that he does not get hung up on terms such as “Horse Whisperer,” he continually strives to become a good hand. Mike is the noted author of “Starting Colts, a Western Horseman Book” and its DVD counterparts, “Starting Colts” volumes one and two available through Western Horseman. Road to the Horse 2018 will mark Kevil’s seventh year judging at Road to the Horse.

    Cody Lambert: Cody Lambert is a Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee and ten-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bull riding and saddle bronc riding. Cody started his professional rodeo career in 1980 and has earned numerous titles throughout his career.  Cody was a PBR Co-Founder and qualified for the first three PBR World Finals. After the 1996 PBR World Finals he retired from competition and was awarded the PBR Ring of Honor, making him one of the first recipients along with Ted Nuce, Jim Shoulders and Harry Tompkins. Cody currently serves as Vice President of The PBR Board of Directors, as well as the organization’s Livestock Director.

    Jeff Williams: Jeff Williams has been starting colts for numerous long-time clients that include the Haythorn Ranch, King Ranch, Beggs Ranch, Matador Ranch, Espuela Ranch, and the Muleshoe Ranch for over 20 years. Not only does Jeff Williams have an in-depth and lifelong understanding of the elements that create a perfect foundation for a developing colt, this is a cowboy who lives every day in the saddle.

    Learn more about Road to the Horse at 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.

     

  • World Champion Colts Set to Guide the Remuda

    It’s ‘Cowboy’s Choice’ when it comes to Lexington and these top 6666 Ranch hands made their picks!

    As the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch gallop into the arena, they’ll be guided by what 6666 Ranch cowboy Phil Fox calls, ‘the cream of the crop.’ These working mounts were hand-picked for Lexington by 6666 Ranch hands and will include two past Road to the Horse World Champion colts:

    • PERFECT PERFORMANCE: RTTH 2011 World Champion Colt ridden by Chris Cox. Selected by Dr. Glenn Blodgett.
    • SPEEDY CREAM: RTTH 2015 World Champion Colt with Jim Anderson. Selected by Jessie Waite.
    • SIXES PRAIRE: Hand-picked by Tootie Bland at the Return to the Remuda Sale Selected by Phil Fox.

  • Who you’ll find in the RTTH 2018 Marketplace!

    There’s no shortage of shopping at Road to the Horse 2018!

    Find our list of vendors you’ll find in the Road to the Horse 2018 Marketplace right here.

     

     

  • RTTH 2018 Schedule Now Posted

    We’ve posted the complete Road to the Horse 2018 Schedule.
    We’re non stop action from March 23-25, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    Click here to view our event schedule.

    Click here to see local recommended hotels.

    Click here to purchase RTTH 2018 tickets.

  • Unforgettable RTTH Moments!

    We’re sharing unforgettable moments from Road to the Horse on YouTube.
    We’ll be adding highlights often, so stay tuned!
    Visit our complete list of videos on YouTube now on our RTTH Official YouTube Channel.

  • Dan James and Lucky #7

    We were able to visit with Road to the Horse 2018 competitor Dan James and BOONS KNOCKOUT (Lucky #7) when they both traveled through Texas for clinics. One lucky RTTH fan will be leaving Road to the Horse 2018 with this amazing young 6666 Ranch-bred gelding. Learn more here.

    The Competition

    In order 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. Winner will be responsible for shipping costs from Lexington, Kentucky to their home address.

    Learn more about the Double Dan Insider Program or register here.
    Learn more about Road to the Horse Roadie Membership or register here.