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 recipes 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.”
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One Arm Bandit & Co. Returns in 2018
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 fans haven’t witnessed his talent since 2015.
“We’re thrilled to welcome John back to Road to the Horse in 2018″ states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “He is part of our family and it’s always such a pleasure to have him return as we kick off the biggest celebrations fans have ever seen!”
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” and “If there is a will, there is a way”.
On 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. 7,200 volts of electricity ran through his entire body for an unbearable 10 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 25 feet to his death.
After lying dead on the ground for approximately five minutes, he came to with his sidekick pounding on his chest and giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Gary Hughes delivered John back from the dead, but he was in bad shape. The electricity grounded to the pole through his abdomen, leaving his intestines protruding. The voltage had also burnt his left thigh, as well, exposing his thighbone from his knee several inches up. His flaming clothes had to be put out upon reaching the ground. He couldn’t focus his eyes, he thought he was blind.
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 5 weeks in the Tulsa Burn Center, the doctor reported, “No apparent brain damage, but he will be short handed.” 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 Gang.
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 and is a veteran entertainer at Road to the Horse. Learn more at www.theonearmbandit.net.
RTTH World Champion Wilson Honorary Guest at 6666 Ranch
It’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.”
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.”
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RTTH Fan Favorite Lucky #7 Could Be Yours!
When 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 .
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.”
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Vicki Wilson takes the title at Road to the Horse 2017
Road to the Horse 2017 was created in dedication of the cowgirl. “We may have started out to celebrate the cowgirl but what we created was the most inspirational and most exciting Road to the Horse fans have ever seen” stated Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland.
In the closest scoring competition in the history of the event, less than approximately 8 points per judge separated each competitor. There was no mistaking, Vicki Wilson was different but there wasn’t any doubting her horsemanship. Wilson was not only the first competitor from New Zealand, she was the first competitor from an English discipline to not only compete but to walk away with the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title.
“This isn’t about being a cowgirl anymore, it’s all about horsemanship” stated the first lady of Road to the Horse, Stacy Westfall, as the competition moved into the final round on Day 3.
Wilson’s Road to the Horse journey was far from scripted. After dislocating her left shoulder during Round 1, many fans were unsure if she could even continue. She didn’t just continue, she shined. Wilson may have had to alter her strategy with her 6666 Ranch bred colt Boon River Lad, who she fondly named ‘Kentucky’, but she continued with the grace and grit of a champion. This cowgirl may have had a broken wing, but she certainly showed ‘Kentucky’ how to fly.
“My shoulder is sore but when you walk out there, the atmosphere, the people, everything about it, you don’t even think about it. He didn’t quit and I didn’t quit, that’s what being a cowgirl is all about. I believe our job as riders and trainers around the world is to inspire the next generation, to get kids to believe that anything is possible in this life and if we want something bad enough, you have to work hard and be prepared to sacrifice and chase those dreams” Wilson stated as she admired her Gist Silversmith Championship buckle. “Never stop chasing dreams.”
Rachelle Valentine selected the 6666 Ranch horse gelding Playin A Seven, this playful grey gelding soon became a fan favorite. Sarah Dawson selected Smart Hunt and California cutting horse trainer Kate Neubert claimed the prestigious Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award riding Sixes Captain.
It’s almost a tradition that the winner of Road to the Horse chooses to purchase their colt to continue their training, Wilson didn’t break tradition.
“Yes, ‘Kentucky’ is coming back to New Zealand. It’s a bit of a trip for him, but he deserves it. He will become a new demo and clinic pony, he loves his jumping, so that is something we will develop. He is going to be a pretty cool kid.”
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How to Vote – RTTH 2017 Drill Team Showdown
“Watching the horsemanship, teamwork and coordination of the drill teams is thrilling, add a little friendly competition in there and it’s going to create one heck of a showdown!” RTTH Owner/Producer Tootie Bland
What you’ll see?
- Each of the four drill teams will complete two performances.
- Thursday (March 23), the teams will each perform a Compulsory Routine.
- The Freestyle performance will be performed on Friday and Saturday (March 24 – 25).
- Routine must contain specific maneuvers and be under ten minutes in length.
- Each team consists of between 10 and 14 riders.
What to look for…
As you watch each team perform, please use the following criteria to determine who gets your vote:
Execution: Was the spacing and timing consistent? Was the team alert and their execution precise?
Horses: Were the horses well mannered, well trained and well presented?
Originality: Was it original and exciting?
- Sixty percent of the score will come from public voting.
- Forty percent of the score will come from independent judges at the event.
How to Vote for your favorite….
- Voting opens Thursday (March 23) at 1.00 pm EST and closes Sunday (March 26) at 9:00 am EST.
- Simply visit RoadtotheHorse.com and follow the link to cast your vote.
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Road to the Horse 2017 – Replay the Action
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This is not your ordinary broadcast! In true Road to the Horse fashion we’re exploding boundaries and exploring new territory by creating a cutting-edge experience for fans. For the first time ever, James and Cameron will be on hand throughout the live broadcast with a play by play recap, as well as educating fans on the rules and format of the event. They’ll also be interviewing a host of celebrities, past Road to the Horse World Champions and special guests. Blend these two dynamic personalities in a LIVE broadcast and you’re guaranteed a production to leave you smiling!
As fans pack and get ready to flock to the Alltech Arena to witness the very first all-cowgirl World Championship of Colt Starting, at Road to the Horse 2017, Ride the Remuda Productions is busy creating a state of the art LIVE broadcast to bring the action to fans around the world. Not only will fans around the globe take front row seats to eyewitness every minute of the event, they’ll also be enjoying an exclusive colorful commentary by past Road to the Horse World Champions, Dan James and Craig Cameron when they sign in with any electronic device.
Whether you watch it on your iPad, iPhone, smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV, fans will enjoy hassle free streaming and 24/7 customer support. Fans can preregister here for the broadcast and test their computer system to be sure they’ll enjoy problem free streaming when the event kicks off. Can’t watch it LIVE? No problem. Video on demand event footage is available ten days after the completion of the event. To sign up for your exclusive electronic ticket to the action, simply .
Dan James is no stranger to Road to the Horse. The much-loved Aussie import not only wears a coveted Road to the Horse World Championship Gist Silversmith buckle from 2012, he has since returned annually to the event as a fan favorite entertainer. Craig Cameron’s megawatt smile and captivating personality is right at home at Road to the Horse. Capturing an event title in 2006, Craig has returned many times as a celebrity, host and competitor.
Bringing together the finest horsewomen from around the world, the very first Celebration of the Cowgirl at Road to the Horse 2017 is unlike any other World Championship of Colt Starting. Multiple World Champion NRCHA cowgirl and horsewoman Sarah Winters returns as a veteran competitor at Road to the Horse. Fellow competitor and newcomer to Road to the Horse, Kate Neubert comes from a strong family tradition of colt starting and has amassed over $200,000 in NCHA earnings. Hauling from Florida, Rachelle Valentine will also enter the round pen at Road to the Horse for the very first time. Her passion for developing young horses led her to a successful career in the reining horse industry. New Zealander Vicki Wilson, not only enters Road to the Horse as our very first competitor from New Zealand, but this author, TV celebrity and trainer is also the very first international show jumper to bring her helmet and jodhpurs to Road to the Horse.
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Media Applications Now Accepted for Road to the Horse 2017
There’s one guarantee at Road to the Horse, always expect the unexpected. The history of Road to the Horse is layered with pivotal moments and 2017, will be no exception. For the very first time, an all lady lineup will go head to head for the World Championship of Colt Starting title, all in celebration of the cowgirl. Road to the Horse 2017 also imports the very first New Zealand competitor Vicki Wilson. Wilson not only represents New Zealand but as an international showjumper, Wilson will represent the English discipline for the very first time at Road to the Horse.
With a world class competitor lineup, Road to the Horse 2017 will certainly go down as one of the most exciting yet! Road to the Horse veteran and multiple NRCHA World Champion Sarah Dawson returns to the round pen in 2017. This Texas-based cowgirl and daughter of accomplished horseman Richard Winters is no stranger to Road to the Horse. California based cutting horse trainer Kate Neubert, will make her first trip to Lexington, having massed over $250,000 in NCHA earnings, this horsewoman comes from a strong family of colt starting traditions. Rachelle Valentine, will also enter the Road to the Horse round pen for the very first time. Hauling from Florida, this professional reining trainer has collected more experience than others twice her age. Packing her helmet and her jodhpurs, New Zealander Vicki Wilson is accustomed to world class competition. This TV celebrity, author and showjumper has made a name for herself downunder and now she’s headed to Road to the Horse to do the same.
To apply for a Road to the Horse Press Pass, please email the name of your publication and your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Media personal will have full access to the Photography Pit and Press Room at the event. Competitors will also be available for interviews at scheduled Press Conferences throughout the event. Applicants will be notified upon acceptance.
Road to the Horse 2017 tickets on sale now….
Sarah Dawson, Kate Neubert, Rachelle Valentine and Vicki Wilson have been announced as competitors at Road to the Horse 2017. Road to the Horse 2017 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, on March 23-26, 2017. Road to the Horse 2017 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