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.
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.
The Release of the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch
Thunderstruck. Every Road to the Horse fan knows that’s the song that scoots you to the edge of your seat. That song means the Road to the Horse Remuda is about to run into the Alltech Arena for the very first time. It’s one of the biggest highlights at every Road to the Horse event. It’s goosebumps time, it’s the tears welling up in your eyes time, it’s the time you realize that your entire lifetime of chasing your passion for the horse, was the right thing to do. Seeing the magnificent 6666 Ranch colts charge into the Alltech Arena will forever stay etched in your heart. Generations of the best American Quarter Horse bloodlines all come down to this moment.
True to their dedication to breeding the very best American Quarter Horses, the 6666 Ranch has compiled a selection of their finest for Road to the Horse 2018. One by one, the colts will be showcased to Road to the Horse fans launching in November, 2017.
Set for stardom, these colts will take one giant leap on a Road to the Horse journey that will change the course for rest of their lives. Decades of history, champions and legends are all exemplified in this one solitary Remuda. The sires of the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch are:
- Boon San
- Playboys Buck Fever
- Rockin W
- Tuf Four
- WR This Cats Smart
The Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch will be presented for sale to the public during Road to the Horse 2018. For information visit the 6666 Ranch booth on the main concourse at Road to the Horse 2018.
All past World Champions, the Road to the Horse 2018 international competitor lineup is spectacular. Our lady competitor, from the beautiful islands of New Zealand, is international showjumper and defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson. Representing our neighbors from north 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 claim 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.
Our 15th Anniversary Holiday Sale On Now!
There are average sales and then there’s the Road to the Horse 15th Anniversary Holiday Sale! You’ll find unbelievable deals on Official Road to the Horse merchandise, as well as free domestic shipping! It’s a great opportunity to grab the perfect Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy horse-lover in your life! Starts November 17 and ends December 2, 2017. Start picking out your goodies now! Shop here.
Facebook Live at the 6666 RanchTuesday, October 24th, 2017, was kinda like Christmas for the Road to the Horse crew. It’s our first glimpse at the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch. It’s the time when we stare at the horizon, standing on sacred ground, waiting for the 6666 Ranch cowboys to push the Remuda into view. It’s special. It’s epic. Watching the Remuda pass, you’re watching generations of select American Quarter Horse breeding that have not only made history, but changed the face of the entire equine industry. It’s an honor and a privilege that we don’t take for granted. It’s the gathering of the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda.
For the first time ever, Road to the Horse fans got to join the Road to the Horse crew as the Remuda was gathered, via Facebook Live. Road to the Horse fans got a chance to see exactly what the crew sees, as it happened. If you missed it? Be sure and visit Road to the Horse Facebook to watch the videos.
Road to the Horse wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the 6666 Ranch, as well as Western Horseman and Equine Monthly, who helped us cover this historic event.
Stay tuned to Road to the Horse, and we’ll take a closer look at the 2018 Remuda, one by one.
Award winning Road to the Horse 2018 Entertainment Lineup
There’s no denying, the galloping Remuda of 6666 Ranch bred colts are our Road to the Horse superstars but our entertainment lineup is running a very close second. Fans at Road to the Horse 2018 will have a chance to enjoy award winning performances throughout the event from these talented musicians.
I am a mother of three from Elizabethtown, KY. I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky. I worked in the country music industry in Nashville, TN, back in the 90’s but left to be a wife and a mother in Georgia. I returned to Kentucky in 2005. I ride and compete in Extreme Cowboy Racing with my three children, who are 18, 15 and 11. I have been honored to sing the National Anthem for the Extreme Cowboy Association’s National and World Championships on several occasions. I was honored as well to sing both the Canadian and American National Anthems at The Cowboy-Up Challenge at the 2014 Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta. As an American, a mother, and the former wife of a Marine and police officer, I have a great respect for our country and the servicemen and women who protect her. I have not served in our country’s military, but when I sing our National Anthem, I sing it for those who have fought for her, who are currently fighting for her, and for those who will fight for her. I sing it because I am proud and thankful to be an American.
Nashville Recording Artist, now based out of Northern, KY, Holly Spears is a small-town girl with big dreams. Her new single, Farm Girl recently reached #10 on New Music weekly’s Country Internet Chart and #10 on the NMW Main Country Chart. Spears has also reached #6 on the NMW Country Top 30 Indie Artists. Not bad for an Indie Artist who owns her own record label, Girl on a Mission Music, LLC.
Holly found her way into acting in a Western movie called Nail 32. She landed 5 songs in Nail 32. You can also find 5 of Holly’s songs in a movie called, Virtuous, that stars Erik Estrada. Holly has had 2 songs in TV commercials and several television music videos. You can also find many of her music videos on YouTube, including her John Denver cover of Country Roads, which is on its way to reaching 100,000 views. Make sure to check out her Farm Girl, Cowboy up, and Sunshine videos to see her horse, Pretty Girl. Holly Spears loves sharing her industry knowledge with the music students she builds into via the web or in her studio in Northern Kentucky. You can find her albums Boots and Bling, Heartache to Hope, Audience of One, The Songs of Christmas and Redemption Road, as well as her new single, Farm Girl on iTunes, her website and at her live shows. Keep up with Holly and her musical journey on www.hollyspears.com , Facebook @HollySpearsFanPage and Instagram under holly.spears.
Epp Mevin Walls
Epp Mevin Walls is an award winning Christian country Singer/Songwriter with NewStep Records and co-founder along with wife Kathleen Walls of EMW Music Ministries.
Epp’s style of music is a new country/country rock sound, upbeat with a positive uplifting message. Epp and Kathleen travel extensively throughout the year sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and personal testimonies, at many different events and venues such as Church Worship Services, special events, benefit concerts, festivals, retreats, and revivals. Epp and Kathleen also conduct Cowboy Church Services for rodeos and horse shows, IBRA events (International Barrel Racers Association) and the PBR.
Epp loves to share his music at Celebrate Recovery programs using his own personal testimony to encourage and support those who have decided to take that step which can change their lives forever. Epp has written three full length CDs, one which was awarded CGM Country Gospel Music Album of the Year in 2013. Epp has penned six #1 songs, as well as several top ten and top forty songs.
Epp and Kathleen live on a beautiful 130 Acre horse farm in Central Kentucky where they love living the country lifestyle and spending time with their horses and dogs as well as two very spoiled barn cats! Music is available on all the major music distributors online or go to eppmevinwalls.com.
View our complete Road to the Horse 2018 entertainment lineup including the One Arm Bandit and Whispery Pines Percherons here.