• 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.

  • The Release of the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch

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    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.IMG_9097adt-web

    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:

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        • 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.

    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.

  • Our 15th Anniversary Holiday Sale On Now!

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    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 Ranch

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    Tuesday, 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

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    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.

    Laura Green

    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.

    Holly Spears

    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

     

  • Another Tootie Twist on the Road to the Horse

    rtthHomepageFeaturedImage2018-tootieRoad to the Horse has more twists and turns than a dirt road on the 6666 Ranch! That’s what fans love and what keeps them on the edge of their seats. Tootie Twist, that’s what the fans have dubbed them and we think the name’s quite fitting. Road to the Horse 2018 will not disappoint, we guarantee it! For the first time in the colorful fifteen-year history of Road to the Horse, competitors will be starting two colts. That’s not new, you say, but starting two colts simultaneously is, and that’s the world class challenge for our four world class competitors. Where else can you go to watch the most elite horse trainers in the universe, start two untouched colts at the same time, in one place? Nowhere.

    “When you have four world champions on the roster with a wealth of talent, knowledge, and desire, Road to the Horse must rise to the occasion and meet these champions with a challenge of all challenges!” states Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “We have to give them the chance to dig deep in their soul, draw on every skill good or bad, that they have ever experienced and set the stage so that each of these World Champions will cross horizons of horsemanship that even they didn’t know were possible. These four Road to the Horse World Champions this year are certainly not your mama’s Buick!”

    The competition begins with the selection of two colts from the Road to the Horse Remuda. Each competitor will then complete three working round pen sessions, throughout the weekend. As the competitor is working with one colt, the other colt will be resting in an adjoined pen. This format allows the competitor to maximize their working time, while keeping the colts rested and relaxed. Each competitor will then guide each colt individually through the challenging fourth round, the well-known Road to the Horse obstacle course. Scores will be tallied by the accumulative score on both colts.

    IMG_7019-2horses“I’m super excited for the opportunity to work multiple colts at the same time because this is something, that I’m really familiar with in my training” states Road to the Horse 2018 competitor, Dan James. “In this new style, Road to the Horse fans will be able to witness a skill set they’ve never seen before.”

    “With the new format this year, Road to the Horse is as true and clear as a blue sky, to our roots and mission of making a better life for horses. Once again RTTH will kick another door open on our quest to bring all horse-first horsemanship to the spotlight. I think ya’ll are really going to enjoy this year and walk away amazed” states Tootie Bland.

    All past World Champions, all from different countries, the Road to the Horse 2018 lineup is spectacular. New Zealand international showjumper and defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson, is the solitary lady in the mix. She’ll be up against the cowboys but she’s not intimidated in the least.  Representing our friends across the border, Canadian Jim Anderson is both a Road to the Horse World Champion and our Wildcard Champion from 2014. Australia horseman Dan James, may be well-known for his magical liberty demonstrations and Road to the Horse 2012 World Championship but fans affectionately know him now as Swampy’s dad. American Nick Dowers is a cowboy of many talents, Dowers’ buckle case claims World Championship titles from both the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Road to the Horse 2016.

    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.

     

  • Meet Whispery Pines Percherons

    We’ve seen a lot of things at Road to the Horse, but never a 6 horse black Percheron Hitch. This stunning hitch will take your breathe away! How does it feel to hold the lines of such horsepower? Watch our video below.

    Sam and Kellie Rettinger, owners of Whispery Pines Percherons in Kingsville, OH, have been involved in the equine industry for their entire lives. The Rettingers bring their horses to several events each year to show in different hitch and riding classes. They also provide carriage rides with their Percherons for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, hay rides, and winter sleigh rides. Percherons performing at Road to the Horse 2018 include Ace, Octane, Tony, Hawke, Candyman, and Super Sam. Learn more at www.WhisperyPines.com.

  • Nick Dowers Completes Road to the Horse 2018 Lineup

    AV8A4183as-web2Expect the unexpected; that’s the Road to the Horse motto fans have grown to love. It’s what drives them to buy tickets before the first competitor is even announced. Each year their wildest imagination about what to expect is blown away by the unimaginable. 2018 will not disappoint. Never has there been competitors from four different countries. Never has every competitor held one previous World Championship of Colt Starting title and never has anyone dared to pit a liberty trainer, reining trainer, reined cow horse trainer and an international show jumper against each other but Road to the Horse mastermind Tootie Bland, didn’t th ink twice.

    Dowers joins the star-studded lineup which includes defending World Champion and New Zealand show jumper Vicki Wilson, gifted Australian horseman Dan James, and Canadian reining horse sensation, Jim Anderson.

    As Road to the Horse 2016 World Champion Nick Dowers completes the lineup, fans wait patiently, counting the days tortthHomepageFeaturedImage2018-dowers the most anticipated Road to the Horse event yet. Like admirers standing on the Mezzanine waiting for the magic to unfold, in the quiet before the storm.

    “Not only does each competitor carry with them their own hopes and dreams, they’re ambassadors” states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “Ambassadors for their country, their gender, their discipline, their talent, their training program but most of all for the horse. We’ll be writing history as we celebrate our fifteenth anniversary!”

    While many things set Nick Dowers apart from his peers, his unique training philosophy clearly tops the list. Humble beginnings in Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley taught the 33-year- old cowboy that hard work, patience and perseverance were the tools for success. Dowers began riding at a young age, using horses on his family’s Triple D Ranches in the Great Basin. This background instilled in him a sincere appreciation for the horse as his partner, as well as a belief that work outside of the arena is crucial. After studying under well-respected horsemen and women, Dowers pulled the best from each to develop his own training theories. Equipped with the knowledge he gleaned from mentors like Bryan Neubert, Joe Wolter, Andrea Fappani and Annie Reynolds, Dowers set out to establish a program with a balance of natural KS160447a-webhorsemanship and performance horse training techniques. His end goal is to build a partnership with each horse that results in a balanced and confident athlete. Winning is not everything – the more important measurement of success is the journey Dowers takes to unlocking each horse’s maximum potential.

    Dowers took the cow horse world by storm in October 2013 when he piloted Time For The Diamond to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open World Championship, but the paycheck that accompanied the win was far from the most valuable result of that success. With the performance horse industry’s attention, Dowers could prove to his fellow horsemen that taking one’s time and getting into a horse’s mind could still yield a champion in the show pen.

    TIME FOR THE DIAMOND is the perfect example of a Nick Dowers graduate – he has carried Dowers pack hunting, helped with ranch tasks and dominated in the performance arena, where the stallion is still adding to his nearly $150,000 in lifetime earnings. Longevity is just one of the many positive results that come out of Dowers’ program, which emphasizes compassion and patience from starting a colt throughout that horse’s career. It truly is the best of both worlds.

    In 2016, Dowers captured his first ever Road to the Horse World Championship of Colt Starting, riding the 6666 Ranch gelding SEVEN ATTRACTION, a reined cow horse trainer who was unknown to most Road to the Horse fans, became a household name. Learn more about Nick Dowers at www.NickDowers.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. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email tammy@roadtothehorse.com.

     

  • Road to the Horse 2018 Unmasks Canadian Horseman Jim Anderson

    IMG_3694-jimIt wasn’t until I was handed the assignment to write the details of the release of our next competitor, did the magnitude of Road to the Horse 2018 really hit me.  What other competition in the world pits an international show jumper against a reining horse trainer and a liberty performer? How do I explain that? I like to think I know almost everything about Road to the Horse, but even I don’t know what is about to happen next.

    With the announcement of talented Canadian reining horse trainer Jim Anderson, Road to the Horse 2018 is shaping up to be an unprecedented worldwide showdown. Anderson joins the star-studded line-up which includes defending World Champion and New Zealand show jumper Vicki Wilson and gifted Australian horseman, Dan James.

    As each competitor steps onto Road to the Horse dirt, they won’t just be representing their own talent, they’ll have the weight of their entire country resting on their shoulders. As the fifteenth anniversary of Road to the Horse is sculptured into an international clash of past World Champions, there’s no doubt it will be one of the most anticipated Road to the Horse events yet.

    “These competitors are as talented and unique as they come! All from different cultures, all from different disciplines and the only thing they have in common, is they’re all battling for their second World Championship of Colt Starting title” states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer, Tootie Bland.It’s the perfect equation. They’re patriots now, and each competitor carries with them the heart and soul of a nation.”

    Cinderella, Cinderella. Ask any Road to the Horse fan who our Cinderella is and they’ll tell you, it’s Jim Anderson. Anderson is a Road to the HorseIMG_8961-web warrior. Not only did he have to battle six of the country’s best clinicians in the first ever Road to the Horse 2014 Wild Card Competition, he didn’t even have time to celebrate his win. His win put him directly into the Road to the Horse 2014 round pen, where he fearlessly captured the overall event title.

    “A big part of what makes this event so special is having the fans share those incredible moments of connection, when we’re able to gain our horse’s trust and confidence” testifies Jim Anderson. “I believe Road to the Horse has provided a venue that promotes natural horsemanship in its best form and I hope that we (the competitors), leave our fans inspired to do great things.”

    Born with a rope in his hand and spurs on his boots, Jim has spent his entire life with horses. Growing up in southern Alberta, Canada, on the family ranch, his parents ensured that he was exposed to good horsemanship from a very early age. He took clinics with Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt and upon finishing high school at age eighteen, spent a winter working with Bryan Neubert.

    Jim has won over $130,000.00 in NRHA events and has LTE in excess of $200,000.00 He won both the 2000 European Cow Horse Futurity and Derby Championship as well as the 2000 Italian Reining Derby while working in Europe. After returning home, Jim became a three-time Canadian Supreme Reining Futurity Champion, in addition to bringing home buckles and bronzes from a multitude of other reining and cow events.

    In 2011, Jim marked the first of three consecutive Calgary Stampede ‘Cowboy Up Challenge’ titles, with a Reserve Championship title and then Championship wins in 2012 and 2013. After another win at the Extreme Cowboy Association 2012 World Championship in Texas, Jim then applied and was selected as a Wild Card competitor for Road to the Horse 2014 by Tootie Bland.

    Jim and his wife Andrea (who also trains, competes, and travels for clinics) live at Star Bar Ranch in Alberta, Canada, with their nine horses, two border collies and a small herd of sheep. Together, they’ve developed their Higher Horsemanship Program and share it with people all over the world, traveling for clinics, demonstrations and expos, as well as offering online coaching. Learn more about Jim Anderson at www.HigherHorsemanship.com.

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

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    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.