Wilson and Dowers go Head to Head at Road to the Horse 2019
Fans are accustomed to sitting on the edges of their seats through the many twists and turns of the most coveted horsemanship event of the year, and Road to the Horse 2019 is guaranteed not to disappoint. For the first time in the history of the event, two past Road to the Horse Champions will go head to head in a battle for the 2019 World Championship of Colt Starting title. International showjumping sensation and two-time Road to the Horse World Champion Vicki Wilson will meet Road to the Horse 2016 World Champion and National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Nick Dowers to vie for the title at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 22-24, 2019.
It is a dual, but what kind lies in the eyes of the beholder. Is it a battle of disciplines? Is it a battle of gender? Or is it simply two of the world’s most talented equestrians facing off to test their skills, one more time? When only two round pens are constructed in the center of the Alltech Arena there is only one thing for certain: history will be made.
“It’s my third time back but it’s no less daunting in terms of the challenge” explained defending Road to the Horse World Champion Vicki Wilson. Wilson’s strategy coming into Road to the Horse 2019 is simple: “Build trust, ask them to give me their all and never quit when the going gets tough.”
For Nick Dowers, Road to the Horse is all about staying authentic. “Road to the Horse for me, is about staying true to who I am and the horsemanship that got me there. It’s about showcasing each colt to the best of their ability and not letting outside pressures deter me from who I am.”
As well as going down in history as the first ever Road to the Horse duel, both competitors will also, for the first time, select three colts from the Road to the Horse Remuda.
In addition to celebrating our Road to the Horse World Champions at Road to the Horse 2019, fans can look forward to a thrilling tribute to our nation’s Wild West culture. Collectively, the characters of the Wild West had one thing in common, their undeniable passion and partnership with the horse.
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RTTH 2019 Presents Legendary Western Performer Bobby KerrRoad to the Horse 2019 presents the Wild Wild West and there’s nothing more western than entertainer, Bobby Kerr. Don’t miss your chance to see this modern day Wild West performer, the man himself, Bobby Kerr and his sidekicks Good N Broke and Ol’ Poncho as they roll into Lexington, KY for the World Championship of Colt Starting.Check out this authentic western cowboy that seems to have stepped out of the pages of time. Learn more about the man himself right here.
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Road to the Horse 2019 will take place on March 22-24 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Tickets are available here or by calling 800-514-3849. For sponsorship information for Road to the Horse 2019, please contact Tammy Sronce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-850-6512. Vendor applications for Road to the Horse 2019 will be available soon. For more information contact info@RoadtotheHorse.com.
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Road to the Horse Pays Tribute to the Wild Wild West in 2019
Images of the horse, the cowboy, and the Native American are strongly engrained in the vibrant history of the West. Collectively, the characters of the Wild West had one thing in common; it was their undeniable passion and partnership for and with the horse. Now, fans of Road to the Horse can look forward to a thrilling tribute to our nation’s Wild West culture in the 2019 edition.
All who encountered the horse longed for a stronger relationship with the noble creature. As horsemanship spread from town to town and tribe to tribe, the horse continued to change the course of history. The worldwide fascination and love for the horse as a partner and friend has not yielded and Road to the Horse remains dedicated to making the world a better place for the horse by inspiring a new generation of horseman and horsewomen.
Fans are continually drawn to Road to the Horse, not only for the spectacle but for their relentless quest to serve the horse by developing a deeper understanding. The same cause drives the Road to the Horse crew to not just craft an exciting and educational event, but to create a production that captivates and carries the soul of the horse and horseman relationship.
“Without the horse there would be no cowboy, nor would the Native American have thrived” states Road to the Horse Founder and Producer Tootie Bland. “This quote from the Arapaho tribe says it all for me this year ‘When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.’”
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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
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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.