• “No one pushed us to make a better Program. We pushed ourselves” Tootie Bland

    It’s seems so casual…. Walk through the door of the Alltech Arena, get your ticket scanned. Grab a program. Find your seat. After all, it really is that casual, but what you don’t see is the thousands of hours, the calls and loss of sleep that sits within those 72 pages which you hold in your hand.

    The Road to the Horse program is an accumulation of everything Road to the Horse. No, doubt about it! We’re digging up history and writing history at the same time. It’s a momentous task, but it is a labor of love. Here are some fun facts below, that you might find interesting!

    • We start working on the program in June, the year prior to the actual event.
    • The Road to the Horse 2016 Program information was coordinated in Texas, printed in Colorado and shipped to Kentucky the week of the event.
    • The Road to the Horse 2016 Program was the biggest yet, with 72 pages. The 2003 Program was a few photocopied black and white pages!
    • The Program page count has to be in a multiple of 4. Pages of a booklet are created by printing four pages (2 in the front and 2 in the back) on one sheet of paper and then folding that sheet in half. Your final count has to be a multiple of 4.
    • The last article to go in the Program is our Crew List…we’re always adding new crew members and want to recognize everyone who makes the event happen!
    • All the fun Word Puzzles get passed around the office months before printing and everyone has to do them… that way we know they can be completed!
    • The one article gets rewritten the most… Tootie Bland’s Welcome Message. For the very reason that she cares so much about the fans and doesn’t know the best way to express her appreciation and her emotion the derives from the event. Such a difficult emotion to put on paper!
    • All the photographs from the AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch are taken by Road to the Horse crew, generally in September, prior to the event, after the colts have been selected.
    • The Road to the Horse 2016 Program featured the favorite recipes from our competitors, that was a first. That was an idea from Tootie Bland’s mother, Nadine Bailey!

    Road to the Horse 2016 Program:

    If you would like to purchase a Road to the Horse 2016 Official Program, please email debbie@roadtothehorse.com. Supplies are limited. Cost of $8.00 which includes domestic shipping. Please contact for international shipping rates.

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  • RTTH Owner/Producer Tootie Bland named 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award Finalist

    rtthHomepageFeaturedImage-tootieSouth Daytona, FL (April 18, 2016) – Zoetis and American Horse Publications (AHP) are proud to announce four finalists have been selected for the 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award. Sponsored by Zoetis, the Equine Industry Vision Award is intended to recognize ingenuity and service as well as benefit the equine industry by inspiring these qualities in others.

    “Every year since 2002, the horse community has brought attention to the visionaries in the horse industry,” says Christine W. Brune, AHP executive director. “In recognizing these nominees, we learn of those whose dedication and service have impacted our industry and our horses in a positive way.”

    The six members of the Equine Industry Vision Award Committee reviewed the nominations and narrowed the list of 16 nominees to four candidates. The committee selected the following finalists:

    • Tootie Bland, creator, owner, and producer of Road to the Horse, the original colt-starting competition;
    • Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner, whose lifelong career impacts nearly every facet of the horse industry including AQHA, AAEP, The Jockey Club, Arabian Horse Trust, and Colorado State University’s equine programs;
    • EQUUS Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal; and
    • Retired Racehorse Project, a charitable organization that facilitates placing ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the riding markets and serving the farms, organizations and trainers that prepare them for second careers.

    “A nomination for the Equine Industry Vision Award is an honor in itself,” says Brune. “It recognizes these individuals and organizations for making a significant difference in the horse world.”

    The Finalists will be judged on their performance in relation to the achievement(s) cited and their demonstration of the following attributes and abilities: 1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer; 2) Leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve; 3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, programs; 4) High moral, ethical and professional standards. The AHP Board of Directors and a representative from Zoetis will vote to select the winner.

    The official announcement of the winner and presentation of the award will be made at the Equine Industry Vision Award Breakfast on Friday, June 17, 2016 during the AHP May the Horse Be with You Seminar in Orlando, Florida. The recipient will be presented with the Equine Industry Vision Award Trophy created by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine.

    Previous recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award are Alexander Mackay-Smith in 2002, Don Burt in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association in 2004, John Ryan Gaines in 2005, Stanley Bergstein in 2006, David O’Connor in 2007, Sally Swift in 2008, Charlotte Brailey Kneeland in 2009, John Nicholson in 2010, Robert E. Cacchione in 2011, Equine Land Conservation Resource in 2012, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) in 2013, Patti Colbert in 2014, and Gayle Ecker in 2015.

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    American Horse Publications is a professional association dedicated to promoting excellence in equine media and better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry. For more information, please contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications at ahorsepubs@aol.com or 386-760-7743 or visit the AHP Web site at www.americanhorsepubs.org.

    Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2015, the company generated annual revenue of $4.8 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.

     

  • Special Pre-Order Pricing on RTTH 2016 DVD Available Now!

    2016_web_MockupSPECIAL PRE-ORDER  PRICING FOR 30 DAYS ONLY!

    Price: $99.99 / Roadie: $90.00.

    Limited Time Offer. Offer Expires: May 10, 2016. Regular Price $120.00 / Roadies $108.00

    An epic battle in the making, Road to the Horse 2016 is an electrifying mix between past World Champions and new blood, in a World Championship of Colt Starting title that will come down to the wire as veteran Horseman’s Host Richard Winters challenges 2x Road to the Horse World Champion and well known Australian Horseman, Clinton Anderson. Add Road to the Horse newcomer and NRCHA Open Futurity Champion, Nick Dowers to the mix and the race for the World Championship of Colt Starting Gist buckle is wide open. First class film production brings you up close and personal to the action as you witness world class horsemanship from your front row seat!

    SCHEDULED FOR JUNE DELIVERY. Learn more and order here.

  • Horse Stays First Priority at Road to the Horse 2016

    dowerswinner“It’s an honor. I am so proud of my horsemanship, to win an event like the NRCHA Futurity, then to win Road to the Horse and tie the two together, that’s just huge” stated the emotional Dowers right after his win. When asked what helped him take the title, the answer was easy for Dowers, “Being myself and staying true to what I do.” Equaled in class and charisma, the 6666 ranch colt Seven Attraction carried Dowers to his first World Championship of Colt Starting title.

    Winters won Round One displaying outstanding horsemanship and incurred no penalties. Although it was not a popular choice, Anderson did incur a score and time penalty after a Violation of a Rest Period for his colt. This resulted in both a penalty to Anderson’s score in Round Two and a reduced working time in Round Three. Road to the Horse has always placed, and always will place the horse as first priority.

    Dowers’ captivating personality and inspiring training philosophies captured the hearts of every horse lover in the stadium. Seven Attraction seemed to collect as many fans along the road as Dowers. This outstanding, intelligent and athletic sorrel colt had something special, the same something special fans saw in Dowers. If fans didn’t know who Nick Dowers was before, they certainly know now.

    Not only did Dowers walk away with the World Championship, he was also awarded the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award. Awarded and presented by Jack Brainard, this award goes to the horseman or horsewoman that excels in their power of observation to correctly analyze the best approach and then apply that method as smoothly as possible for the horse’s best interest.

    Brand new in 2016, fans of Road to the Horse also enjoyed a LIVE broadcast by www.bonkotv.com as well as a LIVE play by play radio coverage by www.HorseRadioNetwork.com. Replays are available on both platforms.

    In true Road to the Horse style, Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland surprised the crowd by announcing two competitors for Road to the Horse 2017. Both Sarah Dawson and Barbara Cox were named as competitors in a very special ladies only version of Road to the Horse which is scheduled for March 23-26, 2017.

    Sarah Dawson, daughter of Road to the Horse 2009 World Champion Richard Winters will return to Road to the Horse in 2017. Dawson is a past competitor to Road to the Horse, having competed in 2013. A seasoned clinician and competitor, fans are excited to welcome Sarah back to the round pen.

    Barbara Cox, wife of four time undefeated Road to the Horse World Champion Chris Cox, will enter the Road to the Horse round pen for the very first time in 2017.

    Tickets on sale now. Click here.

  • LIVE Broadcast Scheduled for Road to the Horse 2016

    webcast4As the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park fills to capacity for Road to the Horse 2016, alternatives were researched to bring the action to fans around the globe. Ride the Remuda Productions is proud to partner with Bonko TV to bring horse lovers, a state of the art LIVE broadcast.

    Fans won’t miss a minute of the action, as they enjoy front row seats to the 2016 World Championship of Colt Starting on 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. LIVE coverage will begin March 18 and will extend until the new World Champion has been crowned on March 20, 2016.

    Bonko TV is a leader in the next generation of streaming television which is accessible via broadband devices and online at www.bonkotv.com. More information can be found on www.bonkotv.com or at www.RoadtotheHorse.com.

    Road to the Horse 2016 is already an epic battle in the making. In an electrifying mix between past World Champions and new blood, this is a World Championship of Colt Starting title that will come down to the wire as veteran Horseman’s Host Richard Winters challenges 2x Road to the Horse World Champion and well known Australian Horseman, Clinton Anderson. Add Road to the Horse newcomer and NRCHA Open Futurity Champion, Nick Dowers to the mix and the race for the World Championship of Colt Starting Gist buckle is wide open.

    Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information. Sign up for the LIVE Pay-Per-View here

  • You’ve Seen their Photos. Now Press Play.

    remudavideos1For the very first time ever at Road to the Horse! See the colts in the AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch in action. Not only can you see images and pedigree information on each colt, now you’ll be able to witness their cadence and style!

    Two ways to see the videos…

    1) Visit the information page on each colt here at RoadtotheHorse.com. Then, click on the image of the horse you would like to learn more about. On each horse’s information tile, you will see a link for VIDEO. Click VIDEO. This will open a new tab, where you will be able to watch the video.

    2) To see the complete YouTube playlist for all 11 colt videos, simply click here.

  • RTTH 2016 Marketplace houses Biggest Shopping Experience Ever!

    Be sure and bring an empty suitcase with you to Road to the Horse 2016! The Marketplace is packed full of amazing vendors where you can find everything a horse loving person desires. We’ve just revealed our introductory list of vendors to give you an idea of what you’ll be stuffing in your suitcase. Check them out here.

    Shopping is just another element of Road to the Horse that is taken very seriously and Road to the Horse 2016 promises not to disappoint. The Road to the Horse 2016 Marketplace sold out to vendors in record time and houses everything that a horse lover could desire.

    “Road to the Horse is all about the horse, and that includes everything you will need for you and your horse” states Road to the Horse Vendor Coordinator Penny DiBrito. “Fans at Road to the Horse 2016 will enjoy a huge range of products in the Marketplace. Tack, clothes, jewelry and gifts, if it’s horse related, you’ll find it in the Marketplace.”

    Road to the Horse 2016 is already an epic battle in the making. In an electrifying mix between past World Champions and new blood, this is a World Championship of Colt Starting title that will come down to the wire as veteran Horseman’s Host Richard Winters challenges 2x Road to the Horse World Champion and well known Australian Horseman, Clinton Anderson. Add Road to the Horse newcomer and NRCHA Open Futurity Champion, Nick Dowers to the mix and the race for the World Championship of Colt Starting Gist buckle is wide open.

    Road to the Horse 2016 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on March 18 – 20, 2016. Road to the Horse 2016 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.

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  • Meet Team Four Sixes

    We couldn’t be more excited to introduce to you the stars of Road to the Horse 2016. The accumulation of generations of meticulous planning and genetics. Years of history, champions and legends brought together to represent not only the most versatile breed in the world, but one of the most respected ranches in history.

    The AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch will comprise of 11 three year old geldings, all born and raised on the 6666 Ranch. One by one, day by day, we’ll introduce you to an up and coming star.

    Learn more about the entire AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch coming to RTTH 2016 here.

     

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  • AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett Leads AA Post Parade on RTTH 2011 World Champion Colt

    AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett will lead the All American Futurity post parade on a Road to the Horse World Champion.

    IMG952980The All American Futurity, held each Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico, is one of American Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious events.

    Tens of thousands will gather to watch the event, which offers a $3 million purse, the richest race for 2-year-old horses, regardless of breed, in the world. The winner will earn $1.5 million.

    Presiding over the event is AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, Texas, who will lead the All American Futurity post parade aboard the horse Perfect Performance.

    Perfect Performance is a 7-year-old gray gelding bred and raised by Dr. Blodgett’s employer, Burnett Ranches LLC. Perfect Performance partnered with horseman Chris Cox to win the Road to the Horse 2011. They earned $10,000 for the victory and the horse has remained in training with Chris.

    The Road to the Horse is an annual event that pits top trainers against each other in a training competition. The trainers are given unstarted young horses and gentle them in front of a crowd. The Road to the Horse 2016 is scheduled for March 18-20 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

    Dr. Blodgett is a longtime employee of Burnett Ranches and its Four Sixes Ranch, serving as resident veterinarian and manager of the horse division. He is the president of AQHA, the largest equine breed organization in the world. Burnett Ranches is also the co-breeder of All American Futurity finalist Sky Bo Dash.

    Perfect Performance is a gelding by Sixes Pick and out of the Special Effort mare Best Performance. Both sire and dam are homebreds off the ranch, with Sixes Pick being an accomplished cow horse and Versatility Ranch Horse world champion. Perfect Performance’s dam is a daughter of AQHA Hall of Fame member Special Effort, and traces to the Four Sixes’ good producer Natural as her fourth dam.6666blodgett

    Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland will be present at Ruidoso Downs to witness the Road to the Horse graduate lead the fastest horses in the world down the track.

    Perfect Performance is cataloged to be sold at the Return to the Remuda Sale on October 10 at the Four Sixes Ranch.

    For more information on the All American Futurity, visit www.aqharacing.com.

  • Craig Cameron returns to Road to the Horse 2016 as New Horseman’s Host

    cameronweb1With five year veteran Horseman’s Host Richard Winters trading his microphone for a lariat, Road to the Horse was hunting for a substitute. It’s not easy to find a knowledgeable horseman, who’s a fan favorite, to guide a sold out Alltech Arena through the unforgettable journey of Road to the Horse but Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland turned to the history books to produce something special. Like Richard Winters, Craig Cameron is a past Road to the Horse World Champion and is adorned by many.  A cowboy, a horseman, a clinician and now a Horseman’s Host, Craig Cameron couldn’t be more excited to put down his lariat and pick up the microphone.

    “If there’s a veteran of Road to the Horse, it’s Craig Cameron” states Road to the Horse Owner and Producer Tootie Bland. “Craig’s role as a competitor at Road to the Horse has spanned over eight years. Craig’s megawatt smile, captivating personality, unbiased opinion and expert colt-starting knowledge made him a perfect fit to join Host Matt West, as our new Horseman’s Host in 2016.”

    A Native Texan, Craig Cameron is on the road more than 44 weeks a year, covering 80,000 miles demonstrating the style of horsemanship he has perfected in the last 23 years. Craig dedicates himself to those who educate their horses by first educating themselves. At an age where most have long since retired the thought of starting colts, Craig Cameron, known as “The Cowboy’s Clinician,” starts hundreds of horses each year; plus hosts multiple four-day clinics held at his ranches in Bluff Dale, TX, and in Lincoln, NM, which are blended with education and entertainment. Craig’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Working Cowboy of the Year award by the American Cowboy Culture Awards Committee. Craig is also featured weekly in Hoof Beats on cable TV and is a regular on RFD-TV. Cameron’s cowboy humor, often compared to Will Rogers, and his common sense approach are opening the eyes of horses and horse enthusiasts world-wide.

    Road to the Horse 2016 is already an epic battle in the making. In an electrifying mix between past World Champions and new blood, this is a World Championship of Colt Starting title that will come down to the wire as veteran Horseman’s Host Richard Winters challenges 2x Road to the Horse World Champion and well known Australian Horseman, Clinton Anderson. Add Road to the Horse newcomer and NRCHA Open Futurity Champion, Nick Dowers to the mix and the race for the World Championship of Colt Starting Gist buckle is wide open.

    Road to the Horse 2016 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on March 18 – 20, 2016. Road to the Horse 2016 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.