Road to the Horse 2017 will be hosted by:
Meet RTTH Host Matt West
Born and raised in northeast Oklahoma, Matt West has always been fascinated with the cowboy lifestyle. After receiving a degree in agriculture from Northeast Oklahoma A&M and then attending Oklahoma State University, it was a dare that put Matt behind the microphone for the very first time. Since that time he has made a career out of announcing professionally and with his unique style and the blessings of some of the industry’s top professionals, he continues climbing the ladder of success. Beginning his career in amateur rodeo, West has since earned his PRCA card and continues to work various PBR events across the country and even in Canada. It’s his strong faith and continued family support that West credits for his quick success, but also notes that it’s his extended “rodeo family” and new friends he has the opportunity to meet along the way that keep him traveling and doing what he loves to do. Road to the Horse 2017 will mark West’s fifth year as the Host of Road to the Horse.
Meet RTTH Horsewoman’s Host Stacy Westfall
Westfall received her first pony at age six and has claimed to be “obsessed with horses from the beginning,” and continued working with horses throughout her childhood. While in high school, Westfall began competing in jumping and barrel racing. In 1997, the horsewoman earned an Equestrian Studies degree at The University of Findlay in Ohio. Unique to the freestyle reining competition at that time, Westfall was often bridleless and bareback. In 2003, she won the NRHA Freestyle Reining Competition, riding without a bridle. Her ride at the 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle created a sensation, earning national recognition after a video of her winning ride landed on YouTube and has since been viewed well over a million times. Stacy has produced several training DVD’s and continues to educate fellow horse lovers. Claiming the World Championship of Colt Starting title at Road to the Horse 2006, Westfall is fondly referred to as the First Lady of Road to the Horse.
On top of the scheduled on-the-edge-of-your-seat World Championship of Colt Starting action, fans at will enjoy these entertainers:
Meet Young Guns 4H Drill Team…
Who is a Young Gun cowgirl? She epitomizes courage and heart! The endless hours of care and work she dedicates to her horse and her teammates are what she truly loves. Being a Young Gun goes well beyond our love of horses and riding, we learn how to become responsible, industrious and productive citizens of this great nation! Recently named the 2016 4-H Kentucky State Champions, the Young Guns now hold 9 state titles, 6 reserve state titles, and 4 national titles! The Young Guns just keep rockin’ the horse world and was proud to perform at Road to the Horse 2016!
Meet Prime Time Express Drill Team…
(PTE) is a non-profit mounted equestrian drill team hailing from the Central Texas, City of Groesbeck. PTE is known for their matching white western hats, long curly ponytails, and patriotic high-collared long-sleeved shirts. The group of ladies has captivated audiences with their style and grace for more than 12 years with their high-energy, perfectly-synchronized performances arranged on horseback.
Prime Time Express performs at exhibitions, rodeos and parades, and competes against other mounted drill teams from across the USA where they have won many state and national titles. Recently, at the 2016 National Competition, PTE won the 2016 Sports Quest Cup Ride of Champions. The team also had the honor and privilege of being “selected”, from many equestrian applications, to participate in the 2013 as well as the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Part of this honor was performing at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Equestfest which was aired on RFD TV. Learn more at www.PrimeTimeExpressDrillTeam.com.
Meet the Norwegian Fjord Quadrille Drill Team…
The Norwegian Fjord Quadrille is a collaboration of Fjord Horses and riders from Starfire Farm in Berthoud, Colorado; Gina DeSantis of Let’s Dance Dressage in Clearfield, Pennsylvania; Lisa Calder of Mindful Horsemanship in French Corral, California and other Fjord horses and their riders from the Midwest. Led by Beth Beymer, the Starfire Farm Norwegian Fjord Quadrille has a lengthy history of performing in the National Western Stock Show Evening of Dancing Horses in Denver, Colorado and have also performed at Equestfest in Burbank, California; participated in the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena California and performed in Winona, Minnesota as well as in New Mexico and Tennessee.
“We are thrilled to be participating in RTTH 2017 and to celebrate the great legacy of the cowgirl in North America! Fjord Horses come in five recognized colors of dun; Brown Dun, Grey Dun, White Dun, Red Dun and the rarest color, Yellow Dun. We hope to be able to include all five colors in our quadrille presentations” – Beth Beyner. Learn more at www.StarFireFarm.com.
Meet the Diamond D Cowgirls Drill Team…
The beautiful, expert riders of the Diamond D Cowgirls sparkle under arena lights and are followed by many fans as they perform at a full schedule of professional rodeos throughout the southeastern states. As the winners of multiple state and regional drill team competition titles along with being the 2015 and 2016 SEMDTA National Drill Team Champions, you are guaranteed a thrilling, crowd pleasing extravaganza! Their fun loving, energetic personalities have crowds cheering for more. With flashy horses and costumes, these friendly, patriotic cowgirls will entertain you with their spectacular, high speed, precision drill performance. Learn more at www.DiamondDCowgirls.com.
A competitor, trainer, teacher, and performer, Dan James is setting the horse world on fire. Born on a cattle farm in Queensland, Australia, he began his lifelong passion for horses at an early age, starting his first colt in his teens. James began traveling the world as a student of the horse, developing the methods he uses today as Double Dan Horsemanship with his partner, Dan Steers. Recognized as a world class performer, James displays a connection with horses that inspires and excites audiences wherever he performs. From the thrill of Roman riding and cracking stock whips set on fire, to provoking emotion with beautiful liberty performances, James and his horses remind us all that through understanding and trust, anything is possible. A past Road to the Horse World Champion, it’s a pleasure to welcome Dan James back to Road to the Horse 2017. Learn more about the RTTH 2017/DDH Insider Horse Giveaway here. Learn more bout Dan James at www.DoubleDanHorsemanship.com.
Meet Bryan White…
In 2008, Bryan White attended a local sheepdog demonstration in Southern California, not knowing that day would change the direction of his life. After leaving the event, he purchased a border collie puppy he named Scoop, and within the year, began training on sheep. Their trialing successes took them to Klamath Falls, Oregon for the 2012 United States Border Collie National Finals where they finished as one of the top teams in the US and Canada and were honored as the 2012 Rookie of the Year. Bryan has since added other dogs to his team of trial companions. He travels around the US and has had much trialing success over the years. For Bryan, the trialing wins aren’t the focus of his training. Having recently purchased a ranch in Bend, Oregon and following his wife’s passion into the world of horses, Bryan is amazed at the similarities between training working dogs and horses. His training method focuses on pressure and release as well as fair corrections and allowing the dogs to work naturally to develop confidence and understanding. Learn more at www.HonestDogArts.com.
“There are many similarities to training dogs and horses, from my perspective. One of the biggest things is pressure and release. Timing is also critical, if I am late it can be confusing to the dog, I don’t want confusion. No one likes confusion in communication I believe dogs and horses are no different. I want to make the right action easy and the wrong action difficult. I think both dog and horse are looking for a connection with us once we have one they will give us so much maybe more than they thought they could. I feel like one of biggest things for me as a trainer is to always try to be fair, if have not taught dog something I can’t get after him about it, that’s not fair . I listen to my dog, if he is doing something out of his character I have probably done too much of something or not enough of something, it’s usually my fault . The greatest thing about training these amazing animals is what they can teach us about ourselves and life, if we are listening.”
Special Appearances by:
Meet Craig Cameron…
Craig Cameron grew up dreaming of being a cowboy. Although he went to school in Houston, Texas, his family always owned and operated cattle ranches in Texas where Craig’s heart and soul seemed most at home. With a natural love of horses, Cameron started taking local horses from people who were having “horse problems”. He took a slower, more natural approach that seemed to work. Now Cameron performs his magic on a regular basis to enthusiastic horse owners, not only on the road where he travels almost 80,000 miles a year, but also as a regular clinician on RFD-TV. Cameron’s two shows, Ride Smart and the wildly popular, award-winning Extreme Cowboy Race, have brought him even more notoriety in the horse industry. Cameron still starts hundreds of colts and teaches hundreds of classes each year, coast to coast. In 2010, Cameron claimed a World Championship of Colt Starting title at Road to the Horse. Craig Cameron may have grown up dreaming to be a cowboy, but with his induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, people now will always say, “He didn’t just dream it, he lived it.” Learn more at www.CraigCameron.com.
Meet Nick Dowers…
Nick Dowers grew up on his family’s cattle ranch, in Fish Lake Valley, Dyer, NV. Dowers began riding at a young age, using horses on his family’s Triple D Ranches in the Great Basin. 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 horsemanship and performance horse training techniques. 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. Dowers added a World Championship of Colt Starting title at Road to the Horse 2016, to his long list of accomplishments. Married in 2006, Nick and Jackie welcomed daughter, Tuli, in 2008 followed by son, Crue, in 2010. The couple had their 3rd child, daughter Jovi in the summer of 2012. Learn more at www.NickDowers.com.
Videos from our teams in the RTTH Drill Team Showdown:
Prime Time Express:
Young Guns 4H Drill Team:
Diamond D Cowgirls: