Where Are All The Pretty Horses…

The road never ends at Road to the Horse, instead it is the beginning of a journey filled with opportunity and purpose. There is no set map of a Road to the Horse colt following the event, each colt is filled with the visions and dreams of the gentle hands which they are destined to be in. Some colts, like the dearly loved Swampy, live in the limelight, while others have a just as critical role, teaching a young child to ride or helping a busy soul escape from the everyday stress of life on the trail. Road to the Horse colts are one thing, they are versatile. If you have a dream, they will be your partner to achieve it.

“Where Are All the Pretty Horses, has been one of the most endearing projects we have done so far. We smile, we laugh and we tear up as we see all the Road to the Horse Remuda horses living the lives God intended for them” says Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “From champions to companions each holds a special place in my heart, yes I am the stage mother to them all and I am blessed.”

If you have a Road to the Horse colt, we would love to share your story. Please contact us at tammy@roadtothehorse.com. Enjoy the stories of some of our Road to the Horse graduates below:

Remember Sunset (aka Swampy)ALlPretty-1

  • Breeding: March 11. 2009. Gray gelding. Sired by the 6666 Ranch sire Seven from Heaven (by Playgun) and is out of the dam Remember Hanna (by Preferred Pay)
  • Interesting Note: The dam of Swampy, Remember Hanna, is also the dam of Remember Pick. Remember Pick (aka. Joker) was ridden by Sean Patrick in the Road to the Horse 2014 Wildcard competition.
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda: Road to the Horse 2012. Remember Sunset helped Team Australia (Guy McLean and Dan James) win the World Championship of Colt Starting title at Road to the Horse 2012.
  • Road to the Horse Earnings: $10,000
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: Double Dan Horsemanship
  • Performance at Road to the Horse: Selected by Dan James and helped Team Australia (Guy McLean and Dan James) win the 2012 World Championship of Colt Starting. “He really made me work for it! But turned plenty of corners at the right time” Dan James.
  • Swampy was destined to be with Dan James and Road to the Horse made sure that happened. The relationship that Dan James had with Swampy was obvious to Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland and with a little prodding and convincing at the event behind the scenes, Swampy went home with Dan James to embark and an unbelievable journey, which would take them both to the pinnacle of horsemanship.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse 2012: Swampy has been to places as far as Wisconsin, British Columbia and Massachusetts, where Dan used him in a long-reining, riding and liberty demonstrations. He has performed at all major expositions including Denver Colorado Stock Show and Rodeo, Calgary Stampede and loves returning to Road to the Horse. He had a bad pasture accident in 2015 where he had a cast on his hind leg for six weeks and a further six month recovery. Today, Swampy is like a crazy professor with the amount of training and knowledge he has. Just to mention a few: Piaffe, passage, flying lead changes (at liberty, in long reins and under saddle), a rear, Spanish Walk, a lay down and many more!
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: “When we first purchased Swampy, the suggestion was made that we would put some work into him, and then move him on,” Dan James states. “That is no longer the case. I could not part with him now. It’s just the horse’s ability to try so hard. ‘I’m trying; I’m trying to get there.’ I love that about him. He’s got a big heart. And that horse has got such a big motor, I have no doubt I could go out all day and work cattle and push him hard, and he’d be right there.”
  • (With Swampy) “you’ve got to slow down and let him understand. When he doesn’t understand, he lets you know it. It requires being diligent and aware, to make sure when this guy gets a little hot that you slow down the process so that he understands. He’s one of those horses, you couldn’t take him and make a lot of mistakes and get away with it.”

Streakin Cat (aka Mate)IMG_8699guy2013

  • Breeding: March 24, 2010 Bay gelding. Sired by Waresthecat out of the dam Natural Streaker (by Streakin Six)
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2013. Selected by Guy McLean and went on to win the World Championship of Colt Starting title with Guy McLean in 2013.
  • Road to the Horse Earnings: $10,000
  • Owner: Purchased at Road to the Horse by Guy McLean.
  • Performance at Road to the Horse: I loved him for what he was when he came in, and I love him for what he is now. I named him ‘My Mates Cat’ and his performance name is ‘Mate’ Mate was a tricky little individual at RTTH, he would often go into his shell and block me out in any way that he could and I had to take every chance available, to layer in information whenever he would poke his head out for a look around. I believed in him the whole way through, but he even surprised me on this third day. He was a superstar. Day Three, he was all ‘Performance’ and gave me a ‘Third Day Ride’ (in the obstacle course) that I will never forget to the day that I die. “Well done Mate”. The big thing for me is that people understand why I do what I do. The first two days, people were saying, ‘Guy you’d better slow down, you’d better do this,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, but that’s not being true to who I am.’ If I went slow for two days, this colt would have come out today, and he would have said, ‘You didn’t teach me this, you didn’t prepare me.’ (Instead), my colt said,’ Is this all we have to do? We can do this every day.’ He believed in me because I prepared him. If I had to take someone to war, I can’t sit him down at a tea table and give him cups of tea. I’ve got to take him and say, ‘We’ve got to go to war, I need you to be ready.’ He was ready. We went to war together and we won.
  • Accomplishments after Road to the Horse: Mate has gone on to be a wonderful liberty horse in my American team and often assumes the lofty position of ‘Laying down under his three performance friends’, and his great partner ‘Aussie’ and he, are just ‘Two Good Ole Boys from Texas’ living the life of ‘Two World Champions’ under the spotlight on the World Stage’. From performing at major events all across America and Canada, to winning the hearts of adults and children alike, ‘Mate’ continues to wow us all with his powerful structure and unique way of looking at life. ‘Once just a little boy in front of eight thousand’, now ‘A grown man in front of the world’. With all the power and grace of his parents before him, Mate has all the ‘Stop and Turn’ of his grand daddy ‘High Brow Cat’ and even some moves of his own. ‘Quiet in the mind, quick in the feet, when it all comes together, it’s pretty darn neat’.

Valliant Paddy (aka Aussie)Aussie-Trophies-web

  • Breeding: 6666 Ranch bred bay gelding. February 14, 2009.  Sired by Paddys Irish Whiskey and is out of the dam Valliant Cowgirl (by Tanquery Gin).
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda: Road to the Horse 2012. Valliant Paddy helped Team Australia (Guy McLean and Dan James) win the World Championship of Colt Starting title at Road to the Horse 2012.
  • Road to the Horse Earnings: $10,000
  • Owner: Guy McLean
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: National performer at clinic, expos and fairs across the country. Since Road to the Horse (and its electric audience), I cannot find a crowd that will upset him, I have told audiences that, if you can scare Aussie, I’ll give you all the money in my left pocket. He’s one of the oldest souls I’ve ever worked with, I’m so glad I own him.
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: Aussie (as he is now known) was standing in the backyards at RTTH and would stroll among the other colts with a quiet air about him and all of the horses would calmly move out of his way and I should’ve known there and then, that he was an individual with considerable power. He showed me this very power on the first day and things got a little interesting but he was soon showing us all ‘Just how great he would go onto be’. He is now my Number One performer in my American team and is the first horse that I will choose to ride on Stage bridle less and saddle less or lead a street parade and I now struggle to remember how I ever did without him. My ‘Good Ole Boy from Texas’, my Pardner ‘Aussie’. Performance in Las Vegas, Canada, and all across America, are just some of the things that make me proud of him but it’s when he helps me with a youngster or carries my dear wife ‘Emily’ with pride, or lowers his head to the hand of a child, this is what truly makes our ‘Aussie’ so great. When I ride ‘Aussie’, I can feel his ancestors speaking through him, ‘Bold Proud Ranch Horses’ born to the open plain and and an endearing friendship with man. I often joke that Aussie would rather Walk than Run and if he could get it done ‘Standing Still’ then all the Better, but whenever I truly need him, he always ‘Jumps Up’ and gives me everything he has and this is why I love him as dearly as I do. He’s everything the Four Sixes bred him for. Any time you need to do a job with him, if you ask him to be the work horse, he will step up.

Bucks Attraction (aka Bojangles)bojanglesweb

  • Breeding: March 19, 2009. 6666 Ranch bred palomino gelding sired by Playboys Buck Fever (by Freckles Playboy) out of the dam Cowboy Attraction (by Mr Jess Perry).
  • Interesting Note: Half brother, by sire, to Road to the Horse graduates Bridles Fever (aka Guthrie) and Six Flo Buck (aka Maverick).
  • Year the colt ran in the Remuda: Road to the Horse 2012. Selected by Pat Parelli to represent Team USA.
  • Owner: Peters Family in Greenville, OH.
  • How the colt performed at Road to the Horse: He was the high scoring individual horse started by Pat Parelli the year that Team Australia won in 2012.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: He is a very big good-looking Palomino whose job is a kids horse, looking after our son. He is the teacher for my six-year-old son Colby Peters.

Four Roan Papa (aka Bourbon)

  • Breeding: April 14, 2013. Gray gelding. Sired by Four Roan Papa (by Continental Fly) out of the dam Natural Mama (by Strait Silver)._FV38734-web
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2016
  • Interesting Note: This colt was selected by Road to the Horse 2016 competitor Clinton Anderson. Half brother, by sire, to High Plains Six, the colt selected by Chris Cox which he rode to the championship title at Road to the Horse 2015.
  • Owner: Jeff Williams
  • How the colt performed at Road to the Horse: The colt was very willing to please when he competed with Clinton Anderson.
  • History of the horse since Road to the Horse: Has been used consistently on cattle drives, roped on, and seen lots of outside miles.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: He has gained a lot of confidence and is consistent with his leads. He isn’t afraid to be roped on and is very gentle!
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: He had advanced in that he is more supple, soft, and very sure footed in rocky, rough terrain.

Cats Career (aka #5)

  • Breeding: April 18, 2011. Sired by Waresthecat (by Highbrow Cat) out of the dam Career Model (by Eddie Eighty)
  • Interesting Note: This 6666 Ranch bred gelding is a full brother to Career Cat (aka Deuce). A bay gelding James Cooler rode during the 2014 Wildcard Competition.
  • Year the colt ran in the Remuda: Road to the Horse 2014 by Switzerland competitor Antoine Cloux13590292_10153211942152537_4532408261446730191_n
  • Owner: Antoine Cloux
  • How the colt performed at Road to the Horse: He was a little touchy and determined. He gave me a hard time the second day, to get him to free up his feet. But I felt he made the good changes I was waiting for at the end of the second day. and third day he caught up pretty good. He was still squirmy but was making huge efforts and was able to perform the obstacle course. That’s when a spectator asked me what was his name and I answered ‘five’ because of the number he had on his hip. It was hard to change is name after that!
  • History since Road to the Horse: • After Road to the Horse 2014, he stayed in the USA for a little bit and got a little injury, so when he flew out to Geneva, Switzerland I turned him loose with a bunch of mares on our farm for a while and started to ride him again a couple of month later. He was so smart and athletic that he made huge progress in a short period of time, especially working cattle and roping. But he was still a little bothered by the scar on his hind leg still, so we turned him out with our mares for about a year. Now he is back to be ridden, he enjoys working cattle and go in the hills and through villages around the farm, even though he still gets scared once in a while. His injury doesn’t seem to bother him now. He got really people friendly, we keep him with a bunch of 10 mares and he feels like the king of the farm!
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: He helps us start colts and take them on the trails for the first time even though sometime he is still more scared than the colts, he always behaves and responds nicely. He is really cowy and it was super easy to work cow and rope on him for the first time. It was like he had done that all is life! He is really improving fast and we hope we can go to the first working cow shows shows soon!
  • Regarding the athlete he is today:  When I took him out for the first time we came across a dirt bike racing towards us without slowing down, the driver was dressed up in bright yellow from boots to helmet, Five was super scared but stood, when he was about to pass us, five was down like a cutter facing a cow, he went right and left to take of but stayed with me on the spot, then kept walking like nothing happened. It went so fast and he was so athlethic I thought I can’t wait to put him on a cow more often. My friend, pen wrangler and World’s Greatest Horseman 2016 Clayton Edsall confirmed my feelings when he rode him during clinics here in Switzerland. (See photo right. Eddie and #5 on L, Antoine Cloux on R))

My Stylish Gin (aka Ricky Bobby)rickybobby-web

  • Breeding: April 18, 2011. Sired by Mr Playinstylish (by Playin Stylish) out of the dam Heavenly Gin (by Seven from Heaven)
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2014. Returned for the Road to the Horse 2015 Wildcard Competition with Dan Keen.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: Dan Keen. Currently owned by Amy Morgan.
  • How the colt performed at Road to the Horse: With all the hard work that Ricky Bobby and I put in all that year, I couldn’t have asked for him to have done a better job in the Wildcard competition. This durable 6666 Ranch colt was impressive with his many talents like staying sound and healthy with the many miles on the road, and the extreme amount of confidence at event he went to. At the RTTH, Ricky flew through that super challenging obstacle course that Tootie Bland designed like a champ. There were many obstacles there that most horses would have never completed, but with everything that he was exposed to through the year prior, he nailed every one of them.
  • History of the horse since Road to the Horse: Ricky Bobby is now owned by a client-friend of mine that is an accomplished rider. The first time she rode him she had to have him! He has been with her for a year now and is still the reason she gets up early every day and takes the best care of him. Ricky Bobby and Amy Morgan are the perfect match. Not only is she using him on her ranch but she also competes on him in trail classes and is also taking reining lessons weekly on him as well.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: Ricky Bobby is one of the toughest colts you could find. Not only is he durable but he can really run. If there was a race at the Road to the Horse there’s no doubt he would have won. If I had to place him in a future discipline at a high level he would have been an exceptional calf or healing horse. If I were still roping, he would have never left my place.
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: Ricky Bobby was second in the Wildcard competition by just a few points and got a big compliment from Chris Cox that said he was the straightest traveling horse in the class.

Career Cat (aka Deuce)

  • Breeding: March 25, 2010. Bay Gelding. Sired by Waresthecat (by High Brow Cat) out of the dam Career Model (by Eddie Eighty)careercatweb
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2013. Returned for the Road to the Horse 2014 Wildcard Competition with James Cooler.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: James Cooler – Cooler Horsemanship
  • How the colt performed the year he competed at Road to the Horse: Starting a horse and finishing a horse are two different things. He tried his heart out and taught me so much about what it takes to finish a horse.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: We have not shown, but have some Stock Horse competitions in the fall, and I’ll be competing in a Horse’s Got Talent competition with him in December.
  • Regarding the Athlete he is today: I’ve never ridden a horse that has more all around athletic talent as a western horse, and I know he still has more to give.

Southwest Six (#3) & Rockin Performance (#11)IMG_9778adjrockinperformance

  • Breeding: Southwest Six: April 15, 2012. Sired by Mr Playinstylish out of the dam Cellars Hole (by Mr Jess Perry)
  • Breeding: Rocking Performance: April 21, 2012. Sired by Rockin W out of the dam Best Performance (by Special Effort)
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2015. These colts was not selected by a competitor but were purchased by a fan.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: D & S Spencer
  • We purchased Southwest Six and Rockin Performance at Road to the Horse 2015. After doing much research into them, they truly have the bloodlines that we are excited about. We have been breeding and raising quarter horses for over 35 years and have owned some terrific individuals. We actually attended Road to the Horse 2015 because we are planning to breed a couple of our mares to stallions that the 6666 Ranch owns and/or stands. We rope on our horses and wanted to get a little more size and speed into our herd. We came to see what these colts were like and we wanted to see what renowned trainers could do with them in such a short period of time. Obviously, we were not disappointed! As we were in the stands watching the AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch, come into the arena, we learned that these colts were for sale and decided to inquire about them. We thought the price was outstanding as getting a colt grown up to a 3 year old and ready to go, is a costly venture and these boys had the bloodlines we were interested in. A big plus is that they are ready to go now and within the year, we should be roping on them.IMG_4592adsouthwestsixj
  • Just as an interesting note about our Gray colt, Rockin Performance – Chris Cox won his third Road to the Horse (2011) World Championship title on a half brother on the dams side (Perfect Performance/Tres) and he won it in 2015, on a half brother on the sires side (Rockin History). I guess you can say that we think Rockin Performance might have a promising career ahead of him!
  • We sent Southwest Six and Rockin Performance, (also known as #3 and #11) back to the 6666 Ranch, then a very good friend and trainer, Nick Pullara, then took them back to Colorado and get them started. Enjoy the video of Southwest Six below.

Bridles Fever (aka Guthrie)AV8A5042adj-mary

  • Breeding: March 4, 2011. Sired by Playboys Buck Fever out of the dam Bridles (by Paddys Irish Whiskey)
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2014. Returned in 2015 for the Wildcard Competition.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: Mary Kitzmiller
  • How the colt performed the year he competed at Road to the Horse: Guthrie went above and beyond for me at RTTH 2015! He had 2 months off before the competition due to heel pain so we did not do much training leading up to the event.  I was able to re-balance his feet and get him back on track in time for the competition and he tried his heart out for me through every event.  A few hiccups put us in third place overall but I could not be more thrilled with his performance.  I think it was a great start to his career.
  • History of the horse since Road to the Horse: Guthrie has become my go-to demonstration horse since RTTH and has traveled with me all over the country teaching clinics and performing at expos and other events.  He is such a ham and loves meeting new people and posing for pictures.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: I decided to take it easy on the competition side of things for now but I do plan on continuing his show career in 2017 in events like ranch riding and reining.  In the meantime, Guthrie has developed some incredible skills that aid us in demos and performances including liberty work, bridleless riding, working with the garrocha, and many other fun tricks.
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: Guthrie is the perfect combination of athleticism, heart, and gentleness. He could carry a young child on a trail ride just as easily as he could perform a reining pattern.  He is one of the most special horses I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  I am only now just discovering what this horse can really do and I can’t wait to show the public what a terrific horse he is!

Speedy Cream (aka Speedy)CHP_6931-2.-speedy

  • Breeding: May 13, 2011. Sired by Stoli out of the dam Oats N Cream (by Mr Sun O Lena).
  • Interesting note: This gelding is a full brother to Oat Power, the 6666 Ranch colt Trevor Carter selected and rode in the 2014 Road to the Horse Ram Wildcard Competition.
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda: Road to the Horse 2014. Selected by Jim Anderson, then went on to help Jim Anderson capture the 2014 World Championship of Colt Starting title.
  • Road to the Horse Earnings: $10,000
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch. Speedy Cream is one of the very rare Grulla (Grullo) colored colts born on the 6666 Ranch.
  • Owner: Tootie Bland
  • Performance at Road to the Horse: “I chose Speedy Cream (at RTTH 2015) because I knew this colt had great courage and intelligence” Jim Anderson.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse. Speedy Cream remained in training with Jim Anderson and returned to entertain the fans at Road to the Horse 2015. Speedy Cream performed at clinics and demonstrations with Jim Anderson. In 2016, Speedy Cream returned to Tootie Bland where he will be cherished as a personal horse for both pleasure and competition use.
  • Speedy Cream is featured in the Platinum Performance advertisements with Jim Anderson and is the Ambassador for Road to the Horse.

Captains Pick (aka Jack)Jack2-web

  • Breeding: March 15, 2011 Sorrel gelding. Sired by Captain Courage out of the dam Natural Pick (by Tenino Badger)
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2014. Selected by Sean Patrick and went to Pioneer Trail Reserve in New Smyrna Beach, Florida for one year, returning to compete in the Wildcard Competition in 2015.
  • Owner: PTR Holdings/Sean Patrick
  • Performance at Road to the Horse: Unlike Joker, my first WildCard mount from the previous year, Jack was very different. He was much more the “skeptic” and a lot more “feely.” He is more agile and nimble than Joker and took to the reining maneuvers and dressage movements best. The real challenge with Jack was to build his confidence with everything else. We worked tirelessly on obstacles, gunfire, and fireworks in addition to trail riding and roping. It was a noisy arena for a while! Around Christmas time, Jack strained a front leg while loping a circle. He needed two months of stall rest right before the big show. Once back in the saddle I knew he needed his confidence back and spent a couple of weeks focusing on that. The good thing was, he was sound! We did our best as a team and I was very proud of him. The highlight was shooting the gun off him while spinning in front of that electric crowd. This was a huge accomplishment for Jack. I knew that to win, I would have to put the pedal down and wow the judges with his speed and quality of maneuvers. It didn’t quite pan out.
  • Accomplishments after Road to the Horse: Jack is an important part of our barn and is used for clinics and demonstrations. My associate trainer Rachelle Valentine is preparing him for an FRHA show this September and he continues to improve. He is going to have a full life of helping others learn quality horsemanship. He loves to run and is capable of being a world class roping horse in addition to his other skills. Thank you Four Sixes for breeding such a quality mount for us to ride!

Oat Power (aka Switch)CHP_3461-carter

  • Breeding: May 20, 2010. Sired by Stoli out of the dam Oats N Cream (by Mr Sun O Lena).
  • Interesting note: This gelding is a full brother to Speedy Cream, the 6666 Ranch colt Jim Anderson selected and rode to the Road to the Horse 2014 World Championship title.
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2013. Oat Power returned to Road to the Horse 2014 for the Wildcard Competition with Trevor Carter.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: Trevor Carter
  • Quote regarding how the colt performed the year he competed with the horse at Road to the Horse: He really gave it his all. He is a stout horse and really put a lot of try out there.
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: Big, good looking, gently, reliable horse
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: He has been helping students learn how to rope and some of them branded for their first time with his help in May, 2016.
  • History of the horse since Road to the Horse: Oat Power was recently sold to a friend down the road in Texas.  He trail rides in the mountains and we (Carter Ranch Horses) can use him whenever we need him.

Six Flo Buck (aka Maverick)IMG_8961s-jimanderson

  • Breeding: February 28, 2010 Bay gelding. Sired by Playboys Buck Fever out of the dam Six Flo Jessie (by My Jess Perry)
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2013. Selected by Jim Anderson, returned at Road to the Horse 2014 to win the 2014 Ram Wildcard Competition. Jim Anderson continued on to win the Road to the Horse 2015 World Championship of Colt Starting.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: Purchased at Road to the Horse 2013 by Jim Anderson.
  • Performance at Road to the Horse: Six Flo Buck stole the hearts of every Road to the Horse Fan in 2014. Not only did Six Flo Buck carry Jim Anderson to the very first Road to the Horse Wildcard Championship, we witnessed a Cinderella story unfold when Jim Anderson claimed the Road to the Horse 2014 World Championship of Colt Starting title. Six Flo Buck made dreams come true.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: 2013 Cowboy Up Novice Horse Champion at Calgary Stampede plus several Reining Championships. Used at clinics and demonstrations.

Remember Pick (aka Joker)Joker-web

  • Breeding: April 15, 2010 Sorrel gelding. Sired by Sixes Pick out of the dam Remember Hanna (by Preferred Pay).
  • Interesting Note: The dam of Joker, Remember Hanna, is also the dam of Swampy. Remember Sunset (aka. Swampy) helped secure victory for Team Australia at Road to the Horse 2012 with Dan James.
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2013. Selected by Sean Patrick and went to Pioneer Trail Reserve in New Smyrna Beach, Florida for
    one year, returning to compete in the Wildcard Competition in 2014.
  • Road to the Horse Earnings: 3,000
  • Owner: PTR Holdings/Sean Patrick
  • Performance at Road to the Horse: From the moment I chose Joker to be my Wildcard horse, I knew I had the coolest project of my life! He was an incredible athlete and had an edge to him I rarely saw in typical mounts I started. The challenge of returning to show how far he came in a year kept us on point as we hauled to many farms and schooling shows to show Joker the world away from the range he was raised on. A mixture of foundation lessons, obstacle training, reining maneuvers, roping practice and so forth was our plan and he excelled at all of these. It
    was a super fun year with him by my side. When we returned to Lexington, it was incredible talking with the other Wildcard contestants about all their similar journeys. Joker held his own,
    but placed below the well-deserved champion Maverick.
  • Accomplishments after Road to the Horse: We call Joker the “Family Bulldozer.” He is a steady, solid horse with a very sweet side. He loves people and is ideal for teaching clinics and lessons with. He is nearly perfect with any obstacle, can still stop and spin, and practices a lot of dressage patterns. I know he is a work/rope horse at heart and want to give him a chance to team rope more soon. Being so broke, and strong, he is ideal for his current job. He’s an easy keeper, so we have to ride him daily and make sure he has more trips to the salad bar than the dessert table :-).

Perfect Performance (aka Tres)

  • IMG952980The son of Sixes Pick is out Best Performance, by Special Effort. Special Effort was the only Triple Crown winning two-year-old in the history of the breed. He won the 1981 Kansas Futurity (now Ruidoso), Rainbow Futurity and All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.
  • Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at Road to the Horse: 2011. Selected by Chris Cox and was the winning colt at Road to the Horse 2011.
  • Road to the Horse earnings: $10,000
  • Breeder: 6666 Ranch
  • Owner: Purchased and placed in training with Chris Cox after Road to the Horse 2011, where he remained for several years as a ranch and demonstration horse. Has currently returned and is being used on the 6666 Ranch by Dr Glenn Blodgett.
  • Accomplishments after Road to the Horse: Tres has been used by Chris Cox in multiple demos and clinics and has returned to Road to the Horse on several occasions to perform. Most recently at Road to the Horse 2015, where Tres was ridden by Chris Cox in a demonstration.
  • Tres was ridden by Dr. Glenn Blodgett, where he led the post parade of the 2014 All American Futurity, held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico, is one of American Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious events. Tens of thousands gathered to watch the event, which offered a $3 million purse, the richest race for 2-year-old horses, regardless of breed, in the world.

Doctor T Tari (aka Popcorn)

  • Docs T Peppy and out of Ms Tari Babe. The horse was raised on the Cornelius Ranch, in Blountsville, ALWestfalll_Front-Cover_RND2_RGB_low-res-web
  • Registered Name: Doctor T Tari
  • Breeder: Cornelius Ranch
  • Owner: Stacy Westfall
  •  Year the colt ran in the AQHA Remuda at RTTH: 2006
  • Quote regarding how the colt performed the year he competed with the horse at RTTH: He won! He is a strong willed horse that chose to look to me for leadership during the event.
  • History of the horse since RTTH: The Sunday before I competed in the Road to the Horse I attended church. They knew I was headed to compete and as I left the church a lady stopped me and asked if she could pray for my horse. I told her that I didn’t know what horse I would have and she replied, “Honey, you don’t but God does.” Popcorn was my pick of the remuda and thankfully he was available when it was my time to choose. Popcorn was the first horse to be purchased by a clinician during Road to the Horse. I have owned Popcorn now for ten years and he will stay with me for his lifetime.
  • Accomplishments since Road to the Horse: Popcorn earned his ROM in reining in the AQHA. He competed successfully in mounted shooting winning several belt buckles and moving me from a Level 1 shooter to a Level 4 shooter (there are 6 levels). He has been made into a Breyer Horse model and has been featured in many magazines. Popcorn has traveled from coast to coast and into Canada. Most recently Popcorn tried on his first dressage saddle (three times) and was shown scoring a 70.681 his first time out.301121_Popcorn_HR
  • Regarding the athlete he is today: Popcorn is my go to horse. I use him for ponying other horses, showing, trail riding and goofing around. He has taught kids to ride and adults to do lead changes. He entertains me with his antics whether that is rolling in mud (I challenge you to find a horse who gets more completely covered) or swimming (he goes swimming on his own in the pond). He is just a great guy to have around…which is good because I plan on keeping him forever.
  • “I was sitting directly in front of the tarp when you came through. You were talking about your jumping experience and how you realized to jump a horse you have to want that horse to jump. As you said that I noticed you drop a bunch of float in the rein and the horse barely hesitated to cross. With your support and guidance that horse did great. You truly deserve this honor and I am proud of you. You won me over quickly. Your dismount from popcorn at the end was classic. If you had been in the Olympics that dismount would have won you the GOLD” —Fan, Alan.