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New Zealand Jumper Takes the World Title at RTTH 2017 May 02 2017

Road to the Horse 2017 was created in dedication of the cowgirl. “We may have started out to celebrate the cowgirl but what we created was the most inspirational and most exciting Road to the Horse fans have ever seen” stated Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland.

In the closest scoring competition in the history of the event, less than approximately 8 points per judge separated each competitor. There was no mistaking, Vicki Wilson was different but there wasn’t any doubting her horsemanship. Wilson was not only the first competitor from New Zealand, she was the first competitor from an English discipline to not only compete but to walk away with the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title.

“This isn’t about being a cowgirl anymore, it’s all about horsemanship” stated the first lady of Road to the Horse, Stacy Westfall, as the competition moved into the final round on Day 3.

Wilson’s Road to the Horse journey was far from scripted. After dislocating her left shoulder during Round 1, many fans were unsure if she could even continue but she didn’t just continue, she shined. Wilson may have had to alter her strategy with her 6666 Ranch bred colt Boon River Lad, who she fondly named ‘Kentucky’, but she continued with the grace and grit of a champion. This cowgirl may have had a broken wing, but she certainly showed ‘Kentucky’ how to fly.

“My shoulder is sore but when you walk out there, the atmosphere, the people, everything about it, you don’t even think about it. He didn’t quit and I didn’t quit, that’s what being a cowgirl is all about. I believe our job as riders and trainers around the world is to inspire the next generation, to get kids to believe that anything is possible in this life and if we want something bad enough, you have to work hard and be prepared to sacrifice and chase those dreams” Wilson stated as she admired her Gist Silversmith Championship buckle. “Never stop chasing dreams.”

Rachelle Valentine selected the 6666 Ranch horse gelding Playin A Seven, this playful grey gelding soon became a fan favorite. Sarah Dawson selected Smart Hunt and California cutting horse trainer Kate Neubert claimed the prestigious Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award riding Sixes Captain.

It’s almost a tradition that the winner of Road to the Horse chooses to purchase their colt to continue their training, Wilson didn’t break tradition.

“Yes, ‘Kentucky’ is coming back to New Zealand. It’s a bit of a trip for him, but he deserves it. He will become a new demo and clinic pony, he loves his jumping, so that is something we will develop. He is going to be a pretty cool kid.”

Media photos are available from Road to the Horse 2017, please email tammy@roadtothehorse.com for details.


Horse Stays First Priority at Road to the Horse 2016 March 29 2016

“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.

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Craig Cameron returns to Road to the Horse 2016 as New Horseman’s Host November 23 2015

With 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 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.


Historical Head to Head at Road to the Horse 2016 as Anderson faces Dowers August 04 2015

Year after year, the atmosphere at Road to the Horse is electric. Fans of the prestigious World Championship of Colt Starting have witnessed the best horseman in the world enter the Road to the Horse round pen to partake in an epic and coveted test of horsemanship. Road to the Horse 2016 will be unforgettable. It’s been four years since Australian horseman and past Road to the Horse World Champion Clinton Anderson left his footprints on the dirt at Road to the Horse but he returns in 2016 to challenge NRCHA Open Futurity Champion, Nick Dowers.

“Road to the Horse is an event that I’m always proud to be involved with” states the well-known Australian horseman. “Tootie puts on a world-class show, and I’ve enjoyed working with the colts I’ve gotten over the years, educating the crowd and stepping up to the event’s challenges. I’m looking forward to throwing my hat back in the ring for the 2016 competition.” 

Clinton Anderson is a clinician, horse trainer and competitor. He’s dedicated his life to helping others realize their horsemanship dreams and keeping them inspired to achieve their goals. He owns and operates Downunder Horsemanship based in Stephenville, Texas. The Downunder Horsemanship Method of horse training is based on mutual respect and understanding and gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces a television show, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible.

“We may just blow the roof off the Alltech this year” states Road to the Horse Owner and Producer Tootie Bland. “When you welcome back a past champion, horseman, equine educator and inspirational horseman like Clinton Anderson, the only guarantee is there are no guarantees. From the first competitor at Road to the Horse, to the first in education and innovation, Road to the Horse will test one of its best this year. This would not be the year to miss.”

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.  

 


Unprecedented Fourth World Championship for Chris Cox at Road to the Horse 2015 April 08 2015

Road to the Horse was guaranteed to make history and it did not disappoint. Fans travelled from around the world to witness master horseman Chris Cox accumulate his unprecedented fourth Road to the Horse World Championship. A sold out crowd in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park was on the edge of their seats while each competitor piloted two 6666 Ranch bred geldings through the final obstacle course, chasing a record setting $100,000 purse. 

“I am so proud of the evolution of Road to the Horse. Now, thirteen years in the making, we have sold out arenas, pushed the boundaries, set records and became the world’s most anticipated equine event” states Road to the Horse Owner and Producer Tootie Bland. “For the very first time, we will take to the air on RFD-TV April 1, 2015. We have the privilege of bringing millions of fans the phenomenal horsemanship of Road to the Horse, as Chris Cox proves on not only one colt, but two, that he is a master of colt starting.”

Barbara Cox served as Cox’s Pen Wrangler throughout the competition and his children, Charley and Case, joined him during his riding demonstration at the event. His young daughter Charley Cox had the privilege of presenting her father with the 2015 World Championship Gist buckle.

Fans watched Trevor Carter take the 2015 Ram Trucks Wildcard Championship title prior to the main competition. Carter and his 6666 Ranch bred gelding Royal Wall (aka Sailor) were also rewarded Fan Favorite honors after thousands of fans cast their votes over 24 hours. Carter made his way straight to the WW Livestock Systems round pen after only minutes of hearing the results.

Both Trevor Carter and Road to the Horse 2014 World Champion Jim Anderson had colts that challenged their colt starting skills, which treated the fans to an amazing display of horsemanship throughout the weekend.

2015 Ram Trucks Wildcard Champion and Fan Favorite Trevor Carter & Royal Wall (aka Sailor)

2015 Ram Trucks Wildcard Champion and Fan Favorite Trevor Carter & Royal Wall (aka Sailor)

Chris Cox led the competition after Round 1 and continued to hold that position until the very end, finishing with a total accumulative score of 2600. Jim Anderson finished second with 1689 and Wildcard Champion Trevor Carter was close behind with 1656.

First class film production will bring the action from the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to RFD-TV starting April 1st, 2015 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT. (DirecTV 345/ Dish 231)

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 to Nation members who have Legacy Seating by calling 877-772-5425.


Richest Colt Starting Competition in History at Road to the Horse 2015 with $100,000 Purse October 28 2014

Road to the Horse Asks, Who Will Become the First $100,000 World Champion?

As a Cinderella tale began to unfold at Road to the Horse 2014, Road to the Horse owner and producer Tootie Bland made an announcement that surprised fans and raised the hopes and dreams of all would be Road to the Horse competitors. Road to the Horse will present the next World Champion of Colt Starting with a check for $100,000!

“Road to the Horse brings the best of the best from around the world and I want to make this the biggest and richest colt starting competition in history” announced Tootie Bland. “I want the fans to learn from the best horsemen and now 2015 is shaping up to be the most exciting and rewarding Road to the Horse yet! Only one question remains, who will become the one hundred thousand dollar world champion?”

Ever had a dream? Jim Anderson of Strathmore Alberta, Canada did. And it came true. Not only did Jim Anderson’s journey unfold into the perfect Cinderella story, he is also the first competitor to be named for Road to the Horse 2015 continuing Anderson’s dream.

After a year of hard work with the 6666 Ranch bred colt he took home from Road to the Horse 2013, Jim returned to compete in the first ever Ram Wild Card competition at Road to the Horse 2014. After he was crowned the winner, there was no time to celebrate as he immediately stepped onto the world’s stage to compete for the coveted title of Road to the Horse World Champion. Against some of the best horsemen from around the world, it was a close race against Dan Steers, Jonathan Field and Antoine Cloux, but Jim’s dream did come true and he was crowned the 2014 World Champion of Colt Starting. But the story does not end here.

During a follow up interview on Western Sports Roundup on Rural Radio, Jim was asked a question by a surprise caller.

“Jim, this is Tootie Bland and I have one question for you. How would you like to come back in 2015 to defend your title and take a shot at $100,000?”

Jim Anderson answered, “It is such an honor to be asked and a dream come true. Yes, I would love come back in 2015.”

Who will Anderson face off against in 2015 for $100,000? We know one of seven Wild Cards will have to show their best hand to earn their spot. But for now Tootie Bland is fielding calls from world-renowned clinicians and will have some tough decisions to make.

Road to the Horse 2015 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY March 27 – 29, 2015. Road to the Horse Nation Members can purchase their tickets beginning April 1, 2014 with tickets going on sale to the public April 22 at 10:00am Eastern at roadtothehorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.

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