Road to the Horse has more twists and turns than a dirt road on the 6666 Ranch! That’s what fans love and what keeps them on the edge of their seats. Tootie Twist, that’s what the fans have dubbed them and we think the name’s quite fitting. Road to the Horse 2018 will not disappoint, we guarantee it! For the first time in the colorful fifteen-year history of Road to the Horse, competitors will be starting two colts. That’s not new, you say, but starting two colts simultaneously is, and that’s the world class challenge for our four world class competitors. Where else can you go to watch the most elite horse trainers in the universe, start two untouched colts at the same time, in one place? Nowhere.
“When you have four world champions on the roster with a wealth of talent, knowledge, and desire, Road to the Horse must rise to the occasion and meet these champions with a challenge of all challenges!” states Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “We have to give them the chance to dig deep in their soul, draw on every skill good or bad, that they have ever experienced and set the stage so that each of these World Champions will cross horizons of horsemanship that even they didn’t know were possible. These four Road to the Horse World Champions this year are certainly not your mama’s Buick!”
The competition begins with the selection of two colts from the Road to the Horse Remuda. Each competitor will then complete three working round pen sessions, throughout the weekend. As the competitor is working with one colt, the other colt will be resting in an adjoined pen. This format allows the competitor to maximize their working time, while keeping the colts rested and relaxed. Each competitor will then guide each colt individually through the challenging fourth round, the well-known Road to the Horse obstacle course. Scores will be tallied by the accumulative score on both colts.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity to work multiple colts at the same time because this is something, that I’m really familiar with in my training” states Road to the Horse 2018 competitor, Dan James. “In this new style, Road to the Horse fans will be able to witness a skill set they’ve never seen before.”
“With the new format this year, Road to the Horse is as true and clear as a blue sky, to our roots and mission of making a better life for horses. Once again RTTH will kick another door open on our quest to bring all horse-first horsemanship to the spotlight. I think ya’ll are really going to enjoy this year and walk away amazed” states Tootie Bland.
All past World Champions, all from different countries, the Road to the Horse 2018 lineup is spectacular. New Zealand international showjumper and defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson, is the solitary lady in the mix. She’ll be up against the cowboys but she’s not intimidated in the least. Representing our friends across the border, Canadian Jim Anderson is both a Road to the Horse World Champion and our Wildcard Champion from 2014. Australia horseman Dan James, may be well-known for his magical liberty demonstrations and Road to the Horse 2012 World Championship but fans affectionately know him now as Swampy’s dad. American Nick Dowers is a cowboy of many talents, Dowers’ buckle case claims World Championship titles from both the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Road to the Horse 2016.
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. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email [email protected].
About Road to the Horse (March 23-25, 2018 – Lexington, Kentucky): A vision of Steven and Tootie Bland, Road to the Horse was created with passion and perseverance. Steven and Tootie were believers in a message they wanted to share with the world. The message: create a relationship which is based on a foundation of trust with the horse, and everything else can be accomplished. Fans at Road to the Horse, follow the journey and witness an accumulation of a lifetime of passion and knowledge be put to the test as elite clinicians from around the world face off for the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title. Fans witness partnerships develop before their very eyes, they witness the setbacks and witness the triumphs, as competitors build a relationship with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse which will then be put to the ultimate test, where only one can walk away with the World Championship of Colt Starting title.