Road to the Horse is well known for kicking in glass ceilings and 2017 will not disappoint its fans with the addition of the RTTH Celebration of the Cowgirl Drill Team Competition. Home town favorites of Lexington, Kentucky, the Young Guns 4H Drill Team rocked the coliseum in 2016 and will return in 2017 to compete in the highly anticipated Celebration of the Cowgirl Drill Team Competition.
Thirty Girls and 30 horses in a fast and furious Drill Team Competition “is a must see, gotta have it kind of Road to the Horse event I love,” said Tootie Bland, RTTH Owner/Producer. “In true Road to the Horse style, I wanted to turn up the heat, add a little fierce competition and bring the best of the American cowgirl spirit to a grand stage.”
Meet Young Guns 4H Drill Team
What happens when you take a group of farm kids from small towns in Kentucky and teach them how to get the most from their horses, teach them horsemanship and teamwork? You get the Young Guns 4-H Drill Team! These 4-H’ers and alumnae have the dedication and commitment that have earned them multiple titles.
Forming in 1999 from a group of 14 kids, the Young Guns have touched the lives of more than 235 youth in Northern Kentucky. 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
Prime Time Express (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 have 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.
Meet the Starfire Farm Norwegian Fjord Quadrille
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.
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.
“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 at Road to the Horse 2017” state Starfire Farm coordinator Beth Beyner.
“Just when you thought we were done with the fun… there’s more to come!” said Bland.
Road to the Horse 2017 Tickets on Sale
Barbara Cox, Sarah Winters Dawson and Rachelle Valentine have been announced as competitors at Road to the Horse 2017, they will be joined by a soon to be announced, fourth competitor. Road to the Horse 2017 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on March 23-26, 2017. Road to the Horse 2017 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.
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.