Meet the Judges for Road to the Horse 2015

Road to the Horse judges are selected from every facet of the equine industry. Combined they create the ultimate judging panel to determine who will win the title, prestige and honor of being named the Road to the Horse 2015 World Champion at the biggest and richest Colt Starting Competition in history.

The Road to the Horse judges include Jack Brainard, Dr. Jim Heird, Mike Kevil, Cody Lambert and Sam Rose. Joining this elite team of judges will be Dr. Glenn Blodgett (6666 Ranch) and a Nutrena Nutrition Expert, who will both assist in the Body Condition judging portion of the Ram Trucks 2015 Wild Card Competition. Assisting the judges at Road to the Horse 2015 will be Judges Steward Stormy Mullins.

Jack Brainard: The labels of trainer, breeder, judge, leader, teacher, author, mentor and friend are all accurate for Jack of Tioga, Texas, long known for his contributions to the equine industry and his lifelong commitment to horses and the people who enjoy them. Jack Brainard has bred and trained horses for over 53 years and judged for a variety of national horse associations for over 40 years.

Dr. Jim Heird is Executive Professor and Coordinator of the Equine Initiative and holder of the Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair at Texas A&M University. Dr. Heird has an international reputation in the field of equine sciences. He has lectured on numerous topics both nationally and internationally. He has been a successful judging team coach, teacher, researcher and extension specialist.

Mike Kevil is the noted author of Starting Colts, a Western Horseman Book and its DVD counterparts, Starting Colts volumes one and two, available through Western Horseman. For 40 years Mike has developed his own training practices that include patience, consistency and understanding the horse. Mike is a master of the art of horses.

Cody Lambert, a Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee and nine-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bull riding and saddle bronc riding, has a long and storied history in the world of horses. Cody is the Livestock Director for the Professional Bull Riders and served as Vice President of the PBR Board of Directors.

Sam Rose is a veteran horse trainer, competitor and judge. Sam resides in Pilot Point, Texas with wife Pam and daughter Kristen. Sam has judged the NCHA World Show, Super Stakes, Derby and Futurity. Sam has also judged the NRCHA Futurity, World Show, Derby and Stakes, along with all of the AQHA World Shows. Not only is Sam an accomplished judge, he has shown and trained multiple AQHA World Champions and Honor Roll Horses. Sam is a National AQHA Board of Director and Chairman of the AQHA Judges Committee.

Road to the Horse 2015 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 26-29, 2015. Road to the Horse 2015 tickets are now available online at or by calling 877-772-5425.

A competition untouched by others, Road to the Horse dares elite horse trainers to create a trusting partnership with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse. The test begins with the selection, choosing a horse from the Remuda from the 6666 Ranch; competitors have just three days to build a working relationship. With disruptive sounds, exhilarating sights and adrenaline-pumping time constraints each competitor must face the final trial, an obstacle course. Only one can walk away with the World Championship of Colt Starting title.

Road to the Horse 2015 is grateful for the support of corporate partners such as Western Horseman, Platinum Performance, 6666 Ranch, Cinch, W-W Livestock Systems, Martin Saddlery, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Mounted Shooters of America, Red Brush Trailers, CSI Saddle Pads, Gist Silversmiths, Twisted X Boots, ABI Equine, Barrel Horse News, Quarter Horse News, Brooks Mayberry Equine Insurance, Horse Radio Network, Suncoast Shavings, PFHA, East Fork Stables, Western Horse Company, Theraplate, Speedys T’s, Nutrena, Western Horse & Gun Magazine, EspanaSILK Grooming Products, ThinLine, US Rider, Spalding Fly Predators, Pioneer Trail Reserve, Saddle Up Magazine and RevitaVet Therapy Systems, along with many more valued industry products and services. Contact Tammy Sronce to discuss sponsorship opportunities available in 2015 at or call 940-859-6512 for details.






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