Fans are accustomed to sitting on the edges of their seats through the many twists and turns of the most coveted horsemanship event of the year, and Road to the Horse 2019 is guaranteed not to disappoint. For the first time in the history of the event, two past Road to the Horse Champions will go head to head in a battle for the 2019 World Championship of Colt Starting title. International showjumping sensation and two-time Road to the Horse World Champion Vicki Wilson will meet Road to the Horse 2016 World Champion and National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Nick Dowers to vie for the title at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 22-24, 2019.
It is a duel, but what kind lies in the eyes of the beholder. Is it a battle of disciplines? Is it a battle of gender? Or is it simply two of the world’s most talented equestrians facing off to test their skills, one more time? When only two round pens are constructed in the center of the Alltech Arena there is only one thing for certain: history will be made.
“It’s my third time back, but it’s no less daunting in terms of the challenge” explained defending Road to the Horse World Champion Vicki Wilson. Wilson’s strategy coming into Road to the Horse 2019 is simple: “Build trust, ask them to give me their all and never quit when the going gets tough.”
For Nick Dowers, Road to the Horse is all about staying authentic. “Road to the Horse, for me, is about staying true to who I am and the horsemanship that got me there. It’s about showcasing each colt to the best of their ability and not letting outside pressures deter me from who I am.”
As well as going down in history as the first ever Road to the Horse duel, both competitors will also, for the first time, select three colts from the Road to the Horse Remuda.
In addition to celebrating our Road to the Horse World Champions at Road to the Horse 2019, fans can look forward to a thrilling tribute to our nation’s Wild West culture. Collectively, the characters of the Wild West had one thing in common, their undeniable passion and partnership with the horse.
Road to the Horse 2019 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 800-514-3849. For sponsorship information, please contact Kathryn Barkey at Kathryn.Barkey@cowboypublishing.com or call 970-554-2032.
About Road to the Horse
A vision of Steven and Tootie Bland, Road to the Horse (March 22-24, 2019, Lexington, Kentucky) 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 that 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.