Some of the world’s most talented equestrians have never taken center stage. They don’t have marketing teams or television shows. They just work hard every day, without fanfare, at becoming better horsemen. You may not know who they are…yet… but their talent is undeniable and their time to shine is coming.
At Road to the Horse 2019, three gifted horsemen will showcase their skills in the Wild Card competition. They will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, in true Road to the Horse style. The winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after competitor position at Road to the Horse 2020.
The Wild Card competitors will take center stage each morning, prior to the start of the main Road to the Horse 2019 competition. Fans will be able to watch every minute of colt-starting action from these talented first-time competitors, as they each bring their own unique style of horsemanship to Road to the Horse.
“We are excited to provide an opportunity for some unheralded horsemen to showcase their talents” states Western Horseman Publisher Ernie King. “There are great horsemen out there working hard every day to perfect their craft that most folks have never heard much about. Hopefully, the Wild Card competition will bring them some much deserved recognition.”
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. Road to the Horse 2016 World Champion and National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Nick Dowers will challenge international showjumping sensation and two-time Road to the Horse World Champion Vicki Wilson for the title at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, March 22–24, 2019.
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 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 (March 22–24, 2019 — 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—create a relationship 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 and witness the setbacks and 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.
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