International Competitors Chase Gold at Road to the Horse 2024

In celebration of the 2024 Olympic Games, Road to the Horse 2024 will feature an international lineup of three world-class competitors, showcasing talented colt starters from around the globe. Road to the Horse is thrilled to select these stand-out athletes who will represent their country as they compete for the World Championship of Colt Starting: Ken McNabb (USA), Donal Hancock (Australia) and Tik Maynard (Canada). These three championship competitors will be joined by the Wild Card Challenge champion, allowing a total of four colt starters to compete for $125,000 in prize money and horsemanship’s most prominent title on March 21-24 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“We’re excited to add an international flavor to Road to the Horse 2024” states Morris Equine Group President Tina Battock. “These experienced competitors, who all continue to refine their colt-starting skills, will put a lifetime of horsemanship experience to the test, and we can’t wait to follow them on their journey. Combine these talented athletes with our Wild Card Challenge Champion, and the stage is set for a historic Road to the Horse event!”

Ken McNabb – USA

 Representing the United States is Wyoming horseman and rancher Ken McNabb — a lifelong cowboy who grew up in a traditional ranching community with strong family values, a commitment to patriotism and faith in Christ. Ken is known for creating a unique environment where each horse is trained using gentle methods, and the rider is coached to become their best. Ken has spent the last 26 years traveling the United States from coast-to-coast, teaching and hosting horsemanship clinics and events.

Donal Hancock – Australia

 From the outback of Australia, Donal Hancock is proud to represent his homeland. Donal grew up in a remote part of Australia on a cattle station known as Saddlers Springs, where riding was as necessary as walking. His quest for knowledge led him to America, where he apprenticed under Double Dan Horsemanship. In 2016, upon his return to Australia, Donal founded Hancock Horsemanship and is now a respected Australian colt starter, trainer, and clinician as he continues to teach, show, and train.

Tik Maynard – Canada

 Canadian three-day event rider Tik Maynard is no stranger to international competition. Tik competed full time in the sport of modern pentathlon. A Canadian National Team member and two-time National Championship winner, Tik competed at multiple World Cups, World Championships, and at the 2007 Pan-Am Games in Rio. Tik’s passion is three-day eventing, where he was listed for the Canadian National Three-Day Eventing Team. A trainer, clinician and author, Tik is married to USA Three-Day Eventing Olympic Team member, Sinead Maynard.

 Wild Card Challenge – Pen Wrangler Edition

 In addition to the World Championship action, fans will witness the first ever Pen Wrangler Edition of the Wild Card Challenge, where three past Road to the Horse Pen Wranglers will finally have their chance to step into the round pen and showcase their colt starting skills. Turning the tables, the past championship competitor that the Pen Wrangler assisted will be the Pen Wrangler for this challenge.

The Wild Card Challenge will precede the World Championship of Colt Starting Competition, starting on Thursday, March 21, and will conclude on Friday, March 22, 2024. This will allow the champion of the Wild Card Challenge the chance to step directly into a championship competitor position.

Hosting both the Wild Card Challenge and the World Championship Competition at Road to the Horse 2024, will allow fans to enjoy an expanded array of diverse talent, along with educational clinics, demonstrations and world class entertainment.

Road to the Horse 2024 takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 21-24. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-514-3849. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

About Road to the Horse
Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to inspire people to reach a higher level of horsemanship and develop unity with a horse based on trust and not fear. We believe that through education and entertainment, we can change people’s ideas and create a better world for the horse. Road to the Horse competitions identify the superior colt starter who accumulates the highest score. Judging focuses on the competitor and the effectiveness of their horsemanship methodology to communicate, educate and build a partnership with their colt based on trust. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection to the final obstacle challenge. Event schedule and tickets available at

About Morris Equine Group
Morris Equine Group consists of some of the industry’s most recognized brands, including Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News and Barrel Horse News. The group also includes business-to-business publication Western Lifestyle Retailer and EquiStat, a statistical service offering detailed information and earnings for the performance horse industry. Morris Equine Group is also home to the National Barrel Horse Association, the West Coast Barrel Racing Association, the first ever PBR Team Series Champions Nashville Stampede and the World Championship of Colt Starting, Road to the Horse.

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