• Vicki Wilson takes the title at Road to the Horse 2017

    Road to the Horse 2017 was created in dedication of the cowgirl. “We may have started out to celebrate the cowgirl but what we created was the most inspirational and most exciting Road to the Horse fans have ever seen” stated Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland.rtthHomepageFeaturedImage2017-winner

    In the closest scoring competition in the history of the event, less than approximately 8 points per judge separated each competitor. There was no mistaking, Vicki Wilson was different but there wasn’t any doubting her horsemanship. Wilson was not only the first competitor from New Zealand, she was the first competitor from an English discipline to not only compete but to walk away with the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title.

    “This isn’t about being a cowgirl anymore, it’s all about horsemanship” stated the first lady of Road to the Horse, Stacy Westfall, as the competition moved into the final round on Day 3.

    IMG_2286sWilson’s Road to the Horse journey was far from scripted. After dislocating her left shoulder during Round 1, many fans were unsure if she could even continue. She didn’t just continue, she shined. Wilson may have had to alter her strategy with her 6666 Ranch bred colt Boon River Lad, who she fondly named ‘Kentucky’, but she continued with the grace and grit of a champion. This cowgirl may have had a broken wing, but she certainly showed ‘Kentucky’ how to fly.

    “My shoulder is sore but when you walk out there, the atmosphere, the people, everything about it, you don’t even think about it. He didn’t quit and I didn’t quit, that’s what being a cowgirl is all about. I believe our job as riders and trainers around the world is to inspire the next generation, to get kids to believe that anything is possible in this life and if we want something bad enough, you have to work hard and be prepared to sacrifice and chase those dreams” Wilson stated as she admired her Gist Silversmith Championship buckle. “Never stop chasing dreams.”

    Rachelle Valentine selected the 6666 Ranch horse gelding Playin A Seven, this playful grey gelding soon became a fan favorite. Sarah Dawson selected Smart Hunt and California cutting horse trainer Kate Neubert claimed the prestigious Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award riding Sixes Captain.

    It’s almost a tradition that the winner of Road to the Horse chooses to purchase their colt to continue their training, Wilson didn’t break tradition.

    “Yes, ‘Kentucky’ is coming back to New Zealand. It’s a bit of a trip for him, but he deserves it. He will become a new demo and clinic pony, he loves his jumping, so that is something we will develop. He is going to be a pretty cool kid.”

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  • Road to the Horse 2017 – Replay the Action

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    This is not your ordinary broadcast! In true Road to the Horse fashion we’re exploding boundaries and exploring new territory by creating a cutting-edge experience for fans. For the first time ever, James and Cameron will be on hand throughout the live broadcast with a play by play recap, as well as educating fans on the rules and format of the event. They’ll also be interviewing a host of celebrities, past Road to the Horse World Champions and special guests. Blend these two dynamic personalities in a LIVE broadcast and you’re guaranteed a production to leave you smiling!

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    As fans pack and get ready to flock to the Alltech Arena to witness the very first all-cowgirl World Championship of Colt Starting, at Road to the Horse 2017, Ride the Remuda Productions is busy creating a state of the art LIVE broadcast to bring the action to fans around the world. Not only will fans around the globe take front row seats to eyewitness every minute of the event, they’ll also be enjoying an exclusive colorful commentary by past Road to the Horse World Champions, Dan James and Craig Cameron when they sign in with any electronic device.

    AV8A2508-danwebWhether you watch it on your iPad, iPhone, smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV, fans will enjoy hassle free streaming and 24/7 customer support. Fans can preregister here for the broadcast and test their computer system to be sure they’ll enjoy problem free streaming when the event kicks off.  Can’t watch it LIVE? No problem. Video on demand event footage is available ten days after the completion of the event. To sign up for your exclusive electronic ticket to the action, simply .

    Dan James is no stranger to Road to the Horse. The much-loved Aussie import not only wears a coveted Road to the Horse World Championship Gist Silversmith buckle from 2012, he has since returned annually to the event as a fan favorite entertainer. Craig Cameron’s megawatt smile and captivating personality is right at home at Road to the Horse. Capturing an event title in 2006, Craig has returned many times as a celebrity, host and competitor.

    Bringing together the finest horsewomen from around the world, the very first Celebration of the Cowgirl at Road to the Horse 2017 is unlike any other World Championship of Colt Starting. Multiple World Champion NRCHA cowgirl and horsewoman Sarah Winters returns as a veteran competitor at Road to the Horse. Fellow competitor and newcomer to Road to the Horse, Kate Neubert comes from a strong family tradition of colt starting and has amassed over $200,000 in NCHA earnings. Hauling from Florida, Rachelle Valentine will also enter the round pen at Road to the Horse for the very first time. Her passion for developing young horses led her to a successful career in the reining horse industry. New Zealander Vicki Wilson, not only enters Road to the Horse as our very first competitor from New Zealand, but this author, TV celebrity and trainer is also the very first international show jumper to bring her helmet and jodhpurs to Road to the Horse.

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