• Facebook Live at the 6666 Ranch

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    Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, was kinda like Christmas for the Road to the Horse crew. It’s our first glimpse at the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch. It’s the time when we stare at the horizon, standing on sacred ground, waiting for the 6666 Ranch cowboys to push the Remuda into view. It’s special. It’s epic. Watching the Remuda pass, you’re watching generations of select American Quarter Horse breeding that have not only made history, but changed the face of the entire equine industry. It’s an honor and a privilege that we don’t take for granted. It’s the gathering of the Road to the Horse 2018 Remuda.

    For the first time ever, Road to the Horse fans got to join the Road to the Horse crew as the Remuda was gathered, via Facebook Live. Road to the Horse fans got a chance to see exactly what the crew sees, as it happened. If you missed it? Be sure and visit Road to the Horse Facebook to watch the videos.

    Road to the Horse wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the 6666 Ranch, as well as Western Horseman and Equine Monthly, who helped us cover this historic event.

    Stay tuned to Road to the Horse, and we’ll take a closer look at the 2018 Remuda, one by one.

  • Award winning Road to the Horse 2018 Entertainment Lineup

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    There’s no denying, the galloping Remuda of 6666 Ranch bred colts are our Road to the Horse superstars but our entertainment lineup is running a very close second. Fans at Road to the Horse 2018 will have a chance to enjoy award winning performances throughout the event from these talented musicians.

    Laura Green

    I am a mother of three from Elizabethtown, KY.  I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  I worked in the country music industry in Nashville, TN, back in the 90’s but left to be a wife and a mother in Georgia.  I returned to Kentucky in 2005.  I ride and compete in Extreme Cowboy Racing with my three children, who are 18, 15 and 11.   I have been honored to sing the National Anthem for the Extreme Cowboy Association’s National and World Championships on several occasions.  I was honored as well to sing both the Canadian and American National Anthems at The Cowboy-Up Challenge at the 2014 Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta.  As an American, a mother, and the former wife of a Marine and police officer, I have a great respect for our country and the servicemen and women who protect her.  I have not served in our country’s military, but when I sing our National Anthem, I sing it for those who have fought for her, who are currently fighting for her, and for those who will fight for her.  I sing it because I am proud and thankful to be an American.

    Holly Spears

    Nashville Recording Artist, now based out of Northern, KY, Holly Spears is a small-town girl with big dreams. Her new single, Farm Girl recently reached #10 on New Music weekly’s Country Internet Chart and #10 on the NMW Main Country Chart. Spears has also reached #6 on the NMW Country Top 30 Indie Artists. Not bad for an Indie Artist who owns her own record label, Girl on a Mission Music, LLC.

    Holly found her way into acting in a Western movie called Nail 32. She landed 5 songs in Nail 32. You can also find 5 of Holly’s songs in a movie called, Virtuous, that stars Erik Estrada. Holly has had 2 songs in TV commercials and several television music videos. You can also find many of her music videos on YouTube, including her John Denver cover of Country Roads, which is on its way to reaching 100,000 views. Make sure to check out her Farm Girl, Cowboy up, and Sunshine videos to see her horse, Pretty Girl.  Holly Spears loves sharing her industry knowledge with the music students she builds into via the web or in her studio in Northern Kentucky. You can find her albums Boots and Bling, Heartache to Hope, Audience of One, The Songs of Christmas and Redemption Road, as well as her new single, Farm Girl on iTunes, her website and at her live shows.  Keep up with Holly and her musical journey on www.hollyspears.com , Facebook @HollySpearsFanPage and Instagram under holly.spears.

    Epp Mevin Walls

    Epp Mevin Walls is an award winning Christian country Singer/Songwriter with NewStep Records and co-founder along with wife Kathleen Walls of EMW Music Ministries.

    Epp’s style of music is a new country/country rock sound, upbeat with a positive uplifting message. Epp and Kathleen travel extensively throughout the year sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and personal testimonies, at many different events and venues such as Church Worship Services, special events, benefit concerts, festivals, retreats, and revivals. Epp and Kathleen also conduct Cowboy Church Services for rodeos and horse shows, IBRA events (International Barrel Racers Association) and the PBR.

    Epp loves to share his music at Celebrate Recovery programs using his own personal testimony to encourage and support those who have decided to take that step which can change their lives forever. Epp has written three full length CDs, one which was awarded CGM Country Gospel Music Album of the Year in 2013.  Epp has penned six #1 songs, as well as several top ten and top forty songs.

    Epp and Kathleen live on a beautiful 130 Acre horse farm in Central Kentucky where they love living the country lifestyle and spending time with their horses and dogs as well as two very spoiled barn cats! Music is available on all the major music distributors online or go to eppmevinwalls.com.

    View our complete Road to the Horse 2018 entertainment lineup including the One Arm Bandit and Whispery Pines Percherons here

     

  • Another Tootie Twist on the Road to the Horse

    rtthHomepageFeaturedImage2018-tootieRoad to the Horse has more twists and turns than a dirt road on the 6666 Ranch! That’s what fans love and what keeps them on the edge of their seats. Tootie Twist, that’s what the fans have dubbed them and we think the name’s quite fitting. Road to the Horse 2018 will not disappoint, we guarantee it! For the first time in the colorful fifteen-year history of Road to the Horse, competitors will be starting two colts. That’s not new, you say, but starting two colts simultaneously is, and that’s the world class challenge for our four world class competitors. Where else can you go to watch the most elite horse trainers in the universe, start two untouched colts at the same time, in one place? Nowhere.

    “When you have four world champions on the roster with a wealth of talent, knowledge, and desire, Road to the Horse must rise to the occasion and meet these champions with a challenge of all challenges!” states Owner/Producer Tootie Bland. “We have to give them the chance to dig deep in their soul, draw on every skill good or bad, that they have ever experienced and set the stage so that each of these World Champions will cross horizons of horsemanship that even they didn’t know were possible. These four Road to the Horse World Champions this year are certainly not your mama’s Buick!”

    The competition begins with the selection of two colts from the Road to the Horse Remuda. Each competitor will then complete three working round pen sessions, throughout the weekend. As the competitor is working with one colt, the other colt will be resting in an adjoined pen. This format allows the competitor to maximize their working time, while keeping the colts rested and relaxed. Each competitor will then guide each colt individually through the challenging fourth round, the well-known Road to the Horse obstacle course. Scores will be tallied by the accumulative score on both colts.

    IMG_7019-2horses“I’m super excited for the opportunity to work multiple colts at the same time because this is something, that I’m really familiar with in my training” states Road to the Horse 2018 competitor, Dan James. “In this new style, Road to the Horse fans will be able to witness a skill set they’ve never seen before.”

    “With the new format this year, Road to the Horse is as true and clear as a blue sky, to our roots and mission of making a better life for horses. Once again RTTH will kick another door open on our quest to bring all horse-first horsemanship to the spotlight. I think ya’ll are really going to enjoy this year and walk away amazed” states Tootie Bland.

    All past World Champions, all from different countries, the Road to the Horse 2018 lineup is spectacular. New Zealand international showjumper and defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson, is the solitary lady in the mix. She’ll be up against the cowboys but she’s not intimidated in the least.  Representing our friends across the border, Canadian Jim Anderson is both a Road to the Horse World Champion and our Wildcard Champion from 2014. Australia horseman Dan James, may be well-known for his magical liberty demonstrations and Road to the Horse 2012 World Championship but fans affectionately know him now as Swampy’s dad. American Nick Dowers is a cowboy of many talents, Dowers’ buckle case claims World Championship titles from both the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Road to the Horse 2016.

    Road to the Horse 2018 tickets are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 877-772-5425.  Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information. For sponsorship opportunities at Road to the Horse 2018, contact Tammy Sronce at 940-859-6512 or email tammy@roadtothehorse.com.

     

  • Meet Whispery Pines Percherons

    We’ve seen a lot of things at Road to the Horse, but never a 6 horse black Percheron Hitch. This stunning hitch will take your breathe away! How does it feel to hold the lines of such horsepower? Watch our video below.

    Sam and Kellie Rettinger, owners of Whispery Pines Percherons in Kingsville, OH, have been involved in the equine industry for their entire lives. The Rettingers bring their horses to several events each year to show in different hitch and riding classes. They also provide carriage rides with their Percherons for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, hay rides, and winter sleigh rides. Percherons performing at Road to the Horse 2018 include Ace, Octane, Tony, Hawke, Candyman, and Super Sam. Learn more at www.WhisperyPines.com.