Past Champions

Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to entertain and educate fans in the art of natural horsemanship. Road to the Horse challenges the World’s best equestrians to build a partnership with an untouched three-year-old American Quarter Horse, across three intense days of competition. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection, to the final obstacle challenge. Only one competitor will earn the $100,000 purse and the World Championship of Colt Starting title.

Road to the Horse 2018 world champion buckle
Gist Silversmith World Championship buckle

Past World Champions of Colt Starting (Winners in bold)

  • 2003 – Curt Pate, Josh Lyons, Clinton Anderson
  • 2005 – Craig Cameron, Clinton Anderson, Van Hargis
  • 2006 – Van Hargis, Martin Black, Craig Cameron, Stacy Westfall
  • 2007 – Chris Cox, Stacy Westfall, Clinton Anderson
  • 2008 – Mike Kevil, Tommy Garland, Ken McNabb, Chris Cox
  • 2009 – John Lyons, Tommy Garland, Richard Winters
  • 2010 – Richard Winters, Craig Cameron, Ken McNabb
  • 2011 – Pat Parelli, Chris Cox, Clinton Anderson
  • 2012 International
    • Team Australia – Guy McLean & Dan James
    • Team Canada – Jonathan Field & Glenn Stewart
    • Team USA – Craig Cameron & Pat Parelli
  • 2013 – Dan James, Sarah Winters, Guy McLean, Obbie Schlom
  • 2014 – Jim Anderson, Antoine Cloux, Jonathan Field, Dan Steers
  • 2015 – Chris Cox, Jim Anderson, Trevor Carter
  • 2016 – Clinton Anderson, Nick Dowers, Richard Winters
  • 2017 – Sarah Dawson, Kate Neubert, Rachelle Valentine , Vicki Wilson
  • 2018 – Vicki Wilson, Nick Dowers, Dan James
  • 2019 – Vicki Wilson, Nick Dowers

The Traveler Award

Traveler Award – Photo: Wilson Sisters

Thanks to the American Quarter Horse Association, the owners of the winning colt and the ranch that bred the colt will both receive The Traveler Award, which is an honor that will be noted on the colt’s record permanently on file with AQHA. Traveler was an American Quarter Horse Foundation Sire inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1994.

  • 2011 – 6666 Ranch and Chris Cox
  • 2012 – 6666 Ranch, Guy McLean and Dan James
  • 2013 – 6666 Ranch and Guy McLean
  • 2014 – 6666 Ranch and Jim Anderson
  • 2015 – 6666 Ranch and Chris Cox
  • 2016 – 6666 Ranch and Nick Dowers
  • 2017 – 6666 Ranch and Vicki Wilson
  • 2018 – 6666 Ranch and Vicki Wilson
  • 2019 – 6666 Ranch and Nick Dowers
Kate Neubert receiving the Jack Brainard award at Road to the Horse 2017
Jack Brainard and 2017 Horsemanship Award Winner Kate Neubert

Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award

The Road to the Horse Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award goes to the horseman or horsewoman that excels in their power of observation to correctly analyze the best approach, and then apply that method as smoothly as possible for the horse’s best interest.

  • 2013 – Guy McLean
  • 2014 – Jonathan Field
  • 2015 – Chris Cox
  • 2016 – Nick Dowers
  • 2017 – Kate Neubert
  • 2018 – Dan James
  • 2019 – Nick Dowers