• One lucky 2019 Extreme Mustang Makeover trainer will be a Wild Card competitor at the 2020 Road to the Horse

    GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) and Road to the Horse (RTTH) are partnering up in 2019 to offer an Extreme Mustang Makeover competitor a spot in the 2020 RTTH Wild Card Competition. The only catch is you must compete in a 2019 EMM in order to be eligible. The wild card competitor will be selected following the final 2019 EMM event in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 2019.

    In the Road to the Horse competition, elite clinicians from around the world build a relationship with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse and face off for the World Championship of Colt Starting title. The Wild Card competition allows first-time competitors the opportunity to participate. During the 2020 event, 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 position in the Road to the Horse World Championship competition in 2021.

    “We have long supported Road to the Horse and are really excited to offer this opportunity to one of our Extreme Mustang Makeover competitors,” said MHF Executive Director, Kali Sublett. “What a great way for our mustang trainers to take what they have learned through their time with a mustang and use that experience to start an American Quarter Horse in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd in Lexington, Kentucky. This will be a fun event and we can’t wait to see who gets selected!”

    To be eligible to be selected, individuals must participate to compete in one of the four Extreme Mustang Makeovers. The Ocala, Florida, EMM trainers have already been selected, but there is still time to apply for the following EMM’s:

    Lexington, Kentucky, June 20-22, 2019 (Application deadline: Jan. 4, 2019)
    Los Angeles, California, Aug. 9-10, 2019 (Application deadline: March 1, 2019)
    Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 5-7, 2019 (Application deadline: March 1, 2019)

    To apply to participate in a 2019 EMM, visit https://extrememustangmakeover.com/events/national-events/. For more information about Road to the Horse visit their website athttps://www.roadtothehorse.com/.

    For more information: Matt Manroe | Mustang Heritage Foundation | 512-415-5354 | matt@mustangheritagefoundation.org

    About the Mustang Heritage Foundation 
    The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the Mustang Heritage Foundation is passionate about the successful placement of mustangs into private care so future generations can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage. The Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed over 9,800 mustangs into private care since 2007.

    About Road to the Horse (March 22–24, 2019 — Lexington, Kentucky):
    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. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.RoadtotheHorse.com

  • Meet Road to the Horse 2019 Wild Card Competitor Wade Black

    Bloodlines. They almost become an obsession for the avid equestrian as they scroll through horse pedigrees bursting with money earners, speed indexes, and World Championship titles. You could say our second Road to the Horse Wild Card competitor originates from regal pedigrees. The son of clinician Martin Black, a former Road to the Horse competitor, and grandson of legendary horseman Ray Hunt, Wade Black is a competitor who was destined to reach the Road to the Horse round pen.

    “My overall training philosophy is influenced by Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and the mechanical influence regarding day to day work is from my dad, Martin Black.  I use a lot of their philosophies and mix them all with my own personal journey” states Wade Black. “Would my grandfather compete in Road to the Horse? I think he’d be all over it! He loved working with horses and he loved a challenge.”

    Wade Black was born on the Stampede Ranch in Nevada. At a very young age he was roping, moving cows, and working with the cowboys on the ranch which was managed by his father. Wade went on to earn a rodeo scholarship in Saddle Bronc riding at Montana State University, where he received a BS in Equine Science, and a MS in Equine Nutrition. Wade has spent time in Kentucky training racehorses, in Texas training cutting horses, and at different cow camps in Idaho and Oregon. Horsemanship is in Wade’s blood. Wade now directs the Equine Science Program at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.

    “Wade Black represents generations of World Class horsemen and it will be an honor to watch him step into the Road to the Horse round pen to compete for the ultimate horsemanship title” states Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland.

    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.  They will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, and the winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after competitor position at Road to the Horse 2020.

    With only three positions available in the Wild Card competition, the Road to the Horse selection committee has been meticulously reviewing the numerous applications. As the members of the committee evaluate each applicant, they are searching for that rare horseman that meets all the criteria that Road to the Horse demands in a World Champion. The committee is in the process of selecting the third and final Wild Card competitor for Road to the Horse 2019.

    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.  They will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, and the winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after competitor position at Road to the Horse 2020.

    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.

     

  • Ben Baldus Named First Road to the Horse 2019 Wild Card Competitor

    The Wild Card competitor positions at Road to the Horse 2019 are in hot contention! With only three positions available in the Wild Card competition, the Road to the Horse selection committee have been meticulously scouring through the numerous applications that have flooded in. As the members of the committee evaluate each applicant, they are searching for that rare horseman that meets all the criteria that Road to the Horse demands in a World Champion. Texas cowboy, Ben Baldus, checked all the boxes.

    Ben Baldus may not be a familiar name to Road to the Horse fans, but he’s already made his mark in the competitive arena. Baldus has won over $260,000 in reining, reined cow horse and in ranch versatility competitions. In 2018, Baldus left no doubt he was worthy of his second AQHA World Championship in Open Versatility Ranch Horse, riding Seven S Woodrow.

    “I’m excited to be a Wild Card competitor at Road to the Horse. It’s been something I’ve followed for a long time and I’ve watched all the competitors over the years and thought about what it would be like to be there” stated Baldwin. “I think the Wild Card competition will be awesome to be a part of, and I was honored to be invited.”

    Baldus has dedicated his life to horsemanship. At the age of 12, Baldus began showing and was introduced to reining and cow horse competition while working for the historic Waggoner Ranch. After several years there, he and his wife, Cameron, established their own business in 2016, training performance horses and conducting horsemanship clinics in Bowie, Texas.

    “Ben Baldus is a cowboy who lets his horsemanship do the talking” remarks Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland. “He’s a quiet and confident hand but don’t let that fool you, he has the heart of a lion.”

    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.  They will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, and the winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after competitor position at Road to the Horse 2020.

    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.

    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.

    Learn more about Road to the Horse at RoadtotheHorse.com. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

  • Elite Committee Assembled to Select RTTH 2019 Wild Card Competitors

    There’s a new Wild Card Competition coming to Road to the Horse 2019 and everyone’s talking about it. It’s a hot topic! So…the big question is… who will be the lucky competitors that get to step into the spotlight in the Road to the Horse round pen? The 2019 Wild Card Competition will showcase three gifted horsemen. Each one will start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt and the winner is guaranteed a coveted spot in Road to the Horse 2020 where they will compete for a $125,000 purse.

    In order to select the very best competitors, Road to the Horse has assembled an elite group of equestrians that will make up the Horseman’s Selection Committee. These knowledgeable committee members, who are experts in their field, will research and review each Wild Card applicant. After carefully examining each applicant, the committee will make their selections, and those three competitors will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their colt-starting skills.

    The Wild Card competitors will take center stage each day, prior to the start of the 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. Each Wild Card competitor will start one 6666 Ranch colt, in contrast to the main Road to the Horse 2019 competitors, who will be starting three colts each.

    “This will be a great opportunity for some talented horsemen that may not be as well-known,” states Western Horseman Publisher Ernie King. “But you can rest-assured that their skills can match up with anyone who has ever competed at Road to the Horse.”

    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.

  • Shop Our Deals of the Day! Ends Sunday

    We’re kicking off the RTTH Christmas Sale on November 26, 2018. You’ll find lots of great RTTH products as well as brand new RTTH 2019 merchandise PLUS check back each day to see our Daily Bang Buster Items. Each Daily Bang Buster Item will be drastically reduced for only 24 hours. New products will be featured in our Daily Bang Buster Item between November 26- December 2, 2018. All orders over $35 receive a custom RTTH tote bag!

    RTTH Christmas Sale ends December 14, 2018. All limited stock sale items are final, unless inventory is available for exchange.

    Shop the RTTH Online Store here.

    Place your orders by December 14 to guarantee Christmas delivery with domestic shipping. Shop at Road to the Horse and enjoy free domestic shipping and flat rate international shipping year round! Purchase Road to the Horse 2019 tickets for the hard-to-buy-for horse lover if your life. Purchase and print online now here.

  • Join our Bustling RTTH 2019 Marketplace as a Vendor

    Road to the Horse 2019 vendor applications are available now.

    Download the Road to the Horse 2019 vendor application here

    For vendor information email info@roadtothehorse.com.  

  • Meet Rider Kiesner – Road to the Horse 2019 Entertainer

    Rider Kiesner has travelled around the world and has been featured at the country’s largest rodeos including being featured four times at the National Finals rodeo and six times at the Cheyenne Frontier days known as the “Daddy of em all”. He performs trick roping with his rope. He pairs the wild west skill of roping with art to perform intricate maneuvers with his rope. He is able to spin the loop around his body and jump in and out of it. He is so talented that he won the esteemed title of World Champion Trick Roper four times.

    He is also very well known for his talent with whips. Whip cracking is very dangerous because the sound of the whip cracking is actually the sound barrier breaking going over seven hundred miles per hour. Rider amazes audiences with a flurry of tricks, including removing a small target from his own head. He won the title of World Champion Gun Spinner for his outstanding skills spinning and tossing guns.

    Rider is a fifth-generation cowboy and grew up the son of a horse trainer. He has loved rodeos and western events his entire life. He got his performing start with his family. They traveled around the country performing a variety of western acts.

    At the young age of 26 he has a huge list of accomplishments including; 2x World Champion All Around Western Performer, 4x World Champion Trick Roper, and 2x World Champion Gun Spinning titles. Rider has performed in 49 states, lacking only Hawaii. Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Oman, Dubai, Lebanon, and France. Rider had been featured 5x NFR, 6x Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cavalia, RAM Prairie Circuit Finals, RAM National Circuit Finals and 4x PRCA Dress Act of the Year Nominee.

    “Performing at rodeos and being part of something that runs five generations deep in my family, and that is something so important to American heritage is an honor to keep alive”.

    Learn more at www.riderkiesnerentertainment.com.

  • Untapped Talent Takes Center Stage at Road to the Horse 2019

    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.

    Learn more about Road to the Horse at RoadtotheHorse.com. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

  • The Perfect Blend of the Road to the Horse 2019 Remuda

    Watching the magnificent 6666 Ranch colts charge into the Alltech Arena at Road to the Horse is simply unforgettable. The running of the Remuda will slide you to the edge of your seat; it’s the true magic of Road to the Horse.  It’s generations of the world’s best American Quarter Horses, embodied in one exceptional Remuda. As we anticipate their journey to the World Championship of Colt Starting, there’s no denying they’re set for stardom.

    The 6666 Ranch has assembled a selection of their finest for Road to the Horse 2019. Handpicked by Dr. Glenn Blodgett, the 11 colts in the Road to the Horse Remuda represent the perfect blend of proven Road to the Horse bloodlines and young freshman sires.

    The Road to the Horse 2019 Remuda is guaranteed not to disappoint.

    “The 2019 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch features colts by sires of past Road to the Horse World Champions including SIXES PICK, PLAYIN ATTRACTION, and ROCKIN W,” explained 6666 Ranch Horse Division Manager Dr. Glenn Blodgett. “We’re also very excited to bring a selection of colts to Road to the Horse 2019 from new sires such as NATURAL BOTTOM, GUTHRIE CITY LIMITS, and JESSES TOPAZ.”

    The sires of the Road to the Horse 2019 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch are:

    • GUTHRIE CITY LIMITS
    • JESSES TOPAZ
    • NATURAL BOTTOM
    • PLAYIN ATTRACTION
    • ROCKIN W
    • SIXES PICK
    • WR THIS CATS SMART

    Meet the colts in the Road to the Horse 2019 Remuda here.

    These beautiful 6666 Ranch-bred colts will be offered for sale to the public during Road to the Horse 2019, where fans will have the opportunity to purchase a historic 6666 Ranch-bred colt that ran in the 2019 Remuda. Colts may be purchased through the 6666 Ranch booth on the main concourse at Road to the Horse 2019.

    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 on 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.

     

  • Meet the 6666 Ranch Sires of the RTTH 2019 Remuda

    Seeing the magnificent 6666 Ranch colts charge into the Alltech Arena will forever stay etched in your heart. Generations of the best American Quarter Horse bloodlines all come down to this moment. Decades of history, champions and legends are all exemplified in this one solitary Remuda.

    The sires of the Road to the Horse 2019 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch are:

    • GUTHRIE CITY LIMITS
    • JESSES TOPAZ
    • NATURAL BOTTOM
    • PLAYIN ATTRACTION
    • ROCKIN W
    • SIXES PICK
    • WR THIS CATS SMART

    Learn more about each sire here.