Road to the Horse 2020 will be hosted by …
Matt West – Host
Born and raised in northeast Oklahoma, Matt West has always been fascinated with the cowboy lifestyle. After receiving a degree in agriculture from Northeast Oklahoma A&M and then attending Oklahoma State University, it was a dare that put Matt behind the microphone for the very first time. Beginning his career in amateur rodeo, West has since earned his PRCA card and continues to work various PBR events across the country and even in Canada. It is his strong faith and continued family support that West credits for his quick success, but also notes that it is his extended rodeo family and new friends that he has met along the way, that has kept him traveling and doing what he loves to do. Road to the Horse 2020 will be West’s ninth year as the host of Road to the Horse.
Dan James – Horseman’s Host
Dan James is a Road to the Horse fan favorite; fans have been intrigued with the roman-riding Australian horseman since his first performance at Road to the Horse 2012. James has held many titles at Road to the Horse as a past Champion, competitor, and entertainer. Now he’ll be adding the title of Horseman’s Host to his already impressive list of Road to the Horse titles.
Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm and starting his first colt in his early teens sparked his hunger to understand more about the horse’s thinking patterns. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, James began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of the horse. In 2008, James joined his good friend, Dan Steers, in Western Australia at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre where they performed together each weekend. In 2009, Steers and James relocated to New South Wales and founded Double Dan Horsemanship. Now based in the United States, Dan James continues to perform, teach, and inspire horse lovers at the Australian Equine Performance Center, based in Midway, Kentucky. James is joined by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Isabella and new-born son Jesse.
Booger Brown – Fan Host
Booger Brown is a 4th generation Cowboy who has been working cattle and riding horses his entire life. He is an accomplished horseman, and renowned horse trainer, who has trained and shown cutting horses and various types of performance horses. Booger also hosts horsemanship clinics across the country. He has a love for all animals, and is well-respected and trusted within the horse community, with many seeking after him when they are having challenges with their horses.
Road to the Horse fans were introduced to Booger Brown at Road to the Horse 2019 when he competed as a Wild Card. Booger is also one of the stars of the award-winning, and fan-favorite series “The Cowboy Way,” which can be seen on the general-entertainment television network INSP. Booger Brown lives in Geneva, Alabama, with his wife Jaclyn and their son Matthew.
Road to the Horse 2020 will feature these entertainers …
Bobby has a career rich in western heritage that spans over 45 years. Born in Ontario, Canada, Bobby’s passion for horses and the western lifestyle led him to pursue his dreams of training and showing in Cutting, Reining, Roping and Working Cow Horse events. Kerr now spends his time on the rodeo and horse show circuit performing with his team of American Mustangs and inspiring audiences around the nation with their incredible display of courage and trust.
Kerr has dedicated his life to his horses and his relentless passion for the western lifestyle has inspired millions of fans around the nation. A PRCA Specialty Act of the Year and Founder of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Kerr will bring his award-winning Mustang Act to the fans of Road to the Horse
Young Guns 4-H Equestrian Drill Team
Founded in 1999, the Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team is a group of 4-H equestrians ranging from age 9 to 18, and 4-H alumnae. The group has earned numerous titles including 10 state titles, 7 reserve state titles, and 3 national titles. The team has performed at prestigious events such as Equine Affair, Michigan Horse Fair, Southern Equine Expo and BreyerFest.
“Exciting and fearless, the Young Guns are ready to rock Road to the Horse with their daring crosses and thrilling speed. Our team is honored to be invited back to this world-renowned colt starting competition” states Young Guns 4-H Drill Team Director Joyce Voet. “We’re so excited to be able to ride alongside such talented horsemen and horsewomen at Road to the Horse 2020.”
Jeff Gore – Singer and RTTH Cowboy Church Host
Jeff’s childhood dream was to be a cowboy! As a nine-year-old boy his dream began to come true when his family moved to Sherman, TX where his dad pastored Trinity Baptist Church. Clyde Hale, rancher and banker, was a deacon at Trinity. He took Jeff under his wing and taught him about the working side of cowboy life, such as fence building and hauling cattle to the sale barn. Jeff thought he had it made! The first time Jeff ever drove a vehicle he was pulling a cattle trailer full of calves with the cows following behind. As a junior high boy Jeff began to purchase cattle a pair at a time and soon had a small herd of black cattle that were all his own. He bought and sold cattle all through school and used them for his FFA projects. Jeff was also a member of the National FFA Chorus. Jeff’s first gig singing “Cowboy Music” was for a District FFA Convention in 1979. In 1980 Jeff sold off his cattle to go away to college and for several years thereafter he worked on church staffs. During the ’80’s he met and married his college sweetheart, Donna. They and their 3 children began a “Cowboy Ministry” in 1992 thus combining Jeff’s love of all things cowboy and a calling from God. When the Gores began Jeff Gore Ministries in 1992, Jeff again had the opportunity to work on ranches. He has done many different things to earn a living for his family, such as, playing “Mr. Fox” in ” The Good Old Boys”, acting in a Maxwell House Coffee commercial, playing a bar owner, Red Flannigan, in “Nail 32” and singing cowboy music. Jeff is now in the process of producing and starring in a movie made from his book, “Jingle in the Horses.” Jeff has earned many awards through the years for his Cowboy Music, but he is never prouder than when ranches invite him out to help during their big works. Jeff lives just south of Abilene, TX with his wife of over 35 years. They have two daughters, Molly, married to Danny Merck and Addie, married to R.J. Barnett, who gave them five grandsons, Efrim, Julian, Oscar, Rhett, and Gus. Learn more here.
Laura Green – Singer
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.