Road to the Horse 2019 will be hosted by …

Richard Winters – Horseman’s Host

For over 35 years Richard has dedicated himself to honing his horsemanship skills and to passing this knowledge on to others. Richard’s credentials extend from the rodeo arena and high desert ranches of the west to being a highly sought after trainer, horsemanship clinician, and expo presenter. Richard Winters’ horsemanship journey has earned him Colt Starting and Horse Showing Championship titles. Obtaining his goal of a World Championship in the National Reined Cow Horse Association became a reality where he is also a AA rated judge. Another of Richard’s horsemanship goals was realized with his Road to the Horse Colt Starting Championship and then returning for 5 consecutive years, as the Horseman’s Host. Most recently, in 2015, Winters’ has earned the NRCHA Hackamore Circuit Championship title in Pueblo, Colorado. Richard was also the Limited Open Derby Champion in Paso Robles, California. International travels include Canada, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, Scotland, Brazil, and Poland where he earned the European International Colt Starting Championship title. Richard is a “Masterful Communicator” with horses and humans alike!

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 2018 will be West’s seventh year as the host of Road to the Horse.

Road to the Horse 2019 will feature these entertainers …

Rider Kiesner

Rider Kiesner has traveled 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”

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.

Whispery Pines Percherons

Sam and Kellie Rettinger, owners of Whispery Pines Percherons in Kingsville, OH, have been involved in the equine industry for their entire lives. Sam Rettinger grew up with draft horses and began driving and showing them at a young age. In addition to showing, Sam currently trains their horses to work and complete logging projects on the couple’s farm. Kellie Rettinger grew up riding and showing Quarter Horses in hunt seat, western pleasure, gaming, and cutting. After meeting Sam, more than 13 years ago, she began to drive, ride, and show draft horses in saddle seat, western pleasure, and Roman riding classes. 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.

Miss Devon & The Outlaw

Miss Devon, Academy of Western Artists ‘Western Music Female Performer of the Year’ is noted for her vintage ‘sock-rhythm’ guitar style, warm ‘swingtime cowgirl’ vocals, and lively persona, engaging kids and adults in her audience with a style perfectly suited to her ‘secret’ persona as the singing voice of Toy Story 2’s beloved animated cowgirl character, “Jessie”, on the Grammy-winning Disney CD “Woody’s Roundup featuring Riders in the Sky’. She has made appearances at Pixar Studios, the renowned Grand Old Opry in Nashville, done shows with Radio Disney, Riders In the Sky, Michael Martin Murphy, The Texas Playboys, Red Steagall, Billy Mata, played the part of ‘Becky’ in Bob Terry’s original YouTube series, ‘Sundown’, and has been frequently spotted on RFD-TV and Starz-Encore’s “Western Channel”. She is the long-time artistic director of Cowtown Opry, a 501c3 western music mentoring organization in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, spanning the past 20 years.

When Outlaw Jessie Del joins Miss Devon on the stage, things get more fun than puttin’ socks on a rooster. According to witnesses, this western gent is the duo’s rowdier half, getting his nickname,as Miss Devon says, “Because it’s plumb illegal what he does with Milk Cow Blues!” Like all outlaws, Jessie has been known to disappear into at least a dozen alias personalities, including his new acting role as the bartender, Jessie Banks, on Bob Terry’s original western webseries, SUNDOWN Western Webisode series, seen at www.sundownwestern.com so watch him close! With fine classic western tenor-to baritone vocals, and a LOT of charm, this rascal just might make a clean getaway with yer funny bone.

Morgan Swanson

Morgan Swanson at the young age of seventeen is the undisputable professional mounted shooter’s ‘Girl Wonder.’  Although her shooting career only began five years ago, she has soared to the top of the organization and maybe the best female to ever compete. Morgan has championships in all firearms from shot-guns to rifles, and her magnificent cowboy action 45. Her secret weapon is her AQHA mare, Tin Doc Girl. This young beauty has a thriving modeling career and participated in the Annie Oakley Festival in Ohio. Morgan will be performing as Annie Oakley and will exhibit her amazing shooting skills just as it happened in the Wild West.