Hosts & Entertainers

Road to the Horse 2022 will be Hosted by

Matt West

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 2021 will be West’s ninth year as the host of Road to the Horse.

Horseman’s Host

Dan James

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 son Jesse.

In addition, Road to the Horse 2022 will feature these Entertainers

Whispery Pines Percherons

Sam and Kellie Rettinger have been involved in the equine industry their entire life and are owners of Whispery Pines Percherons in Kingsville, OH. 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 15 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. Learn more at www.WhisperyPines.com.

Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team – Entertainer

Founded in 1999, the Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team is a group of 4-H equestrians ranging from age 9 to 18, as well as 4-H alumni. The group has earned numerous titles including 10 state titles, seven reserve state titles, and three national titles. The team has performed at prestigious events such as Equine Affair, Michigan Horse Fair, Southern Equine Expo and BreyerFest. The team performs in several parades including the prestigious Pegasus Parade in Louisville, Kentucky, during the Kentucky Derby Festival. In addition to performing at competitions, the Young Guns are looking out for their neighbors by committing to service projects. The Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team will be on hand to greet fans, assist in opening ceremonies, and perform their crowd favorite choreographed routines.

Laura Green – Singer

A mother of three from Elizabethtown, KY.  Laura is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  She 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.  Laura returned to Kentucky in 2005.  She rides and competes in Extreme Cowboy Racing with her three children, who are 19, 16 and 13. Laura have been honored to sing the National Anthem for the Extreme Cowboy Association’s National and World Championships on several occasions, as well as singing 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, Laura has 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.”