It’s hard to bring a Cowboy down. Canadian Jim Anderson Withdraws from RTTH 2018

Road to the Horse is well adapted to change. The twists and turns throughout the history of the competition has built a crew that is both flexible and adaptable. As we approach the final countdown to Road to the Horse 2018, it is with great regret that we inform our devoted fans, that Jim Anderson from Canada, has withdrawn from the competition due to medical reasons.

The Road to the Horse 2014 World Champion, who was set to represent his homeland of Canada has withdrawn from the competition due to complications arising from a surgery in January, which has left Anderson with weakness and extreme fatigue. Despite a steady and hopeful recovery, encompassing multiple therapies, Anderson is disappointed he has not healed enough withstand the demands of the competition.

“It’s hard to bring a cowboy down and even harder to stop a World Champion in his quest and commitment to represent his country and his horsemanship” states Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland. “There will always be a spot for World Champion Jimmy Anderson at Road to the Horse and we wish him a speedy and complete recovery.”

Road to the Horse 2018 kicks off on Thursday March 22, at 5:30pm at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, when the Remuda will be revealed to the public for the very first time from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm by 6666 Ranch Horse Division Manager, Dr. Glenn Blodgett, and AQHA President, Dr. Jim Heird. This bonus Road to the Horse event is FREE to the public.

The main ticketed event kicks off on Friday March 23, 2018, as Road to the Horse celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and in true Road to the Horse fashion, it is guaranteed to be spectacular. All past World Champions, the Road to the Horse 2018 international competitor lineup is a collection of the world’s best colt starting talent. Our lady competitor, from the beautiful islands of New Zealand, is an international showjumper and our defending Road to the Horse 2017 World Champion, Vicki Wilson. Downunder horseman and Road to the Horse 2012 World Champion Dan James will return to the Road to the Horse round pen for the first time since 2013. Red, white, and blue, American-made Nick Dowers is both a NRCHA Snaffle Bit Open Futurity and Road to the Horse World Champion. Fans watched Nick Dowers win his World Championship of Colt Starting title in 2016. All past World Champions who have captured one Road to the Horse World Championship buckle, all looking for their second.

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