Road to the Horse 2021 Judges
Road to the Horse hunts the globe in a quest to bring together the best of the best. Only one competitor will walk away with the World Championship of Colt Starting title and that is determined by only those individuals who are qualified to judge the world’s finest. As Road to the Horse continues its voyage in uncharted waters, individual judges are unique as the event itself. Each individual on the Road to the Horse Judge’s Panel is an expert in their discipline. A unique blend of diverse talents that stretches from the round pen, to the dressage arena.
In a pursuit to reach its own exceptionally high standards, Road to the Horse has created a cutting-edge digital judging system where each professional lends their experience and expertise, as they judge every step taken from beginning to end. Their reputations will be on the line, when they determine who will walk away with the world’s most coveted horsemanship title.
Mike Kevil – Judges Steward
For 45 years Mike has developed his own training practices that include patience, consistency and understanding the horse. Today, he has numerous horses in his training program and a full waiting list. “Improving the skills I have and eager to learn more is what keeps me going”. Although he admits that he does not get hung up on terms such as Horse Whisperer, he continually strives to become a “Good Hand”. Mike is the noted author of “Starting Colts, a Western Horseman Book” and its DVD counterparts, “Starting Colts” volumes one and two available through Western Horseman. Mike competed in Road to the Horse in 2008 and 2021 will be his eleventh year of judging the event.
Inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2011, and the NRCHA’s Hall of Fame in 2012, Sandy Collier’s successful horse show record is reflective of her hard work, dedication, talent, and integrity as a horse trainer. She was the first and only woman horse trainer to win the prestigious NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Association) World Champion Snaffle Bit Futurity. She also won an NRCHA World Champion Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Co-Championship in addition to being a regular Finalist there annually. She has been a NRCHA Stallion Stakes Champion, an NRHA Limited Open Champion, and an AQHA World Champion. She has ranked among the year’s top five reined cow horse all-ages, all-divisions riders, and has ranked in the top 10 for NRCHA earnings. Sandy’s highly respected training methods are the result of a lifetime of success, her positive mental attitude and her personal style as a perfectionist. She has a wealth of advice for riders of every discipline and shares 30+ years of professional experience through her hands-on horse training clinics and training videos. Her rare talent as an educator and speaker may even exceed her exceptional talents as a horse trainer. Road to the Horse 2021 will be Sandy’s second year to judge the event.
Barbra Schulte is a respected author, trainer, and clinician who has had a lifetime involvement with horses. Growing up on a ranch, Schulte helped market and show her family’s horses and she competed in several events including reining and cutting. Schulte earned a Master’s Degree from Western Washington University in speech pathology and audiology. Upon graduation she taught at the University of Arizona, but it wasn’t long before Barbra found herself back with horses as she developed a career as a horse trainer. Barbra has published four books, Cutting, One Run at a Time, The Gift, The Little Book of Cutting Tips, and Healing Thoughts on Loss, Grief and Horses. In 2000 Schulte was presented with the National Female Equestrian of the Year Award given by the AQHA and the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2012, Barbra was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Barbra currently lives in Texas with her husband Tom where she trains and continues to show cutting horses.
Bryan Neubert was raised on his family’s ranch near Salinas, CA. Starting in his high school years he was blessed to have the opportunity to work with some great horsemen who were eager to share what they had learned with him. He has spent the rest of his life educating himself and practicing horsemanship with this foundation in mind. He spent twenty years cowboying and starting colts on ranches in Nevada and California and 13 of those years leading cowboy crews. The last 20 years has found him with a schedule traveling around the United States and Canada helping people and horses learn some of what he has been blessed to learn in colt starting, horsemanship, cow working and ranch roping clinics. There are also more private, longer clinics at the home place in Alturas, CA. Bryan and Patty, his wife of 35 years, have been fortunate to raise three children, Jim, Kate and Luke. They all make their living starting colts, many that are destined for the reining, cutting and reined-cow horse worlds. Road to the Horse 2021 will be Bryan’s fourth year as a judge.
Jeff Williams has been starting colts for numerous long-time clients that include the Haythorn Ranch, King Ranch, Beggs Ranch, Matador Ranch, Espuela Ranch, and the Muleshoe Ranch for over 20 years. Not only does Jeff Williams have an in-depth and lifelong understanding of the elements that create a perfect foundation for a developing colt, this is a cowboy who lives every day in the saddle. Road to the Horse 2021 will mark Jeff’s fifth year as a Road to the Horse judge
Joe first began working with horses on a California Thoroughbred farm when he was just 9 years old. He turned to cowboying right out of high school and was fortunate to work alongside some truly great horsemen who readily shared their knowledge. From this foundation Joe went on to start, train and show horses for ranches across the country. Throughout his career he has continued to educate himself and expand his abilities. Today he remains as passionate as ever about horses and learning, and enjoys passing along what he can at the clinics he conducts around the world. In addition to a busy clinic schedule, Joe and his wife Jimmie maintain facilities in Aspermont, Texas and Ballantine, Montana, where they offer a variety of other learning opportunities. Road to the Horse 2021 will be Joe’s third time judging the event.