The history of Road to the Horse is rich with champions. Fans of the prestigious World Championship of Colt Starting event have witnessed a huge diversity of talent enter the round pen but never have they witnessed a contender like 2016 competitor, Nick Dowers.
Dowers enters Road to the Horse already crowned a champion. A NRCHA Open Futurity Champion and a NRCHA Futurity Open Hackamore Champion, Dowers has not only has demonstrated his ability to build the perfect foundation, he has demonstrated his ability to develop that colt into an elite athlete. With over $250,000 in NRCHA earnings, Dowers has proven he has mastered the complete process from conception to perfection.
Humble beginnings in Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley taught the 33-year- old cowboy that hard work, patience and perseverance were the tools for success. Dowers began riding at a young age, using horses on his family’s Triple D Ranches in the Great Basin. This background instilled in him a sincere appreciation for the horse as his partner, as well as a belief that work outside of the arena is crucial. After studying under well-respected horsemen and women, Dowers pulled the best from each to develop his own training theories. Equipped with the knowledge he gleaned from mentors like Bryan Neubert, Joe Wolter, Andrea Fappani and Annie Reynolds, Dowers set out to establish a program with a balance of natural horsemanship and performance horse training techniques. His end goal is to build a partnership with each horse that results in a balanced and confident athlete.
“I am so excited to introduce the fans of Road to the Horse to the talent of Nick Dowers” states Road to the Horse Owner and Producer Tootie Bland. “Dowers is an amazing all around horseman, he is the real deal. He is a working cowboy, he is a gifted horseman and he is a refined performer but most of all he has an unyielding passion for the horse, it’s like he was designed for Road to the Horse.”
Road to the Horse 2016 will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on March 18 – 20, 2016. Road to the Horse 2016 tickets are available online or by calling 877-772-5425.