• Meet Road to the Horse 2019 Wild Card Competitor Wade Black

    Bloodlines. They almost become an obsession for the avid equestrian as they scroll through horse pedigrees bursting with money earners, speed indexes, and World Championship titles. You could say our second Road to the Horse Wild Card competitor originates from regal pedigrees. The son of clinician Martin Black, a former Road to the Horse competitor, and grandson of legendary horseman Ray Hunt, Wade Black is a competitor who was destined to reach the Road to the Horse round pen.

    “My overall training philosophy is influenced by Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and the mechanical influence regarding day to day work is from my dad, Martin Black.  I use a lot of their philosophies and mix them all with my own personal journey” states Wade Black. “Would my grandfather compete in Road to the Horse? I think he’d be all over it! He loved working with horses and he loved a challenge.”

    Wade Black was born on the Stampede Ranch in Nevada. At a very young age he was roping, moving cows, and working with the cowboys on the ranch which was managed by his father. Wade went on to earn a rodeo scholarship in Saddle Bronc riding at Montana State University, where he received a BS in Equine Science, and a MS in Equine Nutrition. Wade has spent time in Kentucky training racehorses, in Texas training cutting horses, and at different cow camps in Idaho and Oregon. Horsemanship is in Wade’s blood. Wade now directs the Equine Science Program at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.

    “Wade Black represents generations of World Class horsemen and it will be an honor to watch him step into the Road to the Horse round pen to compete for the ultimate horsemanship title” states Road to the Horse Founder/Producer Tootie Bland.

    The Wild Card competitors will take center stage each morning, prior to the start of the main Road to the Horse 2019 competition. Fans will be able to watch every minute of colt-starting action from these talented first-time competitors, as they each bring their own unique style of horsemanship to Road to the Horse.  They will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, and the winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after competitor position at Road to the Horse 2020.

    With only three positions available in the Wild Card competition, the Road to the Horse selection committee has been meticulously reviewing the numerous applications. As the members of the committee evaluate each applicant, they are searching for that rare horseman that meets all the criteria that Road to the Horse demands in a World Champion. The committee is in the process of selecting the third and final Wild Card competitor for Road to the Horse 2019.

    The Wild Card competitors will take center stage each morning, prior to the start of the main Road to the Horse 2019 competition. Fans will be able to watch every minute of colt-starting action from these talented first-time competitors, as they each bring their own unique style of horsemanship to Road to the Horse.  They will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, and the winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after competitor position at Road to the Horse 2020.

    For the first time in the history of the event, two past Road to the Horse Champions will go head to head in a battle for the 2019 World Championship of Colt Starting title. Road to the Horse 2016 World Champion and National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Nick Dowers will challenge international showjumping sensation and two-time Road to the Horse World Champion Vicki Wilson for the title at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, March 22–24, 2019.