Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge

Road to the Horse has a passion for education. Creating a solid foundation is a key principle of Road to the Horse and there is no place more fitting for education, than in the collegiate equestrian arena. Road to the Horse is proud to host the very first Road to the Horse Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge which will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 5 and 6, 2020. Held in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, three top collegiate teams will each gentle a 6666 Ranch filly, over two days of competition. The collegiate teams who earned a place in the Road to the Horse Colt Starting Challenge are Texas Tech, North Central Texas College and West Texas A&M University. Spectators will be able to gain entry to the event with their general admission ticket to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, no additional event ticket is required.

The Schedule:
 All events in the W.R. Watt Arena unless otherwise stated. Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 – Day 1 – Morning Performance

10 AM                   National Anthem | Introduction of Collegiate Teams
10:15 AM              Introduction of 6666 Ranch Fillies
11:00 AM              Round 1 Begins
1:00 PM                Lunch Break
1:30 PM                Free Clinic by Barbra Schulte and Craig Cameron – “Be Prepared”
                               Seminar located in McFarland Room in W.R. Watt Arena

Wednesday, February 4, 2020, Day 1 – Evening Performance    

5:00 PM               National Anthem – Introduction of Collegiate Teams and Fillies
5:15 PM                Round 2
7:00 PM               Round 2 Ends

Thursday, February 6, 2020, Day 2 – Morning Performance – Round 3

10 AM                   National Anthem | Introduction of Collegiate Teams
11:00 AM              Round 3
1:30 PM                Free Clinic by Richard Winters – “Preparing for Performance”
2:00 PM               Free Clinic by Ben Baldus – “Clues and Cues for Ranch Versatility”

Thursday, February 6, 2020  –Day 2 – Evening Performance – FINAL 

5:00 PM              National Anthem – Introduction of Teams and Horses
5:15 PM               Round 4 Final (50 min per Team) – Saddling Pen, Rail Work and Obstacle Course
7:00 PM              Finals End | Judges Comments | Winner Announced


“There is no better way to create a legacy, than to invest in the future” states Western Horseman Publisher Ernie King. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and Stock Horse of Texas, to create an amazing platform to showcase the nation’s top collegiate teams. We invite everyone to join us at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo as we present the very first Road to the Horse Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge.”

“Stock Horse of Texas is very excited to be a part of this new collegiate competition” states Stock Horse of Texas Executive Director Jill Dunkel. “We have offered collegiate programs for the last fifteen years and working with Western Horseman and Road to the Horse on this project is a great way to expand opportunities for collegiate riders.”

“The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is proud to host the inaugural Road to the Horse Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge,” states Stock Show Horse Show Manager, Lauren Lovelace Murray. “A colt starting competition will highlight the great work of these outstanding collegiate equine programs and adds an exciting new dimension to the educational experiences their students will encounter.”

The Road to the Horse Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge is the perfect prelude to Road to the Horse 2020, which will feature the world’s top colt starters who will compete for a $100,000 purse. Road to the Horse 2020’s Back to the Ranch theme is a celebration of the timeless values of the Western lifestyle that include authenticity, courage, humbleness, chivalry, and a relentless can-do Western spirit.

The three main competitors that have been selected for Road to the Horse 2020 are Wade Black, Craig Cameron, and Ken McNabb. The event will also feature a Wild Card competition featuring three of the nation’s best up and coming colt starters comprising of Wylene Davis, Cole Cameron and Craig Moore.

Road to the Horse 2020 will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 19-22. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-514-3849. Learn more about Road to the Horse at Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.


About Road to the Horse (March 19–22, 2020 — Lexington, Kentucky):

Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to entertain and educate fans in the art of natural horsemanship. Road to the Horse challenges the world’s best equestrians to build a partnership with an untrained 3-year-old American Quarter Horse, across three intense days of competition. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection, to the final obstacle challenge. Road to the Horse features a $100,000 purse and competitors battle for horsemanship’s most coveted title. Purchase tickets and learn more at

About Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

The 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is scheduled for January 17 through February 8. Rodeo ticket pre-orders are currently being taken both online and in person at the FWSSR office. Get your tickets today and get ready for a fun-filled western heritage experience. Visit or call 817-877-2400 for more information. The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo… This Thing Is Legendary!!!