There’s a new Wild Card Competition coming to Road to the Horse 2019 and everyone’s talking about it. It’s a hot topic! So…the big question is… who will be the lucky competitors that get to step into the spotlight in the Road to the Horse round pen? The 2019 Wild Card Competition will showcase three gifted horsemen. Each one will start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt and the winner is guaranteed a coveted spot in Road to the Horse 2020 where they will compete for a $125,000 purse.
In order to select the very best competitors, Road to the Horse has assembled an elite group of equestrians that will make up the Horseman’s Selection Committee. These knowledgeable committee members, who are experts in their field, will research and review each Wild Card applicant. After carefully examining each applicant, the committee will make their selections. And those three competitors will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their colt-starting skills.
The Wild Card competitors will take center stage each day, prior to the start of the 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. Each Wild Card competitor will start one 6666 Ranch colt, in contrast to the main Road to the Horse 2019 competitors, who will be starting three colts each.
“This will be a great opportunity for some talented horsemen that may not be as well-known,” states Western Horseman Publisher Ernie King. “But you can rest-assured that their skills can match up with anyone who has ever competed at Road to the Horse.”
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.
In addition to celebrating our Road to the Horse World Champions at Road to the Horse 2019, fans can look forward to a thrilling tribute to our nation’s Wild West culture. Collectively, the characters of the Wild West had one thing in common—their undeniable passion and partnership with the horse.
Road to the Horse 2019 tickets are available online at RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 800-514-3849. For sponsorship information, please contact Kathryn Barkey at Kathryn.Barkey@cowboypublishing.com or call 970.554.2032.
About Road to the Horse (March 22–24, 2019 — Lexington, Kentucky):
A vision of Steven and Tootie Bland, Road to the Horse was created with passion and perseverance. Steven and Tootie were believers in a message they wanted to share with the world—create a relationship based on a foundation of trust with the horse, and everything else can be accomplished. Fans at Road to the Horse follow the journey and witness an accumulation of a lifetime of passion and knowledge be put to the test as elite clinicians from around the world face off for the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title. Fans witness partnerships develop before their very eyes and witness the setbacks and triumphs as competitors build a relationship with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse which will then be put to the ultimate test, where only one can walk away with the World Championship of Colt Starting title.
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