The 2013 Road to the Horse colt starting competition will celebrate its 10th year bringing in the top names in western horse training to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena on March 15 - 17. Top trainers such as Clint Anderson, Stacey Westfall, Craig Cameron, Chris Cox, Ken McNabb, Curt Pate, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, and Tommy Garland have participated in past competitions.
This year’s group of trainers/competitors are Guy McClean, Dan James, Obbie Schlom, and Sarah Winters.
3 or 4 of the top trainers/competitors choose a untouched 3 year old Quarter Horse out of the renowned Texas 6666 Ranch remuda, a group of 10 horses, and they begin building a relationship between their horse and human. These trainers are judged on the end result of their training and relationship building skills as well as on the final test of skill.
The trainer who comes out on top is crowned The Road to the Horse World Champion.
Road to the Horse is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines education and entertainment for an all out horsemanship experience. This competition is a way of educating the public that natural horsemanship training is the kinder and gentler way of working with horses.
Competitors and winners (in bold italics) in past years are as follows:
2003 - Curt Pate, Josh Lyons, Clinton Anderson
2005 - Craig Cameron, Clinton Anderson, Van Hargis
2006 - Van Hargis, Martin Black, Craig Cameron, Stacy Westfall
2007 - Chris Cox, Stacy Westfall, Clinton Anderson
2008 - Mike Kevil, Tommy Garland, Ken McNabb, Chris Cox
2009 - John Lyons, Tommy Garland, Richard Winters
2010 - Richard Winters, Craig Cameron, Ken McNabb
2011 - Pat Parelli, Chris Cox, Clinton Anderson
2012 International Competition:
Team Australia - Guy McLean & Dan James
Team Canada - Jonathan Field & Glenn Stewart
Team USA - Craig Cameron & Pat Parelli
This event is one of the hottest equine events there are and tickets do tend to sell out early so make sure to get yours early. Come on down and root for your favorite trainer as he shows his stuff with his chosen equine partner. Who will be the 2013 Road to the Horse World Champion?
Tickets are from $80 to $200 and are good for all three days of competition. To find out more about this year’s competitors, event schedule, and other information, or to purchase tickets go to the event’s website here.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington Kentucky. For more information on the Kentucky Horse Park go their website here.
Photo: Courtesy of Road to the Horse