Horseback Riding

Road to the Horse

February 8, 2010

AQHA sponsors the Road to the Horse Remuda.

In 2006, Stacy Westfall became the first woman to win the Road to the Horse Colt-Starting Championship.

In 2006, Stacy Westfall became the first woman to win the Road to the Horse Colt-Starting Championship.

The American Quarter Horse has long been a symbol of the American West and the spirit of the cowboy. AQHA will sponsor the remuda of the 2010 Road to the Horse world championship of colt starting, March 6-7 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The Quarter Horse has been the chosen breed for Road to the Horse from its inception. As the world’s largest equine breed registry and member organization, AQHA promotes the versatility, athleticism and attitude of the Quarter Horse around the world.

Road to the Horse is unlike any other event in the equine or entertainment industry. It is the original colt-starting challenge. The two-day sold-out event matches three of the country’s best horse trainers and clinicians against one another as they train unstarted colts to ride in just a few short hours in front of a packed live audience and television cameras.

The 2010 Road to the Horse remuda will be provided by Wood Ranch of Heber Springs, Arkansas, which will be bringing 10 outstanding 3-year-old geldings for the event. The ranch was featured on the cover of the February-March 2008 America’s Horse.

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Having provided the horses for Road to the Horse in 2008, Wood Ranch is no greenhorn when it comes to preparing a remuda. Feeding schedules, safety precautions and transportation to the event are all aspects that must be carefully planned and executed.

With the help of Nutrena, the official feed sponsor of Road to the Horse and AQHA, Wood Ranch has the horses on a schedule to prepare them to look and feel their best for the 2010 event.

The Road to the Horse event has been responsible for solidifying the position of today’s horsemanship heroes and launching the careers of tomorrow’s hottest new stars by combining education, edge-of-your-seat suspense, entertainment and the love of the horse.

In the process, the event itself has become a catalyst for the advancement of natural horsemanship.

Several trainers who will be offering clinics at QuarterFest 2010 have competed in this event in the past. Ken McNabb, Curt Pate and Stacy Westfall, who in 2006 became the first woman to ever win the Road to the Horse championship, will offer clinics at QuarterFest 2010 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum on April 30 – May 2 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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