An esteemed panel of international judges, including some favorites, will make their way to the floor of the Tennessee Miller Coliseum March 9-11 when the 2012 Road to the Horse International kicks off its first international competition.
Featuring six trainers, with two each from Australia, Canada and the United States, excitement is building and good-natured national pride is on the rise for the event taking place in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Serving as the head judge is Mike Kevil of Scottsdale, Ariz., and a former Road to the Horse competitor and judge. He more than 30 years experience starting colts and changing the behavior of older horses. Kevil has been all over the US and to Europe working with all breeds of horses in all disciplines. He works with clubs, associations, schools, neighborhood groups — even prisons — helping people have successful relationships with horses.
Returning to Road to the Horse is Dr. Robert M. Miller of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Dr. Miller is a world-renowned speaker and author on Horse Behavior and Natural Horsemanship. He is also father of the revolutionary foal training technique known as “imprint training”. Dr. Miller has always been an innovator and his ability to explain how and why the clinicians training techniques are so effective has made him a driving force in the movement towards better, more humane, AND more effective training of horses.
Also returning is another valued patriarch of the horse industry, Jack Brainard of Tioga, Texas. Long known for his contributions to the equine industry and his lifelong commitment to horses, Jack still trains his own two-year-olds at age 85. He can be found schooling numerous horses, or teaching students, who marvel at his “easy to understand” presentation of the prerequisites and elements of the “flying lead change,” his positive and motivating approach to both horse and rider, and his never-ending enthusiasm for doing what he truly loves.
Representing Canada as a judge, will be Hugh McClennan of Kamloops, British Columbia. McLennan’s award-winning Spirit of the West http://www.hugh-mclennan.com/spirit.htm weekly syndicated radio program reaches the world through the internet and over a large number of stations in the US and Canada. The show first aired in June 1992, and since then they have produced many hundreds of original shows, a new one each week, without exception.
A cattle rancher and horse trainer as well as a singer and storyteller, Hugh McLennan prides himself on “bringing the positive side of life on the land and the inspiring words of highly successful people to the general public.” Hugh was the emcee at the first Kamloops Cowboy Festival http://www.bcchs.com/ and has presided ever since at that popular event. A long-time broadcaster, Hugh is also a motivational speaker, and is heard regularly on the Personal Success Radio Network http://www.personalsuccessradio.com/
Coming back for his second time is PRCA World Champion Cody Lambert. Lambert of Bowie, Texas, has a long and storied history in the world of horses and continues to use those skills today, even though he is best known for his bull riding skills. His father, Cliff, was the first winner of the All American Futurity, riding Galobar to the win in 1959 and continues as a trainer at Ruidoso Downs today, sharing his advice and wisdom with Cody and is other son, also a jockey, Casey. Cody’s list of accomplishments include qualifying for three PBR World Finals and making 10 out of 16 NFR rodeo appearances during his professional career in bull riding and saddle bronc riding.
Rounding out the field is Australian-born Wayne Robinson. Wayne Robinson grew up in Australia where he first met Ray Hunt; an event he says changed his life. At 21, he came to the United States and began working for Ray, preparing sale horses, and continued to work for Hunt on and off over the years. Now 40, Robinson lives in Millsap, Texas, with his wife Jody, where he owns his own training operation, starting colts and training cutting horses. He has qualified for the NCHA Futurity Finals twice and the semi-finals four times. Seven colts competing in the 2011 NCHA Futurity were started by Robinson, including the 2011 Open Futurity Champion and the 2011 Non Pro Reserve Champion.