Road to the Horse Wild Cards Announced

Road to the Horse owner and producer Tootie Bland is known for creating a spectacular event, full of surprises and fans at Road to the Horse 2013 will witness the biggest surprise yet. After much anticipation and an exhausting application process, Bland is excited to announce the Road to the Horse Wild Cards.

After Road to the Horse 2013 competitors Guy McLean, Sarah Winters, Dan James and Obbie Schlom select their colts for the competition; the successful Wild Card applicants will then make their selection from the AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch. From Kentucky, the Wild Cards will take their chosen mounts home, where they will spend the following year building a partnership and continuing their training, until Road to the Horse 2014.

In 2014, these Four Sixes Ranch-raised colts will then return to Road to the Horse with their trainers, where they will compete for the title of Wild Card Champion. The Wild Card Champion will then immediately step into the Road to the Horse 2014 round pen, where they will have a once in a life-time opportunity to compete for the World Championship of Colt Starting title.

When the chance became available to step into the Road to the Horse round pen, the talent was overwhelming, but only a select few could be accepted. The Wild cards are:

James Anderson of Strathmore, Alberta Canada

Trevor Carter of Farwell, Texas

James Cooler of Summerfield, North Carolina

Jon Ensign of Belgrade, Montana

Mary Kitzmiller of Kemp, Texas

Kerry Kuhn  of Pratt, Kansas

Sean Patrick of New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Adam Tarpley of Merkel, Texas

These eight Wild Cards will begin their journey in Kentucky next month at Road to the Horse 2013, fans will get the chance to meet them and wish them luck. Road to the Horse fans will also have the opportunity to follow the progress of these Wild Cards and their Four Sixes Ranch colts via the Road to the Horsewebsite and Facebookpage.

The Wild Card Competition was designed to showcase undiscovered clinicians who have the talent to capture a World Championship of Colt Starting title, and this is one twist to the competition that will keep us on the edge of our seats until Road to the Horse 2014.

About Road to the Horse: (March 15-17, 2013- Lexington, Kentucky) Road to the Horse is an exclusive horsemanship experience that combines valuable education and thrilling entertainment!

A competition untouched by others, tests skill, experience and colt training prowess, Road to the Horse dares elite horse trainers to create a trusting partnership with an untouched 3-year-old Quarter Horse. The test begins with the selection, choosing only one remuda horse from a highly respected ranch; competitors have just three days to build a working relationship. With disruptive sounds, exhilarating sights and adrenaline-pumping time constraints each competitor must face the final trial, an obstacle course. Only one can walk away with the Colt Starting World Champion title. 2013 marks an exceptional milestone, the 10th anniversary of Road to the Horse. 

Road to the Horse enjoys the support of corporate partners such as Western Horseman, American Quarter Horse Association, Platinum Performance,  Innovacyn, Inc., Zoetis,  Martin Saddlery, Gist Silversmiths, W-W Livestock Systems, Nutrena, the Four Sixes Ranch and Mustang Heritage Foundation along with many more valued industry products and services. To purchases tickets for Road to the Horse 2013, go to or call 325.736.5000.