Road to the Horse doubling the challenge

Jim Anderson

 Road to the Horse has become one of the premier horse training competitions in the country. Selected trainers (usually 3 or 4) choose a horse out of the 6666 AQHA Remuda — a herd of 21 untouched 3-year-olds. The goal is to teach horsemen and women that natural horsemanship is a kinder training method. The trainers are judged not just in the final outcome, but how they got there. Chris Cox has captured three Road to the Horse titles. Guy McLean has captured two, and last year the wild card trainer beat his famous competitors to take the title.

Although I’m a huge fan of natural horsemanship methods — I’ve seen it work miracles on countless horses as well as put a wonderful foundation on young horses that lasts them a lifetime — the speed of the training is at once impressive and counter-intuitive into going slowly with training. Unlike the Robert Redford film “The Horse Whisperer” from which these type of natural horsemanship trainers got a boost in their fame, they don’t have unlimited time to allow the horse to control the pace of his own training. These horses reach an incredible level of training in just a weekend.

The 2014 AQHA Remuda from the renowned 6666 ranch.

 This year’s competition will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 26 to March 29, 2015 with the running of the Remuda on Friday morning around 10 a.m. And this year they are adding a new twist. Each competitor will select two horses to train instead of just one. The winner will be calculated on an accumulative score from both colts. The reason for the double duty? They want to show the trainers’ ability to adapt their training to different personalities.

Jonathan Field

Three-time winner Chris Cox will return to the lineup in 2015. And 2014 Champion and Wild Card Champion Jim Anderson will also return. Those two will face the 2015 Wild Card winner, who will be announced at the start of the event.

In addition to the trainers’ competition, a group of fans will be randomly drawn from the list of Road to Horse 2015 ticket purchasers. Those fans will then each select a colt from the Remuda. The fan who selected the highest-scoring horse at the event will receive a check for $10,000. Start checking out those horses now and make your picks! (Meet the 2015 Remuda here.)

Antoine Cloux (Switzerland)

Lexington, Kentucky, is an easy trip from Roanoke, Virginia, with a drive time of just under 6 hours. And if you’ve never been to Lexington, Kentucky, it’s worth the trip just to visit the town centered around great horses and horse farms. Road to the Horse 2015 tickets Ticket prices range from $83.00 to $203 per seat and are good for all 3 days. They are available online at www.RoadtotheHorse.com.

All photos are courtesy of Road to the Horse.

Road to the Horse 2014
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