Named For the 2012 Road to the Horse
Texas, January 16, 2012 – 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
, excitement is building and good-natured national pride is on the rise for the
event taking place in
Serving as the head judge is Mike Kevil of
, 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
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
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.
as a judge, will Hugh McClennan of Kamloops,
. McLennan's award-winning Spirit
of the West weekly syndicated radio program reaches the world through
the internet and over a large number of stations in the
. 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 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.
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
where he first met Ray Hunt; an event he says changed his life. At 21, he came
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.
Road to the Horse is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines education and
entertainment for an all out horsemanship experience.
competition has in the past taken three internationally known, elite horse
trainers and clinicians and puts them up against each other for the esteemed
title of Road to the Horse Champion. These competitors choose a horse out of the
remuda, a group of 10 horses, and they begin building a relationship between
horse and human.
Unlike a horse show, these competitors are judged not only on a final test of
skill, but the means to the end result. The goal of Road to the Horse is to
teach horsemen and women that natural horsemanship is a kinder, gentler way of
working with horses.
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