2013 Road to the Horse Training Competition Wraps Up

The 2013 edition of the Road to the Horse competition, which marked the event's 10th anniversary, wrapped up March 17 with a packed house at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena, in Lexington, Ky., watching as officials crowned Guy McLean (AUS) Road to the Horse Champion for the second consecutive year. The judges awarded McLean 1302.5 points in his victory.

Obbie Schlom (USA), Sarah Winters (USA), and Dan James (AUS) placed second through fourth place, respectively.

In this competition, elite horse trainers aim to create a trusting partnership with an untouched 3-year-old Quarter Horse. The test begins with the selection, choosing only one horse--provided by 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas--from a remuda (the herd of horses from which competitors select their mounts). Competitors then have three days to build a working relationship with their selected horse; on the final day, each competitor must complete an obstacle course before judges name the "Colt Starting World Champion."

Also during the competition, organizers used a combination of live and silent auctions and wristband sales to raise funds for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and the health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. On Sunday afternoon, event producer Tootie Bland presented the CKRH with a check for $97,000.

Next year’s Road to the Horse will be held March 14-16, 2014, at the Alltech Arena.

TheHorse.com was on hand during the event to take a closer look inside the competition with remuda veterinarian Glenn Blodgett, DVM, of the 6666 Ranch:

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