Road to the Horse Offers Discount to Youth Riding Clubs, Awards $500 Scholarship
Road to the Horse
Ride the Remuda Productions, Inc. announces half-price admission to Road to the Horse for members of youth riding clubs and their advisors—making the two-day event a great educational value at just $26. Youth from 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Pony Club, and breed organizations’ youth divisions will be welcomed and honored during the colt-starting competition February 25-26, 2006.
Tootie Bland, Road to the Horse producer says she wants the local community—and especially youth—to feel involved in the event. “We’re excited for the opportunity to give to the community,” Bland says. “The discount will help more youth in the area afford to attend the event where they can learn more about their horses—education is our goal for the entire event.”
Clubs may buy tickets online at http://www.roadtothehorse.com/youth.html, then register at the event for giveaways and a chance to meet equestrian celebrities. Bland asks that youths wear their club t-shirts or jackets to show their allegiance. Be sure to have your club cards or proof-of-membership on hand.
At the event, club leaders may sign in at the designated youth table (located near the show’s VIP room) on Saturday February 25 between 7 and 10 a.m. Registered clubs may march during the youth parade and grand entry—entering the arena with cowboy celebrity Clinton Anderson. Youth will also be eligible for door prizes including DVDs and gifts from competing clinicians Craig Cameron, Martin Black, Van Hargis and Stacy Westfall. Anderson will also be on hand to sign autographs and hand out souvenirs after the parade.
Bland will also award one club a $500 scholarship donation. To be eligible for the scholarship, clubs must register on the first day of the show and have at least three club members present. Anderson will draw the winning club’s name during the two-day show. The money may be used to help a rider attend horsemanship camps, or to assist an older club member attend college. Clubs need not be from Tennessee to be eligible.
Last year, the $500 scholarship money was donated to Rutherford County, Tennessee’s equine 4-H club, led by extension agent Mitchell Mote.
“We have two horse camps each year,” Mote explained after last year’s show. “We used the money to provide scholarships for the camps. It assisted the 4-Hers who might have a hard time attending.”
Furthering the show’s dedication to youth and education, Bland already presented one Moore County, Tennessee 4-H club with tickets to the event. Extension Agent Sally Syler says her club members are enthusiastic and excited to attend the educational event.
“To find something good like this so close is just great for our kids,” Syler says. “In 2005 we had kids and parents attend Road to the Horse. It’s important to have families there so the kids can implement what they learn when they get home. To see that much happen with a horse in a short amount of time is an amazing thing.”
At Road to the Horse, four well-known clinicians (Cameron, Hargis, Black and Westfall) will compete to start and train young horses using kind methods. The techniques can be used to work with any breed of horse—the Quarter Horses the trainers will work with, or the Tennessee Walkers and gaited horses common in the venue area. Anderson will also share his winning colt-starting techniques during demonstrations before each day’s competition.
For more information about Road to the Horse, and to purchase tickets, visit www.roadtothehorse.com, or call 325-736-5000. Sponsored by Horse & Rider, HiQual, Purina Mills, LLC, John Deere, Horsetrader, EZ-All, Prime Performance Nutrition and Samson.