Lexington, Kentucky – Two Nevada horsemen sweeped the competition at this year’s Road to the Horse. Dyer, Nevada-based horse trainer Nick Dowers was crowned the 2019 World Champion of Colt Starting and took home the $100,000 winner’s purse. Along with the overall title, Dowers was awarded the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award for his outstanding ability to observe, analyze, and apply horsemanship methods that are best suited to each individual colt’s personality.

Dowers is a two-time Road to the Horse winner. The 33-year-old grew up on his family’s cattle ranches in Fish Lake Valley (Esmeralda County). After studying at Feather River College in Quincy, California he traveled the west starting colts and working on ranches. In 2013, Dowers won big in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open World Championship. In 2016, he captured his first Road to the Horse World Championship of Colt Starting title. Learn more about Nick Dowers at www.NickDowers.com.

Nick Dowers takes 6666 Ranch colt #7 FUTURE CITY LIMITS through the mystery obstacle.

Road to the Horse 2019 also hosted the Wild Card competition in which competitors select and start a 3-year old gelding. Wade Black claimed the Wild Card Championship to secure his spot as a main competitor in next year’s Road to the Horse. Black is the grandson of legendary trainer Ray Hunt. He was born and raised on the Stampede Ranch in Elko County. Today, Black directs the Equine Science program at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Learn more about Wade Black at www.trainingforthecross.com.  

Wade Black navigates an obstacle.

Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to entertain and educate fans in the art of natural horsemanship. Road to the Horse challenges the world’s best equestrians to build a partnership with an untrained 3-year-old American Quarter Horse, across three intense days of competition. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection, to the final obstacle challenge. Only one competitor will earn the $100,000 purse and the World Championship of Colt Starting title. Learn more at www.RoadtotheHorse.com.