to the Horse
features an all-female lineup.
It was time to put my boots on, kick in a few ceilings and o what needed to be done.” Tootie Bland, creator of Road to the Horse, has wanted to feature an all- female lineup of competi- tors and an English trainer
for several years, but it never felt like
the right time—until now.
“The one thing I love about Road
to the Horse is that when you think it
can’t get any better, it does,” says Tootie.
“What I have done from the beginning,
and the only thing I know how to do, is
follow my passion, listen to myself and
never take no for an answer.”
Bland’s perseverance has paid off, as
the ladies will be controlling the reins
in 2017. Dubbed the Celebration of the
Cowgirl, the 14th Road to the Horse
welcomes Kate Neubert, Rachelle
Valentine, returning challenger Sarah
Winters Dawson, and Vicki Wilson,
the event’s first competitor from New
Zealand and first English trainer.
This year’s edition takes place
March 23-26 at the Kentucky Horse
Park’s Alltech Arena, located in Lexington, Ky. Stacy Westfall, 2006 Road
to the Horse champion, is hosting.
Sarah Winters Dawson Vicki Wilson
of the Cowgirl
BY KIM KLIMEK / PHOTOS
COURTESY ROAD TO THE HORSE