NRCHA Derby Open Reserve Champion
Smooth Bellingrath & Nick Dowers

The 2016 NRCHA Derby Open Reserve Champion was Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger), shown by 2016 Road to the Horse Colt Starting World Champion Nick Dowers for Triple D Ranches. Dowers and the Woody Bartlett, DVM-bred 2011 stallion had the high score in the preliminary composite, and in the finals, they had the high rein work score on their way to an overall 664.5 (217 herd/226.5 rein/221 cow). They took home $23,283.


Road to the Horse 2016
Nick Dowers

Watch the world's greatest horsemen partner with the world's finest wild horses, in an epic challenge to see who will win the 2016 Road to the Horse held in Lexington, KY at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 18-20, 2016.

Road to the Horse has become addictive and global. Fans travel from around the world to witness the edge-of-your-seat action that the world’s most anticipated equine event is well known for.  Anyone who loves horses will want to watch the best horseman use their techniques on the untouched horses from the 6666 Ranch and what they can literally do with them in such a short time”.

Road to the Horse is an exclusive horsemanship experience that combines valuable education and thrilling entertainment!
A competition untouched by others, tests skill, experience and colt training prowess, Road to the Horse dares elite horse trainers to create a trusting partnership with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse. The test begins with the selection, choosing only one horse from the AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch; competitors have just three days to build a working relationship. With disruptive sounds, exhilarating sights and adrenaline-pumping time constraints each competitor must face the final trial, an obstacle course. Only one can walk away with the Colt Starting World Champion title."

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