Nick Dowers embodies the ideals of Western heritage, and he has dedicated his life and career to sharpening his horsemanship skills. He believes the best way to teach a horse is by harnessing its mind and creating a positive relationship. As a National Reined Cow Horse Association Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, his philosophy focuses on blending natural horsemanship and performance horse training techniques to develop a balanced, confident athlete. Strong family values and a sincere love for horses have earned Dowers the respect of his fellow horsemen. The Dyer, Nevada, native has trained under the likes of Bryan Neubert, Joe Wolter, Bill Van Norman, Andrea Fappani and Annie Reynolds, and his lifetime earnings exceed $584,000.
“If you can get a horse to believe in you and know you are honest and faithful to his needs and wants, the horse will build a trust in you that is unbreakable. Once you have that trust the sky is the limit on what the two of you can accomplish.”
Road to the Horse ranks among the premier colt-starting events in the world. It’s unlike anything seen before: educational, entertaining and inspiring. World-class horses and world-class equine clinicians spend three days together on a journey toward trust in front of 10,000 equine-savvy spectators within the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington. 2019 is sure to be a fan favorite with the return of two world champions, Nick Dowers and Vicki Wilson to battle it out with unprecedented competition of starting 3 colts each. To add the excitement three wild card competitors have been named: Wade Black, Booger Brown and Ben Baldus.
“My philosophy stems from helping the horse to believe that what I am offering is real, not having them feel like they can’t make a mistake… .”
Join Nick for one of his exclusive clinic opportunities at the Dower’s Ranch. Nick’s goal for each experience is to provide guidance on keeping colts moving successfully through the training process and ready to progress in their performance maneuvers. Each clinic is limited to a small number of participants so sign-up today!
This video is the first in a series combining Nick’s experience as a top NRCHA competitor and winner of the prestigious Snaffle Bit Futurity, with 20 years of horsemanship building quality, functional and confident horses in the Great Basin region of Nevada. It is truly an exceptional video for any person who desires to learn effective skills and to better understand how a horse thinks and learns. It provides outstanding insight on developing a life long understanding of simple things that make a huge difference in developing a well trained, confident horse.