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Smart Shiney Playboy & Nick Dowers Triumph in Reno

Smart Shiney Playboy almost didn’t get to go to the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. Good thing Nick Dowers decided to go with his gut and bring the gelding along to “The Biggest Little City in the World.”   The question was whether Clinton Marshall’s son of WR...

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Horsemanship Reigns at Road to the Horse

Nevada horseman Nick Dowers has done it again.   Dowers recently went head-to-head with elite show jumper Vicki Wilson in a display of horsemanship and sportsmanship at the Road To The Horse 2019.   The 2013 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open Champion narrowly defeated Wilson to claim...

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Taming The Remuda

Inside the 2018 Road to the Horse, Showcasing Natural Horsemanship   In 2003, when Tootie Bland and her late husband, Steven, dreamed up Road to the Horse, they created an event that showcased the foundation of trust upon which all good horse-human partnerships are built. Their mission was...

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Range Tested

Nick Dowers Trains Arena Horses on His Nevada Ranch   Riding a 3-year-old cow horse prospect, Nick Dowers drives a herd of black yearling calves into an open meadow. Putting the group together by himself, pointing them north and moving them across a new irrigation ditch requires...

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The Cowboy Way

Nick Dowers is confident in his identity and no title is going to change that.   Steeped in tradition and shaped by the terrain of Fish Lake Valley in Dyer, Nev., Nick dowers exudes an aura of authenticity. He is a rancher, a showman and a National...

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