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 the title and the $100,000 winner’s purse at the colt-starting competition held March 22-24 at Kentucky Horse Park.

 

Dowers, of Dyer, won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity title with Time For A Diamond (One Time Pepto x Diamonds With Style x Playin Stylish). He also was the 2016 NRCHA Derby Open Reserve Champion with Smooth Bellingrath, a stallion by Smooth As A Cat who he also piloted to an NRCHA Open Two-Rein National Championship. In all, Dowers has an Equi-Stat record of more than $684,000.

 

In addition to the overall title at Road To The Horse, 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 and Wilson proved why they are both past Road To The Horse, said Western Horseman Publisher Ernie King. Morris Communications Company LLC, which owns both Western Horseman and Quarter Horse News, bought Road To The Horse last year from event founder Tootie Bland.

 

“Both the competitors and the Wild Cards demonstrated exceptional levels of horsemanship, and this was reflected in the closeness of the scores throughout the entire event. It was an unbelievable privilege to watch these master colt starters form partnerships with their Four Sixes Ranch colts,” King said in a statement.

 

Photo Credit: Road to the Horse & Ross Hecox
Posted on April 10, 2019
by Press Release
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