The World Championship of Colt Starting saw an international array of horsemanship talent at Road to the Horse 2024, as fans witnessed various training methods from competitors around the world. From March 21-24, fans were on the edge of their seats at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, as the world’s best colt starters competed for the World Championship of Colt Starting title and $135,000 in prize money. Throughout the event, one common theme was witnessed throughout the four days of competition — the horses always came first.

With an Olympic theme, the United States, Canada, and Australia were well represented in the Championship Competition by Ken McNabb, Tik Maynard and Donal Hancock. These international competitors were joined by C.D. Wilcox, who qualified for the Championship Competition by winning the Wild Card Challenge. The Pitchfork Ranch from Guthrie, Texas, provided the remuda of both colts and fillies for the championship and Wild Card competition and in the end Tik Maynard rode away with the championship aboard CAPERA CATT (#11, Goodluck Catt x Becaco Capera by Mr Haida Flo).

“The biggest emotion I feel is just an overwhelming sense of gratitude for everything that has led me to this place,” stated Maynard.

Maynard won all three rounds of the Championship competition with his colt. The pair’s quiet and steady progress throughout kept all in awe as he easily moved through the different components of the event. He finished with a cumulative score of 1,023.5.

The duo made easy work of the obstacle course and earned a standing ovation as they left the arena. Maynard demonstrated impressive horsemanship throughout the whole week and mentioned several times how much of an emotional roller coaster the event is as a competitor.

In total, Tik Maynard finished with $90,000 in earnings and received a Gist Silversmiths trophy buckle, an award saddle from Circle Y Saddles, and a custom Western hat from JW Brooks Custom Hat Co.

“We are so pleased with how emotional and captivating the Road to the Horse journey was from start to finish,” stated Morris Equine Group President Tina Battock. “Our hats are off to all the competitors, fans, sponsors and crew who make it all possible.”

The Wild Card Challenge, presented by Platinum Performance, proved to be an exciting addition to the event as Lindsey Patterson, John Baar and C.D. Wilcox partnered with Pitchfork Ranch fillies for their chance to advance into the championship round. Each Wild Card was teamed up with a past Road to the Horse competitor. Brandi Lyons, Mike Major, and Pat Parelli all took the role of Pen Wrangler, as they offered their advice and assistance to their Wild Card competitor.

C.D. Wilcox chose filly #5, TIGHTFITTENBLUJEANS (Once In A Blu Boon x Shiney Tea Pot Doc x Tejons Peppy Doc), a partnership that took him to the top of the scoreboard and into the Championship competition.

“Road to the Horse means the world to me,” Wilcox said. “It’s a great opportunity for anybody. Win, lose or draw, this thing is so much fun, so well produced, I would do it for the rest of my life if they would let me.”

At the end of the Wild Card Challenge, Wilcox received $5,000 for winning along with an award saddle from Circle Y Saddlery, and a custom Western hat from JW Brooks Custom Hat Co. The second-place Wild Card competitor, Patterson, received $3,000 and Baar received $2,000 in third place. Each Wild Card and Championship competitor also received a YETI cooler, custom leather jacket from Rocket Donkey and an array of products from our valued sponsors.

(L-R) C.D. Wilcox (Wild Card Champion & 4th place), Ken McNabb (3rd place), Nick Rivera (Tik Maynard’s Pen Wrangler), Tik Maynard (RTTH 2024 World Champion), Donal Hancock (Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award Winner & RTTH 2024 Reserve Champion).

Road to the Horse 2024 World Championship Competition

Tik Maynard | Cumulative Score: 1023.5
Colt: #11, CAPERA CATT (Goodluck Cat x Becaco Capera)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Round 1 Winner: $5,000
Round 2 Winner: $5,000
Round 3 Winner: $5,000
Overall World Champion: $75,000

Donal Hancock | Cumulative Score: 891
Colt: #3, COWBOYS LAST WAR CRY (Cowboy War Cry x Four Six Gal)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Overall Reserve World Champion: $20,000
Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award

Ken McNabb | Cumulative Score: 839.5
Colt: #4, SHINEY ROCKIN CD (Nasty CD x Shiney Rockin Lass)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Overall 3rd Place: $10,000

C.D. Wilcox | Cumulative Score: 680.5
Colt: #14, CATS DASHIN A LENA (Quejanaisalena x Cats Dashin Diamond)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Overall 4th Place: $5,000

Wild Card Challenge presented by Platinum Performance

C.D. Wilcox | Cumulative Score: 836
Filly: #5, TIGHTFITTENBLUJEANS (Once In A Blu Boon x Shiney Tea Pot Doc x Tejons Peppy Doc)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Wild Card Champion: $5,000

Lindsey Patterson | Cumulative Score: 831.5
Filly: #3, DESIRE A BLU BOON (Once In A Blu Boon x Desire Some Shine By Shining Spark)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Wild Card Reserve Champion: $3,000

John Baar | Cumulative Score: 716.5
Filly: #4, SHESA QUEJANA CAT (Quejanaisalena x Shesa Skyline Cat By Bet Hesa Cat)
RTTH 2024 Earnings:
Wild Card 3rd Place: $2,000

Complete Road to the Horse 2024 scores is available at www.RoadtotheHorse.com. Road to the Horse 2025 takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 27-30. Tickets are available at www.RoadtotheHorse.com or by calling 800-514-3849. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.


About Road to the Horse

Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to inspire people to reach a higher level of horsemanship and develop unity with a horse based on trust and not fear. We believe that through education and entertainment, we can change people’s ideas and create a better world for the horse. Road to the Horse competitions identify the superior colt starter who accumulates the highest score. Judging focuses on the competitor and the effectiveness of their horsemanship methodology to communicate, educate, and build a partnership with their colt based on trust. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection to the final obstacle challenge. Event schedule and tickets available at www.RoadtotheHorse.com.

About Morris Equine Group

Morris Equine Group consists of some of the industry’s most recognized brands, including Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News and Barrel Horse News. The group also includes business-to-business publication Western Lifestyle Retailer and EquiStat, a statistical service offering detailed information and earnings for the performance horse industry. Morris Equine Group is also home to the National Barrel Horse Association, the West Coast Barrel Racing Association, the first ever PBR Team Series Champions Nashville Stampede and the World Championship of Colt Starting, Road to the Horse.


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