Headliners Chris Cox, Tommy Garland, Ken McNabb
MURFREESBORO, Tenn., May 12, 2007: It’s official—defending champion Chris Cox (Mineral Wells, TX) returns to the round pens for Road to the Horse March 1-2, 2008. He’ll meet a packed house at Murfreesboro’s Tennessee Miller Coliseum as he challenges newcomers Tommy Garland (Powhatan, VA) and Ken McNabb (Cody, WY) for prizes totaling over $15,000.
) wowed the 2007 Road to the Horse crowd when his horse respectfully followed him out of the large arena at the end of his freestyle round—showing the trust and bond natural horsemanship can create. Watch Cox on Road to the Horse Host Rick Lamb’s RFD-TV show on May 15. You’ll see the first footage from Road to the Horse 2007 and sneak a peak at what the soon-to-be-released Road to the Horse DVD will be like.
) comes to Road to the Horse as an expert Arabian horse trainer—bringing kind and solid horsemanship training to the horse show crowd. His horses have won in western, trail and hunter divisions and received high honors in the English and driving disciplines in the US and Brazil. He won the 2006 Equine Extravaganza Trainer’s Challenge and was recently nominated by the Arabian Professional Horseman’s Association as the 2006 Male Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year. See Garland’s teaching style on his CPR for Horse and Rider television show.
) has taught thousands of horse enthusiasts about kind horse-training methods through his RFD-TV show and his crowd-gathering expo and training clinics. McNabb was one of the first John Lyons Certified Trainers. He now lives the cowboy lifestyle in Wyoming.
“We’ve turned the heat up for 2008,” Owner/Producer Tootie Bland says. “There’s no doubt the ‘Chris Cox Rocks’ fans will return with the strength of a champion. Cox is a proven winner and his fans have no doubts he can win again. The South will rise to the occasion and support Tommy Garland, their Southern son. And never discount a Wyoming cowboy. Ken McNabb will come with a fire of his own. Get ready, we won’t disappoint.”
But there’s more. A Road to the Horse crewmember has decided to literally throw his/her hat in the ring. The identity is a secret at press time, but Bland promises to reveal a clue each month—helping you guess the fourth competitor before all is revealed at the March 2008 event. Start guessing!
Tickets to the 2008 event go on sale Monday, May 14, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Call toll free, 877-772-5425; log on to http://roadtothehorse.com/tickets.html
Premiere Seating— $105.00 (Good for both days of the event)
General Admission Seating— $55.00 (Good for both days of the event)
VIP Hospitality Room— $250.00 (limited number; VIP Hospitality Room Pass does not include admission to the event or a seat. The VIP Hospitality Pass gets you into the Hospitality Room for catered buffet meals, streamed video of the live event and a chance to visit with the stars)
RV Parking Space— $105.00 for a Thursday to Monday stay (Park your RV conveniently next to the MTSU Miller Coliseum with hookups).
How to Order:
Modern technology has its advantages. Purchase your tickets online and you can print them immediately. Plus, you’ll have a chance to see the arena’s seating chart and choose the seats best for you and your friends. Phone and Internet lines will be open at 9:00 a.m. CST, 10:00 a.m. EST. Log on to http://www.roadtothehorse.com
before tickets go on sale to see seating choices and chart your ticket-purchasing plan or call toll free, 877-772-5425. On May 14, log on to http://roadtothehorse.com/tickets.html
Bonus: If you order online, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win two Hospitality Room tickets—that’s a value of $500. One person’s name will be drawn. Only two Hospitality tickets granted. Online orders only, no phone orders entered in bonus drawing. Void where prohibited.
About the Clinicians:
Cox was born in central Florida where his family had a cattle ranch. When he was barely a year old, his father sold their ranch near Kissimmee and bought Prince of Wales Island off the northeastern coast of Australia, near Thursday Island. The immediate family—including a 96-year-old great grandmother—
packed up and moved half a world away. It was there, amid wild brumbies and Brahman-cross cattle, that Cox found his calling.
From his earliest days, horses assumed an important role in Cox's life. While his father believed the cattle came first and horses were simply a means to an end, Cox felt differently. Long days spent on horseback forged a lasting bond and he gained a healthy respect for his four-legged partner's intelligence and ability. "Putting a handle on a horse was important. In Australia, your ability as a horseman was judged by the horse you rode," he said.
Cox attended Longreach Pastoral College, a two-year agriculture college in Queensland, where he earned the Horsemanship Award for top scores in class work and practical skills.
Although he already had a successful training business in Australia, Cox, who maintains a dual citizenship, returned to the States in 1986 to further his career.
Cox has trained a variety of breeds for different disciplines and has been active in the cutting horse world as both a trainer and competitor. He has traveled the United States, Canada, South America and Australia conducting clinics and demonstrations. In 1999, in addition to numerous other appearances in cities across the U.S., he appeared at Equitana USA, the AQHA World Show, the Calgary Stampede, and the 1999 Special Olympics, where he performed on two-time AQHA Superhorse, Rugged Lark. In addition, he has worked with the Bureau of Land Management to conduct training seminars featuring newly captured mustangs. http://www.chris-cox.com
Garland is a nationally recognized trainer of Arabian and Half-Arabian show horses. He currently owns and operates a training facility on 30 acres in Powhatan, Virginia.
Garland has ridden horses virtually all his life. He has trained all breeds from Tennessee Walkers to Quarter Horses and everything in between. He’s most noted for his western horses and especially enjoys working with the younger horses. Over the course of many years in the show ring, not only has he achieved personal success but his amateurs, youth and adult alike, have acquired many National titles.
Over the last several years Garland has been asked to do clinics all over the United States and Canada. Garland feels that the fundamentals that he has used throughout his 30 years of training are definitely not breed specific and are easy enough for anyone to apply if given the right instruction and tools.
Garland was voted the Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year in 2002 by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association. His show on RFD-TV, CPR for the Horse and Rider, airs weekly. He won the 2006 Equine Extravaganza Trainer’s Challenge and was recently nominated by the Arabian Professional Horseman’s Association as the 2006 Male Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year. He and his wife Dawn live in Powhatan, Virginia. http://www.tommygarland.com/
McNabb started his equine experience on a two-week pack trip when he was 10 days old. Like most kids who grow up on ranches, McNabb was working cattle and training his own horses while still in grade school. Throughout high school, he picked up extra money breaking colts for neighbors.
By the early 1990s, McNabb's natural ability and his love for horses led him to consider studying professional horse training as a career. John Lyons, with his psychological approach and gentle training methods, was beginning to gain national acceptance. In 1993, McNabb became one of the first certified John Lyons Trainers. The ranchers back home were skeptical of these gentle methods, but as McNabb began producing better saddle horses, the doubts disappeared. The demand for McNabb's training time left him fully booked. Realizing that thousands of people were anxious to find better ways of training, Ken began teaching his techniques in 1996.
Since that time, he has taught thousands of students. He has had clinics from coast to coast, from Texas to Alaska. Universally, his students agree that he’s a master communicator who makes training easy to understand and workable for both young and old. McNabb is committed to transferring his expertise to his students so that they can become the rider/trainer themselves. He believes that with the right training, mediocre horses can become good, and good horses can become great. He has always believed that any rider, and any horse, can find their best potential given the right opportunity. Ken's program is based on the Lyons method and over 25 years of experience in the saddle. McNabb's knowledge of the total horse delivers a life-changing experience in the saddle.
He offers a unique environment where the horse is trained using the best methods, and the rider is coached to bring their personal best into the arena. Ken's faith in Christ, along with his commitment to strong family values and patriotism, help make him the kind of speaker/trainer people enjoy.
Together, McNabb and his wife, DeeDee, enjoy the family operation with two sons, Kurt and Trent. http://www.kenmcnabb.com
For more information about Road to the Horse, visit http://www.roadtothehorse.com
, or call 325-736-5000. Road to the Horse is produced and owned by Tootie Bland/ Ride the Remuda Productions, inc.
PHOTO: Chris Cox
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