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Road to the Horse's Dream Hosting Team Bring Different Perspectives to Event

MURFREESBORO, Tenn., January 17, 2008: When Rick Lamb and Larry Mahan take to the announcing booth as co-hosts for this year’s Road to the Horse (March 1–2 at Murfreesboro’s Tennessee Miller Coliseum, featuring competing trainers Chris Cox, Ken McNabb, Tommy Garland and a mystery competitor), the audience is in for a rare treat. Lamb and Mahan are the products of two very different backgrounds—a fact that just might shine through as together they narrate the happenings of the colt-starting event.

It is true that Lamb was a horse crazy kid who didn’t have the chance to be around horses until he was an adult, while Mahan was practically born on a horse, competing in saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding as a teenager.

And Lamb used his talents as a communicator to break into the horse industry, starting the radio program The Horse Show with Rick Lamb in 1997, while Mahan channeled his talents as a horseman into becoming a professional rodeo cowboy at the age of 21 and eventually winning six World Championship All-Around Cowboy titles between 1965 and 1973.

The two men even differ in their Road to the Horse preparation styles. Lamb has hosted the event since its inception in 2003 and says he feels as if “I’m now qualified to sort of be the link between the trainer who is busy with the horse and the audience who might not understand what they are seeing.” Meanwhile, Mahan jokes that he’ll “just wait to see what comes out of my mouth after they finish the National Anthem.”

So, will there be peace in the Road to the Horse announcer’s booth? Can the cowboy and the communicator, well, communicate?

The answer is yes. It turns out that Lamb and Mahan may be more alike than appearances suggest. That commonality comes to a point in their shared regard for both the Road to the Horse setup and their passion for the welfare of horses.

“I always want people to understand the commitment to the welfare of the horse that is part of Road to the Horse,” says Lamb. “This is meant to be a celebration of the horse and a way of honoring the horse through natural horsemanship, which is something we’re all committed to.

“I think that this event really is a great forum for showing what natural horsemanship really means because the trainers who work most effectively with the nature of the horse are the ones who are generally the most successful.”

Mahan agrees.

“Road to the Horse is a beautiful thing,” he says. “These horseman have to be able to communicate with their horses, to train them with intelligence and try to understand them.

“I can’t help but believe that an audience member who is watching them do this may take a little bit of that home with them—and that is going to make a lot of horses’ lives better.”

Lamb and Mahan also both take seriously their role as hosts and narrators, and they claim they’re just as excited to see the event as everyone else.

“I’m going in with an open mind that I just want to observe them all,” says Mahan. “I’m not a judge. I don’t play politics very well. So, I’m just excited to see how they get the job done. It’s the element of the unknown that makes Road the Horse exciting.”

“This is the mother of all colt-starting events,” adds Lamb, “and, from what I see, the audience is always just so thrilled to be there. The energy, the electricity in the air is palpable. People are happy and that makes this event a real joy for everyone—no matter their background.”

Additional information about Lamb and Mahan’s colorful lives can be found in their biographies. Lamb’s Human to Horseman: A Journey of Discovery, Growth, and Celebration will be available for the first time at this year’s Road to the Horse and Mahan’s They Call Me Bull is scheduled for release next year.

For more information about Road to the Horse, visit http://www.roadtothehorse.com or call (325) 736-5000. Road to the Horse is owned and produced by Tootie Bland/Ride the Remuda Productions. Sponsors for 2008 include: Charity Challenge Sponsor Fort Dodge Animal Health; Presenting Sponsor Horse & Rider; and sponsors Mustang Heritage Foundation, Samson, Wick Buildings, Absolute Innovations, Wahl Clipper, Cinch/Cruel Girl, Gist Silversmiths, Martin Saddlery, Horse Media Group, Rockin J Horse Stalls, W-W Livestock Sales, Valley Vet, Prime Performance Nutrition, American Spirit Mfg., Horsecity.com, Get Certified, John Deere, American Cowboy Magazine, Lubrisyn, John’s Ariat Country, Nutrena, Horse South, Horse Exchange and Hoofbeats.

 

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