GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) and Road to the Horse (RTTH) partnered up this year to offer a 2019 Extreme Mustang Makeover competitor a spot in the 2020 RTTH Wild Card Competition. When the dust settled after the two 2019 EMM events were held in Ocala, Florida, and Lexington, Kentucky, a list of competing trainers was presented to Road to the Horse. After deliberation, RTTH chose Craig Moore of May, Texas, to be the lucky and final Wild Card competitor. Moore will be joining RTTH Wild Cards Wylene Davis and Cole Cameron to complete the competition trio.
In the Road to the Horse competition, elite clinicians from around the world build a relationship with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse and face off for the World Championship of Colt Starting title. The Wild Card competition allows first-time competitors the opportunity to participate. During the 2020 event, they will each start an untouched 6666 Ranch colt, during three days of competition, in true Road to the Horse style. The winner is guaranteed a much-sought-after position in the Road to the Horse World Championship competition in 2021.
“I am extremely humbled and excited to be a Road to the Horse 2020 Wild Card competitor. This is an opportunity that I have been praying about!” said Moore. “When I got the phone call that I was being offered the position, it was a bit surreal to say the least! It’s an honor to be part of this amazing event.”
Moore was introduced to horses at a young age when his mother, who was a beautician, traded riding lessons for manicures. From that moment, it was evident that horses would be a huge part of his life. Moore’s parents soon purchased his first horse; a 23-year-old grade gelding named Flash. Flash was just the beginning, and riding quickly turned to participation in high school and college rodeo events. After working for many years as a paramedic and training horses part time, Moore recently moved to Texas to pursue his dreams of training horses full time, alongside girlfriend Katie Ketterhagen. The couple now resides in May, Texas, where they teach horsemanship lessons and compete with their American mustangs.
“The Mustang Heritage Foundation couldn’t be more excited to have our own EMM trainer, Craig Moore, recognized for his talent and ability in being chosen as the third Wild Card for the 2020 Road to the Horse competition,” said Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Director of Operations Randi Blasienz. “It’s a true honor for the mustang family to be included and represented in such a prestigious event.”
The 2020 Road to the Horse will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 19-22, 2020. Tickets are available online at www.roadtothehorse.com or by calling 800-514-3849.
For more information about Extreme Mustang Makeover events, visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com. For more information about Road to the Horse visit their website at https://www.roadtothehorse.com/.
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses and burros, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management the Mustang Heritage Foundation works to ensure healthy wild herds and rangelands through the placement of excess animals removed from public lands so future generations can enjoy this distinctive part of our American heritage. As a 501 (C)(3), public, charitable, nonprofit organization, the Mustang Heritage Foundation works to identify and develop sources of private financial funding to further support the mission of the Foundation. For more information visit mustangheritagefoundation.org
About Road to the Horse (March 19-22, 2020 — Lexington, Kentucky):
Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to entertain and educate fans in the art of natural horsemanship. Road to the Horse challenges the World’s best equestrians to build a partnership with an untouched three-year-old American Quarter Horse, across three intense days of competition. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection, to the final obstacle challenge. Road to the Horse features a $100,000 purse and competitors battle for horsemanship’s most coveted title. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.RoadtotheHorse.com