Still buzzing from his recent experience at the Road to the Horse training competition, Team Canada’s Glenn Stewart says the show was about sticking to his plan and staying true to his training style. The March 9th to 11th competition in Murfreesboro, Tenn. took US, Australian and Canadian Team members through various nail biting horse training challenges, on their quest for $10,000 cash, prizes and bragging rights.
For this Northern BC cowboy, the event was a huge performance spectacle, filled with blazingly intense moments.
“The point of the competition, is showing good horsemanship,” says Stewart.
His 15 hand high, three year old from the Four Sixes Ranch of Guthrie, Texas, threw in some curve balls for him to start with. However the pair completed the show with a roaring crowd, giving a standing ovation.
“He went fantastic, but he was a bit of a toughie. He bucked quite a bit and finally came out of it by the third day. He had a lot of gas, so I had to get that under control. I felt if he wasn’t with me, there is no point pushing him.”
Stewart says he admired this horse’s spunk and is very happy with how he panned out. Going into though the competition, he wanted to finish leaving his horse with no holes in its’ training.
With 8000 pairs of eyes in the audience watching, he says the pressure to go off course with your methods was huge. The size of the show was astronomical for Stewart and it proved to be a powerful experience.
“The biggest surprise, was the size of the event. I had no idea it was such a big deal. There was a really receptive crowd. A once and a lifetime experience.”
At the beginning of the Producer Tootie Bland, gave the all competitors an option of switching horses to gain a 40 point advantage. Stewart and fellow teammate Johnathan Field, were the only team to take the deal and traded out their horses.
Besides the switch up, Team Australia took top spot in the showdown and the US team cinched second place. Stewart says it was a lot of fun and feels his horse worked out surprisingly well in the end.