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Judging the Road to the Horse

Judging any event is a big job. The success of events falls largely on the shoulders of the judges. The way that a competition is judged results in the winner. Future competitors, and spectators, watch what was rewarded and what was not and then decide if they will support the event. This is true not only in the horse world but in any judged competition.

At the Road to the Horse the judges have a big job. The judges must look at each horse in each round pen as an individual and watch each clinician as they train the horse. The judge then must evaluate how difficult the horse is naturally and then they need to determine if the competitor used the best approach possible for that horse.

This year’s competition is even a bit more difficult because each of the competitors is starting two horses. When I first heard this I wasn’t sure what the point was but after watching today I think I can see it. Starting the first colt was interesting to watch…but watching how each clinician modified their technique to better fit the second horse was even more interesting. Especially because this all happened back to back.

Exhausting for the competitors…and the judges. Very interesting to watch!

P.S.- Sorry for the confusion. After this post people thought that I was one of the judges. I can see how it looked that way. This was a photo of me visiting with the judges but I was not/am not one of the judges. Maybe the lack of sleep played a part in my lack of catching this sooner!

Back row L-R: Cody Lambert, Dr. Jim Heird, Sam Rose, Mike Kevil. Front row: Jack Brainard & Stacy Westfall

Back row L-R: Cody Lambert, Dr. Jim Heird, Sam Rose, Mike Kevil. Front row: Jack Brainard & Stacy Westfall

 

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Video

 

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Wild Card Competitors at The Road to the Horse

wild cardsA year of working….a short time to show what you have done…an announcement of the winner and then straight into the round pen to compete for $100,000.00!

That is what will happen to one of this years ‘Wild Card’ competitors at the Road to the Horse.

I had the chance to visit with several of the competitors yesterday and learn more about the process. I knew that last years Wild Card, Jim Anderson, not only won the Wild Card but also turned around and won the Road to the Horse. As impressive as that sounded to read (I wasn’t there to see it either) imagine what it must have been like to live it. Both emotionally and physically this would be a challenge. They have to come in prepared with the horse they have been training for the last year and a plan on how best to show him, then they also must be prepared to step straight into the second part of the competition. Imagine the planning that has gone into packing and preparing without knowing for sure if they will be moving on.

This years competitors are: Trevor CarterJames CoolerDan KeenMary KitzmillerBobby KnightSean Patrick. Check out their websites and their Facebook pages. They have been documenting the training of their Wild Card horses as well as much more.

BREAKING NEWS: Road to the Horse 2015 is thrilled to be joining the RFD-TV line up! Don’t miss the action starting April 1st, 2015 @ 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT. (DirectTV 345/ Dish 231)

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Video

 

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If you’re living on the road, where do you keep your horses?

The most frequently asked question we are receiving at the moment is: If you’re living on the road, where do you keep your horses? I am going to try to keep everyone updated by making short videos and blogs of the moves.

We just moved out of a horse show (Quarter Horse Congress) yesterday and now we will spend about a week in our old home town. We are camping at a park and our horses will be staying at a friends house.

As we just finished a couple of tough weeks at the show, the horses will enjoy turnout time and some lighter riding. If the weather stays nice (it is supposed to rain) then I would love to do some trail riding…but not in the rain.

What questions would you like to have answered about life on the road with horses?

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Members Question, Video

 

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Dreams on wheels…thank you Fleetwood!

After selling our house and deciding to travel for a year the choice to live in a RV of some sort seemed logical…the question was living quarter horse trailer? Fifth wheel? Motor home?

We had owned a living quarter horse trailer years ago when the kids were small but for this adventure, a year on the road, we knew we needed something a bit bigger. Our boys are now at ages 13, 14 and 16 plus two adults….we knew we needed room.

Little did I know when I wrote the blog, pros and cons of buying an RV, that the CFO of Fleetwood would be reading it…and oh, by the way, he shows his horses in team penning and follows me on Facebook!

Lance reached out and offered to give me advice or at least things to consider when looking at motor homes. I love learning so I made the call.

I have been blessed in many ways while doing what I love and this time Fleetwood has been my blessing. After several phone calls Fleetwood decided they wanted to support our adventure.

Right now as I write this I am in a 42 foot American Revolution…my temporary MH (motor home) while Fleetwood is building…yes, building…my Fleetwood Discovery. I’m not telling all the details right now but WAIT ‘TILL YOU SEE IT!

Watch for us and our modern day wagon train coming down a road near you!

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Video

 

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Stacy Westfall is Living My Dream Life

Full article found at HorseChannel.com

Full article found at HorseChannel.com

An article popped up unexpectedly on my Facebook page titled, Stacy Westfall is Living My Dream Lifeand played a part in inspiring yesterdays blog.

It is always strange to read an article that was written about me without my prior knowledge. It is another way to see how other people perceive you as well as what common desires people share.

Leslie, the writer, happens to daydream about full time living on the road with her horse. Not everyone would agree, in fact there are days that I even question it. But even if you don’t share that same dream there are still lessons that can be learned from the idea.

When I have my doubts, which I am planning on sharing more of with you in the future, I have a way that I deal with it. I ask myself a question: How hard would it be to go back? or another way to look at it would be: How hard would this be to undo?

If I decided tomorrow that I didn’t want to live full time on the road, I am confident that I could buy another house in Mount Gilead, Ohio. The transition to go back would be easier than the transition to leave…which is probably why fewer people do it.

But if you can turn it around, view it another way, it is liberating.

What dream are you not pursuing because the transition into the dream would be hard…even though the transition back would actually, now that you think about it, be easy?

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Inspiring, Life, Thought provoking

 

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Video: How we plan on living on the road; husband, wife, three kids and four horses.

I think the nomadic idea was secretly planted in my head by my husband. It also helped that we met other people, one family in particular, that moved around with their family performing at rodeos and equine events.

Our life has slowly morphed into travel because we can serve more people by moving around both at clinics and expos. By the time our youngest son was seven he had traveled to 40 states…each time returning to Mount Gilead, Ohio. It just seemed logical to try living on the road. We also like the idea of spending more time together as a family. And we can always go back!

Now that we are in a full blown motor home we are ready to take this show on the road. Some of the goals our family has, outside of work are:

  • see all 48 states (this lead to a discussion of Alaska & Hawaii)
  • live ‘off the grid’ for a week…in RV terms this means staying in a remote location without electric, water or sewer hook up
  • trail ride in the mountains…park the motor home and be able to ride from the camping site up into the mountains

If you were going to live in a motor home for a year…what would you hope to accomplish? What questions about our travel plans would you like us to answer?

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Life, Stops with Stacy, Video

 

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On the road…again…living with change and horses on the road

Stacy Westfall Horse Trailer with horses #Tekonsha

Stacy and Jesse Westfall, the kids and the horses on the road

Change is hard because it means taking on something new.

We have lived in at least eight different places over the last six months. I am aware that ‘at least’ may seem like a strange statement…but I have had some difficulty in counting. This mainly stems from the question of how to identify a place we have lived vs a place we have passed through. For instance, I am currently parked at a horse show in Jackson, Ohio. The photo here is from a few hours ago. Everything the five of us…plus our horses…have used to live for the last six months is in this rig pictured here or in our mini van. Does that mean we are ‘living’ here?

The change we signed up for was giving up a permanent base of operation a.k.a. our home. The new part has been learning how to live on the road. We knew it wouldn’t be easy because change never is.

We also knew that we would be the most tempted to jump back to the ‘safety’ of a familiar lifestyle during the first few months of change. As we passed the six month mark last week I can say that this new ‘normal’ of living on the road…with horses and three kids, is starting to get comfortable!

Comfortable! Yep, we are getting pretty good at moving around and none of us regret what we are doing. In fact, now that we have made it through the early phase of learning this new lifestyle we are actually MORE excited than we were in the beginning.

CS Lewis bird

I don’t know what the future holds…but who among us really does? I am spending time with my family and my horses, seeing many new places and meeting new people.

Nope, change isn’t easy but it can be rewarding.

 

 

 

P.S.-I’m thinking about having a map added to our website where I can drop a pin everyday so you can see where we are and where we have been…what do you think?

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Life, quote

 

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