Reining Horse Foundation Reaches Out with Scholarship

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. –  September 22, 2017 –  High school rodeo and the reined cow horse competition are leading to a college scholarship for Zayle Davis of Blackfoot, Idaho, thanks to a partnership benefiting competitors at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). For the second consecutive year, the Reining Horse Foundation has joined with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) to provide a $2,500 scholarship to the student athlete marking the highest score in the reining during the NHSFR, held July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.

In her final year of high school competition, Davis scored a 151 in the rein work during the short go to capture the award. She also received a Morrison bronze courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). She was riding Reymanator (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory), a 2006 American Quarter Horse gelding. In a field of 107 reined cow horse contestants, Davis finished fourth overall with a total score of 874.5; the event champion is Daxon Buttars of Snowville, Utah.  Reymanator is owned by Sandy Semanik of Jacksonville, Fla., but is a full-time member of the Davis family.

Davis also had the high reining score in the preliminary round and knew she needed to perform a clean pattern in the finals. Of her winning run, she said, “I’ve been practicing a long time. Once I walked into the pen, I cued him right, and I’ve never had him stop like that before. He was being really good. It takes a lot of teamwork to have a run like that.”

Davis and Reymanator were the 2017 Idaho State High School Rodeo Champions in reined cow horse. A true example of versatility, the gelding is also her mount for barrel racing and pole bending and her brother Dawson’s horse for tie-down roping. He was the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, trained and shown by Zayle’s father, Zane Davis.

In late 2014, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) began offering reined cow horse as an event. It joined a lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping, and the queen contest for girls.

While reined cow horse might not be a traditional rodeo event, NHSRA, NRCHA and NRHA acknowledge that reined cow horse can elevate the riding ability of NHSRA members. As part of the reined cow horse competition, contestants must complete a reining pattern, commonly referred to as dry work.

“Providing youth scholarships is a core program of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said Mandy McCutcheon, a $2 million NRHA rider and Foundation Board member. “It is our hope that by reaching out to the youth contestants of high school rodeo, more students will be introduced to reining and reined cow horse and ensure these sports grow and succeed for generations to come.”

Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Reining Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association. Core programs for the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization include youth scholarships, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund and the NRHA Hall of Fame.

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Duquette
Zayle Davis receives a scholarship certificate from the Reining Horse Foundation and bronze from the National Reining Horse Association presented by National Reined Cow Horse Association Executive Director Jay Winborn.

Riding Reymanator, a 2006 gelding, Zayle Davis of Idaho marked the high score in rein work in the reined cow horse competition at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo. The win earned Davis a $2,500 scholarship from the Reining Horse Foundation.

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SmartPak Celebrates 18 Years of Healthy Horses

PLYMOUTH, MA – September 22, 2017 – Since 1999, SmartPak has been proud to be changing the world four hooves at a time. The company is celebrating 18 years of using its smarts to power healthy horses and happy riders. To this day, millions of supplements have been sold, and it all started with a horse named Westley.

SmartPak was inspired by its founder’s horse Westley. His story informed the obsession with supplements and led the company to create the SmartPak supplement feeding system. “Since the beginning, we’ve taken pride in the saying ‘we get you, because we are you’,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. “At SmartPak, we come into work every day, inspired not only by our own horses, but by our customer’s horses too. We continuously strive to bring you innovative products and solutions to make life in the barn easier, and help keep your horse happy and healthy.”

The stresses and health risks that today’s horses face are not the result of bad management – they’re unavoidable parts of modern horsekeeping. That’s why SmartPak believes that supplements are part of good horsemanship, and every horse deserves support from the right supplements to help him look and feel his best. After starting and stopping her horse’s supplement program recently, SmartPak customer Virginia A. from Pinon Hills, CA said “I’m amazed what a difference the supplement makes – I’m skeptical no more!”

SmartPaks were the idea that started it all, and all these years later, they’re still the smartest way to feed your horse’s supplements. They’ll save you time and stress, and give you the ultimate peace of mind that your horse is always getting the right supplements in the right amounts. You’ll love SmartPaks because they’re custom-packed, pre-measured, sealed & labeled, and recycled & recyclable. Like horse owners across the country, Jennifer G. from Henderson, NC is also a fan of the system, and she said “SmartPaks have made my life easier and less stressful.”

Consistency is key when it comes to supplements, and that’s why SmartPak always recommends putting your horse’s supplements on AutoShip. Whether you’re feeding your horse their supplements in SmartPaks or buckets, AutoShip is the smart choice.  The company knows that commitment can be scary, so they don’t ask for one! The AutoShip program is easy, hassle-free, and rewards you for taking great care of your horse.  You’ll love the AutoShip program because it’s focused on healthy horses, easy to snooze or cancel, totally flexible, and your VIP pass to free SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on anything, anytime.

Want to start your horse on a SmartPak? Visit www.SmartPak.com to get started today, or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak to a Supplement Expert who will help you develop the right supplement program for your horse’s individual needs.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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NRHA Named in Lawsuit

On September 20, 2017, the National Reining Horse Association was served with a lawsuit filed by Shannon Rafacz against the Association. The lawsuit follows action taken pursuant to the NRHA Handbook’s protest and complaint filing procedures earlier this year. NRHA leadership believes it is important that its membership is aware of this pending legal matter.
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Blanketing Done Right

It’s time to get ready for blanket season, and SmartPak is the smartest place to do that.

PLYMOUTH, MA – September 18, 2017 – Blanketing doesn’t have to be difficult, which is why SmartPak is here with their expert tips to get you and your horse through the colder season. SmartPak also has blankets from all your favorite brands – including the latest and greatest blankets that are new this season!

As your ultimate blanket destination, SmartPak has everything you need to know about blankets. “Blanketing your horse is an art and a science, and we know that there are many factors to consider,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. “And we SmartPakers have all been there, in the dark and the cold, trying to figure out if a new blanket actually fits, or deciding what to put on your horse for the night. That’s why we’ve got everything from how-to articles and real-life video reviews on our website to help you shop. Plus, all our smarts are in your pocket when you download the handy SmartPak Blanketing App!”

Whether you need help deciding which blanket to use, fit suggestions, or tips and tricks for clipping, you’ll find it in SmartPak’s Horse Health Library, or on the SmartPak blog.  Along with expert advice, SmartPak has a quick and easy tool to help answer the common question: “What blanket should I put on my horse tonight?” Just download the SmartPak Blanketing App, answer a few questions about your horse, and you’ll get blanketing recommendations customized to your horse and your location.

When you’re ready to start adding to your horse’s wardrobe, SmartPak is pleased to offer an expanded selection of new blankets from the brands you know and love. From their own line of blankets to Pessoa, Horseware, Weatherbeeta, and Shires, they’ve added new styles so you can find the perfect one for your horse’s needs.

SmartPak’s most popular blanket, the Ultimate Turnout, is now available in a new color – Burgundy with Black Trim and Silver Piping. The SmartPak Ultimate Pony Turnout Sheet is also now available in the popular Midnight Blue with Royal Trim and Silver Piping. The Rockin’ SP Ultimate, which is designed to fit stockier breeds like Quarter Horses, is now available in a high-neck option. All Ultimate blankets are backed by SmartPak’s 10-Year Indestructible Guarantee.

The Pessoa Alpine 1200D Turnout Blanket Made Exclusively for SmartPak offers a variety of favorite features, including the patented Exceler closure system which allows for a perfect fit and is easily adjustable. This blanket is available in a Cerulean Blue/Red Plaid.

The Amigo 600D Hero 6 Turnout Blanket Made Exclusively For SmartPak offers Horseware’s renowned quality and style. The blanket has a shine enhancing polyester lining, yet remains breathable and waterproof, ensuring your horse stays dry and comfortable. This blanket is offered in Atlantic Blue w/ Grey and Red exclusively at SmartPak, and riders can also get a matching dog coat for their other four-legged friends!

The Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Navajo Pattern Turnout Blanket features strong classic style at an exceptional value. This blanket is durable and designed for an exceptional fit.

Finally, if you’re looking to add a little fun to your horse’s wardrobe, the Shires Tempest Patterned Rain Sheet offers waterproof protection that will keep your horse dry and comfortable, in a fun Horse Print pattern.

SmartPak offers free shipping on orders over $75 and free return shipping on sized items, like blankets, so you can shop confidently this season. Visit www.SmartPak.com to view the entire selection of blankets and to place a risk-free order.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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NRHA announces 2018 Hall of Fame Honoree

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – September 07, 2017 - Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Vaughn Zimmerman for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2018.

A lifetime member since 1994, NRHA Million Dollar Owner Vaughn Zimmerman of Rogersville, Missouri, served on the initial board of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) from 2001 through 2004 and is an RHF Gold Donor. He served several years as an NRHA Board member (2005-2009) and was a member of the NRHA Finance, Sale, Hall of Fame, and Sire & Dam Committees. His recommendation to the NRHA Board created the Million Dollar Owners award in an effort to recognize and encourage owners’ long-time involvement in the sport.

An NRHA Corporate Partner and National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Gold Sponsor, Zimmerman has provided sponsorships at many regional and major events such as the Tulsa Reining Classic and the High Roller Reining Classic. He has provided support to NRHA Affiliates through donations of his stallion breedings to many breeding program auctions.

In addition to owning top caliber performance horses, Zimmerman consistently brings highly sought-after consignments to the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. In 2011, he consigned the top seller, Commanders Lil Step, who sold for $200,000. The next year, he consigned Not Ruf At All. However, he made what can certainly be deemed now as a very wise decision and chose to keep the colt, who went on to win the 2013 NRHA Futurity, 2014 NRHA Derby, and 2016 NRBC.

Zimmerman is also involved in other areas of the horse industry including reined cow horse and Throroughbred race horses, but his passion is the reining horse. His contributions have made, and will continue to make, reining a great sport. He has paved the way for his grandchildren — Taylor and Jacob Zimmerman — to continue the Zimmerman reining legacy. Both are very active in aged events, and they also share the same passion Vaughn has for reining.

NRHA will proudly honor the 2018 inductee during the 2018 NRHA Winter Meeting to be held February in Oklahoma City.

Photo by Cappy Jackson

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Southeast Affiliate Regional Championship RESCHEDULED

UPDATE: 

September 18, 2017 – As you are aware the Southeast Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. After having time to assess their options the Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association has decided to reschedule the event to run in Jacksonville, Fla. on November 2 – 5 in cooperation with the Florida Reining Horse Association. 

If you have any questions regarding the rescheduling of this event you can contact Affiliate Program Representative Lauren Rufo at (405)946-7400 ext. 128 or Lrufo@nrha.com

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September 10, 2017 – After continued conversation between the Dixie Reining Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), in addition to gaining more information about Hurricane Irma, the decision has been made to cancel the Southeast Affiliate Regional Championship scheduled to be held September 14 – 17 in Perry, Georgia.

NRHA will make an announcement later next week regarding the qualifier’s options.

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September 7, 2017 – With the approach of Hurricane Irma, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association are in communication regarding the upcoming Affiliate Regional Championships to be held September 14 – 17 in Perry, Georgia.

At this time, the show is still scheduled to take place. However for the most current updates regarding the event, please click here or visit the Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association website at dixiereiners.com

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Boehringer Ingelheim Unveils New Brand Platform: Unbridle Your Potential

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DULUTH, GA – September 6, 2017

In early 2017, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) acquired Merial, becoming the leader in equine health. As we have begun work to create the new Boehringer Ingelheim, an opportunity to leverage the knowledge and expertise from both companies emerged, as did the responsibility to provide support and leadership for the entire equine industry. To illustrate that responsibility, BI is introducing its new brand platform: Unbridle Your Potential. In short, BI provides health care products that will help unlock the potential in each horse.

Every BI brand plays a role in helping horses reach their potential. As the leading equine health company in the United States, BI recognizes that the community that cares for horses day in and day out requires products that are trusted to perform, allowing each horse to achieve its potential. Unbridle Your Potential is about bringing out the best in everyone – veterinarians, horse owners, trainers and the horses we all love.

The Boehringer Ingelheim equine portfolio consists of:

·         GastroGard® (omeprazole) and UlcerGard® (omeprazole)

·         Vaccines including Vetera® and Calvenza®

·         A joint health portfolio that includes Legend® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution, Hyvisc® (hyaluronate sodium), Hyalovet® (hyaluronate sodium), Vetalog® Parenteral (triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension), Surpass®(1% diclofenac sodium) and Equioxx® (firocoxib)

·         Prascend® (pergolide tablets)

·         Marquis® (15% w/w ponazuril)

·         Zimecterin® Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel) and ZIMECTERIN (ivermectin)

“We’re excited about this new brand platform as it represents our leadership in the equine health industry and the understanding that everyone who cares for horses wants to see each animal do its best,” says Dave Gocken, species head of the U.S. Equine Business Unit, Boehringer Ingelheim.

“Whether it’s racing, performing, trail riding or any other number of activities, our products give everyone the opportunity to reach their potential. At its core, Unbridle Your Potential is about the passion people have in caring for their horses, and we’re pleased to help bring that passion to life with our leading product line-up.”

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, click here.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Innovative medicines for people and animals have for more than 130 years been what the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim stands for. Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the industry’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and to this day remains family-owned. Day by day, some 50,000 employees create value through innovation for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. In 2016, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around 15.9 billion euros. With more than three billion euros, R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.6 per cent of net sales.

Social responsibility comes naturally to Boehringer Ingelheim. That is why the company is involved in social projects, such as the “Making More Health” initiative. Boehringer Ingelheim also actively promotes workforce diversity and benefits from its employees’ different experiences and skills. Furthermore, the focus is on environmental protection and sustainability in everything the company does.

More information about Boehringer Ingelheim can be found on www.boehringer-ingelheim.com or in our annual report: http://annualreport.boehringer-ingelheim.com. 

Vetalog and Surpass are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Vetera, Calvenza and Prascend are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH.

GastroGard, UlcerGard, Legend, Equioxx, Marquis and Zimecterin are registered trademarks of Merial, Inc.

Hyalovet is a registered trademark of TRB Chemedica International S.A., Geneva Switzerland, used under license.

Hyvisc is a registered trademark of Anika Therapeutics, Inc., used under license.
©2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

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Rene Ward
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816.236.8276
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Non Pro Riders Win Big in Tulsa

Jack Medows

Jack Medows

Non Pro riders competed for championship honors Sunday at the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square.

A tie in the Non Pro saw Jack Medows riding Wimpys Show Stopper and Stephanie Nelson riding Custom Banjo share the championship with scores of 146.

Medows’ 2006 stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Pinesail is a horse he pulled from retirement for the Platinum Performance Young Rider Team in Switzwerland and has enjoyed riding the great mount since.

“He showed absolutely perfect today and it was really cool to get him out [and show],” Medows said.

Medows also won the AQHA Non Pro title with Wimpys Show Stopper.

Nelson rode a 2008 gelding by Banjo Whiz and out of Custom Bobbie to the co-championship, plus the Intermediate Non Pro title, Affiliate Regional Championship Non Pro and the ARC Intermediate Non Pro championship.

“I had a great week,” Nelson said. “I feel like I’m back in the saddle again – literally. Now I feel like I can do it again and I can see a future again.”

Nelson thanked her trainer Casey Hinton for his help and support in her success.

Laura Parker riding Shirley Your A Tag claimed the Limited Non Pro and ARC Limited Non Pro championships with a score of 142.5. Shirley Your A Tag is a 2011 mare by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Pines BH and has only been with Parker for a year. In fact, the 2016 Tulsa Reining Classic was their first show together.

“I wanted to hopefully go in and plus my spins, which are usually pretty good with her and try not to push too hard in my circles and stops, because we are taking her to Vegas next week, so I didn’t want to over do it this week, but we still wanted to try to qualify for [the NRHA Derby],” Parker said. “She felt really good. She and I have come together a lot over the past year. We have both improved a lot.”

Kathleen Armenta riding Notalotacrome (Cromed Out Mercedes x Dual Reys Jewel) claimed the Non Pro Prime Time and ARC Prime Time championships.

Armenta had a busy day on Sunday helping her daughter show in the youth classes as well as trying to focus on her own runs, but her mount handle the pressure well.

“He’s becoming a little soldier,” she said. “Even in a hurry-scurry situation he came through for me. Sometimes you have to go in there and hope your experience gets you through and I guess it did.”

Meg Johnson rode Timber Zak (Boggies Timber Jack x Honey Ofa Hollywood) to the USA Reining Non Pro win.

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Youth Reiners Shine in Tulsa

Owen Deary

Owen Deary

The Tulsa Reining Classic showcases some of the top reining horses and riders in the industry, but it also highlights the industry’s prospective champions – youth reiners. Sunday in the Mustang Arena Youth riders showed off their skills in classes for riders ages 10 & under all the way to 21.

took top honors in the 10 & Under Short Stirrup, plus the short stirrup Affiliate Regional Championship riding Reeboks Rerun, with a score of 144.

“It was really good,” he said of his run Sunday, adding that one maneuver was his favorite – Reebok’s stops.

The Youth 13 & Under champion was Raeanna Thayn riding Coded N Karma. Thayn and “Karma” also earned the ARC Youth 13 & Under, the American Quarter Horse Association 13 & Under and the USA 13 & Under win. They added the Unrestricted Youth title, as well. Coded N Karma is a 2011 gelding by Electric Code and out of Whiz N Snap.

“My horse just went out there and did I just sat up there,” she said with a laugh. “He’s really honest. My run was really good.”

The Youth 14-18 champion and ARC Youth 14-18 champ was Dani Latimer riding Sparklin Nite, a 2012 stallion by Gunners Special Nite and out of Getaway Spark.

“I’m excited for this guy, he’s come a long way in the past year,” Latimer said. “As a young horse he was a really slow learner. He’s still getting the hang of it, but he’s proven himself to be a really good show horse.”

The Rookie Youth winner was Justin Eddy riding Cloned By Whiz, a 2007 mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Princess Clone Chex. The pair turned in a score of 138 for the win. Eddy also claimed the AQHA 14-18 win.

Taylor Zimmerman rode Wimpys Little Jessie to the USA 14-18 championship with a score of 143.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Huss Claims TRC Open Derby Championship

Dan Huss

Dan Huss

(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 3, 2017) - The Tulsa Reining Classic Open Derby took the spotlight on Sunday at The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square. Big stops, smart maneuvers and stylish reining horses were shown in the open derby in the Ford Truck Arena where 64 entries battled for top honors.

Dan Huss rode Chics Dream to claim the Level 4 Open Derby championship with a score of 224.5.

Huss had a big day in Tulsa with the win in the Level 4 and he also dominated the Level 3 and Level 2 with his score of 224.5 aboard the 2011 gelding owned by Morris Kulmer.

Chics Dream is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of First Ex Flame and he more than proved his worth in Tulsa for both owner and rider.

“It felt great, he was really honest and real willing,” Huss said. “Usually he’s a little lazy, but today he was looking to be good.”

Huss says he was chasing the win on Sunday and his mount stepped up when he needed him.

“I always go in to win,” he said with a laugh. “Sometimes you have to make adjustments, but I wanted to mark a 75 or higher and [he made it happen today].”

Four days ago Morris rode the horse to an AQHA Select Reining World Championship. Chics Dream has a short break after the Tulsa Reining Classic then he heads to the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas. Huss hopes to capitalize on the momentum going into the future.

A two-way tie in the Level 4 between Jason Vanlandingham riding two mounts – Shining In Town and Ruf Nite – took the co-reserve title in the Level 4 and the co-championship in the Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Horse Open Derby Level 4, with scores of 224.5. Vanlandingham made the decision to save his horses and not do a runoff for the Level 4 championship, which resulted in him claiming the reserve title.

Vanlandingham’s first horse shown, Shining In Town is a 2013 stallion by Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Shine Ann, and owned by Jon Sather. Sunday’s performance is the pairs’ second time to show together and each time has resulted in success.

“He was really good just did exactly what I asked him to do on every maneuver. I was really excited,” Vanlandingham said. “He’s a show horse. He has such a cool look to him whenever he’s going around there and you can just drape your reins to him and him go do his thing.”

Ruf Nite also showed up in top form, turning what Vanlandingham called an admittedly shocking performance, even still Vanlandingham said he was gunning for the win.

“He caught me off guard,” Vanlandingham said of Ruf Nite’s run on Sunday. “I wasn’t expecting him to be quite that good. He’s really green, we haven’t had him that long and my son showed him at the [NRHA] Derby and he some penalty points and I brought him here and I was trying to win it. We were going hard and he stuck with me everywhere. He’s a huge, huge stopper so he did that for us all four times.”

Ruf Nite is a 2012 stallion by Gunners Special Night and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf owned by Sather Family Partnership. The stallion will go home after the Tulsa Reining Classic and fine tune his skills with Vanlandingham, while Shining In

Vanlandingham was proud of both mounts finishing the Tulsa Reining Classic on a high.

“It was one of those things where you were asking a lot out of your horses and they both gave you everything you wanted and they both came out the same,” he said. “I was tickled for them.”

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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