August Marks New Chapter for NRHA Reiner Magazine

For Immediate Release – July 18, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Beginning with the August issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine, many will notice changes to the monthly publication. NRHA is in the process of writing a new, exciting chapter with the magazine after implementing new standards for its production, editorial, advertising sales and printing.

In this new chapter, NRHA develops an even stronger joint-publishing relationship with Active Interest Media (AIM) of Boulder, Colorado. AIM publishes 55 magazines, including several in the equine space; owns two associations and several trade shows; has approximately 500 employees; and offers many efficiencies in production, sales and printing. The company is also the publisher of the Pro Trainer magazine for NRHA Professionals, which has received rave reviews for nearly two years and is a highly valued benefit of an NRHA Professional membership.

For many years, NRHA has worked with contractors for several aspects of the Reiner. For example, all or part of printing, design, ad sales, and editorial have been contracted to outside resources. Given the size of AIM’s publication activities, the company has far greater resources and economies of scale, making them an excellent partner. Taking advantage of this efficiency should translate into maintaining NRHA’s profitability in the short term and should also improve profitability over time.

In an effort to support the needs identified in a recent survey, the NRHA Reiner’s editorial content will be more oriented to the lifestyle of the reining competitor with more training and educational components for the majority of the members who attend the average weekend NRHA event. Additionally, event coverage, NRHA program information, and tips ranging from fitness to a competitive mindset will be highlighted to meet the needs expressed in the survey. The magazine will provide better service to members and leverage the NRHA website to offer more event results and advertising opportunities.

The NRHA Reiner will arrive in member mailboxes at a consistent time each month to meet reader and advertiser expectations. As a continued benefit with applicable memberships, we felt this was important for our members. Additionally, readers will see a new, more forward design, along with many other improvements for an on-target, more desirable publication. Members and fans can also still expect to have access to the online Reiner each month.

See Commissioner Gary Carpenter’s letter in the July issue and Mike Deer’s letter in the August issue to see their perspective on the change.

Taking the lead in terms of content and production in August will be AIM Editorial Director Jennifer Paulson, NRHA Chief Communications Officer Christa Morris-Stone, and AIM Art Director Michelle Miller.

Additionally, NRHA’s Bucky Harris and AIM’s Mitch Miller will serve as advertising sales contacts. Harris will focus on breeder and member accounts while Miller will handle and pursue commercial advertisers.

Breeder & Member Advertising:
Bucky Harris • (405) 946-7400 •

Commercial Advertising:
Mitch Miller • (303) 644-3782 •

NRHA is excited to implement this change to the magazine to offer a new reading experience to members. Reflecting the ever-changing environment of the reining industry, the new look and feel of the NRHA Reiner will be suited to match the excitement of our beloved sport.

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It’s Time to Make Your Plans and Register for the 2018 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference

For More Information and Photos
Contact: Christy Landwehr
720-857-9550 or

(July 2018) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) International Conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference will take place September 28-30, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado, at Colorado State University (CSU) and at the Hilton Fort Collins. CHA members and non-members alike have been registering and making their hotel plans. July 31st is the early bird registration deadline to save some money as you register for the conference.

The CHA International Conference offers something for everyone…with mounted clinics from top-level instructors and trainers using CSU horses, to lecture-style presentations from leading experts within the horse industry, to plenty of chances to network and socialize with other attendees. When you read up on the speakers and the sessions and check the schedule, it’s easy to see what a valuable conference this will be to improve horsemanship skills; to improve teaching skills, if you are an instructor of any kind; and to learn useful information on equine business management.

These are just some of the topics: horse safety meets barn design, understanding and supporting the fearful rider, how to breed for certain traits, how to incorporate CHA into your lesson programs, nutrition for the active older horse, transitions for all gaits, exercises to control and improve the posting trot, jumping, bit evasion, strength and balance exercises, creating and using PDF fillable forms, insurance, social media, science of equine behavior and learning, Ride a Reiner and much more.

The conference kicks off on Friday, September 28, with the opening of the trade show and silent auction and the radio and online TV show called Speaking of Horses with Wayne Williams. The CHA Annual Membership Meeting will be held later that day at 2 p.m. A welcome reception brings attendees together at 6 p.m. with dessert round table discussions to follow.

Both Saturday and Sunday are packed full of sessions, along with the ability of attendees to bid on silent auction items. Mounted sessions will be on a first-come first-serve basis, and full conference participants may ride in one mounted presentation. Training for those who want to become CHA Site Visitors will take place on Friday and Monday mornings as Colorado State University Equine Sciences is wanting to be a CHA Accredited Equine Facility.

One of the favorite parts of the conference includes the CHA Awards Banquet, which this year will be on Sunday night and will kick off with a keynote from Dr. Temple Grandin. During the awards banquet, everyone will find out who has won CHA Instructor of the Year, Clinic Instructor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Partner in Safety, Distinguished Service, and the CHA Stone School Horse of the Year Awards. It’s a fun night full of good food, friends, and a lot of celebrating for the amazing community that surrounds the largest certifying body in the equine industry in North America, the Certified Horsemanship Association.

For more information or to register online, please visit

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit

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 Derby Hosts Successful Collegiate Reining Championship

Madison Steed

For Immediate Release – July 13, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is host to the Collegiate Reining Championship, an event allowing riders from colleges around the U.S. to represent their school while showcasing their reining abilities on a generously donated horse. The 2018 event was held between section one and two of the Non Pro Derby finals and was a great representation of the future of reining.

The competition consisted of 12 riders representing three organizations: NRHA, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Contestants ran NRHA Pattern 3 under the bright lights of the Jim Norick Coliseum.

Drawing up first was Auburn University’s Terri-June Granger (NCEA). Granger, unfortunately, had some bad luck and ended her run with a zero. Next to ride was Kendall Woellmer from West Texas A&M (IHSA). Kendal rode Sailin For Dreams to a 213 ½ which would ultimately put her in 11th place at the conclusion of the class.

Third in the draw was Kyndall Harper, University of Georgia, (NRHA) aboard Wimpys Lucky Girl. Together the duo earned a 213 ½ which earned them sixth place. Morgan Knerr from the University of Findlay (IHSA) piloted Malena Chic Olena to a final score of 210 and eighth place in the class. Also qualifying through the IHSA, Travis Fourtune from Murray State University drew fifth in the draw on The Boominator. Together they slid their way to a 211 ½ and seventh place.

Courtney Yohey was originally next in the draw however she was asked to trade horses by the judges. Yohey from Texas A&M University (NRHA) rode Check Out My Guns to a 216 ½ which earned her fourth place in the competition. Following Yohey was Madison Steed of Southern Methodist University (NRHA). Steed scored a 222 ½ aboard Kim Burnett’s San Juan Whiz, claiming the Championship.

Paige Barton drew up eighth in the event. Barton from California State University (NCEA), rode Hooked On Boon to a 208 ½ and ninth place in the class. Annabeth Payne, University of Georgia (NCEA), took the reins of Lite N Juicey and marked a 220 and earned third place. From Southern Methodist University, Holly Lansidel, (NCEA) rode CNF Garrison Champ earning a 206 ½ and tenth place overall.

Next in the working order was Caroline Gute from University of South Carolina (NRHA). Aboard Don’t Forget Baby, Gute earned a 220 and clinched the reserve championship for the class. Last to go was Danielle Paulson from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (NRHA). Riding Rio One Step Closer, Paulson slide to a 214 and fifth place.

NRHA would like to thank the following individuals for donating their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:

Patrick Schwatz
Jason Torpey
Shane Brown
Jessicah Keller
Nicole Deary
Melanie Wilhelm
Andrew Fox
Karen Shedluaskas
Jocelyn Knerr

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Elections – July Update

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the Association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. Each year, NRHA opens nominations and hosts elections for these important leadership positions.

Members are encouraged to carefully consider the slate of candidates prior to voting in October. A current listing is provided below; however, write-in candidates can be submitted through August 5. A final listing, including biographies, will be posted at and emailed to eligible voters.

For details on the write-in process or questions about the elections, please visit the Elections page or contact Christa Morris-Stone ( or 405-946-7400).


(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

  • Rick Clark • Catlettsburg, Kentucky


(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

  • Shane Brown • Elbert, Colorado


(ONE PER REGION – Mountain, Southeast and Southwest) – Directors will serve two-year terms begin January 1, 2018. Affiliate nominations closed July 5. Write-in nominations close August 5. After these deadlines have passed, candidate information will be emailed to members, as well as posted on the Elections page at

  • Mountain – Bub Poplin of Fruita, Colorado
  • Southwest – Ginger Schmersal of Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Southeast – Jesse Chase of Wendell, North Carolina and Peter Defreitas of Leland, North Carolina


Need more info? Contact: Christa Morris-Stone at or (405) 946-7400, ext. 105.

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Off To The Races and Into History: BreyerFest 2018 Presents a Collection of Champions!

Horse Festival for all ages, July 13-15, Lexington, KY 

Pequannock, NJ (July 10, 2018) An ‘Off to the Races!’ theme saluting Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses was already in the planning for the 29th annual BreyerFest when Justify made 2018 the second Triple Crown year in the last three for horse sport fans and, for fans of BreyerFest, it has coincided with one of the most electrifying lineups of equestrian celebrities, professionals and horse champions ever, starting Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Thoroughbred racing fans won’t want to miss BreyerFest’s free seminars in the Visitor Center Theater, including a Panel of Women in Racing, hosted by legendary NBC Sports Triple Crown analyst and former Thoroughbred jockey, Donna Brothers, or the chance to meet Cozmic One, the first colt out of Zenyatta (winner of 19 consecutive races in a 20-race career) as part of the Thoroughbred Makeover Showcase presented by Retired Racehorse Project, featuring horses in the Thoroughbred Makeover training program or successfully performing in their second career.

In addition to more than a dozen Special Run, Special Edition, Store Special and Winner’s Circle Autograph horse models available during BreyerFest ‘Off to the Races!’ the official 2018 Celebration Horse is a Limited Edition Breyer® model of Brass Hat, a Thoroughbred champion who earned over $2.7 million in 40 starts over a seven-year racing career and set track records at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park before becoming an ambassador for Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and Thoroughbred Horse Show Association show horse under the 12 year-old daughter of his racing trainer, William ‘Buff’ Bradley. Meet & Greet Autograph sessions with Brass Hat will take place daily.

Also available for autographs while presenting their real-life Breyer® Portrait Models will be some of the greatest names in the horse world:  Former jockey and two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Rosie Napravnik and OTTB Old Ironsides; 11x World Barrel Racing Champion and Hall of Famer Charmayne James and Scamper; Prue Critchley and imported Polish Arabian stallion Empres++++// and Joyce Sousa and endurance racing superstar, LV Integrity; and Mickey Burke, Sr. and Foiled Again, the richest harness horse in Standardbred racing history.

Love speed? Don’t miss the Charmayne James Barrel Racing clinics and learn what it takes to best the fastest around a cloverleaf or, if you’ve ever wondered how trick riders stay on while galloping around an arena, check out the Trick Riding clinics presented by Trixie Chicks. Also back by popular demand is Ride-A-Reiner, where guests can try their hand at riding a reining horse with NRHA Professional Brett Walters.

BreyerFest begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday with an Opening Ceremony in the Covered Arena led by the Young Guns Adult Quad with an appearance by Empress++++// before launching into a program of all-day activities including equestrian showcases and demonstrations, educational sessions on the Artistry of Painting Models, an Intro to Model Horse Showing, Breed and Color Characteristics, Arabian Horses: The Foundation of Racing and more, and daily performances by the Super Dogs®.

BreyerFest is Off to the Races but you don’t have to get left in the gate: Follow news and program updates, the official Breyer® blog, and download a PDF with the complete BreyerFest program

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About Breyer Animal Creations®
Breyer Animal Creations is a division of Reeves International (, a family-owned, NJ-based toy manufacturer and distributor. Breyer, founded in 1950, celebrates the horse and other animals, dedicating itself to the creation of authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. Breyer’s annual model horse festival and horse fair is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in July each year.  Visit the Kentucky Horse Park July 13-15, 2018 to experience BreyerFest Off To The Races! Visit us at or call 800-413-3348 to learn more and buy tickets.

For images and more information contact or (973) 694-5006 ext. 331 or (973) 714-4923.

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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$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018: Next Deadline: July 23

$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018:
Big Rush of Entries at first Deadline – next Deadline: July 23

Wiener Neustadt, Austria, August 22 until 25, 2018

The $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity 2018 (August, 22 – 25, August 2018 at Wiener Neustadt) promises to be another big highlight in the World of Reining this year. The first deadline was on July 2, but it will take the show office quite some time to sort through the many emails with entries. So it will take a few more days until further details about the show can be published. Here are a few of the riders that have already entered their horses: Gennaro Lendi, Giovanni Masi, Max Ruggeri, Arnaud Girinon, Emanuel Ernst, Rudi Kronsteiner, Kim Obenhaus, Klaus Lechner Miroslav Baniari, Vern Sapergia, Sabine Ehrenreich, Ewald Rifeser, Markus Gebert and Markus Schopfer.

The next deadline of the AustrianRHA Futurity will be on July 23. Entries can be made online via

This year, the AustrianRHA Futurity offers a guaranteed money of $10,000 each for the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion of the 3-year-old horses and the 4-year-old horses. The AustrianRHA Futurity is open to all 3- and 4-year-old horses. There are four Levels in the 3-year-old Futurity Open and three in the Non Pro. All classes are NRHA approved. Besides the Futurity, there is an NRHA Ancillary Show, the Ancillary classes also are ARHA Circuit qualifiers

For further information please contact:

Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, phone +43-2238-8484 cell phone +43-664-4534726, fax +43-2238-8545,,,

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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Topsail Whiz Makes the Record Books Once Again

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Before the commencement of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, NRHA all-time leading sire Topsail Whiz was sitting only $11,000 shy of hitting the historic 12 million dollar mark, and with only a few offspring competing in the open and non pro Derbies, it was unclear whether the legendary stallion would cross the threshold during the summer’s premier reining event. It only took one ride, however, to push ‘Whiz’ over – making him the only NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.

Topsail Whiz comes from a lineage of sires that greatly impacted the sport of reining. The 1987 chestnut stallion was sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Cody and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar. Bred by Tom and Susan McBeath and owned by Bob Loomis Reining Horses, Whiz passed away in 2009, leaving a hole in the reining world that only his progeny could fill.

With owner Bob Loomis on board, Whiz showed at six NRHA-approved events from November 1990 to April 1993. Boasting nearly $50,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), the stallion’s top finishes in the show pen include:

  • 1990 NRHA Open Futurity – Third Place
  • 1991 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Lazy E Classic Champion
  • 1991 NRHA L4 Open Derby – Fourth Place

The stallion’s most obvious success, however, came within the breeding shed. Producing many talented offspring, he has sired many champions, including seven NRHA Open Futurity champions and four NRHA Open Derby champions. His offspring also include three NRHA Million Dollar Sires and two NRHA Two Million Dollar Sires. At the 2018 NRHA Derby, Topsail Whiz had two offspring make the Open Derby finals. Dun It For Whizkey and Franco Bertolani finished third in the L4 Open and Whizkey N Cash and Tanya Jenkins finished fifth in the L2. The two horses earned nearly $36,000 making Whiz the first NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.

His most notable offspring include:

  • The Great Whiz (out of Pines BH): NRHA LTE over $256,470
  • Easy Otie Whiz (out of Miss Poco Easy): NRHA LTE over $233,610
  • Whizkey N Diamonds (out of Princess In Diamonds): NRHA LTE over $216,335
  • Dun It For Whizkey (out of Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE over $214,803
  • Smoking Whiz (out of Glendas A Smokingun): NRHA LTE over $208,838

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


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Competition at the Adequan® Championship Arena Ends

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – As the 2018 National Reining Horses Association (NRHA) Derby came to a sliding stop, ancillary classes for rookies and youth ended the week off strong.

Kicking off Friday’s classes, were the Jackpot Green Reiner Levels (L)1 and 2. Myron Gomulak of Gainesville, Texas took the title in the L1, while Dana Pastorino won the L2. Gomulak rode his own mare, Angelica, who is by NRHA Ten Millon Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner and out of Marcellas Smart Chic. The duo scored a 139 ½. For the L2, Pastorino of Half Moon Bay, California rode Jac Bee Whiz (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz x Cinch Up Cowboy). The 2008 gelding is owned by Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc.

Next came the rookie classes. Benton, Kentucky’s Tristan Bagby won both the Jackpot Rookie L1 and the $200-added Rookie L2, riding Im Gunna Shine. Owned by Teresa Wynn, the 2010 stallion is by Gunner and out of Shiner Light. The pair scored a 141 ½ in both classes for the win. In the Jackpot Prime Time Rookie class, Terry Saxton sild out of the arena scoring a 141, clenching the championship title. Saxton won piloting his own Jacs Electric Whiz (Jacs Electric Spark x Whizards Baby Doll).

The NRHA Para Reining class rounded out the day. Aboard Outlaw Whiz, Melinda Davis took home the championship in the class. Outlaw Whiz is owned by Davis and is by NRHA 11 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Whiz and Genuine Starbright.

Saturday, June 30th held the first day of the ancillary youth classes at the Derby. Madeline Bomba of Bloomington, Indiana took home three championship titles: $100-added Youth 14-18, Jackpot Unrestricted Youth and American Paint Horses Association (APHA) Solid Youth All Ages. Bomba was riding her own Spook Dot Gun by NRHA Four Million Dollar and Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Spook and out of Sugar Dot Gun. The duo scored a 143 ½ in all runs.

Gates, North Carolina’s Emma Lane shared the Unrestricted Youth and the Youth 14-18 title with Bomba on her own Gunner Gump. ‘Grumpy’ is a 2008 gelding by Gunner and out of Little Patrasha Gump. Together, the pair scored a 143 ½.

Winning the $100-added Youth 13 & Under was Addisyn Schmersal (Scottsdale, Arizona) riding CC Enterprise. The 2009 gelding is by Wrangle Whiz and out of Rems Little Sugs and is owned by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC. Schmersal scored a 142 ½ to slide out of the arena victorious. The pair also took the win in the same division during Sunday’s set of ancillary classes with a 140 ½.

Winning by ½ by a point, Becca Schaffhauser of Eads, Tennessee took home the $100-added Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup title. Schaffhauser rode Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll) owned by Sam Schaffhauser.

For the last class of the day, Hernando, Mississippi’s Margaret Sue Dunn rode Spooks Smoken Wimpy to win the APHA Regular Youth 14-18. Owned by Margaret Valentine, the palomino gelding is by NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Wimpys Little Step and out of Please Dont Spook. Dunn and Spooks Smoken Wimpy scored a 138 ½ to win the class.

Madison Gustin of Weatherford, Texas and her own Guns R Spooky topped Sunday’s $100-added Youth 14-18 class. By Smart Spook and out of Berry Yer Guns, the 2010 gelding scored a 142 to also help Gustin claim the title in both the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth 14-18, the Jackpot Unrestricted Youth and the USA Reining Youth 14-18 classes.

Taking the AQHA 13 & Under on Sunday were Abby Budd (Pueblo, Colorado) and her own Cromed Up Whiz. By Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Rest Up, the 6-year-old mare and Budd scored a 137 to claim the title.

The final USA Reining Classes shown were the Youth 13 & Under and the Youth 16-21. In the 13 & Under division, Anais Goedertier of Battle Ground, Washington and her own Check Out My Guns (Gunner x Darlins Not Painted) won the class with a score of 140. A 136 ½ won Brittalynae Goodlin and ARC Trashin Yer Chic the 16-21 class. The 2012 gelding owned by Greg and Kathy Goodlin and is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpys Little Chic.

Rounding out classes in the Jim Norick Arena was the $100-added Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup. Madison Pokluda and Rancho Sereno LLC’s JH Gunmetal Blue (Gunner x Blue Eyed Kid) scored a 144 ½ to win the class.

Sunday’s classes in the Adequan® Championship Arena began with the Rookie L1 and 2. Sweeping both with a score of 143 ½ were Paige Pastorino of Fresno, California and Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc’s Taylor Made Magnum. The 2007 gelding is by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Beaus Liberty Belle.

Dana Pastorino and Jac Bee Whiz (owned by Pastorino Hay and Ranch Supply Inc.) scored a 139 ½ to win the Prime Time Rookie class. Jac Bee Whiz is by of Conquistador Whiz and out of Cinch Up Cowboy. The pair also took the Jackpot Green Reiner L2 class with a 142.

Winning the Jackpot Green Reiner L1 was Robert Peterson and his own Gunnpowder (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Boggies Last Flash). The pair scored a 141 to win the class.

The final classes of the NRHA Derby were the AQHA Ranch Riding $500-Open, $250-Amateur and $250-Youth. Winning the open were Rusty Dare of Gainesville, Texas and Michell Anne Kimball’s Gotta Rowdy Baby (NRHA Million Dollar Rider Spooks Gotta Whiz x Rowdy Brinna). Whitney McIlvain and her own Knight Slider took the amateur division. The 2012 gelding is by Cuttin Cowboy and out of Smart N Skeets. All Nite Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite) and Kennedy Bryant took the youth division.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on show results and sponsors and more visit


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Rifle, CO show cancelled

The show scheduled for Rifle, CO this weekend has been canceled as the fairgrounds in Rifle are the evacuation point for a fire in Basalt, CO. Thank you for your understanding.

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Van Der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum Reign Supreme

For Immediate Release – June 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – At Friday morning’s draw party, the crowd empathized as Jimmy Van Der Hoeven drew the number one spot for 2018 National Reining Horse (NRHA) Level (L)4 Open Derby Finals, as the superstitious consider drawing early as a difficult position to overcome. For Van Der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum, however, number one would also be where they would end up at the end of the night.

Owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton, Guaranteed A Magnum is by Magnum With A Dream and out of Guaranteed By Amos and is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate. The 5-year-old bay stallion was bred by Victoria Lambert, nominated by Heather Hochstatter and came into the Derby with an impressive run at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) with Van Der Hoeven aboard – placing 4th in the L4 and claiming the L3 reserve championship. Tonight, the pair marked a 225 and earned in excess of $80,000, claiming both the L4 and 3 championship titles.

Abby Lengel and Jody Puno’s ARC Gunna Mark Ya continued their impressive performance from the first go round with a score of 224 in the L4 finals, claiming the L4 reserve championship and the co-reserve title in the L3. Bred and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, ARC Gunna Mark Ya is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Shiney Miss Marker. The sorrel mare has been with Lengel since early 2017, and together the pair earned nearly $60,000 in Oklahoma City.

Also claiming reserve honors in the L3 were Trent Harvey and SM Steping Junior (SM Enterprise Jr x Top Step Enterprise), a stallion bred and nominated by Coguaike S.A. and owned by Coguaike LLC. The pair’s 224-point run earned them a paycheck of $15,471.46. Harvey also rode in the finals on Cee My Pistol, also owned by Coguaike LLC.

Kari Anna Klingenberg and Foothills Farm’s Spook Whiz Jewels took top honors in the L2 during section one of the open finals (216 ½). Bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, Spook Whiz Jewels is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Smart Spook and out of Whiz Jewels. Klingenberg began riding the 5-year-old mare earlier this year – with their first money-earning finish coming in the Derby finals. The pair also took 12th place in the L3, winning a grand total of more than $12,000.

Marking a 216 and 2nd in the L2 were Shauna Larcombe and Hey Joe (Smart Spook x Best Stop). Bred and owned by Wagman Ranch Inc, the 2013 stallion is owned by Sternberg and is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate. With Larcombe leading the way, the pair also took the reserve title in the Prime Time division and a top 15 finish in the L3 – an impressive finish for the duo’s first NRHA paycheck.

The L1 competition was led by Debbie Brown and Jennifer Greenleaf’s Dunit At Nite, who was bred and nominated by Ann Salmon Anderman. Greenleaf and the 2013 stallion (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dunit A Lil Ruf) marked a 218 1/2 and claimed a check for $4,629.73. Dunit At Nite was also featured in the Prime Time Non Pro Derby Finals with Greenleaf aboard.

With a score of 217 1/2, Carol Metcalf and Xtra Foolish Gun earned the L1 reserve championship. Xtra Foolish Gun (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Gunner x Foolish Little Step) is owned by Mark Miers and was bred and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC. Metcalf and the 2012 mare have been together since 2015 and have earned nearly $25,000.

The Prime Time Open Derby Championship went to Mike McEntire and A4L-Equine’s Spooks The Hard Way (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Im So Anson). The 2013 gelding was bred by Silver Spurs Equine and nominated by Michelle Miola and started training with McEntire earlier this year. The pair also earned a top ten finish in the L3 and a top 20 in the L4.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit

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