Latimer Hits Two Million Dollar Rider Milestone

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 By Hayley Lewallen – Duane Latimer unofficially became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Two Million Dollar Rider after his performance at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas.

In addition to his outstanding performance at the 2014 NRBC aboard Topsail Survivor and Whatta Royal Vintage (both owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.), Duane rode Gotta Nifty Gun (owned by Luga QH) to earn the title of Level (L) 4 Open Reserve Champion at the 2014 NRHA European Futurity.

Latimer became a Million Dollar Rider in 2003. Since then he has gone on to earn many important accolades within the show arena. Some of his most notable show accomplishments include:

  • 2006: FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Gold Medalist and Team Silver Medalist on Hang Ten Surprise, NRBC Open finalist on Don Julio Whiz and Hang Ten Surprize, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on Dun It In The Bay and Little Whiz Chic
  • 2008: NRHA Derby Open finalist on Shiners Lena Dust, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on A Chic In Wranglers and Spark N Whiz, Top 20 NRHA Professional
  • 2009: NRHA European Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion on Spark N Whiz, NRBC L4 Open finalist on Hesa Mega Whiz and Shiners Lena Dust, AQHA World Show Junior Reining Champion on Shiners Lena Dust, NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist on The Shiney Whiz
  • 2010: FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Bronze Medalist on Dun Playin Tag, NRBC L4 Open finalist aboard Custom Cash Advance, NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist on Hard Way Whiz, Kachina Tag N Chex, and Kachina Tag Olena
  • 2011: NRBC L4 Open finalist on Custom Cash Advance and Kachina Tag N Chex
  • 2012: NRBC L4 Open finalist aboard Custom Cash Advance and Tag This, NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist on Custom Cash Advance
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Our Loss – Bryant G. Pace

Bryant G. Pace Passes Away

Known as “A horseman for all ages. . . An artist of artists,” Bryant G. Pace, the father of NRHA Professional and Judge Bryant L. Pace passed away on April 18, 2014 – Good Friday. He was two months shy of his 100th birthday. He was loved by many, respected by all and a valued member of the NRHA family.  NRHA wishes the family our sincere condolences on their loss.

Mr. Pace was widely recognized as an artist. Currently, NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement award winners receive a coveted framed print of the award’s namesake, by Pace.

To honor Mr. Pace as a longtime contributor to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, the family requests that donations be made to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation at 3000 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73107-5302, or


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Ludwig wins CRI at NRHA Germany Osterturnier

From Ramona Billing – During the annual Easter show of the National Reining Horse Association Germany in Kreuth, there was the first review for the 2014 FEI European Championship  Reining Junior and Young Riders cerning the World Equestrian Games this summer.CUSTOM-DEL-CIELO_Grischa_Ludwig_OT1_1307_sm

40 horse rider combinations had been nominated for the CRI***, 35 actually competed in the end. The winner was European Team Champion and individual bronze medalist  Grischa Ludwig (GER) aboard Fabian Strebel’s Custom Del Cielo who scored a 222. “Our training during the winter really paif off,“ said Grischa Ludwig happily. “The horse has a lot of potential, but we still had to get to know each other better for fine tuning. That’s what we did, and it showed today. Custom Del Cielo was very stylish on the and in the stops. I liked the way he did everything today.“

The French reiners presented themselves in a very strong way here placing second until sixth! The Reserve Champion was Quentin Galliere aboard ND Whiz N Startlight owned by Nathalie Derua. The two scored a 219 with Gregory Legrand and  BHB Mr Wimpys Royal following closely (218.5).

Rudi Kronsteiner and Im A Topsail Jae claim NRHA approved Easter Trophy Open

With a brilliant ride, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and Im A Topsail Jae claimed the NRHA Easter Trophy Open  in Kreuth scoring a 149.5 in a field of 26. The beautiful sorrel 361-Im-A-Topsail-Jae-OT4_9435-smshowed great circles and spins and beautiful stops – what a promising horse! In fact, it was the first show for Kronsteiner and the stallion by Im A Topsail Cody-Sohn, owned by Nadine Kamintzky . Im A Topsail Jae also won the Novice Horse Open with Rudi and the Rookie with his owner.

“Im A Topsail Jae is a great horse with superb maneuvers,” said Rudi afterwards. “And he has got an even better mind! I like him the first time I saw him – and he was wonderful tonight!”

Reserve Champion was Emanuel Ernst aboard Angelika Schürmann’s My Guns Loaded who scored a 147.

Top 10 Results CRI ***



Rider Horse Owner




Ludwig, Grischa CUSTOM DEL CIELO Strebel, Fabian




Galliere, Quentin ND WHIZ N STARLIGHT Derua, Nathalie




Legrand, Gregory BHB MR WIMPYS ROYAL Fontaine, Valerie




Guerreiro, Anne Sophie CHICKEN SANDWICH Defouilhoux, Eric




Perret, Franck GHOST BUSTER CHEX Thulliez, Philippe




Poard, Romuald PEPPYS RUF SAILOR Arnaud-Coste, Valerie




Zinsli, Nina QUOTACROME Zinsli, Christian-Peter




Lechner, Klaus CODY ROOSTER DELMASO Gaupmann, Julia




Ripper, Alexander WILD AT THE BAR Müller, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang




Elzinga, Fenna SMOKING KILLS Elzinga, Fenna



Gina Maria wins CRI*** Junior Riders, Franziska Zschau with Young Riders

In the Junior Division, the winner was FEI European Champion Junior Riders Gina Maria aboard her Gunners Enterprise who scored a 211.5. Anna Voss (Uetze) and Mandys Little Magnum placed second scoring a 208.5.

In the Young Riders Division, Franziska Zschau (Bünde) and her She Lil Dunit claimed the title (208) with Jennifer Luhmer (Wachtberg) and Peppys Lil Dreamer following on second place.

Results CRI *** Junior Riders



Maria, Gina GUNNERS ENTERPRISE Schumacher, Corinna




Voß, Anna MANDYS LITTLE MAGNUM Klautzsch, Werner




Kalk, Daniel SHEZA CUSTOM CROME Kalk, Hartmut




Richter, Jessica WHIZ A CHIC DREAM Richter, Ino




Heil, Johannes FR GUNNER B SISI Heil, Karl




Engel, Vanessa BIG TIME BUSINESS Engel, Thomas




Wagner, Shawn HOLLYS ELECTRICSPARK Wagner, Christian + Rosie



Results CRI *** Young Riders



Zschau, Franziska SHES LIL DUNIT Riverlane Reining Horses,




Luhmer, Jennifer PEPPYS LIL DREAMER Luhmer, Jennifer




Krämer, Fabienne EKM AS LENA AS CIELO Krämer, Olaf




Groot Severt, Liza EXPRESSO BY STARLITE Groot Severt, Liza


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Open Riders Win Championships at NRBC

The largest National Reining Breeders Classic Open in history culminated Saturday night with the Open finals. While the field boasted many former Champions and multiple million dollar riders, new names finished at the top.

Martin Muehlstaetter Wins Level 4 and 3 Open NRBC Championships on Blue Collar Tag

Martin Muehlstaetter wasn’t planning to show Blue Collar Tag at the NRBC; his owner, former Non Pro Champion Shaunda Rai Ruckman would be at the reins.

However, a bobble in the Non Pro prelims kept Ruckman and the 6-year-old gelding out of the finals. “Shaunda asked if I wanted to show him, and I said ‘Hell yeah!’” Muehlstaetter said.Martin Muehlstaetter and Blue Collar Tag

In the preliminary round the pair scored a 222. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure about showing him, because his owner was supposed to ride him. Then we made the finals, and that was a bonus,” he said. “I just went for it and everything fell into place. This horse was really good. He ran and stopped great, turned around really good, and circled nice. He ran out of gas just a hair on his last stop, but he gave everything he had.”

In the level (L) 4 finals, Muehlstaetter and Blue Collar Tag scored a 226 – besting L 4 Open Reserve Champion Craig Schmersal and What A Wave by a scant half-point. “It feels great to win it – It’s unbelievable! I just hope I don’t wake up tomorrow morning and it was all a dream. I am so thankful to my wife (Kim Muehlstaetter) and Shaunda,” he said after the awards ceremony, where he picked up two checks – the $75,000 L 4 open check, and also $24,350 for winning the L 3 open title.

Muehlstaetter has ridden Blue Collar Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena, for three years, and even finished ninth in the NRBC Open in 2013. “We get along pretty well,” Muehlstaetter said. “I thank my wife, Shaunda, and all my staff. They’ve been working really hard. Also thank you to my sponsors for supporting me. I’m very thankful.”

When asked about the toughness of the finals, he said, “I think there were two Futurity Champions in the finals. There were a bunch of great horses, and I think every horse had a shot to win it. It was about as tough as it could be.”

Although Muehlstaetter isn’t planning to show Blue Collar Tag at the National Reining Horse Association Derby, he does plan to take the gelding to the World Equestrian Games in France to compete for Team Austria.

Craig Schmersal piloted What A Wave, by Tidal Wave Jack out of What A Sunrise, to a  225.5, claiming the Reserve Championship, along with a check for $51,000. What A Wave is owned by Karl Roberts and Terri Roberts.

Sam Schaffhauser and Gunners Tinseltown took L 3 open reserve honors back to North Texas, after marking a 224 in the finals. Not only did the pair win $14,822 in the Intermediate Open, they also finished tied for fourth in the L 4 open divison, worth an additional $27,500. Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Miss Tinseltown, is owned by David Silva.

Ryan Rushing Tops Level 2 Open on Steppin On Sparks

In 2012, Ryan Rushing qualified for the L 2 and L 1  open finals. He was winning the Level 1, up until his friend Fernando Salgado piloted his horse to a half-point higher score. “I had a really good horse, but got beat out by my friend Fernando. Last year I was sweating it all day because I went early and had to wait to see how I did,” he said.Ryan Rushing on Steppin On Sparks

After qualifying Steppin On Sparks for the L 3 and L 2 finals, he knew history could repeat itself. Luckily, his score of 221 held up for the Level 2 Championship, and was good for a fourth place tie in the Intermediate Open. “This year was fun. I knew we did the best we could and just knew that if it worked out it would be great, and if not, we did our best,” he said.

All total, Rushing and Steppin On Sparks won $18,470.

Steppin On Sparks, by Jacs Electric Spark out of Mahoganys First Step, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses. The 5-year-old stallion was started by Andrea Fappani as a 3-year-old, then shown by Marco Ricotta before being shown by Jordan Larson.

“Jordan really went to bat for me and got me the opportunity to show this horse here this year. The preliminary round was actually the first time I showed him, and I’ve only been riding him about five weeks,” Rushing said. “He’s a very fun horse to show – he’s phenomenal. I’m thrilled to get to show him. I thank Jordan for giving me great opportunities, and teaching me everything I know.”

There was a tie for reserve between Debbie Arballo and A Shining Sidekick, and Trevor Dare and Roundabout Wrangler, who both marked a 219. Each took home a check for $5,044. A Shining Sidekick, by Starbucks Sidekick out of A Shining Starlett, is owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, while Roundabout Wrangler, by Starlights Wrangler out of Hollywood China Chic, is owned by Juan Manuel Alanis.

Tell Edgmon Wins Level 1 Open on Cool N Dun Gunner

Tell Edgmon might have had one of the biggest cheering section of anyone competing in the finals at the NRBC. Riding Cool N Dun Gunner, owned by Kevin Corcoran, Edgmon marked a 219 to win the L 1 open finals, good for $1,668. Tell Edgmon and Cool N Dun Gunner

“Thank you to Kevin Corcoran, Casey and Nicole Deary, my wife Ari, and all my co-workers for helping. I don’t think they get enough credit,” Edgmon said following the awards ceremony, where he was presented with a custom saddle from Continental Saddlery; a Gist Silversmiths buckle; a WonPad; a Whisper Bit; and natural alternative grazer from Ventures Vision.

Edgmon and Cool N Dun Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x Miss Cool Heat) competed at the 2013 NRBC, finishing fifth in the Open Level 1. “I showed her all last year and they let me have the chance to bring her back this year,” he said. “I was pretty sure we’d have a good run when she came in and she committed to her first stop. She turned ok, and then I was able to relax on the circles. When I came around the corner for the first stop I was feeling pretty comfortable. She was with me the whole time.”

Jordan McBurney and Hava Vital tied for reserve in the L 1 open, each winning $888. McBurney was riding Dun Step N Out (Wimpys Little Step x This Is How Its Done), owned by Rhodes River Ranch, while Vital rode MJ Roosters Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Gallo Del Blanco), owned by Rodion Cantacuzene.

Randy Paul Wins Prime Time Open on Chics Dream About Me

With Randy Paul at the reins, Chics Dream About Me won the Prime Time Open Championship with a 223. “He felt really good,” noted Paul, who accepted the check for $1,950.Randy Paul on Chics Dream About Me

Chics Dream About Me, by Wimpys Little Step out of This Chicsdundreamin, was started and shown as a 3-year-old by Cody Clock, before an injury sidelined him from competition most of his 4-year-old year. “Cody showed him and did a really good job. We’ve just really started bringing him back. We’ve only showed at one other show, so he’s just starting his career,” Paul said. “He’s one of the better horses I’ve ever rode. He’s very talented and really good-minded. He has all the goodies.”

Paul is the head trainer for Day Creek Ranch, located in Semi Valley, California. “I really love it. They have a beautiful place. I thank the Days for believing in me and sending me down the road with their horse. I’m so glad we were able to do well for them,” he said.

Debbie Arballo and A Shining Sidekick tied for the Prime Time Open Reserve title with Brent Wright and Spookaroanie. Each marked a 220.5, collecting $1,350. A Shining Sidekick, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, is by Smart Spook out of A Shining Starlett, while Wright’s horse, Spookaroanie, is by Smart Spook out of Little Roan Chick.

Congratulations to our Ancillary Champions

  • Novice Horse Open Levels 1&2 (2) – Patrice St. Onge and USS Whiz
  • Non Pro (1) and Int. Non Pro Champion (1) – Chris Sullivan and Custom Couture
  • Short Stirrup (2) – Brinley Beicker and KC Customchromedout
  • NRHA, Classic Challenge, and USA Reining 13 & Under – Skyler Deshotels and Conquistador Lil Star
  • NRHA, Classic Challenge, USA Reining, and Unrestricted Youth 14-18 – Claire Dittrich and Whiz N Chica Dee
  • Classic Challenge Youth 13 & Under – Skyler Deshotels and Conquistador Lil Star
  • USA Reining 14-18 – Savannah Grace Ostner and Mr Crometastic
  • Green Rider Levels 1 & 2 – Elena Hurd and Its All About Bud

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Non Pro Champions Crowned at NRBC

From the NRBC “Slide Street Journal” - The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro finals were held Friday, April 18, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. With 176 entries, it was the second largest Non Pro class in the event’s 17-year history.

The three riders crowned as Champions were all in agreement: It doesn’t matter if you’re a former Champion or a first-time competitor; there are very few times more exciting than when you enter the arena as an NRBC finalist.

McCutcheon Claims Record Sixth NRBC Non Pro Championship on Ms Whiz Dunit

Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, Texas, has competed at all but one NRBC since its inception in 1998, missing out in 2000 because she was pregnant with her son Cade. In that time, she won the coveted Championship title five times – a record for the most wins that she shared with fellow National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks.

That changed when, as draw 12 in the Non Pro Level 4 finals, she piloted Ms Whiz Dunit to a 220.5. “I thought she did well. It’s a big pen and she’s a little horse, but she worked,” McCutcheon said of the 4-year-old mare, by Topsail Whiz out of A Bueno Poco Dunit. “It never gets old. I was telling someone the other day that maybe I have a problem, because it’s all a competition, but I do love it. I love what I do so much. It never gets boring or old – it’s always fun.” McCutcheon received a check for $30,000.

Mandy and her husband, Tom, purchased Ms Whiz Dunit in October of 2013, from breeder Roxanne Koepsell. “Tom had been riding her, and he liked her but she was too small. He just kept telling me how much he liked her, so we bought her,” she said. Soon, Mandy and “Missy” were a winning team, claiming the Non Pro Level 4 title at the Southwest Reining Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association futurities. “My plan and goal is to keep her for a long time and make some babies with her.”

McCutcheon noted that the NRBC is her favorite event. “The show management team is awesome. The goal of this event has always been to take care of both the exhibitors and sponsors,” she explained. “It’s the horse show that takes care of everyone, and it’s well-organized, has great sponsors, and an awesome facility to have an event.”

McCutcheon qualified three horses for the finals. She finished tied for fourth on Customized Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x Custom Made Dunit), and eighth on Shiney Enterprize (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise), collecting an additional $16,500. Both mares are owned by Mandy’s parents, Tim and Colleen McQuay, of McQuay Stables.


Ron Thompson Wins NRBC Non Pro Prime Time Championship on Taris Dreamer

Some of the loudest cheers of the day could be heard when reigning NRBC Non Pro Champions Ron Thompson and Taris Dreamer entered the arena as the last entry of the day. From the very first stop, it was obvious that the duo were going for the win. They came as close as they could – a 220 – finishing as the Reserve Champions of the Non Pro Level 4, and the Non Pro Prime Time Champions.

“It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t as good as we know he can be – but none of us ever are,” Thompson said. “I love this horse. He does whatever we need to do. Today was my fault. I didn’t get him turned like he can, but that was all me not him!”

All told, Thompson, of Whitesboro, Texas, collected more than $19,371.

“I love this place. It’s a big pen and everyone runs hard. This is the best pen we show in. It’s got great ground, it’s well run, and it pays like a slot machine. That’s my favorite part!” he admitted.

Coming in as last year’s Champion was more than a little nerve-wracking for Thompson, who qualified for the finals with a 218. “The go round was really, really tough mentally. I felt more pressure in the go-round than I ever have had showing one. I didn’t want to screw up and just wanted to make it back to the finals,” he said. “But today, I’ve never been so calm. I knew what I had to do, even if I didn’t quite get the job done. I’m very happy for Mandy – she’s a great competitor and does a great job.”

Thompson noted that he couldn’t have had the success he has had without the help of family and friends. “I thank my wife, Becky. She’s very supportive and she takes care of stuff at home while I’m doing this,” he said. “I also thank Matt Armenta – he’s my coach and a really good friend. I’ve went and got help from Don Murphy; he’s a National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Famer. If you have a glitch in your horse, I’d say go see Don. He helped me immensely and I wouldn’t have made it without him. I also have to give credit to my very good friend John Hoyt. He’s been very influential in how my horses go. I’m proud to know him.”

Five-year-old Taris Dreamer, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Taris San Cutter, has won over $130,000 in lifetime earnings – and the talented gelding still has one year of NRBC eligibility left. “We will be back next year. I’ve had some people who have inquired about buying him, but most don’t ask if he’s for sale.  I don’t really care, he can die on my place because I like him that much,” he said.


Jack Medows Competes at First NRBC; Wins Non Pro Levels 1-3 on Surprizintheprincess

Barely old enough to drive, Jack Medows came to his first NRBC, made the finals on Surprizentheprincess, and then finished as Champion of the Non Pro Levels 1, 2, and 3. He also claimed third place in the Non Pro Level 4, bringing his total finals take to $29,255.

“It was really exciting – I wasn’t expecting to do this well at all,” said the 16-year-old, who noted that, not only was it his first time to show at the NRBC, it was also only his second major derby event. “I wasn’t nervous at all, but I don’t know why. It could be because I’m low on sleep or something like that. I felt completely prepared, thanks to Gabe Hutchins and Gaeton Gauthier.”

Medows has only been riding reiners a short while, making a transition from riding pleasure horses a few years ago. He started with a couple of older horses, competing in youth classes, before his parents purchased Surprizentheprincess from Kelle Smith after last year’s NRBC. “She did really well here, and we’d seen her at Gordyville before that,” he said of the Jerry Lees Surprize mare, who’s out of Princess In Diamonds. “I want to thank my Grandpa, Ron Fransen, who found her, as well as my parents, Jeff and Amy Medows, and Gabe, Gaton, and all the Darling Ranch crew.”

Although Medows is currently homeschooled, he said he plans to go back to school for his junior and senior years.


Finishing as the Non Pro Levels 2 and 3 and Prime Time Reserve Champion was Greg Gottschalk and Dun Won A Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Won It). The pair marked a 218, good for a total of $3,866.

The Non Pro Level 1 Reserve Champion was Samantha Belcher, who piloted Taser Gun (Jacs Electric Spark x Maggie Gun) to a 213.5. She won $1,015.

Jordan Larson Wins NRBC Open Classic Challenge and $25K NRHA Open on Wimpys Lil Star

With a score of 224.5, Jordan Larson, of Whitesboro, Texas, claimed the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic Challenge Championship, as well as the Championship of the $25,000 Added National Reining Horse Association Open. The Open Classic Challenge, only open to Classic Challenge enrolled NRBC foals aged 7 & Up, paid $12,478. He collected an additional $7,605 for the NRHA Open title.

He entered the class on Wimpys Lil Star, a 7-year-old stallion by Wimpys Little Step, out of Starlights Reba. “It’s a really good payday,” Larson said with a smile after the awards ceremony. “This horse was really good everywhere. He ran out of air faster than I thought he would because we were running so hard, but he was doing everything I wanted.”

Wimpys Lil Star is owned by Dr. Thomas Aschenbrenner of Germany. Dr. Aschenbrenner’s son, Phillip Losch, piloted the flashy palomino to NRBC Intermediate Non Pro championship in 2013. “He’s too old for Philip to show in the derbies now, so I told them we should enter this. Philip is going to show him in the Non Pro Classic Challenge on Sunday,” Larson explained.


Andrea Fappani and Smoking Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Glendas A Smokingun, finished Reserve in both classes with a 220.5, and also topped the USA Reining Open class. Between the two classes, owner Silver Spurs Equine took home $14,294.

Congratulations to our Ancillary Winners - Friday

  • NRHA 13 & Under – Amanda Hurd and Whale Of A Whiz
  • NRHA 14-18 – Stacia Brugger and Dun It Ten
  • Unrestricted Youth – Stacia Brugger and Dun It Ten
  • USA 13 – Amanda Hurd and Whale of A Whiz
  • USA 14 – Emmy-Lu Marsh and Who Whiz Who
  • Short Stirrup – Reed Harris and Solanos Saskadoc
  • Ltd. Non Pro – Julia White and Custom Sailin Legend

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Who’s Next? 2014 NRBC Open Finalists Decided

From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” - Finals day at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, rarely fails to deliver the goods and it looks as if the reining industry is in for another exciting Open finals on Saturday night.

Think back over the years.

There was Dell Hendrick’s five NRBC Championships – including one with a pair of wayward chaps; the exciting run-off that pitted Ruben Vandorp and Einsteins Revolultion against Andrea Fappani and Custom Legend, which fell Fappani’s way after a coliseum-rocking 236.5. What about the elation and excitement when Hollywoodstinseltown, son of the 1999 Champion Miss Tinseltown, came so close to becoming an NRBC Champion himself? There are more than a handful of riders who have surpassed million dollar milestones on Katy Saturday nights, bringing tears to the eyes of men not known to show emotion.

Those moments have all been gems.

It’s expected at the NRBC. This year’s field for the Open finals was decided after two full days of competition, where the field of 217 hopefuls – the largest in the event’s history – was whittled down to the top 30 plus ties.

There are stories waiting to be told. By virtue of making the finals, where the bottom hole pays $5,000, former NRBC Champion Duane Latimer is set to become the National Reining Horse Association’s newest $2 million rider.

And Miss Tinseltown? Well, she not only has a son in the finals – Gunners TInseltown showed by Sam Schaffhauser – she is also the paternal granddam of another finalist – Tinseltown Fly Guy (by Hollywoodstinseltown) who is being shown by 4-time NRBC Champion Shawn Flarida.

Casey DearyAnd while the NRBC Open finals is fraught with former Champions, there’s a field of talented riders who have yet to take home the $75,000 prize. That list includes 2012 NRHA Futurity Champion Casey Deary, Whitesboro, Texas, who piloted Freckles Got Ashiner to a 227.5 to top the Open Level 4 preliminaries. Freckles Got A Shiner, by Smart Shiner out of Scats Frecklefoot, is owned by Dealer Auctions, Inc. During the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Draw Party, Deary and owners Lynn and Vincent Maffuci were presented with the first go round champion check, made out for $14,923.

Sam Schaffhauser rode Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun, to top the Open Level 3 preliminaries. A score of 224.5 earned owner David Silva two checks totaling $8,956.

Brandon Brant rode Wallawalla Bangbang to tie for the top the Limited Open division preliminaries with Patrick Flaherty and Electric Grid. Each marked a 222.5, and won $1,237. Wallawalla Bangbang (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shiney Walla Wanda), is owned by Joe Wolfe, while Electric Grid (Jacs Electric Spark x GVS Cherokee Jac) is owned by Jenanne Overgaard.

The Level 1 Open preliminaries also ended in a tie between Roger Barral and Liam MacNeil, each taking home $463 for their 220 scores. Barral rode his horse Whiz N Annie (Walla Walla Whiz x Pamelas Lil Gun), while MacNeil rode Gunners Prescription (Colonels Smoking Gun x Chics Sompen), owned by Mary Jansma.

Duane Latimer and Whatta Royal Vintage, owned by Turnabout Farm Inc., topped the Prime Time Open prelims with a 223.5, worth $650.

For the second year in a row, a 221.5 was the magical number Level 4 for finals hopefuls, and Intermediate Open riders were shooting for a 220. It took a 217.5 to make it back for the Limited Open finals, and the bubble score in the Open Level 1 was a 213. The Open Prime Time cutoff, with handicaps figured in, was a 215.5.

The 2014 NRBC Open Finals begin Saturday, April 19, at 11am, with the 32 Open Level 4 finalists competing at 5pm.

Ancillary Champions

In the Wheless Arena, Jordan Donnelly and Ima Conquistador Too, owned by Kathy Loudamy, won the NRHA Limited Open class. Melanie Petroll and Gee Golly Whiz, owned by Lisa Byrne, finished second in the class but took home the Limited Open high point buckle.

Edward Harrison not only won the NRHA Rookie Professional class today on A Bueno Chic – he also won the high point buckle! A Bueno Chic is owned by Debbie Honeycutt.

In the Tellepsen Arena, Craig Schmersal topped the Novice Horse Open Level 1&2 on Commanders Whiz Chic. Unfortunately Craig wasn’t available to take a picture – he was busy picking up his check and finding out his Open finals draws at the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Finals Draw Party!

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AQHA Hires Pete Kyle

AQHA recently announced they have hired Pete Kyle as Executive Director of Shows and Judges to assist AQHA in moving AQHA shows forward.

“With the many outside influences that have affected our growth these past few years, the AQHA Executive Committee and I believe it is necessary to dedicate a person to focus on continuing to assess, develop and implement existing and new programs targeted toward moving shows and judges forward,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “Much of this needed emphasis was identified when we convened a group of members to begin development of a strategic plan for shows in January 2014.”

peteBy serving as the point person for the soon-to-be-completed show strategic plan, Kyle will be well positioned to take on the management of shows and the many components involved with their successful implementation.

Kyle, who currently serves as a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Judge, AQHA judge, and an AQHA director-at-large for Texas, brings a lifetime of horse involvement as a trainer, professional and exhibitor. Kyle along with his wife, Tamra, and their children have shown and been a part of the show industry for many years. Most recently, he has specialized in training reining horses and their riders. He has won world championships with six different associations, was a Top Ten money-earning rider for NRHA in 2012 and voted by his peers as the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 1997. He was also an NRHA Open World Champion in 2001. Kyle has also trained and coached several youth and non pro riders to world championship titles and major NRHA victories. Currently, he ranks 36th on the all-time leading money-earner list for NRHA.

He was elected as an AQHA director in 1993 and elevated to director-at-large in 2011.

According to AQHA, Kyle’s first-hand knowledge and the respect he has in the industry will allow him to be an important link to AQHA members as they move forward with a show product that fits the 21st-century exhibitor of American Quarter Horses.

“My personal thanks to Tom Persechino and the competition team for the work they have done these past four years. They have worked tirelessly to design and implement programs, such as leveling, which have started us down the path of appealing to the 21st-century exhibitor,” said Treadway. “With Kyle as an addition to the team, we will be staffed to move along even faster.”

AQHA looks forward to Kyle joining AQHA’s management team and enhancing the show division with his knowledge and expertise. Kyle will begin his duties as the AQHA executive director of shows and judges in June.

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Casey Deary and Freckles Got Ashiner Lead NRBC Open Preliminaries

From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” - The National Reining Breeders Classic Open preliminaries began Wednesday, April 16, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. At the end of the first day of competition, Casey Deary leads the field of 217 entries – the largest in the event’s history.

Deary and Freckles Got Ashiner

Deary and Freckles Got Ashiner

Deary, of Whitesboro, Texas, teamed up Freckles Got Ashiner, a 6-year-old stallion by the late Smart Shiner out of Scats Frecklefoot. The 2012 National Reining Horse  Association Futurity Champion and Freckles Got Ashiner, owned by Dealer Auctions, Inc., set the pace with a 227.5.

Sitting at the top of the level (L) 3 open preliminary leader board is Sam Schaffhauser, who marked a 224.5 on Gunners Tinseltown. Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Miss Tinseltown, is owned by David Silva.

Patrick Flaherty rode Electric Grid to a 222.5 to top the L 2 open division. Electric Grid, by Jacs Electric Spark out of GVS Cherokee Jac, is owned by Jenanne Overgaard.

There is currently a tie in the L 1 open division preliminaries between Roger Barral and Liam MacNeil, who each scored a 220. Barral was riding his horse Whiz N Annie (Walla Walla Whiz x Pamelas Lil Gun), while McNeil rode Gunnersa Prescription (Colonels Smoking Gun x Chics Sompen), owned by the late Mary Jansma.

Duane Latimer, who is poised to become the industry’s next $2 million rider, scored a 223.5 on Whatta Royal Vintage (Hollywood Vintage x Whatta Royal Star). Whatta Royal Vintage is owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.

The NRBC continues Thursday with the second section of Open Classic Preliminaries in the coliseum arena. Thursday evening, the finals draw will be decided at the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Finals Draw Party.

Please visit for a complete schedule of events, as well as up-to-date results from the show.

Ancillary Champions!

Congratulations to the winners of today’s ancillary classes. In the Tellepsen Arena, Kathleen Armenta won both the Novice Horse Open Levels 1 & 2 on Chic Of My Dreams.

In the Wheless Arena, John Lehman and Smokin Chex won first place in the Rookie Level 1 after a 4-horse run off. Natalie Campbell and Mega Fashion won the Rookie Level 2.

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Robin Glenn Pedigrees, Inc., Purchased by AQHA

The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce the purchase of Robin Glenn Pedigrees, Inc. Established in 1981, RGP has long been recognized as the industry’s premier sale catalog and pedigree service, currently producing sale catalogs for Heritage Place, the Los Alamitos AQHAEquine Sale, the National Reining Horse Association, Ruidoso Select Yearling Sales, Texas Quarter Horse Association and Western Bloodstock, producer of the National Cutting Horse Association’s sales.

AQHA continues to invest in the equine industry for the benefit of AQHA members and American Quarter Horses. By purchasing RGP, members will be able to track American Quarter Horse accomplishments across the equine industry, thus enhancing the overall value of American Quarter Horses and in turn rewarding the owners of American Quarter Horses.

The purchase of RGP is the result of a recommendation by AQHA Second Vice President Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, Texas.

“The high level of information, experience, devotion to the breed, industry knowledge and integrity blended in the consolidation of AQHA and Robin Glenn Pedigrees is bound to change the American Quarter Horse world in a very positive way,” said Dr. Blodgett. “I am really looking forward to the information resources and the innovative marketing tools that I know will evolve.”

RGP will remain in El Reno, Oklahoma. AQHA is pleased to announce the current RGP staff will continue to provide the same excellent service to the equine industry under the direction of RGP founder Robin Glenn.

“My passion for perpetuating and increasing the success of this wonderful breed is clearly shared by AQHA staff and board members, and our mission will be devoted to promoting all events in which an American Quarter Horse competes,” said Glenn. “I hope to work even more closely with all event associations to make the American Quarter Horse business more prosperous in every area.”

The 31-year-old database serves as an information resource for the AQHA World Championship Show, National Reined Cow Horse Association, National Snaffle Bit Association, All American Quarter Horse Congress and many other sale catalogs. RGP records money earned by American Quarter Horses and American Quarter Horse-related breeds in nearly every performance event.

Additionally, countless private-use pedigree pages and marketing documents have been produced by RGP. Products generated by the RGP database include the RGP FoalTracker, a personalized weekly notification service providing the previous week’s accomplishments of your own horses or their foals, and the RGP Weekly Results Report, a weekly emailed report that details limited-age event and championship event results. All are data services offered at

For more information on RGP and the services available, visit

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14 NRHA Events Approved for APHA World Show Qualification

By Jessica Hein / Paint Horse Journal - If you’ve got a Paint reining horse, APHA is making it easier than ever to get qualified for the APHA World Championship Show.
For the 2014 and 2015 APHA World Shows—which take place annually in November in Fort Worth, Texas, and are home to Open and Amateur world championship classes, along with many other added-money events—APHA has approved 14 National Reining Horse Association-approved shows that will count toward APHA World Show qualification requirements.

Each of the following 14 shows counts for a minimum of one show and two judges—to qualify for the APHA World Show, a Paint Horse must have participated in at least four shows and eight judges. Click here to read full qualification requirements for the APHA World Show; no qualification is required to participate in the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show, which takes place annually in June and July.

Unless otherwise noted, these shows are approved only for APHA World Show qualification, not APHA points. Those marked as APHA Special Events will offer APHA-approved classes in which horses are eligible to earn APHA points as well.
2014 World Show Qualifying (August 1, 2013–July 31, 2014)

  • April 14-20 — National Reining Breeders Classic, Katy, TX
  • May 1-4 — Rein For The Roses, Elk Grove, CA
  • May 13-18 — Carolina Classic, Williamston, NC
  • May 14-18 — Columbine Classic, Pueblo, CO (APHA Special Event)
  • June 21-28 — NRHA Derby, Oklahoma City, OK (APHA Special Event)
  • July 21-27 — RMRHA Summer Slide, Denver, CO (APHA Special Event)
  • July 23-27 — Reining By The Bay, Woodside, CA
  • July 24-27 — Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining, Lexington, KY

2015 World Show Qualifying (August 1, 2014–July 31, 2015)

  • August 26-31 — NRHA South Central Regional Affiliate Finals, Tulsa, OK
  • September 5-7 — NRHA East Central Regional Affiliate Finals, Springfield, OH
  • September 12-14 — NRHA Northeast Regional Affiliate Finals, Logan Township, NJ
  • September 24-28 — NRHA Mountain Regional Affiliate Finals, Denver, CO
  • September 25-28 — NRHA Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals, Williamston, NC
  • October 8-12 — NRHA Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals, Rancho Murieta, CA

APHA hopes to announce similar partnerships with National Cutting Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association events soon.


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