Inductees of the 2018 APHA Hall of Fame class announced

FORT WORTH, Texas – Outstanding horsemen and -women, united in their love for remarkable and talented horses, are the foundation upon which the American Paint Horse Association grows. It is through their labors—to improve the breed, smash records and strive for greatness—that the Paint Horse is a colorful leader throughout the global horse community.

To be inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame requires a lifetime of achievement and a legacy that has impacted the association and the breed. All inductees will be honored in the APHA Hall of Fame and Educational Outreach Center located in association’s new office in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The inductees of the 2018 APHA Hall of Fame class have been announced. They are:

Horsemen and -Women:

Jim & Judy Schehen, Bend, Oregon
Jean & the late Dale Fell, Franktown, Colorado

MaryAnn & the late Floyd Moore, Huntsville, Texas


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“It is our responsibility as APHA members to remember the past and honor those who have made today’s APHA possible,” Executive Director Billy Smith said.

Introduced in 2012, the Hall of Fame and its selection committee is carrying on the tradition of honoring the breed’s colorful history with each class of legendary horses and horsemen. The 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 2, 2019, during the 2019 APHA Convention at the Marriott DFW South in Fort Worth, Texas.

Profiles of the Hall of Fame inductees will be featured in an early 2019 issue of Paint Horse Journal.

For more information, contact: Theresa Brown
(817) 222-6403

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Walla Walla Whiz Earns Another Million

 For Immediate Release – August 13, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Late summer is a busy time for reiners preparing for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Affiliate Regional Championships and the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. With the vast amount of shows taking place, it’s an exciting time for not only exhibitors but also owners eagerly awaiting results to watch their horses’ earnings rise. It’s also a time where many of reining’s most prestigious horses cross significant NRHA milestones. This year, Walla Walla Whiz was one of the notable sires achieving this success – crossing the two million dollar sire mark.

By NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Shiney Walla Wanda, Walla Walla Whiz was bred by Terry and Jo Wiens and purchased by Arcese Quarter Horses USA in 2006. The 15-year-old stallion currently stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas.

Walla Walla Whiz began his reining career in July 2006 at the DRHA Dorminy Plantation Futurity where he earned a check of $2,613 with rider Shawn Flarida aboard. The chestnut stallion went on to earn nearly of $190,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), all with NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Flarida at the reins. The stallion’s top finishes include:

  • 2006 Tulsa Reining Classic Level (L)4 Open Futurity Champion
  • 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress L4 Open Futurity Finalist
  • 2006 NRHA L4 Open Futurity Finalist
  • 2007 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L4 Open Derby – 3rd Place
  • 2007 NRHA L4 Open Derby Champion
  • 2008 NRBC L4 Open Derby Finalist

After retiring from his successful show career in 2008, the magnificent stallion produced his first foal crop in 2009. His most successful offspring to date is the 2012 mare Shesouttayourleague, the 2015 NRHA L4 Futurity Champion and 2017 NRHA L4 Derby Champion. In total, Walla Walla Whiz has six offspring with more than $50,000 in NRHA LTE and a number of babies competing in competition this year – helping him cross his second NRHA million dollar milestone.

The stallion’s most notable offspring include:

  • Shesouttayourleague (out of Wimpys Little Chic): NRHA LTE over $252,470
  • ARC Walla Dun Did It (out of Dainty Dunit): NRHA LTE over $110,571
  • Made In Walla (out of Hollywood Made): NRHA LTE over $87,921
  • Redhot Walla (out of Roosters Redhot): NRHA LTE over $74,746
  • Walla Whiz Affair (out of Memorable Affair): NRHA LTE over $61,430

Photo by Cam Essick

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Meet the Candidates – NRHA Elections

The 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. The final deadline to nominate candidates has passed, so a complete slate of candidates now can be presented to the membership for consideration.

Votes in this year’s election (October 5 – November 5) will determine:

  • One member to serve as Southeast Regional Director
    • Eligible voting members will receive voting information via email prior to October 5.


Jesse Chase of Wendell, North Carolina

Jesse Chase

(Nominated by the Southeast Reining Horse Association (SERHA))

Goal to accomplish by serving: I hope to continue to promote and to secure the future of our sport with emphasis on purse allocation and developing a fair and sensible eligibility policy.

Board and Committee Service:

  • SERHA: President (past), Vice President (past), Board of Directors (past)
  • NRHA Board of Directors: Southeast Regional Director (past six years)
  • NRHA Committees: Eligibility (current), Professionals (current), Nominating / Governance (current), Single Purse Task Force (past chair), Bylaw Committee

Other Volunteer History:

  • Reining Horse Foundation Boot Camp (and Rookie Day) coach
  • Numerous public reining demonstrations
  • Interscholastic Equestrian Association coach
  • Advisor to 2017 NRHA European Derby

Awards, Accolades, and Personal Achievements:

  • Virginia Reining Horse Association Professional of the Year
  • Creator of the single purse show design
  • Owning my own farm and raising multiple champion horses
  • Numerous year-end, regional, and national titles

Family: Wife Lee Cary and three sons Jesse Josh, Ethan, and Miles

Occupation: Owner/operator of Jesse Chase Performance Horses

Interests: Coaching little league

Anything else you’d like the membership to know? If it is not good for all of us, it’s not good for any of us. I will continue to make decisions and to generate new ideas that help participants, breeders, and owners of all levels of this sport.

Peter Defreitas of Leland, North Carolina

(Nominated by the Southeast and the Virginia Reining Horse Associations) 

Peter Defreitas

I began riding horses at the age of ten, and now at age 32, it is my livelihood. Reining horses have been my passion for over 20 years.

If elected to the board, I would like to be able to represent all members in our region, from the folks who show exclusively on the weekends to those aspiring to be competitive at NRHA’s major events.

Throughout my career, I have seen the importance of supporting both sides of that coin. It is not possible for one to flourish without the other.

I have served as a board member in the past for Southeast Reining Horse Association, and currently for the Virginia Reining Horse Association. My biggest goal, if elected, would be to make sure your voices are heard and appreciated. Recent hope to encourage people to become more involved in making sure that our region is well-represented in the decision making processes. I thank you for your consideration.


The following seats had only one candidate submitted by the deadline. They will be presented to the board for acceptance by acclamation in late August.


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


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Meet the Teams – 2018 Pan American Cup

From ANCR Brazil – The second annual Pan American World Cup begins Augsut 18 in Brazil and welcomes teams from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and the United States. The full week of reining also includes the inuagural Youth Pan American Cup, Brazilian Futurity, National Championship, and the Cardinal Ranch Youth Cup.

Use the links below to follow the action:

Meet the Teams


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Sebastian and Melanie Petroll to Conduct Youth Clinic at the Tulsa Reining Classic

Young riders attending the Tulsa Reining Classic won’t want to miss the Youth Horsemanship and Reining Clinic with

Sebastian & Melanie Petroll

Petroll, set for Friday, August 31. It will be a remarkable opportunity to learn from two NRHA Professionals who are great motivators and proven trainers. Melanie and Sebastian own and operate Petroll Reining Horses LLC, a full service training/breeding operation and Petroll Riding Academy, a lesson program.

“Besides successfully training and showing open horses, the Petrolls have produced Non Pro and young rider standouts, including futurity, derby and world champions. We feel that they are a perfect choice for the 2018 Youth Clinics,” said Tulsa Reining Classic Show Manager Cheryl Cody. “Sebastian and Melanie are generous with their time and we know that the attendees will get plenty of one-on-one attention and encouragement.”

“We are very excited about the youth clinic in Tulsa. The youth are our future and we gladly encourage the new generation.” said Melanie.

Horsemanship and fine tuning reining skills will be the main focus of the clinic. “I would like everybody to pick one area that they want to work on. I think that way everybody gets the most out of the clinic.” Sebastian explained. The clinic will start at 4 pm in the Super Duty Arena and admission is free!

For more information about Melanie and Sebastian check out their website or their Facebook pages Petroll Reining Horses and Petroll Riding Academy.  The Tulsa Reining Classic will take place at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma August 27 – September 2.

Kole Price to Present Non Pro Clinic at the Tulsa Reining Classic

Kole Price

As summer comes to an end, thoughts turn to the Tulsa Reining Classic and Tulsa Time! Besides a burgeoning show that features Limited Age events, the US Equestrian Reining Championships, the National Reining Horse Association South Central Affiliate Region Finals, and a double slate of ancillary classes, there are tremendous learning opportunities.

In 2018, the Non Pro Clinic with Kole Price will be a highlight. The clinic is set for Friday, Augsut 31 and it will present a remarkable opportunity to learn from an NRHA Professional. Showing in NRHA events since 2009, trainer Kole Price has $159,653 in earnings, and landed on NRHA’s top 30 professionals list in 2017. His wins include the 2015 Level 1 NRHA Open Futurity Championship, NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Finalist and several All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Championships.

Cheryl Cody, the Tulsa Reining Classic Show Manager said, “Kole has put together an impressive list of laurels of his own but he is also able to successfully coach and help others. We are very happy to welcome him as coach of the Non Pro Clinic this year!”

Kole enjoys helping Non Pros achieve their goals. Four of his Non Pros finished in the National Reining Horse Association’s top 25 last year.  He said, “Every successful run starts from perfect practice at home. Preparation is the key to success.”

He’s excited to be helping Non Pros prepare for their own success at Tulsa. “They say true success is found in helping others. I find much reward in watching Non Pros go on to be successful in and out of the show arena. I am looking forward to meeting the Non Pro riders at the Tulsa Reining Classic Non Pro Clinic who are eager to learn!”

The clinic will start at 4 pm in the Super Duty Arena and admission is free! The Tulsa Reining Classic will take place at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma August 27 – September 2.

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WEG Volunteer Help Desk Dates & Locations

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Hi Team Tryon,
Please make a note of the following WEG Volunteer Dates & Location Changes:

Help Desk Schedule:

Come in person and receive assistance with the TIEC Volunteer Portal. We offer help with completing volunteer profiles, uploading credential photos and signing up for positions at WEG.

Through Sept. 15th, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am – 4pm, at the Sandy Plains Office, located at 2659 Sandy Plains Road, Tryon.

Saturday, Aug. 11th, 9am – noon & Sunday, Aug. 12th, 1pm-4pm, at the Sandy Plains Office, located at 2659 Sandy Plains Road, Tryon.

Thanks for your volunteer support!

Kathryn McMahon
TIEC, Director Community Engagement
FEI WEG Tryon 2018, Volunteer Coordinator

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Inaugural World Equine Expo™ to Feature Renowned Exhibitioners, Authors, Film and Art Festivals

World Equine Expo™ to be Held During FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018; Grounds Passes Now Available for Purchase at

For Immediate Release – TRYON, NC, USA – August 2, 2018 – The World Equine Expo™, hosted September 11-23, 2018 alongside the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), is set to host an array of diverse programming that includes renowned exhibitions, demonstrations, authors and speakers. The Equus Film Festival and an extensive Art Festival will accompany more than 200 vendors in a family-friendly, immersive and interactive experience for all World Equine Expo™ attendees. Access to the World Equine Expo™ and all programming is included with any WEG competition ticket, but Grounds Passes, which offer access to the general public facility grounds, can be purchased individually at

Equestrian Exhibitions

This unprecedented celebration of human-equine interaction will allow WEG and World Equine Expo™ attendees to experience nationally and internationally renowned clinicians and performers such as Guy McLean, Double Dan Horsemanship, and Monty Roberts, among many others. From informative and interactive to jaw-dropping and innovative, the exhibitions, entertainment, and experiential components of the World Equine Expo™ are a key component of the programming curriculum, and these equestrian exhibitions will be highlighted in Ring 1 alongside the Vendor Village at the heart of TIEC property.

Guy McLean is set to perform daily during the two week programming of the World Equine Expo™. ©Katy Driver

Guy McLean, an Australian horseman and entertainer is known around the globe for his liberty performance teams, which feature Australian Stock Horses and will provide inspiring and educational exhibitions appealing to the young and old alike.

Monty Roberts, a global Brooke Ambassador, will host demonstrations on September 19th and 20th in Ring 1. ©Brooke USA

Monty Roberts, known worldwide for his “Join-Up” technique will be present two exclusive exhibitions, including working with an “unworkable” horse and collaborating with a U.S. veteran and an unschooled horse to teach each how to listen, respond, and ultimately heal each other. Roberts has trained horses for celebrities and world-changers including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the legendary Spanish Riding School and will bring his expertise to the Expo on September 19-20.

The World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH) Developing Jumpers Exhibition, presented by Spy Coast Farm, will showcase the talents of young promising jumpers during exhibition hours on September 20th and 21st. 

The World Equine Expo™ will also feature the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH) Developing Jumpers Exhibition, presented by Spy Coast Farm, focusing on the evaluation of developing jumpers to educate the public on the criteria for judging young jumpers, including the height of fences and technical abilities five and six-year-old horses are required to demonstrate. This demonstration will serve to draw attention to Young Horse Championships, such as the World Breeding Jumping Championships. While the format will be similar in principle, it will vary from the annual competition in Lanaken, Belgium. Twenty-two horses will compete in jumping exhibitions from on September 20th and 21st at the World Equine Expo™.

Michael Gascon of Gascon Horsemanship has finessed his expertise with gaited horses, as well as his demonstrations and clinics on topics including Paso Soccer, 30 Minute Wild Horse Starting, Horsemanship 101, Obstacles, Solving Problem horses, and much more. Gascon will be joining the World Equine Expo™ with his incredible equine Paso Fino partners with times and dates to be announced on

Michael Gascon and team will demonstration the versatile Paso Fino breed with scheduling set to be announced in the coming weeks. ©Allison Wolff

Showcasing unique classical Dressage skills and bridle-less riding expertise, JP Giacomini will be perform over 24 separate demonstrations throughout the course of two weeks at the World Equine Expo™ with his four talented Andalusian and Lusitano homebred stallions. Giacomini will be covering topics from classical Dressage at the Grand Prix level to lunging for balance, contact and bridle-less riding, preparing for a classical piaffe, work in-hand for biomechanics development, Endotapping™ and much more.

Kim Van Kampen, a founding partner of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) and a longstanding partner of the Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), will bring eight horses to perform quadrilles on the September 13 and 14, at midday throughout Dressage competition days during Week One of the WEG. A quadrille is a riding team comprised of four dressage riders who will compete together to music. Quadrilles are easily compared to a drill team and originated from the Spanish Riding School.

Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC will be present on-site during the World Equine Expo™ as title sponsor of the Equus Film Festival and will provide a unique demonstration programming schedule. Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC provides girls and young women with an opportunity to develop, practice, and improve relationship skills, responsibility, social accountability, self-awareness and self-confidence through interactions with Mustangs.

Equus Film Festival & Art Festival

The Equus Film Festival, presented by Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC, will showcase eight discipline-dedicated films and host meet-and-greets with directors and producers to an extensive celebration of equestrian art. The Equus Film Festival will air films from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. every hour with special screenings of popular films airing each evening between 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The Art Festival will also feature galleries of local and international artists exploring all facets of horse and human interaction.

The Coca-Cola® Stage

At the Coca-Cola® Stage, a key focal point of the World Equine Expo™, attendees can experience readings and signings with New York Times Best Selling authors, learn from innovators making waves across the equestrian industry, and be entertained by brilliant performances and musical acts. The Coca-Cola® Stage programming will run at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. daily.

New York Times Best Selling author Mary Alice Monroe will participate in a number of book readings on the Coca-Cola® Stage. ©Mic Smith Photography

Mary Alice Monroe’s award-winning novels have been named to many prestigious lists, including the New York TimesUSA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including several Readers’ Choice Awards; the 2014 SC Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing; the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award; and the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, Monroe was named by the South Carolina Academy of Authors as a member of the Literary Hall of Fame. Monroe will speak about the inspiration for her upcoming novel, The Summer Guests, set in the Tryon and Wellington equestrian communities, and the power of story to connect people and the animal world. Guests will receive a gift of the first three chapters of The Summer Guests. A portion of the proceeds from pre-orders during WEG will benefit Brooke USA, sister organization to Brooke, the Official Charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

George H. Morris, former Chef d’Equipe of the U.S. Show Jumping Team, renowned rider, coach, clinician, and author, will present an inside look at the international equestrian industry from the 1950s to present day, including a special emphasis on the rich equestrian legacy of the Tryon region. Join Morris throughout both weeks of the World Equine Expo™ as he shares stories about significant equestrian events, answers questions about riding, competition and horsemanship then and now.

Week one attendees will have the chance to learn from United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist Jessica Jo (J.J.) Tate, as she presents “What the Heck is Horse Ballet” and explains the ins-and-outs of the intricate and beautiful discipline of Dressage. Tate has competed at the top level of the sport around the world, and her presentation will be both entertaining and educational, whether attendees are completely new to Dressage or a seasoned competitor.

Veterinarian and zoologist Dr. David Jones is an adventurer and world traveler with a passion for wildlife and equines who will present “Tales of Tails and Toenails from This Year’s ‘Equine Industry Vision Award-Winner.'” The former director of the North Carolina Zoological Park and CEO of the Zoological Society of London, Jones has spent his 45-year career in the wildlife and zoo management fields, chasing his passion across 50 countries. He is also the chairman of the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, Brooke, the official charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. David currently chairs Brooke USA and is the founder and chairman of “Wild Welfare,” which seeks to improve animal welfare in zoos needing assistance in their husbandry and management. His stories from around the world can be heard from September 19-21.

CEO of Journeys Equestrian Travels Debbie Dos Santos will recount her equine experiences across the globe through her boutique, luxury travel design company that provides experiential travel, private yacht charters and villas for individuals, groups, corporate and business loyalty programs. Debbie’s Equestrian Travels are designed for the all things equestrian such as bespoke itineraries, world equestrian events and preferred properties. Attendees can catch Debbie Dos Santos between September 19-21.

Petra Ingram, CEO of Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, will speak on the connection and love between horse and riders and educate about Brooke’s efforts to lift both horses and humans out of poverty in developing nations around the world.

British Olympic Gold Medalist in Eventing and Lady-In-Waiting to HRH The Princess Royal Jane Holderness-Roddam will discuss her amazing career in Eventing, including competing at the age of six at Madison Square Garden and share her stories of the abiding relationship between the Royals and horses, from the rural paddocks of England to the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

Leslie Munsell, Founder of Beauty For Real, has been described as a makeup maverick, innovator, trend forecaster, educator and entrepreneur. With 25 years’ experience as a celebrity makeup artist, Leslie has worked with the biggest talents in the advertising and fashion worlds. Now, in her crowning role as the creator of Beauty For Real cosmetics, Munsell will demonstrate the use of her cruelty-free cosmetics. As a lifelong Dressage rider, Munsell will also explain why her cosmetics are perfectly formulated for equestrians and how proceeds improve the welfare of horses, donkeys, and mules around the world through Brooke USA. Munsell will be on-site for both weeks of the World Equine Expo™.

To learn more about the World Equine Expo™ and preview schedules, click here.

About the Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, with first-class facilities for all eight FEI disciplines. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at

About the FEI World Equestrian Games

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed here.

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Volunteer at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

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Join Our Team of Volunteers!

When the world comes to Tryon September 11-23 for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG), more than 2,000 volunteers will make this global event possible, and Tryon International Equestrian Center invites you to get involved! Whether you’re our neighbor or travel here from around the world, you will be an integral part of hosting the greatest equestrian event on earth.

Here are some significant reasons to volunteer for WEG:

  • Meet people from all over the world
  • Experience “Southern Hospitality”
  • Have FUN with new and old friends
  • Take part in a “once in a lifetime” experience

We need volunteers for BOTH weeks of the WEG, so here are some reasons to sign up for both weeks of competition:

  • The following benefits are granted by the week you are scheduled to volunteer and carry over if you volunteer for both weeks:
  • Free “on-site” parking
  • Credentials which grant access to the grounds
  • Stadium Seats to view competition when available
  • Access to the Volunteer HQ, which is a place for shade, socializing, and snacks
  • Commemorative WEG volunteer uniform that includes a polo shirt, “Team Tryon” pin, and hat

Scheduled volunteers will receive daily:

  • 1 Meal coupon per shift at Volunteer Check In
  • Free volunteer housing

TIEC Volunteer Portal

The TIEC Volunteer Portal is the online volunteer vetting and scheduling system for WEG. Please visit, to:

  • Create a login and password
  • Complete a volunteer profile
  • Select “upcoming events” and “event days” to sign up for positions/days/shifts

All Volunteers will undergo a security check upon arrival by the State Bureau of Investigation or Federal Bureau of Investigation, based on domestic versus international residency.

15 Committees with positions available:


  • Accreditation Committee
  • Arena Décor Crew Committee
  • Disabled Services Committee
  • Golf Cart Drivers Committee
    • Lodging Delivery Driver
  • Golf Cart Pool Committee
  • EXPO: Demonstrations Committee
  • EXPO: Vendors Committee
  • Horse Arrivals Committee (GSP Airport)
  • Information Committee:
    • Call Center Attendant
    • Guest Services, Greeter
    • Program Sales ($50. bonus)
    • FEI Pavillon Receptionist
    • Volunteer HQ Attendant
  • Kathryn’s Paddock Committee:
    • Language Translators
    • FEI Survey
    • USADA Chaperone
    • Volunteer “on call”
  • PR & Marketing Committee
    • Marketing Assistant
    • Photo Assistant
  • Ticketing & Will Call Committee
  • Ushers Committee: Tryon Stadium, U.S. Trust Stadium, Indoor Arena
  • VIP Hospitality Committee
  • Volunteer Check In Committee


If you need help uploading a photo, creating your volunteer profile or signing up for shifts. Please visit the “help desk”

Help Desk Schedule:

Through Sept. 15th, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am – 4pm, at the Sandy Plains Office, located at 2659 Sandy Plains Road, Tryon.

Saturday, Sept. 11th, 9am – noon & Sunday, Sept. 12th, 1pm-4pm, at Vendor Cabin 13 at TIEC, located at 25 International Blvd., Mill Spring.

Volunteer Schedule: Uniforms, Credentials, Orientations

Mark your calendars for September 8th& 9th for uniform, credential, and parking passes pickup and an orientation at the Sandy Plains Office, located at 2659 Sandy Plains Road, Tryon, NC 28782.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30am –Noon: Committee orientation
  • Noon –1pm: Golf cart shuttle tours of property
  • 1pm –8pm: Pick up credentials and volunteer uniform
  • 6pm – 7:30pm: Committee orientation – repeat session

Anyone who is not able to pick up their credentials and uniform will be able to do so when they arrive for their first shift at volunteer check-in onsite. Parking Passes will need to be retrieved from the “Welcome Center” near Accreditation, located near the roundabout onsite. We will not mail: credentials, uniforms, or parking passes. These items may only be signed out by the volunteer for whom they are issued.

Please forward this email to your friends and family!

Thanks for your volunteer support!

Kathryn McMahon
TIEC, Director Community Engagement
FEI WEG Tryon 2018, Volunteer Coordinator

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National Western Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is pleased to announce the creation of the National Western Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase. This event will provide local youth within the equine industry an opportunity to showcase their talents in freestyle reining and be recognized during a prestigious event at the National Western Stock Show. Selected youth will perform prior to the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Interested youth must be a Colorado or Wyoming resident between 14 – 21 years of age and will be selected based on the procedure for the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining. They will submit a completed application and a short video showing the horse/rider pair’s potential for a freestyle reining performance no later than September 30, 2018. Riders must have a current NRHA membership card and horses must have a current NRHA license to be considered. Selections will be based on quality, talent, creativity and entertainment.

More information, details and application are available on the NWSS website: Follow our page on Facebook @NWSS Horse Exhibitors for the latest news and announcements.

Provided by:
Horse Show Department | National Western Stock Show
4655 Humboldt St.  Denver, CO 80216 | O: 303.299.5525 | F: 303.292.1708

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Ebony Shines Makes NRHA History

For Immediate Release – August 1, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Since its inception in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has seen thirty-eight stallions cross the coveted NRHA Million Dollar Sire mark. After the completion of several NRHA events this weekend, however, history was made when the offspring of 2016 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Ebony Shines earned her enough to unofficially become the first NRHA Million Dollar Dam.

The 19-year-old mare Ebony Shines is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Shining Spark and out of Ebony Whiz (by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Topsail Whiz). Bred by Bob Loomis, the palomino is currently owned by Rosanne Sternberg and lives at Sterling Ranch in Aubrey, Texas.

Ebony Shines spent approximately one year in the show pen between 2004 and 2005. With NRHA Professional Jerry Fowler aboard, the mare earned more than $25,000 while exhibiting at shows such as the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and the South Country Derby. The pair’s most significant money earnings came during the 2004 NRHA Derby with a level (L)2 open championship, an L3 reserve championship, and an L4 top ten finish.

In 2004, Ebony Shines also began her career within the breeding shed where she found her true success. To date, the dam has produced 16 foals with NRHA earnings, including four with more than $100,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). These foals have earned top finishes at the NRHA Futurity and Derby as well as the NRBC.

When we asked Rosanne Sternberg about Ebony Shines and this historical achievement she had this to say, “I have owned ‘Ebony’ for 10 years and purchased her from Howard Mann (Manntana, LLC) when I bought her second foal, Shiners Chic, who was a 3-year-old at that time. I bought her because she seemed perfect to cross on my stallion, Smart Spook, and was out of Ebony Whiz, a good daughter of the legendary Ebony Chex. Apart from a couple of her foals, I have owned or raised all her offspring and have watched her produce great performance horses, one after the other. Her foals have gone to South America and Europe and several have become legends in reining, including Shiners Chic, the second highest money earning Smart Chic Olena offspring at $295,247, still showing after 10 years of competition; NRHA Open Futurity Co-Champion Shine N Spook; and several other remarkable show horses. The beautiful palomino has brought me much joy as a broodmare and many people happiness and success as a performance horse producer. I look forward to her offspring continuing to win and maybe reaching the second million with her!”

Before last weekend, Ebony was less than $2,000 shy of crossing the million dollar mark. Warwick Schiller and his Shine Spook Shine (by Smart Spook) earned more than $1,200 at Reining by the Bay to add to the mare’s offspring earnings. At One HOT Reining – One HOT Summer Slide, two horse and rider combinations added nearly $1,000 to Ebony’s total – Shauna Larcombe with Sternberg’s Smart Spook Shines (by Smart Spook) and Sean Pulley with his Spooks Shiner (by Smart Spook). In addition, Ebony’s Hang Ten And Shine (by Hang Ten Surprize) had a great performance in the NRHA European Open Derby finals with Rieky Young at the reins, helping push the elite mare over the NRHA Million Dollar Dam mark.

Her most notable offspring include:

  • Shiners Chic (by Smart Chic Olena, owned by Rosanne Sternberg): NRHA LTE over $295,247
  • Shine N Spook (by Smart Spook, owned by Ubere Agropecuaria Eireli): NRHA LTE over $219,826
  • Shine Chic Shine (by Smart Chic Olena, owned by Amabile & Strusiner): NRHA LTE over $148,714
  • Hang Ten And Shine (by Hang Ten Surprize, owned by Christine Brazeau): NRHA LTE over $108,515

Photo by Janina Gauthier

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