Oklahoma Issues New Livestock Entry Requirements

Oklahoma issued emergency import requirements on May 13 for livestock entering the state from a county where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed.

Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, May 21, 2015 - As of May 13, Oklahoma issued emergency import requirements for livestock (equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine or cervidae) entering the state from a county where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed within the last 30 days or a county that contains a premise quarantined for vesicular stomatitis shall be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dated within five days of entry containing the following statement:

“All animals identified on this certificate have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis.”

The CVI shall be completed by an accredited veterinarian from the state where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed and shall be obtained prior to each entry into Oklahoma. This includes re-entry of Oklahoma-origin animals that have traveled to a state with vesicular stomatitis.

Counties in States with vesicular stomatitis and effective date:

Maricopa, Arizona – May 1
Kane, Utah – May 1
Yavapai, Arizona – May 13
Grant, New Mexico – May 15
Pecos, Texas – May 18

More information from Michael Herrin, DVM, Assistant State Veterinarian, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry:

“We currently do not have any movement restrictions or testing requirements regarding Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

I share your concern given the recent news of two EHV positive horses at a reining competition in Illinois.  We rely on the state officials in Illinois to investigate the situation and institute movement restrictions on exposed horses.

Show management for upcoming events should remind participants to be “disease aware” by practicing good biosecurity, maintain daily health and temperature evaluations on their horses, ensure vaccinations are current, and get prompt veterinary care for sick horses.

The situation with Vesicular Stomatitis or EHV can change quickly, please check back or review http://ag.ok.gov as your event approaches for up-to-date information.”

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’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

The National Reining Horse Association is pleased to announce that Magnum Chic Dream recently reached another milestone in his breeding career by becoming NRHA’s newest Three Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, Sherman, Texas, the 1996 sorrel American Quarter Horse currently stands at Casey & Kathy Hinton’s Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.

Magnum Chic Dream was bred by Guy Du Ponchel of France.  He is by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee by NRHA Hall of Famer and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody. In the show pen, the talented stallion was a force to be reckoned with; earning more than $44,000. Some of the highlights of his career include:

  • 1999 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, Intermediate Open finalist, and Limited Open Reserve Champion with NRHA Professional Patti Brownshadel
  • 2000 NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Co-Reserve Champion with Patti Brownshadel
  • 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion with NRHA Professional Casey Hinton

Magnum Chic Dream’s offspring have earned over $3,0l2,600 propelling him to a new standing  among NRHA’s elite sires.  His top money earners include:

  • Taris Dreamer – NRHA LTE $170,855, 2009 gelding (Taris San Cutter by Doc Tari) owned by Ron Thompson, Whitesboro, Texas
  • Lil Magnum Jessie – NRHA LTE $166,200, 2006 gelding (Lil Ruf Jessie by Lil Ruf Peppy): owned by Casey & Kathy Hinton, Whitesboro, Texas.
  • Chicsdundreamin – NRHA LTE: $149,300, 2007 gelding (Goody Goody Dun Drop by Hollywood Dun It), owned by Betty Schroeder, Gatesville, Texas.
  • Magnum With A Dream – NRHA LTE $128,200, 2005 stallion (Shine On Sayo by Shining Spark) owned by Joshua Visser.
  • This Chicsdundreamin - NRHA LTE $124,600, 2004 mare (Hermosa Dun It by Hollywood Dun It) owned by George Lawrence, Gainesville, Texas.
  • Dreamy Little Sailor – NRHA LTE $108,100, 2002 gelding (Enjoy A Lena x Gay Bar Lena) owned by Morris Kulmer, Bountiful, Utah.

Congratulations to Magnum Chic Dream, Viola Scott and Cedar Ridge Stallion Station on reaching their newest NRHA milestone.

Photo by John Brasseaux

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IRHA/NRHA Derby Open and Non Pro Finals Champions Awarded

irhaderbyGennaro Lendi & Marilyn Monwhoa – Level 4 Open Derby Champions

Provided by Simona Diale, Reggio Emilia, May 18, 2015 – The Euro 83,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Open finals attracted a large crowd on Saturday night where the horses and riders showcased the sport of Reining at its best. Making the finals all the more thrilling were the champions:  winning the Euro 32,000-added Derby Level 4 Open were Gennaro Lendi and Marilyn Monwhoa after posting a 224.

Owned by Vittorio Rabboni, the 6-year-old mare by Smart Spook and out of Caramel Creme Command (by Boomernic) was bred in the US by Tammy Thompson Dyer and shipped to Italy for the 2013 NRHA European Derby where Lendi showed her. This is the pair’s first major win. “I’ve always believed in this mare and she really deserves this title,” said Gennaro following the awards presentation.

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

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NRHA Announces the Addition of the Classic Equine 4D Reining Competition at the 2015 NRHA Derby

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) adds the Classic Equine 4D Reining competition for exhibitors entered in the Youth, Novice Horse Non Pro, Amateur and Green Reiner classes on June 21 at the 2015 NRHA Derby.

Oklahoma City, Okla., May 14, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association is proud to announce the addition of the Classic Equine 4D Reining competition for exhibitors entered in the Youth, Novice Horse Non Pro, Amateur and Green Reiner classes on June 21 at the 2015 NRHA Derby. Exhibitors competing in these classes at the NRHA Derby can enter the 4D portion for an additional $20 by noon, June 20.  The 4D portion will be run concurrently during those classes.

The 4D jackpot method is a new innovative concept in the reining world, and was first introduced at the 2012 NRHA Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth. “We’re so excited to bring this concept to the NRHA Derby. It not only allows NRHA to test a widely popular concept in the barrel racing industry, but also gives riders a chance to win better paychecks. We are always looking for innovative ways to make Reining more and more appealing to those not already in our sport and we think this is an excellent direction to grow the sport of reining,” said Shianne Megel, NRHA Director of Events & Affiliates.

A 4D styled competition is a four-division scoring system (1D, 2D, 3D, and 4D) with the highest score being declared as the 1D winner. The highest score determines the winning score of the three other divisions. This spreads winnings across four competitive levels, based on the level of competition that day and without the need for pre-determined class eligibility. This format doesn’t require in depth knowledge of class rules and may serve to be a great tool to welcome new competitors to the sport.

The division breaks are determined using the highest score as follows: 2D marker is the highest score minus 3 points, 3D marker is the highest score minus 6 points, and 4D marker is the highest score minus 12 points. The score closest to the division marker without going over is the division winner.

The 4D reining is slated to run concurrently with the Youth, Novice Horse Non Pro, AQHA/APHA Amateur, and Green Reiner classes. Exhibitors must enter a concurrent class to be eligible to enter the 4D Reining, and the entry fee is only $20.

Entry forms and conditions for the 4D are available at nrhaderby.com. The 2015 NRHA Derby will be held June 20 – 27 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Thousands of spectators, exhibitors and horses attend the event each year with their eye on the most talented and beautiful reining horses in the world, plus approximately $1 million in cash, prizes and nominator incentives awarded there.  Updated Derby Conditions for 2015 as well as a schedule and list of host hotels are available now at nrhaderby.com.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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Pierluigi Chioldo and Spooks O Lena lead the IRHA/NRHA Open Derby go-round

irhaderby2015 IRHA/NRHA OPEN DERBY GO ROUND
2015 IRHA/NRHA Derby
12-16 May, Reggio Emilia, Italy

For Immediate Release:

Pierluigi Chioldo and Spooks O Lena lead the IRHA/NRHA Open Derby go-round

Provided by Simona Diale, May 12, 2015 – The 2015 edition of the IRHA/NRHA Derby once again attracted close to 350 horses. Open to 4-5 and 6-year-old horses, the Derby is run in a qualifying go-round and clean slate finals and the show offers a full-slate of NRHA approved classes. During the show, the Italian Senior, Junior and Young Rider CRI qualifiers for the 2015 FEI European Reining Championship will also be held.

pierluigiPierluigi Chioldo & Spooks O Lena

The Open Derby go-round counted 116 entries who made their way in the Fiere di Reggio Emilia arena vying for a spot in the finals which will be held on Saturday, May 16. Earning top honors in the €32,000-added Level 4 Open division was Italian Pierluigi Chioldo riding Spooks O Lena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lonesome Sally Lena x Doc O Lena) for owners Ambrosini QH ASD/Davide Rossi. Aboard the talented 6-year-old mare who boasts close to $28,000 in NRHA LTE, Chioldo scored a 222.5. In the L 4 division, the second highest score was posted by Dominik Reminder. The German NRHA Professional, who works out of the Luga Quarter Horses facility in Italy, rode Susanna Sodi’s Gotta Nifty Gun (Dunnit Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic x Custom Crome)  to a 220.5. Gotta Nifty Gun, a 5-year-old stallion, was ridden by NRHA Professional Duane Latimer to the reserve championship in the 2014 NRHA European Open L 4 Futurity and boasts over $23,000 LTE in NRHA competition.

Chioldo and his mount are also leading the €13,500-added Level 3 Open division where the second highest score was earned by Massimiliano Ruggeri. Aboard Paolo Morandotti’s Mister Little Uno (Mister Uno x Bonita Bahia x Gallo Del Cielo), Ruggeri closed his run with a 218.5 which also saw him lead the €4,000-added Level 2 Open division.

massimilianoMassimiliano Ruggeri & Mister Little Uno

Posting the highest score in the €1,500-added Level 1 Open division, a 213.5, was Italy’s Giacomo Polo Barberis riding CF Frozen Smart Jaba (RS Little Red Jaba x Chic Sailor x Frozen Sailor) for owner Francesca Polito.

giacomoGiacomo Polo Barberis & CF Frozen Smart Jaba

The qualifying go-round of the €28,500 IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby, counting 98 entries, will take place on Tuesday 12th at 8 am CET and will be followed by the first go of the CRI*.

Follow the action live on: www.andreabonaga.it

Livescore: www.showmanager.eu

For further information:  www.itrha.com

All photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga 

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.

Media Contact:  Simona Diale
The €85,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby
2015 IRHA/NRHA Derby
12-16 May, Reggio Emilia – Italy

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Horses Diagnosed With Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Illinois

Two horses were diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) following a recent horse show in Gordyville, Ill.  Gordyville officials are taking proactive measures to alert horse owners and competitors.

Oklahoma City, Okla., May 9, 2015 – The care and welfare of horses is paramount, and the National Reining Horse Association has learned that two horses from the same stable have been diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) from a competition in Gordyville, Ill., during the May 2-3, 2015 Midwest Reining Horse Association show.  All exhibitors from that event have been notified, and upcoming events at the Gordyville facility have been indefinitely postponed, including the May 15-17 Illinois Quarter Horse Association youth show to properly disinfect and clean the facility.

NRHA strongly recommends not to travel with horses that have been in this area or currently reside in this area until the recommended time has passed and deemed safe for horses to be asymptomatic.

Additionally, horse owners are strongly encouraged to contact a veterinarian for more information about EHV-1 and to properly test horses that may have been in contact with infected animals.

For more information about EHV-1, please contact the American Association of Equine Practitioners at (800) 443-0177 or visit aaep.org. Officials in Gordyville may be reached by visiting gordyvilleusa.com.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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Oklahoma City CVB Honors NRHA As Local Hometown Heroes

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Tabbi Burwell, Communications Manager
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
405-297-8973
tburwell@visitokc.com

Oklahoma City CVB Celebrates National Tourism Week,
Honors Local Hometown Heroes

Oklahoma City, OK- The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (OKCCVB) celebrated this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week with an event at the Devon Boathouse on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 honoring several Oklahoman’s and organizations in their sixth annual Hometown Heroes awards.

The Hometown Heroes Awards are each year during National Travel & Tourism Week and honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on Oklahoma City’s tourism and hospitality industry.  President for the OKCCVB, Mike Carrier shared his thoughts on the importance of the tourism industry in Oklahoma City, its successes and the achievements made by others in the community at the afternoon celebration.

DSC_0055During the program eight tourism awards were bestowed upon individuals and organizations that have exceedingly supported and promoted Oklahoma City tourism and travel.  Awards were presented to the following:

  • Freelance Writer,  Elaine Warner
  • Director of Continuing Education at the University of Central Oklahoma, Karen Youngblood
  • Meeting Planner for Oklahoma State Firefighters Association, Scott VanHorn
  • CEO & Founder with DayStar Foundation and Betty Ann Ridley Association, Betty Ann Ridley
  • President with Bart Conner Gymnastics, Bart Conner
  • County Executive Director with Oklahoma Association of County Office Employers, Mike Lee
  • The National Reining Horse Association
  • The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Additionally, each year during the Hometown Heroes awards a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) is selected as the CTA Star of the Year as part of a national program in each community.   OKCCVB’s CTA Star is acknowledged by their excellence in hospitality and customer service and one who demonstrates knowledge of local attractions and venues, stays current on local events and shows a commitment to the CTA program.  This year, the OKCCVB selected Shane Grander, marketing director for Armstrong Auditorium.

“We’re all very proud of the people and organizations who have earned a Hometown Hero award this year as well as the CTA Star award, said President Mike Carrier.  “It takes more than the CVB to promote tourism in Oklahoma City and these individuals have gone above and beyond to help us where we are today. Being able to celebrate them is just a small token we can do for their continued belief in OKC.”

On a national level, travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries.  Studies by the U.S. Travel Association completed in 2014 showed direct spending by residents and international travelers averaged $2.5 billion per day.  The industry continues to grow and be one of the largest employers which calculate to 15 million jobs in the U.S.

For more information on the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Certified Tourism Ambassador program, visit www.visitokc.com. Or for information on National Travel and Tourism Week visit www.ustravel.org.

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About the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a division of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. The CVB is the tourism information source for visitors to and the citizens of Oklahoma City. As the City’s official destination marketing organization, the mission of the CVB is to contribute to the economic well-being of Oklahoma City and its citizens through the solicitation and servicing of conventions and other related group business, to promote the city as a first-class visitor destination, and to enhance Oklahoma City’s name and image.

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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The May Digital Reiner is Ready!

mayreinercoverThe May Digital Reiner, an exciting issue covering a range of topics this month! The main feature, fly control and different ways to help contain/eliminate the problem in your barn.

Just in case you missed anything while on the road in 2014, we’ve got you covered with the 2014 Year in Review.

NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Gunner receives yet another honor for his outstanding performance as a sire of champions.

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Certified Horsemanship Association Announces the Return of NRHA Ride a Reiner to the CHA International Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified Horsemanship Association Announces the Return of NRHA Ride a Reiner to the CHA International Conference

(April 2015) – Attendees of the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference in 2014 were thrilled to have the chance to participate in mounted educational sessions with instruction from experienced horsemen and horsewomen, and one of the most popular riding options was the National Reining Horse Association’s Ride a Reiner program. Now, the Certified Horsemanship Association is proud to announce the return of the NRHA Ride a Reiner to this year’s CHA International Conference, set for October 22-25, 2015, in Amarillo, Texas. All horse enthusiasts are welcome at the CHA International Conference.

NRHA has given all types of riders—from beginners to advanced horsemen and horsewomen—the thrill of a lifetime with the Ride a Reiner program at equine events across the country. “I really believe that the ‘NRHA Ride a Reiner’ is taking the country by storm by offering first-time and novice riders the experience to ride a reining horse,” said Hayley Lewallen, NRHA’s Senior Marketing Coordinator. “Nowhere else in the world can spectators find an opportunity like this: the opportunity to get a hands-on lesson from an NRHA professional, to enjoy a dizzying spin, and to feel the power of sliding stops on a well-trained reining horse!”

CHA is happy to welcome Lewallen back to its conference as the representative from NRHA who will help the sessions run smoothly and be available at NRHA’s booth. “It was an honor to attend the CHA International Conference last year and sincerely a joy to have such a warm welcome from your members,” said Lewallen. “I was astounded with the quality of education that was offered to CHA’s professionals in such a friendly environment. CHA is offering the horse industry exactly what it needs.”

Lewallen is excited about NRHA’s Ride a Reiner program and has experienced first-hand the excitement it has generated at events across the country, including at the 2014 CHA International Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Last year, excited participants got in line at 6 a.m. to be able to sign up for a reining session. “I was more proud to see the excitement on everyone’s faces as they got to experience the slide and discover the feel of the spin as they built their relationship with that horse,” said Lewallen. “The entire experience was not only a joy, but it reminded me of how much I love promoting the reining horse, and especially how honored I am to have a role in the horse industry.”

This year, the NRHA Ride a Reiner session will happen during the lunch break on Saturday. Attendees can sign up at the conference, and riders will come on a first-come, first-serve basis. The 2015 CHA International Conference will take place at the American Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Fame and at West Texas A&M University’s Horse Center, which offers an indoor arena, two lighted outdoor arenas, and meeting rooms set on 80 acres in Canyon, Texas. In addition to the NRHA Ride a Reiner program, horse enthusiasts and CHA members will enjoy presentations, workshops, entertainment, equine veterinary talks, business and marketing tips, the CHA Trail Challenge, a large silent auction, vendors, and the ever-popular hands-on riding sessions. Conference registration and more information is on CHA’s website at www.cha-ahse.org/store/pages/47/International_Conference.html. For additional questions, contact the CHA office at 859-259-3399 or office@CHA-ahse.org.

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 Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHAinstructors.com.

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

For More Information and Photos
Contact: Christy Landwehr
720-857-9550 or clandwehr@CHA-ahse.org

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Award-winning NRHA Reiner magazine excels in American Horse Publications 2015 Awards Competition

American Horse Publications (AHP) members seem to get better and better. That was the general feeling expressed by many of the 27 professionals who judged the 2015 AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in 2014. “The entries were very strong this year,” says the judge of the business-advertising class. “The pieces submitted were extraordinary in the cover category,” says another long-time judge. One of the photography-class judges notes, “Some great photography again this year.” Of the new long-form journalism class, the judge says, “The long-form pieces were exceptional. Very, very strong entries. I was impressed with all of them.” Those comments speak volumes for the state of equine publishing. Every member who participated in this year’s competition should be very proud of their work regardless of whether they made the list of 72 finalists.

Among the 2015 finalists is the NRHA Reiner, which has won many AHP awards, including the 2012 General Excellence Award.  The NRHA Reiner is the only publication dedicated solely to the sport of Reining and is the Official Publication of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).  The NRHA Reiner magazine is a benefit of NRHA membership, available by subscription or may be viewed in its digital format at nrha.com.

“The contest is much like a publication. While the overall mission and design remains the same, the content changes constantly,” says Awards Coordinator Chris Brune. “Entries can be submitted by long-time entrants or first-timers. It’s a fresh new start with lots of variables that reflect the equine world in one particular year.”

Held since 1974, the AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing. All entries are critiqued by the judges to encourage members to strive for journalism excellence. This year’s contest drew entries from 115 members and total entries increased from 736 in 2014 to 837.

The Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 20, 2015, at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, during the AHP “Tally-Ho at the Alamo” Seminar. The Awards Reception is co-sponsored by Dover Saddlery and i-5 Publishing. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Zoetis with table centerpieces from Breyer Animal Creations.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

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