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.

For more information from AQHA, visit www.aqha.com/news.

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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 NRBC.com 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 www.robinglenn.com.

For more information on RGP and the services available, visit www.robinglenn.com.

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

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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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2014 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced

From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” – It took two full days of preliminary competition, but the second largest NRBC Non Pro division has been narrowed from 176 contestants in the preliminary round to 35 that will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, April 18.Tish Fappani and Hot Rockin Spook

Tish Fappani, of Scottsdale, Arizona, set the bar high on the first day, piloting Hot Rockin Spook to a 221 – a score that wouldn’t be surpassed. Fappani and the stallion, by Smart Spook out of Hot Rockin Badger, are coming off a big win at the Cactus Classic, where they won the Protect the Harvest Non Pro Derby. “He has a really big stop and the talent but he’s got a laid-back attitude,” she said following that win – her last stop before the NRBC.Shannon Rafacz and Lenas Whizabelle

Shannon Rafacz and Lenas Whizabelle (West Coast Whiz x Sugarmans Belle) marked a 219 for the high score of the level (L) 3 non pro division, and the second high score of the non pro.

Melanie Schuckers, Mark Bradford, and Shaunda Rai Ruckman all scored a 218.5 to tie for the high score of the L 2 non pro divisions in the preliminary round. Ruckman, a former NRBC Non Pro Champion, was riding Valentino Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena.

Schuckers, riding Custom Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Custom Bobbie) and Bradford, aboard Chicks Smokingun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Dun It By Chic) also tied for the L 1 non pro division high score.

Stoney Russell and Gotta Get Er Done (Spooks Gotta Gun x Zan Hickory Girl) topped the Prime Time non pro preliminaries with a 220.

The top 30 plus ties in the L 4 non pro and the top 20, plus ties, of the other four non pro divisions advance to the finals.

It took a 214.5 to make it back in the L 4 non pro and 214 in the L 3 non pro. In the L 2 non pro, the magic number was a 212.5, and in the L 1 non pro, contestants needed a 210.5 or higher. Prime Time non pro competitors with a score of 214.5 also earned finals berths.

The NRBC continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Classic Preliminaries. Keep up with all the latest news at the NRBC by liking us on Facebook!

Watch the Webcast

Make sure to tell your friends at home to watch the live NRBC webcast, thanks to Equine Promotion. The webcast can be accessed through the NRBC website at NRBC.com – or by clicking the picture to the right. You have the option to watch the Coliseum Arena, Tellepsen Arena, or the Wheless Arena.

Congratulations to the Ancillary Winners

The first NRHA Ancillary Class Champions at the NRBC were crowned Tuesday afternoon.

The NRHA Limited Non Pro (1) ended in a 3-way tie between Nancy Stillwell (Doctor Dually Pep), Amy Anderson (Wimpys Showboat), and Tiffani Avery (Whizards Way).

Melanie Petroll and Gee Golly Whiz claimed the Championship for the Int. Open (1) and Ltd. Open (1), while Milo Kurucz and Shiney Dokey won the Rookie Professional (1).

 

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Tish Fappani Leads NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries on Hot Rockin Spook

From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” – Just hours into the first section of the NRBC Non Pro preliminary competition, hard rains and bone-chilling winds caused a dramatic drop in temperature at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. That didn’t squelch the hot scores being marked by in the arena.

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.26.14 AMTish Fappani and Hot Rockin Spook currently lead the preliminary competition with a 221. Fappani and the 5-year-old Smart Spook stallion, out of Hot Rockin Badger, are coming off a big win at the Cactus Reining Classic where they won the Protect the Harvest Non Pro Derby. It was “Copper’s” first big show before the NRBC.

Currently leading the Intermediate Non Pro and Non Pro Prime Time divisions is Stoney Russell and Gotta Get Er Done. Russell and Gotta Get Er Done (Spooks Gotta Gun x Zan Hickory Girl) marked a 218.5. That score is also good for second in the Non Pro division.

Sitting at the top of the leader board in the Limited Non Pro and Non Pro Level 1 preliminaries is Mark Bradford and Chicks Smokingun with a 216.5. Chicks Smokingun, a 6-year-old stallion, is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Dun It By Chick. Bradford is eligible for all five Non Pro divisions. Non Pro preliminary competition continues Tuesday. The top 30 in the Non Pro, as well as the top 20 in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Markel Insurance Non Pro Draw Party on Wednesday evening.

For complete results, visit NRBC’s results page.

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41st IHSA National Championships

41st IHSA National Championships Welcome New Sponsors and Return of Longtime Partners

From IHSA Release (LA Pomeroy) – Fairfield, CT - The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association sponsorship committee for the 41st IHSA National Championships are pleased to confirm commitment from more than a dozen sponsors across its Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of support.

The IHSA National Championships return May 1-4 for the second consecutive year to the Pennsylvania Farm Expo in Harrisburg for four days of hunter seat flat, over fences, Western horsemanship. and reining title challenges in front some of the nation’s top rated judges.
New this year to the IHSA family of Platinum sponsors is Samshield Helmets, which has joined as a sponsor of the IHSA Regional Championships, the first qualifying round towards Nationals, by presenting more than 300 helmets (one to each Individual Regional Champion rider at all 38 Regional Championships nationwide).

Confirmed to continue their long term support of IHSA and the National Championships are Platinum sponsors Weatherbeeta/Collegiate, who will maintain their support of riders at all levels, including presenting Collegiate Saddles at the 2014 IHSA National Finals; and the US Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), whose support of the 2014 IHSA National Finals will again include their annual Competitors Party and exhibitor bags.

IHSA Western riding continues to enjoy a strong partnership with the National Reining Horse Assocation, which has confirmed support of all three IHSA Western Semi-Finals, as well as the National Championships, through the presenation of eight buckles for Individual Semi Finals winners and prizes for second- to fifth-place finishers, plus jackets for each Team Class winner and vests for each reserve Team Class finisher, as well as trophies for Individual, Team and Alumni Reining. At the National Championships, NRHA provides trophies for the Individual Champion and reserve Champion, Team, AQHA Cup Reining Phase High Point Rider, and for Alumni Reining.

The IHSA Nationals present 40 title classes and host over 450 riders that have progressed through qualifying events to earn the privilege of competing for their school at the Championships. Results of last year’s championships – which saw a historic tie in the Collegiate Cup between hunter seat teams St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College, and an AQHA Trophy team win for West Texas A&M University — are available at www.ihsainc.com.

About IHSA
IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its scholarships, internships and other membership bonuses at www.IHSAinc.com and follow its more than 400 teams and 8,900 riders on Facebook and Twitter at @IHSAinc.

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Wimpys Little Step Becomes an NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire

 

Wimpys Little Step Headshot_by John Brasseaux (163x200)For Immediate Release – By Hayley Lewallen – April 10, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – In 10 months after achieving the five million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Six Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fourth horse to earn such a prestigious title and puts him in the ranks alongside Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz, and Hollywood Dun It.
 
The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002, ridden by NRHA’s only Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step racked up an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $185,000.
 
His top earning progeny include:
 

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.; NRHA’s current lifetime earning’s leader and the only horse to consecutively win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby; 2007 NRHA Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC L4 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2010 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $361,800 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern; 2007 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity L4 Open Champion, 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2009 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion, 2010 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2010 Alltech™ FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $280,300 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity L2 Open Champion, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Junior Reining Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC L4 Open Champion and L3 Open Champion, NRHA Derby L3 Open Reserve Champion, and AQHA World Championship Show Senior Reining Reserve Champion
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $258,200 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Madalyn Roberts; 2010 NRBC L4 Non Pro third place, 2011 NRBC Challenge Open Champion, 2011 Cactus Reining Classic Maturity Challenge L4 Open Champion, 2011 Reining By The Bay Maturity L4 Open Champion, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse finalist
  •  Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $143,500 NRHA LTE, bred by Michael Boyle, currently owned by Rebeca Martin; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2013 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist and High Roller Reining Classic Derby L4 Open third place

Photo Credit: John Brasseaux

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RHSF Youth Scholarship Deadline – MAY 15

 By Chris Dennis  Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are valued assets to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and to the future of the horse industry. The Reining Horse Sports Foundation  (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for these valued youth members. Each year, the RHSF awards more than $44,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members.  At this time, the RHSF is excited to offer $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members.

“The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of Reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school, is an honor,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on academic achievement, future goals, involvement in the NRHyA and NRHA, and financial need.  Applicants must be a senior in high school planning to pursue an undergraduate degree from a two or four year institution or a trade and technical school and current NRHA member for at least two years.

Applications are now being accepted for the RHSF scholarships. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old. The scholarship application may be downloaded at nrhya.com.

For more information about RHSF scholarships, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com. You may also contact Chris Dennis at cdennis@nrha.com or at (405) 946-7400.

Photo by Mary Frances Flanders. 

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NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Deadline is May 22

€ 50,000 purse – Enrollment Form Online – Deadline: May 22

Kreuth / Germany, June 22 – 29, 2014

NRHA-Breeders-Derby-Plakat

Provided by NRHA Germany (Ramona Billing) - The 2014 NRHA Germany Breeders Derby is scheduled for June 22 -29, 2014 – as usual, upon the beautiful facility of Gut Matheshof in Kreuth / Germany. There is a purse of more than € 50,000. Besides the NRHA approved Breeders Derby classes, there are a number of other NRHA shows including an Open an Non Pro. The enrollment form is online now. Deadline for entries is May 22, 2014.

968 entries and almost 300 horses – this was the NRHA Breeders Derby last year. Several thousand visitors watched the exciting finals with Cody Sapergia and Shining Tinsel (Tinsel Nic x Setting Off Sparks; owner Klaus Zieglmeier) winning the Open Derby scoring a 221.5.  Jeannette Krähenbühl aboard Dr Lee Hook (Ray Gay Quixote x Chickaduasha, owner Glis Ranch) and Grischa Ludwig aboard Pistol Silhouette (Custom Pistol x Peaches Silhouette, owner. Joline Nollet) tied for second place.

The NRHA Breeders Derby Non Pro final anded with a tie on first place between Britta Grönemeyer aboard Best Spook and Katharina King aboard Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin) who had scored a 213.5 each. In the following run off, Britta Grönemeyer and her black AQHA stallion by Smart Spook out of Best Stop took the lead earning the Non Pro title.

Enrollment and further information  www.nrha.de.

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