Training Opportunities for NRHA Show Secretaries Continue to Grow

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. (August 15, 2017) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the third opportunity this year for show secretaries to attend an in-person workshop at the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

Starting Saturday, October 7, and ending Sunday, October 8, participants can expect to expand their knowledge and skills as show secretaries while networking and trading ideas and tips with their peers. The two-day workshop will be held in the Ohio Expo Center. The first opportunity was held at the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, and received glowing reviews from both attendees and staff. The second was held in Cremona, Italy, during the 2017 European Futurity.

The event is open to all current NRHA secretaries, those needing to recertify, or those who are interested in becoming certified. Show managers interested in taking part in the seminar are welcomed to attend, as well.

The training seminar is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 pm and Sunday, October 8, from 9 a.m. until noon. During this seminar, participants can expect to discuss a variety of important topics for show secretaries including:

  • A look into the show manager’s responsibilities at an NRHA show and how the manager can make the event a fun-filled experience
  • A review and study on how affiliates tie into NRHA shows and what is needed and how to qualify for the Affiliate Regional Championships and the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships
  • Certification to be an NRHA Show Secretary, including in-depth training on management and affiliate involvement
  • A chance to sit down with other secretaries, show managers, and affiliate contacts and share stories and ideas from past experiences

To register for this event please contact Kristen Liesman at Kliesman@nrha.com or by calling (405)946-7400.

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The Candidates Are Set – NRHA Elections

Each year, NRHA members are given the opportunity to nominate and elect representatives to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The final deadline to nominate candidates passed on August 2, so a complete slate of candidates now can be presented to the membership for consideration.

Votes in this year’s election (October 1 – November 1) will determine the names of:

  • Two members to serve on the Executive Committee as a Director-At-Large
  • One member per region to serve as a North American Regional Director (On a rotational basis, approximately half of the regions have this opportunity each year)

Eligible voting members will receive voting information via email prior to October 1.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

Each voting member will be given the opportunity to cast a vote for two Director-At-Large candidates. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes will have a two-year term, and the second-largest vote-getter will have a one-year term.

Four members were nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee: Shane Brown, George King, Brian Welman and Joe Wolfe. An additional candidate, Tom McCutcheon, was nominated via the write-in process. Therefore, a total of five candidates are campaigning for member votes.

NORTH AMERICAN DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

North American Director elections will be held for the Northeast region featuring Kelly Hedges and Heather Powell. Only one candidate was nominated for the other four regions. Therefore, no elections will be held for these regions and these candidates will be elected by acclamation: East Central – Brett Walters, North Central – Larry Handley, Northwest – Jeanine Kern and South Central – Ann Salmon Anderman.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES

Shane Brown • Elbert, Colo.

SHANE image1 cropped“As a member of many NRHA committees and positions, currently and in the past, I am excited to be considered for an NRHA Executive Committee position. I look forward to becoming even more involved in programs that help to grow NRHA from the grass roots level at the Affiliates to my ongoing dedication to the Professional and non pro members at the trainer/ breeder/owner level. I am an active, dedicated NRHA non pro coach so it is important to me to continue the upward track that NRHA has established, taking all members into consideration. I would be honored to be a participant and pledge to be an active, productive member of the NRHA Executive Committee to help NRHA meet its goals for 2018.” ~READ MORE~

George King • Idaho Falls, Idaho

George King 2017 cropped“At the young age of 59, I have been a member of the NRHA for almost 30 years. I remember those early years when we gathered together at an outdoor arena in Montana for Dick Pieper clinics. In those days, a reining show only lasted one day. You would drive to the show in the morning and go home that evening (sometimes quite late). I’ve seen amazing growth in the NRHA and the reining horse industry; what an incredible journey it has been. You can see the results of our prosperity in that we now have 24 NRHA Million Dollar Riders, two of which are non pros; we have 36 NRHA Million Dollar Sires and several that have turned over nine million dollars. ~READ MORE~

Tom McCutcheon • Aubrey, Tex.

Tom McCutcheon copy croppedTom McCutcheon is one of the reining industry’s leading riders with lifetime earnings exceeding $1.7 million. His accolades include winning a National Reining Breeders Classic Open Championship, two NRHA Derby Reserve Championships, a Tradition Open Futurity Championship, a Southwest Reining Horse Association Open Futurity Championship, multiple North Central Reining Horse Association Open Futurity Championships and earning multiple NRHA Open Futurity finalist positions. On the International stage, Tom is a two-time United States Equestrian Team Reining Championship winner. As a member of the 2002 USA Reining Team at the Federation Equestre Internationale World (FEI) Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, Tom helped Team USA bring home the Gold Medal. Along with the Team Gold, Tom…” ~READ MORE~

Brian Welman • Hastings, Minn.brianwelman

“I have been an NRHA member for over 30 years and have been an NRHA Judge since 1990.  I attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and then I went on to work for a few of the NRHA Hall of Fame inducted trainers until I started my own training business Brian Welman Training Center in Minnesota. I have been an active board member of the North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) from the beginning and I have been a president of the NCRHA.  I have served on the NRHA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2011 through 2015, NRHA Judges Committee, Eligibility Committee and the NRHA Executive Committee since 2016. I am actively involved with all aspects of the reining horse industry.” ~READ MORE~

Joe Wolfe • Catlettsburg, Ky.

Joe Wolfe 2011 cropped“I have been married to my wife Emmy for 46 years. We have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. We live in Catlettsburg, Kentucky where we have been involved with horses and, at times, cattle. I attended Morehead State University where I earned my bachelors and masters degrees in math. I worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Kentucky for 26 years in sales and sales management.  I retired in December of 1999 and started my own small independent insurance agency in January of 2000 with my current partner George Arnold. My wife and I became involved with reining in the mid 1980s and became members of Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association (OVRHA) and NRHA at that time. Both of us continue to…” ~READ MORE~

 

NORTHEAST CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES

Kelly Hedges • Perrysburg, N.Y.

Kelly Hedges Web cropped“I am 61-years-old and have been a professional in the equine industry for over 40 years. My wife Kim and I own and operate Hedges Reining Horses in western New York. I also own and operate Hedges Custom Carpentry which specializes in custom cabinetry and custom home interiors for over 30 years. I am currently the vice president of the Yankee Reining Horse Association (YRHA), and I am on the horse show committee, as well as the Bylaws Committee. I have been a judge for over 30 years. I hold cards with the National Snaffle Bit Association, Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) and NRHA. I have judged all the ApHC’s major events in The States, as well as the Aphc’s European Championship show three times. ~READ MORE~

Heather Powell • Chalfont, Penn.

Powell Heather HJP-2 cropped“In 1989, we bought a horse that we thought did tricks. A few weeks later we saw Richie Fisher giving a reining demonstration at Belmont Park Horse Fair and the “penny dropped.” I was introduced to trainer J.C. Daudelin from Quebec and started to learn about reining, ably assisted by our mare “April.” It has been a passion for me and the horses and people have kept me actively involved in the sport as an exhibitor (when the trainers let me have my horses back!), owner, breeder, judge, show secretary and steward since my first show at Willowbrook also in 1989. I have served as a director for Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association (EPRHA) for eight years. The past two years as NRHA Northeast Director have…” ~READ MORE~

WANT MORE DETAILS ON THE ELECTIONS? Visit the NRHA Elections page!

 

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SmartPak Expands Popular Rewards Program

Even more horse owners are now eligible for SmartPak’s exclusive SmartPerks benefits!

PLYMOUTH, MA – July 31, 2017 – SmartPak is excited to announce that even more horse owners are now eligible for their popular exclusive SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on any order, any time. Now, horse owners who put supplement buckets and bags on AutoShip are eligible for the free benefits.

From joint health to hoof health and beyond, supplements work best when they’re fed consistently. After all, your horse’s joints are under stress every day, even when they’re not working hard. And your horse is constantly, slowly growing new hoof wall, which needs proper nutrition to provide a solid foundation. Smart riders choose AutoShip when ordering their horse’s supplements because they know it’s the easiest way to ensure that their horses never miss a dose of their supplements.

AutoShip is the smart subscription service that puts your supplements on auto-pilot, saving you time and stress while helping you take great care of the horses you love. “SmartPerks has been a huge hit with SmartPaks subscribers since we introduced it last year,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “Now we’re excited to expand the program to customers who put buckets and bags on AutoShip because they’re also taking great care of their horses by ensuring their horse never runs out of his or her supplements.”

SmartPak understands that commitment can be scary, so they don’t ask for one! The company is proud to offer an AutoShip program that’s easy, hassle-free, and rewards you for taking great care of your horse. You can change your supplements, payment details, and delivery information as often as you’d like. And you don’t just have to take SmartPak’s word for it – horse owners like you are raving about it, too:

“I highly recommend SmartPak for anyone looking for supplements. Great prices and shipping options. AutoShip also ensures my horse is on an uninterrupted feed schedule!” — Emily C. from West Branch, MI

As if taking the best care of your horse and getting free SmartPerks isn’t enough of a reward, you can also save 5% on hundreds of supplements when you put a bucket or bag on AutoShip! Your subscription also gets you FREE SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on any order, anytime when you have an AutoShip supplement order over $40, as well as 10% off all SmartPak brand tack, apparel, blankets, and more! SmartPerks customers also get exclusive sales and discounts delivered straight to their email inboxes, as well as the annual Team SmartPak calendar.

To learn more about the AutoShip program, or to get your horse started on a supplement program today, visit www.SmartPak.com or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak to a renowned SmartPak Supplement Expert.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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Legends, Volume 9: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares

Legends_9_cover.Front3.31.2017Fort Worth, Texas. (July 31, 2017)  At last—another volume in Western Horseman’s popular series of Legends books! Legends, Volume 9 continues in the fine tradition of the previous eight volumes, recognizing and celebrating influential mares and stallions in the stock-horse industry.

This new volume chronicles the lives of 20 excep­tional Quarter Horses and the people affecting these horses’ lives. Here are just a few of the engaging details to be found in Legends, Volume 9.

  • To this day no one knows for sure why Millie Vessels bid on—and bought—First Down Dash.
  • Smart Chic Olena is the only horse to have won American Quarter Horse Association world titles in both cutting and reining.
  • His sire, Smart Little Lena, was first to claim the National Cutting Horse Association’s Triple Crown.
  • Multimillion-dollar sire Topsail Whiz, the son of a million-dollar sire, has sired million-dollar-sire sons — five of them.
  • Zips Chocolate Chip had a most unique marketing campaign and his own “Mini-Chip” next door.
  • The Ole Man, known as the “Energizer® Bunny” of equine sires, bred true in multiple ways, siring racehorses and halter and performance winners.
  • Goldseeker Bars is the only AQHA Supreme Champion to have sired another Supreme Champion.
  • Tanquery Gin’s name remains on his stall at the Four Sixes Ranch.

As always, each Legends, Volume 9, chapter includes the featured horse’s four-generation pedigree; photographs; halter, performance and race summary; and progeny record.

Paperback, 8 ½ x 11 inches, 256 pages, about 200 color photographs, $24.95. To order Legends, Volume 9, product #106, call 800-874-6774 or visit westernhorseman.com.

Western Horseman, established in 1936, is a monthly magazine covering ranching, western horsemanship, rodeo and equine events, and cowboy culture. The magazine is a member of the Morris Media Network Equine Group, which includes Barrel Horse News, Equine Journal, Quarter Horse News, HorseCity.com and trainingbarrelhorses.com. Morris Media Network Equine Group is owned by Morris Communications, a Georgia-based media company.

Fran D. Smith
fran.smith@westernhorseman.com

 

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2018 European Affiliate Championships Update

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 26, 2017 – In 2017, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Council made the decision to move the qualification timeline for the 2018 European Affiliate Championships to a calendar year.

The qualification timeline now runs January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. When asked about the new qualification period, Samantha Oldfield had this to say: “Riders who have shown since January of 2017 may have already contributed to their qualification for the 2018 European Championships, which will be held during one of Europe’s most prestigious events, the 2018 European Futurity.”

After much discussion, the Council opted for this decision as it works better with the new location of the European Affiliate Championships, which will now be held in conjunction with the 2018 European Futurity in Cremona, Italy. The European Council is excited to merge the two worlds together of aged events and ancillary riders. They hope that the camaraderie, support and sportsmanship from both sides will create a successful and fun environment for all who are attend.

This event and the conditions that go along with it were given much consideration, and even now as the Council meets they are discussing ways to make the event inviting, obtainable, and one of the most successful in Europe. Through several Council meetings the conditions were finalized, and the standings for each European Affiliate have been updated to reflect the current status of riders. Please review the new conditions and the current standings by visiting nrha.com/affiliate and going to the International section.

For questions in regard to the standings, conditions, or the current location of the European Affiliate Championships, please contact Samantha Oldfield at soldfield@nrha.com or Lauren Rufo at lrufo@nrha.com. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Youth at NRHA Derby

Youth at NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 21, 2017 – Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) from around the country participated in events held just for them during the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby.

The events kicked off with the youth daily activities. Youth members met each day to create a craft, play bingo, make new friends, and even compete in a scavenger hunt.

NRHyA members put their speaking skills to the test on Wednesday, June 28, as competitors came to talk their way to the top in the NRHyA Cinch Speaking Contest. Competitors had the choice of entering three different categories including A. General, Prepared Public Speaking, and a Community Service Presentation. Categories are divided in to two different age groups. The placings were:

A: General – 13 & Under

  1. Bailey Hatfield
  2. Reed Harris

A: General – 14 to 18

  1. Reagan Stephens
  2. Grace Wilson
  3. Amber Edmonds

Prepared Public Speaking – 13 & Under:

  1. Reed Harris
  2. Bailey Hatfield

Prepared Public Speaking – 14 to 18:

  1. Reagan Stephens
  2. Amber Edmonds

Community Service Presentation – 13 & Under:

  1. Reed Harris

Community Service Presentation – 14 to 18:

  1. Reagan Stephens

All week-long exhibitors and fans could stop by and vote for their favorite entries in the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Much like the speaking contest, youth members could enter in three different categories which are divided in to two different age groups. The results are as follows:

Photography 13 & Under Champion: ‘Horseshoe’ by Reis Navaro

13 & Under Artwork Champion: ‘Western Horse’ by Campbell McLeod

14 – 18 Artwork Champion: ‘Wild Hearts’ by Toni Lynn Cline

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

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

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National #MeetAHorse Day and Pledge to Kick-Off on July 22nd

Combined, the two Time to Ride events will introduce even more new people to horses than ever before.  

July 20, 2017, Georgetown, Texas - Time to Ride’s second annual Pledge to Take a Friend Riding sweepstakes will launch on National Meet a Horse Day, Saturday, July 22nd! Each initiative encourages the horse community to introduce new people to horses, and expose them to the benefits associated with horse-related activities. The best part of both of these events? The chance to win big!

National Meet a Horse Day offers beginner-friendly events held by participating Time to Ride Challenge hosts – stables, clubs, and other horse professionals – across the United States. These hosts work diligently all summer long to host events at which new people can meet horses, learn more about getting involved, and sign up for horse activities. Their efforts throughout the summer are a part of their effort to win their share of $100,000 in cash and prizes in the Time to Ride Challenge.

While the Challenge is geared toward horse professionals, the Pledge to Take a Friend Riding sweepstakes invites amateur owners, riders, and equestrians of all backgrounds across the country to join the Time to Ride movement by introducing  friends and family, who aren’t currently involved with horses, to the benefits of horse activities. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive a Horse Crazy Trip for two to Lexington, Kentucky, including participation for one in a clinic with Dan James from Double Dan Horsemanship. To enter, simply pledge to take a friend riding.* The sweepstakes runs through September 16, 2017.

National Meet a Horse Day will celebrate and welcome new horse enthusiasts and the creation of more horse-human relationships. Horse professionals nationwide have created beginner friendly events with aspirations to introduce their local community to the benefits of interacting with horses. The fourth Saturday in July delivers the perks associated with the height of summer- great weather, more free time for new activities, and the approaching return to school, making this an opportune time to meet horses and attend a National Meet a Horse Day event.

“The decision to kick-off both the Pledge and National Meet a Horse Day on July 22nd came from our goal to include both Challenge hosts and the general public in the effort to increase participation in the equine community,” says Christie Schulte, Marketing Manager. “It only makes sense to unite all of us toward the same purpose. We wanted to reward our hosts, who are doing a fantastic job in the Challenge, as well as the average equestrian looking to share their passion with their loved ones. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Equestrian celebrities including Al Dunning are also taking the Pledge: “Introducing new people to riding means more people will enjoy our horses, our sport, and make for a healthy future of the horse industry,” says Dunning.  Dan James voiced his support: “I love sharing horsemanship with new riders and helping them view the sport as something everyone can take part in and enjoy!”

Since 2014, the Challenge alone has introduced 100,000 new people to the benefits of horses. These newcomers are becoming the next generation of riders, owners, members, clients, and participants in the horse industry. The Challenge runs through September 30th, and registration is free and open throughout. To learn more about the Pledge, visit www.timetoride.com/pledge. Please visit the website or contact info@timetoride.com for questions.

*No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 16, 2017. For full official rules and to enter, visit www.timetoride.com/pledge.  Sponsored by American Horse Council dba Time to Ride, 1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Boehringer Ingelheim, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, The Right Horse Initiative, US Equestrian, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s Marketing Alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Contact: Christie Schulte, christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

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Meet the Candidates – 2017 NRHA Elections

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

Members are encouraged to carefully consider the slate of candidates prior to voting in October. A current listing is provided below; however, write-in candidates can be submitted through August 2. A final listing will be emailed to eligible voters and posted in the Members Only section of nrha.com.

For details on the write-in process or questions about the elections, please visit the Members Only section or contact Christa Morris-Stone (cmorris@nrha.com or 405-946-7400).

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

(TWO SEATS) To begin staggered terms as described in the NRHA Bylaws, the Board has approved that the candidate receiving the largest number of votes will have a two-year term. The candidate receiving the second largest number of votes will have a one-year term. Terms begin January 1, 2018. The following members were nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

  • Shane Brown
  • George King
  • Brian Welman
  • Joe Wolfe

NORTH AMERICAN DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

(ONE PER REGION) Directors will serve two-year terms begin January 1, 2018. The following members were nominated by NRHA Affiliates to represent their regions:

  • East Central – Brett Walters
  • North Central – Larry Handley
  • Northeast – Kelly Hedges and Heather Powell
  • Northwest – Jeanine Kern
  • South Central – Ann Salmon Anderman

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES

Shane Brown • Elbert, Colo.

SHANE image1 cropped“As a member of many NRHA committees and positions, currently and in the past, I am excited to be considered for an NRHA Executive Committee position. I look forward to becoming even more involved in programs that help to grow NRHA from the grass roots level at the Affiliates to my ongoing dedication to the Professional and non pro members at the trainer/ breeder/owner level. I am an active, dedicated NRHA non pro coach so it is important to me to continue the upward track that NRHA has established, taking all members into consideration. I would be honored to be a participant and pledge to be an active, productive member of the NRHA Executive Committee to help NRHA meet its goals for 2018.” ~READ MORE~

George King • Idaho Falls, Idaho

George King 2017 cropped“At the young age of 59, I have been a member of the NRHA for almost 30 years. I remember those early years when we gathered together at an outdoor arena in Montana for Dick Pieper clinics. In those days, a reining show only lasted one day. You would drive to the show in the morning and go home that evening (sometimes quite late). I’ve seen amazing growth in the NRHA and the reining horse industry; what an incredible journey it has been. You can see the results of our prosperity in that we now have 24 NRHA Million Dollar Riders, two of which are non pros; we have 36 NRHA Million Dollar Sires and several that have turned over nine million dollars. ~READ MORE~

Brian Welman • Hastings, Minn.brianwelman

“I have been an NRHA member for over 30 years and have been an NRHA Judge since 1990.  I attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and then I went on to work for a few of the NRHA Hall of Fame inducted trainers until I started my own training business Brian Welman Training Center in Minnesota. I have been an active board member of the North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) from the beginning and I have been a president of the NCRHA.  I have served on the NRHA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2011 through 2015, NRHA Judges Committee, Eligibility Committee and the NRHA Executive Committee since 2016. I am actively involved with all aspects of the reining horse industry.” ~READ MORE~

Joe Wolfe • Catlettsburg, Ky.

Joe Wolfe 2011 cropped“I have been married to my wife Emmy for 46 years. We have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. We live in Catlettsburg, Kentucky where we have been involved with horses and, at times, cattle. I attended Morehead State University where I earned my bachelors and masters degrees in math. I worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Kentucky for 26 years in sales and sales management.  I retired in December of 1999 and started my own small independent insurance agency in January of 2000 with my current partner George Arnold. My wife and I became involved with reining in the mid 1980s and became members of Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association (OVRHA) and NRHA at that time. Both of us continue to…” ~READ MORE~

 

NORTH AMERICAN DIRECTOR CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES

East Central • Brett Walters • Bourbon, Ind.

Brett Walters IMG_8300 cropped“As a current member of the NRHA Board, I would like to continue my involvement in order to help lead the NRHA in a direction that improves the association for the competitors and all of those involved. I believe that with my past experience and continued committee and board experiences I am qualified for this position. I am an active member of my local affiliates which allows me to get member feedback to bring to the board and make the best decisions for our membership. Being on the board allows me to help my local affiliates at a national level by making sure their needs and concerns are known to my fellow board members and to make sure new rules and regulations are suited for their needs.” ~READ MORE~

North Central • Larry Handley • Ankeny, Iowa

Larry Handley 2012 croppedLarry Handley, a practicing trial lawyer with over 39 years of experience, is from Ankeny, Iowa representing the North Central Region of NRHA. Larry serves on the NRHA Bylaw Committee, in addition to a special task force at the request and appointment of the NRHA President and Board. Larry has been an NRHA and North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) member since 1990. During the past 27 years, he has competed at regional and national events as a non pro participant. He primarily focuses on futurity and derby horses and enjoys working with young horses everyday. He also has served as the NCRHA Sire & Dam Coordinator for several years. He currently assists the NCRHA Board regarding legal matters. He volunteers for other non-profit organizations in a… ~READ MORE~

Northeast • Kelly Hedges • Perrysburg, N.Y.

Kelly Hedges Web cropped“I am 61-years-old and have been a professional in the equine industry for over 40 years. My wife Kim and I own and operate Hedges Reining Horses in western New York. I also own and operate Hedges Custom Carpentry which specializes in custom cabinetry and custom home interiors for over 30 years. I am currently the vice president of the Yankee Reining Horse Association (YRHA), and I am on the horse show committee, as well as the Bylaws Committee. I have been a judge for over 30 years. I hold cards with the National Snaffle Bit Association, Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) and NRHA. I have judged all the ApHC’s major events in The States, as well as the Aphc’s European Championship show three times. ~READ MORE~

Northeast • Heather Powell • Chalfont, Penn.

Powell Heather HJP-2 cropped“In 1989, we bought a horse that we thought did tricks. A few weeks later we saw Richie Fisher giving a reining demonstration at Belmont Park Horse Fair and the “penny dropped.” I was introduced to trainer J.C. Daudelin from Quebec and started to learn about reining, ably assisted by our mare “April.” It has been a passion for me and the horses and people have kept me actively involved in the sport as an exhibitor (when the trainers let me have my horses back!), owner, breeder, judge, show secretary and steward since my first show at Willowbrook also in 1989. I have served as a director for Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association (EPRHA) for eight years. The past two years as NRHA Northeast Director have…” ~READ MORE~

Northwest • Jeanine Kern • Monroe, Wash.

Jeanine Kern croppedJeanine Kern is currently an NRHA Board Member representing the Northwest Region, and has been an NRHA Non Pro for over ten years. Residing in Monroe, Wash. with her husband Dan, Jeanine considers Washington Reining Horse Association (WaRHA) as her home affiliate. Jeanine has served in various volunteer capacities with WaRHA, including newsletter editor, Reiner correspondent, communications chair, board member, and is a past president of WaRHA. A lifetime member of the Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Association, Jeanine holds a bachelors degree in business administration with a minor in economics from WSU. Professionally Jeanine has been a freelance recruiter a great deal of her career, founding executive search firm EBS Northwest. Jeanine’s professional expertise is in identifying, sourcing… ~READ MORE~

South Central • Ann Salmon Anderman • Pilot Point, Tex.

Ann Salmon 2017 Web croppedAnn Salmon Anderman has been an NRHA Judge for 20 years, an NRHA Professional since 2004 and an NRHA Steward since 2011. She and her husband Monte Anderman are involved with teaching riders and horses of all levels, hosting clinics, and sharing their love of reining. They are currently based out of Cardinal Reining Horses in Aubrey, Texas. Ann is a current NRHA Regional Director and an active member and contributor on the NRHA Judges and Stewards Committees, as well as the past chair of the NRHA Judges Policy Review Task Force. Ann is a member of the NRHA Judges Teaching Panel which includes preparation and evaluation of judges teaching and testing materials. Ann has served multiple terms on the Southwest Reining Horse Association… ~READ MORE~

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Collegiate Reining Championship

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July  2, 2017 – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the Collegiate Reining Championship on June 30. However the title of champion didn’t come easy, as it took a runoff to decide the winner for this year.

Hannah Mitchell won the championship with a score of 222.5 with The Boominator donated to the competition by James Hotz.

Mitchell took the victory after a run off with Julia Spreng, who ended up Reserve Champion scoring 220.5 with HR Dun By Whiz owned by Randy and Sharon Reecer. Both competitors tied after their first runs scoring 217.5.

Mitchell is a freshman at Oklahoma State University and is a native of Cuba, Missouri. Spreng is a sophomore at University of Georgia majoring in Business. A native of Port Orange, Florida qualified to compete at the Collegiate Reining Championship through NRHA.

The Collegiate Reining Championship consists of 12 riders – four from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and four that are selected by the NRHA. This year, the riders selected from the pool of collegiate NRHA members were: Holly Lansidel (Southern Methodist University), Jaci Marley (Texas A&M), Julia Spreng (University of Georgia), and Kyndal Harper (University of Georgia).

The NCEA sent its top four reiners from the 2016-2017 season to the championship: Caroline Gute (University of South Carolina), Claudia Spreng (University of Georgia), Hannah Mitchell (Oklahoma State), and Taylor Brown (Fresno State).

Representing the IHSA were riders who placed in top four places in Open Reining at the IHSA Finals this year. Riders representing the IHSA were: Kristen Wesoja (Cazenovia College), Lauren King (Middle Tennessee State University), Mark Mowbray, and Michelle McDowell (Grand Valley State University).

NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:

James Hotz
Randy and Sharon Reecer
Angela Myer
George and Carol Bell
Patrick Schwarz
Jennifer & Maurice Robinson
Brett Walters
Daniela Picciotti
Chris Hawkins
Day Creek Ranch LLC

Photo credit: Jana Thomason

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Day One of Competition Makes for Exciting Start to the 2017 IEA Western National Finals

Saturday, July 2, 2017 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Individual competition got underway at the 2017 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals where nearly 200 riders from across the nation converged on Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to compete for National titles at the IEA Western Finals held during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby.  In addition to competing individually, IEA Teams compete for points during team classes which will take place tomorrow.

The day began with schooling of reining horses and the individual draw, where riders select which horses they will ride in random order.  Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds has a deep history of equestrian sport competition and this week is no different.  Held in conjunction with the world-class NRHA Derby, the IEA Finals utilizes several of the available rings and barns on the sprawling campus.  As always, Announcer John Bahret kept the classes running smoothly as he effortlessly called out instructions and announcements to riders and audience members.  The NRHA has an excellent system of providing live feed coverage of reining classes, with rider, horse, and owner information identified on the screen for viewers in the arena and around the globe.

The IEA Youth Board assisted in the presentation of awards following the reining and horsemanship individual classes as not only ribbons and NRHA trophies were presented, but for the first time in IEA history, saddles were given to Varsity and JV riders.  Saddles were provided by the IEA and Tim Bower of Equine Oasis.  IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director, Roxane Durant and Co-Founder and IEA Chief Operating Officer, Myron Leff also assisted with awards as did Co-Founder and Board Member Ollie Griffith and NRHA Commissioner, Gary Carpenter joined in for the celebration of awards presentation.  Photography is provided by Waltenberry and Videography is provided by Equine Promotion.

Exhibitors, parents and coaches enjoyed a mid-day welcome party sponsored by the NRHA complete with food, a mechanical bull, climbing wall, bungee jump and bounce house.  IEA was pleased to offer its student members the opportunity to take the Horsemanship Test sponsored by the United States Pony Club (USPC) again this year.  The USPC is one of many sponsors and supporters of the IEA National Finals. Saturday’s top winners included the following:

  • NRHA Varsity Open Reining – Individual Champio
    Morgan Knerr from Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian Team (Zone 5 – Plain City, OH) riding Whimpys Dot Tari provided by Jim Dudley Quarter Horses
  • NRHA Varsity Intermediate Reining – Individual Champion
    Luke Guynn from Rocky Mountain Wranglers (Zone 8 – Berthoud, CO) riding HighLoandInBetween provided by Jim Dudley Quarter Horses
  • NRHA Future Intermediate Reining – Individual Champion
    Benjamin Balow from Arizona Sliders Reining Team (Zone 8 – Scottsdale, AZ) riding Mickey provided by Schwarz Reining
  • Varsity Open Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Olivia Willeke from KM Equestrian (Zone 5 – Findlay, OH) riding Lucy provided by OK 007
  • Future Novice Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Lauren Pursley from Texas High Riders (Zone 7 – North Zulch, TX) riding Buddy provided by West Texas A&M University
  • Future Intermediate Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Izzy Barth from Watkins Equestrian (Zone 5 – Canfield, OH) riding Pete provided Halvorson Ranch
  • Future Beginner Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Jada Mark from IIIR Stars Equestrian Team (Zone 4 – Portal, GA) riding Buddy provided West Texas A&M University
  • Varsity Intermediate Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Rylee Aurand from KM Equestrian (Zone 5 – Findlay, OH) riding Lucy from OK007
  • JV Beginner Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Addison Taylor from IIIR Stars Equestrian Team (Zone 4 – Portal, GA) riding Slicker from West Texas A&M University
  • JV Novice Horsemanship – Individual Champion
    Rette Solomon from Cedar Ridge Equestrian (Zone 1 – Barre, VT) riding Bob from West Texas A&M University
  • Champion Western Rider
    Olivia Willeke from KM Equestrian (Zone 5 – Findlay, OH)
  • Champion Crossover Rider (Huntseat and Western)
    Meghan Moran from Hillside Meadows (Zone 1 – Graton, MA)

About IEA:Celebrating its 15th Anniversary year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams.  There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions.  Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.  The IEA is open to public schools, private schools, and barn teams.  For more information, please visitwww.rideiea.org

Myron Leff
IEA Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
614-460-3532  |  myron@rideiea.org

Kimber Whanger
IEA Communications Coordinator
614-542-9415  |  kimber@rideiea.org

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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