NRHA Board of Directors Concludes August Meeting

For Immediate Release – August 23, 2016 – Oklahoma City, Okla. –  The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Board of Directors met on August 16, 2016 to continue guiding the future of the sport of reining as the association looks toward its next fifty years. Conducting a very successful and productive meeting, they discussed numerous items including event conditions, eligibility, budget, and the IT project. Below is a summary on the action taken at this year’s August Board of Directors Meeting.

  • Adding additional money in the 2016 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship classes in Oklahoma City was approved. A final class allocation will be made in the coming weeks. Check back at nrha.com for an update.
  • Hosts for the 2017 Affiliate Regional Championships that were open for bid were approved. These include: Northeast – Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association, Southeast – Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association, Southwest – Arizona Reining Horse Association, and Western Canada – Central Canada Reining Horse Association.
  • 2017 Adequan North American Affiliate Program conditions were approved.
  • A new initiative for the NRHA Professionals was approved. In the coming year, NRHA Professionals will receive three publications with articles, tips and how-to’s all targeted to help support their role in the industry.
  • Spain is now an approved NRHA Affiliate.
  • 2017 NRHA Futurity & Derby conditions were approved.
  • 2017 NRHA Nomination Conditions were approved.
  • The presented budget for 2016 – 2017 was approved.
  • The fees policy for 2017 was also approved. Gelding status updates ($0) and name change ($45) fees were added. There were no increases to any existing fees.
  • 2017 eligibility policy was approved and will be made available online in the coming weeks.
  • With the design phase for the IT project complete, the Board approved to enter the programming and development phase. Be sure to attend the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting so you can catch a sneak peek!
  • New NRHA Bylaws were unanimously voted into place. The bylaws will be available in the Members Only section of nrha.com and will be effective immediately. In a related action, the 2017 NRHA Handbook will only contain the rules most relevant to showing and the bylaws and other non-competition policies and procedures will be available online for members.
  • The Board also discussed several potential 2018 rule change proposals. The deadline for member submissions is December 15, 2016.

NRHA President, Rick Clark, shared his thoughts on the meeting: “I left the meeting extremely happy about what we had achieved. I’m proud of the NRHA Board of Directors for approving new bylaws that will support the governance structure that was approved earlier this year. This gives us a more modern and efficient structure to serve our members and the sport of reining.”

“Another big step for us was approving to add more money to the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. We will announce the specifics in the next week, but this year’s contestants will be running at approximately $40,000 in added money this year. That’s about a $15,000 increase over the last year. We’ve had to make some tough decisions to stay on budget this year, and we are thrilled to be able to allocate more funds to such a vital part of our industry,” stated Clark.

The board’s next face-to-face meeting will be held during the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting is scheduled for February 8-12, 2017 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. It will include the Hall of Fame Inductions, Annual Awards Banquet, NRHA Executive Committee meeting, NRHA Board of Directors meeting, RHF Board meeting, Professionals Summit, Annual General Membership Meeting and several NRHA Committee meetings.

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USA Para Reining Event at the 2016 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress Seeks Participants

USA Para Reining Event at the 2016 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress Seeks Participants

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

b6a994c6-c324-4501-b7a3-e6a101808302Columbus, Ohio – August 21, 2016 - USA Para Reining event is looking for Para-Equestrians to participate in the USA Para Reining show at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress October 9. In particular, the Para Reining event is looking for Grade Ia and Grade Ib Para Dressage riders who want to try their their hand at reining, but if you are interested and are of any Grade please contact Frederick Win at attorneywin@gmail.com or call 609-992-5283. The horses are provided to participants along with coaches and support.

The 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress is scheduled for October 6-30, at Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Para Reining will include four classes held in the Celeste center starting at 7 AM, October 9. The 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress is run by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. For more information please visit http://www.quarterhorsecongress.comor visit the Ohio Quarter Horse Association at oqha.com.

Frederick Win participating at a Para Reining event at the AQHA World Championship Show. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Frederick Win participating at a Para Reining event at the AQHA World Championship Show. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Para Reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow, including a class at the 2014 World Show, a class at the Kentucky Reining Cup and the one at the NRHA Futurity.

For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in the future.

Previous Para Reining Event Press:

December 11, 2014 – http://uspea.org/december-11-2014-para-reining-at-the-nrha-futurity/

May 5, 2014- http://uspea.org/may-5-2014-cargills-nutrena-brand-para-reining-event-is-a-successful-feature-of-the-2014-kentucky-reining-cup/

November 4, 2013- http://uspea.org/november-4-2013-para-reining-at-aqha-world-show-announces-featured-cross-over-riders/

October 25, 2013-http://uspea.org/october-25-2013-para-reining-to-be-featured-at-aqha-world-championship-show/

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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Representative Seats to be Filled Starting in January

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. In addition to the position of NRHA Vice President, several NRHA Board of Directors seats are due to be filled for terms starting January 1, 2017. The candidates, and those elected by acclamation, are listed below so that you can learn more about them.

CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION (Oct. 1 – Nov 1.)

Southeast Regional Director (Seats Open for Election: 1  /  Term: 2017-2018)

Jesse Chase • Wendell, North Carolina

jesse2 PREFERREDJesse Chase is a lifetime member of the NRHA and has also been an NRHA judge for the last thirteen years. Jesse earned a degree in 1994 in Equine Science and Management from Morrisville State College in New York and since then has been building himself a solid business and reputation along the east coast within the reining industry.

He owns and operates his farm with his wife and three sons, Jesse Chase Performance Horses, just outside of Raleigh in Wendell, North Carolina.  Jesse has close to twenty years of experience in training, colt breaking and coaching people of all levels in the reining discipline. (READ MORE HERE)

Shannon Rafacz • Citra, Florida

Shannon-Rafacz_0396SMHello, fellow members. Like many of you, I started in NRHA as a competitor and fell in love with the challenge, the horse, the people and the competition. It has always been “For the Love of the Game.” I am seeking re-election to my Southeast Regional Director seat for 2017 and 2018. I LOVE my role within the NRHA board and I am asking that you vote to let me continue my work with committees, task forces and board representation! As many of you know, our board structure has changed and the regions only have space for one representative. I want to be your representative!

I rode my first reiner in 1987, which means I have grown up in NRHA. I tend to speak about NRHA and family in the same sentence because for me it really has been. (READ MORE HERE)

The elections timeline and procedures can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com or by clicking HERE.

ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION

NRHA Vice President (Term: 2017-2018)

Mike Hancock • Rocky Mount, North Carolina

hancockMike Hancock has been married to his wife Bryan since 1973. They are the proud parents of Catherine and Rebekah. In the professional arena, Mike is currently the Executive Vice President of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc., a multi-state privately held company with over 10,000 employees primarily in the restaurant and land development business.

Mike has been an NRHA and Southeast Reining Horse Association member since 1980, and has served on the NRHA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Reining Horse Foundation and various committees since 1981 when he served on the organizing committee for first NRHA Derby. He is currently chair of Finance Committee and serves on Bylaws Committee and multiple task forces. Mike has held judging cards with NRHA and the American Quarter Horse Association for more than 25 years, and has won multiple NRHA Reserve World Championships, the Saddlesmith Championship and has been a winner of many aged events. (READ MORE HERE)

Mountain Regional Director (Term: 2017-2018)

Guy Vernon • Kiowa, Colorado

Guy-VernonSMNRHA Professional Guy Vernon is originally from Emporia, Kansas, and has been training reining horses for the past 28 years. Guy and his wife Valerie have one daughter, Lacey.

Guy has been an NRHA Judge for over 20 years, has been an NRHA Director for nine years, and has shown at most major regional and national futurities and derbies. He specializes in non pro coaching and aged-event horses.

Active in the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) for many years and serving on their Board of Directors, Guy has always been interested in serving the grass roots membership, whether locally or at the board level. (READ MORE HERE)

Southwest Regional Director (Term: 2017-2018)

Dave Belson • Cave Creek, Arizona

Dave-BelsonSMDave Belson is the current NRHA Director for the Southwest Region. He also serves the NRHA as a Board member for the Reining Horse Foundation, and as a member of the Hall of Fame committee.

Dave is the founding president of the Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) which started in 1985.  He served as the president for the first four years and has remained active in the organization since its inception.  He has served as president on several occasions throughout the years and has been the most recent president since 2011-2014. (READ MORE HERE)

South Central Regional Directors (Term: 2017)

Ann Salmon Anderman • Pilot Point, Texas

Ann-Salmon2SMAnn 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 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. (READ MORE HERE)

Sebastian Petroll • Whitesboro, Texas

Sebastian PetrollOriginally from Germany, Sebastian Petroll grew up with horses. In 2001, he relocated to the United States after graduating from Business school. Together with his wife, he owns and operates Petroll Reining Horses, LLC a full service Training, breeding and consulting business. They have two daughters, Lanie (5) and Ellie (3).

Sebastian has made the finals at every major reining event and coached non pros to world champion titles. The 35-year-old has been an NRHA Judge since 2007, an NRHA Professional since 2008 and an NRHA Steward since 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors and is vice-chair of the Non Pro and Stewards Committee.

 

 

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The Bachelorette’s Heartthrob and Horse Enthusiast Luke Pell Teams Up with Time to Ride for New Sweepstakes Campaign “Pledge to Take a Friend Riding”

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Logos and photos available: Christie Schulte, christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

The Bachelorette’s Heartthrob and Horse Enthusiast Luke Pell Teams Up with Time to Ride for New Sweepstakes Campaign “Pledge to Take a Friend Riding”

 

Pledge_Luke_300x600Washington, D.C., August 4th, 2016. – Known for capturing hearts across America on the current season of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, horse enthusiast and country singer-songwriter Luke Pell is teaming up with Time to Ride as celebrity spokesperson for their new sweepstakes campaign Pledge to Take a Friend Riding.” The sweepstakes will take place September 1-30, 2016 and will award one grand prize of an all-inclusive, three-night vacation at luxury dude ranch, the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with Time To Ride. Growing up on a ranch, horses were always a part of my life, and working with Time To Ride allows me to stay involved with the horse industry and to promote such a fundamental part of American culture,” said Pell. Pell is a former AQHA and NRHA competitor, and grew up on his family’s ranch raising and training horses.

For many devoted equestrians, it took a personal connection through a friend or family member to make their initial entry into horseback riding fun, accessible, inclusive, and long-lasting. With this in mind, Time to Ride’s campaign aims to encourage horse owners and riders to introduce their non-riding friends to horseback riding and equestrian sports.

“Equestrian sports are often perceived as exclusive and difficult to break into, but it’s time to change that  stereotype,” said Christie Schulte, Time to Ride marketing manager. “Without the support of family or friends, many of us may not have known where or how to take up riding – and now it’s our turn to be that friend who introduces a new rider to horses. Whether it’s English or Western, trail riding, driving, or any other equestrian activity, it’s our privilege and duty to welcome new people to our beloved sport for the growth and health of our industry.”

Many other celebrity riders are joining Time to Ride’s campaign by pledging to take a friend riding, including Lyle Lovett, D. Wayne Lukas, David O’Connor, Al Dunning, Lindy Burch, Tom McCutcheon, Barbara Schulte, Audrey Griffin, Sandy Collier, Dell Hendricks, Lynn Palm, Kerry Kuhn, Tootie Bland, and more.

Riders may enter the sweepstakes by simply taking the pledge at www.timetoride.com/pledge.*

 

 

About Luke Pell:

Known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, country singer-songwriter Luke Pell was riding horses before he could even walk while growing up deep in the heart of Texas in the small town of Burnet. By age 12, Pell was spending his summers breaking horses, hell-bent on becoming a professional horse trainer until he graduated high school and accepted a football scholarship to The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003. During his time in college, Pell found an escape from the stress and demands of everyday life in his guitar. After graduating, serving in the Army for five years, spending two years in the oil sector at Chesapeake Energy, and becoming an entrepreneur in residential real estate, Pell came to the realization that his true passion was in songwriting. Currently residing in Nashville, Pell continues to chase his dream while collaborating with established songwriters including country music superstar Cole Swindell, Jaron Boyer , Brandon Kinney, Ash Bowers, and more.

About Time to Ride:

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance designed to introduce new enthusiasts to horses and riding, and promote equestrian activities for the health and growth of the equine industry. To learn more please contact info@timetoride.com or visit www.timetoride.com.

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.

About 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: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Equibrand the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative; Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

 

*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 30, 2016. 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.

 

 

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Reining By The Bay 2016 – “Surfin’ in the Sand”

Reining By The Bay, 2016
“Surfin’ in the Sand”

by Christy Egan

Big_Creme_Chic16RBB008854According to Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio, the Horse Park at Woodside, home of Reining By The Bay, is the ultimate place to hold a horse show.  Pat should know as she’s lived near the Park for many years and, along with Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, is one of the founders of the Reining By The Bay.  Now in its 18th great year as the California Reining Community’s all-time favorite show, Reining By The Bay offers world class competition in the most beautiful setting imaginable. “The facility has really grown over the years,” Pat muses. “From a place of fenced, dirt fields, to a grand facility that hosts many, many shows annually in eight different arenas. They can handle #1000 show horses now. We would do even more reining shows here if we could just get the dates.”

The 2016 Reining By The Bay Show ran from July 18th through the 24th.  The entire show is held outdoors, from the sunshine-filled arena with its views of the hills, the Pacific Ocean and Half-Moon Bay, to the outdoor stabling and large, festive tents where the Johnson Culinary Group offers delectable dining throughout the show. The show offered relaxed competition throughout the week and then, really heated up the party on Friday morning when the $16,000 Added 3-Year-Old Open Futurity took center stage. Tracer Gilson won the Level 4 with Da Big Kahuna (Wimpys Little Step x Princessontheprowl by High Brow Cat). Bred and owned by Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, California, it was Gilson’s first RBB Level 4 Open Futurity win.

Electric_Genes16RBB011790 “We raised Da Big Kahuna here at the ranch, so it’s a particularly proud moment.” says Tracer. “We will take him to a few shows and then we are going to be at Congress with him this year. All of our riders did very well at the RBB show this year. Blair Moffet and Sheza Smart Wimpy took Level 2, 3 and 4 in the Non Pro Maturity. But best of all, our daughter Lilly won the 10 & Under Short Stirrup on Brennas Dream, a great horse generously loaned to her by Loren Booth. Lilly loved it! It was her very first buckle. She’s been wearing one of mine for quite a while and I think she’ll probably still do that and hang the new one in her room. Lilly just turned ten and rides at least five days a week. She’ll be at the High Roller in September. She’s getting out of school that Friday to get there in time to show.”

On Saturday Jennifer Gilliam of Pine Grove, California took two horses she bought previously at auction, and posted scores sharp enough to win in Levels 3 and 4 in the Non Pro Futurity. Her 3-year-old chestnut mare, The Prima Ballerina (Topsail Whiz x Dancer Nic by Tinsel Nic) won the $8,500 Added 3-Year-Old Non Pro Futurity. She bought the mare as a yearling in 2014 from Schmersal Reining Horses at the Legacy Breeders Sale.  Jennifer then took third in the same competition with her second mare, Shine Kitty Shine (Shine Chic Shine x Cowsmart Cat by Smooth As A Cat), a Palomino she purchased in 2015 at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. Together they brought home over $4,800. “We call The Prima Ballerina ‘Abby’,” says Jennifer. “I started her as a 2-year-old but Mike Boyle has done most of the training. She is a very sound and easy mare. This was the first time I’d ever ridden her and really asked her to show. ‘Abby’ was perfect and gave me 100%. After some time off she’ll go to Idaho. I will take ‘Shine’ to the High Roller in September.”

In the $40,000 Added Protect The Harvest Non Pro Derby, Samantha Roper was a hands down winner on Big Crème Chic (Big Chex To Cash x Cremes Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena). Samantha and Big Crème Chic were the 2015 AQHA World Amateur Reining Champions. Coached by Andrea Fappani, Samantha and her 6-year-old gelding nearly swept the field, taking Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 and earning over $11,000 in the process. Andrea Fappani himself saved his best for last in the $57,000 Added Lucas Oil Open Derby, where he placed first and third place tie on Electric Genes, Thebettertohearuwith and Pinesail Jac, respectively.  Electric Genes (Jacs Electric Spark x Taris Designer Genes by Mr Boomerjac) blew into the arena at the very end of the competition with an utterly spectacular run. The mare sprouted wings coming through the gate and then tore the ground apart. The run was fast and furious, with every move perfectly executed. The crowd went crazy … and then went crazy again when they announced the 230.5 score. Pat Warren, Electric Genes’ owner leaped out of her seat. Pat raised the mare and still owns her dam, Taris Designer Genes, NRHA Open Futurity Champion. Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl by Lean With Me) posted a 225 with Andrea for owner Bill Coburn. The 4-year-old made his debut appearance last year at Reining By The Bay winning the Level Four Open Futurity and a check for $8,298.44. Pinesail Jac (Tinsel Jac x Sailin Lil Ruff by Lil Russ Peppy), also owned by Rancho Oso Rio, was tied for third. The 4-year-old gelding earned the NRHA Open Reserve Championship title in Oklahoma City less than a month ago. Tanya Jenkins and Tricked Out Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Rowdy Brinna by Rowdy Yankee) scored a 227 to take second. “This is a pretty special horse and I knew he had what it takes to score well here,” says Tanya. “This horse is easy, good-minded and just a great guy. He likes his job and would rather be ridden than do most anything else.”

A major sponsor at Reining By The Bay this year was Smoking Roosters Ranch, Ashley Kelkenberg and the Patrizio Fumagalli family. The Fumagellis moved here from Italy three years ago and are hoping to have their ranch ready to open its doors January first. They had a great show at Reining By The Bay. “I rode Magnificent Dreamer at Reining By The Bay this year,” says Ashley. “We won the Level 1 Open Derby and were third in the Level 2. The big news for us is the new ranch at 144th Street and Rio Verde Drive in Scottsdale. There’s a 40-stall show barn and a big covered arena. It’s set on 10 acres and includes an outdoor track, and 6 to 10 turn-out pens are planned as well.” Pat Fumigalli owns both Magnificent Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Heavenly Rooster by Gallo Del Cielo (Rooster)) and the horse that he rode at Reining By The Bay, Diamonds In My Dreams (Like A Diamond x Brennas Dream). “When I arrived here from Milan I wanted to start my daughter Michele riding with a coach,” says Pat. “We found Ashley and we’ve been riding and showing ever since. I started in the Green classes, moved up to Rookie and now I’m working at the Non Pro division. We have 8 horses of our own and will be boarding Ashley’s customers’ horses as well. My daughter rides on the weekends, I ride every day and my wife is enjoying photographing the horses. I am very happy.”

In addition to being a show that makes absolutely everybody very happy and anxious to return, Reining By The Bay is a paradise of feasting for horsemen. There are few horse shows on any equine circuit that offer the exhibitor the range of food put forth by the Brumley shows in general and at this show in particular. From the made-to-order deli sandwiches, pasta and brownies at the week’s beginning, to the daily lunches of baked salmon, tri-tip and pulled pork, to the weekend’s omelet and pancake bar – cooked on request! Special meals included the Rancho Oso Rio Wine and Cheese Party on Friday evening with a splendid assortment of cheese, crackers and hot appetizers, and the annual RBB Exhibitor dinner Saturday night which featured roast beef, turkey and all of the trimmings, plus the famous RBB cakes. Along with amazing food, the show’s gently orchestrated competition schedule was designed to allow everyone some leisure to visit the wonderful sights of San Francisco, Palo Alto, the beaches and parks, and the restaurants at Half-Moon Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf (as if anybody needed to leave the show and find food). Even the judges have caught on to the visiting perks.

Drake Johnson, NRHA Judge from Wray, Colorado has judged the RBB show twice and has nothing but praise for the California competition. “The Futurity horses were great quality, both Non-Pro and Open,” Drake says. “They were on their game and on their way to High Roller in September and Oklahoma City later in the year.  It’s always such a joy to see high level animals, like the Open Derby horses work. As judges we have the best seats in the house, we just report what we see and have the pleasure and excitement of watching world class horses and rides. My wife and I also took some time and went up to Napa the day before the show started and then visited Half-Moon Bay and had some great seafood. Would I come back to Reining By The Bay? Absolutely. We would both come back.”

Brumley Management Group, LLC still has one more great show to go for 2016. They have also saved the best for last … the world famous Brumley September show, the High Roller Reining Classic, once again in Las Vegas at the South Point Equestrian Center.  For information contact Amanda Brumley at 602-677-3774 or e-mail brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.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. 

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The National Arabian Reining Horse Association makes its debut at the 2016 High Roller Reining Classic in September

The National Arabian Reining Horse Association makes its debut at the 2016 High Roller Reining Classic in September

 by Christy Egan

HRRC_2015_Youth_Tournament_contenders1532The National Arabian Reining Association will make its first official appearance at the 2016 High Roller Reining Classic, September 9th through 17th, at the South Point Equestrian Center, Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas’ premiere horse event center. The incentive program that has recently taken the reins from the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic, NARHA made the decision to keep the prized, important Arabian Reining event on track.  It could not have selected a better venue for its debut appearance. The fourth largest NRHA competition in the world, the HRRC show annually uses nearly all of the giant facility’s 1,200 stalls and keeps its rings busy with a wide variety of classes and activities for nine solid days. This will mark the eighth year that top horses and riders from all over the world have gathered in Las Vegas to be part of the toughest, most entertaining reining show of the year.

There were almost 2,500 recorded draws at last year’s High Roller, nearly all divisions at the show were up in entries, especially the Youth group. Just about 60 young people signed up for the 2015 Youth Team Tournament, including almost 20 in the 10 & Under Short Stirrup. The youth classes, which included 17 Tournament teams, ran Saturday and Sunday on the first weekend, culminating in an awards ceremony, featuring Olympic style medals and impressive College Scholarship prizes, as well as a great pizza party. Naturally, when the NARHA took over from the ARBC, the Youth Tournament was at the top of its list of events to strongly promote and continue. The 2016 competition will be very similar to last year’s, with the first Saturday and Sunday mornings of the High Roller featuring Youth Tournament runs in the main Lucas Oil Arena. NARHA Youth Tournament Teams are set up similarly to those found in formal Olympic competition. The four-man teams consist of one 10 & Under Short Stirrup rider, one 13 & Under Youth rider, one Arabian or Half-Arabian Youth rider any age 18 or under, and one 14-18 Youth rider. The winning Gold Team Champions will receive $500 each and the top three individual riders in the overall competition will receive: $1,000 Gold, $750 Silver and $500 Bronze.

In addition to the Youth Tournament, the NARHA will be offering $9,500 in prize money to Arabians and Half-Arabians competing in open and Non-Pro reining at the High Roller Reining Classic.  Sponsor Smartpak is also offering $1,000 for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in their 6-Year and Up Maturity on Wednesday in the Lucas Oil Arena. And there’s other good news … Markel Insurance has recently signed on as the Official Insurance Company of the National Arabian Reining Horse Association.

“We’ve been involved with Arabian reining horses in conjunction with the High Roller Reining Classic since 2014,” says Frank Constantini, a Markel Horse Specialist since 1995. “It’s only natural for us to continue with this program now that it has taken the form of the NARHA. It’s easy for us to envision the Arabian horse coming more to the forefront in the next few years as a very competitive Western-type performance horse in both Reining and Ranch Riding. They are a beautiful, tough and versatile horse. We at Markel Insurance appreciate Amanda Brumley’s passion for the entire horse industry. She has always made the effort to include all types of horses and all levels of riders at Brumley managed shows.”

The ARBC, now called the NARHA, has paid out over $250,000 in prize money at premier NRHA events since its inception in 2014. Owners of NARHA Enrolled Incentive Program horses must be members of the NARHA as of 2017, see membership information at www.NationalArabianReiningHorseAssociation.com. For additional information on the NARHA or the upcoming High Roller Reining Classic, contact Amanda Brumley, brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com or call (602) 677-3774.

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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2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors Team

2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors

August 13
By Simona Diale

Italy tops the Juniors team competition and Germany goes on to claim the Young Riders team gold medal

Excitement, teamwork, friendship and a highly professional group of Juniors and Young Riders is what made Friday afternoon at the CS Ranch special. The beautiful venue this year is not only host to the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors, it is in fact – for the second year running – also host to the FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.

The Juniors Competition

Italy_Jr_GoldOpening the FEI European Reining Championship for the younger riders was the Juniors competition. With a total score of 638.5 Team Italy slid to the highest step of the podium taking top honors and the gold medal. Sealing the deal was 15-year-old Matteo Bolzano who rode High Point Reiner, a.k.a. ‘Ruffy’, to a 215.5. The talented 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is the past 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champion with Matteo’s father, Manuel, in the saddle. “Ruffy is the most consistent horse I have ever ridden and once again he proved how level-minded he is today,” said Manuel. “Seeing my son wear the gold medal along with his team is a feeling that cannot be described, especially as I know how much time, passion and work Matteo and his team mates put into this sport.”

Joining Bonzano on the podium with a 212.5 was Martina Baldelli riding Great Dun Pistol, a 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare owned by Christian Baldelli, Irene Merlotti and her Snapplejack, an 8-year-old Quarter Horse gelding (210.5), and Carlo Ambrosini aboard the Ambrosini QH owned 8-year-old Quarter Horse Gelding. Celebrating the Italian victory along with the young athletes was the president of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation (FISE), Cav. Vittorio Orlandi.

With a total score of 626.5 points, Team France firmly held on to the silver medal in front of Belgium who settled for the team bronze with a total score of 608.5 points.

Riding for France was Marie Baralon who reined her 8-year-old mare, Chicken Sandwich to the second highest score of the day, a 215. “She’s simply the best!” were Marie’s words following her run. A little over a month ago, the pair – who has been together since the beginning of 2015 – earned the 2016 NRHA European Affiliate Limited Non Pro Championship in Poland. Along with Baralon were Margaux Legrand and New Doc Peppy Doc (owned by Julienne Legrand) who closed with a 208, and Axel Pesek riding Cheximatic (owned by Yannick Pesek) scoring a 203.5.

Team Belgium was represented by Bert Coeckelbergh riding Vannietvelt-De Pauw’s Toosexy For Ricochet (212), Nimroid Vannietvelt riding Im Smart And Wimpy to a 201.5 for his parents Vannietvelt-De Pauw (201.5) and Jinke Stevens with her own Don John Escape BB (195).

The Young Riders:

Young_Riders_PodiumjDefending champions, team Italy, battled to leave Givrins with the gold medal around their neck. This time around their direct opponents were the determined young German riders.

Franziska Eufinger with Smoking In Starlight, owned by Jessica Hein, (212.5) and Anna Voss riding her gelding Mandys Little Magnum scored a 212.5 and a 212 respectively. First to ride for the team, their runs put the Germans in the lead. Jacob Behringer and his gelding Rascal Sensation performed impeccably and once they completed their last maneuver, a 217 appeared on the scoreboard. The last horse-rider-combination for team Germany was that made up of Gina Schumacher and Chanay Sky Management SA’s Arc Guns M Oaks. The 18-year-old and her 7-year-old chestnut gelding a.k.a. ‘Earl’ performed to the best of their ability offering the crowd a close to perfect run which was paid back by the judges with an impressive 221 bringing their team’s total to a 651 and the gold medal.

Team Italy’s Enrico Sciulli and his Snips Gotta Bud – the last duo to run for the team – also left their mark in the pen with a great go worth a 220 score. Their performance, along with Andrea Pedrotti and Topgun Showtime’s 213 and Nico Sicuro with Dualin Surprise’s 211.5, was not enough to best the German’s final composite score and, with a final 644.5, they rode to the second step of the podium. The fourth team components were Alessia Simoncini and her Ready To Spook.

As Germany and Italy battled for the gold and silver medals, team Belgium rode their way to the bronze medal with Bo Brutsaert and CJ Whiz (210.5), Indy Henrard and Steadys WR Diamonds (209.5), Amber Heibuchel and Wimpys Lil Prize (209). The fourth rider for the team was Kimberly Noels and Ivegottafootwork owned by Erik Hoet.

For complete results, information, live stream and live score, please visit the official website of the event http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com/en/events

Photo credit: FEI/Andrea Bonaga

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2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors

2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors

August 15
By Simona Diale

Gennaro Lendi and Yankee Gun lead Italy to the individual gold medal

2016_FEI_WCH_IND_PODIUMIn a field of 21 combinations with riders representing Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the U.S.A., Gennaro Lendi and his Yankee Gun left their mark in the show pen with a performance resulting in a 222 and the gold medal for Italy in the individual competition.

In 2008, the very first FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors was held in Manerbio, Italy. With 16 nations entered, team Italy scored a 667.5 for the gold in front of team U.S.A. Gennaro Lendi and Playin It Out were part of that team and they also went on to tie for the bronze medal in the individual competition. Lendi also represented his country at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ in Normandy.

For this edition of the World Championships, the Italian trainer was riding Yankee Gun, a double registered American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) / American Paint Horse Association (APHA) 7-year-old stallion. Trained by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida in the States, the reins passed on to Lendi at the beginning of last year. “Flarida, no need to say, did a great job in training Yankee Gun,” said Lendi. “I had to work the most on trying to understand how to prepare him to compete. He is extremely intelligent and very generous and at times tries to give you more than what is actually requested from him so what I had to concentrate on was ‘hooking up’ with him. This prestigious World Championship has been a fantastic experience and I am very happy and honored to have been part of it and for winning the gold for my country. In the team competition, because my horse is extremely sensitive to his surroundings and to the environment, things did not go as planned. During the two training sessions between the team and individual competitions, I tried to work on this aspect and it helped a lot. I must admit that waiting for the final result was pretty tense as I knew that the combinations left to go after me all had a chance to beat my score!”

Just as thrilled with the result was team coach Filippo Masi who is also the technical manager of the Youth and Young Riders coached by Alessandro Meconi. Masi was quick to praise Lendi and Yankee Gun’s performance. “Gennaro is a great rider and in the individual made up for his run that was not up to expectations in the team competition – where he was our anchor rider – due to a lead penalty in the circles,” he said. “This year was not particularly favourable for our team since two of our top riders, Kelly Zweifel and Mirjam Stillo, were unable to make it to Givrins. I am in any case very proud of our team riders who did their very best with reserve rider Giovanni Masi and Pier Luigi Chioldo pulling in. As far as the Juniors and Young Riders are concerned, their motivation and understanding of FEI rules is impeccable and we are all extremely proud of them and their performances here.” Italy was 4th in the World Championships for Seniors and took the team gold in the SVAG FEI European Reining Championship for Juniors as well as team and individual silver in the Young Riders.

The competition

In front of a full house, with fans cheering for the sport of reining, excitement reigned high as some of the world’s finest reiners battled to take home the coveted FEI medals. Setting the bar was Austria’s Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic, third to run, who posted 221.5. Once Lendi and his mount bested her score by half-a-point, nobody was able to beat the Italian rider’s score though both the Germans and the Belgians still kept their hopes high as Grischa Ludwig (GER) and Bernard Fonck (BEL) were the last two riders in the order of go.

Ludwig and Gwhiz Im Smart, team members of the German team that claimed the silver medal on Thursday, equaled Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic’s score (members of bronze medal winning team Austria). Fonck and Smart N Sparkin (owned by 7 Heaven Reining Horses), the duo that had performed to an outstanding 222 in the team competition and had led Belgium to team gold, closed their run with a 219.

Though the gold medal was firmly around the neck of the Italian rider, a run-off was required to determine who would take home silver and bronze. First to run again was the Austrian rider and her flashy 9-year-old Quarter Horse palomino stallion. The pair performed to a 212.5. At this point Ludwig knew that he had to play it safe aboard the 7-year-old stallion and that there was no need to aim for a high score in order to claim the second step of the podium. Performing a clean and precise run, once he closed with the last required maneuver of NRHA pattern n.9, a sliding stop – the hallmark of reining – he knew that his country would bring home the second silver medal of the World Championships and so it was. Their score was a 217.5.

The individual competition closed the 2016 FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors as well as the ‘Summer of Reining’ at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. “Although we have been hosting the SVAG CS Classic for many years, we are very proud and honored to have hosted these extraordinary FEI events,” said Eric Obrecht, Show Manager of the event. “The best riders in the world came to the quiet town of Givrins providing the highest level of competition!”

Prior to the event, Ingmar De Vos, FEI President, had welcomed the athletes with these words: “…I’d like to wish each and every athlete the very best of luck. Enjoy not only the sport, but also the company of your fellow-competitors who share your passion…” True to the President’s words, the athletes did enjoy their fellow-competitors and definitely shared their passion for reining horses.

For complete results, please visit the official website http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com

Photos: Please credit FEI/Andreas Kost

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2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors Individual

2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors

August 14
By Simona Diale

Individual Junior Gold for Austria with Celina Bachleitner and Paintball Gun
Gina Schumacher conquers the Individual Young Riders gold for Germany

2016_FEI_JR_PODIUMThe individual competition filled the day at the CS Ranch in Givrins in front of a full house. The first riders to run for the medals were the Juniors who, as the Young Riders, had had the chance to qualify for the individual during the team competition run the day before.

Taking home the gold for Austria – in a field of 19 contestants – was young Celina Bachleitner who, riding Michaela Bachleitner’s 7-year-old gelding Paintball Gun scored a 215 for the win.  Austria’s team coach, Gerold Dautzenberg, was thrilled with the medal Bachleitner earned her country following the team bronze won by the Seniors in the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships the day before. Dautzenberg, who has been involved in European reining and western riding since the first horses performing these disciplines set foot on the Old Continent, defined Celina as being a ‘true professional’. Just as happy with the result and proud of the hard work of the Young and Juniors teams was chéf d’équipe, Sabine Lisec, a long-time supporter of youth activities in her home country along with her husband, Chuck Klipfel.

Thrilling the crowd in stands, who cheered all the riders regardless of their nationality, the under 18 athletes gave the best they had and, once the last competitor left the arena, it was clear that France’s flag would fly high on both the second and third step of the podium. Taking home the silver medal with a 213.5 was Marie Baralon and her 10-year-old mare, Chicken Sandwich. The pair had contributed in posting the highest score in the team competition and in claiming the team silver medal. Their performance had resulted in a 215, the second highest result, which put them second but last to go in the individual as the working order is determined in reverse order with the lowest scoring combinations riding first. A half a point behind her team mate was Margaux Legrand riding Julien Legrand’s New Doc Peppy Cat. For the Legrand family this is truly an amazing and special result as the 15-year-old stallion was purchased by Julien in 2003 from David Roux and has always been in the family since then! Guy Duponchel, team coach for France, was thrilled with the results earned by the ‘future of our sport’.

Belgian Nimroid Vannietvelt and Im Smart And Wimpy closed in fourth place after scoring a 210.5.

The Individual Young Riders

2016_FEI_WCH_IND_PODIUMProving just how much the sport of reining has grown in the last decade was the level of competition offered in the FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders. Claiming the gold medal for Germany was Gina Schumacher riding Chanay Sky Management SSA’s Arc Guns M Oaks. Last year, the talented rider had conquered the gold medal in the Juniors individual competition with her Gunners Enterprise between the reins. This year, her determination to step on the highest step of the podium came through in the team competition where her impressive score of 221.5 contributed to winning the team gold medal.

Last to enter the show pen – having earned the highest score in the team competition – Schumacher tried to best or equal the result posted the day before but had to ‘settle’ for a 219 that earned her the individual gold in front of Italy’s Enrico Sciulli and Austria’s Anna Lisec.

Sciulli, who in the team competition closed with a 220, rode his Snips Gotta Bud to a 217.5 thanks to his precise maneuvers. Their run earned Italy the second silver medal at this years’ FEI European Championships after having placed second in the team competition behind Germany on Thursday.

Yet another young lady reiner was seen stepping on the podium, Anna Lisec. Riding Tari Whizin owned by Chuck Klipfel, she closed her performance with a 214.5 adding yet another FEI medal to hers and Austria’s record in Givrins.

Corninna Schumacher’s beautiful CS Ranch for the third year running provided the venue for the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders competition. Once again her motto ‘we love horses’ showed as the CS Ranch team provided the best possible conditions for all the participants.

For complete results please visit the official website http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com

Photos: Please credit Andreas Kost

 

 

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Team Belgium takes the Gold at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors

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Lausanne (SUI), 12 August 2016

Team Belgium takes the Gold at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors
By Simona Diale

Unknown-(1)Though Belgium may be a small country, the Belgian team at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships in Givrins, Switzerland, posted a big score to take home the gold medal in front of Germany and Austria. The heat of the competition could be felt from the very first moment the in-gate opened but it wasn’t until the last rider of the day would perform that the final placings would be determined.

In a field of 44 riders vying for the team medals as well as a spot in the individual competition, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck was the last entry of the day. With his mount Smart N Sparkin between the reins, not only did he post the top score of the day (222), his result made the final team score rise to a 661.5, one and a half points higher than team Germany who until that point was in the lead.

“The pressure was on because I knew that our final standings would depend on my run,” said Fonck. “I went in the arena knowing that I had to mark at least a 220.5 to claim the gold medal and my plan was that if we went past the first maneuvers – the spins – without penalties, then I would ask my horse for more. I did not think that Smart N Sparkin would make any mistakes because he’s a really talented and good minded horse, but in case that would have been the scenario, then I would have aimed for the second step of the podium. I am extremely happy that things worked out the way they did because I’ve been riding this great stallion for a long time now and I am very grateful to his owners, 7 Heaven Reining Horses, for their trust in my program and for giving me the opportunity to show him here. I now look forward to the individual competition on Saturday though my main goal was that of earning the gold here. I would like to thank all my team for giving it all they had and, of course, all the owners of the horses!”

The second highest score for Belgium was the 220 earned by Cira Baeck and Whizasunnysailor BB. Owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen, the 8-year-old stallion, a.k.a. ‘Sailor’, has an impressive show record to his name with Baeck in the saddle. “Once again he was with me all the way and gave me all he had,” said a smiling Cira. “I just love this horse! His big heart and talent never cease to amaze me and placing this medal around his neck is the best thing that I could have ever hoped for.”

Ann Fonck and Nic Ricochet, owned by Vannietvert-De Pauw, were the second duo to perform for team Belgium on Thursday afternoon. Their score of 219.5 was the first step toward making it to the highest step of the podium. The fourth member of the team was Piet Mestdagh who was seen riding his own Reining Whiz.

Team silver for Germany:

Members of the German team are no strangers to the pen and they have left their mark in more than one FEI competition. Alexander Ripper riding Hollys Electricspark (owned by Christian and Rosy Wagner), Dominik Reminder and GR Hug A Jewel (owned by Vanety Korbus), Grischa Ludwig and Gwhiz Im Smart (owned by Momo & Amy) and Verena Klein riding her own Olena Joe Cody gave it all they had. They were leading the team competition with a total score of 660 until Fonck turned the cards on the table. “We are really proud of the result achieved here today,” said German team coach and multiple past German reining champion, Nico Hörmann. “In coming here we knew that the level of competition would be very high but we had a group of great horses and riders who were able to achieve this result and we made our flag fly high!’

Posting the highest score – a 221 – for team Germany was Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart. Dominik Reminder and GR Hug A Jewel closed his performance a half a point behind. Ripper and Hollys Electricspark scored a 218.5.

Team bronze for Austria:

With a total score of 653.5, team Austria settled for third place honors claiming the bronze medal. Earning the highest score (221) for his team was Martin Muehlstaetter aboard Jacpoint Quarter Horses’ 7-year-old stallion, Gotta Gold Chain. Based in the U.S.A. where he runs his own training facility, Muehlstaetter made his way to Switzerland to compete for his country. “This was certainly a great experience and I am very happy that we made the podium,” he said. “I am very thankful to Tina and Klaus of Jacpoint QH for giving me the opportunity to ride this great horse here.” Joining the duo on the podium were team members NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and AB Peppy Diamond (owned by Jennifer Nixdorf) who scored a 218.5, Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic (owned by Jacpoint QH) scoring a 214.5, and Johannes Hasenhauer riding Keen Little Juice (owned by Olga Hofmann) with a 207.

“My team was simply great and we couldn’t be any happier for this result,” said team coach Gerold Dautzenberg. “Unfortunately one of our horses was slightly injured before the competition so we had to retire him, but at the end of the day all our riders did a wonderful job and we are thrilled to go back home with the team bronze.”

Missing the podium by one point was Team Italy. In the first and only edition of the FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors held in 2008, on home-ground the Italians had earned the team gold medal in front of team U.S.A.

Building up to the medals

Who would have a chance of stepping on the podium was determined once Italy’s Gennaro Lendi, riding his Yankee Gun, posted a 219 to bring his team’s total score to a 652.5. Three horses later, Austria’s Martin Muehlstaetter and Gotta Gold Chain (owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses), thrilled both the crowd and the judges. A 221 appeared on the scoreboard and secured his team a medal by bringing the total score to a 653.5 behind Germany and in front of Italy.

Germany’s team favourite, Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart (owned by Momo & Amy), was determined to keep his country’s flag high. They ran an impressive pattern #5 and closed their run with a 221 bringing the total score to a final 656.5. In order to determine who would conquer the coveted FEI World Reining Championships medals, the athletes and the public had to wait for the very last horse-rider-combination to make their way in the pen. Belgian Bernard Fonck and Smart N Sparkin did exactly that!

The team competition was also the first qualifier for the individual competition that will be held on Saturday. Riders that did not automatically qualify will have a chance to earn a spot in the consolation held on Friday morning prior to the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors team competition.

For complete results and information please visit the official event website http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com/en/start

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