NRHA Earns Awards at 2018 AHP Equine Media Awards Banquet

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 20, 2018 – The American Horse Publication’s (AHP) three-day conference was held June 14-16 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. During the annual conference, the award winners for the AHP Equine Media Awards were honored for their hard work and talents. This year’s competition for materials published in 2017 had over 800 entries. After the judging was complete, the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) monthly publication, the NRHA Reiner, and the marketing department received multiple accolades.

“Our staff in Oklahoma City, and the contributing writers and designers, take a tremendous amount of pride in their work. They truly love the sport and bring that passion to the magazine and marketing efforts,” said Christa Morris-Stone, NRHA Chief Communications Officer & Assistant Commissioner. “In addition to those listed on the placings, I’d like to congratulate the entire team for a job well done!”


2nd Place – Publication Cover Page Circulation Under 10,000 – 25 Entries
NRHA Reiner – October 2017
Gina Schumacher & Gotta Nifty Gun
Andrea Bonaga, Photographer
Chiara Milani, Contributing Graphic Designer

Judges’ Comments – “This cover sports a dramatic cover design. The action-packed photo with the horse and rider in sharp focus and the blurred, engaged crowd in the background is very narrative and impactful. The red of the masthead derived from the flecks of red in the rider’s shirt create a rhythm that draws the eye down and across the page. This is an exciting cover design that gives insight and support to the magazine content.”

2nd Place – Business Equine-Related Single Print Advertisement – 22 Entries
National Reining Horse Association – October 2017
NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining
Jana Thomason, Designer and Photographer
Hayley Eberle, Marketing Manager

Judges’ Comments – “The photography in the ad carries you in with great impact. The negative space was well used for the copy placement.”

3rd Place – Business Equine-Related Single Print Advertisement – 22 Entries
National Reining Horse Association – March 2017
Connect with Reining
Jana Thomason, Designer and Photographer
Hayley Eberle, Marketing Manager

Judges’ Comments – “Strong consistent layout and the placement of copy is great.”


Editorial Human-Animal Bond Photography (Print or Online) – 16 Entries
Honorable Mention
NRHA ReinerMarch 2017
One More Look: Ann Fonck and Ebony Spook
Andrea Bonaga, Photographer

Judges’ Comments – “The emotion of this photo captures the viewer and holds them there. The tight composition almost makes the horse and rider appear as one. The limited palette of colors gives the appearance of a sepia tone photo, yet it is four color. All in all, a very inviting image.”

Business Equine-Related Single Print Advertisement – 22 Entries
Honorable Mention
National Reining Horse Association – December 2017
NRHA Has a Place for You
Jana Thomason, Designer and Photographer
Hayley Eberle, Marketing Manager

Judges’ Comments – “The images on the right side of the layout tell a great story and your special recognition is organized and pleasant to the eye.”

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IEA Holds First Annual Semi-Final Competitions with Sights Set on National Finals in Oklahoma City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Columbus, Ohio—June 19, 2018 — In 2017, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) adopted a new structure for their Western Program. This restructuring included new Regional assignments across the nation as well as a new Western Zone, headed-up by Zone Administrator, Todd Knerr. In addition, the IEA also adopted a new format for post-season competition that included a Semi-Finals format (much like the competition format used by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association – IHSA) that allowed more Western riders to compete in a finals-like setting. Using a two-judge system, each Semi-Finals included two days of competition and were held on May 25-26 in Harriman, Tennessee and June 2-3 in Findlay, Ohio.

Western riders competed in regular season shows in their respective regions throughout the season with each holding a Regional Finals. The top 3 riders and teams from each Regional Finals then were divided into the two Semi-Finals locations to vie for the chance to compete at IEA Western Finals at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 23-24 during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. Over 250 riders competed in the Semi-Finals with approximately 150 qualifying to go travel to Oklahoma. Senior riders in their final year of IEA were recognized at both Semi-Finals with special celebratory events that included decorating graduation caps, flower presentations, and sweet treats for everyone.

This weekend, riders, coaches, and parents will congregate in Oklahoma City for two days of exciting competition in Western Reining and Western Horsemanship to name the IEA National Champions. Judging the competition is the husband/wife team John and Betsy Tuckey from Liberty, Kentucky. Both Tuckeys are accredited American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), National Snaffle Bit Association and NRHA judges.

IEA Western National Finals will be broadcast on a live feed beginning at 8:00am CST on Saturday, June 23 with links at sponsors of the IEA Western National Finals include: NRHA (Title Sponsor), Bob’s Custom Saddles, NSBA, Rod’s Western Palace, and Cinch Jeans. Other sponsors include: BeneFab by Sore No-More, Barn Manager, BridlePlates, Equine Journal, Equine Office, Hobby Horse, Judy Goldthwait Equine Art & Pet Portraits, The Mindful Equestrian, Montana Silversmith, Southern Equestrian, SmartPak, and United States Pony Club.

“We are thrilled to again partner with NRHA in Oklahoma City”, said IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “The opportunity for our riders to rub shoulders with the best reining horses and trainers in the nation at the NRHA Derby is both exciting and educational and we look forward to another successful collaboration.”

The Western National Finals schedule can be found at

Above: Lauren Pursley (Sassy Senoritas Equestrian Team – Region 7) competes in the Future Intermediate Reining at IEA Western Semi-Finals A in Harriman, TN.

Above: Senior IEA Members show off their decorated graduation caps during the Parade of Teams at IEA Western Semi-Finals B in Findlay, OH.

About IEA:

Now entering its 17th year, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The non-profit (501(c)3) 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.

For more information, please visit

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2018 World Equestrian Games News

Canadian Reiners Qualify for WEG at Reining Alberta Spring Classic

US Equestrian Names U.S. Reining Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Larson and Huss Tie for Gold, USA Takes Top Three at the FEI World Equestrian Games

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Canadian Reiners Qualify for WEG at Reining Alberta Spring Classic


June 18, 2018 – Two Canadian athletes achieved qualifying scores for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Reining Alberta Spring Classic, held June 7-10, 2018, in Red Deer, AB.

Sean McBurney, who resides in Arlington, WA, took the top prize in the CRI 3* competition on June 8, which was organized by the Canadian Quarter Horse Association and Marie Whitmarsh. He rode Gaylene Sawchuk’s top breeding stallion, 12-year-old American Quarter Horse, Chics Loaded Gun (Gunner x Smart Chic Olena) to an outstanding score of 75.00.

“Chics Loaded Gun was great for me,” said McBurney. “We need to work on a couple things before WEG in September, but I was very happy with him. He just went out and wanted to be good!”

Right behind McBurney on the leaderboard was Austin Seelhof of Cochrane, AB. He placed second on a score of 73.00 with Marie Whitmarsh’s 10-year-old American Quarter Horse mare, Lipstick Jungle (Big Chex to Chash x Lenas Wright On).

Seelhof and Lipstick Jungle returned on June 9 for the second CRI 3* go, this time earning first place with a score of 69.5.

“I was really happy with Lipstick Jungle’s performance,” said Seelhof. “She was 100% attentive and tried her guts out for me. I am very confident in getting the two of us prepared for WEG in September.”

by: Equestrian Canada

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Another Legend Gone – Custom Crome

For Immediate Release – June 19, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was saddened to learn about the passing of an NRHA legend, Custom Crome.

NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Custom Crome (Crome Plated Jac x Another Greyhound) was owned by Steve Simon of Marietta, Oklahoma. Inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2009, the American Quarter Horse stallion created a legacy within the sport that will transcend his lifetime.

During his competitive career, Custom Crome earned more than $106,489 within the NRHA show pen. His top win came during the 1993 NRHA Futurity where he earned top accolades with NRHA Hall of Famer Mike Flarida aboard. The pair also had a top 10 finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress that same year.

The 1990 stallion continued his impressive career within the breeding pen—with his offspring earning top 10 titles in the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and National Reining Breeders Classic. Together, his offspring have earned more than $4,124,730 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). His top progeny includes Custom Pistol (out of Hollywood Lady Jo) with over $233,230 NRHA LTE; Custom Cash Advance (by Cash In Roan) with over $228,443 NRHA LTE; and Custom Legend (by Dry Doc Bobbie) with over $228,364 NRHA LTE.

NRHA sends our deepest condolences to Steve and Iris Simon, and everyone involved with Custom Crome throughout his career.

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Entry Deadline Approaching for Mooslargue

Provided by HorseAcademy (Ramona Billing) – Daniel Straumann‘s HorseAcademy in Mooslargue (France) will host another big reining event this year: the 2018 HorsesAcademy Trophy from August 15 to 19. The $ 60,000-added show includes a $ 24,000-added Open, a $12,000-added Non Pro, as well as the $15,000-added NRHA Swiss Derby.

The event is judged by Eugenio Latorre, Nicole Kubli, Uli Kofler, and Sylvia Katschker. Deadline for entries is July 27, 2018. Entry forms will be available on June 19: and

HorseAcademy is one of Europe’s most beautiful and modern reining facilities. It offers excellent conditions for high class reining events with its 40 x 80 m show arena, a 30 x 70 m warm-up arena, a 40 x 80 m outdoor arena as well as 140 box stalls. The facility gained international reputation with its $100,000 World Reining Trophy (2004-2006) which attracted international top reiners like Shawn Flarida. At the moment HorseAcademy hosts eight respectively nine shows each year including the NRHA Swiss Derby and the 3-Nations-Circuit.

The 2018 HorseAcademyTrophy starts on August 15 with the Any Horse Any Rider classes. The Intermediate and Limited will follow on Thursday, August 16. On Friday, August 17, there will be the Swiss Derby Open as well as the $12,000-added Non Pro. The Swiss Derby Non Pro is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, with the $24,000-added Open following. Of course, there will be paid warm ups.

For further information and livescore please refer to: and on Facebook @HorseAcademyClub.

Media Contact:

Ramona Billing
Redaktionsbüro, PR und Event-Management

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Reining Horse Foundation Awards $10,500 in Scholarships

For Immediate Release – June 11, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announces the recipients of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Nicholas Muir of Lynnwood, Washington; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Massachusetts; Morgan Knerr of Plain City, Ohio; Jarid Walton of Riverdale, Michigan; Terri-June Granger of Dothan, Alabama; David Gringeri of West Haven, Vermont; and Hope Hampton of Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia.

Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) submitted applications for the RHF scholarships. The recipients were chosen by an independent committee based upon their academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement in NRHyA and the reining horse industry.

“I have been associated with the Foundation’s scholarship program since its inception,” said RHF scholarship committee chairman Mike Hancock. “We are so pleased to help the next generation further their education. Donors make it possible to have a positive impact on these high-achieving young reiners.”

Muir, Edmonds and Knerr were each awarded $2,000 in RHF scholarship monies. Muir attends Washington State University—Pullman where he is a student in the Honors College seven-year veterinary program. He received an RHF scholarship in 2016 as a high school senior, making him eligible to reapply. Edmonds is in the Merrimack College Honors Program, majoring in elementary education and human development and intends to become an elementary school principal. She received an RHF scholarship in 2016. Knerr attends the University of Findlay with plans to become a pharmacist. She held multiple positions as a NRHyA officer, including president in 2017, vice president in 2016 and secretary in 2015 and received an RHF scholarship in 2017.

Walton and Granger each will receive $1,500 in scholarships. Originally a student at Mid Michigan Community College, Walton transferred to the University of Maine at Fort Kent last year, where he played varsity men’s basketball and was named a 2018 Academic All-American. He received RHF scholarships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is majoring in business management with plans to become a professional horse trainer. Granger is a member of the equestrian team at Auburn University, where she was named to the Dean’s List in 2017. She is pursuing a degree in exercise science, with the goal of becoming a chiropractor. She also received an RHF scholarship in 2017.

Earning $750 scholarships each are Gringeri and Hampton. Gringeri attends the University of Vermont. In high school, he had dual enrollment at the Community College of Vermont. He is majoring in business/finance with the goal of a career in agribusiness. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2017 and is a member of the student government. He received an RHF scholarship in 2017. Hampton is a new scholarship recipient who intends to get a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and then pursue a law degree. She was the Eastern Reining Canada Youth 14-18 champion in 2017.

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to or  You also can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to RHF or NHRyA staff about these programs. Watch these websites in early 2019 for updated application information.



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2018 NRHA Elections Update

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the Association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. Each year, NRHA opens nominations and hosts elections for these important leadership positions. A current listing of candidates is provided below; however, write-in candidates can be submitted through August 5. A final listing will be emailed to eligible voters and posted on the Elections page of

(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

Rick Clark • Catlettsburg, Kentucky

(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following members were nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

Shane Brown • Elbert, Colorado

George King • Idaho Falls, Idaho

(ONE PER REGION – Mountain, Southeast and Southwest) – Directors will serve two-year terms begin January 1, 2018. Affiliate nominations close July 5. Write-in nominations close August 5. After these deadlines have passed, candidate information will be emailed to members, as well as posted on the Elections page at

For more details on the write-in process or questions about the elections, contact Christa Morris-Stone ( or 405-946-7400).

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2018 NRHA Derby Entries Break Records

For Immediate Release – June 08, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Founded in 1980, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby features 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses competing for the prestigious titles of Open and Non Pro NRHA Derby Champions. Held in the late spring/early summer each year in Oklahoma City, the NRHA Derby is the richest added money Derby in North America. With its tradition and deep competition, the NRHA Derby is a top reining event each year.

In its 38th year, the 2018 NRHA Derby features an estimated $850,000 in added purse monies and is shaping up to be the largest ever. With the potential to grow until the show’s start, the event has already reached a record number of overall entries—topping the record-setting 2017 NRHA Derby. Non Pro Derby entries are also at an all-time high, solidifying the event as the premeir reining show of the summer!

“The NRHA Derby is an event that our aged events committee and staff have been working on diligently,” said NRHA President Mike Deer. “I believe the historically high entries we are seeing is a testament to the hard work and the dedication put into the event over the past few years.”

There is still time to be a part of this historic event! Entry forms can be found at Entries made before June 14, 2018 will only need to pay a $200 late fee. Entries received from June 15 to one day prior to the start of the show will pay a $500 late fee. For questions, contact the NRHA office at 405-946-7400 or

Visit to find hotel information, event forms, a map of the State Fair Park and the schedule.

NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support!

Corporate Partners
Adequan, Anderson Bean, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, CINCH, Classic Equine, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil, Markel Insurance, Montana Silversmiths, MS Diamonds TX, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Protect the Harvest, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Story Book Stables, Sandbur Productions, Tamarack Ranch, US Rider, World Wide Slide & Tom McCutcheon Virtual Horse Help.

Event Sponsors
Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Bob’s Custom Saddles, TX Whiskey, Scott Cleaners, RAM, McClintock Saloon & Chop House, Farnam, Schmersal Performance Horses, Boot Barn, Show Diva Designs, All American Quarter Horse Congress

Award Sponsors
Arcese Quarter Horses, USA, Brandt Blankets, Custom Bits & Spurs, Silver By Wanda, Sunburst Bits & Spurs, WhoaZone

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Important Update for NRHA Members

For Immediate Release – June 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Last month, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met in Oklahoma City for their quarterly meeting. Amid the discussion of 2019 rule changes, event dates and other governance topics, the board conducted their annual review of all NRHA fees.

The last major NRHA fees update occurred nearly 12 years ago. Since then, the association has implemented a number of events and programs such as the North American Affiliate Regional Championships, the NRHA European Futurity and Derby, the Nomination Program, the International Affiliate Program, Para-Reining and the Stewards Program. These were necessary additions to provide more opportunities to members and to improve the sport of reining as a whole. The additions resulted in substantial growth in membership numbers, entries and number of horses competing in NRHA events.

The board carefully considered these NRHA events and programs before deciding to update current association fees. They also took into account the new, 12-month membership format that goes into effect January 1, 2019, which will allow members* to receive benefits such as the NRHA Reiner magazine for a true full year. The fees increase will also allow NRHA to maintain the current practice of managing the budget to provide approximately $500 per member for programs and activities. Over 70% of the budget is allocated to member programs, services and affiliate support, significantly more than most of its equine association counterparts.

“Although NRHA is built around one sport, we have a very diverse association with diverse needs. As a board, we strive to provide opportunity and recognition to all walks of our membership from youth reiners and para-reiners to nominators and aged event riders,” said NRHA President Mike Deer. “To meet ever-changing and ever-growing needs of our membership, the board has to carefully analyze our budget each year, and that includes fees updates from time to time.”

The following list of updated fees will go into effect January 1, 2019:

Associate Membership – $40 Confirmation – $35
General Membership** $115 Non-Member – 3rd Class Reiner Postage – $75
Youth Membership – $50 Non-Member – 1st Class Reiner Postage – $150
3-Year Membership – $330 Non-Member – Canadian Reiner Postage – $110
Lifetime Membership – $2,400 Non-Member – International Reiner Postage – $120
Competition License – $60 Youth Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage 3rd Class – $30
Non Pro Declaration – $40 Associate Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage 3rd Class – $45
Transfer – $60 1st Class (Upgrade from 3rd Class*) – Reiner Postage – $85
Rush Fees Same Day – $60 Canadian Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage – $60
Rush Fees 3-Day – $40 International Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage – $95

Opportunities for membership renewal incentives and discounts will be provided this fall, so be sure to look for them in upcoming news from NRHA.

*Current NRHA members (General, Non Pro and Professionals) will continue to receive the NRHA Reiner as a benefit of membership (one per household). There are additional shipping charges for Life, Associate and Youth members, as well as for Canadian, International or 1st Class delivery.

** The $50 NRHA Professionals fee will not increase. Renewing an NRHA Professionals membership = $50 Professionals membership + $115 General membership.


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