2015 NRHA European: KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity

KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity
Marina Becker & Walla Whiz Crome take the championship

Kreuth, April 24th – Provided by Simona Diale – An exciting KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity excited the crowd in the Ostbayernhalle arena tonight as thirty horse-rider combinations rode their 4-year-old horses vying for the championship titles in the prestigious competition.

Draw 11 in the second section was Marina Becker of Germany riding her Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Rome), nominated by breeder Michel Rose, with lte over $17,700. Their run was worth a 215, score which held until the very last contestant and which earned them the €36,000-added Level 4 KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Championship. “I didn’t expect this all!” said an enthused Marina. “It’s the first time that I make the finals here and I’m so happy. This is the first year I’m only eligible for the level 4 and I was a little bit afraid to show but it went well. I still cannot believe it, my horse is so talented and is just awesome. I want to be careful not to make any mistakes this evening so I start a little bit slow but then everything went just great at the end!”

Tying for the reserve championship in the Level 4 championship was Gina Maria riding Star Bleach (Star Spangled Whiz x Snappy Bleach) owned by Chanay Sky Management SA – and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua – and Manuel Bonzano of Italy riding his Spook O Jay, a stallion by Smart Spook and out of Holly O Jay nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. Both scored a 213.  “I’m happy for both of my horses, they were really good. Honestly, I expected something more from LC Shining Gun. I tried but it did not go as I had hoped,” said Bonzano.

“I’m ok but could be happier,” commented Gina Maria about her finals which she earned with two horses. “I made some mistakes, but both my horses are fantastic and I hope to do better in the future with them.”

Earning the €17.531-added Level 3 and the €10,017-added Level 2 Non Pro Championship was Fabienne Suter aboard her SL Wild Spook, European nominated by breeder by Sandra Linnig-Fohl, with a score of 208.5. The duo had already tied to win the Level 4 qualifying go-round as well as the Level 3 and Level 2. “I’m really happy with my horse and the way my trainer Cody (Sapergia) prepared him for me tonight,” said the Swiss rider. “I didn’t concentrate on my last my manoeuver because my horse had done so well for me until then and … I missed the marker in the last stop. I’m happy with these two titles and now look forward to showing him at the Italian and German Derby.”

Earning the reserve championship in both the Level 3 and Level 2 was Andrea Bianchini riding his Jac Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Donnola Chex), European nominate by Luigi Parise, with a score of 207.5. “This my first time riding this horse so I am so happy with the reserve championship in both these divisions here,” said the Italian rider.

Italian Emma Villa, draw one in the first section of the Non Pro finals, posted a 209.5. Her score held until the very end and slid her to the €5,000-added Level 1 Championship aboard Dual Spirit (Dualin For Me x RDH Spirit Of Dun It) owned and European nominated by her. “I still cannot believe it and I’m thrilled with the title and my mare,” she said. “I cannot thank my boyfriend and trainer, Davide Brighenti, enough for being such a huge support.”

Riding Remin Lilly Whiz (Remin Whiz x Precocious Lil Chic), owned and ridden by Tullio Mascarello and European Nominated by Daniele Mascarello took the reserve championship in the Level 1. “I expected a little bit more, I made a few mistakes, but I am overjoyed! It went very well, better than I expected. This is my  mare’s second show and I have to thank my trainer Beppe Prevosti for the great job he did with her,” said Tullio.

The NRHA Youth classes will open the day on Saturday followed by the €5,000-added Arcese Non Pro. The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity will close with the Open finals tomorrow afternoon

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1
The Auction closes tomorrow at 12 pm.

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: Baeck & Whizasunnysailor BB Win The €10,000-added NRHA Open

Baeck & Whizasunnysailor BB win the €10,000-added NRHA Open

Bonzano & High Point Reiner top the €2,000-added Arcese Non Pro 5 & Up

Kreuth, Germany, April 24, 2015 – Provided by Simona Diale – The €10,000-added NRHA Open showcased 17 of Europe’s best open horses and riders. Cira Baeck of Belgium riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruedinger Diedenhofen, took the lead after posting a 220. “I’m very happy for this title. Whizasunnsailor BB was born at our place and I broke and trained him. He has always been a special horse and just love him. Unfortunately during the Italian Derby last year he was injured and the recovery was pretty long,” recalls Cira. “I started showing him again this year and this is the third show we attend and also the third consecutive win. I can only be proud of this fantastic horse and I’m excited to talk about him every time.” The 7-year-old stallion has more than $147,000 LTE.

Tying for second spot in the final standings with a score of 218.5 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck with What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x What A Sunrise x Sunrise Enterprise), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw, and his wife, multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck with Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz x Topsail Whiz), owned by NRHA Million Dollar Rosanne Sternberg.

€2,000-added Arcese Non Pro 5 & Up
Opening the day was the € 2,000,- added NRHA Non Pro 5 & Up which counted 35 entries. Earning top honors after posting a 216 was italian rider Manuel Bonzano with High Point Reiner between the reins, a 6-year-old stallion by Sailin Ruf and out of Scarlet High Listo (by Listo Lena) who boasts over in $31,000 NRHA LTE. “After the schooling class yesterday today he was much better,” said Bonzano. “Today I knew he could do better and he did. I now look forward to showing him in the Non Pro on Saturday.”

Second place honors in this class went to Nicole Huebner of Germany aboard her Starstruck Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Marilyns Benz x Smart Starbuck). The duo closed their run with a 215.
Starting the day on Saturday at 8 am CET will be the  Youth 13 & Under, Youth 14-18, Rookie and Arcese €5000-added Non Pro followed by the European Futurity Open finals.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1
The Auction closes tomorrow at 12 pm.

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 Kentucky Reining Cup Announces Celebrity Eventers

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HorsePower, Inc.  (303) 525-3964  Info@HPowerInc.com

krcLexington, Ky – April 23, 2015 – Held alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup is thrilled to announce an all-star line-up of celebrity Eventing riders who will take part in the annual favorite Celebrity Reining Challenge, presented in conjunction with the World Championship Freestyle Reining on Saturday April 25th in the Alltech Arena of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Celebrity Eventing Riders include:
David O’Connor (2014 high score celebrity)
Sinead Halpin
Michael Pollard
Hannah Sue Burnett

Perhaps the most recognizable name in modern Equestrian Sport in the United States, David O’Connor competed in two Olympic Games, winning a team silver at the 1996 Summer Olympics and an individual gold and team bronze at the 2000 Summer Olympics. At the 1999 Pan American Games, O’Connor took an individual silver and team gold and at the 2002 World Equestrian Games he assisted the US team to gold.

Growing up in South Carolina, Sinead Halpin enjoyed a very successful Young Rider career, which included completing her first international event at 19 on a horse named Killian. Halpin spent many years working for U.S. Olympians Karen and David O’Connor at their High Acre Farm in The Plains, Va. and has since gone one to dozens of national and international titles representing the United States.

An accomplished four-star rider competing at the international level, Hannah Sue Burnett is a past USEF National Champion and a veteran competitor of the esteemed Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  Based in Florida, Burnett has already kicked off the 2015 with wins at international events and boasts a roster of high-performance wins over the years.

Michael Pollard caught the equestrian world’s attention at a young age when he was short listed for the Pan-American Games in 1999, since then Pollard has gone on to major success, claiming titles including top international-level titles.  Pollard is married to fellow top-level Eventer and former Young Rider Champion Nathalie Bouckaert-Pollard, and they reside in Dalton, GA.

Paired with reining American Quarter Horses, these celebrity riders go head-to-head with one another for bragging rights and top scores.  Fans of equestrian sport are able to enjoy Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country action by day and World Championship Freestyle Reining that same night – all at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, April, 25.

To purchase tickets, click on: www.kentuckyreining.com/tickets

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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Over 400 Horse Industry Professionals Prepare to Grow the Horse Industry

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Over 400 Horse Industry Professionals Prepare to Grow the Horse Industry
The Time to Ride Challenge launched with a strong first month of registration.

Washington, D.C., April 23, 2015 - The Time to Ride Challenge, offering $100,000 in cash and prizes, has signed up over 400 participants since opening for registration March 1st. Motivated by a desire to grow their businesses while reinvigorating the horse industry, providers have signed on to host beginner-friendly events between May 30-September 30. The top 10 hosts in three divisions that reach the most newcomers will win cash prizes up to $10,000.

As of April 10th, 403 Hosts from 43 states have registered. They represent stables, instructors, camps, dude ranches, therapeutic riding programs, businesses, veterinarians, rescues, and more.

The Challenge encourages Hosts to provide a variety of fun, beginner-friendly horse experiences. In 2014, the most popular activity offered by Hosts was meeting/petting a horse (84%), followed by riding, grooming, and educational activities. Golden Ridge Stables of Lakeville, MN found huge success with their event on National Night Out, “a well known national event held the first Tuesday in August encouraging neighbors to get to know each other. We offered pony rides on our school horses, a hay ride shuttle to and from a nearby neighborhood, hands-on grooming demonstrations, and fun games like learning to rope, egg and spoon on foot, horseshoes and musical hay bales,” reported owner Ann Hoffman. “This event was a big success for us because it increased our visibility in the community and helped us foster good relations with nearby neighborhoods. We have several new housing developments being built near us so we’re trying to capitalize on the building boom by increasing awareness of our lesson program. The goal was to meet new people and we definitely did that!” Hoffman and Golden Ridge Stables were awarded first prize in the “Best Practices” Contest, an additional incentive within the Challenge that rewarded Hosts for sharing their innovative event ideas.

Eighty-one percent of families who attended a 2014 Challenge event were at some point in the process of researching and beginning horse activities, offering a prime opportunity for stables to provide a great first experience and capture new clients. Sixty-eight percent of Hosts saw an immediate positive impact on their business in the form of new contacts and clients, and 94% felt their outreach efforts were well worth the time and effort.

Registration for the Challenge will be open through May 26, 2015. To learn more about the Challenge and other Time to Ride initiatives, please visit timetoridechallenge.com or email info@timetoride.com

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, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, SmartPak, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Morris Media Network Equine Group, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative.

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.

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.

Contact: Christie Schulte – info@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: The €850-Added NRHA Novice Horse Open

The € 850-added NRHA Novice Horse Open

Kreuth, Germany, April 23, 2015, Provided by Simona DialeThe 850- added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 counted 82 entries and filled the day in the Ostbayernhalle. Earning top honors after posting a 216 was Italian rider Marco De Piccoli with Genuine Lil Ruf between the reins. The 10-year-old stallion by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Lady Bug Light (by Genuine Redskin) who boasts $24,700 NRHA LTE was bred by Iver Hansen. “He is a very honest horse in the arena, as he is outside is inside. Today was really super. The other day I did a schooling class and I only began to understand how ride him a few days ago. Fortunately Ann Fonck gave me some advice on how to ride him and that really helped me a lot and now he is easy to ride.”

Three riders tied for second place with a score of 214.5: Tomas Martinek from Poland riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Great Red Dun x Great Red Pine) owned by Franz Koldas, Italian Manuel Cortesi with Ultra Spookin (Smart Spook x Ultra O Jay x Master Jay), a 5-year-old mare owned by Kate Szumanska between the reins and Swiss Sabine Schmid with her Gunwork (I Am Shotgunner x Its Another Footwork x Footworks Finest), a 2008 stallion who boasts nearly $25,000 NRHA LTE.

Following the competition the town talk attracted a large number of riders. The meeting was held by NRHA Vice-President Mike Deer, NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter, NRHA European Programs Advisor, the Judges Monitor Eugenio Latorre and NRHA Judge Maik Bartman. On Thursday night the Draw Party sponsored by Manfred Frey, owner of Dreams And Prizes and 23 Quarter Horses determined the draw of the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity and the European Futurity Open finalists.

Starting the day on Friday at 8 am CET will be the Arcese €2000-added Non Pro 5 & Up followed by the €10.000,-added NRHA Open and the KL Performance Horses European Futurity Non Pro finals.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: The Consolation and Ancillary Action in Kreuth

Anna Lisec & This Wimps So Fly win the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2
Bernard Fonck & What A Wave top the €5,000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up

BON_4110altaKreuth, April 22 – Provided by Simona Diale – The NRHA European Open Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Consolation opened the day in the Ostabayernhalle today in Kreuth.

The following horse-rider combinations will make it back to the Open Futurity finals which will be held on Saturday 25th:

Giovanni Masi De Vargas – Custom Miranda Level 4
Kelly Zweifel – Ladymaster Level 4
Morey Fisk – Quartermile Starwhiz Level 4
Douglas Allen – Legendary Chuka Level 3
Francesco Fabbri – Frizzys Blue Level 2-3
Tom Van Eyck – GP Great Revolution Level 2
Sharon Winko – BH Gunner Get Ya Level 1
Roberta Dubini – One More Whiz Girl Level 1

In the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity, the following earned a spot in the Friday night finals:

Neuherz Herbert – Revolution Reloaded Level 2-3
Sabine Schmid – Sailor Glo Level 1
Klaus Popp – SL Whiz N Tag Dunit Level 1-2-3
Ewald Rifeser – Smart And Walla Level 4
Manuel Bonzano – LC Shining Gun Level 4

The Arcese €850-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2
In a field of 44 riders, Anna Lisec of Austria riding This Wimps So Fly (Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac) owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, took the lead after posting a 215. “He’s one of the best horses I had but I really had hard time riding him, first of all because he is a young horse and because he’s really sensitive. He remembers everything, but I really really like him,” said Anna following her ride aboard the 5-year-old gelding. “Today I’m really happy with him because the last time I was here it was for the Breeders final and that was the first show I rode him this year. Our next show will be the Italian Derby in Reggio. I want to thank of course my parents who buy such nice horses and give to me to show; to Sylvia Rezpka who helps me a lot, Cody Sapergia for preparing the horse and all the people in our barn, the grooms and all my friends.”

Sliding to second position in the final standings were Italian Ewald Rifeser riding Petra Burger’s Wimpys Lil Shiner (Wimpys Little Step x Sassy Shiner).

The €5,000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up
Closing the day was the €5,000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up which counted 25 entries.  Earning top honors after posting a 219 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck with What A Wave between the reins. The 7-year-old stallion by Tiday Wave Jac and out of What A Surprise (by Surprise Enterprise) who boasts $119,812 NRHA LTE was bred by Sam Ellis. With Craig Schmersal in the saddle, he slid to reserve honors at the 2014 NRHA Open World Championship Shootout and the 2014 National Reining Breeders Classic. “This is the first time I show this horse which we bought last year during the NRHA Futurity,” said Bernard following the awards presentation. “We still need to get to know each other but he’s a really good horse, he feels really honest and I am very happy for the owners, Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw as they have been our customers for a long time and are really good people to work for.”

German NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig placed Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smoking by Playgun) in second place two points behind the winners. The 2010 stallion was bred by Jim Babcock and, with Grischa, had earned the reserve championship last year at the 2014 NRHA European Derby. Lil Smokeing Gun has $10,624 NRHA LTE.

Starting the day on Thursday at 8 am CET will be the  €850-added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 followed by the Town Talk and the Draw Party sponsored by Dreams & Prizes and by 23 Quarter Horses.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1
The Auction will close on Saturday 25th  at 12 pm.

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, up-to-date results and a schedule of tomorrow’s action, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: Ancillary Action

April 19-25, Kreuth – Germany

Kreuth, April 21, 2015, Provided by Simona Diale – Following the qualifying go-round of the NRHA Open European Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity, NRHA ancillary action hit the stage in Kreuth.

Opening the day was the €3,500-added NRHA Intermediate Open.  With a 217.5, Markus Schopfer won the class riding his Jokin Whiz, a stallion by Who Whiz It and out of Jokin Peppy (by Hangten Peppy). “I purchased this horse at the end of last year and showed him for the first time in the NRHA Rome Shoot In in January,” said the Italian trainer. “I really like him and I look forward to showing him in the Open on Friday.

Second place honors in this class went to Terry Schultz of Switzerland aboard his Don With Chrome (Don Quintana x Great Mega Pine x Chrome Plated Pine). The duo closed their run with a 213.5.

Earning top honors in the €450-added NRHA Limited Open was Lukas Czechowich. The Polish rider closed his run with a 212.5 with Tejano Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x La Tigra Tejana), a 6-year-old gelding owned by Katarzyna Roleska, between the reins. Fellow countryman, Bogdan Czarnik, posted a 208.5 riding the 8-year-old stallion, Final Smoking Gun (The Big Gun x Jesters Final Chex), for owner Bartosz Kotowicz.

The €2,500-added Arcese Intermediate Non Pro counted 28 entries and was run class-in-class with the €450-added Arcese Limited Non Pro which counted 45.

With a score of 214.5, Royal Big Step BB (Wimpys Little Step x Little Royal BH), a 6-year-old gelding owned and shown by Dutch Suzanne Scharroo, took the lead in both classes. “I’m really happy with the way my horse went today. He’s a great horse that I bought from the Baeck’s and I cannot wait to show him again at the Italian Derby,” said Susanne about her mount who has close to $17,000 LTE.

Half a point behind, German Ulrike Frey, riding Dreams and Prizes (Magnum Chic Dream x Freckles Prize), a 9-year-old stallion that boasts over $42,000 in NRHA LTE. Ulrike and Manfred Frey are keep supporters of the NRHA European Futurity and have been sponsoring the event since its inception. “My horse is as usual fantastic and I would like to thank Vern (Sapergia) and Sylvia (Rzepka) for their work on him,” said. Ulrike.

Starting the day on Wednesday at 8 am CET will be the Open Futurity and KL Performance Horses Non Pro Consolation followed by Arcese €850-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and the €5,000-added Open 5 & Up.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, to watch the live action and see runs scored in real time, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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2014 NRHA Professionals of the Year Announced

Oklahoma City, Okla., April 21, 2015 - What is an NRHA Professional? Is it a trainer who competes in Reining or is it something more? The NRHA prides itself in promoting a sport where family and fun are just as important as the competition itself.

Being an NRHA Professional is more than just signing up. It’s encompassing the ideals of NRHA and setting the standard for the industry. There are a few who particularly stood out in 2014 and for their efforts, they are being recognized as Professionals of the Year.

NRHA Professional of the Year

Sebastian Petroll of Whitesboro, Texas, has been said to “have a gift for coaching.” Petroll, an NRHA and AQHA Judge as well, has been active in sharing his knowledge through coaching, clinics, and lessons with clients. He actively participates in clinics in Germany along with coaching up and coming trainers in the industry.

Petroll actively participates in NRHA programs like the Buy A Pro program, which is an online auction where buyers have a chance to ride with NRHA Professionals one-on-one. NRHA Professionals donate two training sessions per package to be auctioned off with all of the proceeds benefitting the NRHyA to help provide scholarships and opportunities for young reiners.

An NRHA Professional since 2003, Petroll has earned more than $174,000 in NRHA competition. Not only has he made the finals at every major NRHA competition but he has also had Non Pro clients consistently make it to the finals and win numerous awards under his guidance.

NRHA Horsewoman of the Year

Tanya Jenkins, a resident of Temecula, Calif., has been an NRHA member since 1996 and throughout her time being involved with the association has earned more than $443,000 in lifetime earnings.

But more important than her winnings total is her dedication to her clients and their success. Focusing on how she sets up her Non Pro and youth clients with their mounts is a key part of her program. Jenkins makes sure they use the best equipment and understand how to effectively and efficiently communicate with their horse.

Jenkins has been an NRHA Professional since 2004 and along with her own impressive list of accomplishments in the show arena; she sets up her clients to be in the winner’s circle just as much in both local and major competitions.

NRHA Non Pro Coach of the Year

Shane Brown of Shane Brown Performance Horses, where family is one of the main ingredients to success, is based in Elbert, Colo. His “desire to teach outshines his desire to win,” which is evident in his character both in and out of the arena.

Brown, an NRHA member since 1989, has quite the competition resume winning close to $306,000 in lifetime earnings. He has also been heavily active in various aspects of NRHA both on a local and national level by volunteering his time on and/or leading committees, all with the goal of improving the association as a whole in every aspect.

Because of his drive, Brown has been in finals at major events numerous times and was an USEF International Team alternate.

NRHA Youth Coach of the Year

Well known in the industry as a man of family and faith, it’s no surprise to see NRHA Professional Casey Deary’s name next to the title of Youth Coach of the Year. He’s described as “a great model for our youth riders.”

Based in Weatherford, Texas, the long time cowboy has excelled in both the show pen and in teaching on a national and international level. Deary travels across the world to share his knowledge of Reining.

In 2014, along with his own personal major accomplishments, he also coached the Youth 14-18 World Champion Savannah Grace Ostner and Mr Crometastic of Memphis, Tenn.

An NRHA member since 1996, Deary has earned more than $826,000 throughout his show career so far. He rode Americasnextgunmodel to a 2012 NRHA Futurity Champion title.

Up and Coming Professional of the Year

Fairly new to the reining community and making quite the splash is Jordan “Kole” Price, and for that he has been named the Up and Coming Professional of the Year, a well-earned title. Price, an Illinois native and Texas resident has been making his presence known with his most recent major accomplishment at the 2014 NRHA Futurity.

The 25-year-old trainer rode FM Shine N Tag Chex then owned by Tricia Jaeger, an old friend of Price’s, to a L1 Open Championship title along with a Reserve Champion title in the L2 and L3 Open divisions bringing home his biggest NRHA paycheck yet at more than $41,000 in earnings.

For more information about the NRHA Professionals program, or to find a Professional to help with training or lessons, visit nrha.com/professionals.

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

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

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NRHA European Futurity: Open & Non Pro Futurity Finalists Are Determined

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Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla top the Open qualifier!

Provided by Simona Diale, Kreuth, Germany, April 20, 2015 – Topping the qualifying go round of the NRHA European Open Futurity was NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Cody Sapergia, riding Made In Walla for owners Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel.

The Canadian rider based in Austria closed his performance with a 222 to win the go-round. “My horse has matured a lot over this past winter and was really good for me today,” said the past NRHA Open World Champion about the talented gelding European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.

The second highest score in the €92,000-added Level 4 division is past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck riding Roses For Einstein (Einsteins Revolution x Roses Champagne), nominated by Nicole Keesen and owned by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S. In the first day of competition, the duo posted a 218.5.

Winning the €40,905.66 Level 3 division and the € 23,374.66-added Level 2 division was Jurgen Pouls of The Netherlands riding Mauro Straubel’s Hollywoods Hope TB (Dun It For You x Brennas Hollywood). The stallion was European Nominated by Irmgrad Brendgens.

Stephan Rohde of Germany, riding Nicos Custom Gunner (Gunner x Nics Custom) for Isabeau Rieman, posted a 214.5 to lead the qualifying go-round of the € 11,687.33-added Level 1 division. The pretty mare was North American Nominated by Frank Millstid and European Optioned by Stephan Rohde.

The KL Performance Non Pro European Futurity

The qualifying go-round of the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity lit the stage in Kreuth today. Two young European ladies tied to win the €36,000-added Level 4 division:  Gina Mario riding CS Eye Catching Gun, a gelding by My Royal Gun and out of Jessie Wright On (nominated by Corinna Schumacher) owned by XCS Ranch LLC, along with SL Wild Spook (Smart Spook x Wild Sister) ridden and owned by Fabienne Sutter and European Nominated by Sandra Linnig-Fohl. Fabienne also topped the €17,531-added Level and the €10,017.71-added Level 2.
The highest score posted in the  €5,008.86-added Level 1 was a 209.5 scored by Whizberry Pie, a mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Smokes Berry Pie, owned and ridden by Mariam Lienweber and nominated by Vision Quest Reiners, LLC.

Consolation
Both the Open and the Non Pro Futurity riders will have a chance to earn a spot  in the finals on Wednesday through the Consolation.

Starting the day on Tuesday at 8 am CET will be the €450-added Limited Open followed by the €3,500-added Arcese Intermediate Non Pro and the €2,500-added Arcese Intermediate Non Pro.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:

http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, to watch the live action and see runs scored in real time, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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The 2015 National Reining Horse Association European Open Futurity Has an Excellent Start

Ann Fonck and Roses For Einstein lead the first section of the Open Futurity go-round opening day of the 2015 National Reining Horse Association European Futurity.

Kreuth, Germany, April 19, 2015 – The first section of the qualifying go-round of the 2015 NRHA European Open Futurity counted 44 horse-rider combinations. Marking the highest score of the day (218.5) in the €92,000-added Level 4 division, was past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck riding Roses For Einstein (Einsteins Revolution x Roses Champagne) for owner 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S. The pair had claimed reserve honors at the NRHA European Open L 4 Pre Futurity and were finalists at the IRHA/NRHA Open L 4 Futurity. The stunning mare by Einsteins Revolution and out of Roses Champagne has more than $11,000 LTE.

Daniel Klein of Germany lead the €40,905.66 Level 3 division. The German rider posted a 213 aboard Heike Finkhaus’s Enterprising Spook, a mare by Smart Spook and out of King Rip Enterprise.

Leading the € 23,374.66-added Level 2 division, after scoring a 211.5, are Italian riders Mirko Midili riding Claudio Risso’s RS Tigershark Jack (RS Oregon N Jack x Foxy Roan Doll) and Manuel Cortesi riding Silvia Bologini’s PC Cristi Master (Master Snapper x Doc Bar Christy). In the € 11,687.33-added Level 1 division, Bogdan Czarnik of Poland riding Guns At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Jackie Be Ruf) for owner Nagiec Arkadiusz posted a 210.5 to lead the first section of the qualifying go-round.

Set your calendar now to visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com and watch Monday’s action starting at 8 a.m. CET.  Monday will be the second section of the Open Futurity go-round followed by the qualifying go of the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity.

The Stallion Auction

Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:

http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1

Livestream and live score

Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:

http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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