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Jordan Larson Hits a New Milestone

By Carol Trimmer, Oklahoma City, Okla., January 29, 2015jordan larson headshot ­­– Jordan Larson, Whitesboro, Texas, just became NRHA’s newest Two Million Dollar Rider. This milestone caps off Larson’s 2014 achievements.  Not only was the NRHA Professional the 2014 NRHA Futurity’s Level 4 Open Co-Champion riding HDC Quarter Horses’ ARC Gunnabeabigstar and banking $139,916, but he was also the 2014 NRHA Top 20 Professionals’ highest money earner with $387,545, adding to his already robust earnings. His Futurity experience was made even more poignant when his wife, Taylor, won the 2014 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Levels 2 and 3 on Larson Performance Horses’ Wimpys Dolled Up. Larson was also a member of Team USA, competing at the 2014 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG) and earning a Gold Medal in the team competition.

Other highlights of Larson’s enviable career include 2001 NRHA Open World Champion riding Amber N Oak for owner Lisa Maberry, 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion riding Michell Anne Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz, 2011 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion aboard Custom Harley owned by Rancho El Fortin, 2013 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion riding HF Mobster for Heritage Farms, 2013 AQHA Junior Reining and Senior Reining World Championships partnered with Stoney Russell’s High Roller Whiz and Luga, LLC’s Custom Cash Advance, respectively.

Larson earned Million Dollar Rider status in 2011.  Today his NRHA Lifetime Earnings total $2,004,892.  Larson joins the elite Two Million Dollar Rider club, which includes Tim McQuay, Shawn Flarida, Craig Schmersal, Andrea Fappani, Duane Latimer and Mandy McCutcheon.

A complete list of million dollar earners can be found at nrha.com

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.

Photo Credits: NRHA File Photo

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New – NRHA Buy A Pro Program

New – NRHA Buy A Pro Program

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By Christina Brezack & Hayley Lewallen  – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that the Buy A Pro Program officially starts in 2015! Buy A Pro is an innovative online auction that connects riders with one-on-one lessons from NRHA Professionals, and replaces Regional Clinics as the primary funding mechanism for National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) activities.

Bidders will have the opportunity to bid on NRHA Buy A Pro training packages from January 15 until March 1 at NOON CST. Participants can bid and have a chance to win as many packages as they would like. In an effort to introduce more people to the sport of Reining, an NRHA membership is not required to bid!

These Top 20 Riders* have lesson packages up for grabs!

Participating NRHA Professionals have donated training packages consisting of two training sessions to be auctioned, and all of the proceeds will help provide scholarships and new opportunities for NRHyA’s young reiners. Currently, there are more than 60 packages up for grabs from NRHA Professionals ranging from NRHA Million Dollar Riders to beginning professionals.

Winning bidders will have an exceptional opportunity to polish reining skills or be introduced to a new hobby with some of the industry’s top professionals.

“It is fascinating to see NRHA Professionals actively involved in growing the sport of Reining. Beginners and accomplished riders alike will benefit from attending one of these private training packages on location at a professional’s facility,” said Hayley Lewallen NRHA Sr. Coordinator of Marketing and oversees the NRHyA.

Each package will include:

  • 2 (two) training sessions
  • 1 (one) stall free of charge for buyers horse to use during the training sessions

For more information about this groundbreaking effort to introduce tomorrow’s reiners to the sport of Reining, visit nrha.com/buyapro.

About NRHyA
Since 2001, young reiners in the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) have benefited from their membership through college scholarships, learning experiences from some of the top Reining trainers, life-long friendships and a whole lot of FUN along the way.

NRHyA fosters leadership qualities and provides our young members with a roadmap for success they can use to guide them through their future career plans.


*NRHA Top 20 Riders are from the completed 2013 list.

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NRHA Expands Medications Testing for 2015

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors voted on November 3, during meetings in Oklahoma City, to maintain its Animal Welfare and Medications Policy for NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe.

Medication testing will continue in 2015 at NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe. The association’s Animal Welfare and Medications Policy, enacted in 2011, is a two-part program which also includes a protocol for events held in Europe and one for events held anywhere else.

Per the desire of the European membership and the European Affiliate Council, a specific European policy that provided for testing and disciplinary penalties was implemented on January 1, 2013. Simultaneously, the original policy outlined a multi-year plan for events held outside of Europe.

The first three years consisted of research testing at selected events, plus discussion and evaluation of disciplinary procedures and penalty structures. The research phase included four major events in the United States and one in Europe.

During the research phase, 50 horses were tested with only two samples testing positive for a forbidden substance. Since 2013 when the disciplinary phase began in Europe, 148 samples have been tested with zero samples testing positive for a forbidden substance.

The time-line for the fourth year (2015) stated that testing will be implemented and disciplinary procedures enforced. For NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe, the following events are subject to testing: AA events ($100,000 or more in added money for the entire event), Category 2 and 6 (aged event) classes. With the vote to maintain the Animal Welfare and Medications Policy, testing is now slated to begin in May 2015. The policy, as approved in 2011, can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com.

“Over the past year, I have talked to a lot of members about this subject. There have been some passionate discussions, but throughout, it was very clear that, despite differences in opinion on specific aspects, everyone held the welfare of the horse in the forefront,” said Rick Clark, previous chair of the Medications Task Force and NRHA Vice President.

“The intent of the NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications program is to enact a process that carefully considers all aspects of the issue, its impact on our horses and its impact on our industry. A task force has been created to evaluate it and to bring any suggested changes to the board next year,” said Beth Himes, NRHA President.

 

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The November Digital Reiner is Ready!

With the NRHA Futurity and the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships around the reinercovernovembercorner, the NRHA Reiner would like to wish everyone safe travels and good luck! While you’re traveling be sure to check out the November issue which is full of competition highlights from around the world. The South Central RAF, the European Derby and the High Roller Reining Classic are just a few of the shows covered.

Some of the feature stories include saddle care tips and an introduction to a few Green Reiner competitors from across the county.

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Election & Bylaw Voting Results

Executive Committee and Vice President election, as well as bylaw voting results have been verified by the Election Administrator.

To view the results, log on to the Members Only section. Results for these elections have been posted.

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The September Digital Reiner is Ready!

As the show season starts to get busier with futurities and affiliate championships, it can be difficult toseptreinercover keep up with all of the events but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The September Digital Reiner highlights the NRHA European Affiliate Championship, Reining By The Bay, and an exciting announcement for Arabian reining horse owners. Also featured in this issue are the Roleski 4 Spins Show and Polish Derby.

This month’s Digital Reiner is also full of inspiring and informative articles such as Reiners Helping Reiners, In His Own Words, Performance Horse Nutrition, and a new column by the one and only NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and recent WEG Team USA Gold and Individual Gold Medalist Shawn Flarida.

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Our Loss – Tom Sumpter

NRHA has just received news that past president Tom Sumpter of Morriston, Florida passed away last night. We are told he was surrounded by his loved ones in his final hours.

We are deeply saddened by the loss and send our condolences to his family and friends in Reining.

Among his many contributions to the sport, he showed the Red Ant Rey to the 1994 NRHA Non Pro World Championship, in addition to numerous top ten finishes in world championship standings.

Memorial services Tom will be held Saturday, Sept 6th, at 11am at Williston Church of God, 850 SW 7th Street, Williston, FL. 32696.

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NRHA Creates Professionals Membership

The National Reining Horse Association will debut a new membership category to begin in 2015. The NRHA Professionals membership will be for individuals who are ineligible for non pro status and wish to show in NRHA open competition.

The change was recommended by the NRHA Professionals Committee with the goal of implementing activities to strengthen their segment of the industry. A majority of the new membership fee will go toward doing just that!

From Shane Brown, NRHA Professionals Committee Chair:

“I’m excited to bring to fruition these new benefits of the NRHA Professional Membership. The value of being an NRHA Professional will continue to grow over the next several years, and we will look for more new ideas to help reining trainers be more successful.”

“The committee will be working with staff on these additions and unveiling them in stages. The NRHA Professionals Membership will be a great step forward in helping our reining industry grow.”

NEW BENEFITS – Professionals Membership

NRHA Professionals will receive a host of benefits starting in 2015. Those benefits will include:

  • Encourage industry growth by connecting NRHA Professionals in a worldwide system
  • Create ongoing educational programs to include subjects such as promotional strategies for your business, financial planning, communication tools, equine health topics, stable management, insurance, taxes for horse owners, etc.
  • Create a mentoring program to facilitate communication between established and new trainers
  • Expand the NRHA Professionals webpage to include more detailed information about each trainer to assist with promoting your business and growing your client base
  • Provide reining and NRHA “on-boarding” materials to give to potential clients
  • Organize an NRHA Professionals Forum to foster mentoring and interaction between trainers
  • Expansion of NRHA Top 20 Professionals awards and Professionals of the Year awards

To learn more about NRHA Professionals, contact:

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Summary of Approved 2015 NRHA Rule Changes

Updated Aug. 19, 2014 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) reviewed all 2015 rule change proposals submitted to the body earlier this year. The board considered long-term administrative, global and fiduciary impact, in addition to member feedback provided via its website, direct contact and letters from the membership.

The following is a summary of action taken on these proposals. For more detailed and complete information on each item, log onto the Members Only section of nrha.com.

APPROVED – Rule Changes
• 74-02-15:

  • Part 1. Change the AA and A events to 90 days for event approval
  • Part 2. Move rules to a chart. Change added money caps on Rookie Professional and Rookie Level 2. Eliminate added money caps in Novice Horse Level 1 and Novice Horse Level 2
  • Part 5. Can hold two go-rounds in an ancillary show
  • Part 6. Eliminate the restriction that show management must hold both the Level 4 Open and Level 4 Non Pro classes at an Aged Show
  • Part 9 and 10. Combine Ride & Slide Level 1 and 2 show conditions
  • Part 12. Remove mandatory awards through tenth for Youth classes

• 59-01-15: Approve Professionals Membership category

• 60-01-15: A Non Pro is defined as a person who, at the time of application, has not won in excess of $200,000 in Category 1, 2 and 6 in open reining competition and…

• 62-01-15: Change the definition of immediate family member

• 62-03-15: Remove after-market logoed apparel or equipment

• 66-02-15: Change fine and forfeiture process for Youth showing in the Rookie 1 and Rookie 2 classes

• 74-01-15: Add Top Ten Event description that requires event approval forms to be submitted 90 days prior to the entry closing of the event and a three horse minimum in a class for it to count toward a world title

• 80-01-15: Add Prime Time Non Pro added money requirements

• 86-01-15: Change the name of Adaptive Reining to Para-Reining

• 91-01-15: Define what is considered complete relating to show results

• 105-01-15: Remove restrictions for hiring stewards, remove redundant rules and remove the rule that keeps a steward from stewarding the same show for more than two years in a row

RELATED ACTION – Proposal 54-10-15
• Amend the Animal Welfare & Medications Policy (Excluding European Events – Pol. 11-07-27) to continue the research phase through 2015 and create a task force to review NRHA medications rules and policies. This does not impact European events.

• The NRHA European Animal Welfare & Medications Policy, implemented January 2012, will remain with no changes for Europe.

APPROVED – Clarifications
• 43-01-15: Procedural change for contacting the accused during a investigation

• 73-01-15: Rule clarification allowing horses to be shown in Green Reiner I and Green Reiner II without restriction of ownership

• 74-02-15: Eliminate redundancies and increase ease of understanding in Show Conditions

• 93-01-15: Clarification outlining ownership for Year End Awards, the owner is the owner on record at the end NRHA competition year

• 149-01-15: Create consistency between the Handbook and Judges guide on the maneuver description for the trot in

Complete information on rule change voting will be posted at a later date on the Members Only section of nrha.com and in the NRHA Reiner magazine.

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Miss Tinseltown is NRHA’s All-Time Leading Dam

By Christa Morris – NRHA is pleased to announce the crowning of a new All-Time Leading Dam, Miss Tinseltown, owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner David Silva, Sr. Her progeny have won $680,750 in NRHA competition earning her this phenomenal achievement.

Miss Tinseltown (Great Red Pine x Ms Holywood Showtime x Docs Showtime) has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $114,100 including a fourth place finish at the 1997 NRHA Open Futurity, championship honors at the 1999 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and the reserve championship at the 1999 NRHA Derby with NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame inductee Tim McQuay in the saddle.

The 1994 mare was bred by Charles Vaughan and foaled in Indiana. In 1997, McQuay purchased the 3-year-old mare and then later sold her to Silva. After Silva’s purchase and the mare’s success in the show pen, Miss Tinseltown went on to produce nine NRHA money earners, including two of Silva’s current stallions, Gunners Tinseltown and Hollywoodstinseltown.

Gunners Tinseltown (by Gunner) has $265,400 NRHA LTE. Those earnings include the 2014 NRHA Derby L3 Open Reserve Championship, as well as winning fourth place in the L4 Open division at the 2014 NRBC with NRHA Professional Sam Schaffhauser. In 2012, he was the NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion and Prime Time Open Champion with Tim McQuay in the saddle.

Hollywoodstinseltown (by Hollywood Dun It) has $185,900 NRHA LTE. He won the 2009 NRBC L3 Open championship, the 2009 NRHA Derby L3 Open championship and L4 Open Reserve championship with NRHA Professional Marco Ricotta riding. In addition, they won fourth place in the L4 Open division at the 2010 NRBC. With McQuay aboard, he won a team gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Miss Tinseltown’s other money earners are: Hollywood Downtown ($110,400 NRHA LTE, by Hollywood Dun It, owned by Polly Cooke), Dun It In Tinseltown ($62,400 NRHA LTE, by Hollywood Dun It, owned by Silva), Tinseltownsmokingun (by Gunner, owned by Julia Gaupmann), Showdownintinseltown (by Gunner, owned by Steve Braun), Footworks In Town (by Footworks Finest, owned by Susan Wright), Dunitinbrightlight (by Hollywood Dun It, owned by George and Carol Bell) and My Hollywood Girl (by Hollywood Dun It, owned by Silva).

The second-highest NRHA producing mare is NRHA Hall of Famer Taris Little Vintage (Peppy San Badger x Taris Vintage) with $677,360 in progeny earnings. As a show horse, she won $48,700 in NRHA competition and was third in the 1994 NRHA Futurity Open with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks. She is the only mare to have produced two NRHA Futurity Champions: Hollywood Vintage (by Hollywood Dun It) and Taris Designer Genes (by Mr Boomerjac). She produced 10 other NRHA money earners including Taris Modern Design (by Mr Boomerjac), Vintage Boom (by Mr Boomerjac) and Taris Favorite Trick (by Mr Boomerjac).

In the number three spot on the list of producing dams is another NRHA Hall of Fame inductee, Collena Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Collena Freckles) with offspring earnings of $667,800. Though deceased, her legacy continues via her offspring’s successes. Her last recorded owner was Monica Watson’s Double Run Farm. She is the dam of three money-earning offspring: NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Highest Money Earner Wimpys Little Chic (by Wimpys Little Step), Collenas Finest Tafy (by Footworks Finest) and Collenas Little Wimp (by Wimpys Little Step).

Photos by Waltenberry (Top – Miss Tinseltown, Middle – Gunners Tinseltown, Bottom – Hollywoodstinseltown)

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