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14 NRHA Events Approved for APHA World Show Qualification

By Jessica Hein / Paint Horse Journal - If you’ve got a Paint reining horse, APHA is making it easier than ever to get qualified for the APHA World Championship Show.
For the 2014 and 2015 APHA World Shows—which take place annually in November in Fort Worth, Texas, and are home to Open and Amateur world championship classes, along with many other added-money events—APHA has approved 14 National Reining Horse Association-approved shows that will count toward APHA World Show qualification requirements.

Each of the following 14 shows counts for a minimum of one show and two judges—to qualify for the APHA World Show, a Paint Horse must have participated in at least four shows and eight judges. Click here to read full qualification requirements for the APHA World Show; no qualification is required to participate in the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show, which takes place annually in June and July.

Unless otherwise noted, these shows are approved only for APHA World Show qualification, not APHA points. Those marked as APHA Special Events will offer APHA-approved classes in which horses are eligible to earn APHA points as well.
2014 World Show Qualifying (August 1, 2013–July 31, 2014)

  • April 14-20 — National Reining Breeders Classic, Katy, TX
  • May 1-4 — Rein For The Roses, Elk Grove, CA
  • May 13-18 — Carolina Classic, Williamston, NC
  • May 14-18 — Columbine Classic, Pueblo, CO (APHA Special Event)
  • June 21-28 — NRHA Derby, Oklahoma City, OK (APHA Special Event)
  • July 21-27 — RMRHA Summer Slide, Denver, CO (APHA Special Event)
  • July 23-27 — Reining By The Bay, Woodside, CA
  • July 24-27 — Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining, Lexington, KY

2015 World Show Qualifying (August 1, 2014–July 31, 2015)

  • August 26-31 — NRHA South Central Regional Affiliate Finals, Tulsa, OK
  • September 5-7 — NRHA East Central Regional Affiliate Finals, Springfield, OH
  • September 12-14 — NRHA Northeast Regional Affiliate Finals, Logan Township, NJ
  • September 24-28 — NRHA Mountain Regional Affiliate Finals, Denver, CO
  • September 25-28 — NRHA Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals, Williamston, NC
  • October 8-12 — NRHA Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals, Rancho Murieta, CA

APHA hopes to announce similar partnerships with National Cutting Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association events soon

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Wimpys Little Step Becomes an NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire


Wimpys Little Step Headshot_by John Brasseaux (163x200)For Immediate Release – By Hayley Lewallen – April 10, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – In 10 months after achieving the five million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Six Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fourth horse to earn such a prestigious title and puts him in the ranks alongside Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz, and Hollywood Dun It.
The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002, ridden by NRHA’s only Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step racked up an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $185,000.
His top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.; NRHA’s current lifetime earning’s leader and the only horse to consecutively win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby; 2007 NRHA Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC L4 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2010 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $361,800 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern; 2007 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity L4 Open Champion, 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2009 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion, 2010 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2010 Alltech™ FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $280,300 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity L2 Open Champion, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Junior Reining Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC L4 Open Champion and L3 Open Champion, NRHA Derby L3 Open Reserve Champion, and AQHA World Championship Show Senior Reining Reserve Champion
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $258,200 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Madalyn Roberts; 2010 NRBC L4 Non Pro third place, 2011 NRBC Challenge Open Champion, 2011 Cactus Reining Classic Maturity Challenge L4 Open Champion, 2011 Reining By The Bay Maturity L4 Open Champion, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse finalist
  •  Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $143,500 NRHA LTE, bred by Michael Boyle, currently owned by Rebeca Martin; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2013 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist and High Roller Reining Classic Derby L4 Open third place

Photo Credit: John Brasseaux

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RHSF Youth Scholarship Deadline – MAY 15

 By Chris Dennis  Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are valued assets to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and to the future of the horse industry. The Reining Horse Sports Foundation  (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for these valued youth members. Each year, the RHSF awards more than $44,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members.  At this time, the RHSF is excited to offer $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members.

“The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of Reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school, is an honor,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on academic achievement, future goals, involvement in the NRHyA and NRHA, and financial need.  Applicants must be a senior in high school planning to pursue an undergraduate degree from a two or four year institution or a trade and technical school and current NRHA member for at least two years.

Applications are now being accepted for the RHSF scholarships. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old. The scholarship application may be downloaded at

For more information about RHSF scholarships, go to or You may also contact Chris Dennis at or at (405) 946-7400.

Photo by Mary Frances Flanders. 

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Category 1 Added Money Clarification

During their February and March meetings, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee discussed Category 1 added money clarification and concern members had voiced regarding the clarification.  The Executive Committee voted to rescind the clarification issued in November 2013.

The Executive Committee felt this gives more flexibility to show management to meet the needs of reining exhibitors. With this in mind, the following clarification made in November has been rescinded:

Clarification – In Category 1 classes, added money must be offered in amounts equal to or greater than the class one level below in the same division (Open, Non Pro).  Open Levels in descending order are: Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Rookie Professional.   Non Pro Levels in descending order are: Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Prime Time Non Pro.

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2014 High Roller Reining Classic Announcement


2014 High Roller Reining Classic Announces the Addition of the $75,000-Added ARBC Arabian and Half Arabian Futurities and the $30,000 ARBC Youth Scholarship Program


HRRC logoThe High Roller Reining Classic is pleased to announce the addition of the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic futurities to the event this year.  The High Roller Reining Classic is invested in the future of Reining, and to this end, has reached out to the Reining community in an effort to join forces with others who are equally as passionate about our sport with two new programs for the 2014 event.


The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) is a recently formed group of individuals who have stepped forward in an effort to increase awareness of the development of the Arabian and Half Arabian Reining horse. Led by longtime supporter and breeder of Arabian reining horses Dick Ames, who with his daughter Lara, started the ARBC. “We’re extremely excited about participating in this brand new Futurity for the Arabian reining horse. It affords the breed a real showcase, so that it can be seen and recognized within the larger reining horse world. And it’s a terrific opportunity for us to show everyone what today’s working western Arabian horse can really do,” says Dick Ames President of the ARBC. The ARBC is offering a $30,000-added Open Pure Bred Arabian Reining Futurity and a $45,000-added Open Half Arabian Futurity, which includes NRHA Level 1 and 4 Open Category 2 divisions. The Arabian futurities are for horses that are 4 and 5 Years of age. “We are honored that the ARBC has chosen the High Roller Reining Classic as the host of the first $75,000-added ARBC Arabian and Half Arabian futurities, as well as a $30,000 ARBC Youth Scholarship Program,” says event promoter Amanda Brumley. “I feel this partnership will bring our breeds together and most of all contribute to the growth of the sport of Reining as a whole.”


ARBC logo Final V1The format of the ARBC is very similar to the highly successful and extremely popular NRBC, and it is with this program in mind that the ARBC’s goal is to become to the Arabian reining programs what the NRBC has become to the Quarter Horses and Paint Horse industries.


For more information about the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic go to their website at


About High Roller Reining Classic:


The High Roller Reining Classic is currently ranked at number 4 in the NRHA Leading Events as of 2013, after only five short years in existence. In 2014, it boasts an impressive $500,000 in added money and prizes. Established in 2008, the event is held each September at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This unique venue features a hotel, casino, multiple restaurants, and horse show, all under one roof, with unparalleled multimedia outlets employed to promote and enjoy the event.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this posting. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests, or questions.



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The April Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverIn the April Digital Reiner, the NRHA Non Pro & Youth World and Reserve World Champions share stories about their road to success and their 2013 show season. Also, highlighted in this month’s issue are two great NRHA Professionals and long-time friends, Michael McEntire and Brian Bell. See how they got started and what helped them gain the NRHA Million Dollar Rider title. Enjoy!

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NCEA Recognized NRHA Competitors

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association has selected its 2013-14 All-America class, it was announced Tuesday. The NCEA also announced its Second-Team All-America class and the All-America Honorable Mention squad.

The NCEA National Championship will take place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It marks the eighth consecutive year that Baylor, the City of Waco and McLennan County have hosted the National Championship.

The following NRHA members received recognition:


1st Team

• Raivenne Scott, SDSU

• Taylor Brown, CSU-F


2nd Team

• Cody McMillon, USC

• Justine Peters, OSU

• Tara Wilson, NMSU

• McKenzie Lantz, UGA


Honorable Mention

• Layla Choate, USC

• Jordan Cox, KSU

• Jenna Blumer, OSU

• Shelby St. Hilaire, TCU

• Griffin Knight, AU

• Laura Sumrall, TAMU


The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this posting. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests, or questions.

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Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses Adds to Their Team

Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses would like to welcome to our team NRHA Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer and 2013 Canadian Reiner of the Year and Top 20 Professional Dany Tremblay.  We are thrilled to have them join our already impressive line up of trainers. fixed group pic

Tom McCutcheon ~ NRHA Million Dollar Rider and 3 time WEG Gold Medalist

Duane Latimer ~ NRHA Million Dollar Rider and WEG Gold and Silver Medalist

Dany Tremblay ~ NRHA Open Futurity Finalist and Canadien Reiner of The Year

Mirjam Stillo ~ NRHA L1 Open Derby Champion and High Roller Reining L1 Derby Champion

Debbie Arballo ~ Tradition Futurity L2 and L3 Open Futurity Champion

Isabell Silverstolpe ~ 2014 TMRH Apprentice and 2013 Scandinavian L4 Open and L4 Non Pro Derby Champion

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this posting. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests, or questions.

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AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Update

Level 1 Exhibitors Have Chance to Win Cash

Jackpots, prizes and the prospect to write your name in history are reasons to enter the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Show.

From American Quarter Horse Association News Release – Money is on the line for competitors at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Show, slated for April 17-19 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The show includes Amateur and Youth Reining classes on Friday April 18.

Every class at the Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship, with the exception of performance halter, will feature a jackpot option, including the Reining classes. This is an amazing chance for Level 1-eligible competitors to earn money, haul home great prizes and tout the prestigious title of the first Novice champion in their event.

“Gather your friends for not just a shot at glory, but a chance to Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Showearn money back,” said AQHA Executive Director of Shows Patti Carter. “Come team rope, ranch sort, team pen and more! As long as you are eligible for Level 1, you can enter.”

Determining level eligibility is easy – just use the online verification system at Based on exhibitor feedback, AQHA extended the deadline for the Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship. Entries are now due March 21. Download the entry form at

“The new entry deadline allows exhibitors enough time to get prepared for the show, and also for show management to properly plan an AQHA Novice championship-style show,” Carter added.

To ensure that the event is of AQHA-Novice-championship caliber, at least five entries will be needed in each class at the 2014 Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship. If a class has less than five entries by March 21, the class will be cancelled. Fees will be returned to exhibitors who entered cancelled classes. Depending on the actual number of entries, the tentative schedule could be altered, with the show potentially encompassing just Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19.

“There’s still time to get your entries in for your shot at cash, prizes and a history-making experience,” Carter said. “If you have friends or know of fellow competitors who were contemplating whether to attend the first Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship, give them that extra nudge to send their entries in.”

Visit to download the entry form, plus view the list of awards, tentative schedule and host hotels.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this posting. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests, or questions.

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Renew Your Membership Online Today

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to unveil online renewals for previous NRHA members!

REWEW ss42-fbHow to renew online:

  1. Log on to the NRHA Members Only section with your NRHA ID and PIN. The log in area is located in the top right corner of
  2. Click on “Renew Membership” at the top of the screen, next to your name.
  3. Supply information as requested to complete the process.

Great benefits of renewing online:

  1. No rush fee
  2. No confirmation fee
  3. Instant access to Members Only contents
  4. Email confirmation to take to the show
  5. Can make donations to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation
  6. Can upgrade NRHA Reiner magazine subscription

The renewal wizard is optimized for desktops and laptops. Compatibility for mobile devices and tablets will be coming soon.

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