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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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$220,000 Sale Incentive Unveiled

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales

Any 2-year-old that is consigned to the 2014 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale that competes in the 2015 NRHA Futurity, and wins one of the following divisions, will be paid an additional award as follows:BXP_1600-sale-cropped

OPEN / NON PRO:

  • Level 4 = $50,000
  • Level 3 = $35,000
  • Level 2 = $25,000
  • 75% to Owner / 25% to Consignor

Get in the game. Consign now!

August 1 – Deadline to Consign :: August 15 – Video/Photos Due*
(*for Futurity Prospect and Select Yearling Sales Only)

Read more about the sale’s exposure to prospective buyers and its new, improved schedule.


More 2013 Sale Stats

  • Prospect:
    • $42,120 average
    • Top 1/3 = $98,000 average
    • Top Ten brought $50,000 and higher
  • Breeders:
    • $13,350 average
    • Top 1/3 = $25,000 average
    • Top Ten brought $22,000 and higher
  • Marketplace:
    • $27,000 high seller
    • $8,290 average
    • Top 1/3 = $14,000 average
    • Top Ten brought $12,000 and higher

Markel Insurance
Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Select Yearling Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

Follow the official NRHA Facebook page for updates!

 

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Sales Deadline is August 1

August 1: Deadline to Consign BXP_1584-sale-bid-cropped
August 15: Video/Photos Due (For Futurity Prospect and Select Yearling Sales Only)

CONSIGN NOW!
Sale Incentive information to be announced in the coming week!

Why this sale is the best:
• Prime access to 120,000+ spectators at the NRHA Futurity
• Attendance from 20 countries and nearly 50 states during the event
• Presented to NRHA members like no other sale can offer with approx. $40,000 in advertising exposure throughout the year and nearly 250,000 Facebook impressions for consignments in November 2013
• Managed by your association that is dedicated to growing and strengthening for its members

New, improved schedule:
Marketplace – Thurs., Dec. 4 – 9 a.m.BXP_1600-sale-cropped
- Lower consignment fee
- Now $350 with no passout fee

Futurity Prospect Preview – Thurs., Dec. 4 – 5 p.m.

Futurity Prospect – Fri., Dec. 5 – 6 p.m.
- Held in prime, dinner time slot
- More details coming soon!

Select Yearling – Sat., Dec. 6 – 9 a.m.
- For a select group of yearlings on Saturday!

ALSO NEW – All NRHA Sire & Dam Offspring are eligible to consign to the Futurity Sales

Markel InsuranceMarkel
Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Select Yearling Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

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The July Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverjulyYour source for everything Reining with our annual Reiner’s Resource Guide included. This month’s issue also features popular trucks and trailers in the industry along with show coverage of the National Reining Breeders Classic, IHSA Reining, the Carolina Classic and ABI Derbies and the Kentucky Reining Cup.

The July issue also features Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award winners Jerry Kimmel and Pat Warren and a special youth rider, Rylee Burke, who has come along way in her reining journey the last two years.

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Our Loss – Bob Anthony

NRHA is saddened to hear of Bob Anthony’s passing last night. Anthony was involved in the creation of NRHA, and his influence helped to bring forth the reining horse industry that we love today. He was recognized by his peers for this and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1992.

Anthony won the distinction of NRHA World Championship six times with High Proof (1975), Benito BarJoe (1976), Ima Fool (1977), Mr Doin Good (1979) and Mr Mui Twist (1981 and 1982). He also was an instrumental piece in the development of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Joe Cody. He brought the foundation sire to C.T. Fuller’s Willow Brook Farm in 1957 when he worked there. Subsequently, Fuller also was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame.

NRHA sends it condolences to his family and friends. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Update July 2, 2014: There will be a celebration of life for Anthony at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13, in the big red barn at the Bar C Ranch (6022 Old Lloyd Road, Monticello, FL 32344).

Jean Anthony’s address for condolences:
1433 Reita Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32311

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Topsail Whiz Becomes NRHA’s First Ten Million Dollar Sire

By Hayley Lewallen – No stranger to setting new records Topsail Whiz officially became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) first Ten Million Dollar Sire. The late Topsail Whiz soared to uncharted territory when he became NRHA’s first Six Million Dollar Sire in 2009 and continued to surpass others by achieving the first Seven Million Dollar Sire status in 2010, Eight Million Dollar Sire status in 2011, and Nine Million Dollar Sire status in 2012.

Topsail Whiz by John Brasseaux

Topsail Whiz by John Brasseaux

The 1987 stallion is by Topsail Cody, an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar (by Cee Red). His sire, Topsail Cody, was a 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee, and in 2003 Topsail Whiz also was inducted to the NRHA Hall of Fame. Topsail Whiz, who was owned by Bob Loomis Quarter Horses, sired four NRHA Million Dollar Stallions (Conquistador Whiz, West Coast Whiz, Whizard Jac, and Whiz N Tag Chex).

His top earning progeny include:

  • The Great Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Pines BH by Great Pine): $256,400 NRHA LTE, owned by Lance Griffin; 2003 Canadian Reining Breeders Classic Futurity Open Champion and NRHA Futurity Open Champion, 2004 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open Reserve Champion and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2005 NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2006 NRBC Open finalist
  • Easy Otie Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Miss Poco Easy by My Lucero): $233,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Bobbie Cook/Outwest Stallion Station, LLC; 2002 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2004 NRHA Derby Non Pro finalist and Intermediate Non Pro Champion, 2005 NRBC Open finalist and Intermediate Open Champion, 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games Team USA Gold Medalist
  • Whizkey N Diamonds (Topsail Whiz x Princess In Diamonds by Shining Spark): $216,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Rhodes River Ranch/CDR Farms; 2009 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Level (L) 4 Open Champion, All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, and NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRBC L4 Open finalist, NRHA Derby L4 Open Reserve Champion and NRHA Futurity Show $100,000-added World Champion Shootout Reserve Champion, 2012 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion
  • Smoking Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Glendas A Smokingun by Gunner): $197,100 NRHA LTE, owned by Silver Spurs Equine; 2010 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity L4, L3, L2 Open Champion and NRHA Futurity L4, L3 and, L2 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC L4 Open finalist, NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L4 finalist and NRHA Futurity Show $75,000-added World Champion Shootout Reserve Co-Champion
  • Walla Walla Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda by Shining Spark): $187,800 NRHA LTE, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist and NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2007 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open Champion, 2008 NRBC finalist

Photo by John Brasseaux

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The May Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverOnce again, this NRHA Digital Reiner is full of interesting and informative articles. The NRHA is proud to announce the first adaptive reining class was held at the Florida Classic and had great success. You will also find competition coverage of the OVRHA Bluegrass Reining Stakes, Wimpys Little Step and Gordyville Breeders Cup derbies, Cactus Reining Class, and highlights from the Belgium Derby.

Get to know some of our members with personal columns such as In Real Life with Michelle Miola, Non Pro Info with Shannon Rafacz, and Trainer Talk with Michelle Chapman.

Don’t forget to check out our NRHA Corporate Partners featured in this month’s issue, Smartpak and the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

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.

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Gunner is an NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire

By Christa Morris - With the month of April being a busy time in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competition, the legend of NRHA Hall of Fame stallion Gunner had more pages added to the story. Thanks to the success of his offspring, Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun; APHA Colonels Smokingun) has become NRHA’s fifth, Six Million Dollar Sire. His official offspring earnings now are $6,013,250.

Bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Ala., Gunner is the top NRHA earning offspring of Colonelfourfreckle (Colonel Freckles x Miss Solano) and out of Katie Gun whose offspring have earned more than $554,000 in NRHA competition. Gunner earned nearly $175,000 in his career including these accolades:

  • 1996 NRHA Futurity Level (L) 4 Open Reserve Champion ridden by Clint Haverty
  • 1997 NRHA Derby L 4 Non Pro finalist ridden by Kim Sloan
  • 1998 NRBC L 4 Open Reserve Champion ridden by Clint Haverty
  • 1998 NRHA Derby L 4 Open finalist ridden by Clint Haverty
  • 2001 USET Festival Of Champions National Reining Champion ridden by Bryant Pace

In 2002, Gunner was immortalized as a Breyer Horse for the USET Special Edition model.

Just last year at the age of 20, Gunner lost his battle with laminitis. He is deeply missed by his owners Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables, Inc. in Tioga, Texas. However, his story continues in the reining arena through the talents of his progeny. His top earners to date include:

  • Tinker With Guns (Gunner x Tinker Nic by Reminic): $344,100 NRHA LTE, bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio, LLC and owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Equine). Awards include: 2009 NRHA Futurity L 4 Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby L 4 Open Champion and NRBC L 4 Open finalist; and 2012 NRHA Derby and NRBC L 4 Open Reserve Champion.
  • Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner x Cee Dun It Do It by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It): $259,800 NRHA LTE, bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner David Silva, Sr. and owned by NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA. Awards include: 2012 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity L 4 Open Champion, 2012 NRHA Futurity L 4 Open Champion, and 2013 NRHA Derby and NRBC L 4 Open third place.
  • Gunners Special Nite (Gunner x Mifs Doll by Mifilena): $219,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Kim and Debra Sloan and owned by Turnabout Farm, Inc. The first reining horse to be honored with the USEF Horse of the Year award. Other awards include: 2007 NRHA Futurity L 3 Open Champion and L 4 Open Reserve Champion; 2008 and 2009 NRHA Derby L 4 Open finalist; 2009 and 2010 NRBC L 4 Open finalist; and 2010 Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games™ Individual and Team Gold Medalist.
  • Gunnatrashya (Gunner x Natrasha by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Trashadeous): $218,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Katarina Dorminy and owned by NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A. Awards include: 2009 NRHA Futurity L 4 Open Champion and All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity L 4 Open Champion; 2010 NRHA Derby L 4 Open Champion, and 2012 NRHA Futurity L 4 Open finalist.

Photos available on request. Gunner photo by Tristan Dark. Offspring competition photos by Waltenberry (with exception to Gunners Special Nite photo by NRHA).

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Mandy McCutcheon is an NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider

NRHA congratulates its newest Two Million Dollar Rider, Mandy McCutcheon, for unofficially becoming the first non pro and first female rider to earn the designation. Most recently McCutcheon won her sixth National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Non Pro Championship and earned reserve champion honors at the Kentucky Reining MandyMcCutcheon_From-NRHA-300Cup.

At the 2014 NRBC, McCutcheon piloted Ms Whiz Dunit (Topsail Whiz x A Bueno Poco Dunit) to a score of 220.5 for first. She also tied for fourth place on Customized Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x Custom Made Dunit) and won eighth place on Shiney Enterprise (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise). McCutcheon and Ms Whiz Dunit came off of a successful 2013 winning championships at the NRHA Futurity and Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity.

During the Kentucky Reining Cup, McCutcheon competed in the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Squad. Over two rounds of competition, McCutcheon tallied an overall score of 449 to clench reserve championship honors and to become the first woman to ever represent the United States at a Reining World Championship. To make the win even more special, she was aboard her father Tim McQuay’s 10-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion Yellow Jersey (Wimpys Little Step x Ms Clara Melody) for the final dollars needed to reach the milestone.

McCutcheon has created many memorable moments in Reining including these most recent major event wins:

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2013 NRHA Professional of the Year Awards

2013 NRHA Professionals of the Year Announced

By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professionals Committee met during the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas and approved the following NRHA Professional awards for 2013.

NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year

Josh VisserJosh Visser from Whitesboro, Texas, has been an NRHA Professional since 2007. With NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $177,500, he was elected to the NRHA Executive Committee where he currently serves.  Visser is also a member of several other NRHA committees. Visser has several finalist accomplishments in NRHA major events. Outside of the show pen Visser donates countless hours to working with NRHA to grow the sport of Reining. At the 2013 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC), Visser Reining Horses, Josh and his wife Carri, donated bikes to third place in all 15 NAAC classes.

Over the past couple of years, Visser has donated his time working with firefighters and police officers who competed during the NRHA Futurity in the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation benefit. Recently he volunteered to assist a reining para-athlete during the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show. In addition, Visser donated his expertise to countless clinics and other fundraising events to benefit the youth of NRHA and National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA).

Find our more about Josh Visser at www.visserreining.com.

NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year

Carol Metcalf1Carol Metcalf from Pilot Point, Texas, has been an NRHA Professional since 2005 with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of nearly $200,000. In 2004, Metcalf was the Intermediate and Limited Open Champion at the NRHA Futurity. She also has won innumerable World Championships with various breed associations and equine disciplines. Metcalf was the 1996 AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year.

According to Metcalf, “Every student has his or her own individual qualities. We appreciate the good qualities, but focus on the weaknesses and try to bring them up to the same level as their best qualities. Then, it all balances out.” Read more: http://www.horsecity.com/articles/western-features/halter/14070-pleasure-horse-profile–carol-metcalf#ixzz318lYtQ7B

Carol operates Metcalf Quarter Horses with her husband Steve and their son Carter.

NRHA Professional Non Pro Coach of the Year

Mark RafaczMark Rafacz from Citra, Florida, has been an NRHA Professional since 2004. With NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $168,000, Rafacz’s nominations were filled with accolades about how much he loves the sport of Reining. Having coached many Top 10 and NRHA World Champions, Rafacz still finds time to donate his time to NRHA regional clinics that benefit the NRHyA.  Along with his wife Shannon, the Rafaczs sponsor many shows around the Southeast region.

One nominator said, “Mark is truly unlike any other non pro coach in the country. He is kind, determined, competitive and he has a special talent for riding reining horses and coaching non pro clients.”

Find out more about Mark Rafacz at markrafacz.com.

NRHA Professional Youth Coach of the Year

PeteKylePete Kyle from Whitesboro, Texas, has been an NRHA Professional since 2003. With NRHA Lifetime Earnings of nearly $557,000, Kyle serves many roles worldwide in the reining community such as United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) Chairman of the Reining Committee, President of USA Reining and he serves on the Sweden-based Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) reining committee. Kyle serves as the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Team Coach at the competition in Lexington, Kentucky.

“The experience Kyle cultivated was much more than just winning gold medals and representing Team U.S.A. on the podium. The youth were given the opportunity to interact with the international equestrian community, cultivate an appreciation for the diverse equestrian disciplines, become skilled with the usage of media and communication skills to promote the sport of Reining and become part of all the ‘team spirit’ that grew from the experience,” expressed one nominator.

Find out more about Pete Kyle at www.petekyle.com.

NRHA Professional Up-And-Coming Trainer of the Year

Jimmy Van Der HoevenJimmy Van Der Hoeven from Whitesboro, Texas, has been an NRHA Professional since 2012 and an NRHA member since 2002. With NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $250,000, Van Der Hoeven came to the U.S. from Holland in 2010 virtually unknown and he has grown into one of NRHA’s top professionals. Riding Black Hails Gold, Van Der Hoeven was the 2013 NRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and Level 4 Open third place. Van Der Hoeven donates his time as well returning to Holland and providing a free clinic there.

A nominator said, “He has a great work ethic, he works until the job is done no matter how long it takes. I feel that it will not be very long before we see him among the ranks of million dollar riders.”

Find out more about Jimmy Van Der Hoeven at www.cedarridgestallions.com.

NRHA Professionals Award Program

The NRHA Professionals Award Program was established by the NRHA Professionals Committee to recognize outstanding individuals in their profession. To be eligible, each individual had to be a member of the NRHA Professionals Program during 2013. With a deadline of March 1, NRHA members nominated candidates in all five categories, including information regarding the nominee’s character, professionalism and the reason(s) he/she deserved the award. The committee then reviewed the nominations and selected the award winners.

Please check upcoming issues of the NRHA Reiner for more details on each 2013 winner.

Award winners will be honored at the NRHA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on June 26, 2014. NRHA Professionals of the Year will receive custom Montana Silversmiths spurs. The banquet will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Banquet tickets may be purchased at nrhaderby.com or 405-946-7400.

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.
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