Cardinal Reining Horses joins growing list of NRHA Corporate Partners

For Immediate Release – January 17, 2014 – By Christina Brezack – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Cardinal Reining Horses has become an official NRHA Corporate Partner. Cardinal Reining Horses’ primary goal is to help expand reining on a global level.

Located on 200 lush acres in Aubrey, Texas, Cardinal Reining Horses is a top reining horse operation quickly moving to the forefront of the performance horse industry. Formerly known as Green Valley Ranch, the facility was purchased in the summer of 2013 by João Marcos. A native of Brazil, João Marcos is fully committed to supporting and developing the sport of Reining on an international level, with Cardinal Reining Horses becoming NRHA’s newest corporate partner.

“Cardinal Reining Horses is proud to be an NRHA Corporate Partner,” said João Marcos. “We are excited to build a long term relationship with NRHA to develop the sport of Reining on a world-wide basis.”

Cardinal Reining Horses features the largest private covered arena in the world, a first class show barn, over 200 stalls and a state-of-the-art breeding facility.  Cardinal Reining Horses is breeding top-level equine athletes thanks to an outstanding collection of broodmares.

  • Dun It For Chex – NRHA offspring earnings over $350,000.
  • Mifs Doll – NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) over $25,000 and offspring earnings over $285,000.
  • Wind Her Up Chic – NRHA LTE $103,000 and offspring earnings almost $43,000.
  • Shining Survivor – NRHA & National Reining Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) LTE $15,500 and NRHA offspring earnings of nearly $13,000, full sibling to earners of over $192,000.
  • Dun It In The Bay – NRHA LTE $26,000 and offspring earnings of $28,000.

Cardinal Reining Horses will stand two accomplished stallions in 2014. Owned by Italian Domenico Lomuto’s company Slide Or Die, LLC, CFR Centenario Wimpy is the 2013 NRHA Derby Level (L) 3 Open Champion and has an NRHA LTE of $118,000. Owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses, Star Spangled Whiz is an NRHA Open World Champion and has a total NRHA LTE of $175,000.

Cardinal Reining Horses exemplifies the international ties developing throughout the reining industry.  Leading trainers working out of Cardinal Reining Horses include head trainer NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani (BRA) with NRHA LTE of $267,000, NRHA Professional and NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell (USA), NRHA Professional Stefano Massignan (ITA) with NRHA LTE of $219,000, NRHA Professional Ann Salmon-Aderman (USA) with NRHA LTE $113,000, NRHA Professional Ruben Vandorp (NET) with NRHA LTE of $626,000, NRHA Futurity L3 Open finalist and NRBC Open L4 finalist Billy Williams (USA) with NRHA LTE of $56,500 and Monty Andreman (USA).

“NRHA is truly honored to have João Marcos and Cardinal Reining Horses come on board as a corporate partner. Reining is an international sport and João understands that idea and embraces that aspect of the reining industry. He has a true desire to see NRHA and the sport of Reining grow and become more accessible to equestrians worldwide. Welcome João Marcos and everyone associated with Cardinal Reining Horses,” Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Sponsorship says regarding this new partnership.

NRHA has over 850 NRHA-approved shows worldwide with nearly $14 million in competition purses annually. Cardinal Reining Horses will be an official NRHA Corporate Partner of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show and NRHA Derby.

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

First picture features (left to right) Giorgia Codeluppi, João Marcos, and Franco Bertolani.
Second picture features Dun It For Chex
Third picture features (left to right) CFR Centenario Wimpy and Star Spangled Whiz
Photo provided by: Cardinal Reining Horses

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