By Christa Morris – The reining world is accustomed to seeing milestones shattered during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC). This year’s event proved no different with an NRHA first going into the record books: Arcese Quarter Horses USA became NRHA’s first Two Million Dollar Owner. The operation, based in Weatherford, Texas, officially has $2,007,400 in earnings.
ARC Walla Dun Did It and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani added more than $35,000 to Arcese’s total with a go-round placing and a top ten finish in the Level (L) 4 Open Finals. To make the accomplishment that much sweeter, the stallion was sired by their very own Walla Walla Whiz.
Eleuterio Arcese, of Arcese Quarter Horses USA, has worked to promote the sport of Reining in Europe for more than twenty years through his involvement with NRHA, the Italian Reining Horse Association, and the Italian Quarter Horse Association. The NRHA Hall of Fame member has been host to multiple reining clinics and sponsored major NRHA and AQHA reining events in Europe. As an avid breeder of performance horses, Arcese has influenced breeding programs at his facilities in Italy as well as in the United States. Outstanding reining horses owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA include 2007 NRHA Futurity, 2008 NRBC and 2008 NRHA Derby Champion Wimpys Little Chic, plus the likes of Americasnextgunmodel, Gunnatrashya, Walla Walla Whiz, Custom Mahogany, Electrical Flash, Whizs Chic A Dee, Yankee Gun, Saturdaynight Custom and Custom Lena. Eleuterio, along with his children Leonardo, Paola and Matteo, have created a reining legacy in Arcese Quarter Horses USA.