Zoetis Celebrates the Winner of the 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award – Gary L. Carpenter

Gary L. Carpenter honored for outstanding leadership and innovation

Provided by Zoetis – FLORHAM PARK, N.J., – Gary L. Carpenter, commissioner and CEO of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), was named the recipient of the 15th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award. Zoetis, in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP), presented the award to Carpenter at the AHP seminar in Orlando, Florida. The Equine Industry Vision Award is the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. Established and sponsored by Zoetis, the prestigious award recognizes ingenuity and service, and serves to inspire those qualities in others.

“Zoetis is proud to recognize Gary for his work in connecting people with horses,” said Sally Amtmann, senior equine biologicals marketing manager, Zoetis. “Gary’s passion for increasing involvement with horses and working across disciplines has been instrumental in progressing the equine industry.”

Throughout his career, Carpenter served within multiple aspects of the equine industry, including 10 years as executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as well as executive positions with The Jockey Club, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Arabian Horse Trust. Carpenter, a certified association executive, continually focuses on identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and provide the best experience for horse enthusiasts.

During his tenure at AAEP, Carpenter assisted in changing its vision to focus on the health and welfare of the horse. He helped create many programs, including the AAEP Foundation and the On Call program, which provides veterinarians to discuss horse health on equine event telecasts. Carpenter’s continued encouragement of the equine industry to work together also led to the inception of the Horse Industry Alliance.

While with AQHA, Carpenter was instrumental in the development and renovation of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. Carpenter strongly believes that preserving the stories and history of great horses and equestrians is key to showcasing the impact horses have on our lives.

In his current position as commissioner and CEO of the NRHA, Carpenter’s leadership and dedication to growing the sport of reining has led to a new office and hall of fame location. He is also spearheading an upgrade of the NRHA’s information technology platform to provide fast, effective information to its members.

Carpenter, with his wife Marian, accepting the Zoetis Equine Industry Vision Award

Carpenter, with his wife Marian, accepting the Zoetis Equine Industry Vision Award

“I am honored by the opportunity to join the outstanding list of recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award,” Carpenter said. “My personal interest has always been to connect people with horses, knowing the positive effect they have had on my life. My career has truly been a labor of love, and I hope the initiatives I have contributed to have inspired others to get involved.”

Carpenter is chair of the Horse Show Committee for the American Horse Council and has previously served as a member of the council’s Government Affairs Advisory Committee and Animal Welfare Committee. He is also chair of the Equine Science Advisory Committee at his alma mater, Colorado State University. Carpenter recently assisted in connecting two Colorado State academic programs, occupational therapy and equine science, to study the potential benefits of equine-assisted therapy.

Finalists for this year’s Equine Industry Vision Award included: Tootie Bland, creator, owner and producer of Road to the Horse, the original colt-starting competition; the EQUUS Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides financial support and service to equine charities across the United States; and the Retired Racehorse Project, a charitable organization that facilitates placing ex-racehorses in second careers.

About American Horse Publications
American Horse Publications is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to promoting excellence in equine media and better understanding and communication within the equine publishing industry. For more information on the association, please contact Chris Brune, American Horse Publications, at ahorsepubs@aol.com or 386-760-7743, or visit the AHP website at www.americanhorsepubs.org.

About Zoetis
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2015, the company generated annual revenue of $4.8 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.

Media Contacts:
Sally Amtmann, Zoetis, 435-647-6951, sara.f.amtmann@zoetis.com
Kassi Hoxmeier, Bader Rutter, 262-938-5522, khoxmeier@bader-rutter.com

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

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Italy to host the 2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

For Immediate Release – At the May 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors meeting, the board was presented with a proposal brought forward by Gerd Wilhelm (Germany), Roberto Coughi (Italy) and Francois Zurcher (Switzerland/France) to create a platform organization – the European Federation of Reining Associations (EFRA) – for all NRHA European Affiliates.

The board approved to move forward in creating a Memo of Understanding followed by a contractual agreement to set the parameters and expectations of the arrangement with the European Federation of Reining Associations (EFRA). NRHA and the above listed ERFA representatives are working toward that end.

“Although NRHA is very hopeful and optimistic about the long-term results of this concept, unfortunately it has caused a sudden change in plans regarding the 2016 NRHA European Derby,” commented NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter. “We were excited about possibilities of working with the AMERICANA. They have been very gracious in working with us, and we appreciate their cooperation and professionalism.”

Considering the above changes, the 2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity will now be held at the Palasturla in Manerbio, Italy, on September 19 – 24, and will be managed by the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA).

“Following the agreement between the NRHA and the ERFA, moving forward, the NRHA European Derby will be held in Italy in conjunction with the IRHA Derby,” said Roberto Cuoghi. “For this reason, and because of the sudden changes in plans, we felt it was appropriate to try to host the European Derby in Italy this year as well and reached an agreement to host the event in Manerbio. We are working very hard to make this event as successful as it has always been and to further promoting the sport of Reining in Europe in years to come.”

Details and further information are coming soon and may be found on the official website of the NRHA European Derby: nrhaeuropeanderby.com

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NRHA Announces Collegiate Reining Championship Competitors

To continue the celebration of the National Reining Horse Association’s 50th anniversary, the NRHA will hold the annual Collegiate Catch Ride Competition during the 2016 NRHA Derby. Riders from IHSA, NCEA and NRHA have been announced.

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla., – June 13, 2016: The National Reining Horse Association will host the annual NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship during the 2016 NRHA Derby. 12 of the most notable collegiate riders will represent their association to compete for the slide of their lives: four riders selected by NRHA, four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and four from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA).

Holly Phillips took home the title of 2015 NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship aboard Olenas ChocolaChic donated by Maurice Robinson and Buchanan Performance Horses. Phillips from Fremont, Ohio, will defend her championship title this year representing the NRHA again alongside three other members.

Riders chosen to represent NRHA went to go through an application process to in order to compete. The riders chosen are Danielle Cohen from Stillwater, Okla., Blair McFarlin from Franklin, Tenn., and Kyndall Harper from St. Augustine, Fla.

Four riders chosen to represent IHSA from the 2015-2016 show season are: Leah Piper (Middle Tennessee State), Kelsey Wilson (West Texas A&M), Dylan Dombrowski (Cazenovia College), and Sarah Yu (Ohio State University).

The four riders selected to represent the NCEA from the 2015-2016 show season are as follows: Taylor Brown (Fresno State), Chantz Stewart (Texas Christian University), Hannah Jechow (Texas A&M), and Ebba Lange (Oklahoma State).

These 12 collegiate riders will experience the ultimate catch ride as they compete aboard horses donated by generous supports of the program. Riders will participate in a random draw before the event to decided which horse they will ride. A true testimony to the skill set of these competitors, they only have five minutes of warm up time before they walk down the gateway of champions and compete for the title of NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride Champion. Watch the live runs in real time thanks to Equine Promotions, official videographer of the 2016 NRHA Derby.

The ultimate catch ride competition will be on June 30, 2016 in the Jim Norick Coliseum in Oklahoma City, Okla., following the Open Derby first go, section two.  For more information on the competition or to have your horse participate, please contact Sara Jensen at Sjensen@nrha.com.

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.

To watch all the live feeds during 2016 NRHA Derby, check out nrhaderby.com and visit NRHA on Facebook and Twitter. Complete results for the NRHA Derby and ancillary classes can also be found at nrhaderby.com.

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NRHA Welcomes First 11 Million Dollar Sire: Topsail Whiz

For Immediate Release - June 10, 2016 – Always in a league of his own, Topsail Whiz has made yet another milestone in the world of Reining.  The late Topsail Whiz has now become NRHA’s one and only 11 Million Dollar Sire. Less than two years after hitting the 10 Million Dollar Sire Milestone, the legacy of Topsail Whiz lives on.

Coming from a dynasty of famous reining sires, the 1987 stallion owned by 6- time NRHA Futurity Champion and Hall of Fame Inductee, Bob Loomis Reining Horses was sired by Topsail Cody, an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar (by Cee Red).Topsail Whiz was third in the 1990 NRHA Open Futurity with Loomis at the reins. Topsail Whiz was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Following an outstanding reining career, earning nearly $50,000, he retired to the breeding shed, becoming NRHA’s All-Time Leading Sire based on his money-earning offspring. Having sired several champions in the NRHA Futurity and Derby in both the open and non pro divisions, Topsail Whiz has become a household name in the sport of Reining.  Just some of themost well-known offspring sire by Topsail Whiz include: 1996 NRHA Futurity Champion Whizard Jac, 2003 NRHA Futurity Champion The Great Whiz, 2005 NRBC L3 Champion Easy Otie Whiz, 2001 NRHA Derby Reserve Champion West Coast Whiz, 1999 NRHA Derby Champion Topgun Whiz and 2011 NRHA Derby Reserve Champion Whizkey N Diamonds. Topsail Whiz is the sire of Million Dollar Sires West Coast Whiz, Whizard Jac, and Walla Walla Whiz, as well as Two Million Dollar Sires Conquistador Whiz and Whiz N Tag Chex.

Topsail Whiz’s most prestigious money earning offspring are:

  • Easy Otie Whiz
  • Whizkey N Diamonds
  • Smoking Whiz
  • Whizasunnysailor BB

In total Topsail Whiz’s offspring have earned over $11,025,500.

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.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


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Inaugural Wild Card Reining Challenge, 2016

by Christy Egan

Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamonds. Like the fourth suit in a brand new deck, the Wild Card Reining Challenge made a complete set of the Brumley Management Group’s annual offering of Reining shows. The inaugural event ran over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25th through 29th at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wild Card is aptly named … a radical departure and a giant step outside the box for the Reining industry.  First off, this show solidly spotlights four-year-olds, as opposed to three-year-olds. It’s an idea much talked about in this equine industry and others, allowing equine athletes a chance to mature physically and mentally, prior to extreme stress in competition. Actually, everything about the Wild Card show was geared toward new, innovative ideas, continuing education and the future. The event offered the popular amenities of the South Point Hotel and Las Vegas, and then threw in five days of perfect 70 and 80-degree weather.

The show overall had a nice complement of Non Pro competition. Robyn Schiller posted Wednesday’s high score of the day (72) with CD Star Commander, winning the Wild Card Reining Challenge 1 Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and the Novice Non Pro Levels 2 and 1. Robyn was elated. “We’ve had ‘Sherlock’ (CD Star Commander) since last September,” she smiled. “We knew he had some ‘worry’ issues and worked on basics with him to prepare for his final Derby year. It’s working!” On Thursday morning the ladies came to the forefront as the first winners lined up. Crystal McNutt began the day on a high note, posting a 72.5 in the Wild Card Reining Challenge Open on Lenas Wimpys Rooster and then closing the afternoon by winning the ARBC Level 4 Open (plus nearly $6,400) with purebred Arabian, Zee Gunslinger. On Friday evening, McNutt won well over $20,000 with her first (TR Por Quixote), second (TR Flash Flood) and third (Wheres Wanda RA) place finishes in the $20,000 Added Level 4 ARBC Half-Arabian Open Pre-Futurity. Another talented Arizona lady, Ashley Kelkenberg, also began her show well Thursday, winning with both Magnificent Dreamer in the Wild Card Reining Challenge  Intermediate Open and with Nite Eyes in the Limited Open. The $10,000 SmartPak Non-Pro Maturity dominated Thursday afternoon with wins for Kevin Rosenbaum and Rolex N Chex in the Level 4 and Taylor Bradshaw and Tinselena Nic in Levels 3, 2 and 1.

Jody Brainard

Jody Brainard

A highlight of the weekend at the Wild Card Reining Challenge was the free clinics and seminars. They began on Friday morning with Jody Brainard, respected NRHA judge and speaker, who cleverly showed up with all of the Wild Card judges to lend comment and humor to the proceedings. His videos and slides were at the same time funny and very informative. Anytime a new show offers a free seminar there’s always the chance that only two or three people will show. Not so here. Over a hundred actually came and extra chairs had to be quickly hunted up to accommodate everyone. Brainard’s clinic was immediately followed by Andrea Fappani’s in the main arena. A noted NRHA trainer and $4 Million Rider, Fappani both rode through and discussed his personal methods for circling and speed control, basic exercises he considers critical to the development of consistent, winning Reining horses. On Saturday morning, Texas-based veterinarian Dr. Khris Crowe actually gave two clinics, one that covered the important aspects of preparing equine athletes for high level competition and its debilitating, accompanying stress levels, and one that simply offered a short, delightful overview of the amazing and unique characteristics of our beloved horses. The clinics and seminars provided a real addition of education and future-think to Reining, something everyone feels is important right now. Along with the show, all of the clinics were live streamed on www.HorseShowGlobal.com

The World Para Reining (WPR) also made an appearance at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, riding as teams at this particular show and competing for $5,000 in prize money. Part of the winning team, Briana Bartlett noted how much the competition helps her with all of her life. “I am leasing Western Whiz from Bob Thompson and Lisa Coulter this year,” Lisa says. “I ride him five or six days a week … as much as possible. I set big goals for this competition and I learned as much from watching other riders, NRHA and WPR, as from the runs. For the first time this run I was able to really put my hands forward and trust my horse. We connected in the pen. The riding keeps me walking and mobile. It means everything.”

Gabe Hutchins and Wallawhizagun

Gabe Hutchins and Wallawhizagun

The show’s main attraction was the Wild Card Reining Challenge 4-year-old Futurities. The $27,500 Added 4-Year-Old Non Pro Futurity competition on Friday was a big deal for Lindy Longfellow and her sweet Palomino, CW On Juice, winners of the Levels 4, 3 and 2, for take-home pay of $13,981.92. It was also a great time for Jill Ramleth and her wildly-colored Crystalized Gunner, in the money in the Level 3 and winner of the Level 1, complete with a check for $3,766.76. On Saturday the Tamarack Ranch $37,500 Added Open 4-Year-Old Futurity boasted the top competition of the show. Winner of Levels 4 and 3 was Gabe Hutchins and Wallawhizagun (Walla Walla Whiz x Snow Gun by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner)) for owner Tamarack Ranch LLC. Hutchins was delighted with the mare’s performance. “She is very talented but lacked some confidence and was a bit shy around other horses last fall,” Gabe noted. “We heard about the Four-Year-Old Futurity at the Wild Card show and it seemed like a good fit for her. Saturday at the show she was just okay in the warm-up, but when she hit the gate she really focused and gave me a good run. I think she’s going to be a great show horse. I will give her some time off now and bring her back for the High Roller in September. This four-year-old event is a really great thing they are doing. It’ll save horses and improve their longevity!” Abby Mixon brought Ruf Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Dunit A Lil Ruf by Lil Ruf Peppy) for his first big run and took Reserve in Levels 4 and 3 and won the Level 2 to win $9366.80. Nicholas Barthelemy rode Dunits Lil Gun (Colonels Lil Gun x Hollywood Baby Dunit by Hollywood Dun It) to win the Level 1 Open and place well in the money in Levels 4, 3, and 2 … all the latter three tie situations.

After the dust settled judge Jody Brainard commented very positively on the quality of the Reiners in the competition. “They were good!! Really good! It seemed to me that several [with their Wild Card runs] could have made third ‘go’ at the Futurity last winter,” he notes enthusiastically. “I was impressed with these ‘older’ horses and what they showed me at the Wild Card. The difference six months can make is apparent. Personally, I have a gut feeling about this event. With the lack of stress and allowing these horses to mature physically and mentally for a longer period of time, I think that in just a few, short years the Four-Year-Old Futurity could be the toughest Reining event to win in our industry.”

And if that turns out to be the case, certainly the entries and the prize money will quickly grow to match, as well as the crowds, and then won’t the Wild Card truly be a show not-to-be-missed!

“Going into a brand new event like the Wild Card Reining Challenge there are so many unknowns,” says Amanda Brumley. “I knew that the Four-Year-Old Futurity entry requirements would somewhat limit the number entered this first year. The 4-year-old futurity concept is widely supported but it proposes dynamic change to our industry’s culture and that takes time. Not too much time though. Next year will see double the entries at this show. You can already see the ground swell forming. I received a wonderful amount of positive feedback. Our thanks to everyone who came, all those who watched online, and of course, our treasured sponsors, we are really looking forward to 2017!”

Brumley Management Group, LLC has two more great shows to go for 2016, The Reining By The Bay show in Woodside, California in July (this could well be the most beautifully located, relaxed Reining show in America) and the world famous Brumley September show, the High Roller Reining Classic, once again in Las Vegas at the South Point Equestrian Center.  For information contact Amanda Brumley at 602-677-3774 or e-mail brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com

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

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2016 Time to Ride Challenge Begins for Hundreds of Stables, Clubs, and Businesses Nationwide


Contact: christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

2016 Time to Ride Challenge Begins for Hundreds of Stables, Clubs, and Businesses Nationwide

Horse professionals are competing for $100,000 cash and prizes throughout the summer while growing their businesses.

Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 – Today the 2016 Time to Ride Challenge, a nationwide grassroots contest to introduce new people to horses, begins for hundreds of competing stables, clubs, and other horse businesses. The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to partner with Time to Ride to bring 25,000 new youth engagements to equestrian sports in 2016 through the Time to Ride Challenge in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

Event hosts will compete through September 30th by hosting fun, beginner-friendly horse events designed to safely introduce horse-interested families to equine activities and encourage them to become regularly involved in riding. Hosts who introduce the greatest number of “newcomers,” those who have not been regularly involved in horse activities for the past three years, to horses will win up to $10,000 cash and related prizes in three divisions – small, medium, and large.

In preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has aligned with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to increase opportunities for physical activity among the nation’s youth, making the Time to Ride Challenge a perfect fit for partnership. Since 2014, the Challenge has introduced over 60,000 new people to horses through hundreds of stables nationwide. Horse professionals who join the Challenge work hard to plan and produce events, but their efforts are rewarded many times over – the growth in their businesses eclipsing even the coveted cash prizes. In a 2015 survey, 65.5% of participating stables saw a positive increase in their business as a result of the Challenge; 9.1% reported gaining over 15 new clients.

“Competing in the Challenge is not only about winning or placing, although that was my goal at first. It turned out to be so much more than winning the prize money. It’s about getting us, as part of the horse industry, to look differently at how we advertise and promote ourselves. It’s about securing a future for the horse industry,” said Jody Halladay, owner of 16 Acres Equine Educational Complex and 2015 medium division champion.

Hosts from 38 states have planned over 350 events so far. Family days at horse shows, Girl Scout badge work, an Arabian horse breed showcase, school field trips, and pony and carriage rides are just a few examples of the creative, accessible events that event hosts have planned already. The Challenge encourages businesses to use innovative strategies to bring horses to previously uninitiated groups.

2016 brings many updates to the Challenge, in its third year, including new cash prizes and added incentives offered by breed and discipline organizations. For details, please visit www.timetoride.com/news.

Competing hosts receive marketing support and resources from Time to Ride upon registration, which is free. An update for 2016 is open enrollment, allowing hosts to join even now that the Challenge has begun. To learn more about the Challenge, read frequently asked questions, and sign up, visit www.timetoride.com.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Equibrand, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative; and new for 2016, I-5 Publishing, Pyranha, the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s Marketing Alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

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

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Wild Card Reining Challenge Day 1 – Day 5

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Day 5 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 29th
Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point  Las Vegas, Nevada

Martin Muehlstaetter

Martin Muehlstaetter

It was the final morning of the first Wild Card Reining Challenge show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The day was going to be short so everyone was getting horses ready to run and packing the rigs at the same time. Headed back to Arizona, California and Texas, there would be many driving into the evening to make it home before it got too late. At the South Point Arena at 9 am in the morning the first one in the gate was Martin Muehlstaetter on Michael Garnett’s Spooksgottachicolena. It must have been a charmed placement for the well turned out duo because the score they posted held right to the end of the session and the team won the Open. Ashley Kelkenberg, who had a very good show all the way around with Juli Moran’s horse Nite Eyes, added another good run to the list, winning both the Intermediate Open and the Limited. June Tabor and Vaquero In A Mask had their best run of the whole show, clearing up some bobbles that had haunted them earlier in the week, and running in the money for all of the Open divisions, while winning the Rookie Professional. Jessica Bein showed two Arabian horses, Twylite Zone and SH Karlotta, taking a second in the Intermediate Open with the former and placing one-two with the pair in the Breed Restricted.

June Tabor

June Tabor

There were so many things to discuss and applaud about the new show as it approached its closing hours on Sunday. The Wild Card Reining Challenge offered the first major 4-Year-Old Futurity, presenting a serious alternative to putting 3-year-olds into fierce competition too early in the game. The $65,000 Tamarack Four-Year-Old Futurity is an idea whose time has come. Hopefully it will give birth to other strictly 4-year-old competitions, both Futurities and Stakes.

“The four-year-old futurity horse concept has been discussed by good horsemen and breeders for years,” says Amanda Brumley, whose company produced the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “This show should challenge other horsemen to provide more opportunities for young horses that need extra time to mature, train and prepare for competitive reining, both physically and mentally.” The show also jumped ahead in providing free educational seminars and clinics.

Jody Brainard, respected NRHA judge, synopsized his world famous “Secrets of Judging” clinic for the Wild Card.  Andrea Fappani’s clinic went over some of his unique and innovative training techniques. Fappani is an outstanding teacher and advocate of exceptional horsemanship. On Saturday morning veterinarian Khris Crowe actually gave two clinics, one that covered aspects of preparing athletes for high level competition and one that offered a delightful overview of the unique aspects of our beloved horses. In all, the show was exceptional, including over $125,000 in prize money for Pro and Non Pro horsemen, Youth and WPR riders.  Certainly those who came and competed were delighted, impressed and promised to return to Las Vegas and the Wild Card Reining Challenge next year over Memorial Day weekend 2017.

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

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Day 4 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Press Release
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point  Las Vegas, Nevada

Gabe Hutchins

Gabe Hutchins

Saturday at the Wild Card Reining Challenge began with the Khris Crowe Seminar. Dr Crowe is an outstanding Texas-based veterinarian. Her level of expertise as a master of breeding and conditioning horses is extraordinary and widely respected. She actually gave two clinics, one that covered aspects of preparing athletes for high level competition and its accompanying stress and one that simply offered a short, delightful overview of the amazing and unique aspects of our beloved horses.

The show got underway mid-morning with Taylor Bradshaw continuing her winning ways, taking top honors in Rookie Level 1 and 2 with her Tinselena Nic. Susan Copeland and Stop On Time won the DRHA Rookie, Sharon Gray and KR Next Exit took the Prime Time Rookie, Lorraine Larramendy and Timber Winner won the Rookie Masters and Leah Miller and her Jac Be Whizard won both the Green As Grass and the Green Reiner.

Abby Mixon

Abby Mixon

Of course, on Saturday afternoon it all came down to the $65,000 Added Tamarack Ranch Open 4 Year Old Futurity, the first of its kind and a legitimate “idea whose time has come.” It is one thing to talk and talk about a concept like the 4 Year Old Futurity … and quite another to have it up and running. Congratulations to Brumley Management Group, LLC and the Wild Card Reining Futurity for making this happen. The competition among the four-year-olds was actually quite intense, with some strong performances. At day’s end, a white-faced mare with a sense of humor named Wallawhizagun and NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins from Tamarack Ranch LLC, turned in the high score to win the Level 3 and 4 and take home over $11,000. Right behind this strong lady was yet another one. The dynamic rider Abby Mixon and her Ruf Nite tied with Andrea Fappani and Gunners Hitman for the second spot in the Level 4. That put Abby second in the Level 3 and at the top of the Level 2, sending her home with a check for $9,366 tucked in her jacket.  California trainer Nicolas Barthelemy and Dunits Lil Gun won the Level 1 section for owner David Adams netting them a total of just under $6,000.

There’s just one more morning of action for the first Wild Card Reining Challenge and then it becomes one more show for the Reining horse history books. Here’s an event that featured free education, great competition, top prize money, fun and a concept that’s been patiently waiting for this moment for fifty years. Applause is in order!

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

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Day 3 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 27th
Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point  Las Vegas, Nevada

Jody Brainard

Jody Brainard

Friday started early with a seminar by Jody Brainard, widely respected NRHA judge and noted for his world famous “Secrets of Judging” clinic which he synopsized for the Wild Card. With thirty years in the business, Brainard has judged every major NRHA competition and it really shows in the humor and quality of his presentation. Anytime a new show offers a free seminar there’s always the chance that only two or three people will show. Not so here. Over a hundred came, and extra chairs had to be quickly hunted up to accommodate everyone. Jody’s presentation was on the Rotundra and it was followed immediately by Andrea Fappani’s clinic in the main arena. Andrea went over some of his unique and innovative training techniques, featuring his personal methods for circling and speed control, basic exercises he considers to be an important key to fine tuning and winning with high performance horses. In addition to being a great trainer and rider, Fappani has become an outstanding teacher and advocate of exceptional horsemanship.

The morning clinics were followed by Youth competition. Luca Fappani won the Youth 13 & Under with Gimme Major Bucks, Taylor Stephens and Custom Big Chex won the Youth 14 to 18, with Paige Neufeld and her Arabian, Black Jack Jerry taking top honors in the 14 to 18 Breed Restricted. McKenna Bein won the 10 & Under Short Stirrup on MK Check Please. In the Rookie divisions Taylor Bradshaw and Tinselena Nic (AKA “Lucas”) won both the Level 1 and 2, while Leah Miller and Jac Be Whizzard laid claim to the Green As Grass, Green Reiner and DRHA Rookie divisions. Misty Steinhauer and Short Circuit Jac took home the Prime Time Rookie title and Lorraine Larramendy won the Rookie Masters on Timber Winner.

Crystal McNutt

Crystal McNutt

The Wild Card Reining 4 Year Old Non Pro Futurity was a big deal for Lindy Longfellow and her sweet Palomino, CW On Juice. The pair came home with wins in Levels 2, 3 and 4. Jill Ramleth and her wildly colored Crystalized Gunner won the Level 1, and Abbey Weiss and TR Flash Flood won the HA Level 4. The Half-Arabian ARBC competition didn’t start until early evening but it pretty much went home with Crystal McNutt, who won well over $20,000 with her 1st (TR Por Quixote), 2nd (TR Flash Flood) and 3rd (Wheres Wanda RA) place finishes. Nathan Kent won the Level 1 and $6,396.15 riding SH Smoke N Sparks for owner Connie Cole O’Brien and his brother, Preston, took second with SH Rockin Reminic.

It was a very good day with the WPR team competition finishing up in style and giving the crowds a real good look at determination and courage on horseback. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. #wildcardreining

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