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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Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial Results

Shawn Flarida & Spooks Gotta Whiz (Alleyn Evans for Shannon Brinkman/USEF photo)

From USEF News Release - Sixteen combinations entered the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena Sunday morning with National Championship honors and selection for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on their minds for the second and final round of the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Squad. And in a repeat of Friday’s initial round at the Kentucky Reining Cup, Shawn Flarida posted the top score of the day to claim the National Title and punch his ticket to Normandy, France for the World Championship in August. Additionally, five other riders earned their place on the squad with strong performances over the week.

The six members of the U.S. Reining Squad are:

  • Shawn Flarida
  • Mandy McCutcheon
  • Jordan Larson
  • Andrea Fappani
  • Troy Heikes
  • Tom McCutcheon

Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) and Michell Kimball’s seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion Spooks Gotta Whiz posted a score of 225 in Friday’s first round and bested that by 2.5 points scoring 227.5 Sunday morning.  They finished on an overall score of 452.5 to top the field by 3.5 points.

The multiple times National Champion and 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalist was pleased with his horse throughout their time in Lexington and knows that there were some points left on the table.

“Friday night seems like a month ago,” said Flarida. “I had a few bobbles in each pattern but he’s just a nice horse; he’s fun to show and just a great horse.”

Flarida looks forward to getting to Normandy and retaining the title he helped to earn four years ago and believes the U.S. riders are poised for greatness in France.

“They’re all super talented and hardworking,” said Flarida of his squad-mates. “When you get there it’s just time to put your hand down and get to work.”

Earning Reserve Champion honors and her spot on the U.S. squad was Mandy McCutcheon with an overall score of 449. She rode father Tim McQuay’s 10-year-old Quarter Horse stallion Yellow Jersey to scores of 224 and 225 on Friday and Sunday, respectively, to help her  become the first woman to ever represent the United States at a Reining World Championship.

Mandy McCutcheon & Yellow Jersey (Alleyn Evans for Shannon Brinkman/USEF photo)

“The next part is the fun part, this was the nerve-wracking part. I’ll still be nervous but just to get to say you get to go is so fun,” said McCutcheon who will ride alongside her husband, Tom, in Normandy. “For me to be on a team with my husband, on a horse my parents own is just so fun.”

Jordan Larson (Whitesboro, Texas) and Heritage Farms’ HF Mobster slid to third place overall by earning 223 and 225 in the two rounds. The six-year-old Quarter Horse stallion finished on an overall score of 448.

Andrea Fappani (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had an extremely successful weekend at the Kentucky Reining Cup qualifying two of Silver Spurs Equine’s horses for the U.S. World Equestrian Games squad. With the seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion Smoking Whiz he finished in fourth on a total of 446.5 and then piloted the eight-year-old Quarter Horse stallion Custom Cash Advance to a weekend total of 445.

Finishing in sixth place and earning a place on the squad were Troy Heikes (Scottsdale, A.Z.) and Denise Bixler’s eight-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Lil Gun Dunit with a score of 442.

Rounding out the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Squad after finishing in seventh place are Tom MCCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) and Jennifer Marley’s six-year-old Quarter Horse stallion Dun Git a Nicadual after finishing the weekend on a total of 440.5.

Watch on-demand video from the Kentucky Reining Cup on USEF Network presented by SmartPak at www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014KRC/.

Learn more about the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup here.

Follow the U.S. Rening Team here.

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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NRHA Derby Deadlines – May 1 and June 1

Consider entering your 4-, 5-, or 6-year old in the 2014 NRHA Derby because it:

  • Pays deep in open and non pro divisions
  • Has reasonable late fees for those wanting to enter now
  • Offers a 1 and up non pro entering system that brought an additional $70,000 to the 2013 purse

$100 late fee for open until May 1. $100 late fee for non pro until June 1. See conditions at  nrhaderby.com for details.

Take a good look at our 2013 payouts and consider our entry fees* ranging from $350 to $1,500! 

2013 NRHA Derby Payouts

Open            Purse            Champion
Level 4          $361,200       $60,000
Level 3          $167,200       $23,800
Level 2          $64,600         $11,000
Level 1          $32,100         $5,500

Non Pro        Purse           Champion
Level 4           $128,400      $18,800
Level 3           $97,200        $13,900
Level 2           $55,900        $9,500
Level 1           $21,300        $3,600

* – Does not include late, judges, or other fees.

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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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Latimer Hits Two Million Dollar Rider Milestone

 Duane Latimer2 (136x200)

 By Hayley Lewallen – Duane Latimer unofficially became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Two Million Dollar Rider after his performance at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas.

In addition to his outstanding performance at the 2014 NRBC aboard Topsail Survivor and Whatta Royal Vintage (both owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.), Duane rode Gotta Nifty Gun (owned by Luga QH) to earn the title of Level (L) 4 Open Reserve Champion at the 2014 NRHA European Futurity.

Latimer became a Million Dollar Rider in 2003. Since then he has gone on to earn many important accolades within the show arena. Some of his most notable show accomplishments include:

  • 2006: FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Gold Medalist and Team Silver Medalist on Hang Ten Surprise, NRBC Open finalist on Don Julio Whiz and Hang Ten Surprize, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on Dun It In The Bay and Little Whiz Chic
  • 2008: NRHA Derby Open finalist on Shiners Lena Dust, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on A Chic In Wranglers and Spark N Whiz, Top 20 NRHA Professional
  • 2009: NRHA European Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion on Spark N Whiz, NRBC L4 Open finalist on Hesa Mega Whiz and Shiners Lena Dust, AQHA World Show Junior Reining Champion on Shiners Lena Dust, NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist on The Shiney Whiz
  • 2010: FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Bronze Medalist on Dun Playin Tag, NRBC L4 Open finalist aboard Custom Cash Advance, NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist on Hard Way Whiz, Kachina Tag N Chex, and Kachina Tag Olena
  • 2011: NRBC L4 Open finalist on Custom Cash Advance and Kachina Tag N Chex
  • 2012: NRBC L4 Open finalist aboard Custom Cash Advance and Tag This, NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist on Custom Cash Advance
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Our Loss – Bryant G. Pace

Bryant G. Pace Passes Away

Known as “A horseman for all ages. . . An artist of artists,” Bryant G. Pace, the father of NRHA Professional and Judge Bryant L. Pace passed away on April 18, 2014 – Good Friday. He was two months shy of his 100th birthday. He was loved by many, respected by all and a valued member of the NRHA family.  NRHA wishes the family our sincere condolences on their loss.

Mr. Pace was widely recognized as an artist. Currently, NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement award winners receive a coveted framed print of the award’s namesake, by Pace.

To honor Mr. Pace as a longtime contributor to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, the family requests that donations be made to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation at 3000 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73107-5302, or rhsf@nrha.com.

 

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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Ludwig wins CRI at NRHA Germany Osterturnier

From Ramona Billing – During the annual Easter show of the National Reining Horse Association Germany in Kreuth, there was the first review for the 2014 FEI European Championship  Reining Junior and Young Riders cerning the World Equestrian Games this summer.CUSTOM-DEL-CIELO_Grischa_Ludwig_OT1_1307_sm

40 horse rider combinations had been nominated for the CRI***, 35 actually competed in the end. The winner was European Team Champion and individual bronze medalist  Grischa Ludwig (GER) aboard Fabian Strebel’s Custom Del Cielo who scored a 222. “Our training during the winter really paif off,“ said Grischa Ludwig happily. “The horse has a lot of potential, but we still had to get to know each other better for fine tuning. That’s what we did, and it showed today. Custom Del Cielo was very stylish on the and in the stops. I liked the way he did everything today.“

The French reiners presented themselves in a very strong way here placing second until sixth! The Reserve Champion was Quentin Galliere aboard ND Whiz N Startlight owned by Nathalie Derua. The two scored a 219 with Gregory Legrand and  BHB Mr Wimpys Royal following closely (218.5).

Rudi Kronsteiner and Im A Topsail Jae claim NRHA approved Easter Trophy Open

With a brilliant ride, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and Im A Topsail Jae claimed the NRHA Easter Trophy Open  in Kreuth scoring a 149.5 in a field of 26. The beautiful sorrel 361-Im-A-Topsail-Jae-OT4_9435-smshowed great circles and spins and beautiful stops – what a promising horse! In fact, it was the first show for Kronsteiner and the stallion by Im A Topsail Cody-Sohn, owned by Nadine Kamintzky . Im A Topsail Jae also won the Novice Horse Open with Rudi and the Rookie with his owner.

“Im A Topsail Jae is a great horse with superb maneuvers,” said Rudi afterwards. “And he has got an even better mind! I like him the first time I saw him – and he was wonderful tonight!”

Reserve Champion was Emanuel Ernst aboard Angelika Schürmann’s My Guns Loaded who scored a 147.

Top 10 Results CRI ***

Place

No

Rider Horse Owner

Score

1

165

Ludwig, Grischa CUSTOM DEL CIELO Strebel, Fabian

222,0

2

344

Galliere, Quentin ND WHIZ N STARLIGHT Derua, Nathalie

219,0

3

261

Legrand, Gregory BHB MR WIMPYS ROYAL Fontaine, Valerie

218,5

4

346

Guerreiro, Anne Sophie CHICKEN SANDWICH Defouilhoux, Eric

215,0

4

257

Perret, Franck GHOST BUSTER CHEX Thulliez, Philippe

215,0

6

316

Poard, Romuald PEPPYS RUF SAILOR Arnaud-Coste, Valerie

214,5

7

161

Zinsli, Nina QUOTACROME Zinsli, Christian-Peter

214,0

8

342

Lechner, Klaus CODY ROOSTER DELMASO Gaupmann, Julia

213,5

9

235

Ripper, Alexander WILD AT THE BAR Müller, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang

213,0

10

234

Elzinga, Fenna SMOKING KILLS Elzinga, Fenna

212,0

 

Gina Maria wins CRI*** Junior Riders, Franziska Zschau with Young Riders

In the Junior Division, the winner was FEI European Champion Junior Riders Gina Maria aboard her Gunners Enterprise who scored a 211.5. Anna Voss (Uetze) and Mandys Little Magnum placed second scoring a 208.5.

In the Young Riders Division, Franziska Zschau (Bünde) and her She Lil Dunit claimed the title (208) with Jennifer Luhmer (Wachtberg) and Peppys Lil Dreamer following on second place.

Results CRI *** Junior Riders

1

158

Maria, Gina GUNNERS ENTERPRISE Schumacher, Corinna

211,5

2

256

Voß, Anna MANDYS LITTLE MAGNUM Klautzsch, Werner

208,5

3

193

Kalk, Daniel SHEZA CUSTOM CROME Kalk, Hartmut

201,5

4

263

Richter, Jessica WHIZ A CHIC DREAM Richter, Ino

197,5

5

162

Heil, Johannes FR GUNNER B SISI Heil, Karl

190,5

-

170

Engel, Vanessa BIG TIME BUSINESS Engel, Thomas

0,0

-

270

Wagner, Shawn HOLLYS ELECTRICSPARK Wagner, Christian + Rosie

0,0

 

Results CRI *** Young Riders

1

223

Zschau, Franziska SHES LIL DUNIT Riverlane Reining Horses,

208,0

2

222

Luhmer, Jennifer PEPPYS LIL DREAMER Luhmer, Jennifer

205,5

3

319

Krämer, Fabienne EKM AS LENA AS CIELO Krämer, Olaf

205,0

4

343

Groot Severt, Liza EXPRESSO BY STARLITE Groot Severt, Liza

194,0

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Photo by Art&Light Photography

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Open Riders Win Championships at NRBC

The largest National Reining Breeders Classic Open in history culminated Saturday night with the Open finals. While the field boasted many former Champions and multiple million dollar riders, new names finished at the top.

Martin Muehlstaetter Wins Level 4 and 3 Open NRBC Championships on Blue Collar Tag

Martin Muehlstaetter wasn’t planning to show Blue Collar Tag at the NRBC; his owner, former Non Pro Champion Shaunda Rai Ruckman would be at the reins.

However, a bobble in the Non Pro prelims kept Ruckman and the 6-year-old gelding out of the finals. “Shaunda asked if I wanted to show him, and I said ‘Hell yeah!’” Muehlstaetter said.Martin Muehlstaetter and Blue Collar Tag

In the preliminary round the pair scored a 222. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure about showing him, because his owner was supposed to ride him. Then we made the finals, and that was a bonus,” he said. “I just went for it and everything fell into place. This horse was really good. He ran and stopped great, turned around really good, and circled nice. He ran out of gas just a hair on his last stop, but he gave everything he had.”

In the level (L) 4 finals, Muehlstaetter and Blue Collar Tag scored a 226 – besting L 4 Open Reserve Champion Craig Schmersal and What A Wave by a scant half-point. “It feels great to win it – It’s unbelievable! I just hope I don’t wake up tomorrow morning and it was all a dream. I am so thankful to my wife (Kim Muehlstaetter) and Shaunda,” he said after the awards ceremony, where he picked up two checks – the $75,000 L 4 open check, and also $24,350 for winning the L 3 open title.

Muehlstaetter has ridden Blue Collar Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena, for three years, and even finished ninth in the NRBC Open in 2013. “We get along pretty well,” Muehlstaetter said. “I thank my wife, Shaunda, and all my staff. They’ve been working really hard. Also thank you to my sponsors for supporting me. I’m very thankful.”

When asked about the toughness of the finals, he said, “I think there were two Futurity Champions in the finals. There were a bunch of great horses, and I think every horse had a shot to win it. It was about as tough as it could be.”

Although Muehlstaetter isn’t planning to show Blue Collar Tag at the National Reining Horse Association Derby, he does plan to take the gelding to the World Equestrian Games in France to compete for Team Austria.

Craig Schmersal piloted What A Wave, by Tidal Wave Jack out of What A Sunrise, to a  225.5, claiming the Reserve Championship, along with a check for $51,000. What A Wave is owned by Karl Roberts and Terri Roberts.

Sam Schaffhauser and Gunners Tinseltown took L 3 open reserve honors back to North Texas, after marking a 224 in the finals. Not only did the pair win $14,822 in the Intermediate Open, they also finished tied for fourth in the L 4 open divison, worth an additional $27,500. Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Miss Tinseltown, is owned by David Silva.

Ryan Rushing Tops Level 2 Open on Steppin On Sparks

In 2012, Ryan Rushing qualified for the L 2 and L 1  open finals. He was winning the Level 1, up until his friend Fernando Salgado piloted his horse to a half-point higher score. “I had a really good horse, but got beat out by my friend Fernando. Last year I was sweating it all day because I went early and had to wait to see how I did,” he said.Ryan Rushing on Steppin On Sparks

After qualifying Steppin On Sparks for the L 3 and L 2 finals, he knew history could repeat itself. Luckily, his score of 221 held up for the Level 2 Championship, and was good for a fourth place tie in the Intermediate Open. “This year was fun. I knew we did the best we could and just knew that if it worked out it would be great, and if not, we did our best,” he said.

All total, Rushing and Steppin On Sparks won $18,470.

Steppin On Sparks, by Jacs Electric Spark out of Mahoganys First Step, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses. The 5-year-old stallion was started by Andrea Fappani as a 3-year-old, then shown by Marco Ricotta before being shown by Jordan Larson.

“Jordan really went to bat for me and got me the opportunity to show this horse here this year. The preliminary round was actually the first time I showed him, and I’ve only been riding him about five weeks,” Rushing said. “He’s a very fun horse to show – he’s phenomenal. I’m thrilled to get to show him. I thank Jordan for giving me great opportunities, and teaching me everything I know.”

There was a tie for reserve between Debbie Arballo and A Shining Sidekick, and Trevor Dare and Roundabout Wrangler, who both marked a 219. Each took home a check for $5,044. A Shining Sidekick, by Starbucks Sidekick out of A Shining Starlett, is owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, while Roundabout Wrangler, by Starlights Wrangler out of Hollywood China Chic, is owned by Juan Manuel Alanis.

Tell Edgmon Wins Level 1 Open on Cool N Dun Gunner

Tell Edgmon might have had one of the biggest cheering section of anyone competing in the finals at the NRBC. Riding Cool N Dun Gunner, owned by Kevin Corcoran, Edgmon marked a 219 to win the L 1 open finals, good for $1,668. Tell Edgmon and Cool N Dun Gunner

“Thank you to Kevin Corcoran, Casey and Nicole Deary, my wife Ari, and all my co-workers for helping. I don’t think they get enough credit,” Edgmon said following the awards ceremony, where he was presented with a custom saddle from Continental Saddlery; a Gist Silversmiths buckle; a WonPad; a Whisper Bit; and natural alternative grazer from Ventures Vision.

Edgmon and Cool N Dun Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x Miss Cool Heat) competed at the 2013 NRBC, finishing fifth in the Open Level 1. “I showed her all last year and they let me have the chance to bring her back this year,” he said. “I was pretty sure we’d have a good run when she came in and she committed to her first stop. She turned ok, and then I was able to relax on the circles. When I came around the corner for the first stop I was feeling pretty comfortable. She was with me the whole time.”

Jordan McBurney and Hava Vital tied for reserve in the L 1 open, each winning $888. McBurney was riding Dun Step N Out (Wimpys Little Step x This Is How Its Done), owned by Rhodes River Ranch, while Vital rode MJ Roosters Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Gallo Del Blanco), owned by Rodion Cantacuzene.

Randy Paul Wins Prime Time Open on Chics Dream About Me

With Randy Paul at the reins, Chics Dream About Me won the Prime Time Open Championship with a 223. “He felt really good,” noted Paul, who accepted the check for $1,950.Randy Paul on Chics Dream About Me

Chics Dream About Me, by Wimpys Little Step out of This Chicsdundreamin, was started and shown as a 3-year-old by Cody Clock, before an injury sidelined him from competition most of his 4-year-old year. “Cody showed him and did a really good job. We’ve just really started bringing him back. We’ve only showed at one other show, so he’s just starting his career,” Paul said. “He’s one of the better horses I’ve ever rode. He’s very talented and really good-minded. He has all the goodies.”

Paul is the head trainer for Day Creek Ranch, located in Semi Valley, California. “I really love it. They have a beautiful place. I thank the Days for believing in me and sending me down the road with their horse. I’m so glad we were able to do well for them,” he said.

Debbie Arballo and A Shining Sidekick tied for the Prime Time Open Reserve title with Brent Wright and Spookaroanie. Each marked a 220.5, collecting $1,350. A Shining Sidekick, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, is by Smart Spook out of A Shining Starlett, while Wright’s horse, Spookaroanie, is by Smart Spook out of Little Roan Chick.

Congratulations to our Ancillary Champions

  • Novice Horse Open Levels 1&2 (2) – Patrice St. Onge and USS Whiz
  • Non Pro (1) and Int. Non Pro Champion (1) – Chris Sullivan and Custom Couture
  • Short Stirrup (2) – Brinley Beicker and KC Customchromedout
  • NRHA, Classic Challenge, and USA Reining 13 & Under – Skyler Deshotels and Conquistador Lil Star
  • NRHA, Classic Challenge, USA Reining, and Unrestricted Youth 14-18 – Claire Dittrich and Whiz N Chica Dee
  • Classic Challenge Youth 13 & Under – Skyler Deshotels and Conquistador Lil Star
  • USA Reining 14-18 – Savannah Grace Ostner and Mr Crometastic
  • Green Rider Levels 1 & 2 – Elena Hurd and Its All About Bud

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Non Pro Champions Crowned at NRBC

From the NRBC “Slide Street Journal” - The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro finals were held Friday, April 18, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. With 176 entries, it was the second largest Non Pro class in the event’s 17-year history.

The three riders crowned as Champions were all in agreement: It doesn’t matter if you’re a former Champion or a first-time competitor; there are very few times more exciting than when you enter the arena as an NRBC finalist.

McCutcheon Claims Record Sixth NRBC Non Pro Championship on Ms Whiz Dunit

Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, Texas, has competed at all but one NRBC since its inception in 1998, missing out in 2000 because she was pregnant with her son Cade. In that time, she won the coveted Championship title five times – a record for the most wins that she shared with fellow National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks.

That changed when, as draw 12 in the Non Pro Level 4 finals, she piloted Ms Whiz Dunit to a 220.5. “I thought she did well. It’s a big pen and she’s a little horse, but she worked,” McCutcheon said of the 4-year-old mare, by Topsail Whiz out of A Bueno Poco Dunit. “It never gets old. I was telling someone the other day that maybe I have a problem, because it’s all a competition, but I do love it. I love what I do so much. It never gets boring or old – it’s always fun.” McCutcheon received a check for $30,000.

Mandy and her husband, Tom, purchased Ms Whiz Dunit in October of 2013, from breeder Roxanne Koepsell. “Tom had been riding her, and he liked her but she was too small. He just kept telling me how much he liked her, so we bought her,” she said. Soon, Mandy and “Missy” were a winning team, claiming the Non Pro Level 4 title at the Southwest Reining Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association futurities. “My plan and goal is to keep her for a long time and make some babies with her.”

McCutcheon noted that the NRBC is her favorite event. “The show management team is awesome. The goal of this event has always been to take care of both the exhibitors and sponsors,” she explained. “It’s the horse show that takes care of everyone, and it’s well-organized, has great sponsors, and an awesome facility to have an event.”

McCutcheon qualified three horses for the finals. She finished tied for fourth on Customized Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x Custom Made Dunit), and eighth on Shiney Enterprize (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise), collecting an additional $16,500. Both mares are owned by Mandy’s parents, Tim and Colleen McQuay, of McQuay Stables.

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Ron Thompson Wins NRBC Non Pro Prime Time Championship on Taris Dreamer

Some of the loudest cheers of the day could be heard when reigning NRBC Non Pro Champions Ron Thompson and Taris Dreamer entered the arena as the last entry of the day. From the very first stop, it was obvious that the duo were going for the win. They came as close as they could – a 220 – finishing as the Reserve Champions of the Non Pro Level 4, and the Non Pro Prime Time Champions.

“It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t as good as we know he can be – but none of us ever are,” Thompson said. “I love this horse. He does whatever we need to do. Today was my fault. I didn’t get him turned like he can, but that was all me not him!”

All told, Thompson, of Whitesboro, Texas, collected more than $19,371.

“I love this place. It’s a big pen and everyone runs hard. This is the best pen we show in. It’s got great ground, it’s well run, and it pays like a slot machine. That’s my favorite part!” he admitted.

Coming in as last year’s Champion was more than a little nerve-wracking for Thompson, who qualified for the finals with a 218. “The go round was really, really tough mentally. I felt more pressure in the go-round than I ever have had showing one. I didn’t want to screw up and just wanted to make it back to the finals,” he said. “But today, I’ve never been so calm. I knew what I had to do, even if I didn’t quite get the job done. I’m very happy for Mandy – she’s a great competitor and does a great job.”

Thompson noted that he couldn’t have had the success he has had without the help of family and friends. “I thank my wife, Becky. She’s very supportive and she takes care of stuff at home while I’m doing this,” he said. “I also thank Matt Armenta – he’s my coach and a really good friend. I’ve went and got help from Don Murphy; he’s a National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Famer. If you have a glitch in your horse, I’d say go see Don. He helped me immensely and I wouldn’t have made it without him. I also have to give credit to my very good friend John Hoyt. He’s been very influential in how my horses go. I’m proud to know him.”

Five-year-old Taris Dreamer, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Taris San Cutter, has won over $130,000 in lifetime earnings – and the talented gelding still has one year of NRBC eligibility left. “We will be back next year. I’ve had some people who have inquired about buying him, but most don’t ask if he’s for sale.  I don’t really care, he can die on my place because I like him that much,” he said.

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Jack Medows Competes at First NRBC; Wins Non Pro Levels 1-3 on Surprizintheprincess

Barely old enough to drive, Jack Medows came to his first NRBC, made the finals on Surprizentheprincess, and then finished as Champion of the Non Pro Levels 1, 2, and 3. He also claimed third place in the Non Pro Level 4, bringing his total finals take to $29,255.

“It was really exciting – I wasn’t expecting to do this well at all,” said the 16-year-old, who noted that, not only was it his first time to show at the NRBC, it was also only his second major derby event. “I wasn’t nervous at all, but I don’t know why. It could be because I’m low on sleep or something like that. I felt completely prepared, thanks to Gabe Hutchins and Gaeton Gauthier.”

Medows has only been riding reiners a short while, making a transition from riding pleasure horses a few years ago. He started with a couple of older horses, competing in youth classes, before his parents purchased Surprizentheprincess from Kelle Smith after last year’s NRBC. “She did really well here, and we’d seen her at Gordyville before that,” he said of the Jerry Lees Surprize mare, who’s out of Princess In Diamonds. “I want to thank my Grandpa, Ron Fransen, who found her, as well as my parents, Jeff and Amy Medows, and Gabe, Gaton, and all the Darling Ranch crew.”

Although Medows is currently homeschooled, he said he plans to go back to school for his junior and senior years.

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Finishing as the Non Pro Levels 2 and 3 and Prime Time Reserve Champion was Greg Gottschalk and Dun Won A Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Won It). The pair marked a 218, good for a total of $3,866.

The Non Pro Level 1 Reserve Champion was Samantha Belcher, who piloted Taser Gun (Jacs Electric Spark x Maggie Gun) to a 213.5. She won $1,015.

Jordan Larson Wins NRBC Open Classic Challenge and $25K NRHA Open on Wimpys Lil Star

With a score of 224.5, Jordan Larson, of Whitesboro, Texas, claimed the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic Challenge Championship, as well as the Championship of the $25,000 Added National Reining Horse Association Open. The Open Classic Challenge, only open to Classic Challenge enrolled NRBC foals aged 7 & Up, paid $12,478. He collected an additional $7,605 for the NRHA Open title.

He entered the class on Wimpys Lil Star, a 7-year-old stallion by Wimpys Little Step, out of Starlights Reba. “It’s a really good payday,” Larson said with a smile after the awards ceremony. “This horse was really good everywhere. He ran out of air faster than I thought he would because we were running so hard, but he was doing everything I wanted.”

Wimpys Lil Star is owned by Dr. Thomas Aschenbrenner of Germany. Dr. Aschenbrenner’s son, Phillip Losch, piloted the flashy palomino to NRBC Intermediate Non Pro championship in 2013. “He’s too old for Philip to show in the derbies now, so I told them we should enter this. Philip is going to show him in the Non Pro Classic Challenge on Sunday,” Larson explained.

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Andrea Fappani and Smoking Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Glendas A Smokingun, finished Reserve in both classes with a 220.5, and also topped the USA Reining Open class. Between the two classes, owner Silver Spurs Equine took home $14,294.

Congratulations to our Ancillary Winners - Friday

  • NRHA 13 & Under – Amanda Hurd and Whale Of A Whiz
  • NRHA 14-18 – Stacia Brugger and Dun It Ten
  • Unrestricted Youth – Stacia Brugger and Dun It Ten
  • USA 13 – Amanda Hurd and Whale of A Whiz
  • USA 14 – Emmy-Lu Marsh and Who Whiz Who
  • Short Stirrup – Reed Harris and Solanos Saskadoc
  • Ltd. Non Pro – Julia White and Custom Sailin Legend

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