Pierluigi Chioldo and Spooks O Lena lead the IRHA/NRHA Open Derby go-round

2015 IRHA/NRHA Derby
12-16 May, Reggio Emilia, Italy

For Immediate Release:

Pierluigi Chioldo and Spooks O Lena lead the IRHA/NRHA Open Derby go-round

Provided by Simona Diale, May 12, 2015 – The 2015 edition of the IRHA/NRHA Derby once again attracted close to 350 horses. Open to 4-5 and 6-year-old horses, the Derby is run in a qualifying go-round and clean slate finals and the show offers a full-slate of NRHA approved classes. During the show, the Italian Senior, Junior and Young Rider CRI qualifiers for the 2015 FEI European Reining Championship will also be held.

pierluigiPierluigi Chioldo & Spooks O Lena

The Open Derby go-round counted 116 entries who made their way in the Fiere di Reggio Emilia arena vying for a spot in the finals which will be held on Saturday, May 16. Earning top honors in the €32,000-added Level 4 Open division was Italian Pierluigi Chioldo riding Spooks O Lena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lonesome Sally Lena x Doc O Lena) for owners Ambrosini QH ASD/Davide Rossi. Aboard the talented 6-year-old mare who boasts close to $28,000 in NRHA LTE, Chioldo scored a 222.5. In the L 4 division, the second highest score was posted by Dominik Reminder. The German NRHA Professional, who works out of the Luga Quarter Horses facility in Italy, rode Susanna Sodi’s Gotta Nifty Gun (Dunnit Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic x Custom Crome)  to a 220.5. Gotta Nifty Gun, a 5-year-old stallion, was ridden by NRHA Professional Duane Latimer to the reserve championship in the 2014 NRHA European Open L 4 Futurity and boasts over $23,000 LTE in NRHA competition.

Chioldo and his mount are also leading the €13,500-added Level 3 Open division where the second highest score was earned by Massimiliano Ruggeri. Aboard Paolo Morandotti’s Mister Little Uno (Mister Uno x Bonita Bahia x Gallo Del Cielo), Ruggeri closed his run with a 218.5 which also saw him lead the €4,000-added Level 2 Open division.

massimilianoMassimiliano Ruggeri & Mister Little Uno

Posting the highest score in the €1,500-added Level 1 Open division, a 213.5, was Italy’s Giacomo Polo Barberis riding CF Frozen Smart Jaba (RS Little Red Jaba x Chic Sailor x Frozen Sailor) for owner Francesca Polito.

giacomoGiacomo Polo Barberis & CF Frozen Smart Jaba

The qualifying go-round of the €28,500 IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby, counting 98 entries, will take place on Tuesday 12th at 8 am CET and will be followed by the first go of the CRI*.

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All photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga 

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.

Media Contact:  Simona Diale
The €85,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby
2015 IRHA/NRHA Derby
12-16 May, Reggio Emilia – Italy


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Horses Diagnosed With Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Illinois

Two horses were diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) following a recent horse show in Gordyville, Ill.  Gordyville officials are taking proactive measures to alert horse owners and competitors.

Oklahoma City, Okla., May 9, 2015 – The care and welfare of horses is paramount, and the National Reining Horse Association has learned that two horses from the same stable have been diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) from a competition in Gordyville, Ill., during the May 2-3, 2015 Midwest Reining Horse Association show.  All exhibitors from that event have been notified, and upcoming events at the Gordyville facility have been indefinitely postponed, including the May 15-17 Illinois Quarter Horse Association youth show to properly disinfect and clean the facility.

NRHA strongly recommends not to travel with horses that have been in this area or currently reside in this area until the recommended time has passed and deemed safe for horses to be asymptomatic.

Additionally, horse owners are strongly encouraged to contact a veterinarian for more information about EHV-1 and to properly test horses that may have been in contact with infected animals.

For more information about EHV-1, please contact the American Association of Equine Practitioners at (800) 443-0177 or visit aaep.org. Officials in Gordyville may be reached by visiting gordyvilleusa.com.

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:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400


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Oklahoma City CVB Honors NRHA As Local Hometown Heroes

For Immediate Release

Tabbi Burwell, Communications Manager
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma City CVB Celebrates National Tourism Week,
Honors Local Hometown Heroes

Oklahoma City, OK- The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (OKCCVB) celebrated this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week with an event at the Devon Boathouse on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 honoring several Oklahoman’s and organizations in their sixth annual Hometown Heroes awards.

The Hometown Heroes Awards are each year during National Travel & Tourism Week and honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on Oklahoma City’s tourism and hospitality industry.  President for the OKCCVB, Mike Carrier shared his thoughts on the importance of the tourism industry in Oklahoma City, its successes and the achievements made by others in the community at the afternoon celebration.

DSC_0055During the program eight tourism awards were bestowed upon individuals and organizations that have exceedingly supported and promoted Oklahoma City tourism and travel.  Awards were presented to the following:

  • Freelance Writer,  Elaine Warner
  • Director of Continuing Education at the University of Central Oklahoma, Karen Youngblood
  • Meeting Planner for Oklahoma State Firefighters Association, Scott VanHorn
  • CEO & Founder with DayStar Foundation and Betty Ann Ridley Association, Betty Ann Ridley
  • President with Bart Conner Gymnastics, Bart Conner
  • County Executive Director with Oklahoma Association of County Office Employers, Mike Lee
  • The National Reining Horse Association
  • The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Additionally, each year during the Hometown Heroes awards a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) is selected as the CTA Star of the Year as part of a national program in each community.   OKCCVB’s CTA Star is acknowledged by their excellence in hospitality and customer service and one who demonstrates knowledge of local attractions and venues, stays current on local events and shows a commitment to the CTA program.  This year, the OKCCVB selected Shane Grander, marketing director for Armstrong Auditorium.

“We’re all very proud of the people and organizations who have earned a Hometown Hero award this year as well as the CTA Star award, said President Mike Carrier.  “It takes more than the CVB to promote tourism in Oklahoma City and these individuals have gone above and beyond to help us where we are today. Being able to celebrate them is just a small token we can do for their continued belief in OKC.”

On a national level, travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries.  Studies by the U.S. Travel Association completed in 2014 showed direct spending by residents and international travelers averaged $2.5 billion per day.  The industry continues to grow and be one of the largest employers which calculate to 15 million jobs in the U.S.

For more information on the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Certified Tourism Ambassador program, visit www.visitokc.com. Or for information on National Travel and Tourism Week visit www.ustravel.org.


About the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a division of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. The CVB is the tourism information source for visitors to and the citizens of Oklahoma City. As the City’s official destination marketing organization, the mission of the CVB is to contribute to the economic well-being of Oklahoma City and its citizens through the solicitation and servicing of conventions and other related group business, to promote the city as a first-class visitor destination, and to enhance Oklahoma City’s name and image.

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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The May Digital Reiner is Ready!

mayreinercoverThe May Digital Reiner, an exciting issue covering a range of topics this month! The main feature, fly control and different ways to help contain/eliminate the problem in your barn.

Just in case you missed anything while on the road in 2014, we’ve got you covered with the 2014 Year in Review.

NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Gunner receives yet another honor for his outstanding performance as a sire of champions.

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Certified Horsemanship Association Announces the Return of NRHA Ride a Reiner to the CHA International Conference


Certified Horsemanship Association Announces the Return of NRHA Ride a Reiner to the CHA International Conference

(April 2015) – Attendees of the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference in 2014 were thrilled to have the chance to participate in mounted educational sessions with instruction from experienced horsemen and horsewomen, and one of the most popular riding options was the National Reining Horse Association’s Ride a Reiner program. Now, the Certified Horsemanship Association is proud to announce the return of the NRHA Ride a Reiner to this year’s CHA International Conference, set for October 22-25, 2015, in Amarillo, Texas. All horse enthusiasts are welcome at the CHA International Conference.

NRHA has given all types of riders—from beginners to advanced horsemen and horsewomen—the thrill of a lifetime with the Ride a Reiner program at equine events across the country. “I really believe that the ‘NRHA Ride a Reiner’ is taking the country by storm by offering first-time and novice riders the experience to ride a reining horse,” said Hayley Lewallen, NRHA’s Senior Marketing Coordinator. “Nowhere else in the world can spectators find an opportunity like this: the opportunity to get a hands-on lesson from an NRHA professional, to enjoy a dizzying spin, and to feel the power of sliding stops on a well-trained reining horse!”

CHA is happy to welcome Lewallen back to its conference as the representative from NRHA who will help the sessions run smoothly and be available at NRHA’s booth. “It was an honor to attend the CHA International Conference last year and sincerely a joy to have such a warm welcome from your members,” said Lewallen. “I was astounded with the quality of education that was offered to CHA’s professionals in such a friendly environment. CHA is offering the horse industry exactly what it needs.”

Lewallen is excited about NRHA’s Ride a Reiner program and has experienced first-hand the excitement it has generated at events across the country, including at the 2014 CHA International Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Last year, excited participants got in line at 6 a.m. to be able to sign up for a reining session. “I was more proud to see the excitement on everyone’s faces as they got to experience the slide and discover the feel of the spin as they built their relationship with that horse,” said Lewallen. “The entire experience was not only a joy, but it reminded me of how much I love promoting the reining horse, and especially how honored I am to have a role in the horse industry.”

This year, the NRHA Ride a Reiner session will happen during the lunch break on Saturday. Attendees can sign up at the conference, and riders will come on a first-come, first-serve basis. The 2015 CHA International Conference will take place at the American Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Fame and at West Texas A&M University’s Horse Center, which offers an indoor arena, two lighted outdoor arenas, and meeting rooms set on 80 acres in Canyon, Texas. In addition to the NRHA Ride a Reiner program, horse enthusiasts and CHA members will enjoy presentations, workshops, entertainment, equine veterinary talks, business and marketing tips, the CHA Trail Challenge, a large silent auction, vendors, and the ever-popular hands-on riding sessions. Conference registration and more information is on CHA’s website at www.cha-ahse.org/store/pages/47/International_Conference.html. For additional questions, contact the CHA office at 859-259-3399 or office@CHA-ahse.org.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHAinstructors.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.

For More Information and Photos
Contact: Christy Landwehr
720-857-9550 or clandwehr@CHA-ahse.org

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Award-winning NRHA Reiner magazine excels in American Horse Publications 2015 Awards Competition

American Horse Publications (AHP) members seem to get better and better. That was the general feeling expressed by many of the 27 professionals who judged the 2015 AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in 2014. “The entries were very strong this year,” says the judge of the business-advertising class. “The pieces submitted were extraordinary in the cover category,” says another long-time judge. One of the photography-class judges notes, “Some great photography again this year.” Of the new long-form journalism class, the judge says, “The long-form pieces were exceptional. Very, very strong entries. I was impressed with all of them.” Those comments speak volumes for the state of equine publishing. Every member who participated in this year’s competition should be very proud of their work regardless of whether they made the list of 72 finalists.

Among the 2015 finalists is the NRHA Reiner, which has won many AHP awards, including the 2012 General Excellence Award.  The NRHA Reiner is the only publication dedicated solely to the sport of Reining and is the Official Publication of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).  The NRHA Reiner magazine is a benefit of NRHA membership, available by subscription or may be viewed in its digital format at nrha.com.

“The contest is much like a publication. While the overall mission and design remains the same, the content changes constantly,” says Awards Coordinator Chris Brune. “Entries can be submitted by long-time entrants or first-timers. It’s a fresh new start with lots of variables that reflect the equine world in one particular year.”

Held since 1974, the AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing. All entries are critiqued by the judges to encourage members to strive for journalism excellence. This year’s contest drew entries from 115 members and total entries increased from 736 in 2014 to 837.

The Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 20, 2015, at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, during the AHP “Tally-Ho at the Alamo” Seminar. The Awards Reception is co-sponsored by Dover Saddlery and i-5 Publishing. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Zoetis with table centerpieces from Breyer Animal Creations.

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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Adequan® i.m. Continues Partnership with NRHA

Adequan® i.m. Continues Partnership with NRHA

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the continuing partnership of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the Official Joint Therapy of NRHA, title sponsor of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) and the named sponsor of the Adequan® Championship Arena during the NRHA-owned events.  Adequan® i.m. has been a loyal NRHA Corporate Partner continuously since 2005 and with their renewal will continue through 2018.

“The sport of Reining is a core discipline we are excited to continue supporting,” stated Allyn Mann, Director of Luitpold Animal Health, the makers of Adequan® i.m..   “We are pleased with the growth of the association, especially with the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship held in conjunction with the Reining Futurity.  Looking forward to continuing the journey with the NRHA.”

Maintaining the health and soundness of reining horses is the key to success in NRHA show pens. Adequan® i.m. is a veterinarian-trusted name in the fight against equine degenerative joint disease. Luitpold Animal Health is committed to advancing the cause of better animal health through scientifically proven and FDA-approved products. Adequan® i.m. is the only FDA-approved intramuscular polysulfated glycosaminoglycan.  Early treatment with Adequan® i.m. can stop the destructive disease cycle, reverse degenerative joint disease and improve joint function.  If your equine athlete or companion horse is experiencing degenerative joint disease, speak to your veterinarian and find out if Adequan® i.m., “The Winning Formula for Champions,” can benefit your horse.

Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Business Development said, “Our partnership with Adequan® has truly been a blessing for NRHA. No one in the equine world has more passion for Reining than Allyn Mann. It is through his tireless efforts that Adequan® i.m. has so successfully supported the growth of Reining. In particular, their support at the Affiliate level cannot be matched. From their title sponsorship of the Adequan® NAAC, to the Adequan® 500 program, they have made a significant impact. We look forward to continuing our partnership with such an impassioned industry leader and company.”

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

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.

Adequan® i.m. Brief Summary
Brief Summary Indications:  For the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses. There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Adequan® i.m. brand Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan in horses.  Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses.  WARNING:  Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.  Caution:  Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.  Each 5 mL contains 500 mg Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan. SEE PRODUCT PACKAGE INSERT FOR FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION at www.adequan.com.

Adequan® is a registered trademark of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  ©LUITPOLD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., Animal Health Division, Shirley, NY 11967.


AHD120 Iss. 4/2015

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Fappani Unofficially NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Rider

BREAKING NEWS: In a matter of two and a half short years, NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani has unofficially gone from a Three Million Dollar Rider to becoming one of only two riders to earn over four million dollars in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competition history.

More to come at a later date.  Continue to check nrha.com for the latest in reining news.

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Kentucky Reining Cup 2015: Breaking Records in the Blue Grass

Kentucky Reining Cup 2015
Breaking Records in the Blue Grass

By Alden Corrigan for HorsePower, Inc.
Photos ©Waltenberry

The 5th annual Kentucky Reining Cup held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was one for the record books.  Attendance at the event increased by a whopping 50% over the previous (a World Equestrian Games qualifying year), while the online broadcasts via USEFNetwork.com and iEquine.com were seen by over 50,000 viewers from all 50 states and 39 countries around the world. The top 10 countries by viewership were the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand. But the moment that took the equestrian social media by storm was Laura Sumrall’s World Championship Freestyle winning performance to Disney’s mega-hit Frozen. The Facebook video sensation went viral generating over 3 million views within the first 24 hours.

The sold out Markel Insurance VIP Suites provided a birds eye view of the competition for local luminaries including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, attending the event in support of Horses and Hope, the official charity of the Kentucky Reining Cup.  “I appreciate the fact that this night has honored Horses and Hope which is about education and awareness of breast cancer. We provide low cost mammograms for people in the horse industry who can’t afford it. Its horse people helping horse people.” said Mrs. Beshear

“We are thrilled to partner with such and outstanding organization and very happy that Horses and Hope might benefit from the donation given tonight in partnership with our friends at Paul Miller Ford”, said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc. producer of the Kentucky Reining Cup.

The one of a kind Kentucky Reining Cup event features seldom-seen competitions that include the Kentucky Reining Cup Concours de Reining International CRI 3*, the Team Challenge, Celebrity Reining including Eventing riders David O’Connor Chef d’Equipe of the US Eventing Team, Sinead Halpin and Hanna Sue Burnett, the Nutrena Para-Reining Class and the Freestyle World Championship. In addition, the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup also played host to the inaugural $10,000 Added Spooks Gotta Whiz Open & $5,000 Added Baby Spooks Non Pro NRHA classes generously sponsored by Michell Anne Kimball.

Rick Clark, President of the NRHA, Kentucky Reining Cup sponsor and life-long resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky shared his unique perspective on the event, which he competed in for the first time “The Kentucky Reining Cup is really important to me.  As a local business owner when things are happening at the Kentucky Horse Park it helps me, so it makes sense to sponsor.  From the standpoint of the event, it’s a prestigious show supported by the industry’s top riders including (NRHA’s first and only $5 million rider) Shawn Flarida.  I’ve been a sponsor since the start, Markel Insurance has been here from the start, and to have a sponsor like Michell Anne Kimball and Spooks Gotta Whiz come in with some of the biggest prize money you’ll find in those classes, it adds that extra element of the NRHA.  The NRHA is a sponsor of this event, and as the President, I feel it’s important to sponsor this event.  The AQHA is also a sponsor, and it’s great that they support it as well”.

The two-day competition kicked off on Friday night with the Kentucky Reining Cup Concours de Reining International CRI 3*, the $10,000 Added Spooks Gotta Whiz Open & $5,000 Added Baby Spooks Non Pro and the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge.

Dana Cohen from Denver, Colorado took top honors in the Kentucky Reining Cup Concours de Reining International CRI 3*.  The road to Kentucky was a long one in more ways than one for Dana and Magnum Refund (Magnum Chic Dream x Alaythia).  Through a chain of events, the 2003 gelding remained unshown until the age of 10 “He won his first NRHA money when he was 10.  We were challenged to find events to take an older horse to that really paid well.  We talked to Brad (Ettleman) about it and he said you should get that horse an FEI passport.  I though I’m just a non pro from Denver…. it was not on my radar, but we took a chance.  We brought him here when he was 10 and got in the money in the Team Challenge.  It was really exciting to show here, and now this show has put him over $25,000 in earnings, all after the age of 10.  He’s really and FEI story.  There is life for older Reining Horses.  You don’t have to push every horse to be a 3-year old Futurity horse, and there is opportunity thanks to USA Reining and the FEI for horses like this ”.

The $10,000 Added Spooks Gotta Whiz Open and the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge had one name in common and it was NRHA’s $5 million man Shawn Flarida on Magnum Chic Dunit (Magnum Chic Dream x Sheets Red Dunit) who led the victory gallop in both events.

“That little mare is one that I made the (NRHA Futurity) Finals on last year. She’s just 4-years old and only been shown a few times. She’s so pretty when she does her circles, and that was a huge point getter for her.   Her stops got better and better, and that’s pretty cool for a mare to get stronger as they go show like that.

She always nickers when she’s done, I don’t know why she does that. It’s kind of cool.  I’d love to know what she’s thinking right there.  She’s young and has her whole career ahead of her.

Flarida, a veteran of numerous World Equestrian Games, is no stranger to the team concept  “This is the only horse show where we actually have a team competition, and it’s really cool. Rick Clark and Steve Borgia got to pushing each other, seeing where the points are, where the scores are…. it makes it a lot of fun”.

With all of the events he has to choose from why does Shawn support the Kentucky Reining Cup?  “It’s important for the Reining Horse industry.  It’s a way for us to promote our Reining Horses during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  So many of those people come over to watch and get exposed to Reining.  It’s a great opportunity for us to take advantage of that as an industry.  It’s an honor when anyone from another profession comes and watches your sport, just like I go and watch their sport.  I’m in awe of their talents and hopefully they are of ours”.

Michell Anne Kimball shares her thoughts on her sponsorship of the Kentucky Reining Cup “This is the most professional horse show that I get to experience in Reining.  This is the elite example of what we do.   We added the NRHA classes here as a way to get people more involved at this FEI level and with USA Reining.  My horse (Spooks Gotta Whiz) is an international horse at this point.  For me to be able to interact with Dressage riders and Eventers and introduce them to Reining is really rewarding”.

2015 marked the second year for Nutrena Para-Reining competition at the Kentucky Reining Cup, and Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts on Time Made Me A Radical provided by Midway College marked the highest score for the win.

“Para-Reining gives a great opportunity for people with disabilities who want to compete.  It’s a little bit easier than Para-Dressage as the Quarter Horse as so good-minded and has a shorter stride.   Para-Reining is a really exciting division with classes in shows across the country supported by AQHA, NRHA and USA Reining.  We’re still trying to attract people to Para-Reining, but once you do it one time, you kind of hooked.  This was a very welcome ride for me”.

The final event of the two-day competition featured the crowd favorite Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle World Championship.  All of the exhibitors brought their A game to the show pen, as the bar had been raised by in 2014 Dan James’ winning performance on of his Lone Ranger routine on Smart Little Elan.  Sidelined by an injury it appeared that James would not be able to defend his title, but to the near-capacity crow’s pleasure James entered the pen with a bandaged leg and supported by one crutch to perform a soul-bearing My Story routine, riding IRA Top Gunner (Playgun x Little Peppys Vet) bareback and bridleless.

“I had pretty much written off being able to compete. When I left the hospital I thought I would be lucky to walk again, let alone do anything with the horses in the next couple of months…about two weeks ago I thought maybe I could take that stud horse out there, tip my hat and be grateful to be walking. Then I thought if I could do that much, maybe I could get on….That was my fourth ride back”.

When the spotlights went out it was James who garnered the people’s hearts and the People’s Choice Award, while 22-year old scholarship athlete and senior captain of the Women’s National Equestrian Team at Texas A & M University, Laura Sumrall clinched the 2015 World Championship Freestyle title with her Frozen inspired performance on Wimpys Top Model (Wimpys Little Step x Sailin Bueno).

Laura Sumrall’s World Championship performance to ‘Let it Go’ gave the audience both in the Alltech Arena and online chills  “This was the first time I had done this routine.  We came up with it pretty quickly after we got the invitation to compete at the Kentucky Reining Cup.  Frozen came together pretty quickly.  I’m at school at Texas A & M so I wasn’t in the same place as my horse, so practicing was a little challenging. I set out a pattern and ran it  on a couple of different horses.  It was really fun to put together…. definitely a group effort my mom came up with the concept and did all the handiwork on my costume”.

Brad Ettleman of HorsePower, Inc. producers of the show could not have been more pleased with the 2015 event “Each year this event grows in popularity, and we could not be happier with this year’s amazing outcome. I can hardly wait for next year; I have no doubt that the best is yet to come for the Kentucky Reining Cup, thanks to the support of our exhibitors, trainers, owners, and sponsors. Without them this event would not be possible, and we are honored to count them among our supporters” Ettleman stated.

Further information on the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup is available at www.KentuckyReining.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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2015 NRHA European Futurity: Cody Sapergia & Made In Walla Win The Open Futurity In Kreuth

Cody Sapergia & Made In Walla Win The Open Futurity In Kreuth

Kreuth, April 25th – Provided by Simona Diale – Draw eight in the second section of the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Open finals on Saturday night in Kreuth were the go-round Level 4 Open winners: Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla, a gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Hollywood Made owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.

The duo had scored a 222 in the qualifying go-round of the €92,000-added Level 4 Open Futurity. Once their turn came in the exciting Saturday night finals, they repeated their feat and their score held until the very end. Earning the NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA Open World Champion their very first NRHA European Open Futurity Championship. “When we went in tonight, my horse felt really good and I just wanted to repeat what we did in the qualifying go-round, and we did,” said an enthused Cody. “This is my first European Futurity title and I’m really happy for the owners, Sabine and Chuck, and of course I would like to thank my team both for their help and their results here tonight.”

The reserve-championship in the Level 4 Open – a half a point behind the winners -  went to multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck and  Roses For Einstein, the pretty mare by Einsteins Revolution and out of Roses Champagne, owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola S.S. “I’m so happy with the way my mare went for me tonight,” said the past multiple NRHA Open Champion. “She really tries to give me all she has and has matured so much over the winter.”

Earning both the €40.095-added Level 3 and the €23.375-added Level 2 Open Championship with a score of 214 were Mirko Midili and RS Starfighter Lena, a stallion by Spat Olena and out of RS Cheerry Miss Jac owned and nominated by Claudio Risso of Italy. “I’m thrilled with this double title,” said the Italian rider. “He’s a super horse – unfortunately the go-round didn’t go too well but we made up for it tonight.”

Second place honors in the Level 3 division went to Miroslav Baniari of the Czech Republic riding the Markel Sale grad,  Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gay Light Star) owned by Wolfgang Hammer and European nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. The pair score a 213.5.

In the Level 2 division, tying for the reserve honors were: Tomas Martinek riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Great Red Dun), a gelding owned by Franz Koldas and European nominated by Jac Point QH and Stephan Rohde aboard Prince Of Guns (I Am Shotgunner x LF Cockys Queen), a stallion owned by Manfred Klaus Getz and European nominated by Anja Deutzmann. Stephan and his mount also took reserve honors in the Level 1 division.

Winning the €11.687-added Level 1 division, with a 212, was Roberta Dubini of Italy with One More Whiz Girl, a mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Dun It Precociously, owned and European nominated by Luga Quarter Horses. “We made the finals thanks to the Consolation and I am so happy,” said the young Italian lady reiner. “This is my first time here at the European Futurity and it’s wonderful to be able to go home with this title.”

The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity once again proved to be a great success with the numbers that went up both in the Futurity divisions and in the Level 3, 2 and 1 Open and Non Pro added increasing thanks to the NRHA European Nomination Program.

For all the information regarding the 2015 NRHA European Futurity: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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