NRHA Corporate Partner Introduces Purina® IMPACT® Horse Feed

Introducing Purina® IMPACT® Horse Feed, a Truly Premium Feed at a Not-So-Premium Price


Product line formulated by Purina Ph.D. Equine Nutritionists and based on 85 years of research

From Purina – ST. LOUIS, January 27, 2014 – Purina Animal Nutrition today introduced IMPACT® horse feed, a line of premium horse feeds designed to meet the nutritional requirements of horses of all types and lifestyles. The product line offers textured, pelleted and complete feeds for horses in nearly any life stage and activity level.

Since 1926, the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, Mo., has defined and delivered the future of equine nutrition. Significant investment in this unique farm was recently completed to further expand its capabilities and facilities dedicated to industry leading research innovation. With more than 70 horses involved in research projects, the primary focus of the equine facilities is in feed intake and digestive physiology, breeding and foal growth, and development and exercise physiology. Purina can formulate, develop, and test the performance of feeds like IMPACT® horse feeds before they reach the market.

“Horse owners want to trust that the feed they buy will meet their expectations, which is why they often turn to Purina,” said Steve Probst, owner of Northwest Feed & Grain Co. in Nebraska, and a trusted Purina dealer for more than 30 years. “We know that a product like IMPACT® horse feed is backed by extensive research and a commitment to quality, so when it appears on the shelves it’s a real attention grabber.”IMPACT_12intro

IMPACT® horse feeds offer several benefits:

  • High-quality protein for muscle maintenance
  • Added fat for sustainable energy and healthy hair coat
  • Nutritional balance, removing the need for supplements
  • Formulated with ingredients proven through time and research to support overall horse health

“Purina is dedicated to creating unsurpassed nutrition for every type of horse, and IMPACT® horse feeds are a reflection of that dedication,” said Katie Young, Ph.D., manager equine nutritional services, Purina Animal Nutrition. “Our feeds are made with the finest ingredients and backed by research, so owners can trust that they’re feeding their horses high-quality nutrition.”

Horse owners can find out more about IMPACT® horse feed at a local Horse Owners Workshop (HOW®). For additional information about IMPACT® horse feed or to find a HOW® event near you visit or speak with your local Purina® dealer.

About Purina Animal Nutrition

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC ( is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. With an uncompromising commitment to animal excellence, Purina Animal Nutrition conducts industry-leading R&D initiatives that create and sustain a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Species served by Purina Animal Nutrition include both large and small animals, including cattle, horses, swine, chickens, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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Xtra Quarter Horses becomes NRHA Corporate Partner

For Immediate Release – January 27, 2014 – By Christina Brezack – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Xtra Quarter Horses has become an official NRHA Corporate Partner. Established in 2010, Xtra Quarter Horses is a premier reining facility located in the heart of horse country in Purcell, Okla., just minutes from I-35.

Dedicated to the breeding and training of fine reining horses, Xtra is the home of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and the youngest NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire, Wimpys Little Step. Rounding out the stallion roster is Wimpyneedsacocktail, 2013 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion and the highest money-earning stallion by Wimpys Little Step, and 2012 NRHA Derby Open Reserve Co-champion Shiners Voodoo Dr.

NRHA Professional Thiago Boechat, Xtra’s head trainer and manager comments on the partnership, “The main focus of our business is Reining; with NRHA being the standard-setting body, we feel there is no better entity to be partnered with. We are excited about this new venture and are honored to be able to support and partner with NRHA.”

Xtra is also known for its innovative incentive program, the Xtra Breeders Futurity, designed to give back to those who believe in their breeding program. All foals born in 2012 and later that are sired by stallions owned by Xtra, are qualified with no additional nomination, enrollment or entry fee required.

Whether you are shopping for a prospect or selecting the sire of your next foal, please consider adding Xtra value to your investment. Contact them for breeding information or take a look at their sale horses. They always have a nice selection of qualified prospects at the ranch.

“I am thrilled to have Xtra Quarter Horses back on board as a corporate partner! Wimpys Little Step is one of our industry’s most prolific stallions and is on track to reach $6 million status faster than any sire in NRHA history. We are so honored that his owner, Xtra Quarter Horses, will be an NRHA Corporate Partner when he reaches this great milestone. The future promises many more successes for Xtra Quarter Horses and Wimpys Little Step.” Says Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Sponsorship.

NRHA has over 850 NRHA-approved shows worldwide with nearly $14 million in competition purses annually. Xtra Quarter Horses will be an official NRHA Corporate Partner of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show and NRHA Derby. Going international as well, Xtra will be a gold sponsor of the NRHA European Futurity and NRHA European Derby.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit


First photo features Wimpys Little Step.
Photos submitted by Xtra Quarter Horses.

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Our Loss – Liz Haverty

Liz-Haverty_5288NRHA is saddened to share the news of Liz Haverty’s passing yesterday. Liz, born in 1951, was an NRHA Lifetime Member, wife of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Clint Haverty and mother of Zane Haverty. Liz’s strength and humor will be missed by many in the reining community.

Information on her services will be posted when they become available.

Update 1/28/14 – A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Reining Horse Association, C/O Reining Horse Sports Foundation, 3000 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73107-5302, or email

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Cardinal Reining Horses joins growing list of NRHA Corporate Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit

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

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Our Loss – Hot Coded Candy

Our Loss – Hot Coded Candy

Christmas Day was one of celebration and heart ache. Celebration of a mare who produced offspring earning over $333,000 in NRHA events and heart ache as she passed away in her sleep at Cinder Lakes Ranch in Valley View, Texas.

HotCodedCandy-06 FoalStarbucksCandy-ownerSallyRess-byErnieRessBorn in 1991, the sorrel mare was by The Hot Express and out of Candid Cody. She was bred by Perry Corder of Crockett, Texas. Her most recent owner, Sally Ress of Evergreen, Colorado, was in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity and had plans to go see her mare and her 2013 weanling foal by Shine Chic Shine. However, Mother Nature didn’t allow a visit with unforgiving and rare icy roads between Oklahoma and Texas.

During “Candy’s” show career, she and NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon placed fourth in the NRHA Non Pro Futurity after winning the first and second go-rounds and were Futurity Finalists in 1994. Her total NRHA Lifetime Earnings were $15,347.

She was then retired to the breeding shed where she produced foals by NRHA Hall of Fame inductees and Multi-Million Dollar Sires such as Hollywood Dun It, Smart Chic Olena, Whizkey N Diamonds, Wimpys Little Step, Jacs Electric Spark, Shining Spark and Smart Starbuck. With six money earning offspring, they have collectively won over $333,725 at NRHA events.

Her most notable offspring is the 2005 sorrel stallion Electric Code by the late Million Dollar Sire Jacs Electric Spark with earnings totaling $204,317. Owned by L and D Partnership, the stallion proved to be a successful cross between Candy and Jacs Electric Spark. At the 2008 NRHA Futurity, NRHA Professional Jared Leclair rode the stallion to a third place finish in the L4 Open division and captured the championship title in the L3 open division bringing home a total of $127,489. Leclair and the stallion then went on to be successful derby competitors capturing multiple Top 10 finishes and more open championships. With his first foal crop being eligible to compete in 2014, the legacy will continue.

Candy’s next most successful foal is the 1999 sorrel gelding Alot A Spark by Shining Spark. Alot A Spark is currently owned by Julianna Hild of Hemet, California. The 2002 NRHA Open Futurity proved to be a good one for Roberta McCarty and Alot A Spark as they placed in the Top 10 in both the L4 and L3 open divisions bringing home $38,322. Since then, Alot A Spark has been shown at various shows throughout the country with a handful of non pro competitors resulting in NRHA Lifetime Earnings of $61,607.

While Candy will be missed by many, her legacy will continue through her offspring.

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Deadline for NRHA European Futurity Now is February 17

NRHA European Futurity  ~  Kreuth, Germany  ~  March 30 – April 5, 2014


The Ostbayernhalle in Rieden-Kreuth, Germany, will once again host the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity which will be held from March 30 through April 5.

Deadline Update: The entry deadline has been extended to February 17 for the Futurity classes. The deadline to enter Ancillary classes is February 22.

More Details: The NRHA European Futurity Open will feature the €92,000-added Level (L) 4, the €35,000-added L3, the €15,000-added or more  L2 and the €7,500-added or more L1. The KL Performance Horses Futurity Non Pro will offer the €36,000-added L4, the €11.000-added or more L3, the €6,400 or more L2 and the €3,200 or more L1. A full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes also will be offered including the Roleski €10,000-added Open and the Arcese €5,000-added Non Pro.

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NRHA Germany Launches New Website

NRHA Germany is online with a relaunch of its websidte. On, you will find latest news on international reining both in German and English, plus lots of background information on horses, riders, breeders as well as tips on training, veterinary medicine, etc. The editor is Ramona Billing.

NRHA germany websiteThe new website also offers the opportunity to enter your dates of shows and clinics, as well as of your sale horses for free.

There is also a mobile version for smartphones and iPhones. Simply enter in your smartphone browser or scan the barcode on the NRHA Germany website.

For more information, contact:
Editor: Ramona Billing
Hasenpfad 5, 63150 Heusenstamm / Germany
phone +49-6106-2835961, Fax +49-6106-2835973, cell phone +49-170-5827420, Email:

Advertising / Sponsoring: Petra Feilen
Dammüllersweg 90, 96476 Bad Rodach, Germany
Phone:  09564 80575 02, cell phone: +49-171 41 28 974, Email:

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Lil Ruf Peppy is now a Three Million Dollar Sire

For Immediate Release – January 15, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – After becoming a Two Million Dollar Sire in 2009, Lil Ruf Peppy, owned by Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate, has now become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) ninth Three Million Dollar Sire with official NRHA offspring earnings of over $3,006,100. This puts him alongside the likes of Reining legends Hollywood Dun It, Smart Chic Olena, Shining Spark and Gallo Del Cielo.

The 1991 stallion is by Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy (by Mr San Peppy). He has $28,000 an NRHA LTE that includes his 1995 NRHA Derby Limited Open Championship with NRHA Professional Tom McCutcheon at the reins.lil ruf peppy side shot by Cheryl Magoteaux (640x448) (300x210)

His top-earning offspring include:

  • Rufanicki (out of Chexanicki): $144,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Shaunda Ruckman; 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level (4) Non Pro and NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist; 2011 NRBC L1-L4 Non Pro and NRHA Derby L1-L4 Non Pro Champion; 2012 NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro finalist.
  • Sailin Ruf (out of Pinesail): $136,000 NRHA LTE, owned by Giovanni Cioli; 2001 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist.
  • Ruf Hearted Jac (out of Miss Jac Of Hearts): $107,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.; 2002 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist, 2004 NRBC Open finalist, 2005 NRBC Open finalist, 2006 Mallorca Western Festival Category 1 Open Top Five.
  • A Ruf Gal (out of My Topsail Gal): $101,900 NRHA LTE, owned by Pete and Tamra Kyle; 2011 NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby L2-L4 Champion, 2012 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle Champion, NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby L3 Open Reserve Champion, L2 Open Champion and Prime Time Non Pro Champion, as well as All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Open Reserve Champion; 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Open Reserve Champion and United States Equestrian Federation Horse of Honor.
  • Pretty Peppy Chec (out of Chex N Whiz): $94,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Other King Ranch; 2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist and Intermediate Open Reserve Champion; 2010 Cactus Reining Classic Derby L4 Open finalist; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Derby L4 Open finalist; 2012 NRBC Challenge L1-L4 Non Pro finalist; 2013 NRBC Challenge L4 Open finalist and Rolex FEI CRIO-A Top Five.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Magoteaux

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2013 VRC Scholarships Awarded by NRHyA

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – January 14, 2014 – By Hayley Lewallen – The Varsity Reining Club (VRC) is an online program offered by the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) that rewards youth for their involvement outside of the show arena. The VRC awarded 13 scholarships for 2013 totaling $5,000. Megan D’Andrea and Ally Jones received special recognition as “Youths of the Year” for earning the most points in their respective age groups.


Youth members were awarded points based off their submissions of activities in four main categories: philanthropy, creativity, publicity, and academics. Subcategories defined each submission and included things such as photography, community service, report back, and fundraising. Find out how you can join at

Varsity Youth – 14 to 18-year-old as of Jan. 1, 2013
The title of Varsity Youth of the Year was earned by Megan D’Andrea who earned a total of 11,940 points for the year. The majority of these points came from Megan’s community service submission but included others such as photography and fundraising.  D’Andrea, 15, is from Fowler, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her horse, Peppermint.
Amy Stoney, 16, from McClave, Colo., placed second by finishing the year with a total point balance of 5,096 points.
Jordan Scott, 14, from Bluff City, Tenn., placed third with a total point balance of 1,950 points.
Holly Lansidel, 14, from Mc Kenna, Wash., placed fourth with a total point balance of 1,705 points
Shaelyn Vering, 15, from Scribner, Neb., placed fifth with a total point balance of 1,160 points.
Abigail Geedy, 18, from Wellsville, Pa., placed sixth with a total point balance of 1,125 points.
Bailey Walters, 16, from Bourbon, Ind., placed seventh with a total point balance of 966 points.
Georgia Parr, 15, from Partlow, Va., placed eighth with a total point balance of 870 points.
Junior Varsity Youth – 13 and under as of Jan. 1, 2013
The title of Junior Varsity of the Year went to Ally Jones, who earned a total of 746 points this year. Ally had many different submissions including fundraising and photography. Jones, 11, is from Franklin, KY.
Sidney Perdue, 11, from Granbury, Texas, placed second with 600 total points.
Lane Wagoner, 13, from Idaho Fall, Idaho, placed third with 540 total points.
Reed Harris, 9, from Forrest City, Ark., placed fourth 290 total points.
Taylor Masson, 12, from Davie, Fl., placed fifth with 265 total points
For more information on the National Reining Horse Youth Association, please visit, find NRHyA on Facebook or contact (405) 946-7400 and

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Our Loss – Mary Jansma

Mary Ann Jansma, age 49 of Randolph, Wisc., died on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loved ones.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014 at Randolph Community Funeral Home, 208 S. High Street, Randolph with Chaplain Dennis Richards officiating.

Mary’s family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday evening from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home, and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Randolph Community Funeral Home is serving the family.

Horses owned by Jansma earned more than $240,000 during her involvement in Reining. That total placed her among the top 100 owners in NRHA history.



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