Topsail Whiz Becomes NRHA’s First Ten Million Dollar Sire

By Hayley Lewallen – No stranger to setting new records Topsail Whiz officially became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) first Ten Million Dollar Sire. The late Topsail Whiz soared to uncharted territory when he became NRHA’s first Six Million Dollar Sire in 2009 and continued to surpass others by achieving the first Seven Million Dollar Sire status in 2010, Eight Million Dollar Sire status in 2011, and Nine Million Dollar Sire status in 2012.

Topsail Whiz by John Brasseaux

Topsail Whiz by John Brasseaux

The 1987 stallion is by Topsail Cody, an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar (by Cee Red). His sire, Topsail Cody, was a 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee, and in 2003 Topsail Whiz also was inducted to the NRHA Hall of Fame. Topsail Whiz, who was owned by Bob Loomis Quarter Horses, sired four NRHA Million Dollar Stallions (Conquistador Whiz, West Coast Whiz, Whizard Jac, and Whiz N Tag Chex).

His top earning progeny include:

  • The Great Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Pines BH by Great Pine): $256,400 NRHA LTE, owned by Lance Griffin; 2003 Canadian Reining Breeders Classic Futurity Open Champion and NRHA Futurity Open Champion, 2004 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open Reserve Champion and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2005 NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2006 NRBC Open finalist
  • Easy Otie Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Miss Poco Easy by My Lucero): $233,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Bobbie Cook/Outwest Stallion Station, LLC; 2002 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2004 NRHA Derby Non Pro finalist and Intermediate Non Pro Champion, 2005 NRBC Open finalist and Intermediate Open Champion, 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games Team USA Gold Medalist
  • Whizkey N Diamonds (Topsail Whiz x Princess In Diamonds by Shining Spark): $216,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Rhodes River Ranch/CDR Farms; 2009 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Level (L) 4 Open Champion, All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, and NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRBC L4 Open finalist, NRHA Derby L4 Open Reserve Champion and NRHA Futurity Show $100,000-added World Champion Shootout Reserve Champion, 2012 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion
  • Smoking Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Glendas A Smokingun by Gunner): $197,100 NRHA LTE, owned by Silver Spurs Equine; 2010 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity L4, L3, L2 Open Champion and NRHA Futurity L4, L3 and, L2 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC L4 Open finalist, NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L4 finalist and NRHA Futurity Show $75,000-added World Champion Shootout Reserve Co-Champion
  • Walla Walla Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda by Shining Spark): $187,800 NRHA LTE, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist and NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2007 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open Champion, 2008 NRBC finalist

Photo by John Brasseaux

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Go With the Gold

Horse Owners Can Win a Trip to Las Vegas
and a Premier Equine Event!

Go With The Gold, a sweepstakes program offered by Merial, Ltd., is launching this month in equine retail stores across the country, giving horse owners the opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas and attend one of two premier equine events.

Purchasers of ZIMECTERIN® Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel) can enter the drawing via a code provided at checkout. Customers can also enter by texting GOLD to 38470. They’ll receive a link to a video to watch on their phone, after which a sweepstakes entry code will be provided.

The contest runs through September 30, 2014, and the winner will be announced in October. The winner gets a choice of one of two equestrian events to attend; the prize package includes airfare, hotel accommodations, event tickets and spending money. Complete contest rules can be found at www.RethinkDeworming.com/Go, a site that also has information about strategic deworming.

“We know Las Vegas is home to equine events showcasing world-class athletes, both the equine and human variety,” says Beckie Peskin, senior equine brand manager, Merial. “One thing all horses have in common, whether they are highly competitive or are simply the faithful family steed, is the need to be on a strategic deworming program.”Merial

For horse owners to get the most out of deworming products, they should abandon the long-time habit of simply rotating them and treating every horse the same, a concept that originated more than four decades ago.1 “Based on scientific evidence, we now know there is a more effective way to manage parasites,” says Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MS, manager, Merial Large Animal Veterinary Services.

That parasite management strategy starts with fecal egg counts to identify high, moderate and low shedders. Based on that information, individual treatment plans can be developed. Following treatment, Fecal Egg Count Reduction Tests are used to help determine whether or not specific products are effective against the parasites present on a particular farm.

“Another important component of an effective deworming strategy is to incorporate a product with praziquantel, which specifically controls tapeworms,”* adds Cheramie. Praziquantel is found in ZIMECTERIN Gold. Although there are generic ivermectin dewormers, there are no generics that contain praziquantel to control tapeworms.

For more information about strategic deworming and the Go With The Gold sweepstakes, visit www.RethinkDeworming.com.

*Anoplocephala perfoliata

About ZIMECTERIN Gold
ZIMECTERIN Gold combines ivermectin, a leading ingredient that controls a wide variety of parasites, and praziquantel, an ingredient that specifically controls tapeworms. Together, they provide excellent equine parasite control. ZIMECTERIN Gold is approved to control more species and stages of equine parasites than any other brand, including benzimidazole-resistant small strongyles.2 It controls 47 species and stages of equine parasites in all.2,3

Important Safety Information
Warning: Not for use in humans. Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children. In horses, there have been rare reports of swelling and irritation of the mouth, lips and tongue following administration of ZIMECTERIN Gold. These reactions have been transitory in nature. Do not use in other animal species as severe adverse reactions, including fatalities in dogs, may result.

1Kaplan RM. These ain’t your father’s parasites: Dewormer Resistance and New Strategies for Parasite Control in Horses. Proceedings of the Florida Equine Institute and Allied Trade Show. 2009:1-8.
2Based on data provided on the ZIMECTERIN Gold label.
3Based on data provided in the FDA Freedom of Information summaries.

®ZIMECTERIN is a registered trademark of Merial. ©2014 Merial Limited, Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIZIM1405 (04/14)

 

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A Smart Partner for SmartPak

A Smart Partner for SmartPak

Acquisition by Henry Schein Animal Health Helps SmartPak Power Healthy Horses and Happy Riders

PLYMOUTH, MA May 22, 2014 – SmartPak’s SmartPak LogoBoard of Directors has approved a majority investment in SmartPak by Henry Schein Animal Health, a leading companion animal health distribution business. Henry Schein is joined in the investment by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm with experience in the animal health market, with the remainder of ownership continuing to be held by the SmartPak management team.

This transaction brings together two companies focused on creating innovative solutions that support animal health. SmartPak is the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States, and Henry Schein Animal Health is a leading distributor for small and large animal veterinary practices.

“As someone who has spent most of his life serving veterinary professionals, I am very excited to welcome SmartPak to Henry Schein Animal Health,” said Kevin Vasquez, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein Animal Health. “SmartPak and Henry Schein share a strong commitment to supporting animal nutrition and raising awareness of nutrition’s vital impact on overall horse health.”

“Building SmartPak over the past 14 years has been a passion for the entire SmartPak team, so choosing the right partner was a critical decision for us. We decided to partner with Henry Schein Animal Health because of its focus on providing the best products and services for delivering the highest level of quality clinical care to animals,” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s President and Chief Executive Officer, who will be staying on with the company in his current role. “We recognize the essential role of the veterinarian in enhancing the health of horses, and have designed our programs to complement the care that horses require from equine veterinarians. We look forward to bringing these programs to Henry Schein Animal Health’s veterinary customers.”

“SmartPak was built on a foundation of putting horses’ health first, and that won’t ever change,” continued Mr. Gisholt. “I’m excited by the possibilities that this transaction brings for the future. We will continue to deliver the exceptional service that horse owners have come to expect from us and we’ll always stay true to our core values and mission of powering healthy horses and happy riders.”

To learn more about SmartPak, visit https://www.smartpakequine.com/

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

About Henry Schein Animal Health, U.S.Henry Schein Animal Health, based in Dublin, Ohio, is a leading companion animal health distribution company in the United States. The Company employs approximately 900 team members, including 300 field sales representatives and 200 telesales and customer support representatives. Henry Schein, Inc. holds approximately a 75 percent ownership share in Henry Schein Animal Health, U.S. The Ashkin family and certain members of the Henry Schein Animal Health leadership team own the Company’s remaining equity.

With 13 strategically located, state-of-the-art distribution facilities and 10 inside sales centers, the Company maintains a greater than a 99 percent order-fill ratio, accomplishing its mission of providing the right product at the right place and at the right time.

Henry Schein Animal Health partners with over 480 channel suppliers to bring veterinarians the broadest selection of products to companion animal, equine and large animal practices including: dentistry, diagnostics, diets, equipment and supplies, nutraceuticals, orthopedics, parasiticides, pharmaceuticals and more. In addition, the Company helps veterinarians grow their practice with its strategic Business Solutions including AviMark® and ImproMed® Practice Management Software, Henry Schein® Financial Services, Henry Schein® ProRepair®, HRVetResource, Intelligent Inventory, Leadership Intelligence, MyVetDirect.com® Home Delivery, Opperman Manual, Pet I.D. Cards, Privacy Edge Identify Theft Protection, Professional Development Program, VetPressOnline Client Communications, Veterinary Instrumentation®, website development and more. For more information, visit www.henryscheinvet.com.

 

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Italian Derby Finals Results

Giacomo Ronchi & San July Jo Magnetic are the Derby Non Pro L 4 Champions

San July Jo Magnetic & Giacomo Ronchi, L 4 Non Pro Champions

San July Jo Magnetic & Giacomo Ronchi, L 4 Non Pro Champions

Provided by Simona Diale/IRHA – It was all about excitement in Reggio Emilia today where 42 non pro riders battled for the titles in the IRHA/NRHA Non Pro finals.  Claiming the Euro 16,000-added L 4 Non Pro Derby championship was Italian Giacomo Ronchi aboard his San July Jo Magnetic, a 5-year-old mare by Chic Magnetic and out of Broc Olena Jo.  The pair had already left their mark in the pen in 2012 when they won the four levels in the IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Futurity.  Today, the judges awarded the talented pair a 222.5 for the win.  “My mare was great for me today even though I believe she felt the pressure of the show,” said Giacomo who broke and trained his mare himself. “She’s a wonderful athlete and I would like to dedicate this victory to my father who raises dogs and who has been trying to win the Italian Show Dog Derby!”

With a 217.5, Susy Baeck of Belgium took reserve honors riding her 6-year-old gelding, Pop Gun Cash BB (Nu Chex To Cash x Sugar Pop Gun), owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.  “This is the first time that my horse does well for me here in Reggio Emilia since he doesn’t deal well with the confusion of the the fair so I’m happy.  I just wish I had pushed him a bit more!” said Susy.

Exxcaliber & Eric Ranieri Volpe, L 3 - 2 - 1 Non Pro Derby Champions

Exxcaliber & Eric Ranieri Volpe, L 3 – 2 – 1 Non Pro Derby Champions

Winning the Euro8,000-added  L 3, the Euro3,000-added L 2 and Euro1,500-added  L 1 Non Pro Derby was 17-year-old Eric Rainieri Volpe of Italy. Riding his Exxcaliber, a 6-year-old stallion by Mr Snapper and out of Tivios Little Dun It, Eric posted a 217 and also claimed third place honors in the L 4.  “I purchased this horse from his breeder, Roberto Cuoghi, last year and fell in love with him the moment I sat in the saddle,” said Eric following the awards presentation. “I am ecstatic and couldn’t be happier with the way things went.  I would like to thank my trainer, Alessandro Meconi, for his help and assistance.  He is always there for me 24/7!”

Sharing the co-reserve championship in the L 3 were Pietro Paolo Ambrosini aboard AT Andrewood (Ricochet Rooster x ML Greatawood) and Matteo Rondanina riding CF Frozen Smart Jaba (RS Little Red Jaba x Chic Sailor). Rondanina and his mount were also L 2 reserve champions.

In the L1, the reserve championship went to Nadine Kamintzky who scored a 213 riding her Im A Topsail Jae (Im A Topsail Cody x Mattil Jac).

Open Derby Results

The Euro 83,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Open finals attracted a large crowd and the horses and riders showcased the sport of Reining at its best. Making the finals all the more thrilling were the champions:  winning the Euro 32,000-added Derby Level 4 Open were husband and wife team, Ann Poels Fonck and Bernard Fonck, after posting a 228.

The last two combinations to enter the arena in the second section were NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck, and past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann.  Riding Smart N Sparkin for owners 7 Heaven Reining Horses, Bernard burst in the pen to perform NRHA pattern n.9 and it was all about explosive from his first until his last maneuver.  Ann, last to enter, went in with a smile on her face knowing that her husband would in any case be crowned champion, but nonetheless teamed up with Rosanne Sternberg’s talented 6-year-old mare by Smart Spook and out of Ebony Whiz to give the best they had which was… a 228!  The husband and wife team chose not run-off in the best interest of their horses.

“Ebony Spook was just great and I am thrilled,” said Ann about the mare who boasts close to $48,000 in NRHA LTE.  “Being co-champions here with my husband is all about pure love!”
Just as thrilled was Bernard Fonck who gives credit to the athletic ability of his 6-year-old stallion, Smart N Sparking.  “My horse was phenomenal tonight and I cannot thank his owners enough for their continuous trust and support.”

Claiming first place honors in the Derby Open Euro 13,500-added L 3 division with a 220 were Pietro Artinghelli and Impresa Agricola Cuoghi’s Puregold Master.  Bred by Roberto Cuoghi, the flashy stallion is by past NRHA Derby Open Champion, Master Snapper, and out of Tivios Little Dun It.  “I am thrilled with this title and now my wife, Kelly (Zweifel), after the birth of our second son two months ago, Luca, cannot wait to show this horse herself!” said Pietro.  “The best thing about this win is that once again we made it to the winners circle with a horse born and bred by Cuoghi.”

In the Euro 4,000-added L 2 division, young Giovanni ‘Dido’ Masi de Vargas, riding Smart Whiz Delmaso (Easy Otie Whiz x Playin Dress Up)  for owner Stefano Scardina, scored a 219.5, enough to win the L 2 title and to claim reserve honors in the L 3.

Winning the Euro 1,500-added L 1 Open Derby Championship was French rider Ann Sophie Guerriero aboard Chicken Sandwich (Ricochet Rooster x Ms Sandich Whiz) owned by EricDefouilhoux.

The 2014 IRHA/NRHA Derby was held during the Salone del Cavallo in Reggio Emilia.  The event attracted close to 60,000 visitors, over 1,200 horses, close to 1,300 riders and 160 vendors.


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All photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga – available upon request (info@andreabonaga.it)

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NRHA Germany Breeders Derby: Enter your Horses online now!

NRHA Breeders Derby PlakatProvided by Ramona Billing (NRHA Germany) – Enter your horse for the 2014 NRHA Germany Breeders Derby (Kreuth / Germany, June 22-29, 2014) online now. For that, make sure you paid your membership fee and the horse is registered with NRHA Germany, and also that all necessary NRHA licences and NRHA membership cards were given to the NRHA Germany show office already.

Simply go to www.nrha.de, then log in at the ‘Members section’, then click upon ‘My NRHA’ and ‘Enter online.’

Please note the deadline for entries on May 22 – after that date, a late entry fee of € 15/class will have to be charged.

 

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Italian Derby Non Pro Go-Round Results

Tina Kuenstner-Mantl & Jp Elwhiz Lead the Level 4 Non Pro Qualifying Go-Round
Provided by Simona Diale / IRHA – The second day of competition of the Euro83.750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby welcomed 107 entries in the four levels of the non pro division.  Held in a go-round and seeded finals, the Derby is open to 4-5 and 6-year-old horses.  Leading the Level (L) 4 Non Pro division with a score of 218 was past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion, Tina Kuenstner-Mantl, riding Jp Elwhiz (Heza Sure Whiz x Lady Lena Twist x Heza New Twist), owned by Jac Point Quarter Horses. The Austrian rider and her mount won the 2013 NRHA of Germany Non Pro Breeders Futurity.

Only a half a point behind were past Italian RHA Non Pro Futurity champions, San July Magnetic (Chic Magnetic x Broc Olena Jo x Smart Sugar Chic) and Giacomo Ronchi of Italy.

Leading the Level (L) 3 division, after posting a 215.5, are Barbara Janzen and Mc Oleaner, a 5-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion by Mcjac Flash and out of Lean Rem Olena (by Lean With Me). “After travelling 1.400 km to get here, it’s great to be leading the L 3 go/round”, said the German rider who purchased her horse as a yearling and has been training him herself. The pair boast the L 2 Belgium Futurity Non Pro Championship, the L 2 & L 4 German Breeders Futurity Non Pro Championship (2012), the  L 4 German Breeders Futurity Non Pro Co-Championship (2013) and the 2013 NRHA of France Futurity L 4 Non Pro title!

With a score of 214, Pietro Paolo Ambrosini of Italy and AT Andrewood (Ricochet Rooster x ML Greatawood x SR Great Oak), owned by Ambrosini Qh Asd, were second in the L 3 overall standings.

Nadine Kamintkzy (GER) and Ima Topsail Jae (Im A Topsail Cody x Mattil Jac x Mcjac Flash) lead the L 2 and the L 1 divisions with a 214.5 followed – in both levels – by Greta Sordelli (ITA) and her DV Foxy Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Olena Foxy Red x Spat Olena). The latter closed their run with a 214.

The finals of the IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby will be held on Friday.


Ancillary & FEI Action
As the Euro 83,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Open and Non Pro horses take a break before the finals scheduled on Saturday and Friday respectively, the arena in Reggio Emilia today counted over 100 entries in the Novice Horse Open L2 and Novice Horse Non Pro L2 classes.  Winning the first, with a score of 143,  was Ann Poels Fonck riding Alissa Leloux’s Wimpys Short Step BB.  Taking first place honors in the Novice Non Pro, after scoring a 145, was Austrian Tina Kuenstner-Mantl aboard Cashin Rooster owned by Jac Point Qh.

The CRI*** senior competition saw Gennaro Lendi of Italy win the gold riding Piccolo Spanish with a 217.5 for owners Sabatino Qh Srl.   Sliding to the second step of the podium, also from Italy, were Stefano Angelucci and AB Captain Badger. The pair closed their run with a 216.  Third place honors, a point behind, went to Anne Sophie Guerriero of France riding Eric Defouiloux’s Chicken Sandwich.

In the CRI* Junior class, Eric Ranieri Volpi (ITA) rode his Exxcaliber to a 214.5 and first place honors.  “After seeing the FEI European Junior & JR Championships in Manerbio last year, I realized that it would be great to be able represent my country in the championships so, along with my trainer Alessandro Meconi, we decided to give it a try and I am thrilled to have qualified for the Italian Junior Long List!” said an enthused Eric who also made the Non Pro Derby finals with his mount.  Tying for second place, with a 210.5, were Francesco Pedretti – riding El Peppy Gold – and Linda Rebecca Martinelli, with Playgirl On The Rocks between the reins.   The six highest scoring horse-rider combinations will be part of the long list for Team Italy, coached by Filippo Masi.

The top six in the CRI* Young Riders competition  also qualified for the long list in this category. Riccardo Calascibetta (ITA) riding Genuine Secolo and Davide Chiarello (ITA) aboard Super Okie Diamonds tied to win with a 211.5.  Calascibetta started riding with Francesco Martinotti a little over a month ago and gives credit to his trainer for having brought him to this result.  Chiarello is also thrilled considering that Simone Guerra, who owns Peppy Secolo, put the stallion back in training a little over a month ago in order to allow Davide to take part in the qualifying CRI.

Closing the intense day in Reggio Emilia was the NRHA Euro1,250-added Non Pro which saw Susy Baeck of Belgium take the lead riding Pop Gun Cash BB owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck to a 215.5.  Katharina King of Germany rode her Antarismartin to second place with  a 214.5 and Andrea Castrucci, riding Chic N Roost, posted a 210 for third place.

Follow the action live by logging on to :  www.andreabonaga.it
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All photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga – available upon request (info@andreabonaga.it)

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Share Your SmartPak Love

Share Your SmartPak Love

Earn Gift Cards with SmartPak’s New Referral Program

SmartPak LogoFrom SmartPak – PLYMOUTH, MA – May 14, 2014 – Who doesn’t love free money?  SmartPak is excited to introduce a new referral program, with a reward that will make you feel like you hit the lottery! If you want the chance to earn free money to spend at SmartPak, then now is the time to check out the new Refer-A-Friend Program.

The launch of SmartPak’s rider focused Refer-A-Friend program gives current customers the opportunity to earn up to $100 (or more!) to spend at SmartPak. All you have to do is tell your friends to shop with SmartPak. Not only will you be rewarded with a $10 gift card for every new rider you send to SmartPak, your friends will get a nice benefit, too! Any new riders that you introduce to SmartPak will receive a special discount on their first order.

“We wanted to find a way to thank our loyal customers,” said Donnie Steele, SmartPak’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We know that if you love our products, then your friends will too. As a company full of horse people, we love having the opportunity to meet others riders like ourselves, who share the same passions as we do – healthy horses and happy riders.”

Getting involved in SmartPak’s Refer-A-Friend program is easy, just visit www.SmartPak.com/refer-a-friend and enter your friend’s e-mail addresses and a customized message just for them. When friends make a purchase, you will get $10. The more friends you refer, the more money you earn, and there’s no upper limit! The possibilities of what you can buy are endless as the credits can be used towards supplements, tack, apparel and more.

To learn more about all that SmartPak has to offer, visit www.SmartPak.com or call 1-888-752-5171.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States.  SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Excellent” rating from STELLAService.  A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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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IRHA/NRHA Derby Kicks Off

2014 IRHA DERBY LOGO
2014 IRHA/NRHA Derby – 13-17 May, Reggio Emilia, Italy
The 83,750 Euro-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Kicks Off
Husband and Wife Fonck Team Lead the Open Derby Go-Round

Provided by Simona Diale / IRHA - Over 400 horses are in Reggio Emilia, Italy, for the 2014 edition of the Italian RHA/NRHA Derby.  Run in a qualifying go-round and seeded finals, the Derby is open to 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses. Today 125 horse-rider combinations made their way in the pen vying for a spot in the Open finals to be held on Saturday, May 17.

Leading the 32,000 Euro-added Level (L) 4 go-round, after posting a 224, was Ann Poels Fonck riding Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz x Topsail Whiz) for NRHA Million Dollar Owner, Rosanne Sternberg.  A half a point behind, Bernard Fonck placed two of his mounts in second place:  Smart N Sparkin (Smart Chic Olena x Setting Off Sparks x Shining Spark) for 7 Heaven Reining Horses, and Wimpys Snow Step (Wimpys Little Step x Snow Gun x Gunner) for 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S.

Pietro Artinghelli of Italy, riding Puregold Master (Master Snapper x Tivios Little Dun It x Hollywood Dun It) for Impresa Agricola Cuoghi, scored a 220.5 to lead the Euro13.500,00-addedLevel (L) 3 Open go-round.  Nina Lill and Forevergun (One Gun x Es Sweet Little Gun x RR Star), owned by Franz Jaksche, closed their run with a 219.5 and took second place honors.

In the Euro4.000,00-added Level (L) 2, French rider based in Italy, Arnaud Girinon, and Italian rider Marco Manzi took the lead with a 216.5.  Girinon rode Custom Spinner (Custom Crome x Roxys Spinning Top x Topsail Cody) for Cinzia Pagani – Manzi rode Jokin Whiz (Who Whiz It x Jokin Peppy x Hangten Peppy) for Iadanza-Bigicchi.


Two riders posted the highest score – a 214 – in the Euro1.500,00-added Level (L) 1:  Belgian Tiara Van Dongen aboard Shiney Tinseltown (Smart And Shiney x Dun It In Tinseltown x Hollywood Dun It), owned by Katarzyna Roleska, and Francesco Marchegiani riding his CF Skyp Jaba Flash (Little Red Jaba x Nak Jac Flash x Mcjac Flash). Tomorrow the qualifying go-round of the IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby will start the day with 110 riders running for a spot in the finals which will be held this coming Friday.

Ancillary & FEI Action
A full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes are offered during the Derby which is being held at the Reggio Emilia Fairgrounds during the ‘Salone del Cavallo’, in Reggio Emilia.  On Thursday, spectators will also be able to follow the FEI competition which will see the senior riders show in the CRI*** and the junior and young riders show in the CRI*.

Follow the action live by logging on to :  www.andreabonaga.it
Follow the live score on:  www.showmanager.eu
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All photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga – available upon request (info@andreabonaga.it)

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2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress Judges Announced

From OQHA – Ohio Quarter Horse Association is proud to announce the final judge selections for the 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress.

    AQHA/NRHA:
  • Marilyn Randall
  • Ed Cridge
  • Dean Latimer
  • Bub Poplin
  • Clint Haverty
  • Carl McCuistion

AQHA: Jon Barry, John Briggs, Brett Clark, Dawn Clason, Bill Coffman, Ed Dingledine, Robin Frid, Karen Graham, Mike Hawkins, Holly Hover, Deborah Kail, John Lawrence, Rhonda Replogle, Dean Ross, Mark Sheridan, Jason Smith, Jennifer Thompson and Carla Wennberg

Roping: Clark Parker and Sally Puzacke

NCHA: Kelly Graham, Josh King and Rick Mowery

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41st IHSA National Championships Numbers Among Best

Excerpt of IHSA News Release – By L.A. Pomeroy – Fairfield, CT – It was all about the numbers at the 41st Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, May 1-4, at the Pennsylvania Farm and Exposition Center in Harrisburg.

IHSA Nationals 2013For AQHA Trophy Western Team champions Ohio State University, and coaches Ollie and Debbie Griffith, it marked OSU’s 10th IHSA national team title and struck a personal chord. Their son, and defending AQHA High Point Rider and NRHA member, Austin Griffith, won the National Reining Horse Association Open Reining title and was Reserve overall in AQHA High Point Rider standings.

“Making double digits has been a long time coming,” coach and NRHA member Griffith said. “This win is the best. Austin told us before the show that he didn’t care about anything except helping win a team title for me and Debbie. It’s a pretty awesome feeling to be here for this and for our family.”

Completing the equation were coaches NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Clark Bradley and Cindy Morehead, whose University of Findlay team rode OSU hard through the points race to finish with the AQHA Trophy reserve championship, and assure that Ohio (home of the American Quarter Horse Congress) would be welcoming both the 2014 AQHA Trophy and Reserve IHSA Western Teams.

“It all fell into place,” said Bradley, whose team had four freshmen. “Our students ride five days a week, which makes a difference.”

“This is my last year, so the only thing I wanted was to help the team win,” said Austin Griffith, grinning, “We got ‘er done.” The OSU senior made his intentions clear from the start, winning the team’s first points on Friday in AQHA Open Reining Pattern.

Reining classes forecast where AQHA Trophy contenders would show their mettle. On Saturday, West Texas A&M University’s ‘Pretty Woman,’ Julia Roberts, showed her sliding power, breaking a tie in the National Reining Horse Association Open Reining Pattern with Ashley Winters (Univ. of Findlay).

Roberts also faced a tie, against Griffith, for AQHA High Point Western Rider. After reviewing rail scores by judges Bob Kail and Lynn Palm, Roberts was named 2014 champion, Griffith reserve. The WTAMU senior, who is graduating with a degree in Equine Industry Business Management, said it was an “amazing” end to her year. “I couldn’t feel more blessed.”

The 2015 IHSA National Championships will be in West Springfield, MA, to host the top 25 college equestrian teams and more than 450 individual collegiate riders. Find full results and more information about IHSA at www.ihsainc.com.

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Photo: Austin Griffith. Photo Credit: Rich Ormanowski

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