The 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Continues with Day Three of Exciting Competition

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The 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Continues with Day Three of Exciting Competition

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 28, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held its third day of competition on Saturday and included the first go, second section of the more than $500,000 added Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Limited Open and Rookie Professional riders.

The Open Futurity:

Even though the weather conditions were icy cold around Oklahoma City, the arena action was hot at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity! Silver Spurs Equine had a reason to celebrate as both of their horses posted the two top scores of the day. Brian Bell and sorrel stallion Ruf Lil Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Dunit A Lil Ruf x Lil Ruf Peppy) received a score of 224.5 followed by Andrea Fappani with another sorrel stallion, Smart Shiners Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines x Shining Spark), marking 223.

The third highest score of the day came early in the morning when Franco Bertolani rode sorrel stallion Inferno Sixty Six (Gunnatrashya x Snip O Gun x One Gun) to a score of 222 for owner Slide or Die LLC. Equaling the 222 was Jordan Larson with sorrel stallion Gunstep (Wimpys Little Step x Snow Gun x Colonels Smoking Gun) owned by Equine Plus.

The Adequan North American Affiliate Championships:

The Adequan Championship Arena hosted the ancillary classes including the Adequan NAAC Limited Open and the Adquean NAAC Rookie Professional. Derek Heitland and Steppin Little Lena (owner Mary A. Jansma) rode to a score of 212 taking the win in the NAAC Limited Open. Michael P. Cross and Wimpys My Commander (owner Martha H. Moore) topped the NAAC Rookie Professional class with 213.5. Winning the Limited Open class was Wilfred Bosscha aboard Chips Dun Right (owner Frederick R. Christen) scoring 216. Daphne Avalon Thompson rode King Of The Coast (owner Sleipner LLC) to a score of 214.5 winning the Rookie Professional class.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Live Score & Webcast: http://nrhafuturity.com/live

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.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
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Announce the Limited Non Pro Champions

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The North American Affiliate Championships at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announce the Limited Non Pro Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 27, 2015 - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champion crowned at this year’s North American Affiliate Championships.

Meet Reed Kyle who won the Limited Non Pro Championship aboard Zins Smart Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Smart Rowdy Lady x Smart Chic Olena), a 6-year-old gelding owned by his mother, Tamra Kyle.

The 24-year-old rider, who qualified at the Southwest Affiliate Regional Championship, was thrilled with his win. “This has been a great show so far, it started really well, and ‘Wrangler’ has been wonderful for me,” said Reed following the rich awards presentation. “On top of qualifying for the finals here, we also showed at the NRBC and at the NRHA Derby. I’ve had him since the beginning of this year, even though we’ve known him since he was born as he was actually bred (by Patricia Moore) and raised at our place. We knew how good minded he was – and we ended up getting him. He’s such a good hearted and honest horse and I’m so proud of him!”

Reed is no stranger to the reining world having grown up with his dad, NRHA Professional Pete Kyle. “I grew up on the ranch but it wasn’t until my mid-teens that I got hooked. This past year, since dad has been very busy with AQHA, I’ve been riding with Carol and Steve Metcalf and they’ve really helped me with this horse. It’s been a lot of fun!”

Along with the title, Reed took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, a Platinum Performance product, a pair of Anderson Bean Boots, an Adequan product, a $150 SmartPak Gift Card, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Tying for the Reserve Champion was Holly Valerio, riding Soula Dualla, and Paige Barton riding Diamond Oak.

Paige and her 6-year-old gelding by Like A Diamond and out of Jr Colored Oak (by Docs Oak) had set the pace early in the draw by scoring a 212. “Two months ago I went to the Vegas show and my horse was running off with me…after handing the reins over to my trainer, Martin Padilla, things changed and here we are,” said the enthused 17-year-old who qualified at the West Coast Reining Horse Association Affiliate Regional Circuit. “I’ve had my horse since February this year and I fell in love with him. I didn’t think we would qualify for the finals but after our first show, where we were third, we started winning and here we are! This is great and I love my buckle!”

Holly, who qualified at the West Coast Reining Horse Association circuit, and her Soula Dualla (Soule Jule Star x Prittie Gallitia x Gallo Del Cielo), also a 6-year-old gelding, equaled Paige’s score.  “I have a very good horse and an awesome trainer, Mack Weaver, who actually found Soula Dualla for me. Today was a great start to my show since I will also be showing in the Novice Horse Level 2 and in the Rookie of the Year!” said Holly. “It’s really difficult to qualify so I am super happy to be here in OKC.”

For the reserve championship the riders were awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

For more information about the North American Affiliate Championships and the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Live Score & Webcast: http://nrhafuturity.com/live

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.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
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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NRHA Futurity Slides into Day Two

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NRHA Futurity Slides into Day Two

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 27, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held its second day of competition on Friday including the first go, second section of more than $500,000 added Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Limited Non Pro riders.

Second day of the competition went well for Todd A. Bergen, who rode the sorrel gelding Redd Snapper (Master Snapper x A Ruf Mistress x Lil Ruf Peppy) for owner Tony Grover to a score of 222. Following the lead was Shawn Flarida with palomino stallion ARC Trashin Yer Chic (Gunnatrashya x Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step) running to a score of 220.5 for Arcese Quarter Horses USA. Sebastian Petroll and Jeweled Out Gun (Hes A Loaded Gun x Dun It With Jewels x Hollywood Dun It), a stallion owned by Mary A. Jansma, received the third highest score of the day, 219.5.

In the Adequan Championship Arena, there was a long going battle in the NAAC Limited Non Pro and Limited Non Pro classes. Over one hundred non pro riders competed in their respected categories to claim the title. At the end of the day, Reed Kyle piloted Zins Smart Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Smart Rowdy Lady x Smart Chic Olena) to the winning score of 212.5 taking the win in both classes. Zins Smart Wrangler is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Reed’s mother Tamra Kyle.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.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
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Announces the Open and Intermediate Open Champions

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The North American Affiliate Championships at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Open and Intermediate Open Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 26, 2015 - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s North American Affiliate Championships.

Meet Mark J. Rafacz and Better Not Rest (Custom Crome x Rest Stop x Topsail Cody) and Matthew Noel Palmer riding Smart Chic Katie (Gunner x Tinky Chex Chic x Smart Chic Olena) who tied to win the 2015 NAAC Open with a 218.

Better Not Rest, a 15-year-old gelding aka ‘Jay’, owned by Mark J Rafacz, has won over $81,000 in NRHA competition and holds a very special place in the Rafacz family’s heart. “This is a pretty special horse,” says the NRHA Professional from Citra, FL . “He was trained by Shawn Flarida as a 3 year old and we bought him when he was 5 for a customer of ours. He stayed in our barn for a better part of three years and was then sold to Mexico for the World Equestrian Games. At the 2014 NRHA Derby we bought him back for other customers of ours with the understanding that when they were done with him we would buy him back and that he would live out his days at our barn. Both Shannon, my wife, and I have been riding him and we’ve both qualified him! Today he was very good for me, warmed up well and showed well except for an under spin. He holds a special place in our heart, he’s talented, he likes his job and he always gives 110% every time, no matter what you ask him to do! Our daughter, Madison, also rides him and was fifth on him at the Congress this year. Like I said, he’s special!”

Smart Chic Katie is a 4-year-old mare owned by Mark Hurd who has won $12,582 LTE. Hurd purchased her at the NRHA Futurity as a 3 year old. “I showed her last year as a 4 year old and, if she did not drag a lead after a lead change, she would have won every time,” says the NRHA Professional from Elver, PA. “I got a lot of help from my mentor, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rocky Dare, and also from Dean Brown. After their help working on this, it’s been like a bull running downhill! We won the North East Affiliate Championship and I truly need to thank the owner Mark and my mom, Joan, for always pushing me to never give up. I must admit it’s been a lesson well learnt in my life. This is the coolest looking mare who has been competing against a lot of stallions and geldings. For her to be a mare and step up to this level says how powerful she is. The plan is now to show her at a lot of derbies next year.”

Tying for third place with a 214.5 score were Sterling Slemp from Sturgeon, MO, riding Sheza Little Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Aleck Lena x Smart Little Aleck), owned by Barbara Matteson, and Shane Allen Brown riding Hollywood Golden Gun (Gunner x Docs Dunnit Bar x Hollywood Dun It) for Glo L Tazi.

Randall Dooleyand Oscar Party are the NAAC Intermediate Open Champions

Winning the Intermediate Open NAAC Championship with a 215.5 were Randall Dooley and Oscar Party (Hollywoodtinseltown x Calatrava x Bar Money Sunny), a 4-year-old gelding owned by Gail Klapper.

“I’ve had this horse, bred by his owners, ever since he was a two year old and I just love him,” says the NRHA Professional from Elbert, CO. “During the year I took him to smaller shows where he always did well, earned 62 affiliate points and won $6,252. Winning the Intermediate Open Championship here with him is pretty special. He’s always trying to please you so he truly deserves this title!”

Second place honors went to Sterling Slemp from Sturgeon, MO, riding Sheza Little Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Aleck Lena x Smart Little Aleck), owned by Barbara Matteson. The pair alsotied for third place in the NAAC Open.

Derek Heitland from Ackley, Iowa, and Miss Sugar Gunnit (Sugar Chics Gunnit x Blackburns Tailwind x Mr Blackburn 932) owned by Mary Jansma placed third after posting a 213.5.

For more information about the North American Affiliate Championships and the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.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
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Begins

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The 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Begins

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 26, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held its first day of competition on Thursday including the first go, first section of more than $500,000 added Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for open riders.

The highest score of today’s section came earlier in the day when NRHA Professional Thiago Boechat rode a bay stallion Xtra Voodoo Doc owned by Roger D. Parks to a score of 220.5. Boechat reached the top score of the day only two runs after another NRHA Professional Matt Mills scored a 219.5 with a sorrel stallion Shooting For Chics for owner Kalicia B. Walters. The third highest score came at the end of the day when Billy G. Williams received 218.5 with his own sorrel stallion Gunnafoolya.

In addition to the first go of the NRHA Futurity, the North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) classes kicked off in the Adequan Championship Arena. There was a two-way tie in the NAAC Open class between Mark J. Rafacz with Better Not Rest (owner Mark Rafacz) and Matthew Noel Palmer with Smart Chic Katie (owner Mark Hurd), who both scored 218. The NAAC Intermediate Open Champion title went to Randall E. Dooley with Oscar Party (owner Gail H. Klapper) and a score of 215.5.

In the ancillary classes, again Mathew Palmer took the win with Smart Chic Katie in the Open class and Randall Dooley with Oscar Party topped the Intermediate Open class. Mathew Palmer and Smart Chic Katie also won the USA Reining Open class.

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.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
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show – The stage is set!

The 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show – The stage is set!

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 26, 2015 – The 50th Running of the 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show is scheduled to take place November 26 – December 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Exhibitors will vie for estimated total cash, purse and prizes of more than $2 million, and this year NRHA is proud to celebrate crowning the 50th Open Futurity Champion this December!

The Futurity – Eight countries will be represented in the competition open to 3-year-old horses!

A total of 453 Open horses are entered with a total of 515 total entries spread across four (4) levels of competition. On Thursday at 8 AM, the NRHA Open Futurity first go-round, Section 1, will open the 50th edition of the world’s most sought after western competition.

In the Non Pro division, 190 horses are entered with 638 total entries spread across the four (4) levels of competition and youth. The first go-round, Section 1, of the Non Pro Futurity will take place on Monday 30.

The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC)

In addition to the exciting Non Pro and Open Finals, NRHA will host the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC).  NRHA members compete all year long to earn their chance to come to Oklahoma City and compete in the finals. Adequan® NAAC competitors include youth 13 and younger, youth 14 through 18, Non Pro, and Open divisions. These competitors are all competing for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Activities
In addition to all the exciting action, NRHA has put together a host of awesome activities to celebrate NRHA and this tremendous milestone. Check out some of the highlights about this year’s Futurity:

  • Open invitation visits to NRHA’s new international headquarters located at 3021 West Reno Ave, on the south side of State Fair Park;
  • New exhibitor coverage at the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships will put a new light on all these champions;
  • A celebration starting at 5:30 on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion includes a special presentation recognizing the first 49 years of champions, showcasing how the history is driving the future and ending the evening with a concert;
  • The NRHA/Markel Sale continues to grow! NRHA is up in consignment numbers from last year. The Marketplace Sale is December 3, Futurity Prospect Sale is December 4 and the Select Yearling Sale is December 5;
  • New for this year, Section 201 is reserved for media to allow all media partners and local news sources a place to get the best shot from the Coliseum.
  • One of reining’s own will join us Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 to give honors to how this awesome sport got its start.  Come early and watch Clark Bradley show the audience the way the sport began by setting the pattern for both the Cinch Non Pro and Lucas Oil Open Level 4 Finals.

 

photo by chad harmon

photo by chad harmon

Come see America’s favorite pony horse!
This was a very special year for the horse industry. Not only did American Pharoah win the Triple Crown, he also took the Breeder’s Cup Classic, something many will never see again.

In addition to American Pharoah’s class and athleticism, his personality is what made everyone fall in love with his pony horse, Smokey. But to reiners, Smokey is a reining American Quarter Horse known as This Whiz Shines. In celebration of the sport of reining and all these wonderful horse industry milestones that have been accomplished this year, Smokey will be here as NRHA’s guest of honor in the Super Barn December 3-5! Come see him and enjoy watching some world class reining while in town.

Spectators are encouraged to start making plans now to come to Oklahoma City to watch the thrilling action and witness who will take home a check worth at least $150,000 in the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open and the title of NRHA Open Futurity Champion!

More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show:

  • Reservations can be made at nrhafuturity.com/hotels
  • Purchase box and general admission tickets at nrhafuturity.com/tickets
  • Download the latest schedule at nrhafuturity.com/schedule

The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want anyone in Oklahoma City, North America, or the entire world to miss!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View.

Follow the event Live Score and Webcast: http://nrhafuturity.com/live

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IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity: The Open and Non Pro Futurity finalists are determined

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity:

The Open and Non Pro Futurity finalists are determined

Cremona, 18 November – Provided by Simona Diale – The finalists in both the Non Pro and Open divisions of the IRHA Futurity are now determined. The Non Pro division is run in a qualifying go-round and seeded finals. Riders have a chance of ‘making it back’ through the Consolation which was held yesterday.

Pierluigi Fabbri & GFC Surprise For Me

Pierluigi Fabbri & GFC Surprise For Me

The Open finalists are determined by the composite score obtained in the two go-rounds and seeded finals. Tying to lead the highest composite score in the Level 4 and 3 divisions were Pierluigi Fabbri and Piero Pollarini’s stallion GFC Surprise For Me (Dualin For Me x ARC Surprise On Stage) and Pierluigi Chioldo riding Saturdaynigh Mizzen (Saturdaynight Custom x Westcoast Mizzen), owned and bred by Ambrosini Quarter Horses Asp.

“This stallion is really consistent, and he proved it by scoring a 218.5 in both the qualifiers,” claimed Fabbri. “I know him really well, since I’ve been riding him for over a year, and we get along really well.”

Pierluigi Chioldo & Saturdaynigh Mizzen

Pierluigi Chioldo & Saturdaynigh Mizzen

Leading the Level 2 division are Mirko Midili and RS Moon Feo Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x RS Red Moon Olena), owned and bred by Claudio Risso. The duo closed with a composite score of 431.5.

In the Level 1 division, Lorenzo De Simone and Sabrina Schneiter’s The Stain Of Hancock (Docs Tivio Hancock x Smart Bar Betty), closed with the highest composite score, a 420.5.

Earning the AIQH (Italian Quarter Horse Association) Open Futurity championship was Alberto Villani riding Surprise Me Jaba (RS Little Red Jaba x ARC One Tuff Heroine) owned by Az. Agr. Gi Elle. Reserve honors were for Andrea Bonadomane aboard Maurizio Ferrarol’s Please Have A King (Let Me Out Please x Dry Peppy King).

During the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity, also offered is the 4-year-old Futurity, the IRHA Championship finals and a full-slate of NRHA approved classes.

For futher information: www.futurity.it

Complete results: www.showmanager.eu

Photos: please credit Andrea Bonaga

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2016 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees and Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Named

2016 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees and Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Named 

After careful consideration, the NRHA Hall of Fame Committee presented their recommendations for 2016 NRHA Hall of Fame induction and the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipients to the NRHA Board of Directors.

The Board approved the following for the Hall of Fame.

In the People category, Don Motsenbocker of the Action Saddle Company was approved for induction.  As NRHA’s first sponsor, Motsenbocker and the Action Company set the stage for the young association to further attract other supporters leading to the stable of NRHA Corporate Partners we enjoy today.  They remained sponsors for twenty years. The face of NRHA was forever changed through their involvement.

In the Horse category the NRHA Board approved three horses for induction in 2016. 

Ebony Shines, a 1999 palomino Quarter Horse mare by Shining Spark and out of Ebony Whiz, is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg, of Aubrey, Texas and Great Britain.  Bred by Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc., Ebony Shines had a productive show career during which she accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $25,399, which included the 2004 NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Reserve Champion and Limited Open Champion titles with Jerry Fowler riding.  In the breeding shed Ebony Shines has been profoundly successful with 10 money earners accounting for $695,794 in offspring earnings.

Magnum Chic Dream, a 1996 sorrel Quarter Horse stallion, owned by Viola Scott, Sherman, Texas, was bred by Guy Du Ponchel of France. By Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee by Topsail Cody he enjoyed a successful show career earning $44,294 with show highlights including the 1999 NRHA Futurity Limited Open Reserve championship, 2000 NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Co-Reserve championship with Patti Brownshadel and the 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion title with NRHA Professional Casey Hinton at the reins. After retiring to the breeding shed the Three Million Dollar Sire’s offspring have earned over $3,335,780. 

Princess In Diamonds, owned by Clinton Anderson of Downunder Horsemanship fame, is a 1996 buckskin Quarter Horse mare by Shining Spark and out of Eyed Be A Princess. Bred by Gay Lynn Owens, Princess In Diamonds enjoyed a lucrative show career with LTE of $76,976, highlighted by a 2001 NRHA Futurity Open fourth place finish with Todd Crawford in the pilot’s seat.

Retired to the breeding shed, Princess In Diamonds’s offspring have gone on to earn over $702,590 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) to date!

Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Sharon Barr is currently the NRHA Reiner’s Advertising Manager.  Sharon has been with the NRHA Reiner since its inception and the Reiner’s first issue in March 1980.  Along with Hall of Fame inductee Pat Feuerstein, she reigned over the magazine’s content and publication for many years.  Through thick and thin, Barr has seen many changes through the years and remains Advertising Manager today.

Mehl Lawson, Bonita, California, is a much heralded and exceptionally-gifted artist, Lawson is the creator of one of NRHA’s most highly-prized and sought after trophies.  To NRHA members it is known simply as the Lawson.  Lawson creates western sculpture that reflects his ongoing love of horses and the relationship between horses and their riders.

Each of these award earners have made their mark on the National Reining Horse Association and the sport of Reining.  NRHA is proud to recognize these people and horses who have made significant and unselfish contributions through their good works, dedication, service and example.  Please join us in January to honor them at the Awards’ Banquet.

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NRHA/IRHA Futurity 3 yrs old Open: the go-rounds leaders

Untitled1Futurity 3 yrs old Open: the go-rounds leaders

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The results of the Futurity Non Pro 3 yo go-round are visible at: http://www.showmanager.info/Result.aspx?eventID=7474&turnierID=450&klassenID=0&status=3

After the exciting first go-round of the NRHA/IRHA Futurity 3 year-olds held last Sunday with 95 pairs competing, Cremona yesterday, 17 November, hosted the second eliminatory round of the “Big Futurity”. Two Italian riders sharing the same Christian name, Pierluigi, led the field in levels 4 and 3.

Pierluigi Fabbri showed the stallion Gfc Surprise For Me (by Dualin For Me x ARC Surprise On Stage) owned by Piero Pollarini and bred by Laura Cresci, while Pierluigi Chioldo was riding Saturdaynight Mizzen, a gelding by Saturdaynight Custom out of Westcoast Mizzen, bred and owned by Ambrosini Qh. In the first go-round Fabbri was placed first at level 3 and third at level 4 and demonstrated an impressive steadiness by repeating his score of 218.5 in the second go to reach a total of 437. Chioldo, on the other hand, considerably increased the pace of his performance, allowing the pair to attain the prestigious pole position for the final next Saturday with a more than excellent 221.5, posting the top score of the event so far, and boosting the “modest” 215.5 of his first go (which had earned the pair second place at level 3 but only tenth at level 4) to reach the ex aequo best composite score. «I’ve been riding this great horse for over a year now and I feel him increasingly ‘mine’», commented Chioldo. «We castrated him recently because we were slightly unsure and didn’t want to run any unnecessary risks, though he’s capable of getting credits in all his manoeuvres. In the first go-round he was a little bit “fresh”, although I think we started right away with a good ride; in the second one, he was decidedly more focused. He will rest two days before the Final then we’ll just try out a couple of things… As in training, I will be looking for regularity; I don’t think that with a three-year-old you should expect explosive manoeuvres every day: you move forward step by step».

As for Pierluigi Fabbri, whose Futurity this year is particularly demanding, not only because he is getting very little sleep, but also because he is following 15 horses and an undisclosed number of non-pro riders, he said of his partner in the show pen: «I consider him extremely reliable, as shown by the two go-rounds in which we obtained an identical score while doing a completely relaxed run… And I think I can draw out the best from him in the final. I know this horse well; I started to ride him in September last year. At the start, there were a few problems because he was very small but at the same time, he possessed a strong physique: you could say that more than galloping over the ground, he rolled! But as he grew I knew I could build him according to my way of thinking, and we get on really well».

The two leaders of level 4 after the first go-round, the famous Austrian professional Rudi Kronsteiner with Desire Big Chex (stallion by Big Chex To Cash x Topsails Desire bred by Carlo Orsi and owned by Franz Josef Braidt), and the Belgian rider stationed in Italy, Ann Fonck with Roosters Attitude, a magnificent gelding bred at 23 QH and son of Ricochet Rooster and Jackie Cody Pine, now stand respectively in third and fifth positions at level 4.

It would be surprising if there were no horse bred by Claudio Risso among the leaders at the Futurity, and this time we have RS Moon Feo Jac, a stallion by RS Great Jac Feona whose mum is RS Red Moon Olena. Undoubtedly, the first thought that comes to mind is that the RS horses born in 2012 have quite “predictable” names as they mix parts of the names of both dam and sire, whereas normally Claudio Risso shows a certain flair when sending in the registration application. «That year I had no young boys or girls at the stable; they’re the ones whom I usually ask for suggestions when naming the foals as thanks to their youth they have a certain imagination and enthusiasm that you lose over time. But you’ll see the names we’ve given to the 2016 prospects, as well as those born in 2014 and 2015…». The young trainer from Roberta’s Stable, Mirko Midili took RS Moon Feo Jac to the top of level 2 after the go-rounds, improving on the pair’s first score by a full three full points to reach a composite score of 431.5. This score assured the pair a three-point lead over Francesco Barbagli and Splitting Memories, a stallion owned by the rider himself and by Spat Split And White out of Surprise Bad Girl, both excellent examples of the breeding stock at Le Colombare QH. Mirko’s passion for reining goes back to his earliest days when he watched his father competing in this disciplne, but he himself previously competed in barrel racing. Mirko reveals: «We got our timing wrong when entering the warm-up pen, so I just made a couple of circles on the right rein and a couple on the left and then we went in, but it worked! I think I’ll do the same for the final, just having a short warm-up, no more than twenty minutes… and see what happens!». Started by Gianni Moretti, RS Moon Feo Jac passed between the reins of Mirko at the end of his second year: «He quickly proved to have great stops and has always been easy to train», concludes the rider. «I think this is a really great horse for the Open».

Open Futurity 3 year-olds level 1 leader after the eliminatory go-rounds, thanks especially to the score in the first go, is Lorenzo De Simone, riding the gelding The Stain Of Hancock owned by Sabrina Schneiter (420.5). The horse, was raised by De Simone himself, who bought him when he was only six months old; he is the son of Docs Tivio Hancock and Smart Bar Betty. «He’s a really good horse, especially strong in his spins and stops, even though I still cannot fully express his potential on the circles», explained Lorenzo, who recalls with disarming honesty the periods of uncertainty and difficulty they went through during the training. «But in the end we did it!». De Simone thanks Anna Marta, Guglielmo Fontana and Andrea Parolari who, he says, «gave me the energy to get here… with a fun group on WhatsApp with the self-explanatory name of ‘Let’s pray for Lorenzo’». In second place behind De Simone and The Stain Of Hancock, is a rider who has already garnered satisfaction in this 2015 Futurity, German Stephan Rohde, who put together the second best score in the 4 year-olds Open Futurity Levels 2 and 1 with Nicos Custom Gunner owned by Isabeau Riemann. Belonging to the same owner is Spinderellas Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Custom Spinderella), a female bred in the US by Steve Simon and now also placed after the preliminaries of the Futurity reserved for three-year-olds.

Lastly, Surprise Me Jaba ridden by Alberto Villani and owned by the Azienda Agricola Gielle is leading the AIQH Futurity. This mare, by RS Little Red Jaba, aka Jabalino, out of ARC One Tuff Heroine was bred by Giovanni Serblin, an Italian non-pro, many-times Non Pro Futurity winner.

IRHA/NRHA Futurity Press Office

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Wimpys Little Step Earns Eight Million Dollar Sire Status

In less than two short years, Wimpys Little Step has climbed the charts and hit the Six, Seven and now Eight Million Dollar Sire mark with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), only the second stallion to achieve this prestigious title alongside Topsail Whiz. Wimpys Little Step with NRHA’s only Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida had an impressive show record earning more than $185,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). His breeder of record is Hilldale Farm. In the show pen the duo earned such prominent titles as 2002 All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity Champion and the ultimate title of – NRHA Futurity Open Champion.  Following the NRHA Futurity, then owner Mark Schols retired Wimpys Little Step because of the enormous interest in breeding to the attractive palomino stallion.

The palomino stallion is a 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee. Wimpys Little Step is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses LLC in Purcell, Oklahoma, where he currently stands.

Wimpys Little Step’s lucrative breeding career began quickly as his first foal crop saw six NRHA Futurity Level 4 finalists including the NRHA Futurity Champion, Wimpys Little Chic. Wimpys Little Chic is the only horse to ever win the top three major reining events consecutively – the NRHA Futurity, NRBC and NRHA Derby. Wimpys Little Chic is NRHA’s All-Time Leading Money Earner. Wimpys Little Step is also the only stallion to sire two money earners with over $300K, Wimpys Little Chic and RC Fancy Step.

Wimpys Little Step’s top money earners include Wimpys Little Chic with $514,755 LTE; RC Fancy Step, LTE $364,464; Wimpyneedsacocktail, LTE $280,379; Wimpys Little Buddy, $271,078 and CFR Centenario Wimpy, LTE $172,234.

In total Wimpys Little Step’s progeny have earned $8,068,615.

 

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