NRHA Icon Receives Special Award

National Reining Horse Association Icon Receives Special Award

Colleen_McQuay_TrophyOklahoma City, Okla., January 19, 2016 - National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Inductee, Colleen McQuay, wife of Tim McQuay, was recently awarded the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pegasus awards dinner. Colleen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and has impacted NRHA and the sport of Reining in a positive and profound way. Colleen, joined her husband, Tim, and daughter, Mandy McCutcheon, who preceded her into the elite group of NRHA Hall of Famers. It goes without saying that Colleen’s contributions to the NRHA have been industry changing and her touch is evident in many of today’s shows.

Colleen, in addition to her role in the reining industry, has played an even larger role with USEF having earned numerous USEF championships in the hunter divisions while also competing at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) events. She is a six-time Congress champion, with numerous AQHA World Championships. Over the past 25 years, with the help of her husband, Tim, and other mentors in the hunter business, she has trained both horses and riders to numerous wins and championships.

Colleen has helped to develop some of the top equine events and programs in both the Hunter/Jumper and Reining worlds. She has served on the board of the NRHA in the past, where she was on the Show Standard Committee as well as served on the Executive Board and chaired Event Production Committee for the NRHA Futurity and the NRHA Derby. In the Hunter Jumper world, Colleen served as a founding board member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association.

With a stellar reputation and a long list of credentials, it is clear to see why Colleen McQuay would be awarded the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award. This award is presented to the horseman or horsewoman who personifies the ideals of the current sportsman’s charter through commitment and dedication to the sport. 

 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 Mourns the Loss of Trashadeous

Bill_Horn_Trashadeous_small Oklahoma City, Okla., January 18, 2016 – NRHA is sad to report that NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Trashadeous (Be Aech Enterprise x Miss White Trash) has passed.  Undoubtedly one of the reining horse industry’s most iconic and popular reining horses of all time, his partnership with Hall of Famer and NRHA’s first Million Dollar Rider is one of the most fabled pairings in Reining.  Trash’s athletic ability and charismatic show presence were celebrated by reiners worldwide. To see Bill and Trash perform was a life-changing moment for many reiners and a true union between horse and rider.  Their success in the show pen included the 1990 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion title, 1991 Open Derby Championship, 1992 Lazy E Classic, 1992 NRHA Superstakes, and 1990 USEF Festival of Champions Team Gold Medal.  Trashadeous earned more than $131,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.  Bill and Trash became ambassadors for the sport, appearing and promoting Reining to the International equestrian community at the Olympics and other venues.  They attracted many followers and interest from other equestrian disciplines.

Trashadeous (1)A 1987 foal, the sorrel overo, double registered (AQHA, APHA) stallion sired such standouts as Jumpin Jac Trash, Kiss My Trash, Glendas Smoken Trash and Tari Trash.

NRHA and the sport of Reining will forever be grateful to have had such an iconic pair to represent the best of Reining.  Rest In Peace Trash.

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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FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, is delighted to host the FEI World Reining Championships 2016 and the FEI European Reining Championships  Young & Junior Riders 2016 from August 11-13.

Event Website
Please find all relevant information on www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com, the specially dedicated website will be online from 1st of February.

Special offer for horse transports
The FEI Reining World Championships organization team is able to offer special conditions for horses and passenger transport.

For over 30 years, Lufthansa Cargo is flying show jumpers, dressage, racing and western horses to all major international competitions, in August 2016 also to the FEI World Reining Championships.

Lufthansa Cargo provides the ideal all-round service, from the proper housing in the Frankfurt Animal Lounge, to transportation in special horse containers developed in cooperation with trainers and veterinarians, to care by trained personnel.

As special offer for all horses flying with Lufthansa Cargo via Frankfurt Airport to and from the FEI World Reining Championships 2016, stabling before and after the flight at the Frankfurt Animal Lounge will be free of charge (max. 48 hours).
Please contact the known horse forwarders for bookings mentioning the promotion code
“Reining 2016”. If you are looking for a forwarder contact or in case of any other questions please send an email to horses.lufthansa-cargo@dlh.de.

Special offer for passenger transports
Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offers special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guest as well as employees of the contracting partner and their travel companions of the FEI World Reigning Championships 2016 for travels to the airports Geneva, Zurich and Frankfurt. This offer is valid during the travel period August 4th thru 20th 2016. Flights can be done with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings.

To make a reservation, please click on www.lufthansa.com/event-booking_en and enter the access code CHZZQBO in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.
These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de and providing the access code as a reference.

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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Smart Like Juice NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Smart Like Juice NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

All in the Family

NRHA recognizes and honors Million Dollar Earners in the Sire, Rider, and Owner categories and there is a family/entity who has achieved the much sought after honor in all three categories.  Smart Like Juice, Jose Vazquez and Smart Like Juice Inc. comprise the family of overachievers.  Now we celebrate Smart Like Juice ascending to Three Million Dollar Sire status!  This 1994 son of Smart Little Lena out of Jessies Oak by Docs Oak was bred by NCHA icon Lindy Burch, Weatherford, Texas.  It was good fortune for the sport of Reining when “Juice” was purchased by Justin Zimmerman in 1997 and pointed in the direction of the reining pen.  He was shown in the 1997 NRHA Futurity by NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ken Eppers, finishing seventh.  When ownership passed to Vazquez/Smart Like Juice Inc. the late Ed Fear took the reins and competed very successfully on the new acquisition.  Vazquez also put earnings on the stallion who then went on to the breeding shed having earned $56,096 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings, which at the time was a significant amount!

With offspring earnings of more than $3,179,295, it’s quite evident that he is a prolific sire; passing on his athletic genes and presence in the show pen as well as a disposition that endears his progeny to non pro riders around the world.  His offspring have earned World Championships, major event championships, Gold Medals, Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships and the list goes on.  Smart Like Juice’s highest money-earners include Juiced Up Doc (LTE $183,494), Moonshine Juice ($122,365), Wound By Juice (LTE $112,368), Moonshine N Juice (LTE $95,144) and SLJ Sweet N Juicy (LTE $88,821). Wind Her Up Shiner by Shining Spark is the dam of Moonshine Juice, Wound By Juice and Moonshine N Juice. One would have to deem Smart Like Juice and Wind Her Up Shiner a “Magic Cross.”  It seems that all involved with Juice have been touched by a bit of “Magic.”

Smart Like Juice will spend the 2016 breeding season at Hannagan Farm
s in Gifford, Illinois.

NRHA is extremely gratified and honored to congratulate Smart Like Juice on reaching NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire status.

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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FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, is delighted to host the FEI World Reining Championships 2016 and the FEI European Reining Championships Young & Junior Riders 2016 from August 11-13.
Event Website

Please find all relevant information on www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com, the specially dedicated website will be online from 1st of February.

Special offer for horse transports

The FEI Reining World Championships organization team is able to offer special conditions for horses and passenger transport.

For over 30 years, Lufthansa Cargo is flying show jumpers, dressage, racing and western horses to all major international competitions, in August 2016 also to the FEI World Reining Championships.

Lufthansa Cargo provides the ideal all-round service, from the proper housing in the Frankfurt Animal Lounge, to transportation in special horse containers developed in cooperation with trainers and veterinarians, to care by trained personnel.

As special offer for all horses flying with Lufthansa Cargo via Frankfurt Airport to and from the FEI World Reining Championships 2016, stabling before and after the flight at the Frankfurt Animal Lounge will be free of charge (max. 48 hours).

Please contact the known horse forwarders for bookings mentioning the promotion code
“Reining 2016”. If you are looking for a forwarder contact or in case of any other questions please send an email to horses.lufthansa-cargo@dlh.de.

Special offer for passenger transports

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offers special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guest as well as employees of the contracting partner and their travel companions of the FEI World Reigning Championships 2016 for travels to the airports Geneva, Zurich and Frankfurt. This offer is valid during the travel period August 4th thru 20th 2016. Flights can be done with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings.

To make a reservation, please click on www.lufthansa.com/event-booking_en and enter the access code CHZZQBO in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.

These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de and providing the access code as a reference.

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The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release.  Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

 

 

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Silver Spurs Saddles Becomes the New Official Saddle of the NRHA

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Silver Spurs Saddles Becomes the New Official Saddle of the National Reining Horse Association

Oklahoma City, Okla. – January 11, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announces Silver Spurs Saddles as the Official Saddle of NRHA.

In July 2014, Silver Spurs created its own line of saddles exclusively distributed through Scottsdale Western World, a Silver Spurs Company run by David Solum. Their purpose is to provide the finest saddles available in reining, working cow horse, cutting, ranch riding, western pleasure and trail. Silver Spurs Saddles teamed up with AM Saddles owned by world-renowned saddle designer Andreas Maschke.

In addition to producing the best quality saddle and saddle design, the superior craftsmen sought out to design a saddle that could be made to order within 8 weeks; completely manufactured 100% in the United States without using any outside vendors; warranty on their product; and to design the same saddle hitting four separate price points so that every equine enthusiast can afford to buy the best saddle for their needs.

In November 2014, Silver Spurs proudly unveiled their series of four different saddles: The Rio Verde Series (their most economically priced series), the Scottsdale Performance Series, the already famous AM Superior and finally the top of the line Pinnacle Series. The purchaser of a Silver Spurs Saddle by AM is assured that regardless of the saddle series selected, that buyer is getting the same tree and quality of craftsmanship. The only differences between each series are the options for seat leather and seat design, the type and quality of the conchos, the tooling and the amount of custom-designed silver on the saddle.

Within a few short months of the saddles appearance, they are now endorsed and ridden in by some of the highest-ranking professionals in the NRHA including Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani, Casey Deary, Todd Sommers and Jason Vanlandingham.

Silver Spurs Saddles by AM are sold and distributed exclusively through Scottsdale Western World, and is co-owned by Silver Spurs Equine, David Solum and Andy Maschke. Visit their website ScottsdaleWesternWorld.com to learn more about NRHA’s newest Corporate Partner.

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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Our Loss – Rodney Clark

NRHA is sad to report that Rodney Clark, 49, the brother of NRHA President Rick Clark, passed away January 10th in Kentucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick and his family.

Read the obituary and funeral information here: http://www.canifffuneralhome.com/webcast/36962

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A Jewel of an Addition to the Million Dollar Sire Roster

A Jewel of an Addition to the Million Dollar Sire Roster

Like-A-Diamond-4-07-5Oklahoma City, Okla., January 8, 2016 – There are some who would say that Like A Diamond isn’t the real deal.  He’s never earned a penny in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) show pen or represented his country in International Reining competition, but a look at his pedigree belies those facts when it comes to his progeny and their potential to excel in the sport. By NRHA Million Dollar Sire Grays Starlight and out of Diamonds Jewel Wood, Like A Diamond first came to Reining prominence in 2001 as the sire of NRHA Open Futurity Champion RR Star with a young Andrea Fappani at the reins. RR Star made history as the first Paint Horse to win the NRHA Futurity and to make things more exciting he did it following a run-off. He then went on to top the 2003 NRHA Derby with Tim McQuay riding.

Foaled in 1992, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) sorrel overo stallion Like A Diamond achieved success in the cutting pen at APHA and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) competitions.  His lifetime earnings total $9,579.  In NCHA competition he was a Finalist in the NCHA Open Super Stakes. In APHA he was the 1996 APHA World Champion Junior Cutting Horse and earned 23 APHA cutting points and a Register Of Merit in cutting.  Owned by Sue Hearst, Like A Diamond stands at Oswood Stallion Station, Weatherford, Texas.

In the breeding shed, Like A Diamond has transferred his athletic ability in the cutting pen to the excitement and success in the Reining arena of his offspring.  In addition to RR Star (LTE $222,751), RU Missin Diamonds (LTE $144,487), Gunnin For Diamonds ($66,203), Premier Diamond ($65,638), Like A Smart Diamond ($39,140) are some of the colorful Paint’s most successful reining progeny. His offspring have cumulatively won in excess of $1,004,186.

NRHA is pleased to congratulate this outstanding sire of reining horses – Like A Diamond, NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire!

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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2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge 4 Year Old Futurity

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One Year Older and Wiser

2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge 4 Year Old Futurity

A limited-age event designed to provide the gift of time to young reining horses will debut in May in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wild Card Reining Challenge, scheduled over the long Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 29, is a new futurity devoted to 4-year-old reining horses that need more time to mature.

“The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a huge step outside the box for the U.S. reining industry, focusing on a new train of thought — the 4-year-old reining futurity horse,” said Amanda Brumley, whose Scottsdale, Arizona company, Brumley Management Group, LLC will produce the show. “Everything about this new event challenges people to open their minds to new ideas and learn where our industry is now and where it needs to be for a positive outcome going forward. This opportunity benefits all levels of the reining horse industry from the stallion and mare owner of the offspring being shown to the trainers and current owners,” adds Brumley. “Stallion and mare owners want their equine offspring to have every chance at earning money to increase production earnings. Trainers want to keep good horses in training, and owners want to see their horses succeed in the show pen. It’s a win-win!”

“The primary purpose of the event is to preserve the mental and physical health of young reining horses,” said Pamela Schroeck, co-administrator of an 1800-member Facebook group that supports tweaking the futurity concept originally designed for 3-year-olds.

“It offers an opportunity for 4-year-olds to earn significant checks without having to compete at traditional futurities for which they are not ready, or at derbies against horses that already have extensive show experience,” said Schroeck, a Non-Pro Reiner from Poolville, Texas.

Purse for the 4-Year-Old Futurity has $65,000 in added money. In addition, participation does not require nominations or enrollments. Horses must have an NRHA Competition License to compete and pre-entries are due April 22, 2016.

“I think that it’s great that we are really going to have a place to showcase our 4-year-olds,” said trainer Andrea Fappani, NRHA money-earner of more than $4 million. “Not every horse will peak in his 3-year-old year, and this event will give us the flexibility to show our reiners when they are truly ready to compete at a high level,” he said of the new futurity.

Horses entered in the Wild Card Reining Challenge cannot have competed in any reining futurities (Category 2 Aged Event) as a 3 year old, or in any reining class with a purse of more than $1,000 added.

“The event will offer an additional opportunity for owners to justify their substantial investments in reining prospects and it has the potential to expand the market for aged-event reining horses in general,” Schroeck said.

The futurity will be the highlight of show events that also will include ancillary reining classes, pre-futurities for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses, and a World Para Reining Challenge for riders with physical handicaps and discharged military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Free educational seminars will focus on such topics as judging, shoeing, sports medicine, training, breeding and nutrition, conducted by such experts as trainers Bob Avila, Andrea Fappani and NRHA Judges’ Committee Chairman Jody Brainard.

“I encourage everyone with the same passion I have for reining to attend this event with or without horses,” said Brumley, whose management group also produces the prestigious annual High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, the Cactus Reining Classic in Scottsdale, and the Reining By the Bay show in Woodside, California.

A package of sponsorship benefits for the Wild Card Reining Challenge includes naming rights, vendor space, advertising, participation in ceremonies and more. For additional information, contact Brumley at 602-677-3774 or Schroeck at 817-319-3785 or email brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com

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NRHA Shows Tremendous Growth Entering Into the 50th Anniversary!

National Reining Horse Association Shows Tremendous Growth Entering Into the 50th Anniversary!

The National Reining Horse Association is gearing up for a spectacular 2016, and the best way to start the celebration is to celebrate all new and returning members!

Oklahoma City, Okla., January 8, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has more than one thing to celebrate as they enter into 2016. First and foremost, this is NRHA’s 50th Anniversary year. From starting with the first Futurity in 1966 with less than 100 members in Ohio, to celebrating the 50th Running of the Futurity in Oklahoma City this past month, NRHA has crunched the numbers and is proud to announce several signs of growth in the sport of reining.

NRHA ended 2015 with a tremendous growth in membership of more than 4.6 percent totaling more than 15,300 members. NRHA records show the last time membership exceeded this number was seven years ago in 2008.

In addition to this jump in participation, NRHA opened their doors to professionals with a fresh approach to their membership, also ending the year very strong with more than 1,700 members! NRHA is encouraging reining enthusiasts to visit nrha.com/findapro to make contact with a reining professional and to get started in the fun sport. In addition (and included in the total increase), NRHA experienced a 50 percent increase in Associate members as well as an increase in Youth and General members.

“NRHA is healthy, strong and growing like I never would have imagined,” said NRHA President, Rick Clark.  Clark added, “We have made several changes, and experienced some growing pains, but the payoff has been tremendous. The 50th Running of the Futurity was outstanding, and I see a brighter future for NRHA as we run full steam ahead to our Association’s 50 Anniversary.”

NRHA Winter Meeting
NRHA is heading into their 50th Anniversary with the kickoff of a membership Winter Meeting January 20-24 in Oklahoma City. All members are encouraged to attend, and voice their opinion about the future of NRHA. More information is available at nrha1.com/wintermeeting.

2016 NRHA Futurity Payments
Also, don’t forget to log on to NRHA.com to find all the 2016 NRHA Futurity forms. The first payment deadline is February 1, and now is a great time to get your payments in the mail! For more information about the 2016 NRHA Futurity, members can visit nrhafuturity.com/forms. Members can also contact NRHA’s events department at (405) 946-7400.

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

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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