Walla Whiz Affair and Bergen: NRHA Futurity Open Leaders

By Christa Morris – The world’s most talented 3-year-old reining horses and open riders made their way into the Oklahoma State Fair Park Jim Norick arena on Thanksgiving Day. They came from across the globe to compete in the first go-round, first section of the nearly $500,000 added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open. The NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is the world’s largest reining horse show and continues through Saturday, December 7 in Oklahoma City.

Leading the level 4 open division was the high seller in last year’s NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale, Walla Whiz Affair (Walla Walla Whiz x Memorable Affair). NRHA Professional Todd Bergen rode the stallion to a score of 220.5 for owner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC of Purcell, Okla.

Walla Whiz Affair and Bergen

Just one point behind with a 219.5 was Whizs Lil Lightning (Conquistador Whiz x Boomdacious), owned by Silver Spurs Equine, and NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani.

whizs lil lightning and fappani

Mary Jansma’s Shinakas Wimpress earned a 218 from the judges with Justin Mathison in the saddle. The 3-year-old daughter of Wimpys Little Step and Shinaka ended the day in the third-place position in the level 4 open division.

Shinakas Wimpress and Mathison

In the level 3 open division, Tinsel Benito (Tinsel Jac x Lucky Little Lace) and NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins finished atop the leader board with a 217.5. The stallion is owned by Gilberto Leal and San Pedro Garzo of Mexico.

George and Carol Bell own the entry sitting the second place position in the level 3 open division: Couture Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena) ridden by NRHA Professional Brian Bell (217).

Beam Me Up Spook (Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) slid to a score of 215 to lead the level 2 open division. NRHA Professional Tom Foran rode for owner Elaine Davis.

In second place in the level 2 open division was Clark Reining Horses’ Princess Spook (Smart Spook x Custom Princess) with NRHA Professional Rebecca Adkins with a (213.5).

A 213 leads the level 1 open division: Chics Stylish Doc (Smart Chic Olena x Christina O Lena) with NRHA Professional Trapper Lowndes for owner Sharon Fraser.

Little Joe Vintage and NRHA Professional Mirjam Stillo received a 212.5 for their efforts. Harper Conner owns the son of A Sparkling Vintage and Snappy N Smart Chic.

Competition continues on Friday, November 29 with the second section of the first go-round. The second go-round begins on Monday, December 2. Cinch Non Pro Futurity entries take to the arena on Monday as well.

Watch the free live webcast, keep tabs on full results and get the latest news at nrhafuturity.com, facebook.com/nrhareining or twitter.com/nrha.

It’s the most elite reining event in the world with 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. Approximately 1,400 horses and more than 120,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy.

The show features the NRHA Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 7 and the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity for non pro reiners on Friday, December 6. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer, World Development Group International and Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC, Santa Hill Ranch and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Equine Oasis, Icehole High Performance Coolers and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone


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Oklahoma Horse Industry Impact Study Released

From the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (By Blayne Arthur) – The Oklahoma Equine Alliance released a comprehensive study today showing the economic impact generated by the Oklahoma Equine Industry reached $3.6 billion in 2012, yielding roughly 35,070 full time equivalent jobs. The study was completed in 2013 and commissioned by members of the Oklahoma Equine Alliance.

Members of the Oklahoma Equine Alliance include the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, Remington Park, Will Rogers Downs, Fair Meadows, Oklahoma Horse Council, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. These members as well as state legislators and top executives from breed organizations and private entities gathered today to recognize Oklahoma’s thriving equine industry. The study provides thorough economic data and highlights the cooperative efforts of private and public partnerships that have driven the growth of Oklahoma’s equine business.

The Oklahoma Equine Alliance as well as state legislators and top executives from breed organizations and private entities gathered today to recognize Oklahoma’s thriving equine industry.

The Oklahoma Equine Alliance as well as state legislators and top executives from breed organizations and private entities gathered today to recognize Oklahoma’s thriving equine industry.

Oklahoma is known worldwide for its top caliber horses as well as its top tier facilities. Oklahoma is recognized as the “horse show capital” of the world, is home to over a thousand rodeo events and hosts the top race meets for Quarter Horses in the United States. The Oklahoma State Fair Park and Tulsa Expo Square have completed improvements to their facilities totaling over $250 million since 2005. The world class facilities are a significant component in the ability to host national and international equine events year round.

“There is no doubt that the equine industry is a significant economic driver within our Oklahoma economy”, said Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Reese. “With a total impact of $3.6 billion and generation of over $100 million in state and local taxes it is evident that the equine industry is important to all areas of our state. We want to continue to support our equine events and participants as they create opportunity here in Oklahoma.”

For additional information and copies of the study please contact Blayne Arthur at (405) 522-6105 or blayne.arthur@ag.ok.gov.

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NRHA names Gary Carpenter as Commissioner

By Christa Morris After an extensive search and interview process, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors gave their unanimous stamp of approval to fill its vacant leadership position. Today, the worldwide standard-setting body for the sport welcomes Gary Carpenter as the new NRHA Commissioner. Carpenter plans to attend the upcoming NRHA Futurity and to take on full leadership responsibilities in January 2014.

Gary Carpenter

Gary Carpenter will start at NRHA in January 2014.

NRHA President Beth Himes commented on the decision, “Gary has traveled the world working on a variety of equine industry topics and has the expertise to help grow Reining worldwide. I look forward to partnering with him to perpetuate the success we’ve seen in recent years.”

Carpenter brings to the table a vast amount of industry experience and a distinguished resume including international development. He served as the executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for 10 years and in executive positions with The Jockey Club and American Quarter Horse Association. In 2000, AAEP recognized Carpenter for his leadership and dedication to the equine industry and the association’s membership by naming him as the George Stubbs Award recipient. Carpenter leaves Colorado State University (CSU) where he most recently served as the Industry Outreach and Liaison Director of the Equine Sciences Program.

Looking forward to his new post, Carpenter said, “NRHA and the sport of Reining have a great future ahead of them. I am honored to be involved with NRHA and to work with the Board and the membership to cultivate the sport worldwide.”

Carpenter has enjoyed hands-on involvement with horses since he was a child in Quanah, Texas. He competed on championship horse judging teams at CSU, and later coached there. He and wife Marian, an author, encouraged and supported their four daughters’ involvement in showing horses and participating in 4-H activities.

The executive search services were provided by Jim Harlan of MJM Global Search, Inc., an affiliate of the largest recruiting and placement organization in the world, Management Recruiters International.

Photo credit: NRHA

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Italian Reining Horse Association/NRHA/IRHBA Futurity Results

Provided by Simona Daile (IRHA). Photos courtesy of Andrea Bonaga.

November 13 – The Open Futurity

The finalists of the IRHA/NRHA/IRHBA Futurity have been determined!  Held in a two-go-round and seeded finals 86 horse-rider-combinations made their way in the pen in Manerbio on Sunday vying for the Open Futurity Championship titles.  Leading the $101,400-added L4, the $29,900-added L3, the $11,700-added L2 and the $3,250-added L1, after posting a 222, was Markus Gerbert of Germany riding Charly Step N Cool for owner Angelika Warg.

After scoring a 217.5 in the second go-round and taking the lead in the L2 and L1 divisions,  Markus and his mount by Wimpys Little Step and out of Charlys Cool Running (by As Smart As Charley) are leading the composite standings with a total of 439.5.

Taking the Open L4  lead  in the second go-round – after scoring a 222 – were Cody Sapergia and This Wimps So Fly (Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac x Boggies Flashy Jac) owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel.

Riding Frozen Bay (Frozen Sailor x Little Bay Gun x Playgun) and Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy x Topsail Whiz) for CS Ranch Chanay Sky Management SA, Shauna Larcombe topped the second go L3 division with a score of 219.

The Non Pro Futurity

Run in a go-round and seeded finals, with a chance of making it back through the Consolation, the $39,000-added L4  as well as the $19,50-added L3 non pro divisions were topped by young Lara Lorengo of Italy riding Wimpys Little Gun SG (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Gunna Slide x Slide Me To The Bar) and by Italian Anthony De Lorenzi riding Showman Chocolate (Chocolate Chic Olena x Hollywood Stopper x Hollywood Dun It). Both closed their run with a 215.5 and De Lorenzi is also leading the $7,800-added L2 division.

Posting the highest score in the  $2,600-added L1 is Alessandro Santoni riding his Mifi Star Peppy (Mifillenium x Peppys Classy Girl x Peppy Par).

The IRHA/NRHA 4-year-old Futurity

The IRHA/NRHA 4-year-old Open & Non Pro Futurity is run in a go-round and seeded finals.  All the results and the draw list for the finals, which be held on Thursday 14th, are available by logging on to showmanager.eu.

A full-slate of NRHA approved classes is also offered during the Show.

November 14 – The IRHA/NRHA 4-year-old Futurity

Pepto Right & Pierluigi Chioldo win the $9,100-added Open Level 4

Thirty-two horse-rider combinations made their way to the finals of the IRHA/NRHA 4-year-old Futurity.   Winning the L4 division, after scoring a 224.5, were Pierluigi Chioldo and Pepto Right (Peptos Lil Bingo x Nikita Puro x Puro Chic) for owner Maura Moraglione.

“I’ve been riding this horse since February this year and I am thrilled with his performance tonight.  I never expected to win!” said Chioldo, head trainer for Roberta’s Stables.

The reserve championship, with a score of 222.5, went to Nicola Cordioli riding A Reminic Star (Lenas Starfish x Miss Reminic Chex x Reminic) owned by Allevamento Ongaresca.  Cordioli and his mount also claimed the $4,550-added L 3 and the $3,250-added L 2 divisions. “This horse just gets better and better in every show and I am very pleased with the way he went for me tonight, especially in his stops,” said an enthused Nicola.

Riding Thaz A Boom (Smartaz x Boomax RM X Genuine Redskin) owned by Filippo Masi, Giovanni Masi claimed the reserve championship in the L3 and L2 divisions with a score of 221.

Taking the title in the $1,950-added L 1 Open division was Austrian Johannes Hasenauer riding Nu Tangy Chex (Just A Little Tangy x Fashion Chex x Nu Chex To Cash), owned by Martin Rohrmanstorfer.  “I broke and trained this horse myself so I am very happy with this title,” said Johannes.

San July Jo Magnetic & Giacomo Ronchi win the IRHA/NRHA 4-year-old L4 Non Pro Futurity

With a score of 221.5, Giacomo Ronchi and his San July Jo Magnetic (Chic Magnetic x Broc Olena Jo x Smart Sugar Chic) won the $5,200-added L4 Non Pro 4-year-old Futurity.  “This is a really good mare which I haven’t shown much this year but tonight she was great.  I would like to thank all my family for constantly supporting me,” said Ronchi.

Taking the reserve championship in the L4 division as well as the win in the $3,900-added L 3, in the $2,600-added L 2 and in the $1,300-added L 1 was Austrian Christina Gruber and her Tares Top Step (ARC Antares Surprise x Miss Topsail Step x I Am A Topsail Cody).  “I really had fun riding my mare today, This is my first futurity and this is the first year riding reiners,” said Christina who posted a 215.5.

November 15 – Manuel Cortesi & PC Galina Rooster win the IRHA / NRHA / IRHBA L 4 Non Pro Futurity

Thirty riders rode for the Non Pro Futurity titles on Friday night in Manerbio, Italy.  It was only once the last horse-rider-combination performed NRHA pattern n.5 that the $39,000-added L 4, the $19,500-added L 3 and the $7,800-added L 2  champions were determined.

Claiming the L 4 title was Manuel Cortesi of Italy riding PC Galina Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Lady Skinsall), a mare bred and owned by his father, Piero Cortesi. “I am super happy and winning tonight was just special,” said Manuel who closed his run with a 216.5 and who also made the finals on MP Custom Be Sweet (Custom Pistol x Olena Pride). With his second mount he placed third with a score of 215.5.

Past NRHA Non Pro World Champion Claudio Risso settled for reserve honors in the L 4 aboard his RS Cosmopolitan Lena, a mare bred by him by Spat Olena and out of RS Foxy Jacs. The pair scored a 216.  Risso also qualified his second mount, RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boggie Bar Lena) for the finals. With this horse he placed fourth after scoring a 215.

Earning the L 3 and the L 2 Non Pro Futurity championship, after scoring a 214.5 aboard his stallion Showman Chocolate (Chocolate Chic Olena x Hollywood Stopper), was Anthony De Lorenzis of Italy.  “Both my horse and I were tired tonight  and I know we could’ve done better, but I couldn’t be happier!”  said Anthony who also tied to win the L4 qualifying go round as well as the L3 and L2 divisions.  “This is my second futurity title and I’m thrilled, especially considering the fact that I train my horses myself.”

Taking the reserve championship  in the L 3 division with a score of  214 was Lara Lorengo of Italy riding her stallion Wimpys Little Gun SG (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Gunna Slide).

Paola Corna and Smoke Shining Spark, a stallion by Dun It Up In Smoke and out of Genuine Doc Slide, owned by GRC Horses, made it back to the finals through the Consolation and closed their futurity adventure with the reserve championship in the L 3 division after posting a score of 212.5.  “This is horse we bred which makes the win even sweeter,” said Paola.  “I really enjoyed tonight’s finals even though I did risk a bit too much which lead to a couple of penalities.”

Winning the $2,600-added L 1 was Elena Kompatscher riding Lenas Little Tangy, a mare by Justa Little Tangy and out of Dolomythic owned by her father, Alois.  The pair, who made it back to the finals thanks to the Consolation, scored a 212.5 for the win.  “The finals were a lot better than the go-round,” said Elena.  “My mare is still a little green as my father started training her in December last year.  She is by our stallion and I couldn’t be happier.”Second place honors, a point behind the winners, wen to Marzia D’Orlando riding Militos Supremacy, a gelding by Steadys Dude and out of Susanna Supreme.

November 16 – Charly Step N Cool and Markus Gebert win the IRHA/NRHA/IRHBA L 4 Open Futurity for owner Angelika Gebert

Thirty-nine riders rode for the Open Futurity titles on Friday night in Manerbio, Italy, vying for the $101,400- added L 4, the$29,900-added L 3, the $11,700-added L 2 and the $3,250-added L1 Open Futurity Championships.  Leaving the best for last, draw 39 swept all four divisions  with a score of 227.5:  Markus Gebert and Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running), owned by Angelika Gebert.

“My mare was simply great tonight,” said Markus about  the mare bred by Katja Junfer who he broke and trained.  “ She was with me all the way and I am really happy to have won these titles in the best European event we have!”

Claiming the reserve championship in the L4 division  with a score of 219.5 was Grischa Ludwig riding Wimpys Little Boo, a stallion by Wimpys Little Step  and out of Miss Boo Twist, owned by Veronique Parise.  “These are three-year-olds that give us all they have and we should never forget this,” said Grisha.  “My intention was that of not showing him here but his owners insisted that I should and they were right!”

Reserve Champions in the L 3 division, with a score of 218, were Mirko Piazzi  and VR Great Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Great Dudes Whiz) , a mare owned by Rabboni Reining Horses. “My mare was a little tired tonight and that’s probably why she wasn’t as good as she usually is in her circles and spins, but I’m happy with this title and I look forward to showing her in the NRHA European Futurity,” said Mirko.

Piazzi  also tied for the co-reserve championship in the L 2 with Tommaso Beltramini riding  Wimpy Step Surprise (Wimpys Little Step x Surprise Doc Topsail), a stallion owned by Mattia Camisi.  “I am really happy with this unexpected great result,” siad Tommaso.  “I’ve been riding this horse since the beginning of this year when Max Ruggeri passed the reins to me.  Tonight his stops were just unbelievable!”

Beltramini and his mount also tied for the L 1 reserve championship.

Winning the International Reining Breeders Association (IRHBA) 2013 Top Stallion Award was Wimpys Little Step.  The award is determined by the sum of the money won by the offspring of the stallion subscribed to the incentive program.

Katja Jungfer of Germany took home the IRHBA Top Breeder Award being the breeder of the IRHA/NRHA Open L 4 Champion.

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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World Development Group International To Build Equestrian Community and Facilities in Aegea

wdg-blackFrom Investor Relations – NORTH PALM BEACH, FL (Marketwire - November 5, 2013)AEGEA, Inc. (OTCQB: AEGA) (the “Company”), a planned mega-resort destination and international community in Florida, announced today it has signed a letter of intent with World Development Group International (“WDGI”), a construction company that specializes in designing and building high-end equestrian complexes and residences.  The letter of intent would allow WDGI to become the exclusive development partner of AEGEA’s planned equestrian homes and world-class sporting facilities, including a first ever designed indoor polo stadium, racetrack, 60,000 seat indoor equestrian stadium and arenas to accommodate the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing, hunter/jumper, driving, reining as well other equestrian disciplines, tournaments, shows and activities.  With these venues, AEGEA and WDGI intend to attract national and international equestrian competitions.  Also planned for the equestrian area are a state of the art veterinary hospital, animal sanctuary, university, convention center, aquarium, museum, training center, restaurants and hotels.

According to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), equestrian sport has seen record growth worldwide, and the number of competitions at all levels and on all continents is expected to continue increasing.  The number of equestrian events in the seven FEI disciplines has grown by 33 percent from 2008 to 2012, with more than 3,200 events taking place on seven continents last year.  Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, FEI is the world governing body for horse sport, establishing regulations and approving equestrian programs at Championships, Continental and Regional Games as well as the Olympic Games, promoting equestrianism in all its forms, and encouraging the development of the seven FEI equestrian disciplines throughout the world.

A 2012 study published by Alltech called “The State of the Equine Industry” shows the annual economic impact of equestrian-related commerce in the U.S. is approximately $135 billion, supporting a total of 1.6 million full-time jobs.  There are an estimated 9.9 million horses in the U.S.  The economic impact of the equestrian industry in Florida is $5.1 billion, providing 104,700 direct and indirect full-time jobs, according to the American Horse Council.  Florida has the third largest horse population of any state, at over 500,000.


“WDGI is proud to become a development partner with AEGEA in creating an exclusive, world-class equestrian community with unmatched facilities and amenities.  Our community will be specifically designed for the equestrian lifestyle, with riding trails throughout, and spacious homesites with a wide selection of luxury villas, homes and private estates,” commented Carl Ragosta, Director of World Development Group International.


“We are fortunate to have found a company as experienced and well-respected as WDGI to design and develop the equestrian component of AEGEA.  The letter of intent with WDGI demonstrates our commitment to building the finest equestrian community and sporting venues in the world,” said Keith Duffy, President and CEO of AEGEA.



With over 25 years of global industry experience and teams of licensed experts who provide full service commercial, retail and residential property development, World Development Group International delivers the highest standards and consistently exceeds expectations.  Since its inception in 1978, World Development Group International has provided construction and land services to a broad range of clients and projects, from public to governmental agencies.  World Development Group International’s scope of expertise includes the development of equestrian communities and equestrian-themed resorts worldwide, with innovative architectural and engineering designs for its commercial show complexes. In 2011,WDGI has completed the Global Dressage Complex is Wellington, Florida, which consisted of one of the largest clear span covered arena’s in the world, Large styled horse barns housing several hundred horses, and all others structures making this facility a world class International equestrian event center. Presently, WDGI is the development partner of the newly designed Palm Beach Horse Park also located in Wellington, Florida. This completely western themed facility shall consist of a 5,000 seat indoor equestrian event center, two seven story hotel/condo towers, Retail village consisting of more than 75,000 sq. ft. of retail condo components including multiple restaurants, VIP club, nightclubs, equestrian/veterinary research school/hospital including student housing. Other residential components shall include a gated equestrian townhome community, exclusive amenity filled RV resort and multiple equestrian training/showing facilities. WDGI is also building other facilities around the country including a reining training/housing facility in Columbus, Ohio and an Equestrian community in Jasper, Tenn.  WDGI is in discussions with other groups for developments in Qatar, Italy, Brazil, Belize and Asia.


AEGEA, Inc. is developing a spectacular experience for guests and an idyllic lifestyle for residents by blending world-class entertainment with culture and timeless architecture, introducing its Entertainment Living™ brand. AEGEA is committed to building a sustainable and environmentally conscious community. AEGEA’s mission is to pursue innovation, increase shareholder value, and strive to better the lives of its visitors and residents. AEGEA’s plans include luxury hotels, residences, restaurants, cultural experiences, an Olympic-style sports complex, themed attractions, an equestrian village, vast blue water lagoons and waterways, and authentic, timeless architecture selected from around the world. While similar in some respects to other large-scale, multi-purpose destination properties, AEGEA’s design will be unique in that the sprawling complex will include a mix of residences and hospitality, entertainment and culture inspired by an advanced civilization dating back 4,000 years. Located within the state of Florida, AEGEA enjoys the distinct advantage of a massive nearby resident and visitor population base from which to draw attendance and ownership.


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We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.


Contact Information

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Scott Gordon
CorProminence LLC
377 Oak Street
Concourse 2
Garden City, NY 11530
631 703 4900 (Mobile)
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North Palm Beach, FL 33408
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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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New NRHA Corporate Partner: Center Back Pads


For Immediate Release – November 11, 2013 – By Christina Brezack – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Center Back Pads has become an official NRHA Corporate Partner. Many of their designs have graced the backs of NRHA Champions.

Since 2008, Center Back Pads has strived to produce “a great blanket at a great price.” With the uniquely, colorfully designed 100% wool show blankets, each design is created to enhance the horse and rider’s total look in the show ring. Center Back Pads was established with the help of a true cowboy, Marshall Kyle, and an admitted saddle-blanket fanatic and NRHA Lifetime member, Carlee Mahajan, who saw there was a need for a good looking, high-quality saddle blanket at a price that didn’t break the bank.

In 2010, Center Back Pads designed and made the show blankets for the United States Equestrian Federation Gold Medal Reining Team. The “Stars and Stripes” design really showed well at the World Equestrian Games under the bright lights. The U.S. Reining Team wasn’t the only team sporting Center Back Pads, but other countries as well.

Owner Carlee Mahajan says, “Center Back Pads is very excited to join the fine line up of NRHA Corporate Partners. We are honored to have our name linked with NRHA and the outstanding list of Corporate Partners. Center Back Pads will be awarding gift certificates from first to third place winners in all levels at the NRHA Futurity, Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships and NRHA Derby, including first through tenth place for the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year winners.”

“We are thrilled to have Center Back Pads come on board as a new NRHA Corporate Partner. Our reining competitors will be happy to learn that Center Back Pads will be awarding top-quality show pads at the Futurity and Adequan® NAAC as well as the Derby. We appreciate Carlee, who continues her lifetime investment and support in Reining, personally and in her business venture. Her show pads, like her incredible personality, are full of quality and color,” Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Sponsorship states regarding the new partnership.

For 2014, Center Back Pads will be introducing 11 new show blankets sporting not only the bright colors many reiners enjoy, but also eye-catching new classics. Please visit them at centerbackpads.com for your next show look. A new website will allow you to “try on” a Center Back Pads show blanket on different colored horses, complete with a saddle, to better help achieve the look you want.

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

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

Photo Credit: Center Back Pads & NRHA

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Einstein Becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

Einstein Head  12926 RT -¬CamEssick (167x250)For Immediate Release – By Hayley Lewallen – Oklahoma City, Okla. – November 8, 2013 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the newest member to its Million Dollar Sire line up, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Einstein is the 26th stallion to become an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, putting him alongside the likes of Smart Spook, Gunner, Nu Chex To Cash and many other greats.

Sired by Great Red Pine out of Cow Patty (AQHA Silversnow Pinestep) by Greyhound Step, the 1997 AQHA stallion was bred by Randy Hamilton, owned by Bridgette Lanham. During his successful show career he accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $139,000. Highlights of his show career include:

  • 2000 NRHA Futurity Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay
  • 2001 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay
  • 2002 NRBC Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer
  • 2002 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

His top earning offspring include:

  • Einsteins Revolution (out of Fly Flashy Jac): $352,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Wagner & Vandorp; 2005 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist, and NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2006 NRBC Open Champion and NRHA Derby finalist, 2007 NRBC Open Reserve Champion and Intermediate Open Champion and NRHA Derby Open Intermediate Reserve Champion.  Einsteins Revolution was the first horse to go over the $300,000 NRHA earnings mark.
  • Great Sun Burst (out of Docs Sun Burst): $342,300 NRHA LTE, owned by 23 Quarter Horses; 2006 NRHA Futurity Open finalist,  2008 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2009 NRBC Level(L) 4 Open finalist and NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2010 and 2011 NRHA Open World Champion, 2012 NRHA Non Pro World Champion
  • Kaystein (out of Kays Freckles): $81,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Susa Sauer; 2009 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA European Futurity L4 Open Champion and Americana NRHA Open class finalist

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.

Photo Credit: Cam Essick


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Boehringer Ingelheim Introduces new XP line from Vetera® vaccines

New line features an updated equine influenza strain to provide most relevant respiratory protection to horses.

From Boehringer Ingelheim – ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (Nov. 6, 2013) – Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), introduces the new Vetera® XP line of vaccines, the only vaccine line that contains the most relevant strains of equine influenza virus (EIV) that affect horses today.

By protecting horses against Richmond/07, Ohio/03 and Kentucky/95, VETERA XP vaccines meet both the U.S. and worldwide guidelines for equine influenza protection.

“We know the havoc equine respiratory disease can have on horses,” says John Tuttle, DVM, senior associate director, equine professional and technical services, BIVI. “By updating our flu strains, we are offering veterinarians the ability to protect their patients against the newest and most relevant strains of equine influenza.”

The VETERA XP line is the only vaccine line that meets the World Expert Surveillance Panel on Equine Influenza recommendations and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) guidelines. The XP indicates that the vaccine now offers protection against disease in the Clade 1 family (Ohio/03) and Clade 2 family (Richmond/07). Horses in the U.S. may be at risk of infection from Clade 2 isolates of equine influenza (Richmond/07) due to exposure from comingling or travel.

“It is imperative that when we think about the risk of exposure to Clade 2 EIV, such as Richmond/07, we don’t just assume that performance horses are the only ones at risk,” says Tuttle. “If a horse lives in a pasture next to a horse that travels or is comingled, then that horse is also at risk due to the contagious nature of equine influenza. It only takes one horse to infect many.”

VETERA XP is manufactured using Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica’s proprietary purification technology, Ultrafil®.  Ultrafil Purification technology eliminates most of the extraneous proteins to allow the horse’s immune system to focus only on the relevant antigens.

Veterinarians should look for the XP on the VETERA vaccine label to find the most progressive EIV protection.

“With this update, we’ve renamed many of our vaccines,” says Monica Porter, brand manager, equine biologicals, BIVI. “All VETERA vaccines that contain EIV have been updated to include the new flu strains, and we’ve included EHV-4 protection as well. So in addition to having new names for the variety of combinations we offer, we’ve denoted whether the vaccine has been updated by including XP as part of the product name.”

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Overall, the XP indicates a progressive change in the VETERA portfolio of vaccines.

“We are really trying to provide the best medicine,” says Tuttle. “By offering the most comprehensive equine influenza protection for horses in the U.S. with Clade 1 (Ohio/03) and Clade 2 (Richmond/07), we are providing protection against the EIV as recommended by the World Expert Surveillance Panel on Equine Influenza.

For more information on VETERA XP vaccines, contact Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica at 800-325-9167, or visit www.bi-vetmedica.com.

About Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

Social responsibility is a central element of Boehringer Ingelheim’s culture. Involvement in social projects, caring for employees and their families, and providing equal opportunities for all employees form the foundation of the global operations. Mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability are intrinsic factors in all of Boehringer Ingelheim’s endeavors.

In 2012, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.7 billion euro. R&D expenditure in the business area Prescription Medicines corresponds to 22.5% of its net sales.

For more information please visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.com.
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Para-Reining at AQHA World Show – Featured Cross-Over Riders

From USA Reining – By Brad Ettleman - USA Reining, together with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) are pleased to announce that several established and well-known Para-Dressage athletes have signed on to cross over to the sport of Reining for the inaugural Para-Reining event at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, November 14 & 15.

Included in the ranks are a two-time Paralympian, an American disabled veteran and a host of other dedicated riders, all hoping to give Reining a try as the sport works for full inclusion in the Para-Equestrian movement.  Additionally, seasoned western riders from the NRHA and AQHA ranks will step into the stirrup for the discipline of Reining at this kick-off event.

First among the featured riders, Rebecca Hart was born with a rare genetic disease called Familial Spastic Paraplegia (FSP).  As an adult, it primarily affects her muscles and joints from the waist down, causing partial paralysis and severe spasticity.  As a child, it caused her to have difficulty gaining strength in her upper body and slowed her motor development.  Rebecca began riding at the age of ten.

Rebecca is a multiple USEF National Para-Equestrian Champion and was a member of the United States Paralympic Equestrian team, competing in Hong Kong with her horse, Norteassa, and taking 4th place in the freestyle.  In 2010, she and Norteassa competed at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington, KY.  Rebecca retired Norteassa after the WEG.  She rode Jessica and Missy Ransehousen’s Lord Ludger (LoLu) for the 2012 show season.  The pair was named as a member of 2012 United States Paralympic Team, competing in London.  Rebecca was the Team Captain and highest scoring U.S team member at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Next among our featured riders, Frederick Win was born with a congenital birth deformity.  In his native Burma (also known as Myanmar), Frederick Win started riding at age six for fun. By eighteen, he was taking part in jumping competitions as a selected member of the Myanmar Equestrian Federation, jumping up to four feet. He also performed Burmese traditional trick riding routinely, doing headstands or hanging upside down on the side of a galloping horse. Since he was a teenager, he was always fascinated by American cowboy life and American justice. He decided to go to USA to study law and to learn western horsemanship.

With hard work he obtained a Jurist doctor in Law. Fred currently practices law in the state of New Jersey defending people’s liberty and rights.  In 2011, Fred started learning dressage and successfully competed at the United States Dressage Federation national level and FEI international level shows.  Fred is honored to join the ranks at the first ever Reining demonstration.

Also featured, Derrick Perkins is a U.S. Air Force veteran who was injured in 1988 while on active duty. After his initial physical rehabilitation, he was stabilized as a tetraplegic with significant loss of use in all four extremities. Since then, he has become a member and volunteer of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Texas Chapter and began participating in various wheelchair sports for recreation, physical rehabilitation, and the thrill of competition. Derrick has competed annually in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and has a closet full of medals. He was recommended, by friends, for the SIRE – Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers program in 2008. During his years of riding with SIRE, Derrick has seen unbelievable improvements in balance, strength, and coordination.

Derrick has multiple awards, titles and championships from top events and organizations and is an FEI-rated international rider, and is currently competing for a chance to represent the United States in the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games. To be featured at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK, Para-Reining will include a clinic and educational seminar on Thursday, November 14, and a first-ever Para-Reining demonstration class on Friday, November 15.  This demonstration marks the maiden Para-Reining event ever to be held within the US Para-Equestrian system and a launching of efforts to bring the discipline online as a fully recognized sport in 2014.  USA Reining and USPEA together with the AQHA and NRHA are proud to welcome an American hero to our ranks of Para-Reining competitors.

National Reining Horse Association’s Involvement
The National Reining Horse Association, partnering with their supporting entity, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF), is proud to implement an Adaptive Reining Program beginning in 2014. As the standard setting-body for the sport of Reining world-wide, NRHA will approve and recognize Adaptive Reining classes and bring the sport to reining enthusiasts of all ability levels. The program’s standards, rules and policies will ensure NRHA’s ability to offer an inclusive, safe and fun environment for para-equestrians worldwide. RHSF will support the program in the form of scholarships and NRHA Affiliate grants that may be used to award prizes for Adaptive Reining classes. NRHA is proud to partner with the American Quarter Horse Association, the United States Para-Equestrian Association and USA Reining to champion the cause of para-equestrians.

For more information about attending the USA Reining/USPEA Para-Reining Clinic and Demonstration Class at the AQHA World Championship Show, including schedule, entry form and more, email:  Brad@HPowerInc.com

For more information about USA Reining, click on www.USA-Reining.com.

For more information about the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show: http://www.aqha.com/Showing/World-Show/Schedule.aspx.

Hart and Win photos provided by Lindsay McCall, Perkins photo provided by Derrick Perkins.

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Yurman to slide into OKC for the RHSF “Slide to Remember”

By Chris Dennis - For the last 30 years David Yurman has used his talents as a luxury jewelry and timepiece designer to help others accentuate their style but on December 6th he will slide into Oklahoma State Fair Park for his chance to shine. Yurman will compete in the Reining Horse Sports Foundation’s “Slide to Remember” benefiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The event will be held with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show which runs November 28 – December 7.

Yurman will join seven-time Formula One™ Yurmanracing World Champion Michael Schumacher, singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett and actor Ted Levine as they compete in front of judges for the highest score. David, along with the other celebrity reiners will face off as team captains as they compete with NRHA Hall of Fame representatives, freestyle reiners, cross-over riders from other equestrian disciplines, as well as Oklahoma City area firefighters and police officers.

David Yurman  is an artist and jewelry designer with a lifelong passion for design and innovation. He and his wife, Sybil, founded the David Yurman brand in 1980, which has become America’s premier jewelry company, with stores throughout the US and abroad. Yurman’s designs capture the essence of relaxed American luxury. His collections are inspired by classical art and architecture, nature, and equestrian motifs—his Buckle Collection and Thoroughbred designs takes their cue from his love of horses. Yurman has received multiple awards in recognition of his commitment to excellence and innovation in jewelry design, and has been lauded for his charitable and humanitarian efforts.

Both David and Sybil have always held a commitment to giving back. This unwavering dedication was formalized in 2001 with the establishment of The David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian Foundation. David’s passion for horses and philanthropy has led to the brand’s support of many equine charities. Organizations including the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Palm Beach County, Florida and the Equicenter in Mendon, New York both of which provide individuals with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to enjoy horse therapy and recreation to enhance their lives. The physical activity involved in riding horses has proven to be a very effective tool for improving muscle stimulation, strength, coordination, flexibility, posture and balance. Additionally, the Yurman’s have supported Bedford Riding Lanes Association that maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads in upstate New York used for trail riding.

Today, riding has become an essential part of David Yurman’s life whose career as an artist, designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist has been further enriched by his experience riding horses. Twice a week, David takes time out to ride with his ex-reining, now trail horse, Scooter. David Yurman lives and works in the New York City neighborhood of Tribeca with his wife Sybil and around the corner from his son, Evan, and his family.



The RHSF “A Slide to Remember” is Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fair Park’s Jim Norick Arena (Coliseum). General admission ($11) and box seat ($21) tickets are available online at www.okstatefair.com. Members of the military receive buy-one, get-one-free admission with valid Military ID, and children age 10 and under get in free.

Avid fans who want a chance to meet their favorite celebrities “up close and personal” can attend the RHSF After Party at the conclusion of the competition. Admission to the party  is free and American Idol Finalist Kristy Lee Cook will be performing. There’ll be opportunities for autographs and photographs, so come prepared.


The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of reining worldwide. The RHSF accomplishes this through their five core programs: NRHA Hall of Fame, Crisis Fund, Research, Development & Education, Youth Programs and International Development. For further information about the Foundation, contact rhsf@nrha.com or 405-946-7400, ext. 125, or visit rhsf.com.


The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive learning museum that tells the story of those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. By the use of more than a dozen computers and two hours of video, and more than 300 artifacts the Memorial Museum tells the story of one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil. Since opening, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial has hosted more than 4.4 million visitors and the Memorial Museum has had more than two million visitors.

About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show

 It’s the most elite reining event in the world with more than 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses will compete and visitors from nearly 20 countries will attend to watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy. Go to nrhafuturity.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show Supporters

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and World Development Group International.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Soft Ride
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone
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