Vanlandingham & Visser Tie at Ardmore CRI in Final US Qualifying Reining

February 7, 2014 – Ardmore, OK USA – In the final qualifying event for riders to advance to the US Team Selection Trial for the US Reining Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, a tied result stood unbroken for the first place position.

Sharing the top of the podium were Jason Vanlandingham of Whitesboro, Texas, who scored a 71 while showing Shiners Chic, owned by Rosanne Sternberg of Great Britain, as well as Josh Visser, also of Whitesboro riding his own Magnum With A Dream to a matching score.
Drake Johnson of Wray, CO rode his own Sonic Chic Dream to a score of 70, earning the bronze medal position.

In an international field of starters, the Ardmore, Oklahoma Concours de Reining featured athletes and owners from five nations, including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico and the host nation of the United States of America. Riders from all corners of the globe continue to earn invaluable qualifying points to meet minimum criteria to attend their national championships and the honor of representing their nation at the quadrennial FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG).

Additional riders at the Ardmore CRI who gained the requisite scores for US Reining Team Official Selection Trial advancement included: Todd Sommers, Jordan Larson and Rocky Dare. International riders included: Martin Larcombe and Hernando Jimenez.

USA Reining, the official affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation serves as the kick-start organization for US riders with international aspirations. Providing a pipeline of talented horses and riders to the USEF’s high performance programs, USA Reining offers competitive programs, education and support within the FEI/USEF sport structure for Reiners. For more information about USA Reining, click on: www.USAReining.org

All US athletes now advance to the much-anticipated US Team Selection Trials at the Kentucky Reining Cup, held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 25-27, 2014. For more information about the Official Selection Trial, click on: www.KentuckyReining.com

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Brad Ettleman, USA Reining
(303) 525-3964
Brad@HPowerInc.com

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

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Cactus Reining Classic Announces the Addition of AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes

From Cactus Reining Classic – Scottsdale, Arizona - In response to the growing popularity of the AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes, Cactus Reining Classic is pleased to announce the addition of both the AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure and AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure classes to the 2014 schedule at the upcoming event held at WestWorld of Scottsdale March 5-9, 2014.

A favorite of exhibitors and spectators alike, the class is judged on how well horses and riders perform in a simulated ranch environment.  “In Ranch Pleasure, judges look for a perfect, handy horse with manners, versatility and movement,” said AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross.  “There’s a real emphasis on forward movement and ground-covering gaits, while rules of cadence still apply.”

“I was astonished, and excited at the popularity of this new AQHA division since the debut in 2013, and am so excited about the future of these classes as an opportunity for Reiners to continue learns horsemanship skills while having fun.  I love that horses from all disciplines are competing against each other, and that everyone has the chance to be competitive.  Being able to offer these classes at Cactus Reining Classic this year is icing on the cake”, said horse show Producer Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group.

The AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure class will be held Wednesday, March 5th and the AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure class will be held Friday March 7th.  Both classes will be held in Arena 6.

About Cactus Reining Classic~ Established in 2005, this competition is the first event in the three show “Triple Crown of Reining Series” that includes Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic, all of which are recognized by the NRHA among their top ranked approved events worldwide.

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

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KL Performance Horses Returns as NRHA European Futurity Main Sponsor

NRHA European Futurity in Kreuth, Germany
March 30 – April 5

By Simona Diale – KL Performance Horses, owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, will be the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity Main Sponsor once again.  KL Performance Horses has been supporting Austrian reining on more levels for many years and is, for the second year running, the title sponsor of the 2013 KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity.

“We are very impressed with the development of the NRHA European Futurity and that is what encouraged us to sponsor this event, as well as the NRHA European Derby, for the first time last year, ” says Sabine Lisec. “We truly want to support this great show, and the fact the NRHA European Futurity started implementing the NRHA European Region Medications Policy in 2013 motivated us even more to contribute here and to the sport of Reining in general.”KL-Logo_weißerHG

Sabine and Chuck own the K Ranch located in Steyr-Gleink, Austria. The beautiful and functional facility offers lessons, training, selling and showing. It is home to three stallions that stand at the Ranch: Joe Wise Er (Joes Two Eyed Jack x Jackie Gay Bar), Sprattin (Docs Jac Sprat x Peppy Sandria) and Stylish Top Gun (Elite El Dorado x Somethin Stylish).

Sabine and Chuck’s daughter, Anna Lisec, is an active youth competitor who represented her country at the 2013 FEI European Young Riders Reining Championships.  The Austrian Team took home the Bronze medal and Anna went on to win the Bronze medal in the Individual competition.

For further information regarding KL Performance Horses, visit www.reining-performance.com.

The KL Performance Horses Non Pro European Futurity, open to four-year-old horses subscribed in the NRHA European Nomination Program, will offer the €36,000-added L4, the €11,000-added or more L3, the €6,400 or more L2 and the €3,200 or more L1.  The qualifying go round is scheduled for Monday, March 31, the consolation on Wednesday, April 2 and the finals on Friday, April 4. The entry deadline for the Futurity classes is February 17.

For all the information regarding the NRHA European Futurity, please visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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The February Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverSit down and catch up on all the 2013 NRHA Futurity excitement in this month’s Digital Reiner. This issue is packed full of competition highlights and sale results.

Along with Futurity coverage, this month also features tips and tricks on grooming your horse to perfection, getting to know non pro competitor Denise Bixler and some inside knowledge of showing your horse to its maximum potential from NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani. Enjoy!

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Nominate for Professional of the Year

Nominations Due March 1

Nominate an NRHA Professional who exemplified excellence in the NRHA community in 2013. This distinction is reserved exclusively for the elite individuals who, in all aspects of their career, consistently excel in perpetuating the growth of the NRHA, both in and out of the show pen, while maintaining the ideals of the reining horse.

Any current NRHA member can nominate a 2013 NRHA Professional.

Recognition Categories for 2013 NRHA Professional of the Year include:

  • NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Non Pro Coach of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Youth Coach of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year

Selection will be based upon the candidate’s mastery of and contributions to:

  • Promoting NRHA Professionals and NRHA
  • Exemplifying integrity and sincerity within the industry and to the public
  • Insuring the welfare of the reining horse

The NRHA Professional of the Year in each category will be awarded a custom pair of Montana Silversmiths Trophy Spurs. Each NRHA Professional of the Year award recipient will also receive recognition on the NRHA website, recognition at the NRHA awards banquet and recognition in the NRHA Reiner.

NOMINATE NOW!
Due March 1
One nomination form per NRHA member per category. Nominator must be a current NRHA member and nominee must be an NRHA Professional in 2013 for final review by the Professionals Committee.

For any additional information, please contact Christina Brezack at cbrezack@nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.

NRHA Professionals: An open rider’s earnings begin to count for Top 20 purposes from the date and time they join NRHA Professionals. So now is the time to ask yourself: “Have I renewed?”

2014 NRHA Professionals Membership Form

For any additional information on the NRHA Professionals program, please contact Association Services at memberships@nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.

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Inaugural NRHA Adaptive Reining Classes to be Hosted in Florida

By Shianne Megel - The National Reining Horse Association, partnering with their supporting entity, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, is proud to implement an Adaptive Reining Program beginning in 2014. As the standard setting-body for the sport of Reining, NRHA now 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.

“I’m very excited to be able to expand the access to the sport of Reining. The thrill of experiencing Reining is amazing. NRHA is very happy to provide an avenue in which we can welcome para-equestrians with the Adaptive Reining Program,” said Beth Himes, NRHA President.

The inaugural Adaptive Reining classes will be held Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 during the 2014 Florida Reining Classic hosted by the Florida Reining Horse Association (FRHA).

On Tuesday, February 25 prior to the Bill Horn Shootout, an Adaptive Reining Demonstration is scheduled with Pat and Caton Parelli. Pat’s son Caton was born with a condition known as hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. After going into a coma, doctors doubted his survival and predicted if he did, he may never walk or talk and would need constant care for the rest of his life. Caton is now almost 30 years old and a seasoned competitor in NRHA, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association events. The combination of Pat’s natural horsemanship concepts and the newly recognized Adaptive Reining Program promises to be an educational and enjoyable event for all.

A benefit auction will be held Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29. The FRHA is looking for items to benefit the NRHA Adaptive Riding Program. Items may be sent to FRHA at 2330 NW 140th St., Citra, FL 32113.

For more information on the NRHA Adaptive Reining Program, contact NRHA (405) 946-7400.

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Purdue University Looking for Survey Respondents

From Purdue University (Melissa A. Voigt, M.S., PAS) – Do you believe the care and treatment of show horses is an issue? Researchers at Purdue University want to know YOUR thoughts.

Purdue UniversityDr. Colleen Brady and Melissa Voigt are conducting a survey on the perception of show horse care and treatment. Results of this survey will be used to develop a free online educational lesson on how to become more aware of issues and better care for show horses in all aspects. They want your opinion regardless of your discipline, interest, or knowledge of the topic; your response is valued no matter your position on the topic.

The survey will take approximately 30 minutes and can be accessed by going to http://ittybittyurl.com/1MC9 or visiting the Show Horse Life Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/showhorselife.

Please direct questions to Melissa at voigt@purdue.edu or Colleen at bradyc@purdu.edu.

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

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NRHA Steward School Scheduled Prior to NRHA European Futurity

2014 NRHA European Futurity – Kreuth, March 30 – April 05

From Simona Diale - On March 29 in Kreuth, Germany, the NRHA will host the only NRHA Steward School offered in Europe. The school will be hosted the day before the start of the NRHA European Futurity, and the starting time will be 8.30 a.m.  Participants will be able to take the test at the end of the day. To apply, download the Show Steward Application for the European school and contact Nick Cornelissens with any questions (+32(0)477 572 589 or nick@nrha.com).

If you are interested in becoming an NRHA Steward, please review the information found in the NRHA Handbook on pages 105-106. Additional information can be found on the Show Stewards page on the NRHA website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick Cornelissens:

Phone: +32(0)477 572 589

Email: nick@nrha.com

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Sun Circuit CRI Results

Austria’s Muehlstaetter Takes Top Honors in First of Two Scottsdale CRIs

US Reining Team Qualifying Reaches Fever Pitch

From USA Reining/Brad Ettleman – Scottsdale, Ariz., USA – In an international field of starters, the Sun Circuit of Scottsdale, Arizona names its first of two FEI champions.  Riders from Australia, Austria, Canada and the United States vie for valuable remaining qualifying points. Additionally, as the gold-medal defenders, the US Reining Team hones it’s team-building process, with outcomes gripping the attention of Reining enthusiasts from around the globe.

Showing some international muscle, Austria’s Martin Muehlstaetter claimed both gold and silver positions showing to first place with an exciting 150.5 point run, aboard Blue Collar Tag, Shaunda Ruckman’s a six-year-old bay AQHA gelding by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena by Smart Chic Olena. The Ruckmans are hometown favorites of Scottsdale, AZ.

Martin Muehlstaetter with Blue Collar Tag (by Kirkbride Photography)

Martin Muehlstaetter with Blue Collar Tag (by Kirkbride Photography)

“He’s a very sturdy show horse that offers a great deal of consistency in the show pen, with one hundred percent heart every time” said Muehlstaetter of his mount. “We are very fortunate to have a great partnership with owners Shaunda Ruckman and her husband Tim.  They have been loyal friends for years and we all have our sights set on the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  The Austrian team looks very strong and we have podium expectations.”

Muehlstaetter’s second place finish was a score of 148.5 aboard Wimpy’s Little Buddy, owned by Madalyn Roberts of San Diego, CA; and in third, it was Andrea Fappani with a 148 score for the United States showing Smoking Whiz owned by Silver Spurs Equine, LLC of Cave Creek, AZ.

Additional riders gaining US Reining Team Official Selection Trial advancement qualifying scores include: Dana Cohen showing Gail Klapper’s Magnum Refund (also the event’s top amateur rider) and Matt Mills showing both Janice Dickson’s Mia Little Whiz and Inga Guernsey’s Custom Great Pine.

Mills Wins Sun Circuit Open Concours de Reining International

Non-Pro Sensation Cohen Takes Silver

February 2, 2014 – The first of two remaining qualifying opportunities in the United States, the Sun Circuit FEI Concours de Reining International (CRI3***) offered another day of action-packed Reining.

Sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation, the United States Equestrian Federation and USA Reining, and offering a valuable and vital qualifying opportunity for US Riders to advance to the Official Team Selection Trial, Matt Mills of Rio Verde, Arizona took the gold medal spot aboard Janice Dickson’s Mia Little Whiz with an outstanding score of 149, showing to plus-one maneuver scores throughout the pattern and commanded the attention of the ground jury.

Matt Mills riding Mia Little Whiz by Kirkbride Photography

Matt Mills riding Mia Little Whiz (by Kirkbride Photography)

“She is an outstanding and consistent mare that gives me everything I ask, every time,” Mills raved about the six-year-old AQHA sorrel mare. “We are thrilled to have had such a great result here in Scottsdale and look forward to an exciting trip to Lexington to ride for a spot on the US Team.”

Dana Klapper Cohen riding Magnum Refund by Kirkbride Photography

Dana Klapper Cohen riding Magnum Refund (by Kirkbride Photography)

Earning the silver podium position, and rising through the ranks as an amateur rider, Dana Klapper Cohen of Denver, Colorado was showing Gail Klapper’s Magnum Refund, an eleven-year-old chestnut AQHA gelding.

Showing as an amateur competitor among the FEI entries is rare in the sport of Reining and the second place finish for Cohen is notable.  The success at the Sun Circuit gives Cohen a highly-coveted berth at the Selection Trial, held at the Kentucky Reining Cup this April.  In addition to the rarity of an amateur qualified contestant, Cohen is sure to be one of only a handful of elite female riders to join the field of US challengers in a discipline that is often dominated by men among the high performance level of the sport.

USA Reining, the official affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation serves as the kick-start organization for US riders with international aspirations.  Providing a pipeline of talented horses and riders to the USEF’s high performance programs, USA Reining offers competitive programs, education and support within the FEI/USEF sport structure for Reiners.  For more information about USA Reining, click on:  www.USAReining.org.

The final US qualifying event will be held next weekend in Ardmore, OK on February 7-8.  For more information on the Winter Slide Horse Show, click on www.WinterSlide.com.

Athletes then advance to the super-competitive US Team Selection Trials at the Kentucky Reining Cup, held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 25-27, 2014.  For more information about the Official Selection Trial, click on:  www.KentuckyReining.com.

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

 

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NRHA Marketing Internship Opportunities

By Christa Morris - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Marketing Department offers two internships each year. The first internship is held during the NRHA Derby Show in June and the second is held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show beginning in late November. Applications are now being accepted for these opportunities.

2014 Deadlines and Lengths of Internships

  • NRHA Derby – Apply by May 1 / Length: June 16-30 (approximately)
  • NRHA Futurity – Apply by September 1 / Length: November 24 – December 8 (approximately)

Internship Requirements

The internship is based at NRHA Headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla. and includes participation at either the NRHA Derby Show or NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. Junior- and senior-level college students working on agricultural communications or journalism degrees are preferred. To be selected, the candidate:

  • must have his/her own transportation,
  • must have access to his/her own laptop (Mac preferred) to use during the show and have basic knowledge of Photoshop, iMovie or similar programs,
  • must be willing to assist with all functions of the Marketing Department including early mornings and lengthy days during major events,
  • must demonstrate an interest in the livestock or horse industry and have the ability to work collaboratively, and
  • must be creative, energetic, patient and reliable.

Duties

Interns will be given the opportunity and challenge to write news releases, interact with media professionals, assist with website content, produce special events and fulfill NRHA Corporate Partner and event sponsor obligations. Interns also will assist with management of the media office, write scripts for the show, as well as be asked to take and edit photos. Interns will work with official photographer/videographer to compile results photos/videos for distribution and assist with show updates on Facebook and Instagram. Interns also will be asked to assist with other show functions as needed.

Compensation

Stipend based on length of internship (daily rate of $45/day, plus lodging and reimbursement for travel to and from show). Will assist with college credit. Will reimburse travel expenses to and from show.

Materials to include for consideration

  • Resume, work samples, references, clippings, etc.

Resumes, cover letters and writing samples for the internship should be submitted to:
Christa Morris
NRHA Senior Director of Marketing
3000 N.W. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
cmorris@nrha.com

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