NFuelN Local Offers Fuel Discounts as New NRHA Corporate Partner

NFuelN Local Offers Fuel Discounts as New NRHA Corporate Partner


By Christina Brezack – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce a new partnership that can directly benefit NRHA members on a daily basis. now is on board as a new NRHA Corporate Partner to offer fuel discounts on both gas and diesel up to $.35 per gallon to NRHA members, their family and friends.

NFuelN Local works with Fleet One, one of the largest commercial fuel card providers and retailers, to bring the best value to customers. The idea was to look to the horse industry and leverage the buying power of NFuelN and create new fuel card businesses centric to the horse industry. Fuel costs are a major concern to members, and NRHA wants to give members, their family and friends the opportunity to reduce those costs.

NFuelN Local cardholders pay wholesale cost plus  $.11 or the cash price of fuel less $.02 whichever is a greater saving. The discounts are “repriced” through Fleet One. The repricing department associates the card and the cardholder’s account number as part of the NFuelN Local buying group. Those discounts will be noted on the cardholder’s weekly or monthly invoice, by date of transaction. The special NRHA NFuelN Local fuel card can be used at any of the 8,000 locations Fleet One is accepted. Love’s Truck Stop is a huge supporter of the program.

“We met a lot of people and it’s incredible that people always ask the same questions….what’s the catch? Our business proposition is very simple, signing up under our buying group gives you the leverage to buy fuel like a large fleet,” says Ken MacDonald, NFuelN Local President. “The card, issued through Fleet One, will have the distinctive NRHA logo branded on the card. We are very excited to be part of the NRHA and be the preferred resource for buying fuel. Our business is about taking cost out, not cost in. If you can plan fuel points, like major trucking companies, you can benefit and save money.”

NRHA Members can apply for a fuel card online through Applications are approved within 48 hours and you can receive your card 3 – 7 business days. It is easy to get started. Click the “Apply Now” on NRHA’s homepage. You will need a couple items before you apply:

  • Your social security number or Fed ID#. If your small business has limited credit or signing up as an individual, use your SSN and under type of Business click on proprietorship.
  • Bank account information – routing and account number. (All accounts are ACH Debit)
  • Bank branch address.

Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Business Development said, “A typical NRHA member travels to five shows a year and drives on average 1,661 miles, not to mention how much they drive for work and day-to-day travel. NRHA can help its members by directly putting money back in their pockets with fuel savings. This is a true partnership because when NRHA members use their fuel card, NRHA benefits from how much fuel is purchased. We are very excited to welcome NFuelN Local on as your NRHA Corporate Partner.”

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

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


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New APHA Awards for High Roller Reining Classic

The American Paint Horse Association will continue its new Paint-specific reining awards program at the 2014 High Roller Reining Classic, set for September 13-20 in Las Vegas. The new partnership created between APHA and the High Roller Reining Classic features exciting new opportunities for reining Paints.


Custom buckles will be awarded in both aged events and ancillary classes. In aged events, the buckles will be awarded to the highest-placing registered Paint Horses. In the NRHA Non Pro, Rookie Non Pro, Youth and Open classes, the buckles will go to the high-point Paint that competes in both slates of classes.

12 APHA buckles will awarded in the following events: Lucas Oil Open Derby, Protect the Harvest Non Pro Derby, High Roller Reining Classic Non Pro Futurity, High Roller Reining Classic Open Futurity, Whizkey N Diamonds Open Stakes, Whizkey N Diamonds Non Pro Stakes, SmartPak Non Pro Maturity, Open ancillary, Non Pro ancillary, Youth ancillary and Rookie ancillary

“The Paint Horse breed is dynamic, versatile and athletic—qualities that go hand-in-hand with the sport of reining,” APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders said. “The High Roller Reining Classic provides a great opportunity to showcase high-achieving Paint Horses and reward these exceptional horses and exhibitors with some extra recognition from APHA.”
Paint entries at Vegas are eligible for some important additional benefits, too.

Exhibitors or owners who still need to register his or her horse with APHA can save $15 by doing so with the fast and easy online registration program. An older horse registration promotion of $100 for the Regular Registry and $50 for the Solid Paint-Bred Registry is also in effect, offering deep discounts for performance-age horses.

APHA’s friendly MemberCare team is ready to help with any questions regarding registration or the online process. Call MemberCare at (817) 222-6423 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. CST.

Owners who opt to submit registration paperwork by mail should write HIGH ROLLER REINING on the front of the envelope to receive complimentary rush processing—up to a $100 value!

For information on the High Roller Reining Classic, go to

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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ColiCare Helped Me Save My Horse’s Life

SmartPak Helps Young Horse Owner Pay for Colic Surgery

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From SmartPak – PLYMOUTH, MA – July 31, 2014 - Kelsey Herring is a lifelong rider, and is living her dream as a rider and student at Clemson University in South Carolina. But this past spring, she was living every horse owner’s nightmare when she got the news that her horse had to go to colic surgery. While the uncertainty was scary, Kelsey knew she had one thing by her side—she had ColiCare.

“When I got that call (that he needed surgery), I was very scared, but having the ColiCare program there to support me through the whole process was a weight off my shoulders,” said Herring. “I had first heard about the ColiCare program from my vet, Dr. Liz Maloney. She had recommended it, and I thought it’d be nice to have the $7,500 of colic surgery reimbursement, if anything were to happen. But I never dreamt I’d actually have to use it. As it turned out, having that coverage meant I didn’t have to make that extreme decision — there was no second guessing; he was getting the surgery. We were going to do everything we could to save him.”

The ColiCare program is open to horses that are fed any of the four ColiCare eligible products in SmartPaks™: SmartDigest® Ultra, SmartGI™ Ultra, SmartCombo™ Ultra and SmartCombo Senior Ultra.   Horses enrolled in the ColiCare program are required to participate in a veterinarian-directed wellness program. These Annual Wellness Requirements include vaccinations administered by a veterinarian, physical and dental exams performed by a veterinarian, and a veterinarian-directed deworming program that includes at least one fecal test and two deworming administrations per year.

Should the horse ever need to go to surgery, filing a claim through ColiCare is simple and easy. Start by calling SmartPak to initiate the claim, and SmartPak will provide you with 2 forms for the veterinarian and surgeon to fill out. Once the claim is approved, a reimbursement check will be mailed within five to seven business days. “When it came to the reimbursement, filing the claim with SmartPak was really easy,” said Herring. “It just felt like you were calling a friend. All the SmartPakers were really concerned about how Kat was doing and how I was doing. So, it was really nice to have a little support system there.”

“When Kat came home, walking him back into his own stall was very emotional. I was so relieved and so happy to have him back. He’s doing great in his recovery; we’re back in light work and focusing on building up his muscle. I’m so looking forward to getting him back out on trail rides and eventing.”

“Looking back on everything, I’m so grateful everything was so smooth. I’ll definitely keep Kat on SmartDigest Ultra, and I’m keeping my mare, Lex, on it as well. For me, the main benefit of the program is the daily digestive support. My horses move with me between New England and South Carolina, and I know changing environments, traveling, and competing all can lead to digestive stress. While I know firsthand that nothing can completely prevent colic, I firmly believe that supporting digestive health is a smart choice for my horses.”

“I’ve told all my friends about ColiCare, and I’m sure half the horses in the barn are enrolled by now. I would 100% recommend it to anyone. It’s simply worth it.”

Want to protect your horse? Visit online at or by calling 1-888-752-5171 to learn more about the ColiCare program.

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

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.

Contact: Emily Joyce
774-773-1414 or

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The August Digital Reiner is ready!

augustreinercoverThis month has a recap of the 2014 NRHA Derby action including USA Reining, Collegiate Reining Championships, High School Reining Championships, and if you missed the Awards Banquet, we have the highlights on that as well.

Thinking about buying a tractor to make chores around your facility easier? We have an informative article, Farm Power Basics, outlining what size tractor and what kind of attachments that can make your chores go by faster. Also in this month’s issue are Taylor Helms, Pete Kyle, Samantha Belcher, Mandy McCutcheon and Stacey Davis.

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August 15 Deadline – NRHA European Derby

logo_breit_nrha_transparent2014 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

7 -13 September  -  Manerbio, Italy


The fourth edition of the NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity will be held in Manerbio, Italy, on 7-13 September.

The €74,500-added KL Performance Horses Open Derby and the €31,050-added Non Pro Derby is open to 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-year-old horses. All 4- and 5-year-old horses must be paid in full in the NRHA European Nomination Program.

The entry deadline for the Derby is August 15!

The entry form is available at:

Horses also may be entered online at:

The entry deadline for the NRHA Pre Futurity and ancillary classes is August 22.

For more information, please visit!

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Miss Tinseltown is NRHA’s All-Time Leading Dam

By Christa Morris – NRHA is pleased to announce the crowning of a new All-Time Leading Dam, Miss Tinseltown, owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner David Silva, Sr. Her progeny have won $680,750 in NRHA competition earning her this phenomenal achievement.

Miss Tinseltown (Great Red Pine x Ms Holywood Showtime x Docs Showtime) has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $114,100 including a fourth place finish at the 1997 NRHA Open Futurity, championship honors at the 1999 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and the reserve championship at the 1999 NRHA Derby with NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame inductee Tim McQuay in the saddle.

The 1994 mare was bred by Charles Vaughan and foaled in Indiana. In 1997, McQuay purchased the 3-year-old mare and then later sold her to Silva. After Silva’s purchase and the mare’s success in the show pen, Miss Tinseltown went on to produce nine NRHA money earners, including two of Silva’s current stallions, Gunners Tinseltown and Hollywoodstinseltown.

Gunners Tinseltown (by Gunner) has $265,400 NRHA LTE. Those earnings include the 2014 NRHA Derby L3 Open Reserve Championship, as well as winning fourth place in the L4 Open division at the 2014 NRBC with NRHA Professional Sam Schaffhauser. In 2012, he was the NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion and Prime Time Open Champion with Tim McQuay in the saddle.

Hollywoodstinseltown (by Hollywood Dun It) has $185,900 NRHA LTE. He won the 2009 NRBC L3 Open championship, the 2009 NRHA Derby L3 Open championship and L4 Open Reserve championship with NRHA Professional Marco Ricotta riding. In addition, they won fourth place in the L4 Open division at the 2010 NRBC. With McQuay aboard, he won a team gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Miss Tinseltown’s other money earners are: Hollywood Downtown ($110,400 NRHA LTE, by Hollywood Dun It, owned by Polly Cooke), Dun It In Tinseltown ($62,400 NRHA LTE, by Hollywood Dun It, owned by Silva), Tinseltownsmokingun (by Gunner, owned by Julia Gaupmann), Showdownintinseltown (by Gunner, owned by Steve Braun), Footworks In Town (by Footworks Finest, owned by Susan Wright), Dunitinbrightlight (by Hollywood Dun It, owned by George and Carol Bell) and My Hollywood Girl (by Hollywood Dun It, owned by Silva).

The second-highest NRHA producing mare is NRHA Hall of Famer Taris Little Vintage (Peppy San Badger x Taris Vintage) with $677,360 in progeny earnings. As a show horse, she won $48,700 in NRHA competition and was third in the 1994 NRHA Futurity Open with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks. She is the only mare to have produced two NRHA Futurity Champions: Hollywood Vintage (by Hollywood Dun It) and Taris Designer Genes (by Mr Boomerjac). She produced 10 other NRHA money earners including Taris Modern Design (by Mr Boomerjac), Vintage Boom (by Mr Boomerjac) and Taris Favorite Trick (by Mr Boomerjac).

In the number three spot on the list of producing dams is another NRHA Hall of Fame inductee, Collena Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Collena Freckles) with offspring earnings of $667,800. Though deceased, her legacy continues via her offspring’s successes. Her last recorded owner was Monica Watson’s Double Run Farm. She is the dam of three money-earning offspring: NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Highest Money Earner Wimpys Little Chic (by Wimpys Little Step), Collenas Finest Tafy (by Footworks Finest) and Collenas Little Wimp (by Wimpys Little Step).

Photos by Waltenberry (Top – Miss Tinseltown, Middle – Gunners Tinseltown, Bottom – Hollywoodstinseltown)

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Interscholastic Equestrian Association to Participate in the Time To Ride Challenge

 Cleveland Heights, Ohio – July 14, 2014 — The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), will participate in the Time To Ride Challenge July 18- August 31, 2014, in an effort to spread the awareness of the benefits of horses and horse activities.

Time to Ride is a national campaign created by the American Horse Council to promote the preservation of all segments of the equine industry by connecting American families with local equine businesses.  The Time To Ride Challenge is a contest challenging professionals, in the equine industry, to host events in which they expose individuals that have not previously been involved with the horses to a variety of activities that involve horses and ponies.

“We are thrilled that the Interscholastic Equestrian Association is rallying their members to participate in the 100 Day Horse Challenge.  Young people sharing their horses with friends is a great way to grow our horse industry.” stated Patti Colbert, marketing manager for the Time To Ride Challenge.

“The Time To Ride Challenge is a great way for our members to share their passion for horses”, Roxane Lawrence, founder and executive director of the IEA, said about the program.  “We see the benefit of equine sports every day in our own members.  The IEA, with its nearly 10,000 members, is excited at the prospect of being able to help the American Horse Council reach their goal of introducing 100,000 new people to horses.”

The members of the IEA will host events for individuals new to the horse industry by offering a variety of activities in which a live horse is present.  The hope is for each IEA member to bring one friend to a barn and acquaint them with a horse and/or equestrian activity.  “This is a great way to spark interest in people who have never considered spending time with a horse,” said Lawrence.

Founded in 2002, the IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at:

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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Germany Announces Reining Team For 2014 World Equestrian Games

Provided by Ramona Billing/NRHA Germany - The National Federation of Germany announced their reining team today for the 2014 World Equestrian Games at Normandy, France.  It will consist of Nina Lill riding GR Hug A Jewel, Grischa Ludwig riding Custom Del Cielo, Alexander Ripper riding  Wild At The Bar and Volker Schmitt riding Smokin Mifillena. Bad Luck for Sylvia Rzepka, whose horse suffered an injury and cannot compete.

Nina Lill claimed individual and team gold at the 2009 FEI European Championship and won numerous renowned international events including the NF German Championship, the NRHA Breeders Derby Open and multiple Bronze Trophies. With her 8-year-old American Quarter Horse mare GR Hug A Jewel (by Solanoswarlee Boy, owner Vanety Korbus) Nina Lill is 4th in NRHA Open World ranking at the moment. The two qualified winning the CRI*** at Givrins.

Grischa Ludwig’s NRHA LTE exceed $ 400,000 at the moment. He is a multiple German Champion, DQHA German and AQHA European Champion, NRHA Breeders Futurity and Derby Champion and earned team gold and individual bronze at the 2013 FEI European Championship. He also placed 5th at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky. In Caen, he will ride his EC horse Custom Del Cielo (Custom Crome x Lena Del Cielo) a 7-year-old AQHA stallion bred in the U.S.A. and owned by Fabian Strebel (Switzerland). With this horse, Grischa won the  CRI*** at the NRHA Germany Easter Show in Kreuth.

Alexander Ripper and Wild At The Bar (Star At The Bar x Wild About Hollywood) claimed individual and team gold at the 2013 FEI European Championship – his second FEI EC gold after 2003. He is a multiple German Champion, NRHA Breeders Derby Champion and Bronze Trophy Champion.  10-year-old AQHA stallion Wild At The Bar was bred by  Chris Feichter and Edith Zenouda and is owned by Wolfgang Müller.

Volker Schmitt won the first CRIO in individual competition and claimed team gold at the 2013 FEI European Championship. He is a multiple Bronze Trophy Champion, FEQHA European Champion and Futurity Champion whose NRHA LTE exceed $ 500,000. At the WEG he will saddle Smokin Mifillena (Mifillena x Gunners Doll Face) again, an 8-year-old AQHA stallion owned by Sonja Lubas with whom Volker was  NRHA European Futurity Reserve Champion 2010 and claimed EC team gold with last year.

The team competition in reining is scheduled for August 25 and 26, 2014. The individual final will follow on August 30, 2014.

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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$220,000 Sale Incentive Unveiled

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales

Any 2-year-old that is consigned to the 2014 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale that competes in the 2015 NRHA Futurity, and wins one of the following divisions, will be paid an additional award as follows:BXP_1600-sale-cropped


  • Level 4 = $50,000
  • Level 3 = $35,000
  • Level 2 = $25,000
  • 75% to Owner / 25% to Consignor

Get in the game. Consign now!

August 1 – Deadline to Consign :: August 15 – Video/Photos Due*
(*for Futurity Prospect and Select Yearling Sales Only)

Read more about the sale’s exposure to prospective buyers and its new, improved schedule.

More 2013 Sale Stats

  • Prospect:
    • $42,120 average
    • Top 1/3 = $98,000 average
    • Top Ten brought $50,000 and higher
  • Breeders:
    • $13,350 average
    • Top 1/3 = $25,000 average
    • Top Ten brought $22,000 and higher
  • Marketplace:
    • $27,000 high seller
    • $8,290 average
    • Top 1/3 = $14,000 average
    • Top Ten brought $12,000 and higher

Markel Insurance
Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Select Yearling Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

Follow the official NRHA Facebook page for updates!


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Our Loss – Side Smoke

We send our condolences to NRHA Corporate Partner Schmersal Reining Horses on the loss of their horse Side Smoke.  The 1989 gelding Side Smoke (by Docs Sidewinder and out of Miss Gun Smoke 1) was the earner of over $59,000 NRHA LTE. Ridden by both Craig and Ginger Schmersal and several others in his NRHA career, Side Smoke will be dearly missed.

“Sidesmoke was loved by many, he will be always be remembered as one of the great ones,” Ginger said remembering their beloved horse.


Craig Schmersal-Side Smoke 1996

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