The ARBC Grows up and Becomes the NARHA…the National Arabian Reining Horse Association

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The ARBC Grows up
and Becomes the NARHA …
the National Arabian Reining Horse Association 

Half-Arabian_TS_Mae_Gossip_and_Andrea_Fappani_won_the_Scottsdale_HA_Reining_Futurity_in_FebruaryOriginally created as an incentive program that would inspire breeders of reining horses to seriously consider the talent, athletic ability and heart of Arabian and Half-Arabians, the ARBC has been offering large cash prize incentives at premier NRHA events starting in 2014.  Since then ARBC Futurities have paid out over $250,000 in prize money. At the beginning of 2016, the ARBC founders opted to turn over the program to the newly founded NARHA (National Arabian Reining Horse Association), wisely comprehending that a national association would grow a broader, sounder basis and platform, with the sort of longevity that helps these programs thrive and survive. Meanwhile, the structure of the ARBC program has been working quite well, and will remain much the same. The major change will be a new name … the NARHA Incentive Program, but the ARBC Membership will simply pay their current dues to the new organization. Previous enrollments will not have to reregister with the NARHA.

Of course, there are always a few things to bring up-to-date. The new organization means new program certificates which will be sent on receipt of current dues. A much larger assortment of NARHA classes will soon be available at NRHA shows that apply to have them nationally. The NARHA will provide these events with prizes for Champions in each division at no charge to the events. On the marketing side, NARHA has formed a liaison with the National Horseman Arabian publication so that NARHA members and their horses can be advertised and editorialized in the Working Western section of that magazine. Along with advertising options for Arabian Reiners, the magazine offers seven full color “coffee-table” style issues annually, both print and digital, featuring up-to-date news, editorial, outstanding event coverage and beautiful photos of the Arabian horse and its shows.

   Reining horse breeders initially start out with NARHA by enrolling their stallions in the program. Stallion owners pay a nomination fee; then an annual enrollment fee. Stallions are invited to participate in any NARHA promotion at shows where classes are held by bringing their promotional materials to those shows. It’s almost worth the price of stallion enrollment just for the show promotions! The NARHA is currently on a stallion enrollment campaign and has also agreed to sign up aged stallions (and those deceased or over the age of 20 with frozen semen) for a modest $750 lifetime enrollment fee.

Right now, NARHA looks forward to participating at the First Annual Las Vegas Wild Card Challenge which debuts this spring in Las Vegas, bringing with it the Four-Year-Old Reining Futurity.  This brand new event, which runs over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25th through 29th at the South Point Event Center, Hotel and Casino, does not require nominations or enrollments for participation. The horses must have an NRHA Competition License to compete. Horses that are entered in the Wild Card Reining Challenge Four-Year-Old Futurity cannot have competed in any reining futurities (Category 2 Aged Event) as a three-year-old.

The Four-Year-Old Futurity is the spotlighted event of the show that will also offer two full slates of ancillary reining classes, the NARHA $47,000 Added Futurity for 4 and 5-year-old Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses, a $10,000 Added SmartPak Non Pro Maturity which includes Arabian divisions, and the popular World Para Reining Challenge for riders with physical handicaps and for discharged military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Though the ARBC has been in place at shows for several years, officially, the 2016 Wild Card show will mark the first appearance of NARHA competition at an NRHA sanctioned show.

Owners of NARHA Enrolled Incentive Program horses must be members of the NARHA as of 2017, see membership information at

For additional information contact Amanda Brumley, or (602) 677-3774

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APHA Rewards Paints at 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic

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APHA Rewards Paints at 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic 

FORT WORTH, Texas – For the third consecutive year, high-scoring registered Paint Horses and their exhibitors took home beautiful trophy buckles at the National Reining Breeders Classic, thanks to APHA. The show, which took place April 17–24 in Katy, Texas, is one of the nation’s richest National Reining Horse Association-approved events, boasting purses exceeding $1 million.

Four Paints ended up in the Top 10 of the prestigious Open Classic Finals with impressive scores exceeding 226.5. According to show management, approximately one-third of all horses showing this year were Paint-bred, most of which were already registered through APHA. Five horses eligible for APHA registration papers joined the family at the NRBC, thanks to on-site registration options, and one—Yes Ima Gunner—even took home a buckle in the Youth division, thanks to the last-minute decision.

Congratulations to the following 2016 APHA/NRBC buckle winners:

L1 Open Classic

Lil Money Gun, a 2011 palomino overo stallion by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Miss Shiney Cat (QH), ridden by Arnaud Ferret (right) for Double PR Ranch of Pilot Point, Texas

L2 Open Classic

DP Gunnaoutshinya, a 2011 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Out Shinin Wimpy (QH), ridden by Jamie Bissell for Dorminy Plantation of Fitzgerald, Georgia

L3 Open Classic

Cannon Gun, a 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Tuckerette Command (QH), ridden by Gabe Hutchins for Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon

L4 Open Classic

Gunner Dun It Again, a 2011 buckskin overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Dun Its Deja Vu (QH), ridden by Andrea Fappani for Paulo Tripoloni of Brazil

Open & Open Classic Challenge

Doc Bars Smokingun, a 2007 palomino overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Docs Dunnit Bar (QH), ridden by Shane Brown for Glo Tazi of Castle Rock, Colorado

L1 Non-Pro Classic

Big Creme Chic, a 2010 sorrel overo gelding by Big Chex To Cash and out of Cremes Chic Olena (QH), ridden by Samantha Roper of Hobart, Indiana

L2 Non-Pro Classic

Diamond Studded Guns, a 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Like To Flo, ridden by Bailey Kolsun of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

L3 & L4 Non-Pro Classic

MsDreamy, a 2010 sorrel solid mare by Magnum Chic Dream (QH) and out of A Gal With A Gun, ridden by Rick Christen of Whitehouse, Ohio


Gunners Chic Magnet, a 2011 bay solid stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Wind Her Up Chic (QH), ridden by Michelina Carbone of South Bend, Indiana

Non-Pro Classic Challenge

Jumpin Jac Trash, a 2007 sorrel solid gelding by Trashadeous and out of Sail Away Rene (QH), ridden by Madison Steed of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada


Yes Ima Gunner, a 2005 sorrel solid gelding by Colonels Smokingun and out of Double Sweet BH (QH), ridden by Sidney Perdue (right) of Granbury, Texas


Nuff Gun, a 2006 sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Freckles Frannie (QH), ridden by Suzanne Allman-Mathura of Rockwall, Texas

Exhibitors and Paint Horse owners can look forward to even more opportunities to win Gist Silversmiths buckles this year at the Tulsa Reining Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas and the Southwest Reining Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The NRBC—along with other NRHA-approved reining events as well as cutting and cow horse competitions—is one of the numerous designated events for 2016 APHA World Show qualification. The show counts as one of the four required shows needed for participation-based qualification, as well as two of the eight required judges. For a complete list of shows, visit


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NRHA Professional of the Year Awards Announced

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks was named the National Reining Horse Association’s Professional Horseman of the Year for 2015. He was in good company with NRHA Professional Sam Smith earning the NRHA Non Pro Coach of the Year, plus NRHA Professional Kim Dierks as the Horsewoman of the Year, Devin Warren as Youth Coach of the Year and NRHA Professional Mathieu Buton as Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year. With the highest number of nominations NRHA has ever had, Shane Brown, Chair of the Professionals Committee was elated. “It’s amazing the gratitude these professionals show when receiving these awards,” said Brown.

NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks, a resident of Tioga, Texas and active member of the Southwest Reining Horse Association, has been an NRHA member since 1991 and throughout his reining career has earned more than $1,697,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.

More important than his winnings, has been his dedication to his clients and their success. His ability to communicate with riders of all ages, having clients ranging from 12 to 78, touts his success as a coach.  Not only has he been a mentor to an abundance of non pros over the years, he has served on the Executive Board, he’s a past President of NRHA and has taught clinics across the world at the request of NRHA.

Hendricks has been an NRHA Professional since 2003 and has had great success in the show pen having been an NRHA Futurity Champion, NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion, 5-Time NRBC Open Derby Champion, AQHA Congress Open Futurity Champion and World Equestrian Games Team USA Gold Medalist, accomplishments that are just a portion of his major event winnings. Hendricks’ dedication not only to the reining industry but also his clients is evident as he sets up his clientele to be in the winner’s circle.

NRHA Non Pro Coach of the Year

Sam Smith of Marietta, Oklahoma has been said to “live and breathe the sport of Reining.” And it is this lifelong dedication to promoting the NRHA and the preparation of the horses to the sport that has enabled him to be successful not only as a rider but also as a coach. With over 30 years of experience as a trainer, Smith has more than proven his talent in the show pen boasting in excess of $570,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.

More importantly, Smith has coached countless youth, open and non pro circuit champions and year end winners and “demonstrates great patience with all of his riders” and “truly wants them to succeed.” In addition to Smith’s superior coaching skills, he has served on several professional committees and is also an NRHA Judge. He is also active in the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA).

With Smith’s work ethic that is “second to none” and a focus that “never falters,” he, along with his clients, will continue to be successful in the show pen.

NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year

Between showing reining horses as a professional, coaching clients, and developing high caliber reining prospects, Kim Diercks has established herself in the reining horse industry. An NRHA Professional, Diercks has been involved with the association since 1986 and has since established herself as a respected and successful trainer. Diercks has dedicated herself to the promotion and success of the NRHA at both the affiliate and national levels. She’s an Affiliate Board member, show manager, Rookie Day Professional, an NRHA Judge and an NRHA show representative. As well, she is active in her local affiliate, the North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA).

In addition to her contributions to the association, Diercks has had a successful show career with over $264,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. Her list of accomplishments includes being a multiple NRHA Open Futurity Finalist, NRHA Derby Open Finalist and an NRBC Finalist. In addition, she has several National and World titles in the Morgan and Paint Horse associations as well as two US National Arabian Championships. Along with her own impressive list of accomplishments, she sets up her clients to be in the winner’s circle in both local and major competitions.

NRHA Youth Coach of the Year

Five-time World Champion Devin Warren has over 20 years’ experience as a horse trainer, breeder and showman. His dedication to “his clients, horses and family are unsurpassed,” which makes it no surprise that he has been selected as NRHA Youth Coach of the Year. Warren is active in his local affiliate, the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) and has been on the board for six years. As well, he donates time to local 4H clubs and allows various groups to utilize his facilities. He’s also been known to reach out to up-and-coming trainers and “thinks of others before himself.”

Based in Franktown, Colorado Warren has excelled both in the show pen and in teaching on the national level. Warren not only qualified for the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) but also had numerous clients to qualify as well, which were just part of a number of successes during their 2015 show season.

Warren is an APHA and AQHA member, has numerous APHA Reining Championships and has been an NRHA Derby finalist. In addition, his clientele have won an extensive amount of titles and he has coached youth riders who have later gone on to ride on National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) teams.

NRHA Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year

An NRHA Top 20 Professional and a successful horse trainer and non pro coach, Mathieu Buton has several years of experience working with some of the best professionals in the industry including NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mike McEntire.

The 34-year-old trainer piloted Ms Mercedes Whiz owned by Buton and his wife Angela, to a Level (L) 2 Open championship title at the 2015 NRHA Futurity along with a Reserve in L3 and placed ninth in the L4 Open division to bring home a paycheck of more than $54,000. Hailing from France, currently a Texas resident and active member of SWRHA, Buton has been making his presence known in the reining horse industry.

He has been said to have an “unique ability to softly teach correctness to his horses as well as teaching his students to understand not only the how but also the why.”

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Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All Earn Win NRBC Open Championship

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Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All Earn Win NRBC Open Championship 


It brought the audience to its feet. With stomping boots, clapping hands, whistles, cheers, whoops and hollers, the crowd at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center cheered the 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion into the history books.


As draw 29 of the 30-horse finals, Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All entered the Coliseum arena. From the first stop to the last, the crowd was with them. With NRHA Futurity and Derby titles under their belt, the only leg of reining’s triple crown that had eluded them was the NRBC – and this was the six-year-old stallion’s last chance.


With even the competition cheering them on, the duo rose to the occasion, marking a 231 – one of the highest scores in NRBC history. “I’m relieved, excited – there is a flood of emotions. I’m so very humbled,” Vanlandingham said. “I’m thankful to have a great horse, a great family to support us, and a God that loves us. It’s been an amazing day for sure.”


When asked about winning all three of reining’s major events, Vanlandingham gave credit to his horse, a stallion by Sparkling Vintage out of All Ruffed Up. “There aren’t many that have done it. It takes a very special animal to accomplish that. You know, we’ve had just weird stuff happen the last couple years. With that being said, it’s even more special for him to go out and take it in his last year,” he said.


So after tying for this high preliminary score, was Vanlandingham feeling any pressure in the finals? He said, “You know, Casey, Jordan and I were laughing because it was getting crazy. We knew we’d have to go in there and lay everything down, and everyone else had the same game plan, but it was working for everyone which was insane! Everyone was really good tonight and that kind of competition brings the best out in everyone and that’s what you want.”


The prestige of winning the NRBC is matched by the large payout and bevy of prizes the Champion receives. Along with the big check for $75,000, Vanlandingham was presented with a year’s use of a four-horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite and Twin Cities South, a Leson Classic Saddle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a saddle pad from Yucca Flats, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnology, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, and the signature NRBC blue crystal trophy.


“I thank God. He gets all the glory. Thank you to Vaughn and Justin Zimmerman for letting me ride this horse. They’ve been great. There have been so many people who wanted this horse and they’ve left him with me,” he said.


Vanlandingham noted that his success is due to his family, and added, “You know, my wife Adrienne was with me before I had great horses. This business is very, very tough and she has been with me by my side the whole way. Our four kids are just as big of a part of our program as anyone else. They’re out there cleanings stalls and working hard, and I am so thankful for them.”


Tom McCutcheon and The Wizster finished as NRBC Open Level 4 Reserve Champions, collecting $51,000. The Wizster, by Gallo Del Cielo out of Ms Whizard Jac, is owned by Turnabout Farm Inc., of Gloucester, Massachusetts.


Jimmy Van Der Hoeven Wins Open Level 3 Title on Chic Dreamin 


It was a great day for Vaughn Zimmerman, as another of his horses, Chic Dreamin, won the Level 3 Open Championship and finished seventh in the Level 4 with trainer Jimmy Van Der Hoeven. Total earnings exceeded $40,000, and came with a saddle from Kyle Tack, gift certificates to Santa Cruz Biotechnology and Thomas Moore Feed, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, and numerous other prizes.


“It feels great to win it. The owners are really nice and are great people, so I’m happy to win for them,” he said. Zimmerman purchased Chic Dreamin, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Skeets Red Dunit, as a 3-year-old. “They bought him from us, and although we had a good first show, we’ve had some bad luck, and they stuck with us and were patient. I really appreciate them.”


Van Der Hoeven and Chic Dreamin marked a 227.5 in the finals. “He was really good. I tried to warm him up as little as possible because he gets tired easily, so I prepared him lightly. I couldn’t have asked him to do any better in the finals,” he said. “The NRBC is one of the toughest horse shows there is. The best horses come here, and a lot are older and he’s only four. Even the go-round is tough, so I was already happy to be in the finals. To do this well is really cool.”


Reserve in the Level 3 went to Arno Honstetter and Gunners Special Glo with a 226.5. Gunners Special Glo, by Gunners Special Nite out of Paps Last Glo, is owned by Marilyn Overgaard of Carefree, Arizona. Honstetter and Gunners Special Glo also tied for eighth in the Level 4 finals, bringing total earnings to more than $30,000.


Trent Harvey and ARC Gunna Mark Ya Win Open Level 2 & 1 Championship 


The third time was the charm for Whitesboro, Texas, trainer Trent Harvey. He’s competed at the NRBC for the past two years, and had some success by making the Level 1 finals. In this year’s  finals, he and ARC Gunna Mark Ya scored a 223.5 – winning both the Level 2 and Level 1 championship.  “This is my first Level 2 finals, so that was an achievement in itself,” he said. “Winning here is a dream come true. Ever since I was young and dreaming about riding reiners, this was the biggest thing – it’s huge. I just thank the Lord and my parents for giving me the love of horses, and Casey Deary for giving me this great opportunity.”


Harvey and ARC Gunna Mark Ya, by Gunnatrashya out of Shiney Miss Marker, scored a 217.5 in the preliminary round. “She was real good in the prelims. She was a little upset circling to the left, so it didn’t look as nice, but the rest of the run was beautiful,” he said. “My game plan for the finals was just to make sure she was quiet and relaxed, and then we went in there and I left it up to the Lord.”


Although he’s only been riding reiners three years, Harvey has had a love for horses since his early years. His parents, Dale and Cheri Harvey, instilled that passion at a young age. “My parents used to work for Mr. Arcese in Italy. They actually introduced him to reining horses in the ’80′s. I believe the first picture of me on a horse was taken when I was about six months old. I’ve always loved them,” he said.


Although his family had a history with reiners, Harvey showed cutting horses in his youth. He actually didn’t begin competing on reiners until he began working for the Deary’s three years ago. “I have always loved them but never got the chance to show one. It’s been so much fun to get that experience,” he said. “I thank my parents for getting me interested in horses. I thank Swartzy Performance Horses and the Lord for this opportunity, and of course my wonderful wife Mercedes for all her loving support.”


All totaled, Harvey and ARC Gunna Mark Ya won $11,276 and prizes that included a saddle from Continental Saddlery, a saddle sponsored by Jim Taylor and the Deshotels family, two Gist Silversmiths buckles, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Whisper Bits, and NRBC memorabilia.


Ruben Vandorp took the Level 2 Reserve title with a 223 on his horse KR Rufin It, by Einsteins Revolution out of A Ruf Gal, winning $5,210.


In the Level 1, Arnaud Ferret and Lil Money Gun claimed the Reserve Championship with a 222, collecting $1,652. Lil Money Gun, by Colonels Lil Gun out of Miss Shiney Cat, is owned by Paul and Pam Rohus.


Prime Time Champion 


Martin Larcombe finished 1-2 in the Prime Time and in the top fifteen of the Open Level 4. “This is a great show. The horses are the best of the best. They’ve come through their futurity year. They’re seasoned, tough, can do their jobs, and they give maximum effort. When a 225 doesn’t make the top ten, you know it’s tough,” he said.


Larcombe won the Prime Time on Snip O Lution with a 225.5. By Einsteins Revolution out of Snip O Chex, the horse is owned by XCS Ranch. Total NRBC earnings for the 5-year-old stallion came to $17,200. “I’ve had this horse since he was three. He’s always been good and confident,” Larcombe said of the stallion who won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity in 2014.


Finishing Reserve was Hang Ten And Shine with a 223.5, who took home $13,400. Hang Ten And Shine, owned by Christine Brazeau, is by Hang Ten Surprize out of Ebony Shines.


Larcombe is an Australia native. “About four or five years ago we made the decision to come from the United States from Australia to see if we could be competitive.” He added, “To be in the finals with these guys and horses that I’ve heard so much about is sensational for me and both my horses.”


Development Division Champion 


New for 2016 was the $10,000 added Development Division. The division was created for Open horses that have not won more than $2,000 by March 31. It was created to provide an additional division for horses who hadn’t yet reached their competitive peak.

This year the division paid five places, and was paid out to the highest advancing horses in the Level 4 Open.


Thiago Boechat and Xtra Voodoo Doc won first with a score of 222, earning $9,719. “Since we sometimes don’t do as well in the Futurity or something happens to your horse, this is a great incentive to come to the NRBC,” noted Boechat.


Xtra Voodoo Doc, by Shiners Voodoo Dr out of Call Me Miss Hickory, is owned by Roger Parks. “This horse had some little issues at the futurity, but he’s a very good horse and I love him,” Boechat said.


Gunny Mathison and Ruben Vandorp tied for reserve in the division, with each collecting $6,717. Mathison rode Shesa Little Trashy (Gunnatrashya x Blue Eyes Shining), owned by Mary Jansma, while Vandorp competed with his horse KR Rufin It (Einsteins Revolution x A Ruf Gal).

Congratulations to our Ancillary Winners!


Non Pro Co-Champion – Jessicah Keller and Moonlite Chex


Non Pro Co-Champion and Int. Non Pro Champion  – Michelina Carbone and Gunners Chic Magnet


Youth 13 & Under Co-Champion – Skyler Deshotels and Cool Gun Kitty


Youth 13 & Under Co-Champion – Madison Gustin and Guns R Spooky

Youth 13 & Under High Point – Bo Van Duys and Aim Your Pistol


Youth 14-18 Co-Champions – Terri June Granger and Jeans N Reeboks

Youth 14-18 Co-Champion and High Point – McKinnon Larcombe on Blazingmywranglers


Youth Short Stirrup Champion – Carlee McCutcheon and Shiney Enterprise

Youth Short Stirrup High Point – Wyatt Deary and Memorable Moments

Novice Horse Open Level 1&2 Champion – Mirjam Stillo and Lectrik


Novice Horse Open Level 1 High Point – Shane Brown and Wimpys Lucky Girl


Novice Horse Open Level 2 High Point – Dan Huss and Chics Dream



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Ann Fonck and Roosters Attitude clinch the NRHA European Level 4 Open Futurity Championship

2016 NRHA European Futurity

Ann Fonck and Roosters Attitude clinch the NRHA European Level 4 Open Futurity Championship

Kreuth, April 23 – The Open finals of the NRHA European Futurity closed the eighth edition of the prestigious show tonight in the Ostbayernhalle arena. Draw 46, in a field of fifty finalists who qualified in the four divisions of the Futurity Open, multiple past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann Fonck, with Roosters Attitude between the reins, claimed her first NRHA Open Level 4 Futurity Championship and a €20.135,03 paycheck.

Fonck and the bay gelding by Ricochet Rooster and out of Jackie Cody Pine, bred, nominated and owned by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola SS, thrilled the crowd that filled the stands with their perfectly painted run which the judges paid back with a score of 223.5.

“This is just amazing,” said an enthused Ann who also qualified her second mount, High Rollin Spook (by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Shining High Roller), also owned by 23 QH Az Agr. SS and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, to eighth place. “We didn’t do too well in the first go-round and we managed to make it back to the finals through the Consolation. I couldn’t be any happier.”

Roosters Attitude counted $13,360.49 in NRHA LTE before coming to Kreuth.

Taking the Level 4 Open Reserve Championship was past NRHA Open Reserve World Champion, Cira Baeck, riding KR When In Rome, an NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales graduate. Bred by Pete and Tamra Kyle and owned by Katarzyna Rolseka, the talented Quarter Horse mare by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Crome Shiner, closed a point behind the winners adding €14.994,23 to their earnings.

Bjoern Binek and ARC Shesgunnasparkya are Level 3 and Level 2 Champions

Earning the Level 3 and Level 2 Open Futurity championship, with a 219, was Bjoern Binek riding ARC Shesgunnasparkya, a Quarter Horse mare by Gunnatrashya and out of Saling Spark, bred by Arcese Quarter Horses USA and nominated by Claudia Simon. Ridden by Martin Larcombe and by Joe Schmidt in the US, before coming to Kreuth the talented mare, had accumulated $34,478.09 LTE. ARC Shesgunnasparkya is an NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale graduate. “She was great tonight, had huge stops and felt really easy all the way through the pattern. She’s a really sweet mare and showing her was a lot of fun,” said the German rider about his mount.

Binek took home a total of €18.059,21 for his win in the Level 3 and 2 divisions and €11.710,41 for the reserve championship in both riding Winnie The Boo (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Jac Golden Faith), a Quarter Horse stallion bred, owned and nominated by Claudia Hahn. The duo closed with a 217.5.

Roberta Dubini and Gunners Topchic are Level 1 Open Champions

Winning the Level 1 Open division and a paycheck worth €3.457,99 was NRHA Professional Roberta Dubini aboard Gunners Topchic (by NRHA Eight Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Hollywoods Topchic), a Quarter Horse mare bred by Penni Gerardi and owned and nominated by Luga Quarter Horses of Italy. The pair posted 215.5. “Gunners Topchic was really good with for me tonight and the crowd was awesome”, said Dubini who also claimed the Level 1 Open European Futurity Championship last year. “Before coming here I showed her at the Italian Futurity where we didn’t do very well so I would like to thank the owners for trusting me to bring her here.”

After leading the qualifying go round of the Level 1 division, NRHA Professional Christelle Graffeuil and Customized Whizcrome (Custom Black Crome x Roxy Whiz Pine), owned by Laurent Garrido and nominated by Graffeuil, settled for reserve honors in this division with a score of 213.

The NRHA European Futurity is open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the European Nomination Program and offered a total purse of €306.000.

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2016 NRHA European Futurity – Saturday Ancillary Action

2016 NRHA European Futurity
Saturday Ancillary Action
Waiting on the NRHA European Open Futurity Finals

Kreuth, April 23 – On the last day of the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Futurity, the day opened with the last of the full-slate ancillary classes offered.

Prior to the European Open Futurity finals, three champions were crowned.

Winning the Youth 14-18 with a 210.5 was Gilles Huyghe from Belgium riding Docs Lil Gun (Lil Gun x Miss Bright Doc) owned by Annick and Tom Huyghe.

“I’m very happy for my win today. My horse is really good and everything went well except for the last stop where I made a mistake. My plans now are to qualify for the NRHA European Affiliate Championships in Poland,” says the 17-year-old rider about his 9-year-old gelding who boasts over $13,000 in NRHA LTE.

Earning the second spot after posting a 205 was Matteo Bonzano from Italy aboard 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champion, High Point Reiner $54,172 (Sailin Ruf x Scarlet High Listo) owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola SS.

In third place, with a 203.5, was Laura Braun from Germany with Gatling Little Sisi (Gatling Gun x Little Peppy Si Si).

Taking home the win in the NRHA Rookie Level 2 with a 213.5 was Maria Theresa Ottilinger from Germany and her Magnum Brut (Magnum Chic Dream x Rosalina Chex). “This horse is simply great! Today he was with me all the time and I’m really really happy. My trainer is Vern Sapergia and I want to thank him for everything he does for me,” says Ottilinger. “My next goal will be the Breeders Derby here in Germany since my horse is 8-years-old now.”

The podium was all in the family as Maria Theresa’s sister, Carolin Ottilinger, rode her Smart Like My Daddy (Smart Like Juice x Jacks My Sugar Daddy) to a 208 score and second place.

Luciano Den Hertog from The Netherlands and Gumps Smooth Step BB (Little Gump x Wimpys Pearl) closed their run with a 205.5 and third place honors.

The NRHA € 5,000-added Non Pro
In a field of 29 entries, Gina Maria Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun (Spook Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic), owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, thrilled the crowd and the judges with their performance. A 222.5 appeared on the score board once she had closed her last maneuver. “He’s just as special as ever,” said the young rider from Germany who conquered the 2016 NRHA European Non Pro Level 4 Futurity championship last night.

Second place honors, with a 214.5, went to the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Reserve Champions Piet Mestdagh  Reining Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Rush N Cat). A half a point behind, Steve Vannietvelt and Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic) closed in third place.

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Sarah Locker Wins 2016 NRBC Non Pro Championship

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Sarah Locker Wins 2016 NRBC Non Pro Championship

Katy, Texas – Although not unprecedented, attaining back-to-back National Reining Breeders Classic championships on the same horse is exceptional. With the steady influx of high-caliber horses each year, competition is always formidable.

So it’s easy to understand that Sarah Lynn Locker’s 2016 victory on Friday evening is quite the feat. Last year, she and her horse, Heavy Duty Chex, won the title with a 220. This year they returned to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center to attempt another win.

Working as the second-to-last draw, Locker and “Heavy D” laid down a picture-perfect run which resulted in a 225! “I don’t think it’s real,” she said of winning the Championship. “I tell everyone that last year hasn’t really sunk in so I don’t know that this one will, either. It’s such a cool feeling and this is one of the greatest horse shows you can go to, so to win it again – or even make the finals – is huge. To win it on the same horse is unreal.”

So was she feeling any extra pressure as the reigning champion?

“My horse is definitely more broke this year, but there was a lot of pressure in the first go just to make the finals because he was so good last year. He was in the top five of the preliminary, which was so great,” she said. “For him to come out and show like he did in the finals for me was just awesome!”

Heavy Duty Chex, by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Rondas Tio, is only five years old, so he has one more year of NRBC eligibility. “We are definitely going to keep him. Since he won this show he’s close or just over $100,000 in earnings. We are going to keep him and hopefully stand him as a stallion. We also still own his sire and dam – they’re both home at Hilldale Farm,” Locker explained. “It’s pretty special to raise one and bring him along this far in his show career.”

“I thank Pastor Mike Seay, Ed Harrison, my sister Jessicah Keller and my brother David Hutton, and of course my mom. She’s home because we can’t all be away at the same time, but she’s the reason I can do what I do.” She added, “Thank you also to Casey Deary and the whole Deary crew. They’re all wonderful and Casey has always been so dedicated to helping me.”

During the awards ceremony, Locker was presented with a check for $30,000, a year’s use of a three-horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite/Twin Cities South, a saddle from Continental Saddlerey, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a Whisper Bit, a saddle blanket from Yucca Flats, gift certificates to Santa Cruz Biotechnology and Thomas Moore Feed, and the signature blue-crystal trophy.

Level 3 and Prime Time Champion

Rick Christen has a lot to celebrate. Not only is he recently engaged to fellow Non Pro competitor Brenda Joyce, he also won the Non Pro Level 3 and Prime Time Championship and the Non Pro Level 4 Reserve Championship!

He won the titles on MsDreamy, a surprising feat considering he’s only owned the mare for four weeks! “I just bought her from Bob Shearer through Dan Huss’s program. Today in the finals was the second time I showed her,” he explained about the mare, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun. “I just knew I needed to do my job, stay clean, and stay out of her way. We also had a bucket of luck!”

Christen is an NRBC veteran who’s been attending the event for 12 years. A few years ago he won the same pair of titles – the Level 3 and Prime Time – on his good mare Skeets Little Annie.

“I thank Dan Huss, Bob Shearer, and of course my fiancé Brenda Joyce,” he said.

All totaled, Christen pocketed $28,759, and took home prizes which included three Gist Silversmiths buckles, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles/Tamarack Ranch, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Whisper Bits, and signature blue crystal trophies.

Christen also won the American Paint Horse Association high scoring Gist Silversmiths buckle for both the Level 3 and Level 4. APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders was on-hand to present the buckles.

Level 2 Champion

It’s only Bailey Kolsun’s second year to show at the NRBC, but she finished as the Non Pro Level 2 Champion on Diamond Studden Guns. “It’s amazing. Seriously amazing!” she said following the awards ceremony where she collected $8,684, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles/Tamarack Ranch, a Gist Silversmith’s buckle, a Whisper Bit, gift certificates to both Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, and signature NRBC trophies.

Although a slight turn penalty in the preliminary round likely stymied Kolsun’s chance to compete in the Level 4 finals, she noted that she couldn’t be more proud of her 4-year-old stallion, who is by Gunnatrashya out of Like To Flo. “He felt really good,” she said. The NRBC is Diamond Studded Guns’ second event ever. “We bought him in December at the futurity. He was a little green but is very talented, and he’s the sweetest thing in the world. I’m going to keep him, and come back and have more fun next year,” she said.

Kolsun, a native Canadian who now resides in Texas, has been showing reiners since she was ten years old. She now rides with Ruben Vandorp, whose advice for the finals was to “show smart and have fun!”

She added, “I thank my parents Darren and Kathy Kolsun and my brothers Ryan and Cade. I also thank Ruben and Melissa Vandorp.”

Level 1 Champion

Carlysle Salter claimed the Non Pro Level 1, and finished Reserve in the Level 2, and third in the Level 3 with a score of 217 on her horse Gotta Be A Gunner. She won $8,684, as well as prizes that include a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddle/Tamarack Ranch, a Whisper Bit, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, and numerous other prizes.

Having drawn up on Monday, the 16-year-old was worried she wouldn’t be able to make it to the facility to show because of the torrential rain and historic flooding. “I was staying at my cousin’s and all the roads were flooded around the house. We couldn’t leave because the police were blocking the road,” she recalled. “I called the show office and they said they’d work with me if I couldn’t get there that day, but luckily I was able to with the rain delay.”

At the time, Monday’s run – a 215.5 – represented the highest score Salter had received in competition. “Then we were even better in the finals! I actually hadn’t brought a shirt to match my pad for the finals because I didn’t think I’d make it. Luckily Shannon Rafacz let me borrow one of hers,” she explained.

Salter noted that her trainer, Jamie Bissell, was a huge help when it came to showing Gotta Be A Gunner, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Katie Chic Olena, at the NRBC. “He has been really pushing me past my limits, and he did such a great job getting me ready. I thank him and his wife Lisa. I also thank George and Lisa Aldridge from Webster, Florida, who taught me most everything I know about reining,” she said. “I also thank Butch Hunsucker for giving me the opportunity to own this horse. He bred and raised him and we bought him at the futurity two years ago. I also thank Sam Schaffhauser, Yonathon Baruch, Ash Holbrook, and Shannon Rafacz.”

Taylor Zimmerman won the Level 1 Reserve title on Wimpys Dolled Up, by Wimpys Little Step out of Dolled Up Gunner. The 5-year-old mare is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

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Gina Schumacher & Whizzard are the 2016 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champions

Gina Schumacher & Whizzard are the 2016 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champions

Kreuth, April 22 – The 2016 NRHA (National Reining Horse Assocation) European Non Pro Champions were crowned tonight in the Ostbayerhalle, Kreuth, Germany.

Claiming the €36,000-added Level 4 Non Pro Championship was Gina Schumacher of Germany riding Whizzard (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Lil Miss), owned by Chanay Sky Management, SA. The pair had already left their mark in the pen after winning the qualifying go-round with a 218.5.

Bred by Cottonwood Spring Ranch LLC and nominated by Corinna Schumacher, the sorrel stallion was shown by Schumacher in the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Futurity where the duo took home $5,373.83. In Kreuth, the pair scored a 216.5, enough to take home the coveted title.

“I’m thrilled to have been able to claim this prestigious title tonight,” said the young German rider. “I brought all three of my mounts back to the finals here and, though it wasn’t easy, we managed to earn top honors. Once again Whizzard was really good for me, out of the three horses I showed here, he’s the one that I know best. This is my first European Futurity title and even though it’s not been easy to get to the top step of the podium, we’ve finally made it!”

Schumacher also rode Wham Bam Gunner Man (Gunners Special Nite x Super Olena Chic), bred and nominated by Robert Webb, to tie for the seventh place with a 213. She also closed her performance with her third mount, Walawhizsunlight BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine), who was bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, to a 205.5 and 15th place in the finals which counted 33 finalists.

Claiming the reserve championship in the Level 4 division, as well as the championship in the €20,664-added Level 3, the €11,808-added Level 2 and the €5,904-added Level 1 divisions was young Lena Schmidl of Germany aboard her stallion Spooks Star Gun (Spooks Gotta Gun x Elites Wildbumblebee). “In the first go-round I made a few mistakes so my score was not that good,” said the twenty-one-year-old rider from Germany. “Tonight ‘Bumble’ was with me all the way and I was really confident. My trainer, Markus Gebert, really helped me a lot and I am thrilled. I now look forward to showing him again this year, probably in the German and Italian 4-year-old Futurity.”

Earning the reserve championship in the Level 3, 2 and 1 divisions with a score of 213.5 was the Level 1 go-round leader Luisa Stickl and her Ruf Dun Honey (Dun It On The QT x Lil Ruf Sam), bred and nominated by Pia Kalle. “This is the very first futurity for me and I am really happy with my results,” said the seventeen-year old who trains with NRHA Professional Emanuel Ernst of Germany.

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2016 NRBC Open Finalists Decided

2016 NRBC Open Finalists Decided

Katy, Texas – The field of 193 Open Level 4 riders at the 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic was cut to the top 30 following the second section of preliminary competition that came to a close Thursday evening.

The NRBC pays big money in the preliminary round, and there was a three-way tie for first. Casey Deary and In Like Flinn, Jordan Larson and ARC Gunnabeabigstar, and Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All each marked a 225. That meant that during the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Draw Party, all three winners were presented identical checks for $9,888! In Like Flinn, by Topsail Whiz out of Nestle Quik Chic, is owned by Todd Neiberger; ARC Gunnabeabigstar, by Gunnatrashya out of Wimpys Little Chic, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses; and Not Ruf At All, by A Sparkling Vintage out of All Ruffed Up, is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

Gabe Hutchins and FM Shine N Tag Chex topped the Level 3 and tied for fifth in the Level 4 with a 224, collecting $8,161. FM Shine N Tag Chex, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Shine With Wanda, is owned by Tamarack Ranch.

There was a three-way tie for first in the Non Pro Level 2 with scores of 220.5. Ruben Vandorp won two of the top spots – one with RC Fashion Chic (RC Fancy Step x Shesa Fashion Chic), owned by Peter Morgan, and one with his owned horse KR Ruffin It (Einsteins Revolution x A Ruf Gal). Fernando Salgado rounded out the tie with Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark x Kipper Lady Nic), owned by Heritage Farms. Each collected a check for $956.17.

Riding Cromed Out Affair for Victoria Lambert, Colin Fitzpatrick led the Open Level 1 with a 219.5, earning $944. Cromed Out Affair is by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Memorable Affair.

Martin Larcombe and Snip O Lution, by Einsteins Revolution out of Snip O Chex, won the Prime Time preliminary high score with a 224, which also earned an fifth place tie in the Level 4. Total preliminary earnings for Snip O Lution, owned by XCS Ranch, came to $5,264.

A 221 was the magical number Level 4 for finals hopefuls, and Intermediate Open riders were shooting for a 219.5. It took a 216 to make it back for the Limited Open finals, and the bubble score in the Open Level 1 was a 212.5. The Open Finals begin Saturday, April 23, at 11am, with the Open Level 4 finalists competing at 5pm.

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Fonck and Ludwig chose to tie for first place in the $10,000-added NRHA Open

2016 NRHA European Futurity

18-23 April, Kreuth – Germany

Ancillary action


Fonck and Ludwig chose to tie for first place in the $10,000-added NRHA Open

“We opted for the co-championship as we felt our horses did not need to go back in the pen for the run-off.”

Kreuth, Germany, April 21, 2016 – As the Futurity horses took a rest in Kreuth today in view of the Non Pro and Open finals, the $10,000-added kept the public glued to their chairs today.

With a 220.5, the 2015 NRHA Open World Champions, Bernard Fonck and What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jac x What A Sunrise), and Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart (Smart Spook x Whizards Baby Doll), owned by Momo & Amy, tied to win the prestigious NRHA approved Open. The two NRHA Professionals opted for the co-championship.

“The ground is a little slick for my horse but he did try to do his best,” says Fonck about his mount owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw. “Our goal this year remains that of trying to once again to earn the NRHA World Championship but today we did not want to put another run on him so as not to tire him too much.”

“My horse was exceptional, as always,” commented Grischa. “I’m really happy to have tied to win with Bernard and I am especially pleased to be in the winner’s circle all the earning go to owners Momo & Amy, a non profit association dedicated to hippotherapy. We do not want to overshow him as we are aiming to be on the team for the upcoming FEI World Reining Championships.”

A half a point behind the winners, French NRHA Professional, Fabien Boiron, settled for third place honors aboard Philip Castel’s Jac Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Honeys Melody Jac).


Wednesday Ancillary Action:

The €3,500 – added NRHA Intermediate Open counted 17 entries and closed the third day of competition in Kreuth on Wednesday. Earning top honors after posting a 217.5 was French rider Fabien Boiron with Jac Whiz between the reins. The gelding, owned by Philip Castel and by Conquistador Whiz and out of Honeys Melody Jac, boasts over $25,000 NRHA LTE.

In the €450-added NRHA Limited Open, two riders tied for first place with a score of 210.5. Martina Wolf from Switzerland riding Spook On Diamond (Spooks Gotta Gun x SIRI Yellow Diamond) owned by Sabrina Schneiter, and German Martin Duemmel with Duel Jac (Jacs Electric Spark x Duel Miss Toodie 001), a stallion owned by De Bruin Reining Horses.

Euro 2,500 – added Intermediate Non Pro. Both classes saw on the first step of the podium Angelika Schuerman with her Smart Like Custom (Smart Like Juice x Custom Rhythm). The German rider posted a 215 score.

Starting the day on Friday at 10 am CET will be the €2000-added Non Pro 5 & Up followed by the €5000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up.

The first section of the NRHA European Futurity Non Pro finals will start at 17.30. The second section will take place at 19.30.

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