National Reining Horse Association Sire & Dam Program Delivers Once Again

Oklahoma City, Okla., July 2, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby not only saw successful sires compete in Oklahoma City last week who also participate in the legendary NRHA Sire & Dam Program, but the offspring resulting from this program had a successful show as well.

NRHA Sire & Dam offspring Magnitised, by Im The Chic Magnet and out of Gee Golly Whiz who is owned and ridden by Patti Brownshadel, went on to win the Prime Time Open Derby with a 222.  Msdreamy by Magnum Chic Dream out of Gal With A Gun, another Sire & Dam Program offspring, marked a 16.5 with Dan Huss at the reins, giving the pair a third place finish in the Open Level 3 finals.

Magnitised photo credit: Waltenberry, Inc.

 
The NRHA Sire & Dam Program has continued to put money back in the pocket’s of generous stallion owners who participate in the program year after year, and this year was no different. Below is a listing of the winners:

Level 4 Open:

$1,500 to Tinsel Jac, owned by Tinsel Jac Partners, for Pinesail Jac

$1,000 to Smart Spook, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for Shine N Spook

$500 to Jacs Electric Spark, owned by Troy Heikes, for Steppin On Sparks

Tinsel Jac photo credit: NRHA

 
Level 3 Open:

$1,500 to Smart Spook, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for Taking A Rest

$1,000 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Gunnin For Stars

$500 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Miss Mcdreamy

Smart Spook photo credit: NRHA

 
Level 4 Non Pro:

$1,500 to Smart Like Juice, owned by Smart Like Juice Inc., for Bella Juice

$1,000 to Wimpys Little Step, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, for Spooks Smoken Wimpy

$500 to Smart Spook, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for Hot Rockin Spook

Smart Like Juice photo credit: NRHA

Started in 1966, the NRHA Sire & Dam program continues to provide significant benefits to both stallion and mare owners. Stallions who participate in the program are eligible for NRHA Futurity and Derby awards, while mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings to the top stallions in the industry at reduced rates. Sire & Dam offspring are eligible for reduced entry fees for the NRHA Futurity and Derby, a savings of over $4,000 as well as later entry deadlines for both events. Learn more about the Sire & Dam Program, as well find information on how to get your sire involved in this valuable NRHA program by visiting nrha1.com/siredam, or call NRHA at (405) 946-7400.

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

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

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National Reining Horse Association Derby Includes Head-To-Head Competition Between Top IHSA, NCEA and NRHA Members

National Reining Horse Association Derby Includes Head-To-Head Competition Between Top IHSA, NCEA and NRHA Members

Oklahoma City, Okla., July 1, 2015 - Competition kicked off with an exciting start of the last day of the NRHA Derby with the NRHA Collegiate Championship Class. Held every year at the NRHA Derby, the top four individuals from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), National Collegiate Equestrian Associations (NCEA), and NRHA compete head-to-head.

Riders randomly draw for their order of go and horse, which is generously donated by competitors at the NRHA Derby, before competing. Riders are allowed a five minute warm up prior to entering the arena.

Makayla Maciejewski (IHSA) kicked off the competition aboard Plum Chrome, owned by Kim Lansidel. However, she had a little rough luck and received a score of zero. Elizabeth Hayes (NRHA), second in the draw aboard Dun Berry Legend donated by Sambambyr Farm, received a score of 206.5 and set the mark for the rest of the class.

Morgan Sykes (IHSA), aboard Kiss My Trash donated by Brannan Cliver, held the high score with a 210 until the very last run. Holly Philips (NRHA) was the last rider to compete. She made it count, riding Olenas ChocolateChic donated by Maurice Robison, and received a score of 210.5 to win the class.

The complete placings were as follows:

  • First place – Holly Phillips (NRHA) aboard Olenas Chocolate Chic owned by Maurice Robinson with a score of 210.5
  • Second place – Morgan Sykes (IHSA) aboard Kiss My Trash owned by Brannan Cliver with a score of 210
  • Third place – Layla Choate (NCEA) riding Custom Made Pistol owned by Samambyr Farm with a score of 208.5
  • Fourth – Claudia Spreng (NCEA) riding Chocolate Whiz Chic owned by Cashdon Rasmussen with a score of 207
  • Fifth – Danielle Grasmeder (IHSA) aboard Kr Ima Selfish owned by Linda Lilly with a score of 206.5, broken by tie-breaker judge score
  • Sixth – Elizabeth Hayes (NRHA) riding Dun Berry Legend owend by Sambambyr Farm with a score of 206.5
  • Seventh – Mariah Wright (NCEA) riding Annie Electric owned by Mike McFarlin with a score of 206.5
  • Eighth – Kyndall Harper (NRHA) riding Hollywood Cielo owned by Sambambyr Farm with a score of 205
  • Ninth – Alexa Buckheit (IHSA) riding Thechicksarewatching owned by Meloney Morris with a score of 204.5
  • Tenth – Lauren Garmon (NCEA) riding Bet U Luv This Kid owned by Shaelyn Vering with a score of 194

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

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

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Todd Bergen Becomes NRHA’s Newest Two Million Dollar Rider

Oklahoma City, Okla., – June 29, 2015 - Multi-millions earned at multiple competitions in multiple disciplines. That’s what you’ll see when you look at Todd Bergen’s show record. As the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s newest Two Million Dollar Rider, Bergen, is widely known for his success in the reining arena but also in reined cow horse events and in the cutting pen. His newest championship and two million dollar title was earned this past week at the NRHA Derby. The NRHA Derby is for 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old horses to compete for thousands in cash and prizes. A family friendly and fun atmosphere, the NRHA Derby is a family friendly and fun show to attend, compete in, and experience for all ages.

With big wins at major reining events, Bergen claimed his first major NRHA open championship title in 1995 at the NRHA Derby on the 1990 stallion Lean With Me (Smart Little Lena x Chexy Lady) owned by Jon Sather. 1995 was quite the year for Bergen as he returned to the NRHA show pen at that year’s NRHA Open Futurity. Riding Todaysmyluckyday (Doc O Lena x Doc Alice) for owner Tetsuro Kawashima, Bergen landed the 1992 stallion in the winner’s circle claiming a cool $100,000..

It’s been said that Bergen’s operation is “the launching pad for champions,” a statement that couldn’t be truer. With a sincere curiosity and passion for understanding how a horse thinks and functions, training has been a life-long passion for the Eagle Point, Oregon-based trainer. Throughout the years, Bergen has continued his winning ways in NRHA competition. His wins include a 1996 NRHA Derby Open championship on Jerry Lees Surprise (Surprise Enterprise x Mizzen Topsail) then owned by Douglas Holmes. In another two years Bergen was once again on top as he rode Chic Please (Smart Chic Olena x San O Lenita) to the 1998 NRHA Futurity Open championship. At the time Arcese Quarter Horses owned Chic Please. Chic Please was also a strong competitor in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) proving his versatility by claiming the 1998 Reserve championship at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

A true horseman, Bergen stays humble. Knowing and understanding that bond between horse and rider is what keeps him in the show pen and more importantly, winning competitions.

On finals night of the NRHA Derby, Bergen and a flashy golden palomino stallion ran a thrilling pattern with energy and excitement. For their efforts, Bergen and his mount, Platinum Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x Starjac Miss) owned by Harper Conner scored a 225.5. The duo rode in as Draw #19 out of 35 in the second section. Their score held through the last ride making Platinum Vintage an NRHA Open Derby Champion and bumping  Bergen well over the Two Million Dollar Rider mark. When asked what he plans to do after the Derby, Bergen said, “Go home and get to riding the 3 year olds.” It’s that kind of effort that makes champions.

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

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

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Grischa Ludwig and Coeurs Little Tyke claim Breeders Derby Open Championship

Provided by Ramona Billing, June 30, 2015 – What a wonderful, extremely exciting NRHA Breeders Derby Open final! Several thousand visitors watched Europe’s top riders compete for the prestigious title in the beautiful Ostbayernhalle at Kreuth – at scores kept climbing higher and higher. In the end, it was last year’s Open champion again who claimed the title aboard Coeurs Little Tyke scoring a 223. “My horse was simply great tonight, from the first second on,” said a breathless and very happy  Grischa Ludwig afterwards. “I am so proud of this stallion – he is by one our most successful stallions and was trained by my Co-Trainer Julia Schumacher. It also proves that the LQH team simply works!”

Coeurs Little Tyke is a 5-year-old AQHA stallion by Coeur D Wright Stuff out of Sweet Remy Chexs, who is owned by his breeder Hans-Georg Holzwarth. The horse was trained by Julia Schumacher wgo rode him to the 2014 NRHA European Futurity Reserve Championship Level 1 and 2. For Grischa, it is the first show season with this horse. He showed him at the Equita’Lyon becoming Reserve Champion. “We weren’t that good in the go round – we had to get to know each other better. But it the final, everything was perfect. My horse was with me from the first second on. It was so much fun riding him!”

The Reserve Championship Open and the Limited Open Derby Championship were earned by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner aboard RS Nebbiolo Blue (Spat A Blue x RS Hollywood Hglo).  The 6-year-old stallion bred by Claudio Risso and owned by the Italian KN Reining Resorts, lad been leading after the go round and scored a 220 in the final.

Two riders tied for the Ltd. Non Pro Reserve Championship: Austrian Valentina Sagmeister aboard SZ Gunners Newcomer (Gunner x Cowboys Newcomer, breeder Stephanie Zotti, owner Robert Hahn) and Alexander Ripper aboard Jurgen Maibaum’s Revolutionary Affair (Einsteins Revolutions x Coronas Affair,  Breeder Wagner and Vandorp).

Angelika Schurmann and Smart Like Custom win Breeders Derby Non Pro 

What a great success: yesterday, Angelika Schurmann’s My Guns Loaded won the Lawson Bronze Trophy Champion Open with Emanuel Ernst in the saddle, today Angelika and her Smart Like Custom became Breeders Derby Non Pro Champion scoring a 211. Fritz Stoll and Karin Stoll’s Einsteins Delmaso (Einsteins Revolution x Star Dun Delmaso) placed second scoring a 210. Sophia Lukacikova from Slovakia and her Steppin With Class (Wimpys Little Step x Sassys Classy Chic) claimed the Limited Non Pro Championship scoring a 214 with Angelika Schurmann placing second.

“I can hardly believe it,” said Angelika. “I was so happy to be Reserve Champion with Sophia scoring a 214, but then they told me that it is the Championship Non Pro. My horse was fantastic, and we owe so much to our trainer Emanuel Ernst!”

Smart Like Custom is a 6-year-old AQHA stallion by Smart Like Juice out of Custom Rythm, who was bred by Steve Simon.  Emanuel Ernst has been training the horse since he was a 4-year-old riding him into both the 2013 Breeders Futurity Bit Open final as well as the 2014 Derby Open final. 

For more information, please visit http://www.nrha.de.

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National Reining Horse Association Open Derby Champions

National Reining Horse Association Open Derby Champions 

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 27, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby completed today with the Open finals, including live commentary for the audience at home of the $395,000* est. added Open (added money is subject to change based on nominations.)

There were 202 horses entered in the Open, all vying for top honors in the Jim Norick Coliseum. The winning horse of the NRHA Derby in each level (L) will receive:

  • Custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle
  • A Bob’s Custom Saddle
  • Rios of Mercedes boots
  • Classic Equine Product
  • Platinum Performance CJ
  • SmartPak Gift card
  • Level 1 & 2 Champions will receive a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate
  • The Level 4 Open Champion will also receive the use of a Sundowner trailer for one year courteous of Twin Cities South Trailers, the official trailer of the NRHA Derby.

All Open Reserve through fifth in each level received Classic Equine Product and special awards for the Prime Time Open Champion included:

  • Custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle
  • Anderson Bean Boots
  • Classic Equine Product
  • Platinum Performance CJ
  • SmartPak Gift card

In addition, all Prime Time Open Reserve through fifth award winners receive Classic Equine product.

186ToddBergenLevel (L) 4 Open Champion and Reserve Champion
The L4 Open Derby Champion is Todd Bergen of Eagle Point, OR, aboard Platinum Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x Starjac Miss) with a staggering score of 225.5. Bergen is taking home a check for $57,000 with $3,000 going to the nominator.  In addition to Bergen’s top placing finish, he also unofficially became NRHA’s newest $2 Million Rider.  Platinum Vintage is a 2010 stallion with $85,177 NRHA LTE, is owned by Harper Conner and was nominated by Petra Zeitler Conner.

Tying for Reserve Champion with a score of 223 was Justin Mathison (Tioga, Texas, $600,412 NRHA LTE) aboard Snap Dun The Bases (Master Snapper x Shes Dun The Bases) and Andrea Fappani aboard Pinesail Jac (Tinseljac x Sailin Lil Ruf). Both riders take home a $37,545.08 check and each nominator receives $1,976.06. Snap Dun The Bases is a 2009 stallion with $78,486 NRHA LTE, owned and nominated by Lewisville Development, LP, and Pinesail Jac is a 2011 stallion with $53,166 NRHA LTE, owned and nominated by Raul Leal.

271DuaneLatimer2Level (L) 3 Open Champion
Duane W Latimer was the L3 Champion and 8th in the L4 with a score of 220.5 aboard Taking A Rest (Smart Spook x Plenty Of Rest), taking home a $30,557.64 check with $1,608.30 going to the nominator, Wagman Ranch Inc. who is also the owner from Talala, OK.

216RiccardoNicolazzi2Level (L) 2 Open Champion
The L2 Open Champion and L3 Reserve Champion went to Riccardo Nicolazzi aboard Gunnin For Stars (Gunner x Dun It In Starlight) with a score of 217.5.  Nicolazzi took home a $26,653.95 check with $1,402.84 going to the nominator, Northern Meadows. Gunnin For Stars is owned by Rancho Oso Rio of Woodside, CA.

231EmilyEmersonLevel (L) 1 Open Champion 

Aces High Whiz and Emily Emerson took top honors in the L1 Open Derby winning $4,750.18 with a winning score of 214.5.  Aces High Whiz is a 2010 gelding by Topsail Whiz and out of Seven S Belle Star, owned by Michelle Kuck of Rifle, CO. The nominator, Bob Loomis, took home a nominator check of $250.01.

162PattiBrownschadelPrime Time Open Champion

NRHA’s Prime Time Open Champion was Patti B Brownshadel aboard Magnetised, a 2011 stallion by Im The Chic Magnet and out of Gee Golly Whiz.  Brownshadel is the nominator and owner of Magnetised and took home a $2,257 check.

2015 NRHA Derby: Week in Review
The 2015 NRHA Derby was a tremendous success and plenty of fun for everyone in Oklahoma City.  The week included craft projects for Father’s Day, youth art and speech contests, APHA and AQHA classes, an ancillary competition, and plenty of social activities that wrapped up with outstanding Non Pro and Open Derby competition. Viewers from home had a special treat with live commentary during the L4 Non Pro and L4 Open competition, and plenty of prizes were given away from the NRHA Zone. Catch up on all the NRHA Derby action, read the latest news, and see all the top runs by visiting nrhaderby.com or search for #SlideOfYourLife and #NRHADerby on facebook.com/nrhareining or twitter.com/nrha.

NRHA now sets its eyes on November 27 when the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity kicks off again here in Oklahoma City.  Make plans now to be a part of this very special event, and come watch some of the most athletic and talented horses and riders in the world compete for more than $2 million in cash and prizes!

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

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

To order photos from the event, contact Waltenberry, Inc at (888) 253-8393.

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2015 NRHyA Contest Results

2015 NRHyA Contest Results

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) held two very successful contests this week at the 2015 NRHA Derby, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 27, 2015 – The NRHyA Art & Photo Contest ran from June 18 until June 26. Fans and spectators had the unique opportunity to vote for their favorite piece in the NRHA Zone and on the NRHyA Facebook Page. This annual contest gives NRHyA members the opportunity to showcase their other talents and abilities. This year’s Art & Photo Contest was split in to two age group divisions: 13 & Under and 14-18.  Each division was separated into three unique categories: Artwork, Photography, and Graphic Artwork.

Overall Results:

13 & Under Artwork: 
Champion: Isabelle Hilderbrandt

14-18 Artwork:
Champion: Reagan Stephens 
Reserve Champion: Patrica Wingate 
Honorable Mentions going to Hannah Taylor

14-18 Graphic Art: 
Champion: Patrica Wingate
Reserve Champion: Sidney Perdue

13 & Under Photography
Champion: McKinnon Larcombe
Reserve Champion: Lauren Hanson  

14-18 Photography
Champion: Joslyn Chapman
Reserve Champion: Patricia Wingate
Receiving honorable mention: Hannah Taylor, Megan D’Andrea, and Sidney Perdue

In addition to the tremendous talent displayed at the NRHA Zone in the Art & Photo Contest, NRHyA held a second contest to test public speaking ability.  NRHyA hosted the NRHyA Anderson Bean Speaking Contest. Also split into two different aged divisions, 13 & Under and 14-18, youth had the opportunity to give a speech in three different categories, Delivering “A General” (a recitation of NRHA’s initial purpose for organizing nearly 50 years ago by Jim Willoughby – NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee), Prepared Public Speaking, and Community Service Presentation. Competition for this event was extremely tough as NRHA’s talented youth members gave the 3 guest judges a run for their money.

Overall results:

A: General 13 & under 
Champion: Lauren Heine

A: General 14-18 
Champion: Reagen Stephens 
Reserve Champion: Hannah Taylor
Receiving Honorable Mention: Sierra Walter, Cheyenne Walter, Ashley Heine

Community Service Presentation
13 & under 
Champion Reed Harris 

Community Service Presentation 14-18 
Champion: Reagen Stephens
Reserve Champion:  Hannah Taylor

Prepared Public Speaking 13 & under 
Champion: Elizabeth Blaser 
Reserve Champion: Ally Jones
Receiving Honorable Mention: Reed Harris, Morgan Ritz, Reis Novaro, Marissa Jones

Prepared Public Speaking 14-18    
Champion: Reagen Stephens
Reserve Champion: Hannah Taylor 
Receiving honorable mention: Cheyenne Walter, Sierra Walter, Patricia Wingate, Anna Wermert 

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

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

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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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National Reining Horse Association Derby Non Pro Champions

National Reining Horse Association Derby Non Pro Champions 

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 26, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby held an electric Non Pro finals today, including live commentary for the audience at home of the $183,000* est. Non Pro added money (added money is subject to change based on nominations). Probably the best story from the exciting evening of competition was that the future of NRHA took the top three placings in the L4 Non Pro, as the three top riders crowned tonight were all youth!

There were 218 horses entered in the Non Pro, all vying for top honors in the Jim Norick Coliseum. The winning horse of the NRHA Derby in each level (L) will receive:

  • Custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle
  • A Bob’s Custom Saddle
  • Rios of Mercedes boots
  • Classic Equine Product
  • Platinum Performance CJ
  • SmartPak Gift card
  • Level 1 & 2 Champions will receive a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate
  • The Level 4 Non Pro Champion will also receive the use of a Sundowner trailer for one year, courteous of Twin Cities South Trailersthe official trailer of the NRHA Derby.

Level (L)4 Champion and Reserve Champion
Cade McCutcheon – L4 Non Pro and Youth Non Pro Champion

McCutcheon, aboard Custom Made Gun, quickly grasped the lead and held on in the L4 Non Pro Derby with a score of 219 as well as secured the title of Youth Non Pro Derby Champion. McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas has $143,765 in NRHA LTE. McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun tied for the Non Pro L4 Reserve championship at the NRBC earlier this year. Custom Made Gun is sired by Gunner and is owned and nominated by McQuay Stables.  McCutcheon takes home $17,538.54 for his win in the L4 Non Pro and $2,408.56 for winning the Youth Non Pro.  The nominator was awarded $923.08.

Jack Medows ($106,495 NRHA LTE) and Genevieve Shifrin ($51,857 NRHA LTE) tied for the title of Reserve Champion in the L4 Non Pro Derby. Medows of Cuba, Missouri won $10,714.82 with $563.94 going to the nominator. Shifrin of Basalt, Colorado also won the L3 competition, both scoring a 217.5. Medows showed Spooks Smoken Wimpy, a 2009 gelding sired by Wimpys Little Step. Spooks Smoken Wimpy was nominated by Marc Gordon and is owned by Amy Medows.

Level (L)3 Non Pro Champion
Genevieve Shifrin – L3 Non Pro Champion

Shifrin showed Bella Juice, a 2009 mare sired by Smart Like Juice, owned and nominated by Cache Performance Horses. Shifrin earned top honors in the L3 Non Pro and took home a $23,383.38 paycheck for her L3 and L4 placings with $1,230.70 going to the nominator. Shifrin and Bella Juice earned the title of NRHA Youth Non Pro Derby Champion in 2014.

Level (L)1 and Level (L)2 Non Pro Champion

Following a run-off from a three-way tie in the L2 Non Pro competition and a two-way tie in L1 Non Pro, Footwork Revolution, a 2010 stallion sired by Einsteins Revolution out of Fancy Footwork and nominated by Troop Quarter Horses. His owner and exhibitor Katsy Leeman came out of the arena victorious with a run score of 215.5 and tie-breaker score of 219.  Leeman, from Massillon, OH, also took home Reserve Champion honors in the L3 Non Pro competition. Altogether, Leeman earned a paycheck of $19,839.89. The nominator earned $1,044.20.

Prime Time Non Pro Champion

Jenanne Overgaard of Carefree, AZ took top honors in the Prime Time Non Pro competition showing Electric Grid a 2010 gelding sired by Jacs Electric Spark out of GVS Cherokee Jac, taking home a check for $3,106.53.

Check out the winning runs added daily by visiting the gallery!

More on the NRHA Derby
With $650,000 in estimated added money, the NRHA Derby welcomes thousands of spectators, exhibitors and horses attend the event each year. The Derby is one of two major events presented by NRHA each year in Oklahoma City and includes two full slates of ancillary reining classes in addition to the aged-event action.

Watch the live webcast, keep tabs on the leaders and find the latest news and upcoming events at nrhaderby.comfacebook.com/nrhareining or twitter.com/nrha.

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

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

To order photos from the event, contact Waltenberry, Inc at (888) 253-8393.

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Twin Cities South Trailers Becomes Official Trailer of NRHA Derby and Futurity

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Twin Cities South Trailers Becomes Official Trailer of NRHA Derby and Futurity

Twin Cities South Trailers and Sundowner will be providing the Level 4 Open and Level 4 Non Pro award trailers for the 2015/2016 NRHA Derby and Futurity.

By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce Twin Cities South Trailers in Pilot Point, Texas is the Official Trailer of the NRHA Derby and Futurity. Twin Cities South will be providing one year’s use of a beautiful Sundowner Trailer to the champions in the Level 4 Open and Level 4 Non Pro at both events. This will be the first opportunity for the Level 4 Derby Champions to take home an award trailer since 2011. NRHA thanks Gary and Tammy Raak for making this opportunity possible.

Twin Cities South Trailers
Twin Cities South Trailers has aluminum and steel trailers to serve your every need such as horse, living quarters, livestock, flat bed, skid loaders, motorcycle, snowmobile, car haulers, utility and custom built trailers. They have five separate product lines to choose from along with a huge inventory of both new and used trailers for easy one-stop shopping. With a knowledgeable sales and support staff, Twin Cities South Trailers has full shop facilities for customization and warranty work along with an aggressive trade-in policy. Easy finance and delivery anywhere in the lower 48 states on your new trailer.

www.twincitiessouthtrailers.com
855-585-6548 or 940-363-9919

Sundowner
Whether it’s to a trail ride or the show arena, industry leader Sundowner trailers are being pulled in all directions. That’s because there’s a Sundowner trailer designed to meet the needs of every family, entry-level or professional horseman. From bumper pulls to deluxe living quarters to trainer trailers, each Sundowner is built with unique features and options to meet specific customer needs. So whatever direction you’re headed, let Sundowner take you there. Sundowner’s unsurpassed, “single source” three-year hitch-to-bumper/eight-year structural warranty really says it all — no other trailer can compare.

NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show
The NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is a million-dollar event held in late fall in Oklahoma City. The event consists of three-year-old horses ridden for a guaranteed first place prize money of $150,000 with a total purse and prizes totaling more than $2.5 million! The contest draws over 3,000 entries competing in all classes, three special reining horse sales and an intercollegiate judging contest. This competition creates more than $67 million in economic impact and draws in more than 125,000 attendees worldwide.

NRHA Derby
The NRHA Derby held in late spring/early summer in Oklahoma City, showcases some of the industry’s finest reining horses. The event features 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old horses competing for close to $1 million in added money! In addition to the traditional reining events the Derby hosts the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship, and
offers a wide variety of activities the whole family can enjoy. The event draws over 2,000 entries competing in all classes, and creates a $12 million economic impact and draws in nearly 50,000 attendees.

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

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NRHA Non Pro Finals to Take Place Today, Open Derby Prelims in the Books

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 26, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby held its sixth day of competition on June 25 including the first go, first section of the $395,000 est. Open Derby, plus IEA classes.

Jordan Larson (Whitesboro, TX, $2,019,392 NRHA LTE) came in with the high score of the day in the NRHA Level 4 Open Derby second section of the first go-round with a score of 224.5 aboard Steppin On Sparks (Jacs Electric Spark x Mahoganys First Step). Steppin On Sparks is a 2009 stallion with $83,553.77 NRHA LTE, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses, Coral Gables, FL and nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch.

Justin Mathison (Tioga, Texas, $600,412 NRHA LTE) came in second in the NRHA Level 4 Open Derby second section of the first go-round with a score of 223 aboard Snap Dun The Bases (Master Snapper x Shes Dun The Bases). Mathison and Snap Dun The Bases were also finalists in the NRHA Open Derby 2014. Snap Dun The Bases is a 2009 stallion with $78,486 NRHA LTE, is owned and nominated by Lewisville Development, LP.

Current standings are available at nrhaderby.com/results.

The following sale graduates have made it to the finals in the NRHA Non Pro Derby:

Futurity Prospect: 
Chex Out My Wimp
Spooks For The Chics
Verlander
All Nite Spook

Marketplace:
Blo Gun

Breeders Showcase:
ARC Chics Sparkle

To view ancillary results or to view the photo and video gallery, visit nrhaderby.com. For instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Coming up next!
Thursday will start at 9 a.m. in the Coliseum with Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup. Section 1 of the Non Pro Derby will begin at noon with Levels 1-3, Youth and Prime Time. Section 2 of the Non Pro Derby will begin at 4 p.m. with Level 4.

New Spectator Amenities!
New for 2015, spectators at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City and viewers from home are encouraged to make their way to the Coliseum or tune in to the webcast no later than 3:40 p.m. for a special “pre-game” presentation of the Section 2 Non Pro Finals by the official announcers and webcast commentator, Steve Ross, NRHA Judge.  Those at home will also be able to listen to special commentary during the Section 2 Non Pro finals.  Check out nrhaderby.com for the complete schedule and come, or log in, early to see this bonus coverage! Those at home will also get special commentary coverage of this spectacular event!

Also Happening…
The Western Team Finals will take place in Adequan beginning at 1:30 p.m. for Varsity Intermediate Reining with Future Intermediate Reining to follow at 2:30 p.m. The IEA Open Team Reining Championships will follow the Western Team Finals at 3:30 p.m with the IEA Award and Team Parade after.

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

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

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Lucas Oil Becomes NRHA Partner

 Lucas Oil Becomes NRHA Partner

By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to welcome Lucas Oil back for a second year as the presenting sponsor of the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open division. Lucas Oil has also increased its involvement with NRHA by becoming the newest NRHA Partner starting July 2015.

Founded by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas 26 years ago, Lucas Oil Products, Inc., is the world leader in the production of high-performance lubricants and problem solving additives for the transportation industry including an expanded presence in agriculture. The company markets 272 unique formulations in 40 countries. In the USA, Lucas Oil is sold in more than 30,000 auto parts stores and at every truck stop nationwide, displaying the biggest variety of shelf products of any oil company.

>Under Lucas’ direction and as part of its agricultural support initiative, Lucas Oil has also become a major supporter of Protect the Harvest. Protect the Harvest is a not-for-profit organization that educates and communicates with the general public wherever those elements, including extreme animal rights groups, congregate. Protect the Harvest was created to expose the true nature of animal rights groups, to actively protect Americas freedoms and way of life by creating lasting legal safeguards, and to respond to activities of radical groups by opposing efforts to pass laws or enact regulations that would restrict the rights and freedoms of farmers, sportsmen and animal owners. Find out more at ProtectTheHarvest.com.
NRHA has more than 850 NRHA-approved shows worldwide with nearly $14 million in competition purses annually. Lucas Oil will be an official NRHA Partner of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show and NRHA Derby.

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

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