Inside Reining’s Inside Look at 2014 IHSA National Horse Show

Inside Reining’s Inside Look at 2014 IHSA National Horse Show to Air September 16 on RFD-TVInsideReining-small-for-web

Fairfield, CT (August 13, 2014) Emmy award-winning videographer Chris Cook, of Sandbur Productions and NRHA, has confirmed that its behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews from the 2014 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, last spring will air September 16 on RFD-TV and online at

“The video is back from production, so we should be good to go,” said Cook, whose team put in hours of camera and interview time with IHSA coaches, riders, organizers and volunteers behind the scenes of America’s oldest and largest collegiate equestrian championship, hosting over 450 riders and 25 teams from colleges and universities across the US.

Where do the horses come from that are catch-ridden to these title championships? What goes through the mind of a college coach as their rider enters the ring? How do riders draw their horses? These are just some of the questions Cook and his camera sought to answer amid four days of Western and hunter seat competition, including the NRHA Open Championship, USEF Cacchione Cup, Collegiate Cup and AQHA High Point titles.

“This is the second year for coverage of the IHSA National Show on Inside Reining, and this year, in addition to Western coverage, we will be showing its hunter seat competition,” added Emmy award-winning host, Jenifer Reynolds.

“We are very excited about being able to share IHSA’s story with our audience. We hope it will help grow this great program that is giving so many young people the opportunity to experience equestrian competition.”

NRHA Inside Reining airs Tuesdays at 3pm and 11pm ET on RFD-TV and is produced in conjunction with Sandbur Productions of Jones, OK, an award winning, full-service video production company.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was incorporated in 1966 as the standard setting body of the sport of Reining and is responsible for promoting the sport and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. Learn more at

IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its teams and scholarships at

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

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NRHA Futurity Reminders & Move-In Info

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As the summer nears its end, anticipation is building for this year’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s event is scheduled to start one day later and includes a new Level 1 Open Rider Challenge. Below are a few reminders and updates to consider when making plans for this year’s event.

First Go-Round to Start One Day Later
As released in March of this year, the first go-round of the NRHA Futurity will start one day later; the day after Thanksgiving (November 28, 2014). The decision was made to allow horses more time to settle in after being transported from home to Oklahoma City.

Move-In Info
The grounds will not be open for move-in until Monday, November 24, at the earliest. This includes the move-in of stall fronts, supplies and vendors who may have had the opportunity to move in on Sunday in previous years.

Number of Horses Advancing to Open Semi-Finals Altered
Another decision released in March was an alteration to the number of horses advancing from the first go-round to the semi-finals, as shown below. This change will lessen the number of horses moving on to the semi-finals. However, historical research of recent Futurities has shown that none of the horses outside of the advancing number have made it to the finals. No changes were made to the number of horses that advance from the semi-finals to the finals.

Class:                 Number Advancing to Semi-Finals:
Level 4 Open      Top 100 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open      Top 50 horses (plus ties)

All horses qualifying for the semi-final will be placed into the regular draw. If you choose to scratch from the semi-final, you will need to fill out a scratch sheet in the show office prior to the horse’s scheduled draw.

Level 1 Open Rider Challenge
After the changes stated above were made, the Board chose to provide an additional opportunity for Level 1 Open riders/horses that just missed qualifying for the semi-finals. They will be given an opportunity to compete and win money in a $2,500-added Category 11 class on Thursday, December 4. The class will be open only to the next 20 Level 1 Open entries that missed the semi-finals. This class is not part of the Futurity, and therefore no nomination or entry fees paid for the Futurity will be applied to the class payouts.

Deadline Reminders

  • Final payment – Due on or before October 1, 2014 = $500 + $20 Video Fee
    • The final payment must be received in the NRHA Office on or before October 1, 2014 (POSTMARKS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED)
  • Late entries – Received on or before October 1, 2014 = $3,455
  • Late entries – Received October 2 until two days prior to the 1st go-round at 5 p.m. = $4,205
  • NOTE: 2014 entries must be received on or before November 1, 2014 to be placed into the regular draw. Entries received November 2, 2014 through 5 p.m. CST two days prior to the 1st go round will be placed in a group to precede the regular draw in the reverse order that they are received.


For more information on the 2014 NRHA Futurity, visit


Photos from the NRHA Reiner by Dawn Baxstrom and Waltenberry
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$23,000+ in Scholarships Up For Grabs in NRHA Youth Team Tournaments

By Hayley Lewallen- As youth riders across the world gear up for their NRHA Regional or Continental Affiliate Finals to earn bragging rights, they also have the chance to score scholarship money through the Youth Team Tournament. This event is held at every NRHA Affiliate Finals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico.

The Youth Team Tournament is open to any current youth member and there is no extra cost! Just enter the youth class or the Affiliate Finals youth class at your Regional or Continental event. Teams will consist of four members and riders can enter up to three horses.
Awards for the Youth Team Tournament are:
  • First place – Custom Montana Silversmiths Belt Buckles, custom medallions, and $1,200 in scholarship monies to be split between the four members
  • Second place – Custom medallions and $600 in scholarship monies to be split between four members
  • Third through Tenth place – Custom medallions
To redeem your Youth Team Tournament Scholarship, or any scholarship you may have won through NRHA, send an email to Hayley Lewallen, Senior Coordinator of Marketing, at with the following information:
  • University Name
  • University Address
  • University Phone
  • Student ID Number
Scholarships that are won at NRHA Continental Affiliate Finals held outside of the United States can be redeemed by sending the same information.For more information on youth programs, contact the NRHA at (405) 946-7400 or visit
Photo of the 2013 Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals
Photo credit: John O’Hara
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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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