Register for the February 13th American Horse Council Webinar


Last Call- Register for our Upcoming Webinar February 13th! 

Don’t forget- register today for our upcoming webinar pn February 13th at 3:00 pm ET. The topic will be “Climate Change and Equines.”

David Herring, Director of Communication & Education at the NOAA Climate Program Office will be the featured speaker. Mr. Herring will discuss how they see changes in the weather affecting not only horses themselves, but also the areas in which they live, show, and are ridden. Dr. Karen Davison, Equine Nutritionist and Director of Purina Animal Nutrition’s Equine Technical Services team will also give an overview of how horses nutritional needs change with the weather.

In the AHC Member spotlight, Jim McGarvey, Executive Director of Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) will give an overview of the work that BCHA does- most importantly how they work to keep trails open for equestrians. Just last year, the AHC worked with BCHA toward the successful passing of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Finally, AHC’s Director of Health & Regulatory Affairs Cliff Williamson will give a short overview on regulatory issues that the AHC is currently working on.

The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members—we encourage everyone to attend!

To register for the webinar, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at . We look forward to having you join us!

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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Chocolate Chic Olena Hits One Sweet Milestone

 For Immediate Release -Oklahoma City, Okla., (02-06-2017) - There is something sweet about becoming a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Carter Smith, the 1993 Chestnut stallion Chocolate Chic Olena is by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Jae Bar Felcia.

Chocolate Chic Olena was ridden by owner Carter Smith, along with NRHA Professionals Darren Stancik and NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani. During his show career, Chocolate Chic Olena was the 2001 and 2002 United States Equestrian Federation Open Qualifier Champion, the 1997 NRHA Derby Non Pro and Limited Open Champion, and the 1999 AQHA World Champion in senior reining.

In addition to siring top reining horses, Chocolate Chic Olena’s offspring have proven themselves to be versatile performers, with some competing and earning top honors in working cow horse events.

Chocolate Chic Olena’s top NRHA offspring include:

  • Chic Magnetic (NRHA LTE: $139,507)
  • Ghiradelli Chic (NRHA LTE: $75,313)
  • Mr Chocoholic NRHA LTE: $65,889)
  • Mistresses Milky Way (NRHA LTE: $45,397)
  • Smart Coco Chic (NRHA LTE: $45,785)

NRHA congratulates Chocolate Chic Olena and his owner Carter Smith for achieving Million Dollar Sire status.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


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Update: USEF Announces Qualification Information for the Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by USEF Communications Department | Jan 30,2017, 10:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that U.S. reining athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders. This inaugural event will take place at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, August 9-12, 2017.

FEI Qualifying Criteria for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

  • Qualification period begins January 1, 2017
  • A Junior is defined as any athlete from the beginning of the year in which they reach 14 years old until the end of the year in which they reach 18 years old.
  • A Young Rider is defined as any athlete from the beginning of the year they reach 16 years old until the end of the year they reach 21 years old.
  • The athlete must achieve a minimum average score of 67 at one CRI3* Junior or Young Rider competition during the qualifying period.
  • Horses must be seven years old or older.

U.S. Qualifying Competitions

  • Winter Slide (Ardmore, Okla.) February 3-5, 2017
  • NRBC (Katy, Texas) April 16-23, 2017
  • Wild Card Reining Challenge (Las Vegas, Nev.) May 23-27, 2017
  • CNYRHA (Syracuse, N.Y.) June 24, 2017

Additional competitions to be added as approved

For more information, contact USEF Director of Reining, Bryn Wells 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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2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium

NRHyA members are invited to attend the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium held during the NRHA Winter Meeting Feb 10-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium is tailored with you in mind including:

  • Three educational and fun workshops
  • A special guest speaker
  • Door prizes for all who attend

Create long lasting relationships with fellow reiners from all across the nation while developing skills that will help you in and out of the show pen! One lucky symposium attendee will win a pair of boots courtesy of Anderson Bean Boot Company.

Become a leader and register today!

For questions pertaining to registration or the NRHyA Symposium, please contact Emily Schaefer at or (405)946-7400.

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New Opportunity for NRHA Show Secretaries

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the opportunity for show secretaries to attend an in-person workshop at the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The event is open to all current NRHA secretaries, those needing to recertify, or those who are interested in becoming certified. Show managers interested in taking part in the seminar are welcomed to attend as well. For more information on the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting, click here.

The training seminar is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 10 from 8 a.m. until noon. During this seminar, participants can expect to discuss a variety of important topics for show secretaries including:

  • A look into the show manager’s responsibilities at an NRHA show and how the manager can make the event a fun-filled experience
  • A review and study on how affiliates tie into NRHA shows, what is needed, and how to qualify for the Affiliate Regional Championships and the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships
  • Certification to be an NRHA Show Secretary, including in-depth training on management and affiliate involvement
  • A chance to sit down with other secretaries, show managers, and affiliate contacts to share stories and ideas from past experiences

To register for this event, please contact Kristen Liesman at or by calling (405)946-7400.

If you are unable to attend the February seminar, NRHA is currently planning a fall seminar this October in Ohio. More information will be made available on at a later date.

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Varsity Reining Club Scholarship Recipients Announced

Top National Reining Horse Youth Association members receive high honors through the Varsity Reining Club for their philanthropic, academic and leadership accomplishments.

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. (1-20-2017) - The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club ended 2016 by awarding scholarships totaling more than $5,000. The Varsity Reining Club encourages reining youth to become active in their communities, all while rewarding those participants for their scholastic accomplishments.

Point values in the Varsity Reining Club are awarded based on participation in four main categories: philanthropy, creativity, publicity, and academics. Within these primary areas of focus, participants may record such activities via photography, community service, report back, and fundraising. Participants are then awarded scholarships depending on their age as of Jan. 1, 2016: Varsity (ages 14-18) or Junior Varsity (13 years and younger).

Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients

Top Varsity Youth of the Year: Cyann Molengraaf from Simoshaven, Netherlands ended the year with 6,619 total points. Molengraaf has been awarded “Youth of the Year” and will receive a $1,000 scholarship for earning the most points in the Varsity Reining Club.

Second: Megan D’Andrea, 19, from Fowler, Ohio, with 6,359 total points.

Third: Grace Wilson, 16, from Smithfield, VA., with 5,500 total points.

Fourth: Reagan Stephens, 16, from Weatherford, Texas, with 3,150 total points.

Fifth: Holly Lansidel, 18, from Roy, WA., with 2,770 total points.

Sixth: Carlysle Salter, 17, from Mobile, AL., with 2,120 total points.

Seventh: Ally Jones, 15, from Franklin, KY., with 2,056 total points.

Eighth: Taylor Masson, 17, from Davie, FL., with 2,040 total points.

Junior Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients

Top Junior Varsity of the Year: Kalena Reynolds, 13, from Dennis, Texas earned 5,794 in total points and will receive a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Varsity Reining Club and NRHyA.

Second: Casey Abbo, 13, from Woodside, CA., with 5,729 total points.

Third: Raeanna Thayn, 12, from Oxford, NE., with 3,208 total points.

Fourth: Robin Foster, 11, from Strawberry Plains, TN., with 2,403 total points.

Fifth: Marissa Jones, 12, from Franklin, KY., with 1,888 total points

Cyann Molengraaf photo by Troullioud Fotografie.

The Varsity Reining Club is free for NRHyA members and serves as an innovative tool to help youth become more involved at a local level all while developing valuable life skills. Learn more and enroll online today at

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The 2017 NRHA European Summit

Brussels, January 19 – The very first National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on January 16-17.

Thirty-two representatives, from thirteen European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands), met in the capital of the European Union and, once it was time to adjourn, ‘unity’ was the key word.

The summit brought together NRHA European Affiliate Council members, NRHA professionals, NRHA judges, non professional riders, owners, breeders, event sponsors and show organizers. Welcoming those taking part in this historical meeting was NRHA Vice President, Mike Hancock, along with NRHA Senior Director of Events, Shianne Megel, NRHA Manager of Competition and Education, Samantha Oldfield, and NRHA Senior Director of Publications, Simona Diale.

A long-term program for reining in Europe was the intent and thanks to the expertise and input of those present, it was possible to look at the sport in Europe from all angles with four main goals:  uniting the European reining affiliates, better communication at all levels, growth and promotion of the sport with a focus on youth activities, and the restructuring of the NRHA European Affiliate Council according to the NRHA Governance structure.

“I believe the outcome of the summit was very positive,” said Mike Hancock at the conclusion of the meeting. “An important number of projects are in the works, thanks to the enthusiasm and will to work of all those present. I am certain that the outcome will further promote our sport in Europe thanks to the foundation laid during this historical occasion.”

A special meeting of the NRHA European Affiliate Council was convened.  The agenda consisted of discussions regarding the Council structure and the European Federation of Reining Horse Associations (EFRHA).  At the conclusion of the meeting a new structure had been approved with a task force appointed to oversee the details of the transition, and a vote to not support any further work concerning EFRHA.

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Gunnatrashya – NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., January 9, 2017- Thanks to the success of his offspring at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, we are excited to announce that Gunnatrashya is NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Gunnatrashya is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Eight Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Natrasha.

The 2006 Sorrel stallion has had just as successful a career in the show pen as he has in the breeding shed. With NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Shawn Flarida at the reins, Gunnatrashya was the 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity Champion, 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, and 2010 NRHA Open Derby Champion. Even with limited showing, his NRHA Lifetime Earnings are over $218,000.

Gunnatrashya had 22 offspring entered in the 2016 NRHA Futurity, and together they earned more than $82,496 at the event, giving him a lifetime total of $1,017,438 in offspring earnings. One of the most notable offspring was Loveya, owned by Cam Essick, who won more than $48,937 alone. Loveya was Level (L) 2 Open Reserve Champion, L3 Open fifth place, and a L4 finalist at the Futurity. Additionally, Bugattti, owned by Jay Prather, earned over $13,453 and Dontrashmystage, owned by Dale Harvey, won more than $12,764.

Gunnatrashya’s top earning offspring are:

  • ARC Gunnabeabigstar (NRHA LTE: $193,418)
  • Inferno Sixty Six (NRHA LTE: $161,993)
  • ARC Gunna Sparkya (NRHA LTE: $119,605)
  • Loveya (NRHA LTE: $75,732)
  • ARC Shesgunnasparkya (NRHA LTE: $59,151)

Congratulations to Gunnatrashya and Arcese Quarter Horses on this outstanding achievement!

Photo by Cam Essick

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NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire: Custom Crome

 For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., December 30, 2016- The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that Custom Crome has become the association’s newest Four Million Dollar Sire. With offspring earnings totaling more than $4,000,256 this accomplishment makes him only the ninth stallion to achieve this milestone and is well deserved after reaching NRHA Three Million Dollar status in 2012.

The 1990 AQHA stallion is owned by Steve Simon of Marietta, Okla. Custom Crome is by Crome Plated Jac and out of Another Greyhound. However, his success isn’t just limited to the breeding shed. He won the 1993 NRHA Open Futurity with NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Flarida at the reins. Throughout his entire show career Custom Crome earned nearly $110,000 in the show pen and was inducted in to the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2009.

Top Progeny of Custom Crome Include:

  • Custom Pistol (NRHA LTE: $233,230)
  • Custom Legend (NRHA LTE: $228,364)
  • Custom Cash Advance (NRHA LTE: $ 227,495)
  • Custom Mahogany (NRHA LTE: $200,338)
  • Custom Red Berry (NRHA LTE: $172,011)
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