2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge 4 Year Old Futurity

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One Year Older and Wiser

2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge 4 Year Old Futurity

A limited-age event designed to provide the gift of time to young reining horses will debut in May in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wild Card Reining Challenge, scheduled over the long Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 29, is a new futurity devoted to 4-year-old reining horses that need more time to mature.

“The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a huge step outside the box for the U.S. reining industry, focusing on a new train of thought — the 4-year-old reining futurity horse,” said Amanda Brumley, whose Scottsdale, Arizona company, Brumley Management Group, LLC will produce the show. “Everything about this new event challenges people to open their minds to new ideas and learn where our industry is now and where it needs to be for a positive outcome going forward. This opportunity benefits all levels of the reining horse industry from the stallion and mare owner of the offspring being shown to the trainers and current owners,” adds Brumley. “Stallion and mare owners want their equine offspring to have every chance at earning money to increase production earnings. Trainers want to keep good horses in training, and owners want to see their horses succeed in the show pen. It’s a win-win!”

“The primary purpose of the event is to preserve the mental and physical health of young reining horses,” said Pamela Schroeck, co-administrator of an 1800-member Facebook group that supports tweaking the futurity concept originally designed for 3-year-olds.

“It offers an opportunity for 4-year-olds to earn significant checks without having to compete at traditional futurities for which they are not ready, or at derbies against horses that already have extensive show experience,” said Schroeck, a Non-Pro Reiner from Poolville, Texas.

Purse for the 4-Year-Old Futurity has $65,000 in added money. In addition, participation does not require nominations or enrollments. Horses must have an NRHA Competition License to compete and pre-entries are due April 22, 2016.

“I think that it’s great that we are really going to have a place to showcase our 4-year-olds,” said trainer Andrea Fappani, NRHA money-earner of more than $4 million. “Not every horse will peak in his 3-year-old year, and this event will give us the flexibility to show our reiners when they are truly ready to compete at a high level,” he said of the new futurity.

Horses entered in the Wild Card Reining Challenge cannot have competed in any reining futurities (Category 2 Aged Event) as a 3 year old, or in any reining class with a purse of more than $1,000 added.

“The event will offer an additional opportunity for owners to justify their substantial investments in reining prospects and it has the potential to expand the market for aged-event reining horses in general,” Schroeck said.

The futurity will be the highlight of show events that also will include ancillary reining classes, pre-futurities for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses, and a World Para Reining Challenge for riders with physical handicaps and discharged military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Free educational seminars will focus on such topics as judging, shoeing, sports medicine, training, breeding and nutrition, conducted by such experts as trainers Bob Avila, Andrea Fappani and NRHA Judges’ Committee Chairman Jody Brainard.

“I encourage everyone with the same passion I have for reining to attend this event with or without horses,” said Brumley, whose management group also produces the prestigious annual High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, the Cactus Reining Classic in Scottsdale, and the Reining By the Bay show in Woodside, California.

A package of sponsorship benefits for the Wild Card Reining Challenge includes naming rights, vendor space, advertising, participation in ceremonies and more. For additional information, contact Brumley at 602-677-3774 or Schroeck at 817-319-3785 or email brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com

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NRHA Shows Tremendous Growth Entering Into the 50th Anniversary!

National Reining Horse Association Shows Tremendous Growth Entering Into the 50th Anniversary!

The National Reining Horse Association is gearing up for a spectacular 2016, and the best way to start the celebration is to celebrate all new and returning members!

Oklahoma City, Okla., January 8, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has more than one thing to celebrate as they enter into 2016. First and foremost, this is NRHA’s 50th Anniversary year. From starting with the first Futurity in 1966 with less than 100 members in Ohio, to celebrating the 50th Running of the Futurity in Oklahoma City this past month, NRHA has crunched the numbers and is proud to announce several signs of growth in the sport of reining.

NRHA ended 2015 with a tremendous growth in membership of more than 4.6 percent totaling more than 15,300 members. NRHA records show the last time membership exceeded this number was seven years ago in 2008.

In addition to this jump in participation, NRHA opened their doors to professionals with a fresh approach to their membership, also ending the year very strong with more than 1,700 members! NRHA is encouraging reining enthusiasts to visit nrha.com/findapro to make contact with a reining professional and to get started in the fun sport. In addition (and included in the total increase), NRHA experienced a 50 percent increase in Associate members as well as an increase in Youth and General members.

“NRHA is healthy, strong and growing like I never would have imagined,” said NRHA President, Rick Clark.  Clark added, “We have made several changes, and experienced some growing pains, but the payoff has been tremendous. The 50th Running of the Futurity was outstanding, and I see a brighter future for NRHA as we run full steam ahead to our Association’s 50 Anniversary.”

NRHA Winter Meeting
NRHA is heading into their 50th Anniversary with the kickoff of a membership Winter Meeting January 20-24 in Oklahoma City. All members are encouraged to attend, and voice their opinion about the future of NRHA. More information is available at nrha1.com/wintermeeting.

2016 NRHA Futurity Payments
Also, don’t forget to log on to NRHA.com to find all the 2016 NRHA Futurity forms. The first payment deadline is February 1, and now is a great time to get your payments in the mail! For more information about the 2016 NRHA Futurity, members can visit nrhafuturity.com/forms. Members can also contact NRHA’s events department 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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Cinch Jeans & Shirts and Garth Brooks announce exclusive licensing deal for jeans and woven shirts

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“Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” clothing line debuts in 2016

DENVER, Colo. (January 6, 2016) – Garth Brooks and CINCH JEANS & SHIRTS will launch  “Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” and will feature jeans and shirts endorsed and inspired by the record-breaking music legend. This marks Brooks’ first licensed clothing endorsement in his 26-years as a singer, songwriter and performer.

The “Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” clothing line showcases high-quality jeans and shirts at accessible prices. Designs come from Brooks’ stage-inspired styling and combine his high-energy on-stage presence with CINCH’s commitment to authentic western apparel.  High-quality fabrics, ideal fit and unique western taste will be seen in all “Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” clothing.  The shirts and jeans in the line are geared towards the core western lifestyle audience and all those who love the cowboy way.

The Brooks and CINCH JEANS & SHIRTS collaboration was born from synergies around authenticity, passion for the western lifestyle and a responsibility to serve others.  Brooks’ commitment to the country music and entertainment business is amplified by CINCH’s pledge to stay true to its core western lifestyle customer.  Similarly, Brooks’ involvement with important charities, such as Teammates for Kids Foundation, was significant to CINCH, who also focuses its business efforts around growing western lifestyle and entertainment event opportunities for cowboys. Authenticity is at the core of “Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” clothing line, which embodies functional and fashion-forward styling.

The “Garth Brooks Sevens by CINCH” clothing line will be available for sale at your local CINCH retailers in the early fall 2016.  Retailers will first see the line at the Denver Merchandise Market in January 2016.

Note to editors:

About Cinch Jeans & Shirts: LEAD, DON’T FOLLOW. Since 1996, the Cinch Clothing brand has been creating quality jeans and shirts for both in and out of the arena.   Some of the best athletes from the rodeo, bull riding and equine performance circles love Cinch jeans and shirts because of the quality fit and the authentic western look.  From collared shirts with short sleeves or long sleeves to outerwear and athletic gear to fashion-forward western jeans, the Cinch brand puts fit and styling first. Whether fashion basics or premium styles, the designs and reputation of Cinch Jeans make Cinch Clothing the number one choice for those who live and breathe the western way of life.  Visit CINCH online at www.cinchjeans.com.

About Garth Brooks:  Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history with over 136 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.

In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008 The President Elect, himself, requested that Garth headline his Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the “wave” to Garth’s performance of “Shout” while the President sang along. That same year, at the request of the Governor of California, Garth performed 5 concerts in 2 days, a feat believed to have never before been attempted by any artist.  F.I.R.E., an organization created to provide financial help to recent fire victims and support the future of fire fighting in the state of California, received proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” allowing viewers to donate as well.

In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing 9 sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts.

In January, 2012 he was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The sell-out 15,000+ seats happened in less than a minute. Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.

On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost nine million viewers watching his CBS special “Live From Las Vegas.” That very day Garth released his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Garth’s career at #1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat.

Garth’s performance of “Friends in Low Places,” was the last thing heard on The Tonight Show as Jay Leno ended his 22 year reign as The Tonight Show host.

On July 15th, 2014, Garth announced the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. On September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, “People Loving People.” It was his first new single since 2008. The very next day, September 4th, Garth began his 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. In 1998, Garth set the concert ticket sales records for every city on the tour. This time he has already beaten his own records. In Portland, Garth celebrated his 100th show on the world tour and two million in ticket sales. The next day he traveled to Dallas to perform at the 50th Anniversary ACM Awards and receive the Milestone Award.

Garth’s ninth studio album, MAN AGAINST MACHINE, was released November 11th. It was his first new studio album in 13 years. It became the 14th time in Garth’s career that one of his albums debuted at #1 on the country charts where it remained for seven non-consecutive weeks. The second single off the album, “Mom,” became the inspiration for a Good Morning America contest encouraging viewers to send in videos nominating their mother or friends mother to be surprised by Garth serenading them at their door.

 

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Casey Deary Earns a Million

NRHA Professional Casey Deary has earned over a Million Dollars in NRHA competition and is justifiably proud and awed by his accomplishment.  Deary, known as a devoted family man, has his own cheerleaders in his wife Nicole and their children; Wyatt, Joy, Owen, and Olivia.  Deary, Weatherford, Texas earned his first NRHA paycheck on November 4, 2000 in Katy, Texas at the Saltgrass Steak House Warmup show aboard Crome Marks owned by Maureen Underwood.  The young horseman earned $82.12 – a far cry from his most recent paycheck of $161,466 for winning the NRHA Open Futurity Level 4 division riding Shesouttayourleague for owner Curtis Performance Horses LLC!  To say Deary had a good November and December is a monumental understatement.

At the AQHA World Championship Show in November, Deary earned the World and Reserve World Championships in Junior Reining.  In Like Flinn, owned by Todd Neiberger, carried him to the World Champion title while Antler Ridge Ranch’s Magnum Starlights earned Deary the Reserve World Champion designation.  He followed that up with his history-making NRHA Futurity Championship, winning the 50th running of the NRHA Futurity after an incredible run-off on Shesouttayourleague, which culminated in his most recent accomplishment and title – NRHA Million Dollar Rider!

Looking back on Deary’s career, the NRHA Professional has added significantly to his bank account at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) competitions, including 2015 Reserve Champion on ARC Gunna Sparkya and in 2013 third place on Americasnextgunmodel.  And who could forget his 2012 Futurity Champion title win on Americasnextgunmodel.

NRHA is proud of Deary’s new designation and whole-heartedly congratulates him on becoming an NRHA Million Dollar Rider!

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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Deary & Shesouttayourleague NRHA Open Futurity Champions

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Deary & Shesouttayourleague NRHA Open Futurity Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 5, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held the final day of competition on Saturday that determined the 2015 NRHA Open Futurity Champions.

NRHA Professional Casey L. Deary entered the arena as the last competitor of the day aboard Shesouttayourleague. After scoring an impressive 224 and tying the current leader Franco Bertolani and Inferno Sixty Six, the riders decided to run off for the championship keeping the crowd very anxious. Loping in first was Bertolani and Inferno Sixty Six, owned by Slide Or Die LLC, scoring 223.5. Deary and Shesouttayourleague, owned by Robert Curtis, entered the arena for the second time, and after receiving a score of 224.5, history was made – Casey Deary became the 2015 NRHA Lucas Oil Open Level 4 Futurity Champion!

Winning the most prestigious reining event unofficially brought Deary past $1,000,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings, making him the newest NRHA Million Dollar Rider! Shesouttayourleague is by the newest NRHA Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz and out of NRHA Hall of Famer Wimpys Little Chic (by Wimpys Little Step) and was nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA receiving $7,500 for nominating the horse.

With the win, Casey receives a check for $142,500 together with several awards donated by event sponsors including Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Tamarack Ranch, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle sponsored by Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $500 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, Bluebonnet Feed products, and one-year use of a Sundowner Trailer provided by Twin Cities South Trailers.

Winning Level 3 tonight was NRHA Professional Sean McBurney with Rsure Shot Whizkey scoring 218.5. Rsure Shot Of Whiskey is by Whizkey N Diamonds and out of Gunners Sureshot (by Gunner). Rhodes River Ranch, owner and nominator of the stallion, receives a check for $1,417.58 for nominating the horse.

McBurney takes home $26,934 for the first place together with Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, and Bluebonnet Feed products.

Tying to win the Level 2 were NRHA Professional Joe S. Schmidt riding ARC Shesgunnasparkya and Mathieu Buton riding Ms Mercedes Whiz. ARC Shesgunnasparkya is owned by Claudia Simon and was nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA that received a check for $1,712.66 for nominating the mare. ARC Shesgunnasparkya is by Gunnatrashya and out Sailing Spark (by Shining Spark). Ms Mercedes Whiz is owned by Mathieu Buton and his wife Angela Rybar, who was also the nominator. The mare is by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Ms Holywood Whiz (by Topsail Whiz).

The winners each receive a check for $17,665.04 together with Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, and Bluebonnet Feed products.

Justin Michels rode both of Joan E. Julen’s horses in Section 1 of the Finals to a score of 214.5 to tie them for the win in Level 1, receiving a check for a total of $27,160.54. Michels first entered the arena on Berry Great Juice, a gelding by Smart Like Juice and out of Berry Great Twist (by Dun It With A Twist). Berry Great Juice was nominated by Mary A. Jansma, who receives $383.27 for the nomination. Michels then rode Cromed Out Gunner, a gelding by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Smoking Gypsy Rose (by Gunner), nominated by Roger D. Parks earning $1,046.24 for the nomination. For his win, Justin Michels receives Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, Adequan product, and Bluebonnet Feed products.

Earlier this week, Duane Latimer and Wham Bam Gunner Man won the Prime Time Open division. Prime Time Open winner is determined based on the composite score from first go-round and Semi-final. Latimer and the bay stallion won with a composite of 438. Wham Bam Gunner Man, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Super Olena Chic (by Smart Chic Olena). The rider receives $2,105.09 for the win.

Prime Time Open Reserve Champion Casey Hinton riding Electro Star receives a check for $1,281.36 together with Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle sponsored by Chaps by Nancy. Casey and Kathy Hinton own the stallion.

For additional results including the Adequan NAAC Youth 14-18 and other ancillary classes visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nrhareining), Twitter (www.twitter.com/nrha) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/nrhareining#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.com.

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 Adequan® NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Announces the Youth 14/18 Champions

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The Adequan®  North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Youth 14/18 Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 5, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan®  North American Affiliate Championships.

Chandler Winard & Tags Golden Star are Youth Champions
In a field of 42 entries, Chandler Winard and her 5-year-old gelding, Tags Golden Star, took the Adequan® NAAC Youth championship with a score of 215. The pair had already left their mark in the show pen this year after claiming the NRBC Level 2 and Level 1 Championship. Winard’s family purchased Tags Golden Star, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Boogies Smart Star, in September of 2014 at the High Roller Reining Classic. “I got to ride him a couple times in April and immediately fell in love with him. It was just meant to be! He’s really sweet, nice to ride, tries hard for me all the time and is a big stopper,” said the 17-year-old rider about her horse a.k.a ‘Leroy’.  “He’s been really fun for me to show this year and I have to thank my trainer, NRHA Professional Dan Huss, for all his help, and also his wife, Wendy. A big thank you to my parents and my family for giving me the opportunity to do all this.”

Winard and Tags Golden Star were also awarded the PHBA (Palomino Horse Breeders of America) Trophy. The highest scoring Palomino in the Adequan® NAAC Open, Non Pro and Youth classes were awarded the Trophy.

For the win, Chandler took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, Classic Equine product, Platinum Performance product, a pair of Anderson Bean Boots, Adequan product, a $150 SmartPak Gift Card, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila’s Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed.

Brooke Myers rode Ready Spook (Smart Spook x Red Moon Snap x Snapper Cal Bar), an 8-year-old mare, to reserve honors after posting a 211.5. “It’s been a long journey throughout the years trying to bring everything together with my horse, ‘Red’, so I’m really happy with how things went today. I’m very proud of her,” said Brooke about her mare who she’s had for the last three years. “I keep my horse at home (Myers Stables) where I ride with my mom, Suzanne, and also ride with NRHA Professional,  Dutch Chapman.”

Two riders tied for third place: Annabeth Payne riding Chexamillion (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun x One Gun) and Emily Morris aboard Cross Step Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Hollywood Twostep x Hollywood Jac 86). Both scored a 210.5.

For the Reserve championship, Myers took home a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, Classic Equine product, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, and a blanket from Avila’s Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed.

For more information about the North American Affiliate Championships and the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nrhareining), Twitter (www.twitter.com/nrha) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/nrhareining#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.com.

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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Fappani & Legend Slides Wright 2015 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

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Fappani & Legend Slides Wright 2015 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 4, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held another exciting day of competition on Friday that determined the 2015 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions.

Tish Fappani rode her three-year-old stallion Legend Slides Wright to win the 2015 Cinch Non Pro Futurity and take home over $36,000! Legend Slides Wright is by Custom Legend and out of She Slides Wright (by Smart Little Lena) and is a 2014 Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale graduate. The duo also earns additional $37,500 thanks to the NRHA Sale Incentive. Steve Worman, the consignor of Legend Slide Wright, receives a check for $12,500. The stallion was nominated by Steven Simon, earning him a check for $1,894.75 for nomination.

With her check, Fappani also receives a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle sponsored by Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses, Classic Equine Product, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, Bluebonnet Feed Product, and one-year use of a Sundowner Trailer provided by Twin Cities South Trailers.

Taking the Reserve Champion title in Level 4 and also the Champion title in Level 3, 2, and 1 is William Rhoads and his mare Mega Maggie Mae. The crowd went wild when Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae entered the arena and the excitement escalated as the 219.5 score was announced! The mare is by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega (by Marthas Mega Jac) and was nominated by Martin Bonneson, who receives a check for $3,633.93 for the nomination. Rhoads takes home a check for a total of $68,835.73 together with a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, Classic Equine Product, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, and Bluebonnet Feed Products.

David McBurney and Fancy Steppin Whiz win the Prime Time division with a score of 218. Fancy Steppin Whiz is by RC Fancy Step and out of TC West Coast Wendi (by West Coast Whiz). McBurney, also the stallion’s nominator, receives a total of $26,842.64 together with a Bobs’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, Classic Equine Product, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, and Bluebonnet Feed Products.

Taylor A. Zimmerman piloted Chic Dreamin, a stallion owned by her grandfather Vaughn C. Zimmerman, to a score of 214. Chic Dreamin is by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Skeets Red Dunit (by Skeets Peppy). The stallion was nominated by Casey Hinton. Zimmerman walks away with a check for $780.40, plus a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Tinsel Jack, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, Classic Equine Product, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, and Bluebonnet Feed Products.

For additional results including the Adequan NAAC Youth 13 & Under and other ancillary classes visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results

Don’t forget to attend the 2015 NRHA Futurity Open Finals on Saturday, December 5!

Section 1 of the NRHA Open Futurity Finals starts at 1 p.m.

Section 2, including the Lucas Oil Open Level 4 Futurity Finals, starts at 5 p.m.

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nrhareining), Twitter (www.twitter.com/nrha) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/nrhareining#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.com.

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 Adequan® NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Announces the Youth 13 & Under Champions

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The Adequan®  North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Youth 13 & Under Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 4, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan®  North American Affiliate Championships.

Alexa Lovejoy wins the Adequan NAAC Youth 13 & Under Championship aboard Walla Walla Wizard

The youth competition lit up the stage in the Adequan® Championship Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park today as 29 qualified riders rode for the prestigious title.

It took a run-off to determine who would take this year’s Youth 13 & Under Championship as Alexa Lovejoy riding Walla Walla Wizard, owned by Peggy Lovejoy, and Lauren Heine aboard Conquistador Custom, owned by Janet Heine, closed their runs with a 210.5.

Once the two young riders had made it back to the show arena, it was the 214 posted by Alexa and her 6-year-old gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Queens Doc Madonna (by Uno Superstar), that topped the competition.

“I was really nervous in the run-off but once I started my pattern it got better and now I’m really excited!” said the thirteen-year-old rider. “I’ve had ‘Wizard’ for a year now, he’s always been really consistent and I’m very proud of him. My trainer is John Zimmerman and his wife, Lacy, showed him until the reins passed on to me. I now look forward to riding him again next year and I would really like to thank my grandma, Peggy, as she has helped me so much through this year. Of course I thank John and Lacy Zimmerman for all their help.”

‘Wizard’s’ performance was even more special since the sorrel gelding is blind in one eye. “This proves how much trust this great horse has in his rider, Alexa,” said NRHA Vice President, Mike Deer who awarded the youth riders today.

Lauren Heine and her ten-year-old mare, a.k.a. Moka, settled for reserve honors after closing her second run with a 211. “I’ve been riding reiners for the last four years with my trainer, Serena Siebrandt,” said Heine. “Both our runs today were simply amazing and I’m really happy even though I was pretty nervous! Thank goodness my mare didn’t feel my nerves. My goal is to become a Million Dollar Rider, like Shawn Flarida, and I would like to make reining become my life…hopefully that will happen.”

Lauren took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, a Platinum Performance product, a pair of Anderson Bean Boots, an Adequan product, a $150 SmartPak Gift Card, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed.

Tying for third place were Ashley Johnson, aboard Smart Like Steady (Steady Tradition x Bar S Docs Gay Bar x Lenas Gyrator), and Raeanna Thayn riding Nics Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Nics Whiz x Topsail Whiz). Both scored a 208.5.

For more information about the North American Affiliate Championships and the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nrhareining), Twitter (www.twitter.com/nrha) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/nrhareining#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.com.

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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2015 NRHA Futurity Marketplace Sale Sets A New Bar For Success!

2015 NRHA Futurity Marketplace Sale Sets A New Bar For Success!

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 4, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association’s Marketplace sale set a new bar for success last night, exceeding last year’s performance by more than 47 percent.  Last year, 71 horses were sold in the Marketplace sale for an average sale price of $6,059.  This year, the Marketplace sale blew the roof off of the sale arena selling 66 horses for an average sales price of $8,924!

It is becoming evident that the horse industry is making a strong comeback, and the future looks great for the future of NRHA. “As NRHA enters the 50th Anniversary of the association, it appears that people still take great pride in the value of horses and we look forward to a tremendous 2016,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner.

In the Marketplace sale, the high selling horse was Custom Red Berry out of Custom Crome by Otter Run Terri, owned by the W. T. Waggoner Estate.  This mare was sold to Roger Parks at a sale price of $31,500.

Don’t miss tonight’s Futurity Prospect sale, where bidders will throw their paddles up for their next NRHA reining champion hopeful and Futurity prospect.  Don’t miss the sale tonight starting with a dinner at 5 p.m. and the sale starting at 6 p.m. in Barn 3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Interested parties can watch tonight’s sale live at NRHAFuturity.com/lives.

For complete Marketplace sale results, visit http://www.nrha2.com/events/2015Marketplace.htm

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 – Setting the Pattern to Make History

50thCelebration6x4Oklahoma City, Okla., December 4, 2015 – Twenty-three past National Reining Horse Association Futurity champions walked the red carpet during a gala event held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on Thursday night, December 3.  The celebration, which featured Grammy Award-winning artist Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, marked an important milestone in the association’s history—the 50th running of the NRHA Futurity.

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) sponsored the festivities, which was also a fund-raiser for the philanthropic arm of the NRHA that provides both scholarships and financial assistance to riders and families in need. By selling 50 tables at the front of the stage—a goal that dovetailed nicely into to the 50th Futurity theme—more than $250,000 was raised. Even though the concert was free and open to every NRHA member attending the 2015 Futurity, once that initial goal was reached, members generously sponsored a second tier of tables for $1,500 each.

Another highlight of the evening was a 20-minute video that traced the NRHA Futurity back to its humble roots in Columbus, Ohio.

A Who’s Who of veritable reining greats captivated viewers with their stories, film footage and photographs showing how the sport grew in sophistication and purse money without losing its spirit of fun and camaraderie. The audience roared with laughter and also shed a few tears as they walked down memory lane with the pioneers who built the NRHA Futurity into an international event that pays out more than $2 million dollars to owners, riders and breeders of 3-year-old reining horses.

Members can preorder copies of a special DVD that commemorates the first 50 years of the NRHA Futurity through Inside Reining.  This special DVD captures memories from some of the most storied professionals, competitors and owners in the reining industry – all who have helped craft this wonderful association into what it has become today. Reserve a copy now at insidereining.com/store.php.

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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