Van Dongen & Popgun Cash BB – EAC Rookie Pro Champions

The first 2014 NRHA European Champions crowned!
Provided by Simona Diale (NRHA European Affiliate Championship Media) – An exciting NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Professional finals – sponsored by Alexandre Veron Maréchalerie – opened this years’ edition of the show with 15 qualified riders vying for the title and the prizes. Marking the highest score (214.5) and taking home the championship to Belgium was Tiara Von Dongen riding Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck’s Pop Gun Cash BB.

Tiara Von Dongen riding Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck’s Pop Gun Cash BB

Tiara Von Dongen riding Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck’s Pop Gun Cash BB

The flashy palomino gelding by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Sugar Pop Gun (by Gunner) boasts over $31,000 NRHA lte and many a European title to his name between the reins of Cira and Susy Baeck. Amongst these, the 2014 IRHA/NRHA Derby Non Pro L 4  reserve championship with Susy in the saddle.

“I qualified ‘Cash’ with schooling runs so I am really happy with this title,” says Tiara, assistant trainer for Cira (Baeck) for the past two years. “He is a horse that you know you can do well on so long as you keep it together.  Even though I’ve been training him in these past two years, I only started riding him with a goal in mind this week.”

Van Dongen won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, the official saddle of the NRHA, a Morrison Trophy, an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths custom buckle and a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots.

The reserve championship went to Tiffany Gal of France riding her own Frozen Dry Mile.  Aboard her mount by Frozen Sailor and out of TC Diamond Sierra, Tiffany posted a 210.5 and took home a Pewter Trophy, a pair of Montana Silversmiths custom spurs and Classic Equine bell boots.

On the third step of the podium, with a 209, was Tim Van Neuten riding Hesa Tuff Jac (Hesa Tuff Chic x Enterprise Winder) for Henkjan Weernink of The Netherlands. Tim also won a pair of NRHA custom made stirrups and an NRHA plaque.

For news, photos and further information visiti the NRHA of France website (www.nrha.fr)
as well as on the NRHA EAC Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1416009135312994/).

For complete results:  www.showmanager.eu

Photos courtesy of Greg Niro

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Roberts Wins NRHA High School Reining Championship

By Mary Frances Flanders – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the High School Reining Championship for NRHA and Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) members. At the end of the class, Paisley Roberts won the championship with a score of 149.5 aboard Custom Made Pistol donated to the competition by Ashley Dunn and owner Sambambyr Farm.

Roberts, a high school senior from Plain City, Ohio, qualified to compete in the championship through her involvement with NRHA. After high school, she plans to attend The University of South Carolina and has received a scholarship to ride on the university’s equestrian team.

Alex Johnston, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, took second place on Commander Of Chics scoring 148.5 donated to the competition by Joel Pfisthner.

The championship class brought together the top four riders from the Individual Open Reining at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Western Championship (held during the NRHA Derby) and the top four riders from the 2013 NRHA 14-18 Youth World Championship standings. They competed in an exciting “catch ride” competition where riders show unfamiliar horses graciously donated by supporters.

Riders included:

Paisley Roberts won the championship aboard Custom Made Pistol

  • Paisley Roberts
  • Alex Johnston
  • Shelby Derr
  • Kailen Kendall
  • Benjamin Beckett
  • Kaylan Marks
  • Luke Turner
  • Josh Shino

The NRHA and National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the High School Reining Championship:

  • Sambambyr Farm – Custom Made Pistol
  • Joel Pfisthner – Commander Of Chics
  • Chelsea Schneider – Dazzling Dry Cat
  • Paris Elton – Spook Goes Hollywood
  • Jeremiah Keller – Lil Jazzy Gun
  • Marlena Scott– Hesa Cupfull
  • Ashley Brand – TAMU Sweet Etta Rey
  • Jeremiah Keller – Skips Nu Delta

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. www.nrha.com

IEA was formed, in 2002, and 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, and 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. www.rideiea.com

Photo by Waltenberry.

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NRHA European Affiliate Championship – Day One Results

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2014 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
9-13 July, Le Pin, France

By Simona Diale (NRHA European Affiliate Championship) -  The first day of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship (EAC) opened with the Rookie Professional and closed with the Snaffle Bit Non Pro and Snaffle Bit Open classes.

25-year-old Jolien Rottiers of Beglium won the Rookie Professional with a score of 138.5.  Jolien, assistant trainer for Mathias Gobert (who trains for Koen Brutsaert) showed for the first time in the EAC. It is also her first time showing in France.  Her mount, Lil Ruf Wimpy, is a 6-year-old who she has been showing for the past two years. “This place is just super!” she commented following her win. “Since I was pretty nervous before going in, I really did not think I would place first. I now look forward to showing my horse in the EAC Rookie Professional finals.”

Winning the NRHA Youth 13 & Under was Belgian Nimroid Vannietvelt who scored a 140 with Slide N Spook between the reins.  Nimroid also so tied for second place riding Toosexy For Ricochet along with Jinke Stevens riding Don John Escapes BB. They both scored a 139.

In the Youth 14-18, two riders tied for first place: Giomani Puts and Gilles Hughe. Both posted a 140 riding Color Me Cuervo and Docs Lil Gun respectively.

The Youth riders are looking forward to riding for the European Affiliate Championship titles and for the Youth Competition!

CRI***: The Podium is for France!

The last qualifying French CRI*** prior to the Alltech World Equestrian Games took place yesterday afternoon.  17 riders representing 6 nations (Belgium, France, Great Britain, Morocco, Sweden and The Netherlands) took part in the FEI competition.

Taking first place honors, with a 216, was French rider Romuald Poard riding Peppys Ruf Sailor.  Quentin Gallière, also from France, posted the same score riding BH Most Wanted, but did not want to run-off and gave up the championship to Poard.  Sliding to the third step of the podium, with a score of 215, was Grégory Legrand of France riding BHB Mr Wimpys Royal.

Guy Duponchel, coach for Team France, said,  “I am happy with how this last CRI went.  We had a really productive meeting yesterday evening where we decided what each rider’s goal was in this last competition before the Games. The vast majority of the French riders is qualified and today we also saw some great runs. Keeping the team spirit high is a reason to be happy because it’s important for how things will work out in the future.  I will send out the long list before July 22 with all the qualified horse-rider combinations, just in case anything happens to one of them.  The short list will be out by August 14.”

Snaffle Bit Non Pro

Piet Mestdagh & Sheza Spook Lil Step

Piet Mestdagh & Sheza Spook Lil Step

For Piet Mestdagh of Belgium winning the Snaffle-Bit Futurity, open to 3-, 4- and 5-year-old horses, was twice as sweet.  “We bred this mare ourselves and winning with a ‘home-made’ product is always special,” he said.  “I showed her at the French Futurity last year, where I won the non pro division.  Quentin (Galliere), my trainer, was reserve champion open at the same show.” Sheza Spook Lil Step is a 4-year-old mare by Spooks Gotta Gun  and out of ND Jazzy Step On It (by Wimpys Little Step).

Following their win, Piet and Quentin decided that she would take a well deserved rest – a rest which lasted until two weeks ago when the talented horse was back in training. “Showing her here was not in the plans but Quentin insisted that I should show her, especially since her spins are now a lot better that they were last year. He was right to convince me!”

Plans for this horse now include the 4-year-old Beglian, German and French futurities. Plans for Piet at the European Affiliate Championship include showing his WEG qualified Spat Man O War and BH Most Wanted.

Snaffle Bit Open

Sigfried Weber & CDs Ruby Shines

Sigfried Weber & CDs Ruby Shines

Taking home the win in the Snaffle Bit Open Futurity, open to 3-year-old horses, was Sigfried Weber riding CDs Ruby Shines for owner Laurent Deniel.  The pair scored a 212.
“I am really happy with the way she showed today,” said Sigfried who broke and trainer the mare himself. “We came here as we wanted to see how she would be without putting any pressure on her.  We couldn’t be any happier, she just cruised through the pattern and she acted exactly how I expected. She has always been quiet and easy to train, and once again proved how good she is today.”

Owner and breeder of this horse by RS Rambolena and out of Rs Bonnie Jac (by Mcjac Flash), couldn’t be any happier. “ This is an incredible horse.  She’s good minded, quiet, very strong and always gives you what she has.  Winning with a horse bred at home is always special.  We now look forward to showing her at Equità Lyon and maybe at the Belgian Futurity.”

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For further information, visit the NRHA of France official website (www.nrha.fr) and the official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1416009135312994/?fref=ts).
Photos courtesy of Greg Niro

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Youth Reiners Score Big With Scholarships

 

By Chris Dennis – The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is excited to announce the recipients of more than $10,000 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Christi Gordon, Alexis Daggett, Blair Willette, Holly Lauth, Bailey Walters, Kyle Edmonds and Julia Purus.

Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) from across the United States and Canada submitted applications for the RHSF Scholarships. The seven recipients were chosen by a committee, and were based on academic achievement, financial need, future goals, and involvement in NRHyA and NRHA.

Christi Gordon from Colorado, Blair Willette from Arizona and Holly Lauth from Minnesota, were each awarded $2,000 in RHSF Scholarship monies. Gordon currently attends Colorado Christian University where she is majoring in business administration.  Willette is studying chemistry at Duke University and Lauth is attending Southwest Minnesota State University where she majors in radiography.

Alexis Dagget (Wisconsin) and Bailey Walters (Indiana) will each receive $1,500 in scholarship awards from RHSF. Dagget currently attends Trinity University where she is majoring in biology and chemistry and she intendeds to be a veterinarian. Walters will be attending the University of South Carolina in the fall where she plans to study business and marketing.

Kyle Edmonds from Massachusetts and Julia Purus from Oklahoma will each receive $750 in scholarship awards from RHSF. Edmonds will be attending Bentley University this fall and plans to study business management, while Purus will study veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University.

“The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of Reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school, is an honor. I can’t wait to see what outstanding things these individuals achieve after college,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

For more information about the RHSF Scholarship program, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com.  You may also call (405)946-7400 to speak to a representative about RHSF and the NRHA Youth Program.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body of 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.

Pictured on top row from left to right: Christi Gordon, Blair Willette and Holly Lauth
Pictured on middle row from left to right: Alexis Daggett and Bailey Walters
Pictured on bottom row from left to right: Kyle Edmonds and Julia Purus

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Cowboy Publishing Group and NRHA renew partnership for upcoming year

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From Cowboy Publishing Group – July 3, 2014 – Fort Worth, Texas - Cowboy Publishing Group (CPG), parent company of industry leading equine publication, Quarter Horse News, recently announced the renewal of an ongoing and successful corporate partnership with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) located in Oklahoma City. The two entities formed their first formal partnership in 2002 with the dual goal of reaching new audiences and contributing to growth in the sport of reining through advanced marketing and communication opportunities.

Amanda Johnson, marketing manager for CPG, says this year’s partnership continues a natural fit between two groups who have a mutual respect for each other and common goals for reining participants.

“As the complete source for the performance horse industry we are pleased to have a lasting relationship with the NRHA and help both sides have an impact on the sport of reining,” Johnson said. “Renewing our partnership will help to maintain the great line of communication we’ve established and allow for a continued strategic working process to reach the reining community.”

The renewed partnership is similar to that of past years and is a corporate sponsorship between Quarter Horse News and the NRHA, which includes several reciprocal media and marketing elements. Among those, is Quarter Horse News’ continued sponsorship of the breakfast for sale patrons during the NRHA Futurity Saturday Sale Day held in Oklahoma City each December, as well as an advertising agreement between the two entities, which involves NRHA events, several of the CPG publications and the NRHA’s official publication, the NRHA Reiner.

The partnership works well for both entities. Having an advertising presence at NRHA events and within the NRHA Reiner is a way for CPG to better reach the reining industry’s extensive global competitive community and more than 23,000 members.

Todd Barden, senior director of business development for the NRHA says CPG’s publications help reach an audience base involved in an extensive range of equine disciplines.

“In the true spirit of partnership, NRHA shares CPG’s goals and ambitions,” Barden said. “Together we aspire to grow the sport of reining. Since our first agreement signed in 2002, Quarter Horse News along with Western Horseman and all of CPG’s publications has championed the NRHA’s message to diehard and potential reining enthusiasts far and wide.”

Quarter Horse News also strives to provide reining, and all segments of the performance horse industry, with the most current news coverage through its semi-monthly publication and website. Cowboy Publishing Group is also home to Equi-Stat, a statistical service offering detailed information and competitive earnings for a variety of disciplines within the performance horse industry, including reining.

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Contact: Amanda Johnson, marketing manager
Cowboy Publishing Group
Phone: 817.569.7162
E-mail: amanda.johnson@cowboypublishing.com

 

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Lantz Wins Second NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship

By Mary Frances Flanders - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted North America’s top collegiate riders in the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship. The championship consisted of 12 riders: four from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and four selected by NRHA.

One entry rose above the rest to earn the championship title: Mckenzie Lantz and Non Stop Nimble, donated to the competition by owner Pamela Gordnier and thanks to Hoyts Training (Jennifer Hoyt), marked a 145.5 for the win. Lantz is a senior majoring in sports management at the University of Georgia. A native of Fremont, Mich., Lantz represented NRHA in the Championship. She also won last year’s Championship for the University of Georgia.

Three talented riders tied for second place, scoring a 145: Ashley Winters (University of Findlay) riding Custom Made Pistol owned by Marlene Scott, Austin Griffith (Ohio State University) riding Brooksinics Sis owned by Torpey Performance Horses, and Lauren Tieche (University of Georgia) riding Sneakin A Peek owned by BJ Ribero.

This year, the riders selected from the pool of collegiate NRHA members were Elissa Bening (Ohio State University), Lauren Tieche (University of Georgia), Jenna Blumer (Oklahoma State University), McKenzie Lantz (University of Georgia).

The NCEA sent its top four reiners from the 2012-2013 season to the championship: Raivenne Scott (South Dakota State University), Taylor Brown (Fresno State), Stephanie Rucci (Auburn University) and Brynn Larson (New Mexico State University).

IHSA was represented by riders who placed in top four places in Open Reining at the IHSA Finals: Julia Roberts (West Texas A&M University), Austin Griffith (Ohio State University), Leah DiGioia (State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill) and Ashley Winters (University of Findlay).

NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:

  • Pamela Gordinier – Non Stop Nimble
  • Marlene Scott – Custom Made Pistol
  • Torpey Performance Horses – Brooksinics Sis
  • BJ Ribeiro – Sneakin A Peek
  • BJ Ribeiro – Deal Me a Credit Doc
  • Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC – Berry Dappled
  • Janice Lehman – Smokin Chex
  • Eileen Depew – Thats Great Dunit
  • Jeremiah Keller – Skips Nu Delta
  • Sambambyr Farm – Hollywood Cielo
  • Todd Knerr – Lil Gun Flash
  • Sara R Peterson – Bright Crome

Photo by Waltenberry.

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NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider: Craig Schmersal

By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sends congratulations to its newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider – Craig Schmersal. Schmersal qualified two horses for the NRHA Derby Open Finals, King Of The Coast and What A Wave, to reach the next level in his career.
On King Of The Coast, owned by Hickory Creek Ranch, Schmersal placed fourth in the level (L) 4 open division, and riding Karl and Terri Roberts’s What A Wave he tied for fifth. In all, he won nearly $40,000 to join the short list of riders who have earned in excess of three million dollars in official NRHA earnings, Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani and Tim McQuay.

Schmersal, an NRHA Professional and Judge, has competed in NRHA events since 1988. The Overbrook, Oklahoma resident has moved through the NRHA ranks over the years starting with his first show as a youth in Pennsylvania. He quickly became a name in the industry and a perennial major event finalist, along with the help of his wife Ginger. Today their ranch, Schmersal Reining Horses, now supports the continued growth of Reining as an NRHA Corporate Partner.

Some of Schmersal’s major NRHA achievements include:

  • 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalist and 2005 FEI World Reining Masters CRI-A Open Champion Tidal Wave Jack (owned by on B S Syndicate)
  • 2004 NRHA Derby Open Champion on Commanders Nic (owned by Craig and Ginger Schmersal)
  • 2008 CRI-A Open USEF National Champion riding Mr Dual Rey (owned by Holly Casey)
  • 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Derby Open Champion on Whizs Katrina (owned by San Juan Ranch)
  • 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold and Individual Silver medalist, as well as 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion on Mister Montana Nic (owned by Boom Shernic Syndicate)
  • 2011 FEI World Reining Finals and Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic CRIO-A Champion on Miss Lil Addy Tude (owned by KC Performance Horses, LLC)
  • 2011 NRHA Cowtown Classic Pre-Futurity Champion on Wranglin Chics (owned by David & Lyn Bishop)
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The July Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverjulyYour source for everything Reining with our annual Reiner’s Resource Guide included. This month’s issue also features popular trucks and trailers in the industry along with show coverage of the National Reining Breeders Classic, IHSA Reining, the Carolina Classic and ABI Derbies and the Kentucky Reining Cup.

The July issue also features Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award winners Jerry Kimmel and Pat Warren and a special youth rider, Rylee Burke, who has come along way in her reining journey the last two years.

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NRHA Sire & Dam Program Continues to Reward Stallion Owners

By Hayley Lewallen – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Sire & Dam Program continued to put money back in enrolled Sire & Dam Program sire owners’ pockets by paying out Sire Awards totaling $9,000 in addition to awarding NRHA Lawson trophies to the winning sires in three division at the 2014 NRHA Derby. Below is a listing of the winners:

                                                              

Level 4 Open division:

  • $1,500 to Einsteins Revolution, owned by Wagner & Vandorp, for Revolution Is Dun placing second
  • $750 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables; and Custom Crome, owned by Steve Simon for Gunners Tinseltown and Cromed Out Chic respectively tying for fifth
                                                            

Level 3 Open division:

  • $1,500 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Colonels Splashy Gun placing first
  • $1,000 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Gunners Tinseltown placing second
  • $500 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Guns R For Shootin placing third
                                                           

Level 4 Non Pro division:

  • $2,500 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Made By Magnum and Taris Dreamer for tying for first
  • $500 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Check Out My Guns placing sixth

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.

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like to learn more about it please contact Hayley Lewallen at hlewallen@nrha.com or (405)946-7400.

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Photo Credit: Einsteins Revoultion – John Brasseaux, Gunner – Tristan Dark, Magnum Chic Dream – John Brasseaux

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Student Equestrians Ride to IEA National Championships

From the Interscholastic Equestrian Association – 166 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 26-28, 2014. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) student-riders competed in the Western discipline during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. The NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are alliance partners of the IEA and sponsored the event. The finalists represented 40 teams from seven zones throughout the United States. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the 2013-2014 regular season shows and zone finals to qualify for the IEA National Finals competition.

Riders competed in reining and horsemanship contests. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, each rider draws a horse the day of competition and enters the show arena with no opportunity to familiarize themselves with their mount.

In the individual competition Shelby Derr, 18, who rides for the Hancock Horseman team of Findlay, OH, was named the IEA Champion Western Rider by accumulating the highest number of points in the Varsity Open Division.

In the fourth annual High School Reining Championship among the top four youth riders of the IEA and the top four NRHyA riders, the winner was Paisley Roberts of Plain City, Ohio, riding for the NRHyA. Roberts is also a current IEA member.  Alex Johnston (IEA) of Brentwood, Tennessee, who rides for the Natchez Bend took second place.

In the IEA upper school team competition, KM Equestrian of Findlay, Ohio, earned the Championship title. Autumn Rose Equestrian Team of Plain City, Ohio, was the reserve champion team. In the middle school competition, Autumn Rose Equestrian Team of Plain City, Ohio, received the championship title. Central Carolina Equestrian Team from Pinnacle, North Carolina, finished as the reserve champion.

The IEA holds the trait of good sportsmanship among riders and coaches to the highest regard. For this reason, two awards are given to recognize rider-members displaying exceptional sportsmanship. In conjunction with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), Jessica Brobst of the Stonehaven Equestrian Team from Temperance, Michigan, won the IEA National Sportsmanship Award.  Micah King of the Autumn Rose Equestrian Team from Plain City, Ohio, was awarded the NRHA Sportsmanship Award for displaying exceptional sportsmanship during the 2014 Western National Finals.

The IEA High Point Crossover Rider Award was given to Grace Cope from the Last Lap Ranch of Maryville, Tennessee-for being the highest ranking individual to qualify for both the individual Western and Hunt Seat National Finals in 2014.  The Team Spirit Award was given to the Dare Equestrian Team of Hilliard, Ohio-for their great attitude and participation throughout the Finals event.

Each year the IEA recognizes an exceptional horse that participates in the Finals competition. This year, the 2014 Outstanding Western Horse Award sponsored by NRHA was presented to Pica Peppy Doc donated by Torpey Performance Horses from Princeton, Kentucky.

“Our IEA riders were just spectacular in and out of the show arena during the Finals.  Weare so fortunate to have such talented youngsters in our Association.  These kids can really ride.  The staff of our alliance partner, the NRHA, was terrific as well. Their assistance and facilities provide an environment that is very special to IEA competitors.   Our members, parents and coaches are overwhelmingly pleased with the support of the NRHA management and staff. We are especially grateful to the owners/trainers that supplied the high-quality horses,” said Roxane Lawrence, IEA co-founder/executive director.

Gary Carpenter, NRHA commissioner, stated, “The IEA riders are an impressive group of young people.  It’s amazing that these 11-19 year olds are so adept at reining.  The NRHA High School Reining Championship featuring the NRHyA top four youth riders versus the IEA top four youth riders is among the highlights of Derby week.  It has become an event even our adult members look forward to watching. Certainly, our youth groups compliment each other and we look forward to enhancing our alliance with the IEA.”

Founded in 2002, the IEA has more than 10,000 middle and high school student-riders across the United States.  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:  www.rideiea.org.

For additional information, contact: Myron Leff, IEA
co-founder/COO at Myron@rideiea.org or Jennifer Eaton, IEA Membership Marketing Coordinator at 508-395-1187/Jenn@rideiea.org

Photos by Waltenberry

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