Lucas Oil Becomes NRHA Partner

 Lucas Oil Becomes NRHA Partner

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

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

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

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

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NRHyA Activities Continue through out the week!

NRHyA Activities Continue through out the week!

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) held its annual leadership development outing and the IEA Welcome Party this week during the NRHA Derby.

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 25, 2015 – Youth participation continues to be strong throughout the week at the NRHA Derby. On Tuesday youth officers, delegates, and members went to the Oklahoma City Boathouse to participate in team building activities to further strengthen their leadership skills. They also took a tour of the Olympic training facility.

“Leadership development and team building are two skills that we take seriously at NRHA. Undoubtedly these are two characteristics that make great leaders, and the youth are not only the future of NRHA, but also the entire horse industry,” said Hayley Lewallen, Senior Coordinator of Marketing.

Wednesday was filled with plenty more youth activities. Starting at 1 p.m., youth members competed in three different categories at the Anderson Bean Speaking Contest. After the contest NRHyA hosted a welcome party for all the Interscholastic Equestrian Association contestants who are hosting their Western National Finals this weekend in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Derby.

NRHyA will host a youth membership meeting tomorrow, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sale Arena. All youth are encouraged to come and enjoy a cool treat and learn about all the amazing opportunities NRHyA offers!

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 First Section, First Go of the Open NRHA Derby is in the Books, Non Pro Finals Draw is Set

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The First Section, First Go of the Open NRHA Derby is in the Books, Non Pro Finals Draw is Set

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 22, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby held its fifth day of competition on June 24 including the first go, first section of the $395,000 est. Open Derby, plus ancillary classes for non pro riders.

Jordan Larson (Whitesboro, Texas, $2,044,508 NRHA LTE) quickly took the lead in the NRHA Level 4 Open Derby first section of the first go-round with a smoldering 224.5 aboard Steppin On Sparks (Jacs Electric Spark x Mahoganys First Step). Steppin On Sparks is a 2009 stallion with $83,553 NRHA LTE, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses and was nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch.

The second high score of the day in the Level 4 Open was snagged by Andrea Fappani (Scottsdale, Ariz., $4,021,064 NRHA LTE). Fappani aboard SG Frozen Enterprize (Frozen Sailor x RS Rose SJ) cruised to a score of 222.5. SG Frozen Enterprize is a 2009 stallion with $229,624 NRHA LTE, is owned by Silver Spurs Equine and was nominated by Marco Franchini.

Earning the third high score of the day with a 222 was Marco Ricotta (Scottsdale, Ariz., $461,904 NRHA LTE) aboard Whizzen For Chex (Topsail Whiz x Dun It For Chex). Whizzen For Chex is a 2011 mare with $57,189 NRHA LTE, is owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC and was nominated by Oldenburg Farm LLC.

The following horses/riders achieved success in the ancillary classes today:
$6,000-added Non Pro, Show 2 – Cade McCutcheon / Vintage Crome
$3,000-added Intermediate Non-Pro, Show 2 – Catherine Crandon / Cache Of Jewels
$500-added Prime Time Non Pro, Show 2 – Catherine Crandon / Cache Of Jewels
Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up Non Pro Level 1 – Allana Vernon / FS Lenas Starlight
Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up Non Pro Level 2 – Madison Steed / Jumpin Jac Trash
Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up Non Pro Level 3 – Madison Steed / Jumpin Jac Trash
Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up Non Pro Level 4 – Madison Steed / Jumpin Jac Trash
Amateur USA Reining (tie) – Catherine Crandon / Cache Of Jewels
Amateur USA Reining (tie) – Lindsey McCutcheon / Mega Watt Shine

The Non Pro Finals draw has been set, and can be viewed at nrhaderby.com/draw. To view ancillary results or to view the photo and video gallery, visit nrhaderby.com. For instant updates, follow the show on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Coming up next!
Thursday will start at 8 a.m. in Coliseum with the second section of first go-round of the  $395,000 est. Open Derby. The Adequan Championship Arena starts at 9 a.m. with ancillary classes including the Western Individual Finals in Varsity Open Reining, Varsity Intermediate Reining and Future Intermediate Reining. In addition, there will be Varsity Intermediate, Future Novice, JV Novice, Future Beginner, JV Beginner, Varsity Open and Future Intermediate, which will be followed by the IEA awards.

At 5:30 p.m. Platinum Performance will be hosting the Open Draw Party Reception with the open draw to follow at 6 p.m. in the Barn 3 Sale Arena.

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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Day Four at the National Reining Horse Association Derby is in the Books!

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Day 2 at the National Reining Horse Association Derby is in the Books!

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 23, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby held its fourth day of competition on June 23 including the first go, second section of the $183,000 est. Non Pro, plus ancillary classes for open and rookie riders.

Seventeen-year-old Genevieve Shifrin (Basalt, Colo., $51,857 NRHA LTE) has taken the lead in the NRHA Level 4 Non Pro Derby second section of the first go-round of the derby as well as Level 3 and Youth with a smoldering 218 aboard Bella Juice (Smart Like Juice x Bella Conquistador). Shifrin and Bella Juice have made for a tough pair to beat as they won the NRHA Youth Non-Pro Derby 2014. Bella Juice is a 2009 mare with $27,154 NRHA LTE and is owned and nominated by Cache Performance Horses LLC.

Tying for second high score of the day in the Level 4 Non Pro was Brianna Sloan (Whitesboro, Texas, $72,802 NRHA LTE) and Marc Jordan (Elgin, Illi., $107,841 NRHA LTE).

Sloan aboard Pryce Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Chic Lil Ruby) and Jordan aboard Revolution Is Dun (Einsteins Revolution x Miss Whiz Done Dunit) scored a 216 to tie for second for the day in the level (L) 4.  Pryce Tag is a 2010 gelding with $30,420 NRHA LTE, is owned by Brianna Sloan and was nominated by Lorenzo Lotti.  Revolution Is Dun is a 2010 with $144,422 NRHA LTE, is owned by Marc and Kathy Gordon and was nominated by JCM Ranch Operating LLC. Revolution Is Dun achieved success in last year’s derby with Martin Larcombe becoming reserve champions in the NRHA Level 4 Open Derby.

The following horses/riders achieved success in the ancillary classes today:

Jackpot Rookie Level 1, Show 2 – Annabeth Payne / Chexamillion
Jackpot Rookie Level 2, Show 2 – Jennifer Kandlik / Nuthin But Jac
Jackpot Primetime Rookie, Show 2 – Dean Spence / Custom Banjo
$1,000 Novice Horse Open Level 1, Show 2 – Patrice St-Onge / Jacs Electric Whiz
$2,000 Novice Horse Open Level 2, Show 2 – Patrice St-Onge / Jacs Electric Whiz
AQHA Open, Show 2 – Patrice St-Onge / Jacs Electric Whiz
APHA Open, Show 2 – Richard Hampton / Gunners Lil Shooter
APHA Solid Open, Show 2 – Jeremy Zangl / Groovy Spook

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

Coming up next!
Wednesday will start at 8 a.m. in Coliseum with the first section of first go-round of the  $395,000 est. Open Derby. The Adequan Championship Arena starts at 9 a.m. with ancillary classes including the $6,000-added Non Pro, $3,000-added Intermediate Non-Pro, $500-added Prime Time Non Pro, Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up Non Pro Class and Amateur USA Reining.

At 1 p.m. the NRHyA Anderson Bean Speaking Contest will be held in the Barn 3 Sale Arena. In addition, the Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Barn 3 Sale Arena with the Draw to follow at 6 p.m.

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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Third Day of NRHA Derby Competition Concludes with First Go, First Section of the Non Pro in the Books

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Third Day of NRHA Derby Competition Concludes with First Go, First Section of the Non Pro in the Books

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 22, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby held its third day of competition on June 22 including the first go, first section of the $183,000 est. Non Pro, plus ancillary classes for non pro, open and rookie riders.

Sliding into the lead in the NRHA Level 4 Non Pro Derby first section of the first go-round of the derby is Lyndsey Jordan (Georgetown, Ky., $105,695 NRHA LTE) riding Made By Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Ready Made Cowboy). The 2010 stallion with $89,568 is owned by Lyndsey Jordan and was nominated by Lagle & Savage LLC.

Tying for second in the Level 4 Non Pro was Tish Fappani (Scottsdale, Ariz., $317, 964 NRHA LTE) aboard Hot Rockin Spook (Smart Spook x Hot Rockin Badger), Christy Braiser (Montrose, Colo., $141,051 NRHA LTE) aboard Boomers in the Bar (Boom Shernic x Gaye Bar Chex Lena), Samantha Belcher (Cave Creek, Ariz., $54,036 NRHA LTE) aboard Taser Gun (Jacs Electric Spark x Majestic Gun) and Veronica Lentini (Aubrey, Texas, $17,608 NRHA LTE) aboard Electrinicki (Jacs Electric Spark x Chexanicki) all scored a 216.

Hot Rockin Spook is a 2009 stallion with $30,914.95 NRHA LTE, is owned by Tish Fappani and was nominated by Stacy Jones.  Boomers in the Bar is a 2011 gelding with $14,496.74 NRHA LTE, is owned by Christy Brasier and was nominated by Ginger Schmersal. Taser Gun is a 2010 mare with $33,993 NRHA LTE, is owned by Samantha Belcher and was nominated by Ashley Weaver. Electrinicki is a 2009 mare with $18,707 NRHA LTE, is owned by Veronica Lentini and was nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch.

The following horses/riders achieved success in the ancillary classes today:

$1,000 added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 – Jessicah Keller / Shiney Dutchess
$2,000 added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 – Jessicah Keller / Shiney Dutchess
AQHA Amateur (tie) – Victoria Lambert / Sioux Had An Affair
AQHA Amateur (tie) – Lindsey McCutcheon / Mega Shining Glo
APHA Solid Amateur – Jim Lane / Concealed Gunner
$500 added Rookie Professional – Lorenzo Concarella / Tinseltowns Pearl
$3,000 added Intermediate Open – Martin Padilla / Reeboks Rerun
$500 added Limited Open – Parker Wurst / Another Gunner Nite

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

Coming up next!
Tuesday will start at 8 a.m. in Coliseum with the second section of first go-round of the  $183,000 est. Non Pro Derby. The Adequan Championship Arena starts at 9 a.m. with ancillary classes including the Rookie Level 1, Rookie Level 2, $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 1, $2,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 2, AQHA Open, APHA Open and APHA Solid Open.

At 5:30 p.m., the Platinum Performance Party Patio opens for the Derby Party Luau. Food and beer will be provided while it lasts along with a hula-hoop toss and a musical beach towel game. Take a few moments to visit with NRHA Corporate Partner Platinum Performance and see what special surprise they have for you!

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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Derby Watch: National Reining Horse Association Derby Had a Tremendous Weekend!

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Derby Watch: National Reining Horse Association Derby Had a Tremendous Weekend!

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 22, 2015 - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is off to a rocking start with horses and riders traveling from all over the world to compete in this year’s derby classes as well as ancillary classes. The show is underway with an abundant supply of talented reiners, with more to come as the week progresses.

The following riders/horses achieved success over the weekend:

Open – Craig Schmersal / FS Taris Walla Whiz
Intermediate Open – Martin Padilla / Reeboks Rerun
Limited Open – Parker Wurst / Another Gunner Nite
Rookie Professional (tie) – Lorenzo Concarella / Tinseltowns Pearl
Rookie Professional (tie) – Joe Weitekamp / Topsail Shining Star
USA Open – Casey Hinton / Chics Loaded Gun
Jackpot Rookie Level 1 – Campbell McLeod / Reeboks Rerun
Jackpot Rookie Level 2 – Jennifer Kandlik / Nuthin But Jac
Jackpot Prime Time Rookie – Shawn Stratman / Okie Jo Wrangler
Jackpot Green Reiner Level 1 – Maddie Pritchett / Mr Crometastic
Jackpot Green Reiner Level 2 – Daria Glass / Lil Miss Smarty
Limited Non Pro – Cameron Sanford / GS Smart Kitty Cat
Non Pro – Jessicah Keller / The Chex Factor
Intermediate Non Pro – Cameron Crandon / Cache of Jewels
Limited Non Pro – Cameron Sanford / GS Smart Kitty Cat
Prime Time Non Pro – Catherine Crandon / Cache of Jewels
Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 – Jennifer Kandlik / Nuthin But Jac
Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 – Lindsey McCutcheon / Mega Shining Glo
AQHA Amateur – Lindsey McCutcheon / Mega Shining Glo
APHA Solid Amateur – Michael Jeffcoat / Spooks Gotta Run
Novice Horse Open Level 1 – Patrice St-Onge / Jacs Electric Whiz
Novice Horse Open Level 2 – Garrett Thurner / Hot Dun Cashin Chex
AQHA Open – Patrice St-Onge / Jacs Electric Whiz
APHA Open – Scott McCutcheon / Smokin Gold Gun
Youth 13 & Under – Campbell McLeod / Reeboks Rerun
AQHA Youth 13 & Under – Campbell McLeod / Reeboks Rerun
Youth 14-18 – Emma Holbrook
Unrestricted Youth – Emma Holbrook / Wimpys Bambino
AQHA Youth 14-18 – Emma Holbrook / Wimpys Bambino
APHA Regular Youth 14-18 – Emma Holbrook / Wimpys Bambino
Green Reiner Level 1 – Daria Glass / Lil Miss Smarty
Green Reiner Level 2 – Daria Glass / Lil Miss Smarty

An exciting and tremendously successful new addition to this year’s derby is the Classic Equine 4D classes. A 4D styled competition is a four-division scoring system (1D, 2D, 3D, and 4D) with the highest score being declared as the 1D winner. The highest score determines the winning score of the three other divisions. This spreads winnings across four competitive levels, based on the level of competition that day and without the need for pre-determined class eligibility. This format doesn’t require in depth knowledge of class rules and may serve to be a great tool to welcome new competitors to the sport.

The division breaks are determined using the highest score as follows: the 1D starts with the highest score, the 2D marker is the highest score minus 3 points, 3D marker is the highest score minus 6 points, and 4D marker is the highest score minus 12 points. The score closest to the division marker without going over is the (D) division winner.
Winners in the 4D classes include:

Purse 1D:
1st – Emma Holbrook / Wimpys Bambino ($110.25)
2nd  (tie) – Kenleigh Wells / The Ultimate Magnum  ($55.08)
2nd (tie) – Lindsey McCutcheon / Mega Shining Glo ($55.08)

Purse 2D:
1st (tie) – Sidney Perdue / Yes Ima Gunner ($75.60)
1st (tie) – Frank Ordner III / Nuthins Free ($75.60)
2nd – Frank Ordner III / Chex From Gunner ($37.80)

Purse 3D:
1st (tie) – Dani Latimer / Starbucks Shadow ($42)
1st (tie) – Robbin Thayn / Dun Sneakin Out ($42)
1st (tie) – Raeanna Thayn / Nics Wimpy ($42)

Purse 4D:
1st – Pamela Bershon / Top Sailing Tivio ($47.25)
2nd – Jacob Zimmerman / Jessies Got Guns ($28.35)
3rd – Blair McFarlin / Annie Electric ($18.90)

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

Coming up next!
Tuesday will start at 8 a.m. in Coliseum with the second section of first go-round of the  $183,000 est. Non Pro Derby. The Adequan Championship Arena starts at 9 a.m. with ancillary classes including the Jackpot Rookie Level 1, Jackpot Rookie Level 2, Jackpot Prime Time Rookie, $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 1, $2,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 2, AQHA Open, APHA Open and APHA Solid Open.

At 5:30 p.m., the Platinum Performance Party Patio opens for the Derby Party Luau. Food and beer will be provided while it lasts along with a hula-hoop toss and a musical beach towel game. Take a few moments to visit with NRHA Corporate Partner Platinum Performance and see what special surprise they have for you!

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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NRHA Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Inductees Celebrated

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National Reining Horse Association Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Inductees Celebrated

More than 400 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) members, NRHA Partners, family members and guests gathered at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Saturday evening, June 20, 2015, to celebrate 2014 World Champions and introduce the 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame inductees.

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 20, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is off to an excellent start in Oklahoma City with the first day filled with great competition, children making special Father’s Day gifts for dad and wrapping up with the NRHA Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Inductions.

Saturday night, more than 400 NRHA members, NRHA Partners, family members and guests gathered at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to celebrate 2014 year end award earners and introduce the 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame inductees.

Receiving awards Saturday night:

AQHA Awards
AQHA Leading NRHA Sire: Wimpys Little Step sired by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC.
AQHA Leading NRHA Dam: Ebony Shines sired by Shining Spark and out of Ebony Whiz, owned by Rosanne Sternberg.

Quarter Horse News Breeders Award
Petra Zeitler, breeder of Not Ruf At All sired by A Sparkling Vintage and out of All Ruffed Up.

NRHyA Awards
NRHyA Volunteer of the Year: Rick Ford
NRHyA Pro of the Year: Ashley Dunn

NRHA Volunteer of the Year
Jody Brainard

2014 10 & Under Youth Incentive Awards
100 Points: Cadence Rose Eger, Emma Filiatreau, Reed Harris
200 Points: Raeanna Thayn
800 Points: Caroline Gute

2014 NRHA Top Professional
Jordan Larson – $387,546

Top NRHA Non Pro
Mandy McCutcheon – $157,757

Top NRHA Owner
HDC Quarter Horses – $167,862

NRHA Platinum Certificate Earners
Big Sky Whizard – Color Invest A & S Deredowscky
Broady BH Dunit – Jaime Nelson
Chicadero – Tessa Lindberg
Ebony Spook – Rosanne Sternberg
Gotta Magnum Dream – John Fletcher
GR Hug A Jewel – Vanety Korbus
Kickit In The Bud – Marcia Walker
Lil Joe Cash – Lil Joe Cash Inc
Lucky Star Gun – Denise Bixler
Pearls King Whiz – Jenny Hooper
Rooster Trip – Ingrid Vermeiren
RU Missin Diamonds – George & Cindy McKinzie
Smart Crystolena – Lindsay Baar
Sparkling Major – Torpey Performance Horses
The Whiz Way – Candace Rodriguez
Whiz Good To Go – Larry McCollough

All World Champion standings are available at nrha.com, the following recipients won World Champion titles.

NRHA Youth 13 & Under World Champion
Madeline R. Bomba, riding Brennas Sugarlena and owned by Marjorie L. Morris of Salem, Indiana

NRHA Youth 14-18 World Champion
Savannah Grace Ostner owner and rider of Mr Crometastic of Memphis, Tennessee

NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 World Champion
Rodney W. Bryson owner and rider of Whosdoctorwhizit of Wellington, Florida

NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 World Champion
Jenny Lynn Hooper owner and rider of Pearls King Whiz of Cullowhee, North Carolina

NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 1 World Champion
Smart Red Jackie, ridden by Bill Thomas, Jr. and owned by J.T. Howard of Freeland, Michigan

NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 World Champion
PS A Whizzen Chic, ridden by Robin Schoeller and owned by Patsy Shelton Schutz of Pottsboro, Texas

NRHA Prime Time Non Pro World Champion
Susan E. Kuryloski riding Squeaky Clean Genes and owned by Bruce and Susan Kuryloski of Elverson, Pennsylvania

NRHA Limited Non Pro World Champion
Sarah Yu owner and rider of Lucky Little Seven of Dublin, Ohio

NRHA Intermediate Non Pro World Champion
Shawn R. Reynolds owner and rider of This Ones A Chic of Bordentown, New Jersey

NRHA Non Pro World Champion
Tina Kuenstner-Mantl riding Cashn Rooster owned by Jac Point QH of Lermoos from Austria

NRHA Rookie Professional World Champion
Playin In Paris ridden by Shannon Quinlan and owned by James J. Blumer, Jr. of Spring Brook Twp., Pennsylvania

NRHA Limited Open World Champion
Gotta Magnum Dream ridden by Hayley A. Stubbs and owned by John Fletcher of Waterford, Ontario

NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion 
The Genuine Rooster ridden by Guglielmo Fontana and owned by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S. from Incisa Scapaccino, Italy

NRHA Open World Champion
Ebony Spook ridden by Ann Fonck and owned by Rosanne Sternberg of Aubrey, Texas

Also recognized were the newest multi-million dollar sires: Two Million Dollar Sire, Jacs Electric Spark, Six Million Dollar Sires, Wimpys Little Step and Gunner, Seven Million Dollar Sire, Wimpys Little Step and Ten Million Dollar sire, Topsail Whiz.  Additionally the 2015 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement award recipients, Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner, as well as 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Miss Tinseltown, Smart Spook and Terry Thompson were recognized. Read more about these InducteesNRHA Professionals of the Year were also recognized.

NRHA extends sincere congratulations to all award recipients recognized at the Saturday night awards banquet during the 2015 NRHA Derby. Make plans to come to the admission-free NRHA Derby where spectators can see some of the best horses and horsemen in the world compete for nearly $1 million in cash and prizes, but spectators can also go home big winners by signing up to win starting Monday, June 22 at the NRHA booth! As always, there is a not-to-be-missed tradeshow filled with items for even the most die-hard shopper.  A complete schedule and list of host hotels are available now at nrhaderby.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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NRHyA Derby Activities Off to a Great Start in Oklahoma City!

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) held its first activity of many today.

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 20, 2015 – Crayons, markers, paper and a special dose of love was present today at the 2015 NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City. Children of all ages stopped by to put their creative juices to work and make a special picture frame for dad, complete with a Happy Father’s Day card and their picture for him to display proudly at home or at work! Hosted today by NRHyA from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., kids got crafty and made a special gift just for dad since Fathers Day is tomorrow, the first Sunday of the Derby.

NRHA wishes all fathers around the globe and here in Oklahoma City a great Father’s Day tomorrow.  For those here at the NRHA Derby, it was NRHA’s goal to make sure these fathers received a special gift from their little ones this special weekend.

“This is the first time in several years that Father’s Day has fallen during the NRHA Derby,” said Hayley Lewallen, Senior Coordinator of Marketing. “Considering this was the first time we have done an activity like this, I am very pleased with the turn out. Kids from all ages came to make something special for their dad, many of which are horse owners and competitors at this event, and may have to show or practice with their horses on Fathers Day. Families are a huge part of NRHA and anything we can do to encourage that brings me great joy and this was personally viewed as a success.”
NRHyA will be hosting several other activities throughout the week including an art & photo contest, a leadership adventure, youth meeting, and the Anderson Bean speaking contest. For more information about these youth events, other special activities and the action in the arena here at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, visit nrhaderby.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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Austrian Reining Horse Association Futurity & Show is Approaching Fast

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Austrian Reining Horse Association Futurity & Show is Approaching Fast

Provided by Austrian Reining Horse Association, June 19, 2015 - The deadline of the 2015 AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show is Friday, June 19, and is quickly approaching. With only five more days until the deadline of the $80,000 added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show in Wiener Neustadt, competitors are encouraged to enter today!

The $80,000 added event that opens the European Futurity season each year is scheduled for August 19 – 22, and will be held at the beautiful H&D Schulz Quarter Horses facility in Wiener Neustadt. A special focus this year is the Open 3-year-old Futurity. The Level 4 Open Champion will earn $ 10,000, plus a beautiful trophy saddle! Another $ 20,000-added will be distributed among the Open Level 4 Finalists. But there is a considerable purse plus plenty of prizes in the other classes and in the Ancillary Show, including champion buckles for all classes. All participants will receive a welcome package with presents.

In addition to print and digital advertising, spectators will be pleased to hear that the 2015 ARHA Futurity will host “Feicht On Tour” again this year. And of course, the daily show magazine “The Score” will be published again – not only in print at Wiener Neustadt, but also online to the international horse media.

The first entry deadline is June 19. After that date, entries are still possible with a late entry fee of the entry plus 25%, after July 4 the entry plus 50% and double the entry fee after July 18. No entries will be accepted after August 14. Competitors are encouraged to enter online by registering at www.showmanager.eu.

The AustrianRHA Futurity for 3-and 4-year-old horses is open to all horses. There are four levels in the NRHA approved Open Futurity 3-year-old horses and three levels in the Non Pro. The Ancillary classes are part of the ARHA Circuit. Judges for the Futurity are Eugenio Latorre, Pierre Ouellet, Adi Wagner, Francois Zurcher and Sylvia Katschker, and the equipment judge will be Tomas Barta.

For more information, please email Gerda Langer at office@nrha.at or contact +43-2238-8484 and +43-664-4534726, or fax +43-2238-8545.  Show information can be found at www.nrha.at and all entries, livescoring and livestreaming can be found at www.showmanager.eu.

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Nation’s Best Youth to Compete at the 2015 Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Championship

From Stephanie Keough, IEA National Finals Coordinator, Columbus, Ohio, June 18, 2015  – More than 176 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians will compete for top prizes at the 2015 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Western Finals competitions.

The 2015 Western National Finals will be held at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 25 and 26.  Sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the competition will run in conjunction with the NRHA Derby. The riders will display their talents in Reining and Horsemanship, as individuals and teams during the two-day event.

Student riders, in grades 6-12, will travel from across the United States to participate in the competitions.  The competitors represent the best of nearly 1,250 riders on more than 51 teams from six zones, that competed in numerous Western shows during the 2014-2015 school year.  The teams and individuals that accumulated the highest number of points during the regular show season qualify for regional competitions with the top performers going on to Zone Finals. The top riders and teams in Zone Finals move to the IEA Western Nationals.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday–24-­‐Sale Arena 6:00 PM Exhibitor IEA/NRHyA Welcome Party
  • Thursday–25-­‐Adequan Arena 7:00 AM Schooling of all reining horses; 8:15 AM Draw for NRHA Varsity Open & Intermediate Reining; 9:00 AM-­‐5:00 PM (approximate) Competition, Presentation of the IEA Derby Team and USPC Horseman’s Knowledge Test
  • Friday – 26Adequan Arena 7:00 Schooling of all horsemanship horses; 8:15 AM Draw for Future Novice and JV Beginner Horsemanship; 9 AM-­‐2 PM (approximate) Competition – Western Team Finals; 3 PM (approximate) Parade of Teams (All IEA teams, coaches and riders scheduled to appear in arena); 4 PM (approximate) Awards Ceremony

This highest-level scholastic competition and supporting events are sponsored by: National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA), Certified Horsemanship Association, College Equestrian Consulting, Smith Brothers, Rod’s Western Place, Hodges Badge Company, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), Ink Stables, Jl Tee’s, Liberty University, United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC), ReVita Vet, and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Founded in 2002, the IEA is a non-profit formed 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, 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. Unique to the IEA-there is no need to own a horse.  Mounts and tack are supplied to each rider at every IEA event. The IEA currently has over 11,500 participants, ages 11-19, across the United States riding in Western and Hunt Seat disciplines and is available for public and private schools and barn teams. For additional information, please visit the IEA website: www.rideiea.org.

For additional information, contact:
Stephanie Keough, IEA National Finals Coordinator
440-547-8185/stephkeough@rideiea.org or
McKenzie Yates, IEA Communications Coordinator
877-743-3432 ext.201/mckenzie@rideiea.org

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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