2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors

2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors

August 15
By Simona Diale

Gennaro Lendi and Yankee Gun lead Italy to the individual gold medal

2016_FEI_WCH_IND_PODIUMIn a field of 21 combinations with riders representing Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the U.S.A., Gennaro Lendi and his Yankee Gun left their mark in the show pen with a performance resulting in a 222 and the gold medal for Italy in the individual competition.

In 2008, the very first FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors was held in Manerbio, Italy. With 16 nations entered, team Italy scored a 667.5 for the gold in front of team U.S.A. Gennaro Lendi and Playin It Out were part of that team and they also went on to tie for the bronze medal in the individual competition. Lendi also represented his country at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ in Normandy.

For this edition of the World Championships, the Italian trainer was riding Yankee Gun, a double registered American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) / American Paint Horse Association (APHA) 7-year-old stallion. Trained by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida in the States, the reins passed on to Lendi at the beginning of last year. “Flarida, no need to say, did a great job in training Yankee Gun,” said Lendi. “I had to work the most on trying to understand how to prepare him to compete. He is extremely intelligent and very generous and at times tries to give you more than what is actually requested from him so what I had to concentrate on was ‘hooking up’ with him. This prestigious World Championship has been a fantastic experience and I am very happy and honored to have been part of it and for winning the gold for my country. In the team competition, because my horse is extremely sensitive to his surroundings and to the environment, things did not go as planned. During the two training sessions between the team and individual competitions, I tried to work on this aspect and it helped a lot. I must admit that waiting for the final result was pretty tense as I knew that the combinations left to go after me all had a chance to beat my score!”

Just as thrilled with the result was team coach Filippo Masi who is also the technical manager of the Youth and Young Riders coached by Alessandro Meconi. Masi was quick to praise Lendi and Yankee Gun’s performance. “Gennaro is a great rider and in the individual made up for his run that was not up to expectations in the team competition – where he was our anchor rider – due to a lead penalty in the circles,” he said. “This year was not particularly favourable for our team since two of our top riders, Kelly Zweifel and Mirjam Stillo, were unable to make it to Givrins. I am in any case very proud of our team riders who did their very best with reserve rider Giovanni Masi and Pier Luigi Chioldo pulling in. As far as the Juniors and Young Riders are concerned, their motivation and understanding of FEI rules is impeccable and we are all extremely proud of them and their performances here.” Italy was 4th in the World Championships for Seniors and took the team gold in the SVAG FEI European Reining Championship for Juniors as well as team and individual silver in the Young Riders.

The competition

In front of a full house, with fans cheering for the sport of reining, excitement reigned high as some of the world’s finest reiners battled to take home the coveted FEI medals. Setting the bar was Austria’s Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic, third to run, who posted 221.5. Once Lendi and his mount bested her score by half-a-point, nobody was able to beat the Italian rider’s score though both the Germans and the Belgians still kept their hopes high as Grischa Ludwig (GER) and Bernard Fonck (BEL) were the last two riders in the order of go.

Ludwig and Gwhiz Im Smart, team members of the German team that claimed the silver medal on Thursday, equaled Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic’s score (members of bronze medal winning team Austria). Fonck and Smart N Sparkin (owned by 7 Heaven Reining Horses), the duo that had performed to an outstanding 222 in the team competition and had led Belgium to team gold, closed their run with a 219.

Though the gold medal was firmly around the neck of the Italian rider, a run-off was required to determine who would take home silver and bronze. First to run again was the Austrian rider and her flashy 9-year-old Quarter Horse palomino stallion. The pair performed to a 212.5. At this point Ludwig knew that he had to play it safe aboard the 7-year-old stallion and that there was no need to aim for a high score in order to claim the second step of the podium. Performing a clean and precise run, once he closed with the last required maneuver of NRHA pattern n.9, a sliding stop – the hallmark of reining – he knew that his country would bring home the second silver medal of the World Championships and so it was. Their score was a 217.5.

The individual competition closed the 2016 FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors as well as the ‘Summer of Reining’ at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. “Although we have been hosting the SVAG CS Classic for many years, we are very proud and honored to have hosted these extraordinary FEI events,” said Eric Obrecht, Show Manager of the event. “The best riders in the world came to the quiet town of Givrins providing the highest level of competition!”

Prior to the event, Ingmar De Vos, FEI President, had welcomed the athletes with these words: “…I’d like to wish each and every athlete the very best of luck. Enjoy not only the sport, but also the company of your fellow-competitors who share your passion…” True to the President’s words, the athletes did enjoy their fellow-competitors and definitely shared their passion for reining horses.

For complete results, please visit the official website http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com

Photos: Please credit FEI/Andreas Kost

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2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors Individual

2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors

August 14
By Simona Diale

Individual Junior Gold for Austria with Celina Bachleitner and Paintball Gun
Gina Schumacher conquers the Individual Young Riders gold for Germany

2016_FEI_JR_PODIUMThe individual competition filled the day at the CS Ranch in Givrins in front of a full house. The first riders to run for the medals were the Juniors who, as the Young Riders, had had the chance to qualify for the individual during the team competition run the day before.

Taking home the gold for Austria – in a field of 19 contestants – was young Celina Bachleitner who, riding Michaela Bachleitner’s 7-year-old gelding Paintball Gun scored a 215 for the win.  Austria’s team coach, Gerold Dautzenberg, was thrilled with the medal Bachleitner earned her country following the team bronze won by the Seniors in the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships the day before. Dautzenberg, who has been involved in European reining and western riding since the first horses performing these disciplines set foot on the Old Continent, defined Celina as being a ‘true professional’. Just as happy with the result and proud of the hard work of the Young and Juniors teams was chéf d’équipe, Sabine Lisec, a long-time supporter of youth activities in her home country along with her husband, Chuck Klipfel.

Thrilling the crowd in stands, who cheered all the riders regardless of their nationality, the under 18 athletes gave the best they had and, once the last competitor left the arena, it was clear that France’s flag would fly high on both the second and third step of the podium. Taking home the silver medal with a 213.5 was Marie Baralon and her 10-year-old mare, Chicken Sandwich. The pair had contributed in posting the highest score in the team competition and in claiming the team silver medal. Their performance had resulted in a 215, the second highest result, which put them second but last to go in the individual as the working order is determined in reverse order with the lowest scoring combinations riding first. A half a point behind her team mate was Margaux Legrand riding Julien Legrand’s New Doc Peppy Cat. For the Legrand family this is truly an amazing and special result as the 15-year-old stallion was purchased by Julien in 2003 from David Roux and has always been in the family since then! Guy Duponchel, team coach for France, was thrilled with the results earned by the ‘future of our sport’.

Belgian Nimroid Vannietvelt and Im Smart And Wimpy closed in fourth place after scoring a 210.5.

The Individual Young Riders

2016_FEI_WCH_IND_PODIUMProving just how much the sport of reining has grown in the last decade was the level of competition offered in the FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders. Claiming the gold medal for Germany was Gina Schumacher riding Chanay Sky Management SSA’s Arc Guns M Oaks. Last year, the talented rider had conquered the gold medal in the Juniors individual competition with her Gunners Enterprise between the reins. This year, her determination to step on the highest step of the podium came through in the team competition where her impressive score of 221.5 contributed to winning the team gold medal.

Last to enter the show pen – having earned the highest score in the team competition – Schumacher tried to best or equal the result posted the day before but had to ‘settle’ for a 219 that earned her the individual gold in front of Italy’s Enrico Sciulli and Austria’s Anna Lisec.

Sciulli, who in the team competition closed with a 220, rode his Snips Gotta Bud to a 217.5 thanks to his precise maneuvers. Their run earned Italy the second silver medal at this years’ FEI European Championships after having placed second in the team competition behind Germany on Thursday.

Yet another young lady reiner was seen stepping on the podium, Anna Lisec. Riding Tari Whizin owned by Chuck Klipfel, she closed her performance with a 214.5 adding yet another FEI medal to hers and Austria’s record in Givrins.

Corninna Schumacher’s beautiful CS Ranch for the third year running provided the venue for the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders competition. Once again her motto ‘we love horses’ showed as the CS Ranch team provided the best possible conditions for all the participants.

For complete results please visit the official website http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com

Photos: Please credit Andreas Kost



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Team Belgium takes the Gold at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors

Lausanne (SUI), 12 August 2016

Team Belgium takes the Gold at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors
By Simona Diale

Unknown-(1)Though Belgium may be a small country, the Belgian team at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships in Givrins, Switzerland, posted a big score to take home the gold medal in front of Germany and Austria. The heat of the competition could be felt from the very first moment the in-gate opened but it wasn’t until the last rider of the day would perform that the final placings would be determined.

In a field of 44 riders vying for the team medals as well as a spot in the individual competition, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck was the last entry of the day. With his mount Smart N Sparkin between the reins, not only did he post the top score of the day (222), his result made the final team score rise to a 661.5, one and a half points higher than team Germany who until that point was in the lead.

“The pressure was on because I knew that our final standings would depend on my run,” said Fonck. “I went in the arena knowing that I had to mark at least a 220.5 to claim the gold medal and my plan was that if we went past the first maneuvers – the spins – without penalties, then I would ask my horse for more. I did not think that Smart N Sparkin would make any mistakes because he’s a really talented and good minded horse, but in case that would have been the scenario, then I would have aimed for the second step of the podium. I am extremely happy that things worked out the way they did because I’ve been riding this great stallion for a long time now and I am very grateful to his owners, 7 Heaven Reining Horses, for their trust in my program and for giving me the opportunity to show him here. I now look forward to the individual competition on Saturday though my main goal was that of earning the gold here. I would like to thank all my team for giving it all they had and, of course, all the owners of the horses!”

The second highest score for Belgium was the 220 earned by Cira Baeck and Whizasunnysailor BB. Owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen, the 8-year-old stallion, a.k.a. ‘Sailor’, has an impressive show record to his name with Baeck in the saddle. “Once again he was with me all the way and gave me all he had,” said a smiling Cira. “I just love this horse! His big heart and talent never cease to amaze me and placing this medal around his neck is the best thing that I could have ever hoped for.”

Ann Fonck and Nic Ricochet, owned by Vannietvert-De Pauw, were the second duo to perform for team Belgium on Thursday afternoon. Their score of 219.5 was the first step toward making it to the highest step of the podium. The fourth member of the team was Piet Mestdagh who was seen riding his own Reining Whiz.

Team silver for Germany:

Members of the German team are no strangers to the pen and they have left their mark in more than one FEI competition. Alexander Ripper riding Hollys Electricspark (owned by Christian and Rosy Wagner), Dominik Reminder and GR Hug A Jewel (owned by Vanety Korbus), Grischa Ludwig and Gwhiz Im Smart (owned by Momo & Amy) and Verena Klein riding her own Olena Joe Cody gave it all they had. They were leading the team competition with a total score of 660 until Fonck turned the cards on the table. “We are really proud of the result achieved here today,” said German team coach and multiple past German reining champion, Nico Hörmann. “In coming here we knew that the level of competition would be very high but we had a group of great horses and riders who were able to achieve this result and we made our flag fly high!’

Posting the highest score – a 221 – for team Germany was Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart. Dominik Reminder and GR Hug A Jewel closed his performance a half a point behind. Ripper and Hollys Electricspark scored a 218.5.

Team bronze for Austria:

With a total score of 653.5, team Austria settled for third place honors claiming the bronze medal. Earning the highest score (221) for his team was Martin Muehlstaetter aboard Jacpoint Quarter Horses’ 7-year-old stallion, Gotta Gold Chain. Based in the U.S.A. where he runs his own training facility, Muehlstaetter made his way to Switzerland to compete for his country. “This was certainly a great experience and I am very happy that we made the podium,” he said. “I am very thankful to Tina and Klaus of Jacpoint QH for giving me the opportunity to ride this great horse here.” Joining the duo on the podium were team members NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and AB Peppy Diamond (owned by Jennifer Nixdorf) who scored a 218.5, Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic (owned by Jacpoint QH) scoring a 214.5, and Johannes Hasenhauer riding Keen Little Juice (owned by Olga Hofmann) with a 207.

“My team was simply great and we couldn’t be any happier for this result,” said team coach Gerold Dautzenberg. “Unfortunately one of our horses was slightly injured before the competition so we had to retire him, but at the end of the day all our riders did a wonderful job and we are thrilled to go back home with the team bronze.”

Missing the podium by one point was Team Italy. In the first and only edition of the FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors held in 2008, on home-ground the Italians had earned the team gold medal in front of team U.S.A.

Building up to the medals

Who would have a chance of stepping on the podium was determined once Italy’s Gennaro Lendi, riding his Yankee Gun, posted a 219 to bring his team’s total score to a 652.5. Three horses later, Austria’s Martin Muehlstaetter and Gotta Gold Chain (owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses), thrilled both the crowd and the judges. A 221 appeared on the scoreboard and secured his team a medal by bringing the total score to a 653.5 behind Germany and in front of Italy.

Germany’s team favourite, Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart (owned by Momo & Amy), was determined to keep his country’s flag high. They ran an impressive pattern #5 and closed their run with a 221 bringing the total score to a final 656.5. In order to determine who would conquer the coveted FEI World Reining Championships medals, the athletes and the public had to wait for the very last horse-rider-combination to make their way in the pen. Belgian Bernard Fonck and Smart N Sparkin did exactly that!

The team competition was also the first qualifier for the individual competition that will be held on Saturday. Riders that did not automatically qualify will have a chance to earn a spot in the consolation held on Friday morning prior to the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors team competition.

For complete results and information please visit the official event website http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com/en/start

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The Bachelorette’s Heartthrob and Horse Enthusiast Luke Pell Teams Up with Time to Ride for New Sweepstakes Campaign “Pledge to Take a Friend Riding”


Photos and logos available: Christie Schulte, christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

The Bachelorette’s Heartthrob and Horse Enthusiast Luke Pell Teams Up with Time to Ride for New Sweepstakes Campaign “Pledge to Take a Friend Riding”

Washington, D.C., August 4th, 2016. – Known for capturing hearts across America on the current season of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, horse enthusiast and country singer-songwriter Luke Pell is teaming up with Time to Ride as celebrity spokesperson for their new sweepstakes campaign Pledge to Take a Friend Riding.” The sweepstakes will take place September 1-30, 2016 and will award one grand prize of an all-inclusive, three-night vacation at luxury dude ranch, the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with Time To Ride. Growing up on a ranch, horses were always a part of my life, and working with Time To Ride allows me to stay involved with the horse industry and to promote such a fundamental part of American culture,” said Pell. Pell is a former AQHA and NRHA competitor, and grew up on his family’s ranch raising and training horses.

For many devoted equestrians, it took a personal connection through a friend or family member to make their initial entry into horseback riding fun, accessible, inclusive, and long-lasting. With this in mind, Time to Ride’s campaign aims to encourage horse owners and riders to introduce their non-riding friends to horseback riding and equestrian sports.

“Equestrian sports are often perceived as exclusive and difficult to break into, but it’s time to change that  stereotype,” said Christie Schulte, Time to Ride marketing manager. “Without the support of family or friends, many of us may not have known where or how to take up riding – and now it’s our turn to be that friend who introduces a new rider to horses. Whether it’s English or Western, trail riding, driving, or any other equestrian activity, it’s our privilege and duty to welcome new people to our beloved sport for the growth and health of our industry.”

Many other celebrity riders are joining Time to Ride’s campaign by pledging to take a friend riding, including Lyle Lovett, D. Wayne Lukas, David O’Connor, Al Dunning, Lindy Burch, Tom McCutcheon, Barbara Schulte, Audrey Griffin, Sandy Collier, Dell Hendricks, Lynn Palm, Kerry Kuhn, Tootie Bland, and more.

Riders may enter the sweepstakes by simply taking the pledge at www.timetoride.com/pledge. 

About Luke Pell:

Known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, country singer-songwriter Luke Pell was riding horses before he could even walk while growing up deep in the heart of Texas in the small town of Burnet. By age 12, Pell was spending his summers breaking horses, hell-bent on becoming a professional horse trainer until he graduated high school and accepted a football scholarship to The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003. During his time in college, Pell found an escape from the stress and demands of everyday life in his guitar. After graduating, serving in the Army for five years, spending two years in the oil sector at Chesapeake Energy, and becoming an entrepreneur in residential real estate, Pell came to the realization that his true passion was in songwriting. Currently residing in Nashville, Pell continues to chase his dream while collaborating with established songwriters including country music superstar Cole Swindell, Jaron Boyer , Brandon Kinney, Ash Bowers, and more.

About Time to Ride:

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance designed to introduce new enthusiasts to horses and riding, and promote equestrian activities for the health and growth of the equine industry. To learn more please contact info@timetoride.com or visit www.timetoride.com.

About the American Horse Council:

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s Marketing Alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine  activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

About the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance:

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The  AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Equibrand, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative, Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

*No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30, 2016. For full official rules and to enter, visit www.timetoride.com/pledge.  Sponsored by American Horse Council dba Time to Ride, 1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.


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Breyer® Introduces New NRHA Reining Horse Model

Breyer® Introduces New NRHA Reining Horse Model

New Release Celebrates NRHA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

(Aug. 4, 2016 – Pequannock, NJ) – Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse and the sport of reining. In the short 50 years since its founding, reining has swiftly grown in popularity and stature within the horse industry drawing thousands of new people into the sport and becoming a fan favorite and the first western discipline to be included in the World Equestrian Games.

And now, in honor of its 50th anniversary, Breyer® has released a beautiful new reining horse to celebrate.

Reining is an exciting Western sport with roots on the ranch. Horse and rider pairs that compete in NRHA reining events run a pattern that is designed to show off the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse within a show arena. These patterns include both slow and fast circles, roll backs, spins, flying lead changes, and the crowd-favorite: sliding stops! Breyer’s NRHA 50th Anniversary model is appropriately shown executing this hallmark maneuver.

From humble goals of preserving and promoting a sport and a lifestyle, to becoming an organization with many riders and horses reaching the million-dollar (and higher!) milestone in event earnings, and hosting approved shows around the world – it’s clear that the world loves a good reining horse, and the NRHA and the exhilarating sport of reining are here to stay!

Breyer’s Reining horse is available nationwide at toy stores, tack shops and agricultural stores.

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About Breyer®
 Breyer is a division of Reeves International (www.reevesintl.com), a family-owned, NJ-based toy manufacturer and distributor. Founded in 1950, Breyer celebrates the horse and other animals, dedicating itself to the creation of authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. Breyer is one of America’s most iconic toy brands and its ‘portrait’ models of horse heroes like Secretariat, Valegro, Big Chex to Cash and Black Beauty have inspired children of all ages to love animals. Visit us at www.breyerhorses.com or call 800-413-3348 to learn more about the model horse hobby and Breyer Animal Creations.

About NRHA
 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. NRHA has flourished over the past two decades. Membership numbers have more than doubled over the years and are now over 15,000; including more than 1,400 youth members. There are currently over 850 NRHA approved shows and approximately 150 Entry Level Reining events held around the world each year. NRHA shows pays out more than $13 million in competition purses annually with the winner of the NRHA Open Futurity taking home $150,000. For more information, visit: www.nrha.com

Media Contacts:

Kathleen Fallon
Tel: 973-349-1704

National Reining Horse Association
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Tel. 405-946-7400

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Merial Launches Ride to Win, A Supportive iPhone Application for Performance Horse Owners

Merial Launches Ride to Win, A Supportive iPhone Application for Performance Horse Owners

Duluth, GA. – Aug. 3, 2016 – Ride to Win is the newest iPhone application from Merial made specifically for horse owners who train or compete. The app provides one location for users to store everything important to competing and keeping their horses healthy.

Ride to Win allows users to create a unique profile for each horse and store information such as registration numbers, copies of health papers and Coggins, and store health information and reminders all at the push of a button.

Owners can track training benchmarks as well as enter show details and results, including dates and tests, points earned and patterns. Users can also key in hotel reservations and other locations specific to each horse event.

This app was created to provide users with a convenient, comprehensive and user-friendly tool for training and competing with their horses. It is available in the iTunes store today.

Ride to Win is brought to you by Merial, the makers of ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) and LEGEND® (hyaluronate sodium).

Please visit theridetowin.com for more information.

Q&A, photos and videos are also available upon request.

About Merial
 Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products that focus on disease prevention and overall health and wellness in animals. Merial has three main business areas: pets, farm animals, and veterinary public health, and our health solutions target more than 200 diseases and conditions across a variety of species. Merial employs 6,900 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with over €2.5 billion of sales in 2015. Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see www.merial.com; @Merial.

®ULCERGARD and LEGEND are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2016 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUILGN1627 (03/16)

Media Contact:
Abby Strawder
Senior Reputation Manager
Sullivan Higdon & Sink

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American Youth Horse Council Invites Proposals for 2017 Symposium Presentations

American Youth Horse Council Invites Proposals for 2017 Symposium Presentations

The American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) invites proposals to speak at the 40th Annual AYHC Symposium, April 21-23, 2017 in Wakefield, MA. This event presents an opportunity for adult and student leaders in the youth horse industry to come together to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry. The event will include tours of the New England horse industry, live demonstrations, parade of breeds and workshops focused on kids and horses.

Proposals must follow the provided format and be submitted electronically by email no later than September 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and form are available at www.ayhc.com.  Speakers are responsible for their own registration fees, travel, lodging and other expenses.

Four audiences will be represented:

žAdult Leaders of Youth—mostly volunteers who work directly with youth in the field

žYouth Industry Professionals—those employed in the youth horse industry (such as Extension Specialists and breed association youth program coordinators)

žTeen Leaders—older teen leaders (age 14-18)

Collegiate Leaders – college students enrolled in equine programs

The non-breed / discipline specific curriculum throughout the symposium offers equine knowledge that transfers from the book to the barn, providing take-home tools to teach youth about safe and effective horsemanship. Above all, the Symposium connects participants with resources, referrals, and networking to help kids connect through horses. Workshops may be presented in a variety of formats including lecture, discussion, forum, panel, or hands on activity. Preference will be given to interactive workshops.

Workshop Proposal form

About the American Youth Horse Council

The American Youth Horse Council is a network of academic, breed, industry and other representatives interested in facilitating the flow of horse-related educational resources for youth. AYHC’s mission is to provide encouragement, communication, leadership & resources to serve and promote the youth horse industry. For complete presentation proposal instructions and/or more information about the association, please visit www.ayhc.com or contact the American Youth Horse Council at info@AYHC.com.

Media Contact:
Danette McGuire, AYHC Executive Director

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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Reining Horse Foundation Announces New Scholarship for NHSFR

High school rodeo and the reined cow horse competition can lead to a college scholarship thanks to a new partnership benefiting competitors at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). The Reining Horse Foundation has joined with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) to provide a $2,500 scholarship to the student athlete marking the highest score in the reining during the NHSFR, held July 17-23 in Gillette, WY.

Winner of the inaugural scholarship is Jayde Atkins of Broken Bow, Neb., who scored a 146.5 in the rein work and a 150.5 in the cow work in the short go, the high score for both events. Atkins also received a Morrison bronze courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). She was riding Sonitas Last Dual (Dualin Jewels x Sonitas Ann x Sonitas Last), a 2003 gelding nicknamed “Harry.” In a field of 112 reined cow horse contestants, Atkins achieved a total score of 884.5 (two go-rounds plus the short go) to win the national championship.

In late 2014, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) began offering reined cow horse as an optional event. It joined a lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping, and the queen contest for girls.

“While reined cow horse might not be a traditional rodeo event, we believe it fits nicely with our ultimate mission of preserving the western heritage and providing opportunities for our youth members,” said NHSRA Executive Director James Higginbotham.

NHSRA, NRCHA and NRHA all acknowledge that reined cow horse can elevate the riding ability of NHSRA members who choose to learn and take part in the event. As part of the reined cow horse competition, contestants must complete a reining pattern, commonly referred to as dry work.

“Providing youth scholarships is a core program of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said Mandy McCutcheon, a $2 million NRHA rider and secretary of the Foundation Board. “Reaching out to the youth contestants of high school rodeo who are competing in this event makes perfect sense. Our hope is that more students will be introduced to reining and reined cow horse and ensure these sports grow and succeed for generations to come.”

Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Reining Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association. Core programs for the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization include youth scholarships, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund and the NRHA Hall of Fame. The Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary.


Editor’s Note: Photography by Stephanie Duquette, NRCHA
Jayde Atkins (left) receives a scholarship certificate from the Reining Horse Foundation and bronze from the National Reining Horse Association presented by National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association President Kaylin Wheeler of Baker, Montana.

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Reining Horse Foundation Awards $10,500 in Scholarships

The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announces the recipients of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Megan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio, Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Mass., Holly Lansidel of McKenna, Wash., Nicholas Muir of Lynnwood, Wash., Shaelyn Vering of Scribner, Neb., Jarid Walton of Coleman, Mich. and Blair Willette of Haleiwa, Hawaii. Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) submitted applications for the RHF scholarships. The recipients were chosen by an independent committee based upon their academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement in the NRHyA and reining horse industry.

“The Reining Horse Foundation is entrusted with donations meant to better the reining community and the world at large,” said Mark A. Blake, president. “The scholarship program is a shining example of how we can make a positive impact on the lives of young people furthering their education. We are proud to provide these scholarships and with donor support look forward to when we can do even more.”

Muir, Walton and Willette were each awarded $2,000 in RHF scholarship monies. Muir will attend Washington State University, majoring in animal science with plans to apply for veterinary school. Walton is a student at Mid Michigan Community College, where he has participated as a student-athlete on the men’s basketball team. He received a RHF scholarship in 2015 as a high school senior, making him eligible to reapply. Willette is a chemistry major at Duke University, working toward a career in pharmaceutical development. In 2015, she studied abroad in London, England. She received a RHF scholarship in 2013 and was selected again in 2014 and 2016.

D’Andrea and Vering each will receive $1,500 in scholarships. D’Andrea is enrolled at Youngstown State University in pre-veterinary medicine. Vering will be a member of the equestrian team at the University of Georgia pursuing a bachelor of landscape architecture degree. She held multiple positions as a NRHyA officer, including president in 2015, vice president in 2014 and secretary in 2013.

Earning $750 scholarships each are Edmonds and Lansidel. Edmonds plans to major in elementary education with a minor in business, foundations for becoming an elementary school principal. Lansidel is a student at South Puget Sound Community College majoring in applied physiology and health management.

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com.  You also can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to representatives about these programs. Watch these websites for in spring 2017 for updated application information.

Photos in order: Muir (1), Walton (2), Willette (3), D’Andrea (4), Vering (5), Edmonds (6), Landsidel (7)

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USA Reining 2015 Champions to be Recognized at USEF Reining Championship

USA Reining 2015 Champions
to be Recognized at
USEF Reining Championship 

The USA Reining Board of Directors has announced that USA Reining will recognize and award its 2015 Year-end winners as part of the opening ceremonies of the USEF Reining Championships, set for September 4. The championships will be held at Expo Square in Tulsa Oklahoma and are hosted by the Tulsa Reining Classic.

According to Weaver, President of USA Reining, the Board made the decision in late July. He noted, “We’ve been in the process of re-structuring and this is one of our priorities – recognizing those who competed for year-end awards last year. It took a while to recover all the records and audit standings but we’re now up-to-date and verified for both 2015 and 2016 standings and they are on the website at www.usareining.us.”

Awards will be given to the top three year-end finishers in Open, Amateur, Youth (3 age groups), Horse of the Year and Para Reining. And the diverse group of champions this year were from nine different states!

Earning the 2015 Open Reiner Championship was Shane Brown of Elbert, Colorado with Casey Hinton of Whitesboro, Texas finishing as Reserve Champion and Andrea Fappani of Scottsdale, Arizona coming in third.

In the Amateur Reining the year-end Champion was  Catherine Crandon Ocala, Florida. Reserve Amateur honors went to  Anne-Marie Burns of Jones, Oklahoma and third to Tamra Kyle of Amarillo, Texas.

The Youth 13 & Under Champion was Reed Harris from Forrest City, Arkansas. The Reserve titlist was Skylar Deshotels from Gainesville, Texas with third going to Bo Van Duys of Westcliffe, Colorado.

Fort Worth’s Katelyn Davis won the youth 14-18 with Alexandra Johnston of Brentwood, Tennessee finishing as Reserve Champion and third going to Kenleigh Wells of Valley View, Texas. In the Youth 19-21 top honors went to Amanda Hurd from Wilmington, Delaware, with Kyle Edmonds of Pepperell, Massachusetts finishing as Reserve Champion.

The 2015 Champion Para Reiner is Holly Jacobson from Ipswich, Massachusets with Frederick Win of Woodbridge, New Jersey taking Reserve honors.

The top Horse of the Year was Cache Of Jewels owned by Catherine Crandon. Reserve Horse of the Year was Solanos Saskadoc owned by Rita Harris  and third place went to  Gunner Git Ya Dun owned by Pete and Tamra Kyle.

Weaver concluded, “We appreciate the generosity of the Tulsa Reining Classic in giving us a place at this highly visible venue to recognize these top achievers and to give them the recognition they deserve. We plan to make these presentations a part of the USEF Reining Championships each year going forward.”

Colleen McQuay, President of the Global Reining Sport Group which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic, said, “We are glad that we can be a part of providing a venue for recognizing those who have participated in and supported USA Reining  from the beginning. We look forward to being a part of USA Reining’s  future as it continues to grow.”

Weaver added that the USA Reining Board, in cooperation with Pro Management, Inc. is in the process of developing programs and initiating new visibility and branding for USA Reining, “This is just a first step as we grow this organization and we congratulate these winners.”

USA Reining embodies youth, amateur and para riders, as well as open competitors. A key priority is to educate and provide a pipeline for reiners to progress through the various levels on their way to the FEI international level of competition. USA Reining represents its members as the fully compliant USEF-recognized affiliate for reining, advocating fair sport and horse welfare as key values of the organization.  For information on USA Reining, visit the website at www.usareining.us or call 580-759-2400.

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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