Southeast Region Voting Starts October 1

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole.

For this year’s elections, one 2017-2018 Southeast Regional Director seat is set to be filled by a vote of members to be held October 1 – November 1. The two members nominated by affiliates for this year’s elections are Jesse Chase and Shannon Rafacz. More information on these candidates can be found below to help you determine how to cast your vote.

How do I vote? Who can vote?

Eligible voting members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina are encouraged to look in the Members Only section of or to page 140 of the September NRHA Reiner magazine for voting details. Additionally, Southeast region members have either received an email or postcard reminder, depending on what contact information they have provided to NRHA. NRHA PIN information as of September 1, 2016 will be needed to access online voting. To retrieve this information or to get more information on voting, please contact Christa Morris-Stone ( or 405-946-7400, ext. 105).



Please note that Associate, Youth and joint/corporate members are not eligible to vote.

Southeast Regional Director (Seats Open for Election: 1  /  Term: 2017-2018)

Jesse Chase • Wendell, North Carolina

jesse2 PREFERREDJesse Chase is a lifetime member of the NRHA and has also been an NRHA judge for the last thirteen years. Jesse earned a degree in 1994 in Equine Science and Management from Morrisville State College in New York and since then has been building himself a solid business and reputation along the east coast within the reining industry.

He owns and operates his farm with his wife and three sons, Jesse Chase Performance Horses, just outside of Raleigh in Wendell, North Carolina.  Jesse has close to twenty years of experience in training, colt breaking and coaching people of all levels in the reining discipline. (READ MORE HERE)

Shannon Rafacz • Citra, Florida

Shannon-Rafacz_0396SMHello, fellow members. Like many of you, I started in NRHA as a competitor and fell in love with the challenge, the horse, the people and the competition. It has always been “For the Love of the Game.” I am seeking re-election to my Southeast Regional Director seat for 2017 and 2018. I LOVE my role within the NRHA board and I am asking that you vote to let me continue my work with committees, task forces and board representation! As many of you know, our board structure has changed and the regions only have space for one representative. I want to be your representative!

I rode my first reiner in 1987, which means I have grown up in NRHA. I tend to speak about NRHA and family in the same sentence because for me it really has been. (READ MORE HERE)

The elections timeline and procedures can be found in the Members Only section of or by clicking HERE.

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Addis Live Online Auctions: NRHA’s Newest Business Alliance

Addis Live Online Auctions: NRHA’s Newest Business Alliance

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the recent partnership with Addis Equine, Inc. of Edmond, Okla. This new business partnership allows NRHA members to buy and sell consigned horses online, in the comfort of their own home.

About Addis Equine, Inc.
Having produced horse auctions since 1987, Addis Equine, Inc. has developed a strong sales reputation in the equine industry. With more than 35 years-experience primarily in the Arabian Horse industry, Addis has greatly expanded their target market benefiting other equine disciplines and breeds.

In 2010 they teamed up with DV Auction, bringing equine auctions to an online format.

Since then, Addis has produced and conducted more than 200 online auctions internationally, with more than 2,000 horses sold and an astounding $ 7.2 million in sales revenue.

About the Partnership
“NRHA is very excited to team up with Addis Equine, Inc. not only to encourage our members to invest in the reining industry, but making the process easier to buy a reining horse,” said NRHA President Rick Clark.

“Without our members, NRHA would not exist. I believe this partnership will positively impact our community and advance the sport of reining to its fullest potential.”

Future Plans
Addis Equine, Inc. and NRHA have teamed up to produce up to four online horse sales a year and is excited for this new business endeavor to promote the reining horse industry and supply members with another added benefit.

For more information on this partnership, visit

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2016 NRHA European Derby Open Finals

Spooks O Lena and Pierluigi Chioldo win the Open Derby with a 229!

Pierluigi Chioldo & Spooks O Lena

Pierluigi Chioldo & Spooks O Lena

To say that the NRHA European Open Derby finals on Saturday night in Manerbio, Italy, thrilled the crowds is an understatement! The 43 finalists that performed in the four levels wrote history and the scores prove it. In the Level (L)4, the top 15 scores went from a 229 to a 220, and posting the amazing high score of the show was Pierluigi Chioldo with Spooks O Lena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lonesome Sally Lena) between the reins. The athletic 7-year-old mare is owned by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD and was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD & Davide Rossi.

“This mare is simply incredible and tonight was the best I’ve ever felt her in the show pen. I’ve had her in training for the past two years and she just gets better and better every time,” said the Italian NRHA Professional. “She was great in the go round but tonight I was so confident and felt that if I asked for more she would give more! She was awesome and deserved to show off what she is capable of. It’s the best way for her to retire and be a full-time brood mare.”

Markus Gebert & Sugar Little Step

Markus Gebert & Sugar Little Step

The L4 Open Derby co-reserve championship, half-a-point behind the winners, went to NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner riding AB Peppy Diamond (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made), a 7-year-old stallion (owned by Jennifer Nixdorf and nominated by Antonello Businaro), and to NRHA Professional Markus Gebert aboard Sugar Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x AH Sugar Sugar), a 4-year-old stallion owned by Quarter Dream Srl and nominated by Wolf Dieter Luft.

Gebert and his mount also claimed the L3 championship. “We bought this horse last year before the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity. I rode him two days before that show and he was fantastic. This year, at the NRHA European Futurity, he was injured in his stall and we had to give him a resting period. When we brought him back to the show pen, we won the Swiss Open Derby and now, here we are! He is super, really amazing and is always quiet. He listens, he waits and this evening, everything was in the right place,” claimed the German rider.

Moreno Sacchi & Spooks Midnight

Moreno Sacchi & Spooks Midnight

The L2 Open title, with a 220 score, went to NRHA Professional Moreno Sacchi riding Spooks Midnight (Spooks Gotta Gun x Smart Dottie), a 6-year-old mare owned and nominated by Francesco Mazza. “I showed this mare for the first time at the Italian Derby. This is the second show for us and we made the finals thanks to the consolation run. I’m very happy because now we understand each other better and this evening she was super!” said the Italian rider.

Taking the L2 reserve championship back to Belgium was Matyas Gobert riding Koen Brutsaert’s CJ Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Dream Olena Chic). The 7-year-old stallion nominated by Euro-Vets Inc. closed his run with a 218.5 score.

Nicola Sergio & Ruf Little Chex

Nicola Sergio & Ruf Little Chex

Winning the L1 Open Derby championship was NRHA Professional Nicola Sergio of Italy and his Ruf Little Chex (Lil Ruf Trouble x Nu Dynamite Chex). The 6-year-old gelding, nominated by Luigi Parise, posted a 217.5 with Sergio in the saddle. “I’ve always believed in this horse, he is fantastic. We’ve made the final in every special event we took part in. This evening he was great and was with me all the way. He will now take a break until the end of the year and then we will see!”

Italian NRHA Professional Angelo Benedusi reined Little Hancock (Docs Tivio Hancock x Little Bay Solano), a 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned and nominated by Arianna Asteris, to the reserve championship in the L1 division with a 216.

Saturday Ancillary Action Champions

NRHA Youth 14-18 (8 entries)
Michelle Maibaum and Chics Lil Revolution, (Einsteins Revolution x Dun It By Chick), owned by Juergen Maibaum – score 142.

NRHA Rookie Level 1 (5 entries)
Janine Deana Ketterer and Miss Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Shania Snapper), owned by Laura Letterer – score 139.5.

NRHA Rookie Level 2 (6 entries)
Ann Braunger and BMS Ice Age, (Friscote x Shes A Joker Chic), 10-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, owned by Ann Braunger. Score 139.5.

€800-added NRHA Intermediate Open Michael Saupe and Lil Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Little Trash), owned by Christine Rippel – score 142.5

€400-added NRHA Limited Open 1. Maria Cisarikova and Spook You (Smart Spook x Solanos Pearl), owned by Martin Bolt – score 138.

€1.500-added NRHA Non Pro Champions: Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Gotta Gold Chain (Jacs Electric Spark x Snip O Chex), owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses – score 219

Reserve tie:
Michelle Maibaum and Gunners Jem (Colonels Smoking Gun x Scoots Remedy), owned by Kristina Maibaum – score 214.5.
Nicole Huebner and Starstruck Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Marilyns Benz), owned by Nicole Huber – score 214.5.

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2016 NRHA European Derby Non Pro Finals

Anna Lisec and Tari Whizin are the 2016 NRHA Derby Non Pro Level 4 Champions!

Anna Lisec & Tari Whizin

Anna Lisec & Tari Whizin

The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Non Pro Derby finals held in Manerbio, Italy, lit the Palasturla Equestrian Center arena from the very first competitor that went through the in gate. A young group of up-and-coming riders performed to the best of their ability making the sixth edition of the event one to remember.

Draw 1 in the second section of the finals was Anna Lisec riding her Tari Whizin (Topsail Whiz x Tari Badgekin). With the 7-year-old stallion between the reins, the talented Austrian rider did not hesitate to show off her mount’s athletic ability. Once the duo closed their run, a 224 appeared on the score board and remained unbeaten and for the second year running, Anna Lisec took home the L4 Non Pro championship.

Clemens Hefel & Rio Juice

Clemens Hefel & Rio Juice

“Like I said last year following the finals, I did not expect to win. My horse was amazing, and I am so happy. The whole week I had a little trouble with him but we solved the problems and he was great,” said Lisec. “Last year, with This Wimps So Fly, I just wanted to do the best I could. This year I wanted to win! It was a tough final, and a tough go-round. Having won is the best feeling ever and I cannot thank my parents, my trainers Ann and Bernard Fonck, my team and my horses for helping me achieve this result.” Only a half-a-point behind the winners was 20-year-old Clemens Hefel riding his Rio Juice (Smart Like Juice x Tari What). Also from Austria and also riding a 7-year-old stallion, Clemens was quick to praise his mount and his trainer, NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig. “Rio Juice has always a solid and awesome horse…he is simple incredible. I came back from the States last week after spending some time riding with Martin Muehlstaetter. Grischa did a fantastic job with my horse when I was away and I cannot thank both these great trainers enough!” said Clemens who also claimed the L3 championship.

Carlo Ambrosini & Saturday Pepper

Carlo Ambrosini & Saturday Pepper

Winning the L2 Non Pro Derby title was 17-year-old Carlo Ambrosini with Saturday Pepper (Saturdaynight Custom x Miss Snapper Lena), owned by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD. With the 6-year-old stallion between the reins, Ambrosini scored a 221. “My horse was bred by us and this makes the win twice as sweet. He’s a very talented horse but I must admit that this evening in the warm up pen I wasn’t quite sure that we would do well. Once we went in the pen I was confident that we could run hard and I’m very very happy!” said Carlo who also left Manerbio with the L3 reserve championship.

Enrico Sciulli & Snips Gotta Bud

Enrico Sciulli & Snips Gotta Bud

It took a run-off between Italian Enrico Sciulli and German Alina Janoush to determine who would take the L1 Non Pro championship. 19-year-old Sciulli and his mare, Snips Gotta Bud (Nic It In The Bud x Snip O Chex), were determined to bring home the title and the duo closed their run with a 221.5. They also took the L2 reserve championship. Janoush and her mare, Ace Got It Dun (Spooks Gotta Gun x Good Lookin Dun It) posted a 219 in the run-off and settled for the L1 reserve championship.

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2016 NRHA European Open Pre Futurity presented by Rabboni Quarter Horses

Bernard Fonck and Red Collar Tag win the European Level 4 Open Pre Futurity presented by Rabboni Quarter Horses

Bernard Fonck

Manerbio, September 23 – The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby & Pre Futurity offered an action packed day in Manerbio, Italy, on the fifth day of competition.

The first champions crowned were the €1,500-added NRHA European Level (L)4 and L2 Open Pre Futurity winners. NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck took home the L4 championship riding Red Collar Tag, (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak) for owner Sabine Lisec with a 219.5. “We’ve had this horse ever since he was a weanling. Since he was for sale I told Sabine (Lisec) that I thought he would be a good prospect for her and she decided to purchase him. I’ve only schooled him a couple of times before showing him today and I must admit that he felt really good. It looks like he’s going to be a good horse!” said Fonck who also took reserve honors riding Missedouttinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Miss Sliding Peppy), owned by Dries Verschueren, after posting a 218.

Lorenzo De Simone

Winning the €1,000-added Open L2 of the Pre Futurity was Fonck’s assistant trainer, Lorenzo De Simone, aboard Gildo and Giuliano Mercuri’s The Chromed Gun (The Cocked Gun x Custom Highlights). “I’m so happy to have won this title with this mare. She was really quiet, was with me all the way and proved what a big stopper she is. I cannot thank her owners enough for trusting me with her,” commented De Simone following his win.

The reserve championship was for Matteo Vedovato and Hot Miffy Cd (Mifillenium x Hot Tamale Baby), owned by Vittorio Rabboni,

Prior to the European Pre Futurity, the €400-added NRHA Limited Non Pro and €800-added Intermediate Non Pro were offered. French Charlene Aubreton and A Reminic Star, (Lenas Starfish x Miss Reminic Chex) owned by CJA Quarter Horses, posted a 143 to win both classes.

Luke Phillimore and Tin Whizin, (Tinsel Nic x Whizin Off Sparks) owned by Roma Phillimore, settled for second place honors in both the ancillary classes a point behind the winners.

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2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity – Ancillary Action in Manerbio

2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

Ancillary Action in Manerbio

Manerbio, September 22 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby & Pre Futurity today offered the first NRHA ancillary classes.

Winning the €400-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level (L)2, in a field of 56 entries, was Italian Tommaso Coltrioli with his Gunslinger Lil Step between the reins. Aboard the 6-year-old American Quarter Horse sorrel stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Playguns Rose, Coltrioli scored a 144 for the win.

Topping the €400-added Novice Horse L2 Open, which counted 54 entries, was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck riding DJ Ruf (Sailin Ruf x RS Dewars Jack). The 5-year-old American Quarter Horse sorrel stallion owned by Cosimo Grippa with Fonck in the saddle closed with a 144.5 score.

The €1.875-added NRHA Open

2014 NRHA Open World Champions, Ebony Spook and Ann Fonck, once again left their mark in the show pen. The talented 8-year-old mare by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook and out of Ebony Whiz, slid to the highest step of the podium after posting a 218.
Reserve honors went to Italian Pierluigi Chioldo and RS Poliphemus Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x Harlan Glo), a 10-year-old stallion owned by Piet Mestdagh.

Friday Action

8:00am: NRHA Limited Non Pro – NRHA Intermediate Non Pro

followed by: NRHA European Level (L)4 & L2 Open Pre Futurity

4:30pm: NRHA European Non Pro Derby – Section 1

7:30pm: NRHA European Non Pro Derby – Section 2

For complete results and info please visit

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NRHA Presents the $50,000 Silver Spurs Team Challenge

Andrea_Lil_Joe_CashFor Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (Sept. 22, 2016) - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce an exhilarating reining event to take place during the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship. Formally known as the NRHA World Championship Shootout, the competition falls under a new name and adds an exciting team component for its return to the NRHA Futurity. See which team will “rein” supreme during the $50,000 Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge on Thursday, December 1st at 7 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City.

$50,000 Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge Conditions

In the Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge, exhibitors will run in a regular NRHA class with the highest scoring run winning the competition. As an added bonus, riders will compete in teams to ride for an additional $10,000 to be disbursed evenly among teammates.

Once all entries are received, team captains will be selected based on their earnings in 2016.  Team captains will then pick their teams one by one. Each rider will ride against the opposing team in the order they were picked. The rider who receives the highest score in that round, will receive a point for their team. If, at any point in the competition, riders end up in a tie, one-half point will be given to both teams. Not only will this Team Challenge foster friendly competition among riders, but also comradery via this unique competition only seen at the NRHA Futurity.

Silver Spurs Equine is proud to be a corporate partner with NRHA and the sponsor for the Team Challenge.

All current NRHA members are able to participate in this exciting and competitive reining event presented by Silver Spurs Equine. For forms and entry fee information, visit

More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show:

The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want Oklahoma City, North America and the entire world to miss!

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. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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


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The Rabboni Quarter Horses NRHA European Non Pro Pre Futurity

Manerbio, September 21 – On the third day of competition, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby & Pre Futurity offered the Open and Non Pro Consolation. Those riders that did not automatically qualify for the finals in the two divisions today had a last chance to fight for a spot in the draw. Excitement and great runs filled the morning in Manerbio!

Closing the day was the Euro1.500-added NRHA European Level (L)4 Non Pro Pre Futurity and the Euro1.000-added L2 Non Pro Pre Futurity presented by Rabboni Quarter Horses. After leading the NRHA European L4 Non Pro qualifier with Gotta Nifty Gun between the reins, Gina Schumacher not only went on to win the L4 Non Pro Pre Futurity, she also took reserve honors.

The young German non professional rode Sheezasunnywhiz BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine), owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, to a score of 216.5 claiming the championship. “This is actually my mom’s horse and she was supposed to ride her here. At the last minute she couldn’t come so I stepped in. It didn’t take long for me and this horse to get along and I’m thrilled with the way she went here!” claimed Gina who placed Ms Blue Eye Wimp BB (Dun It Gotta Gun x Solanos Wimpy Step), also owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, to second place with a 213.5.

Winning the L2 division was Italian Piero Priori aboard his Ruf Cut Chex (Big Chex To Cash x CT Ruffian). “I purchased this horse in the States and this is the very first time I’ve shown him so I couldn’t be any happier and I now look forward to showing him in the Italian Futurity,” said the Italian rider.

For complete results and information visit

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Adequan NAAC Added Money Increases

For Immediate Release – September 20, 2016 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announced the Board of Directors approved to allocate additional money to the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship classes held in conjunction with the NRHA Futurity. This motion allowed an additional $15,000 to be added to the $26,400 already paid out across the sixteen classes. 

Below are the updated added money levels for each class at the 2016 Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.

  • Open – $7,000
  • Intermediate Open – $5,000
  • Limited Open – $500
  • Rookie Professional – $500
  • Non Pro – $7,000
  • Intermediate Non Pro – $5,000
  • Limited Non Pro – $500
  • Prime Time Non Pro – $2,500
  • Novice Horse Open Level 1 – $2,500
  • Novice Horse Open Level 2 – $4,000
  • Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 – $2,500
  • Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 – $4,000
  • Youth 13 & Under – $100
  • Youth 14-18 – $100
  • Rookie of the Year – $500
  • Rookie Level 2 – $200
  • Total added money – $41,400

For forms and entry fee information, visit

More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show:

  • Reservations can be made at
  • Purchase box and general admission tickets at
  • Download the latest schedule at

The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want Oklahoma City, North America and the entire world to miss! Make plans to attend now by visiting or by following the event on NRHA’s Facebook page.

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2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity – Updated Daily!

Day 1 & 2: 2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

Day 3: The Rabboni Quarter Horses NRHA European Non Pro Pre Futurity

Day 4: Ancillary Action in Manerbio

Day 5: 2016 NRHA European Open Pre Futurity presented by Rabboni Quarter Horses

Day 6: 2016 NRHA European Derby Non Pro Finals

Day 7: 2016 NRHA European Derby Open Finals

Keep up with the show at!

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