Downunder Horsemanship Consolidating

Downunder Horsemanship Consolidating

Down Under Horsemanship LogoClinician Clinton Anderson is consolidating his Downunder Horsemanship enterprise. Currently, the business is run out of two locations in Stephenville, Texas. The office headquarters, where 20 employees work out of, is located on the edge of town on US Highway 377. A 250-acre ranch, where 11 employees work and public events are held, is located on FM 3025, just two miles off of State Highway 108. In 2015, Clinton will run the company out of the ranch location that already houses an office building ready to meet the demands of the company. The office headquarters on 377, which includes a warehouse, call center and retail showroom, is listed for sale.

A native Australian, Clinton established Downunder Horsemanship in 1998 and quickly built the company into an industry-leading empire. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces an award-winning television show, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools for horse owners to make learning horsemanship as accessible and as easy as possible.

Clinton moved Downunder Horsemanship from Ohio to Texas in 2008 and made the decision to build the office headquarters in Stephenville because internet infrastructure wasn’t available at the remote ranch site to meet the daily needs of the company. Downunder Horsemanship receives high volumes of traffic to its online store, video streaming site and interactive fan club website. Working closely with Century Link, Downunder Horsemanship now has the connectivity it needs to run successfully from the ranch location.

“I’m looking forward to having my entire company based in one location so that I can interact with my teammates better,” Clinton said. “This move was a long time in coming, and everyone in the company is excited about it. It’s going to streamline a lot of processes, and it will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers.”

The 28,000-plus square foot office building sits on six acres and is listed for sale with Coldwell Bankers Preferred Properties. Interested parties may contact Kara Pack for more information at 254-968-7653 or


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The November Digital Reiner is Ready!

With the NRHA Futurity and the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships around the reinercovernovembercorner, the NRHA Reiner would like to wish everyone safe travels and good luck! While you’re traveling be sure to check out the November issue which is full of competition highlights from around the world. The South Central RAF, the European Derby and the High Roller Reining Classic are just a few of the shows covered.

Some of the feature stories include saddle care tips and an introduction to a few Green Reiner competitors from across the county.

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Put SmartPak in Your Pocket

Put SmartPak in Your Pocket

SmartPak introduces new iPhone and Android app

From SmartPak – PLYMOUTH, MA – October 24, 2014 – Have you ever been at the barn, halfway through doing stalls, when you remember you wanted to add something to your SmartPaks? Put those new Piper breeches or a pair of Rockin’ SP Reins on your wish list? Read the latest blog? How about standing in the wash stall and trying to remember what, exactly, rain rot looks like? Well, we have just the thing for you – the new SmartPak app!

The new SmartPak app is the perfect way to engage with SmartPak anywhere, from your living room to the barn. “We had a mobile website, but our customers told us they wanted more,” said Donnie Steele, SmartPak’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We developed the SmartPak app so our customers could capture the desktop experience right on their mobile device.”

SmartPak LogoThe SmartPak app allows users to easily shop our site, manage their SmartPaks, track orders, read our blog, post on our forum, and so much more. Shopping with the app is fun with new ways to find awesome products, like featured items and recommendations just for you. The app also provides easy access to valuable information, available right at your fingertips – customers have direct access to read blog and forum posts, educational health library articles, which covers a variety of horse care topics, and anything else from SmartPak…You name it, it’s there!

Download the SmartPak app today for FREE from the iTunes store or Google Play.

About SmartPak
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.


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SWRHA Futurity Results

Day-by-day recap provided by the Southwest Reining Horse Associationcasey deary swrha futurity

Oct. 22 – Casey Deary leading after first section – The John Deere Open Futurity

With 60 horses having competed, Casey Deary leads the John Deere Open Futurity with a score of 220.5 on Arc Gunna Sparkya (Gunna Trash Ya X Sailing Spark) owned by Rabboni Reining Horses of Gainesville, Texas.

Just behind with identical 220 score are Martin Larcombe on Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas and Jordan Larson on Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark X Kipper Lady Nic) owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah.casey hinton swrha fut

Casey Hinton is leading the Level 3 Intermediate Open John Deere Futurity for his 218.5 run on Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smoking Gun X Roll Whiz It ), owned by Stephanie Diane Nelson of Fort Worth, Texas.

There is a tie for second in the Intermediate Open at 216 between Brian Bell riding Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution X Ruffle Me Up) owned by Doug Van Rees of Canfield, Ohio and Sam Smith on Gold and Smart (Smart Spook X Whiz Me Gold) owned by David Pratt of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

melanie petroll swrha futSam is also leading the Level 2 Limited Open, with Josh Visser holding second place on Lil Money Gun (Colonels Lil Gun X Miss Shiney Cat) owned by Paul and Pam Rohus of Royse City, Texas.

In the Level 1, Melanie Petroll is tied for the lead on Hangten Dreamin (Hangten Suprize X Dream It Magnum) owned by Larry & Kathy Barker of Whitesboro, Texas. Both Melanie and Josh Crawley scored 213.5 – Josh on Jessies Lil Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream X Lil Ruf Jessie), a mare owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton of Whitesboro, Texas.

The action continues on Thursday with the conclusion of the John Deere josh crawley swrha futOpen Futurity Preliminaries and 22 horses will qualify in each open division for Saturday’s Finals!

Oct. 23 – Deary Tops Open Prelims on Arc Gunna Sparkya

At the conclusion of the John Deere Open Futurity Preliminaries, it took a 216.5 to make it to the Level 4 Open Finals.

Casey Deary topped the John Deere Open Futurity prelims with a score of 220.5 on Arc Gunna Sparkya (Gunna Trash Ya X Sailing Spark)
owned by Rabboni Reining Horses of Gainesville, Texas.

Just behind with scores of 220 were Martin Larcombe on Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas; Craig Schmersal on FS Taris Walla Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz X Taris Little Vintage) owned by Tim Anderson of Millbank, South Dakota and Jordan Larson on Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark X Kipper Lady Nic) owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah.

In the Level 3 Open, Duane Latimer posted a 219 on Reyning Legend (Custom Legend X Plum Reyning) owned by Robert Stinner of Aubrey, Texas to top the field. Right behind were Brian Bell on The Wizolution (Einsteins Revolution X Whizinci) owned by Tremblay REining Horses LLC of Ardmore, Okahoma and Casey Hinton  on Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smoking Gun X Roll Whiz It), owned by Stephanie Diane Nelson of Fort Worth, Texas. It took a score of 213.5 to make the Level 3 Finals.

Patti Brownshadel of Hempstead, Texas, leads the Level 2 Open with a score of 217.5 on Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz).  There was a three-way tie for second in the round between Arnaud Ferret on Bossy Bueno Bob (Cromed OUt Mercedes X Bueno Bobs BOssy) owned by John Adams of Overbrook, Oklahoma, Trey Pool on Electric Mercedes (Jacs Electric Spark X Best By Benz) owned by CDJ Perofrmances Horses of Sperry, Oklahoma and Sebastian Petrol on Magnums Shining Rey (Magnum Chic Dream X Shiners Miss Rey) owned by Larry and Kthay Barker of WHitesboro, Texas. Each scored 217. It took a 211 to make the Level 2 Finals.

Arnaud also topped the Level 1 Open, followed by Liam MacNeil on Tinseltown Tuffy (Hollywoodstinseltown X CT Raffian) owned by Werner Hermus of Valley View Texas. It took a score of 201 to make it to the Level 1 Finals.

The action continues on Friday with the Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity, followed by the Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses Back Gate Pizza Party and the exciting afternoon performance that will feature the Leadline and Walk-Trot classes sponsored by Silva Reining Horses.  That will be followed by the Markel Insurance NRHA Open class to finish the night.

Oct. 24 – Mandy McCutcheon Rides Vintage Chrome to Red River Equine Vet Services
Non Pro Futurity Championship

Congratulations to Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity Champion Mandy McCutcheon. Mandy topped the Level 4 category on Vintage Chrome (A Sparkling Vintage X Smart Custom Chrome) with a score of 219.5 to win $5,321. Mandy and her husband Tom purchased the mare in March, from Harper and Petra Conner.Mandy SWRHA 2014

“A friend of mine was coming to look at her and when she decided not to buy her, I thought we should.”

The decision was proven sound early on, when Mandy won the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity on her. “I haven’t shown her again until now,” said Mandy.

Mandy gave credit to trainer Debbie Arballo for “doing most of the work on the mare” and said that Tom helps out occasionally, too. Referring to the mare, Mandy said “She’s so solid and physical – really gritty.”

Mandy also tied to win the Reserve title – with herself! She rode MJG Colonel Dry (Gunner X Hollywood Dry) and Shootin Forthe Stars (Gunner X Dun It On A Star) to scores of 219 to earn $2,834 each. Both horses are owned by her parents’ McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas.

Flis SWRHA 2014The Level 3 and Level 2 Non Pro titles ended in a tie between Flis Sassella of Marietta, Oklahoma and Ryan Birkenfeld of Nazareth, Texas. Each scored 217.5 and each earned $1,739 for the Level 3 and $981 for the Level 2.

Flis was riding Chic Magnito (Magnum Chic Dream X Tivito Norma) owned by her husband, Richard. The Sassellas raised her dam and she has produced 7 NRHA money earners, four of which Flis has gotten to ride.

She earned money at the Tulsa Reining Classic, then swept all the divisions of the recent Warmup Futurity in Waco, Texas. “He’s super-easy to show,” she said. “I know I can go in there and trust him.”

Ryan Birkenfeld was riding Cant Spook Me (Spooks Gotta Gun X Te On The Trashy Side). A recent graduate of Texas A & M University, 22-year-old Ryan has been riding reiners about 10 years but this is his first reining futurity horse – and his first major win.

It was also his first time to attend the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ryan also won the Level 1 Division, with Theresa Putman riding HA Casper (Lena Spark X DA Nic A Tune) to the Reserve title.

Flis also won the Prime Time with John Dergo of Whitesboro, Texas picking up the Prime Time Reserve Title on Shining Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream X Shining Moonstone).

Oct. 25 – Martin Larcombe Wins Second Consecutive John Deere Open Futurity
Larcombe SWRHA 2014
Martin Larcombe drew up early in the John Deere Futurity Open Finals on October 25. He was the third out and when his run was completed, a new standard had been set!  He piloted Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) to a smoking 224.5 score that would hold up through all the rest of the challengers.

About this time last year, Martin purchased the big-stopping palomino  from Mitzi Kingman Martin for XCS Ranch in Gordonville, Texas, where he is resident trainer.  He’s ridden him since, and, in his words, “showed him pretty easy a couple of times” before going to the Heritage Futurity in early October, where he edged into the top ten. By time for the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, he felt the stallion was ready, and the result was the second John Deere Open Futurity championship in as many years!

Like last year, Martin won the John Deere Gator, sponsored by John Deere and Pettit Machinery. He also won the trophy saddle from Scottsdale Western World and a check for $15,651!

The Southwest Reining Horse Association gives a custom golf cart to the owner of the sire of the futurity champion that has participated in the annual SWRHA Stallion Auction and that went to Snip O Lution’s sire, Einsteins Revolution.

Reserve honors went to NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay on Pinstripe Benz (Smart Starbuck X Dun It For Chex) owned by Benzco International of Tioga, Texas. McQuay earned a score of 221.5 to earn $9,527 and a pair of Anderson Bean boots.Bell SWRHA 2014

In the Level 3 Open, Brian Bell topped the field of 24 finalists on Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution X Ruffle Me Up) owned by Doug Van Rees of Canfield, Ohio with a score of 220. That earned $7,821 and a custom saddle sponsored by the Southwest Reining Horse Association.

Brian has only had the gelding about three weeks and is just getting with him and adjusting to his lightening-fast turnarounds! “Ruben Vandorp trained him and my longtime friend Doug Van Ries owns him. I rode his mother, as well.”

Ruffolution earned his sire, Einsteins Revolution, a buckle for the Level 3 win.

1213 SWRHA 2014There was a tie for the Reserve title in the Level 3 between Ryan Rushing and Liam McNeil, both scoring 219.5 to earn $4,167 each.

They also tied for the Level 2 championship – Ryan on Lil Gaga Gun owned by Paul and Pam Rohus of Royse City, Texas and Liam on Tinseltown Tuffy, owned by Werner Hermus of Valley View, Texas. That Level 2 tie added another $2,421 to each of their totals.

Ryan got Lil Gaga Gun (Colonels Lil Gun X Hollywood Baby Dunit) after the Derby. Jason Vanlandingham had been training him and he suggested to the owners that she go to someone eligible for the level 2 and 3.

It was the first time for the mare ever to be shown. “She acted like an old horse; she’s very good minded and she just got better,” said Rushing. Next on the agenda for the good mare is a trip to the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show and then the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City.

1212 SWRHA 2014Liam started Tinseltown Tuffy (Hollywoodstinseltown X CT Raffian) as a 2-year-old. He showed him to some success at the Tulsa Reining Classic in August, then brought the big stopping stallion to Ardmore. Next on tap is the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Liam also won the Level 1 Championship, earning another $513 for owner Werner Hermus and garnering the Level 1 sire buckle for Hollywoodstinseltown owners, Dave and Bonnie Silva.

The Einsteins Revolution Open Mare Bonus of $1000 went to Lil Miss Einshine (Einsteins Revolution X Miss Rey O Shine) ridden by Carol Metcalf and owned by Jill Martin of Houston, Texas.
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2015 Clinton Anderson Clinic Schedule Released

2015 Clinton Anderson Clinic Schedule Released 

Down Under Horsemanship LogoFrom Downunder Horsemanship - Renowned horseman Clinton Anderson will instruct three levels of horsemanship clinics in 2015 at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas, and he will also be taking his Fundamentals Clinics on the road for the first time since 2009. Spectators are welcome to attend the Fundamentals Clinics held on the road.

Fundamentals Clinic

Participants will gain first-hand knowledge on how to transform a stiff, heavy and unwilling horse into a soft, supple and cooperative partner, and learn exercises to improve their seat, build their confidence and increase their sense of feel and timing – essential ingredients to becoming a skilled horseman. Clinic curriculum focuses on Clinton’s horsemanship philosophy and over 30 groundwork and riding exercises.


Colt Starting Clinic

Clinton will help participants take their young horses from unstarted colts to riding on the trail in 10 days. Clinton’s approach to colt starting, which he learned from his late Australian mentor Gordon McKinlay, is focused on preparation and safety for both horse and rider.

If the idea of participating in the clinic is overwhelming, but the opportunity to have a colt started under Clinton’s tutelage is appealing, there is a limited opportunity for owners of colts to have one of Clinton’s clinicians start their colts for them. Contact Brittney Chamberlain for more information at 254-552-1080 or

Intermediate Clinic

The second level of Clinton’s horsemanship method focuses on gaining even more control of the horse’s feet on the ground and achieving true lightness and suppleness in the saddle. Emphasis is placed on gaining control of the horse’s five body parts – the head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hindquarters because total control of the horse’s body results in total confidence and collection.

Immersed in the Method

At clinics, participants live and breathe horsemanship and receive hands-on instruction from Clinton and his clinicians. Clinics begin each day at 9 AM and run until 5 PM, and Clinton’s clinicians are available each morning and evening for additional personalized help. Besides learning essential exercises to gain a horse’s trust, participants learn how to put that knowledge to use in practical settings while working over an obstacle course and on the trail.

For clinics held at the all-encompassing Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas, participants will get to utilize Clinton’s 350’ outdoor round arena, elaborate obstacle course that includes over twenty challenges, miles of trails and dirt tracks that surround the ranch, and a wi-fi equipped classroom. Participants’ horses are given their own individual runs on the clinic grounds, complete with shelters, automatic waterers, hay mangers and no-tip feeders. Each run has an associated tack/hay/feed storage area and its own Patience Pole.

 2015 Downunder Horsemanship Ranch Clinics:

10-Day Fundamentals Clinic – Stephenville, Texas – May 8 – 18, 2015
10-Day Colt Starting Clinic – Stephenville, Texas – June 1 – 11, 2015
10-Day Intermediate Clinic – Stephenville, Texas – November 6 – 16, 2015

For all Downunder Horsemanship Ranch Clinics:
Participant Spot: $2,000 NWC Member / $4,000 Non-member

2015 3-Day Fundamentals Road Clinics:

Rancho Murieta, California – Murieta Equestrian Center – March 6 – 8, 2015
Puyallup, Washington – W.H. Paulhamus Arena – July 10 – 12, 2015
Tunica, Mississippi – Tunica Arena and Expo Center – October 16 – 18, 2015

For all road clinics:
Participant Spot: $1,250 NWC Member / $2,500 Non-member
3-Day Spectator Pass: $100 NWC Member / $150 Non-member

Discover for yourself the innovation, inspiration and instruction that make Clinton Anderson Horsemanship Clinics a once-in-a-lifetime experience! For clinic details visit Contact Brittney Chamberlain for further details at 254-552-1080 or

About Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship

Clinton Anderson is a clinician, horse trainer and competitor. He’s dedicated his life to helping others realize their horsemanship dreams and keeping them inspired to achieve their goals. The Downunder Horsemanship method of horse training is based on mutual respect and understanding and gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces a television show, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible. Discover for yourself how Clinton and the Method can help you achieve your horsemanship dreams.


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Now Available – NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales Catalogs

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales

December 4 – 6 • Oklahoma City, Okla.

The NRHA / Markel Horse Insurance Sales catalogs are available online and via the Catalog App! View the catalog online now to find your next winner!

Click on the link below to view the catalogs online:

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Visit to download now.

Sales Schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 4

  • Marketplace Sale – 9 a.m.
  • Futurity Prospect Preview – 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

  • Futurity Prospect Sale Dinner – 5 p.m.
  • Futurity Prospect Sale – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6

  • Select Yearling Sale – 9 a.m.

Read about the new $220,000 Sale Incentive for buyers and consignors!

For more information, contact Tiffany Gonzales at or (405) 946-7400, ext. 123.


Markel Insurance

Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA.

Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Select Yearling Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale.

Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

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Silver Spurs Equine has Purchased All Ruffed Up

From Silver Spurs Equine – October 17, 2014 - Scottsdale, Arizona – SILVER SPURS EQUINE, LLC has purchased the mare All Ruffed Up from Petra I. Zeitler of Dallas, Texas for an undisclosed sum. All Ruffed Up is Equistat’s 2013 2nd leading dam and the dam of NRHA Champion Not Ruf At All.

SScity_USAwhiteSilver Spurs Equine, the largest breeding stallion owner in the sport of reining, is now concentrating on expanding its stable of the finest producing mares.

Says Michael Miola, manager of Silver Spurs Equine, “Now that we have acquired our magnificent stallions, representing the finest bloodlines in our fabulous sport, we are focused on expanding our mare power such that our annual yearling sale held every fall at Silver Spurs Equine will be the premier sale of the year offering the finest prospects in the sports of reining and working cow.”

Silver Spurs Equine already owns several world champion producing mares, Custom Mahogany, Spook Off Sparks, Memorable Affair, Shinersdiamondjacke, Glendas A Smokingun , Melissanic, Gypsys Miss Oak, Forever Dun It, Dunnies Prescription, Custom Nifty Nic, and Spark N Loulena to name a few. Says Michelle Miola, owner of Silver Spurs Equine “All Ruffed Up will be in great company. My stallions and mares are my life and I hope that everyone in our sport will make the trip to Silver Spurs Equine to see our wonderful horses and their offspring.”

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this posting. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests, or questions.

Contact: Michael Miola

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NRHA Supports AQHA’s Statement on NCAA Women’s Equestrian Sport

Provided by AQHA – AMARILLO, TEXAS, October 15, 2014 — The American Quarter Horse Association and its alliance and industry partners are aware of and are watching closely the developments regarding the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics recommendation to remove equestrian from the list of emerging sports, as well as Kansas State University Athletics’ decision this week to drop its sponsorship of equestrian.


Originally when the NCAA developed the emerging-sports model, there was a 10-year window for a sport to reach championship status. Equestrian, which was formally recognized as an emerging sport in 2002, had seen enough growth in school numbers within that 10-year window, that NCAA granted extensions even though a 40-school minimum had not been obtained.


Earlier this summer, the CWA requested a strategic plan from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association on how equestrian planned on seeing growth in sponsoring schools.


The equestrian strategic plan was built and provided to the CWA for review at its September meeting.  Following this meeting, with no further discussion of the strategic plan, the CWA provided a letter to the NCEA on September 30, 2014, informing of their committees’ vote to recommend removal of equestrian from the emerging-sport list. On October 13, K-State Athletics announced it was dropping its sponsorship of equestrian, effective at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, a decision that was made before the CWA recommendation had been fully reviewed and approved by the various NCAA governance bodies.  


Our current understanding of the timeline within NCAA for the review of the CWA recommendations is as follows:


  • October 20 – NCAA Legislative Council
  • October 22 – NCAA Leadership Council
  • October 29 – NCAA Executive Committee
  • October 30 – NCAA Board of Directors


We are continuing to solicit information regarding the actual timeline. Everything is evolving, and as information comes, we will keep the industry informed at


Since the CWA recommendation was announced, multiple conversations among equestrian coaches, administrators and athletic directors have occurred. There have also been conversations between the American Quarter Horse Association, United States Equestrian Federation, National Reining Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, United States Hunter Jumper Association and National Collegiate Equestrian Association, which all regret the timing of K-State Athletics’ decision in advance of the formal NCAA review of the CWA recommendation.


This recommendation by the CWA will have implications both immediately and in the future. The first to feel the impact will be the approximately 1,000 student-athletes who currently compete in NCEA. These young women have invested inestimable amounts of time and money into training for their collegiate careers and now this could be taken away.


The effect will be felt by thousands of young female potential student-athletes currently participating in the industry who have concentrated so much of their training and based their academic and competitive decisions on the hope that one day they too may compete at the highest level for their favorite university. All of that could be taken away based on the recommendation of one committee.    


The colleges and universities that sponsor collegiate equestrian have invested millions of dollars in all areas of their programs to provide their student-athletes with an atmosphere where they can be academically and athletically successful.


Each of these implications is detrimental when taken individually, but collectively they become even more unfortunate for the horse industry as a whole.


“The NCAA is charged with governing collegiate athletics and no doubt the CWA members acted in accordance with established guidelines. While we cannot fault the CWA for following protocol, we can indeed send a message to the NCAA that the sport of equestrian is united and we intend to take whatever steps are necessary to prove the worth of equestrian as a viable sports opportunities option for young women,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr.  


The industry coalition is aware that many individuals are interested in this development and appreciates your concern. Please stay tuned for further updates and any possible calls to action that may be needed to support this cause.


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NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity – Results

Provided by NRHA Germany/Ramona Billing – Photos by Art&Light Photography

October 11: 7th Breeders Futurity Open Champion title for Rudi Kronsteiner – Ewald Rifeser wins NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Non Pro

Several thousand visitors watched an exciting final in the 2014 NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Open and Non Pro, and in the end Europe’s most successful Reiner did it again: NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner earned his 7th Breeders Futurity Champion title! Aboard OT Gonna Walla Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x OT Taris Holly) he scored a 220.5 after a beautiful smooth run. With this stallion who was bred by Appaloosa SRL and is owned by Martina Hromadkova, Rudi already won the Polish Futurity.

Rudi Kronsteiner, who has won every Futurity in Europe at least once and is a triple  NRHA World Champion Open, was very happy about his success: “I never thought we could make it – the go rounds did not go well, and we had problems in the stops. So I had my assistant trainer Kim Obenhaus ride the stallion during the week very easily just to keep him relaxed. Today was the first time I rode him again, and everything worked out perfectly. Thank you Kim for your support – and a big thank you to my great team and especially to my wonderful wife.“

The Open Reserve Championship and the Limited Open Championship was claimed by  Alex Ripper who rode Hans-Peter Marquardt’s Guntinis Great Chex (The Great Guntini x Chexymatic) to a 220. The mare bred by Greenway Stables had been second after the go roundes. Guntinis Great Chex was trained by her owner until this January when he moved her to Alex‘ place. “This mare is a great horse,“ said Alex Ripper. “She had a perfect run. All I had wanted was to get another 218.5 like in the second go round, but the final turned out to be even better!“

There was a tie on second place in the Ltd. Open between Volker Schmitt  aboard Spark N Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty, owner Claudia Klucsarits) and Klaus Lechner aboard KH Whiz Master (Topsail Whiz x Jacs Barbara Star, owner Klaus Lechner), who scored a 218 each.

Ewald Rifeser wins Non Pro, Kerstin Lill the Ltd. Non Pro
With a score of 217.5, Ewald Rifeser and the 4-year-old AQHA mare Wimpys Lil Shiner (Wimpys Little Step x Sassys Shine) claimed the Breeders Futurity Championship Bit Non Pro. Wimpys Lil Shiner who was 6th at the NRHA European Futurity and ARTA Maturity Non Pro Champion 2014, had already dominated the second go round. The mare is owned by Petra Rifeser-Burger.  It was another huge success in a great year for Ewald Rifeser whose achievements this year include the  NRHA Breeders Derby Non Pro Championship.

„Kreuth seems to fit me,“ said Ewald Rifeser laughing. “First the Breeders Derby – now the Futurity. It’s fantastic! This mare is such a calm, honest horse. Jonathan Gauthier trained her, and I rode her in Oklahoma for the first time when she was three. We placed 6th at the European Futurity and third at the AustrianRHA Futurity.“

The Reserve Champion title  Non Pro as well as the Ltd. Non Pro Championship went to Kerstin Lill aboard Be Little Gun (Gatling Gun x Peppy B Little Sassy). The stallion bred by  Beate Hassdenteufel was 2014 Reserve Bronze Trophy Champion Non Pro in Mooslargue.

Reserve Champion in Ltd. Non Pro and third in Non Pro was Austrian Sandra Friesenbiller aboard her Shine N Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Spark N Pretty). With this stallion whom she bred herself, Sandra Friesenbiller was 2013 AustrianHA Futurity Champion Non Pro Level 3 and 4 NRHA European Affiliate Champion SBH Non Pro, 2014 ARHA Reserve Futurity Champion and NRHA European Futurity Finalist.

October 10: Guy Zemah claims NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Championship SBH Open and Ltd. Open

On Friday night, the best 3-year-old horses met again in Kreuth for the NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity final in the SBH Open and Non Pro. The top 15 plus ties had made it to the final, for which at least a 214 had to be earned in the Open. Seldom had there been so many visitors in the huge Ostbayernhalle on a Friday night, and they were rewarded by an exciting Open final which ended with Guy Zemah (ISR) and the Lil Dunit Smart (Lil Peppy Dunit Right x Smart Katy Rio) claiming the NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Championship SBH Open and Ltd. Open. The gelding who was bred by Christine Bayer and is owned by Gunther Klose, had already had the third highest score of the go round. In the final, he showed a brilliant, wonderfully smooth run with fast turnarounds and great stops. They left the arena with a 223, which was Guy’s first NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Champion title.

“I am so happy – I’ve been working for this for the last ten years,“ said Guy Zemah who bought the gelding as a Non Pro horse for the owner’s daughter and broke and trained him. “This is a great horse, and he has been good all week long. He was ready when we got here, and all I had to do was keep him as fresh as possible. He was fantastic! But I’d like to say thank you as well to my team – you are the best! And thank you to my customers.“

In the Open, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and multiple Breeders Futurity Champion Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) and Chex Out My Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Mrs Chexinic) owned by Dorothee Hess-Leitmeier became Reserve Champion. The two had scored a 220 with a brilliant ride. The horse was bred by Nedpoint QH.

In the Ltd. Open, Dominik Reminder (GER) and Starlight Mercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Achy Braky Me) placed second scoring a 218,5. The horse was bred by  Bob Loomis and is owned by Luigi Parise.

Bon Tun Runner and Jan Griesen win Breeders Futurity SBH Non Pro

15 horses had made it to the NRHA Breeders Futurity SBH Non Pro final, and in the end, it was the leader of the go round who also dominated the final. As the last rider, Jan Griesen (Germany) and his Bon Tun Runner (RS Bon Ton Jac x Okies Bright Star) risked everything both on the circles and the run downs earning a 215 after three brilliant stops and claiming the Championship both in Non Pro and Ltd. Non Pro. Two riders tied for Reserve Championship honours: Fabienne Suter (Switzerland) aboard SL Wild Spook (Smart Spook x Wild Sister) and Marina Becker aboard Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Rome). Both had earned a 212.5.

Bon Tun Runner was bred by Wilhelm Hoelken. The 3-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding who was trained by Dominik Reminder and then by Lukas Brucek, had become Belgian Futurity Champion Non Pro with his owner only two weeks before Kreuth and placed fourth in the Open with Brucek in the saddle. “That was my greatest success so far,” said Jan.“I got him only four weeks ago. He is such a great horse – very easy to ride and always trying to please you.“

Fabienne Suter and her stallion who was bred by Sandra Linnig-Föhl, were 2014 AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist. The 26-year old is a multiple Swiss Reining Champion and represented her country several times on an international level. Fabienne and Daniel Arnold were the only two Non Pros who had two horses each in the final. Marina Becker had shown Walla Whiz Crome (breeder Michel Rose) at the 2014 NRHA Breeders Derby for the first time winning the NRHA SBH 3YO Non Pro.

October 8: These are the Bit Open and Non Pro Futurity Finalists -
Francesco Martinotti and Claudio Risso leading after go-rounds

After the second go round of the NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Open and Non Pro, here are the finalists for Saturday at Kreuth. In the Open, the top 15 plus ties made it to the final, in the Non Pro the top 12 plus ties.  In the Open and Ltd. Open Go round  Francesco Martinotti took the lead aboard Stefano Ronco’s Mcsurprisemesailor (Frozen Sailor x MRH Doctor N Lynx, 435), with Alex Ripper and Hans Peter Marquardt’s Guntinis Great Chex placing second (432,5).

Francesco Martinotti and Mcsurprisesailor who were 2014 ARHA Futurity and APCR Futurity Open finalists, had had the best run of the first go round scoring a 218.5 with Volker Schmitt and Spark N Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty, owner Claudia Klucsarits) following on second place (217.5).

Dominik Reminder rides Highscore in second Go Round Bit Open Futurity
Scoring a 220, Dominik Reminder and RS Cuba Libre Jac won the second go round of the Breeders Futurity Bit Open and Limited Open. NRHA European Futurity finalist RS Cuba Libre Jac is by RS Great Jac Feona out of RS Red Moon Olena and is owned by Luga QH. Alex Ripper and Guntinis Great Chex (The Great Guntini x Chexymatic), owned by Hans-Peter Marquardt, followed on second place scoring a 218.5.

Claudio Risso and Ewald Rifeser dominate Non Pro go rounds
In the Non Pro Bit, multiple NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Non Pro Claudio Risso took the lead aboard his RS Cosmopolitan Lena scoring a total of 423.5. With this mare by Spat Olena out of  RS Foxy Jacs, past NRHA World Champion Non Pro Claudio Risso was 2013 IRHA Futurity Res. Champion Non Pro.

Ewald Rifeser and Wimpys Lil Shiner (Wimpys Little Step x Sassys Shine) place second in total ranking soring a 422. The two had had the best run of the second go with Roger Winkler and Guns Glamor Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x CR Guns Fancy) following (212,5). Wimpys Lil Shiner was 6th at the 2014 NRHA European Futurity and ARTA Maturity Non Pro Champion.

The SBH finals are scheduled for Friday afternoon and night, the Bit finals for Saturday afternoon and night. There will be a livescore on of course.

October 7: These are the SBH Open and Non Pro Finalists – Grischa Ludwig dominates Open Go Round, Jan Griesen the Non Pro

(Kreuth / Ramona Billing) The SBH Open Futurity Go round was won by 2013 NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Open Grischa Ludwig aboard Suisse Chocolate (von Chocolate Chic Olena) who scored a 220.5 in a field of 32. Grischa also managed to ride SL Customized Grace for Adrienne Speidel on 7th place scoring a 215.5. He and Stephan Rohde were the only ones who have got two horses for the final on Friday now. At least a 214 was necessary to make it to the final in the Open, in the Limited Open at least a 212.5 had to be earned.

“I rode Suisse Chocolate for the second time here,” said Grischa Ludwig who is now the co-owner of the horse together with Markus Nuyken (Lope In).  “I did not know what to expect of him, but he was great – in the show ring even better than during the warm up outside. He really surprised me with his fast spins.”

Grischa Ludwig saw Suisse Chocolate for the first time right after the European Derby and liked him at once. “He was trained by my friend Luis Kompatscher who did a great job with this horse. But of course every trainer is an individual and you have to find out about his methods if you get a new horse. Bit I am very adaptable, so everything worked out fine.”

Altogether, Grischa Ludwig really liked the SBH Futurity Go Round. “I’m happy of course as I’ve got two horses in the final. It was a pity I didn’t make it with my third horse as this is one of the best 3-year-olds I ever rode. He crossfired after the lead change and I could not get him back again in  time. But things like this happen, and there is always another show.”

“I’m really excited about the final on Friday – I’m sure that will be a very special one, as I’ve seldom seen so many excellent 3-year-olds in the go rounds. Also, most of the trainers took it easy in the SBH Open go round and did not ask too much of their young horses. So the scores did not go up the way they did in former year. But wait until Friday….”

Gennaro Lendi and Claudio Risso’s RS Starfighter Lena (Spat Olena x RS Cherry Miss Jac) placed second in the SBH Open scoring a 218.5 with Guy Zemah and Lil Dunit Smart (Lil Peppy Dunit Right x Smart Katy Rio, owner Gunther Klose) following on third place scoring a 218. This was also the lead in the Limited Open with Lukas Brucek and KD Gotasparklinwhiz (owner Kelly Deelen, 217) following on second place.

Jan Griesen and Bon Ton Runner win Non Pro and Ltd. Non Pro Go Round

The SBH Futurity Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Go Round was dominated by Jan Griesen aboard Bon Ton Runner (RS Bon Ton Jac x Okies Bright Star) who scored a 212 in a field of 36. The 3-year-old AQHA gelding won the Belgian Futurity only 2 weeks before the Breeders Futurity. Marina Becker and her Walla Whiz Crome (by Walla Walla Whiz) placed second scoring a 211, with Silvia Welz and Jacselectricshootoff following on third place (210.5). Altogether, the top 15 plus ties made it to the final.

The SBH Futurity Final is scheduled for Friday, October 10 with the Non Pro final starting in the afternoon and the Open final following in the evening.

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Heritage Futurity Results – Leclair and McCutcheon are Champions

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Coded N Karma ridden by Jared Leclair - 2014 Heritage Futurity(Open Futurity)

Coded N Karma ridden by Jared Leclair – 2014 Heritage Futurity (Open Futurity)

It all came down to the last drag at the Second Annual Heritage Futurity on Saturday, October 4 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Leading the 64 horse field with  scores of 147 were Sam Schaffhauser on Dun Tinkering Around owned by McQuay Stables and Stefano Calcagnini on Shannon Reid’s Shinestein.

Then Jared Leclair rode in on Coded N Karma, a gelding by Electric Code out of Whiz N Snap. In Jared’s words, the gelding was “really quiet and easy to show” and the judges rewarded the run with a score of 148, good for the Open Level 4 Championship.

“It’s neat to train and ride one that is by a horse I trained and rode,” said Jared, referring to his sire, Electric Code. “Because I knew his dad so well, I knew I could trust him – I just know their personalities and what they’re good at and I can enhance all they do.”

Coded N Karma is owned by Robert and Robbin Thayn of Oxford, Nebraska. For the win he earned $7,129 and a trophy saddle compliments of Kyle Tack.

The Reserve title in the Level 4 Open ended in a tie between Schaffhauser on Dun Tinkering (Hollywood Dun It X Whiz N Snap) and Calcagnini on Shinestein (Einsteins Revolution X Shiney O Lady).  Each horse earned $3797.

Sam Schaffhauser - Dun Tinkering Win Intermediate Open

Sam Schaffhauser – Dun Tinkering
Win Intermediate Open

Sam Schaffhauser – Dun Tinkering – Win Intermediate Open
Sam Schaffhauser and Dun Tinkering won the Intermediate Open Championship, collecting another $3,374. Sam noted, “Tim (McQuay) raised ‘Tinker’ and he’s a really nice horse – real feely – and he is getting really broke.”

It was the second event for Tinker. Schaffhauser had shown him at the Tulsa Reining Classic but “he slowed down too hard in a transition and the penalties got him.”

At the Heritage Futurity, he was, in Sam’s words, “really good all the way and through all the maneuvers. We’ll have a couple of things to work on but he’s just getting more broke. We’ll show him at the Southwest Futurity and then at Oklahoma City.”

Schaffhauser also noted that he was most appreciative of Tim McQuay for letting him show this caliber of horse.

The Reserve Championship in the Intermediate Open ended in a tie at 146.5 between Luke Gagnon on Styled Up Juice (Smart Like Juice X Shining In Style) owned by Belar Farms and Patti Brownshadel on her Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz). Each earned $1,797 for the tie.

Patti Brownshadel - Magnetised Win Limited Open

Patti Brownshadel – Magnetised
Win Limited Open

Patti Brownshadel – Magnetised – Win Limited Open
It was a good day for Patti Brownshadel and Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz)! Not only did their score of 146.5 win the Heritage Futurity Limited Open Championship and $1,668. Her reserve in the Intermediate and fourth place tie in the Open boosted her total earnings to $5,790!

“I just love this horse,” she said shortly after the event when talking about Magnetised or “Player” as she calls him, the first futurity baby by her stallion, Im The Chic Magnet. “He’s got the brains, personality and talent and he looks like a 6-year-old! He’s just never had a bad day – he never says ‘no’ to me!”

Obviously excited about the chestnut stallion, it was easy to forget the difficult week Patti had gone through. She had actually passed out during an early morning schooling ride. A check with her physician found the cause to be an error in the dosage instructions for a medicine. She was assured that she would be back to normal… in a few days. But she was so weak she had doubts and scratched every class until the futurity.

Luckily she had a great support team in an exceptional group of Non Pros and her husband, Elton. “They helped with everything all week,” she noted. She added that friend, Trey Pool, had also encouraged her “from day one!”

The Reserve Championship in the Limited Open went to Abigayle Mixon on Miss Mcdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream X Lipstick Jungle) owned by the Sather Family Partnership of Manson, Washington. Their score of 146 earned $1015.

MJG Colonel Dry ridden by Mandy McCutcheon - 2014 Heritage Futurity((Non Pro Futurity)

MJG Colonel Dry ridden by Mandy McCutcheon – 2014 Heritage Futurity((Non Pro Futurity)

Mandy McCutcheon Takes Heritage Futurity Non Pro on MJG Colonel Dry
Mandy McCutcheon didn’t let the fact that she’d never ridden MJG Colonel Dry until four days before stop her from riding him to the Heritage Futurity Non Pro Level 4 Championship on October 5!

She said, “My schedule this fall, with the World Equestrian Games and everything else has been so busy I haven’t been able to bet to the 3-year-olds.”

Luckily for Mandy, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center  is a great venue offering plenty of places to school and the Heritage Futurity schedule provided optimum schooling time. Her parents Tim and Colleen McQuay own the gelding by Gunner and out of MJG Hollywood Dry so McQuay Stables Assistant Trainers Sam Schaffhauser and Lars Mortenson had done the riding on him.

“Sam has actually ridden him the most,” she said, then added. “It did take him a day to figure out my short legs versus Sam’s legs.”

With that  done, the next task was getting him shown and the NRHA’s only Non Pro $2 Million rider showed why she has garnered such a record! Her efforts resulted in a score of 144, to top the class, earn $3,914 and a saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack.

The McQuays purchased the good gelding from John and Mary Wade Gilbert , who raised him. “We wanted him to have a good go today and he did everything right,” said Mandy. “I’m not sure yet whether Cade or I will ride him at the NRHA Futurity, but I know he’ll want him, now!”

Dun Alotta Chics ridden by James T Morgan - 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

Dun Alotta Chics ridden by James T Morgan – 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

Keepyourgunsloaded ridden by Shelby E. Reine - 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

Keepyourgunsloaded ridden by Shelby E. Reine – 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

The Reserve Championship ended in a two-way tie at 143.5 between Shelby Reine of Laplace, Louisiana on Keepyourgunsloaded and Dr. Jim Morgan of Pilot Point, Texas on Dun Alotta Chics. Each earned $2,270.

The same riders who won the Level 4 Reserve Championship were also entered in the Level 3 so that Intermediate Non Pro event ended with a duet of champions, as well. Each earned an additional $1,713.

Jim Morgan has been a consistent winner in NRHA Non Pro competition for decades and the dollars collected at Katy unofficially pushed him past $800,000 in career earnings!

Morgan was showing Dun Alotta Chics (Magnum Chic Dream X A Lotta Dun It) for the very first time at the Heritage Futurity. He had been in Canada this summer judging a show when Ruben Vandorp called him from the Summer Slide. “He said he’d found me a horse,” Jim remembers. “I said, “Well buy him for me!”

Fast forward a few months and a horse fell on Jim, breaking his shoulder and necessitating surgery that left him with a plate and 6 screws. “The doctor said I couldn’t show until October 2. On October 3, Jim used the Novice Horse class as an opportunity to prepare for the Futurity, showing the palomino gelding one-handed. He tied for the class win, and felt prepared for the Futurity.

“He is a fun horse – easy to ride and easy to show – pretty uncomplicated. I’m living the dream of improving with each ride – both me and him. He’s maturing and did everything a little better today.” Morgan also mentioned that he appreciated the help of a couple trainers who came to him and gave him some tips on riding the Magnum Chic Dreams. “I’ve got great friends that help me like that!”

Jim’s partner in the tie, Shelby Reine of Laplace, Louisiana, also claimed the Level 2 Championship on Keepyourgunsloaded (Hes A Loaded Gun X Toodie Star), adding another $860 to her earnings at the Heritage Futurity.

A Non Pro with Sebastian Petrol, she has had a more than successful career in reining, most recently making the Level 4 Non Pro Finals at the National Reining Breeders Classic and claiming a Top 5 slot at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show.

For the gelding she calls “Load”, stopping is a strength that helped him attain the high score. She got him in April and rode him during the summer but this was his very first show. More than pleased with the result, she shared that the next stop is the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and then the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Michael Garnett of Lincoln, Nebraska, rode his wife, Joanne’s horse, Snoop Around (Walla Walla Whiz X Sneaking Out Tonight) to a score of 142.5 to earn the Level 2 Reserve Championship, and a check for $591.


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