The Second Annual Wild Card Reining Challenge, Las Vegas

The 2017 Wild Card Reining Challenge and Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity at the incredible South Point Arena, Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada marked a successful second year when it increased an overall 85%. That large jump wasn’t quite expected, but was a huge blessing and an indication that this new event is being welcomed with open arms by the reining community. The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a game changer for reining horses and their riders. The focus on the 4 year old Reiner with huge payouts, educational seminars and a fun, family friendly environment drew participants from all over the U.S., Canada and even spectators from England and the Netherlands.

The show started out with two slates of NRHA Affiliate Qualifiers under the Desert Reining Horse Association. Dunit In Wranglers with rider owner Melissa Wigen from Plain City Utah won both slates of the Novice Horse Level 2 Non Pro and ultimately the High Point Championship. Melissa’s accomplishments in the show pen are remarkable considering that not long ago she had a devastating horse accident which has resulted in multiple surgeries. Just eight weeks prior to the Wild Card event Melissa was in surgery once again. Not only has she had to recover physically, but regain her self-confidence. Her horse Dunit In Wranglers has given Melissa that confidence and she is so very grateful. “I have a nice horse and I am thankful everything came together,” states Wigen. “I absolutely love Brumley shows. The staff treats their exhibitors so nicely. They put so much work into the ground and you can tell that they care about their exhibitors. The prizes are also over the top. Brumley events are by far my favorite shows.”

Rookie competition was tough. “The Rookie and Green divisions are some of my favorites,” commented Amanda Brumley, producer of the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “I love to see new faces in our sport, as the grass roots of our industry are vital to its success.” Newcomer to the Reining world is Wendy Claus from Scottsdale, Arizona. Wendy spent 30 years riding cutting horses. The Wild Card was Wendy’s fifth reining competition. Wendy and her horse Drag N Tail swept the DRHA Rookie division winning the High Point Championship custom trophy buckle and Bob’s Custom Trophy Saddle. Wendy was also Reserve High Point Champion DRHA Green As Grass and Green Reiner. “We bred and raised my horse Drag N Tail (a.k.a. Batman)” states Claus. “In fact I showed his dam and grand-dam in cuttings as far back as 1984. It’s incredibly rewarding to have this line of horses in my own family for more than 30 years. The only saddle I own is a cutting saddle, so it definitely was a dream come true to win my very own Bob’s Custom Reining saddle in Vegas!”

Another highlight of BMG Events is the Non Pro Maturity, sponsored by SmartPak. The Maturity offers horses 7 years of age and older, Arabian 6 years of age and older, a place to shine. Kevin Rosenbaum from Scottsdale, Arizona and his steady-Eddie gelding Rolex N Chex claimed the Championships in the Level 4, 3, and 2 divisions winning a total of $1,384.44, three trophy buckles, custom trophies, ribbons, and lots of horse cookies. “We really appreciate that these events run so smoothly,” states Rosenbaum. “I’d like to thank BMG Events for being the first to create a special event for the 4 year olds, while also making the maturity an important part of all your shows. Thank you to Brumley Management and the amazing sponsors that make these prizes possible.”

Friday, May 26th started at 9:00AM with two million dollar NRHA Professional Jordan Larson’s Reining Seminar. The focus was on correcting the problem often seen with horses in the run down to the stop. Jordan worked with two horses, generously donated by Muehlstaetter Performance Horses for use in the seminar. Jordan presented in detail the ways he works with horses that do not “rate” down to the stop and his training routine to teach the horse to listen to his legs and hands. The seminar was free to all who attended and broadcast live over the internet via HorseShowGlobal.com, production by Classic Video.

Following the Jordan Larson Seminar the youth riders performed at their best impressing everyone with such young talent. Kaylee Naylor is a frequent face in the reining pen and a tough competitor winning both slates of Youth 14 – 18 and placing second and third on her other two horses. Kaylee’s success led to High Point Champion on Spookamatic, Reserve High Point on Spooks Dunit and third on Hezza Rowdy Whiz. Kaylee’s excitement was overflowing after her wins. “The show was amazing and I can’t wait for next year! My horses were amazing for me and I can’t wait for High Roller. I got the privilege to show both of my dad’s derby horses and they were so good (considering I was so nervous).”  “Kaylee is an exceptional athlete and person,” states Amanda Brumley. “I have watched her grow up from a little girl to an extraordinary young woman. I am happy for her success.”

The excitement grew with the approach of the Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Non Pro Futurity and 4 Year Old Stakes. Two time NRHA Level 4 Non Pro Futurity Champion Tish Fappani, Scottsdale, Arizona, and her gelding Fun Sized, Tinker With Guns x Brennas Dream, by Magnum Chic Dream entered the show pen looking cool and collected. When the dust settled the pair marked a 214.5 to win the Level 4 and 3 Futurity and Stakes divisions winning a total paycheck of $20,755. Tish was shocked by the payout and thrilled with her little horse. “Miles, (Fun Sized), was not shown as a 3 year old due to an injury. He has always been small. My son Luca named him Fun Sized, which is so appropriate,” Tish laughs. “I didn’t get to come last year. Miles is so kind minded, but green. Coming into this show I didn’t enter the Stakes divisions thinking he could not be competitive. I’m glad I was talked into it.” Tish continued to state “I love this 4 year old concept. The Futurity eligibility is so good to level the playing field for horses just like Miles, while the Stakes is open to all 4 year olds giving them their own showcase event. It’s great for our industry and our horses.” Tish went on to thank Tamarack Ranch for their support of the concept and the show. “On top of the prize money, I won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Custom Reiner Trophy, beautiful buckle, SmartPak horse cooler and lots of cookies for Miles. Down time was great too. We had time to spend hanging at the pool with the boys, go to dinner and even see a show. Great event!”

Tish Fappani wasn’t the only big winner. Janelle Flaherty from Scottsdale, Arizona entered her father-in-law’s home bred horse Walla Walla Lil Pep, Walla Walla Whiz x Juanita Chic Olena, and was reserve Level 4 and Level 3, champion Level 2 and Level 1 in the Futurity divisions winning $14,346.80. However, unlike Tish, Janelle didn’t cross enter into the Stakes, which if she had would have won approximately another $9,000. When asked about it Janelle simply stated, “I actually didn’t plan on showing him at all. Couple days prior to the competition, my husband Patrick and I were sitting in one of the bars here at South Point talking about it with my father in law Steve. We decided to go for it. I didn’t bring any of my show cloths so I borrowed hat, chaps, shirt from friends,” laughing. “I had a nice quiet ride which turned out to be quite the payday,” states Flaherty. She continues, “The 4 year old futurity option is so important for horses not ready as a 3 year old (to show) for whatever reason. This can only do good things for the industry.” The Prima Ballerina, Topsail Whiz x Dancer Nic, owned and ridden by Jennifer Gilliam from Pine Grove, California was reserve Champion in the Level 4 and 3 Stakes, and Champion Level 2. Jennifer and her mare added another $7,744.50 to their life time earnings.

Saturday morning the “Inside the Mind of An NRHA Judge” with Jody Brainard seminar on the South Point arena concourse had a standing room only crowd. Exhibitors got a chance to review video clips of runs, were presented with examples of how maneuvers are marked on the score sheet, and had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. “When I came up with the concept of this event I knew what my goals were. I wanted a showcase event for 4 year old reining horses, and learning opportunities for exhibitors. My plan is to have these seminars grow as the event grows. They are extremely valuable. I can’t thank Jordan and Jody enough for generously donating their time as presenters,” states Brumley.

Saturday afternoon’s showcase event, the Tamarack Ranch Open 4 Year Old Futurity and Open 4 Year Old Stakes was a reining and spectator experience to remember. The sizable number of entries and new faces to BMG events competed for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. Forty Six horses were set to compete, but the atmosphere was calm, cool and collected. Draw 21, Gabe Hutchins riding the Tamarack Ranch, Joseph Oregon, entry Ladi With A Gun, Gunner x Easy Lil Lady, hoped to repeat their 2016 Level 4 Futurity win. Hutchins had faith in the mare and that she could also be competitive in the Stakes. His faith paid off. The duo marked a 219.5 to tie for the championship with Andrea Fappani riding Legends West, Custom Legend x Western Whizzy, owned and raised by Scott Loughridge. Both horses earned checks for $6,692.76. But it doesn’t end there. Hutchins’ cross entry in the Stakes put him third in the Level 4 Open division adding another $1,800.17 for a total of $8,492.93 in prize money for the pretty bay mare. Hutchins showed another mount, Spookmon, Smart Spook x Brennas Red Dunit, marking a 221 to reserve champion Level 4 Open Stakes and additional paycheck of $2,769.50.

Level 3 Open Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity Champion, Hollywallawood, 2013 stallion, Walla Walla Whiz x Strike Like A Star, with rider Pierre-Luc Phaneuf from Whitesboro Texas for owner Guy Methot scored a 217 and a check for $4,923.40. As his friends affectionately call him ‘P-Luc’ was very pleased with his horse. “I couldn’t be happier with my run,” comments Phanueaf. “He was with me every step. I think the Wild Card Reining Challenge is a great concept for horses that weren’t ready their 3 year old year to have a chance to show their potential as 4 year olds. ‘Wally’ was a perfect candidate for this show. I am glad I was able to give him the chance to prove himself. He is a really nice horse. Definitely made my trip from Texas (to the event) worth every mile.” Benny Maddox rode Little Cannonball, Tinker With Guns x Chex Out The Cowgirl, bred and owned by Bill Coburn, Redding California, to win the Level 2 and 1 Open Futurity. Maddox’s wins earned him a check of $3,879.08. Patrick Flaherty brought Walla Walla Lil Pep back into the show pen after his wife’s big win the day prior to pick up another $5,675.59 which makes the Flaherty’s total win $20,022.39.

Andrea Fappani, Scottsdale Arizona, took the Level 4 Open Stakes Championship aboard Rancho Oso Rio’s entry Spooks Show Time, Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena, marking a 222.50 and earning $3,461.88. The Level 3 and 2 Open Stakes were dominated by assistant trainers of Martin Muehlstaetter, Muehlstaetter Performance Horses, Scottsdale Arizona. Lorinaldo Gomes, a native of Brazil, rode Gunners High Roller, Gunner x Yoplait Light, for owners Marc & Kathy Gordon to the Level 3 and 2 Championships receiving a check for $4,162.51. Marc and Kathy Gordon’s second entry piloted by Linde Von Koeding from Germany won both reserve titles and a check for $3,070.28. It was a great day in the Muehlstaetter barn!

Catching up with Four Million Dollar NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani after the event, he had this to say about the show. “Wild Card Reining Challenge is a great opportunity to showcase four year olds and build their confidence in the show pen. It’s a great facility and perfect time of year for young horses. The horse I Co-Championed on (Legends West) just wasn’t ready to take the pressure as a three year old. Waiting to show him proved to be the right decision. If I would have tried to show him too early I know it wouldn’t have been good for his confidence. Showing him at the Wild Card was the perfect start to his show career.”

Amanda Brumley, Event Producer, in summing things up said, “I want to thank our incredible sponsors who contribute to this event, South Point Arena, Tamarack Ranch, Markel, Lucas Oil, Silver Spurs Equine, Horse & Rider Magazine, SmartPak as well as the reining professionals and contestants for their continuous support BMG events. Most of all I want to thank my family for their endless support and faith in my sometimes scary ideas. Tracy and I have contributed over $80,000 in the past two years directly to this event. Why? We are not tremendously wealthy people, but we believe in this event and our industry enough to risk our own money. We love horses and this sport. We want positive growth, and to see the right things done for the industry’s participants. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity and with wonderful people in our lives.”

Requirement for eligibility to the Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity at the Wild Card Reining Challenge is:

A horse cannot have shown in any NRHA Category 2 three year old event. This is the only restriction for participation.

*Payouts are not confirmed until approved by the National Reining Horse Association.

Provided by: BMG Events
Performance photos courtesy of Waltenberry Photography
Candid photos courtesy of BMG Events

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Time to Ride’s Fourth Annual National Meet a Horse Day Set for July 22nd

Another year of celebrating the horse-human relationship and growing the equine community.

June 7, 2017, Georgetown, Texas - Across the United States, Time to Ride Challenge hosts are creating beginner-friendly events specifically for National Meet a Horse Day, July 22, 2017. Horse professionals nationwide will unite with the singular goal of helping new enthusiasts meet a horse for the very first time. Each event, with its own unique themes and activities, is created to attract anybody and everybody interested in discovering the joy of horses!

“Time to Ride wanted to create one exciting day that focuses entirely on the importance of introducing new people to horses,” says Christie Schulte, Marketing Manager. “The mission of the Challenge is to increase accessibility to the horse industry. National Meet a Horse Day is a celebration of the amazing hosts nationwide who are working hard to grow their local horse communities, and we invite all stables, events, and groups to join us! What better way to share our love of horses?”

For the last four years, National Meet a Horse Day has been a benchmark date for the Time to Ride Challenge, as the single day when the greatest number of new people are introduced to horses. Summer break, favorable weather, and proximity to back-to-school make the date the perfect time for families to connect with stables, and plan to add horse activities to their schedules. This year will be no different, and hosts nationwide are gearing up for a wave of aspiring horse enthusiasts to come participate in their beginner-friendly horse events.

Time to Ride encourages all horse professionals, groups, and businesses to consider joining National Meet a Horse Day by planning an outreach event. Each host who holds an event will receive a Time to Ride t-shirt.

Since 2014, the Challenge alone has introduced over 98,000 newcomers to the benefits and joys of horses. To learn more about becoming a Challenge host or plan a National Meet a Horse Day event, please visit https://www.timetoride.com/time-to-ride-challenge/. The Challenge runs through September 30th, and registration is free and open throughout. To learn more visit the website or contact info@timetoride.com.

Contact: Christie Schulte, christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

Photo and logo available upon request

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: American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, The Right Horse Initiative, US Equestrian, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

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.

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A New Era for Kiser Arena Specialists

Since 1987, Kiser Arena Specialists has filled the equine industry’s need as experts in riding surface development, arena equipment and footing education. From humble farming roots, the Kiser family found their way into the horse world competing in the American Quarter Horse and National Reining Horse Associations. Jim Kiser was a highly competitive youth rider and quickly gained accolades as a talented trainer with the support of his father Bob Kiser and mother Linda Kiser. Linda was actively involved at events working in the show office, and Bob found himself happy to cheer for and support Jim, however Bob felt somewhat idle compared to the long, hard hours of day to day life on his active Illinois farm. 

It was in 1987 at the National Reining Horse Futurity, Bob was asked to put his knowledge of soil and equipment to good use as the ground was in desperate need of help. This led to the birth of the most comprehensive tool known today in equine footing management, the Kiser DragMaster™. Kiser Arena Specialists developed a business to deliver the right tools and footing advice through consultation and construction not only for competition arenas but for all equine enthusiasts. Bob Kiser’s work in the industry brought him recognition and an induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2011 along with the opportunity to develop the footing for the World Equestrian Games.

In 2007, a partnership formed between ABI Attachments, Inc. and Kiser Arena Specialists to make the Kiser arena equipment line available on a larger scale. The partnership grew in market share throughout the United States and internationally as a comprehensive arena maintenance line was developed for arenas and facilities of all sizes.

In 2017, Bob and Jim Kiser felt the desire to again focus more intently on the development of unique products for the footing needs of all equine arenas. As a result of their vision, they left the partnership with ABI Attachments, Inc. to focus on the true core mission of Kiser Arena Specialists.

The mission at Kiser Arena Specialists is to continually develop innovative solutions for the needs of all equine owners and the safety and performance of horses. It is with renewed energy and true passion for education and creation that Kiser Arena Specialists looks forward to the future. Kiser Arena Specialists will continue to provide the best competition surfaces through competition footing management. Individuals and facilities can take advantage of customized footing consultation with a comprehensive line of barn and arena products. Finally, the Kisers’ are excited to create a new generation of arena tools that set a higher standard for arena maintenance.

For further information about what Kiser Arena Specialists offers today and what the future holds, contact Courtney Stevens at cstevens@kiserarenaspecialists.com or (940) 665-8058.

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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Baker is New Reining Horse Foundation Executive Director

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 7, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announces it has hired Leslie Baker of Edmond, Okla., to serve as the first executive director of its charitable arm, the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). In addition, she will work on special NRHA communications projects.

Baker has been serving as a consultant for the Foundation since 2015, producing the Fifty for Fifty fundraising concert and dinner in conjunction with the NRHA Futurity 50th anniversary. In addition, she has helped guide the RHF through strategic planning, governance updates, and rebranding. She has overseen the launch of the Reiners Club, a new annual giving program, and Reining Boot Camps, a major annual fundraising event series that supports the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund.

“Leslie has demonstrated the ability to work closely with our committed volunteers to help the Reining Horse Foundation establish goals and work to achieve them,” said NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter. “We have a high regard for the professionalism and leadership she brings to NRHA and the Foundation.”

Baker has a long history of working with nonprofit organizations, including several in the equine and western lifestyle industry. In 2016, she obtained her Certification in Nonprofit Management from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. She is a graduate of Iowa State University.

The mission of the Reining Horse Foundation is caring for the reining community and honoring the sport’s legacy. Core programs include the Crisis Fund benefiting reiners enduring medical hardships, accidents and disasters; youth scholarships; and the NRHA Hall of Fame.

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NRHA Collegiate Judging Contest returns for 2017

For immediate release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 6, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the return of the Collegiate Judging Contest at the 2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show.

The contest will return with a few changes from its layout in previous years, with the biggest changes being the creation of a junior and senior division and the opportunity for each college to bring up to two teams per division. Contestants will complete a penalty clip test, rulebook test, and judge two sets of ten live runs during the NRHA Open Level 4 Semi-Finals at the Futurity.

“This contest allows us to support an important sector of the equine industry. These contestants are about to enter a new phase of their life in the work force, and any opportunity we have to expose them to high level reining, judging, and scribing, the more likely we are to have them continue to be involved with NRHA and the sport of reining,” said Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing & Communications at NRHA.

During the contest, the senior division will scribe for the junior division and vice versa, with scribe pairs being predetermined prior to the start of the competition. An awards breakfast will be held the following morning to announce placings and celebrate the winners.

For more information, please contact Hayley Eberle at heberle@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400. Entry forms can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.

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. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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Nation’s Best Young Equestrians Head to Oklahoma City for the 2017 IEA Western National Finals

Columbus, Ohio – June 2, 2017 – Nearly 200 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians will converge in Oklahoma in July to compete for top prizes in the 2017 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Western National Finals.  The 2017 Western National Finals will once again be held at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on July 1 and 2. Sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the competition will run in conjunction with the NRHADerby. IEA Western riders will display their talents in Reining and Horsemanship, as individuals and teams during the two-day event. 

Judging the IEA Western Finals will be Gretchen Mathes of Harwinton, Connecticut and Chele McGauly of Elm Grove, Louisiana.  Both judges are AQHA and NRHA certified and provide a wealth of judging and showing experience. Additional show officials include Stewards, Megan Taylor (IHSA Board Member) and Bryan Bradley (IHSA Coach), Show Committee Chairpersons, Roxane Durant (IEA Executive Director), Todd Knerr (NRHA Show Manager), and Hayley Eberle (NRHA Marketing & Outreach Manager).  Announcing the competition will be John Bahret with photography provided by Waltenberry, Inc. and videography provided by Equine Promotions.  Complete live streaming of the 2017 IEA Western National Finals will be available online and offered at no cost to viewers with links available atwww.equinepromotion.com and www.rideiea.org.

Competition Schedule

Friday, June 30

  • Schooling of all Horses

Saturday, July 1

  • 6:00am Schooling of Reining Horses
  • 6:30am Coaches Meeting & Draw for Reining Classes
  • 7:00am Competition Begins – Western Individual Reining
  • 11:30am IEA/NRHyA Welcome Party
  • 2:00pm Horseman’s Knowledge Test (presented by The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.)                                    
  • 4:00pm (approximately) Competition Resumes
    Western Individual Horsemanship
  • Awards Presentation

Sunday, July 2

  • 8:00am Schooling of Reining Horses
  • 8:45am Coaches Meeting & Draw for Reining Classes
  • 9:00am Competition Begins – Western Team Finals
    Western Team Reining
    Western Team Horsemanship
    Parade of Teams
  • Awards Presentation

The IEA Western Finals competition and events are supported by the NRHA and, importantly, major assistance from the following horse providers: West Texas A&M, Halvorson Ranch, Red Dirt Riders, OK 007, Taylor Equine, Robinson Equine, Sassy Senoritas, Schwarz Reiners, Casey Hinton Quarter Horse/Cedar Ridge Ranch, Lipps Horse Training, Sliding K Performance Horses, Mike Keller, andJD/Stacey Roberson.

This is really a special event for our IEA riders because these youngsters get to compete in the same venue at the same time that the world’s best professional and non-pro western riders ride for big prizes and world-wide recognition. The excitement of the competitions transcends multiple generations and isn’t that great for equestrian sport,” said Myron Leff, IEA Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer.

Because only a fraction of the IEA’s 13,500 riders qualify for the National Finals, it is important to provide the Western Finals in real-time with live-streaming and archive viewing to the other riders, families, friends and supporters from across the world. NRHA and Equine Promotions will provide the technical capabilities so IEA’s diverse audience can enjoy the Finals competition.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States.  The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. No rider needs to own a horse because the IEA provides a mount and tack for each equestrian at every event. For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org.

CONTACT:
Myron Leff, IEA Chief Marketing & Operating Officer
614-460-3532/myron@rideiea.com
Kimber Whanger, Communications Coordinator
614-542-9415/kimber@rideiea.org

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

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Newest NRHA Corporate Partner: Tom McCutcheon Virtual Horse Help/WorldWide Slide

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 02, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has announced its newest corporate partner, Tom McCutcheon’s Virtual Horse Help (VHH) and WorldWide Slide (WWS). The WWS and VHH team paired with NRHA promises to bring more exposure to the sport, its horses and riders through cooperative promotional and educational efforts.

“Through this partnership, we will be able to increase the exposure of NRHA and share the wonderful stories of our horses and riders,” says Sammi Miller, Director of Corporate Relations. “Our (NRHA and WWS/VHH) common goal is to promote and grow the sport of reining by focusing on the sport’s achievements, inside and outside of the arena.”

Tom McCutcheon said, “It’s exciting to partner with the NRHA, especially at this level. We are looking forward to working together.”

VHH/WWS managing partner Cheryl Magoteaux Cody added, “We provide a cohesive news and learning resource for the reining industry and our goal is to work with the association to bring more information to reining participants and fans worldwide.” She added, “A priority is to showcase the entire array of riders and performance – from Green to Level 4 Open!”

Focusing on all levels of competition is a formula that was tested and found to be sound at the recent National Reining Breeders Classic. At that event, the VHH Video team shot and posted over 70 videos which included interviews with the winners or not only the high profile event but also of every ancillary class. The result was over 450,000 views of the videos plus well over 7 million total impressions.

Cody summarized, “I have always believed that everyone has a story. We love giving reiners an opportunity to share their stories and from the response we are getting, people love hearing and reading about them.”

More about WWS and VHH

Tom McCutcheon’s VHH was established in 2010 and provides online access to reining industry event coverage with highlights, results, and interviews plus tips from and insights with some of the top professionals in the NRHA. In just seven years, VHH has become one of the most focal media outlets covering reining and the NRHA worldwide.

WWS was founded by Pro Management, Inc. in 2014 to bring the news of the reining industry, including event coverage, to reining enthusiasts everywhere. WWS distributes the news free to nearly 25,000 email addresses every other Wednesday. Pro Management, owned by award-winning writer and photographer Cheryl Magoteaux Cody, is also known for running events and day-to-day business for the National Reining Breeders Classic, Tulsa Reining Classic, Southwest Reining Horse Association and USA Reining.

In early 2017, WWS and VHH merged to increase their effectiveness in keeping fans up-to-date on the latest happenings in the reining horse industry through emails, social media, online learning, news videos, and much more. The combined entity is now headquartered at the Pro Management offices in Byars, Oklahoma.

For more information visit www.virtualhorse.com or www.worldwideslide.com.

More about NRHA
Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association has promoted and encourage the development and enjoyment of the sport of Reining for more than 50 years. During the celebration of the 50th anniversary NRHA Futurity in 2016, NRHA leveraged its media, digital and social properties for more than 2.4 million total impressions, more than 535,000 views of daily top runs and daily diaries, and more than 500,000 viewers of three NRHA Futurity episodes produced by NRHA Inside Reining and aired on RFD-TV. Real-time online scoring and standings, plus video and photo galleries featuring winners of Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championship classes helped showcase the horses and riders that make reining an exhilarating sport.

On a daily basis, NRHA takes pride in offering revolutionary programs and top-notch events for more than 15,000 members in 40 countries while providing the framework for a fun-filled, family-oriented atmosphere. More information on its shows and programs, like the upcoming NRHA Derby, can be found at www.nrha.com.

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SmartPak is Now Just a Text Away!

SmartPak introduces a new level of stellar customer service experiences.

PLYMOUTH, MA – May 30, 2017 – SmartPak is once again revolutionizing customer service and making life in the barn easier than ever – the company is excited to announce that they are now offering texting for all customers! Have a supplement question? Ask SmartPak’s Supplement TEXTperts! Need to order more fly spray? SmartPak’s just a text away!

“Since the beginning, we’ve prided ourselves in providing knock-your-socks-off  customer services for both riders and their horses,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “As a company of riders, we know you want to spend your free time in the saddle, not on the computer. That’s why we’re thrilled to once again be offering our exceptional customer service in an even more convenient method of communication. Now our smarts are not just at your service, they’re in your pocket!”

SmartPak has always been known for providing world-class customer service. In addition to always exclusively hiring riders and horse owners who truly understand the joys and struggles of life in the barn, SmartPak is committed to providing a team of true Supplement Experts and Product Specialists.

“Every month, the Customer Care team undergoes hours of continuing education in horse health, nutrition, and supplements, as well as seasonal training on the latest tack, equipment, and supplies,” added Mann. “When you speak with one of our team members, you can rest assured that they are going to work with you to find the best solutions for you, your horse, and your budget.”

Now that valuable expertise is just a text away. Need more treats or want to snooze your next shipment? Help is literally in the palm of your hand. Customers can use SmartPak’s text line to ask questions, manage their account, and place orders from any mobile phone.

Since 1999, SmartPak has focused on exceptional customer service by expanding their hours, committing to one-day email response times, and adding on-site live chat, and they’re now the first equine company to offer text support for questions, orders, and account management.

To learn more about all of the great ways to communicate with SmartPak, visit www.SmartPak.com to learn more.

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 seven years in a row, as well as receiving 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.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith
KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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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American Youth Horse Council Invites Proposals for 2018 Symposium Presentations

AYHC_Symposium-finalistMcDonald, NM, May 24, 2017- The American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) invites proposals to speak at the 41st Annual AYHC Symposium, April 13-15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK. 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 Oklahoma horse industry, live demonstrations, and workshops focused on kids and horses.

Proposals must be submitted electronically by email no later than September 15, 2017. Complete guidelines and form are available at AYHC.com. Speakers are responsible for their own registration fees, travel, lodging and other expenses.

Three audiences will be represented:

  • ž   Adult Leaders of Youth—mostly volunteers who work directly with youth in the field
  • ž   Youth Industry Professionals—those employed in the youth horse industry (such as Extension Specialists and breed association youth program coordinators)
  • ž   Teen Leaders—older teen leaders (age 14-18)

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.

Symposium information, schedule and form are available at AYHC.com

Workshop Proposal guidelines

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 AYHC.com or contact the American Youth Horse Council at info@AYHC.com.

Contact:
Danette McGuire, AYHC Executive Director
P: 817.320.2005
www.ayhc.com
info@ayhc.com

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IEA Creates Zone for the Western Discipline

May 17, 2017, Columbus, Ohio - The Board of Directors of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) recently approved a proposal to re-organize the structure of the Western discipline beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Under the current structure, there are ten Western Zones across the United States that includes multiple regions within each Zone. Under the new format there will be one Western Zone splitting into eleven regions that will have more than 160 teams and 2,000 riders. In contrast to the Hunt Seat Zone structure, this unique, non-geographic, discipline-specific zone encompasses all of the United States with an effort to lead to a more successful and equally balanced IEA National Western Finals. The IEA will continue to hold the Western National Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in conjunction and affiliation with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

During the regular season, there will be no change to the process for qualifying for regional finals and all eleven regions will hold a regionals competition. The change happens in that there will not be Western Zone Finals as in previous years, but instead there will be two Semi-Finals held to determine which riders will move on to the National Finals competition.

“The ongoing, year-long effort by IEA Co-founder and Board Member, Ollie Griffith, along with his Western Committee, has launched a new and exciting endeavor for Western teams,” says IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “We hope that this re-structuring will allow riders to experience a more robust regional finals and semi-finals and ultimately help to inspire new Western Teams to form throughout the United States.”

In addition to Griffith, the IEA Western Committee members include: Jessica Bein(Zone 8, Arizona); Bobby Dean (Zone 2, Pennsylvania); Roger Elder (Zone 4, Tennessee); Ruth Finley (Zone 3, North Carolina); Lynlee Foster (Zone 5, Kentucky); Holly Hover (Zone 8, Arizona); Kevin Jewell (Zone 4, Georgia); Todd Knerr (Zone 5 Administrator); Katie Morehead (Zone 5, Ohio); Ashley Wilson(Zone 4, Georgia) and IEA staff members Roxane Durant (Executive Director), Jennifer Eaton (Membership Marketing Coordinator) and Myron Leff (Chief Operating Officer).

A Western Zone Administrator will be named in coming weeks. For more details and guidelines on the new Western Zone, please visit www.rideiea.org.

About IEA:
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams.  There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions.  Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.  The IEA is open to public schools, private schools, and barn teams.  For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org

Myron Leff
IEA Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
614-460-3532  |  myron@rideiea.org 

Kimber Whanger
IEA Communications Coordinator
614-542-9415  |  kimber@rideiea.org

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

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