NRHA Concludes Winter Meeting

National Reining Horse Association Concludes Winter Meeting

The National Reining Horse Association concludes a tremendously productive and overwhelmingly successful meeting of NRHA committees and the Board of Directors in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) concluded five days of productive meetings with NRHA’s top leaders this past week in Scottsdale, Ariz. Focusing on the association’s core business objectives for 2015, NRHA’s Board of Directors also met to guide the future of the sport of Reining.  Among several items discussed included revisions to the 2015 NRHA Derby and NRHA Futurity Conditions, the 2015 NRHA Derby Schedule and the NRHA Nomination Conditions. In addition, the association made tremendous advances in the sport of Reining by approving a further defined penalty chart for the NRHA Animal Welfare & Medications Policy (11-07-27, not including Europe). To see the updated policy as approved by the Board, visit the Policies area of the Members Only section of nrha.com.

Prior to the Board of Directors meeting, members representing the Affiliate, Bylaws, Eligibility, Non Pro, Past Presidents, Professionals, Sale Selection, Sire & Dam and Youth committees convened to discuss member programs, fee structures, NRHA events, NRHA governance, and made decisions on opportunities available now that continue to grow the popularity of the sport.  Committee chairpersons presented their report to the NRHA Board of Directors for further discussion.  In addition, the Medications and Global Governance Task Forces met to address topics requested by the Board of Directors.

“Overall, this was a tremendously productive meeting of NRHA’s leaders, members and staff.  This meeting was truly a testament to the passion and eagerness our members have in advancing the sport of Reining, as well as the love and dedication they have for the welfare of their horses,” said Rick Clark, NRHA President.

NRHA members are encouraged to log in with their member ID and PIN to review all the committee reports at nrha.com. 2015 NRHA Derby and 2015 NRHA Futurity Conditions as well as the 2015 NRHA Derby schedule are also available for public review at nrhafuturity.com and nrhaderby.com.

In addition to NRHA’s committees and Board of Directors, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) met to discuss the organization’s annual fundraising plans as well as review a presentation showcasing the plans for a new NRHA Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are extremely pleased by the number of donors our organization has received not only over the past year, but also in the last couple of days!  The new NRHA Office and Hall of Fame will provide many exciting opportunities for our donors not only this year, but for future years as well,” said Frank Costantini, RHSF President.

Fans of the sport of Reining are encouraged to visit rhsf.com to learn more about how the foundation continues to make a positive impact on people wanting to compete in reining as well as memorializing the legacies of those who have left a lasting impression on the history of this great organization which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.

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

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Countdown begins for Austria’s Premier Reining Event: $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show

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Countdown begins for Austria’s Premier Reining Event:
$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show at Wiener Neustadt from August 19 until 22, 2015

First Deadline for Entries: June 19, 2015

February 11, 2015 – From August 19 until 22, 2015, the facility of H&D Schulz Quarter Horses in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, will host again one of the most prestigious reining events of Europe: the Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) Futurity and NRHA Show. There is a total purse of $80,000-added with $ 30,000-added in the Level 4 Open, 3-year-old horses alone. Besides the Futurity classes, there is a full slate Ancillary show. The first deadline of entries is June 19, 2015. Entries after this date will be accepted, but a late entry fee will have to be charged.

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

Of course, there will be the daily show magazine again: The Score. This magazine has always been highly appreciated by the exhibitors and owners present as well by internet users looking at the online version on the Futurity website www.futurity.at and on www.westernstar.at as well as in other internet horse media.

The AustrianRHA Futurity has always attracted considerable media attention. Each year, international horse publications report about this event, as do the local media. In 2014, a television team was present during the event which resulted in the 29 minute film „Feicht on Tour in Wiener Neustadt” presented on W24 – a channel ranking on 5th place in UPC Telekabel after ORF, ATV and Puls4. There was so much positive feedback, that the film was shown eleven times on various days and at various times reaching about 200,000 people (according to Teletest). The online edition via www.feicht.at shows 54,237 visits since its first publication, 3 per cent of them from the U.S.

For further information please contact:
Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Austria, Raitlstraße 154, phone +43-2238-8484 cell phone +43-664-4534726, fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.at, www.nrha.at

Entries, Livescoring and Livestreaming: www.showmanager.eu.

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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Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Adds Big Fun & Funding To Scottsdale Show Scene

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The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Adds Big Fun And Funding To Scottsdale Show Scene

Provided by Arabian Reining Breeders Classic / Christy Eagan, February 6, 2015 – The ARBC (Arabian Reining Breeders Classic) is planning a large tent and presence right on Ring 5 this year at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Set just south of the Reining office and designed on two levels, horsemen will discover nice tables, comfortable chairs and a great view of the Reining ring. There is a Handicapped access ramp, and refreshments with treats will be served daily.

On Thursday evening February 19th cocktails start at 4:00pm, following the Celebrity Slide, ARBC is hosting a celebration party featuring a buffet dinner to showcase the ARBC’s first annual High Point awards, combining Arabian and Half Arabian reining wins from the 2014 ARBC Futurities held at the High Roller Reining Classic show in Las Vegas and the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Reining Futurities… plus the ARBC Youth Scholarship winner announcements.  Amanda Brumley, ARBC Manager is excited about the program’s first venue at the world famous Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show located at WestWorld of Scottsdale, February 12 – 22, 2015.

“In addition to the ARBC’s Futurity High Point prizes, there are ancillary awards that we will be presenting to High Point Non-Pro, and Youth winners, as well as the much anticipated Scholarship awards,” said Amanda Brumley. “The booth will provide a place where people can enjoy the competition, the company and obtain information about the ARBC and Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses. There‘s lots of room, heaters for occasional chilly evenings, and shelter from the wind and desert sun.  We are an advocate for the sport of Arabian horse reining, and are looking forward to talking to people about breeding and showing Reiners.”

Reining horse breeders start with the ARBC by enrolling their stallions in the program. Stallion owners pay an initial nomination fee; then an annual enrollment fee. Stallions are invited to participate in the Scottsdale ARBC promotion by bringing their promotional materials and sale horse information to the ARBC tent. It’s nearly worth the price of stallion enrollment just for the Scottsdale promotion.

The ARBC is currently on a stallion enrollment campaign and has also agreed to sign up aged stallions (and those recently deceased with frozen semen) for a modest $750 lifetime enrollment fee.

After the Scottsdale show ARBC looks forward to the Second Annual Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Futurities held at the High Roller Reining Classic, September 11 – 19, 2015.  Currently ranked at number 4 in the NRHA Leading Events, the show will offer prizes and cash payouts of more than a half million dollars in 2015! The High Roller Reining Classic runs nine days and the exciting competition, including the $77,000 added ARBC Futurity for Arabians and Half-Arabians is expected to attract Reiners from all over the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe. There’s also big prize money to be won by those ARBC exhibitors who compete and win at both Scottsdale and Las Vegas!

For additional information, visit www.arabianreiningbreedersclassic.com or contact Amanda Brumley at brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com or call (602) 677-3774.

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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Time to Ride Invests in Growing the Horse Industry

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Time to Ride Invests in Growing the Horse Industry
American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance grows to include 20 organizations and businesses.

Provided By Time To Ride/Christie Schulte, February 2, 2015 - Since 2011 a group of executives representing some of the largest equine businesses and organizations have been working together to research, develop and deliver marketing initiatives to increase horse involvement. This Marketing Alliance created Time to Ride which is facilitated by the American Horse Council. Since 2011 the Alliance has grown to include 20 organizations and businesses committed to supporting Time to Ride programs and events that connect newcomers to horse activities. Each Alliance member and partner pays an annual membership fee, which provides funds for marketing outreach and program development, delivery and measurement. The Alliance is inclusive and welcomes all interested equine businesses and organizations to collaborate with Time to Ride to stimulate growth within all facets of the industry.

In 2012, the first step was research that identified a target market of potential horse enthusiasts in women aged 35-45 who had young children. The second phase, in 2013, included testing messages and images through “seats in saddles” events bringing beginner horse experiences to newcomers, along with a creation of the Time to Ride website. 2014 brought the inaugural Time to Ride 100 Day Horse Challenge where 702 stables, businesses, and organizations signed up to offer welcoming events to more than 25,000 newcomers. Plans for 2015 include the launch of a grant program supporting stables and organizations that create newcomer-friendly events. 2015 also brings a bigger, better Time to Ride Challenge with a goal of reaching 100,000 new horse enthusiasts.

Current Marketing Alliance members are:

Alliance Members:
Active Interest Media
American Association of Equine Practitioners
American Horse Council
American Quarter Horse Association
Dover Saddlery
Farnam
Merck
Merial
National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Platinum Performance
Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC
SmartPak
United States Equestrian Federation
Zoetis

Program Partners:
Absorbine
American Paint Horse Association
National Cutting Horse Association
National Reining Horse Association
Morris Media Network Equine Group
Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

For details about Time to Ride programs, visit the Timetoride.com website or email info@timetoride.com. For more information about the American Horse Council or joining the Marketing Alliance, contact Jay Hickey at jay@horsecouncil.org.

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.

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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RHSF is Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

National Reining Horse Youth Association members can apply for more than $10,500 in scholarships now through May 15, 2015.

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, OK – January 26, 2015 – By Chris Dennis – The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) awards nearly $50,000 in scholarships to members of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHyA) annually, of which $10,500 is awarded through academic and need based scholarships. The application is available for download at nrhya.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2015.

“The Reining Horse Sports Foundation Youth Scholarship program speaks to the very heart of our Foundation’s purpose; to provide a path that insures young reiners to not only pursue their respective goals in the reining horse industry, but also to pursue a higher education. I am tremendously proud of all our RHSF Scholarship recipients” said Frank Costantini, President of the RHSF.

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on academic achievement, future goals, involvement in the NRHyA and NRHA, and financial need.  Applicants must be a senior in high school planning to pursue an undergraduate degree from a two or four year institution or a trade and technical school. Eligible applicants must be a current member in good standing and have been a NRHA member for at least two years. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old.Each year the RHSF awards nearly $50,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members. In 2015, the RHSF will select 7 deserving youth members to share in more than $10,500 in scholarships through its academic and need based scholarship program.

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of Reining worldwide through its five core programs; Youth, Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, Hall of Fame, Research & Education and International Development.

For more information about the RHSF Scholarship program, visit rhsf.com or nrhya.com. For more information about RHSF programs, contact Chris Dennis, Sr. Coordinator of RHSF at cdennis@nrha.com or call (405) 946-7400, ext. 125.

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Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The February Digital Reiner is Ready

If you weren’t in Oklahoma City this past November for the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® North feb 2015 reinercoverAmerican Affiliate Championships, then the Digital Reiner is here to help. Covered in this issue is everything from the Futurity, to the last of the Regional Affiliate Finals and NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale highlights. Other interesting topics in this issue include testimonials from NCEA Equestrians competitors and a tribute to Hall of Famer Bob Anthony, who was instrumental in the development of Reining as a sport and industry.

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Jordan Larson Hits a New Milestone

By Carol Trimmer, Oklahoma City, Okla., January 29, 2015jordan larson headshot ­­– Jordan Larson, Whitesboro, Texas, just became NRHA’s newest Two Million Dollar Rider. This milestone caps off Larson’s 2014 achievements.  Not only was the NRHA Professional the 2014 NRHA Futurity’s Level 4 Open Co-Champion riding HDC Quarter Horses’ ARC Gunnabeabigstar and banking $139,916, but he was also the 2014 NRHA Top 20 Professionals’ highest money earner with $387,545, adding to his already robust earnings. His Futurity experience was made even more poignant when his wife, Taylor, won the 2014 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Levels 2 and 3 on Larson Performance Horses’ Wimpys Dolled Up. Larson was also a member of Team USA, competing at the 2014 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG) and earning a Gold Medal in the team competition.

Other highlights of Larson’s enviable career include 2001 NRHA Open World Champion riding Amber N Oak for owner Lisa Maberry, 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion riding Michell Anne Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz, 2011 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion aboard Custom Harley owned by Rancho El Fortin, 2013 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion riding HF Mobster for Heritage Farms, 2013 AQHA Junior Reining and Senior Reining World Championships partnered with Stoney Russell’s High Roller Whiz and Luga, LLC’s Custom Cash Advance, respectively.

Larson earned Million Dollar Rider status in 2011.  Today his NRHA Lifetime Earnings total $2,004,892.  Larson joins the elite Two Million Dollar Rider club, which includes Tim McQuay, Shawn Flarida, Craig Schmersal, Andrea Fappani, Duane Latimer and Mandy McCutcheon.

A complete list of million dollar earners can be found at nrha.com

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

Photo Credits: NRHA File Photo

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“Time to Ride” Stables Receive Grants to Welcome Newcomers

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“Time to Ride” Stables Receive Grants to Welcome Newcomers
American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance stimulates industry growth.

Provided by Time To Ride/Christie Schulte – Twenty “Host” stables that submitted plans to produce events reaching out to newcomers from January to April 1, 2015, will receive grants from Time to Ride. This is another example of how the American horse industry’s Time to Ride marketing program supports stables, businesses and organizations in an attempt to connect new enthusiasts to horses. The 20 Hosts representing 15 states submitted plans that included events at elementary schools, equine veterinary clinics, rodeo events and more. The events invite families, students, Girl Scouts, rodeos attendees and the public to connect with horses. Hosts will be awarded between $250 and $500 following the successful completion of their event.

“Stables, clubs, feed stores and vet clinics are portals to horse involvement,” states David Foley, Marketing Alliance Member and Executive Director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. “We have found that by providing financial incentives and marketing assistance to hard-working hosts that want to grow their businesses or organizations, the entire industry benefits from the investment.”

The grant program complements the Time to Ride Challenge in Time to Ride’s portfolio of programs offered to equine industry Hosts, and will continue in the fall of 2015. In 2014 the Alliance created the 100 Day Horse Challenge, which provided $100,000 in cash and prizes to stables, organizations and businesses that hosted events catering to beginner horse enthusiasts. More than 700 hosts signed up to deliver events in 49 different states. Participating hosts provided first-time horse experiences to more than 25,000 newcomers over the 100-day period. From “princess pony parties” to stable open houses, hosts provided fun horse experiences and collected newcomers’ contact information. Newcomers received free equestrian e-books and encouragement to revisit local equine facilities.

Time to Ride programs such as the Challenge are already reaping rewards for participants. Jody Halladay, owner of 16 Acres Equine Educational Complex of Union Grove, WI, and winner of $10,000 in the small division, knows that Time to Ride 100 Day Challenge grew her business. “The Challenge made me look for new opportunities right in my hometown. People right in my neighborhood didn’t know we were there, so I learned how to step outside of the horse world to make new connections in my community.” Halladay applied for and received a grant for an additional newcomer event at her facility, and reports several new clients as a result of the new Time to Ride programs.

In addition to the grant program and Challenge, Time to Ride provides free marketing resources to those interested in welcoming newcomers to their business and the horse industry. To become involved or learn more, please visit www.timetoride.com or contact info@timetoride.com.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of American horse industry leaders formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. Facilitated by the American Horse Council, the Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, SmartPak, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Morris Media Network Equine Group, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

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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2015 NRHA Futurity First Entry Payment Due February 1

The first payment for the 50th running of the NRHA Futurity is due no later than February 1, 2015, to avoid late fees.

Oklahoma City, Okla., January 19, 2015 – The 2015 NRHA Futurity is scheduled to take place November 27 – December 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Exhibitors planning to attend this pinnacle event to vie for an estimated total cash purse and prizes of more than $2 million must send the first of five payments to NRHA with a postmarked date no later than February 1, 2015, to avoid late fees.

Payments for the 2015 Futurity are due February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1 and October 1. In a concerted effort to make payment deadlines more accommodating for owners and competitors, NRHA’s Board of Directors voted to adjust the payment schedule from six payments to five throughout the calendar year. Streamlining the payment schedule in this format greatly reduced the stress of meeting the old deadline, and removed the fear of sending late payments due to the busy holiday season.

Owners and exhibitors are encouraged to visit nrhafuturity.com/forms.php now to download and view the complete 2015 Futurity Payment Guidelines, 2015 Futurity Conditions and the 2015 Futurity Entry Form. Competitors and owners can also select to have one time or installments automatically drafted from credit cards by downloading the easy-to-follow credit card form as well.

Not only is the NRHA Futurity one of the world’s most sought after western competitions by spectators and competitors alike, NRHA is also proud to celebrate the 50th running of this spectacular event this November! The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million.

Spectators are encouraged to start making plans now to come of Oklahoma City to watch the thrilling action and witness who will take home a check worth $150,000 in the Level 4 Open and the title of NRHA Open Futurity Champion!

Competitors and owners are strongly encouraged to mark February 1 on their calendar to not miss this extremely important first of five payment deadlines.

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

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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