A Hair Raising Win During The NRHA High School Competition

For Immediate Release- July 2,2016-Oklahoma City, Okla.- Four riders from 14-18 North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) and four riders from National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Top Ten 14-18 competed in the annual NRHA High School Reining Competition today. These eight distinguished riders from across the country drew for the ‘ultimate catch ride.’

Annabeth Payne was the first rider in the pen, riding Chexy Whiz owned by Michelle George. This pair set the bar high, starting the competition with a score of 213.0. Payne’s score was quickly beat by the following draw, which resulted in her taking the Reserve Championship at the end of day.

Terri June Granger rode the 2016 NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride Champion, The Boominator owned by Jim Hotz, to a 213.5 and won the competition by a hair. Granger, a senior in high school, has verbally committed to Auburn University, coincidentally where the Collegiate Champion Blair McFarlin attends. Her plans for the future include riding on the equestrian team and majoring in physical therapy. Granger explained her catch ride experience, “I was really excited to be here. This was my first year ever coming out to the Derby, and it was definitely a great experience being able to take part in and show at the Derby.”

Following Granger, Emily Morris riding Making Sparks Fly, owned by Mallory Vestal, was third in the competition, scoring a 207.0 and placing fourth.

Kaitlyn Baker drew up forth on Nics Rooster, owned by Daniela Bernabeu. Baker started with a great run but unfortunately ended up with a zero after going off pattern.

Claire Streeter followed Baker atop Gangster Chic, owned by Renee D’Ambrosi, and brought in a third place win with a score of 210.

Emily Sitzman and South Side Spook, owned by Randy Reecer, were number five in the draw and scored 202.0, placing them at fifth.

Mckenzie Duncan, riding HR Dun By Whiz, another horse owned by Reecer, scored a 195.0, putting them in seventh place.

Kenleigh Wells brought up the end of the competition. Wells rode Captain Jesse, owned by Jacob Cliver, and scored a 201, putting her sixth in the catch ride competition.

NRHA would like to thank all of the extremely generous horse owners and donors who allowed these accomplished riders an opportunity to compete.

For more information about the NRHA Derby, including results, the schedule and link to the live feed visit nrhaderby.com.

NRHA Derby Show Supporters:
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
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A Mega Win for William Rhoads! William Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae are NRHA Non Pro Derby Champions

William Rhoads & Mega Maggie Mae

2016 NRHA DERBY

A Mega Win for William Rhoads!
William Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae are NRHA Non Pro Derby Champions

Oklahoma City, July 1 – The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby Champions were crowned today following an exciting finals. Riders and fans were on the edge of their seats until the very end, and one of the riders who had to wait was Dr. William ‘Bill’ Rhoads. Draw 14 in the second section, aboard his Mega Maggie Mae, he had scored a 219. It wasn’t until the very end before he could celebrate their win.

“It was nerve racking. I was reading an e-book, trying not to think about what was happening in the show pen. I did have some emotional break downs but I made it,” said Rhoads who also tied to win the L4 qualifier. “I still don’t believe this is happening. It’s surreal. I was a nobody with just a little over $5,000 in LTE last year, until I rode ‘Mae.’”

‘Mae’ is his 4-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega, bred and nominated by Martin Bonneson. Last year, the duo claimed the NRHA Futurity L4 Non Pro Reserve championship and swept the levels 3, 2 and 1.  Today, the duo won the $80,000-added NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro division, adding $18,932.15 to their earnings. Rhoads came to OKC with $102,883.22 LTE. Mega Maggie Mae, who the Texan-based veterinarian purchased as a yearling, has won $83,825.37 in NRHA competition.

In a tie for the Reserve Co-championship was Lyndsey Jordan riding her 6-year-old stallion, Made By Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Ready Make Cowboy), who she nominated; and the 2015 Derby L4 Non Pro Champions, Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables LLC.  Each earned a score of 218.5.

Young Cade McCutcheon and the 5-year-old stallion also earned the win in the Youth Non Pro division where Gina Schumacher, at the reins of Judys A Little Moody (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Connection), a 4-year-old mare owned by XCS Ranch and nominated by Sergio Elia, took reserve honors.


Level 3

With a score of 217, Frederick Christen guided his Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun) – a Sire & Dam offspring bred by Jana Simons – to the championships in three divisions: the $60,000-added L3, the $5,000-added Prime Time and the Jackpot Masters Non Pro divisions.

“Today was the fourth time I’ve shown this phenomenal mare,” said Christen about his 6-year-old mare, whom he rode to win the 2016 NRBC L4 Non Pro Reserve championship as well as NRBC L3 Non Pro and Prime Time championships. “I tried to follow my trainer, Dan Huss’s, advice to ‘stay out of her way and stay light.’ In the qualifying go round I did. Today, I could have done much better in my approaches.” Plans for the athletic 6-year-old mare are to put two more runs on her at the Reining By the Bay and at the High Roller Classic before retiring her.

Christy Brasier and her Chics Want My Number (Wimpys Little Step x Dixie Chic Olena), a 5-year-old gelding bred and nominated by Green Valley Ranch, scored a 216 for the Reserve Champion title.


Level 2

Lucky draw 13 in the first section of the Non Pro finals was Valentino Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena) and owner Shaunda Rai Ruckman. After posting a 216.5, not only did the Scottsdale, AZ, Non Pro rider have to wait until the first section was over…whether or not she would earn the championship was determined when only two riders were left to go in the second section, 57 entries later! “It feels amazing to finally get it right in the pen and know that he’s the good horse that we knew he was,” said Ruckman about the 6-year-old gelding, bred and nominated by Lance Griffin, with LTE $184,482.85.

Chics Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x First Ex Flame), owned and ridden by Morris Kulmer, bred by Nancy Wilkerson, and nominated by Stanley or Susan Scott LLC, scored a 214.5 for the L2 and L1 Non Pro Reserve championships.


Level 1

Kimberly French Horner, riding her horse Dreamin Ruf (Magnum Chic Dream x Lil Ruf Jessie), a 4-year-old gelding nominated by Casey Hinton with $14,484.69 LTE, scored a 216 to capture the L1 Non Pro Champion title. “I wasn’t expecting this win, even though I did have more confidence going in today. My horse was so good, he is so true, so honest. And, if I do my job well, we do well together,” said an enthused Kimberly who has been riding with Casey Hinton for the past 10 years and gives credit to for her win.

For complete Non Pro Derby results and today’s ancillary class results visit nrhaderby.com

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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Annual NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride Competition a Success

Annual NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride Competition a Success

For Immediate Release – June 30, 2016 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Riders from three different organizations battled head to head tonight in the Jim Norick Arena all in hopes of being crowned the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Collegiate Catch Ride Champion. Four riders from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), four riders from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and four riders from NRHA competed on catch ride horses for bragging rights. Riders drew their horses at random the day prior to the competition.

Chantz Stewart (NCEA/Texas Christian University) was the first competitor to ride tonight. Stewart rode Ten Caret Nic, owned by Shaelyn Vering, to a 200.5, placing her twelfth in the competition. Draw two for tonight was Hannah Jechow (NCEA/Texas A&M) on Captain Jessie, owned by Jacob Cliver. This duo scored a 212, setting the new high score for the night. Kelsey Wilson (IHSA/West Texas A&M) drew Que Bueno Nic, owned by Drumclog Ranch; however the pair came up a little shy, earning a 211.

Blair McFarlinBlair McFarlin (NRHA) rode The Boominator, owned by Jim Hotz, and left it all in the arena. Together they earned a 216.5 that would hold as the high score for the remainder of the competition. Holly Phillips (NRHA) drew Chexy Whiz, owned by Michelle George, and together they earned a 211. Sixth to compete tonight was Dylan Dombrowski (IHSA/Caznovia College) on Nics Rooster, owned by Daniela Bernabeu. Dombrowski and Nic Rooster made their best run but only earned a 212, which would go on to tie him with Hannah Jechow for third place.

Danielle Cohen (NRHA) followed Dombrowski in the competition. Cohen marked a 210 riding Trashes Kohana Cash, owned by Rebecca Bigelow. Taylor Brown was the eighth rider to enter the arena. Taylor rode Southside Spook, owned by Randy Reecer, to a 210, putting her in a two-way tie for seventh. Ninth in the draw was Leah Piper (IHSA/Middle Tennessee State), who piloted Randy Reecer’s horse, HR Dun By Whiz to a 207 putting her in ninth place.

Sarah Yu (IHSA/Ohio State University) rode Kristen Jacobson’s Smokin N Boon Light to 202 and eleventh place. Ebba Lange (NCEA/Oklahoma State) piloted SideKick Chic, owned by Keith Dittrich, to a 205.5, putting her in tenth place overall. The last rider to compete was Kyndall Harper (NRHA), who rode Coastal Smoke, owned by Laurie Hauck. Kyndall put together a strong run but was just shy of taking the lead, earning a 214.

Established in 2002, this is the fourteenth year for NRHA to host the Collegiate Catch Ride competition. NRHA would like to thank all of the extremely generous horse owners and donors who allowed these accomplished riders an opportunity to compete.

For more information about the NRHA Derby, including results, the schedule and link to the live feed visit nrhaderby.com.

NRHA Derby Show Supporters:

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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Flarida and Vanlandingham hold on to the Level 4 Open Top Score, USA and NRHA Para Reining

2016 NRHA Derby
Flarida and Vanlandingham hold on to the Level 4 Open Top Score
USA and NRHA Para Reining

Oklahoma City, June 30 – Following the second section of the qualifying go-round of the $435,000-added Open Derby, NRHA Five Milllion Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham firmly held on to the 222 top score they both scored in the first section.

Flarida rode Shine N Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) for owner Clark Reining Horses LLC. The duo had clinched the 2014 NRHA Futurity L4 Open co-championship. Shine N Spook is a 4-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, who has earned $174,921.35 in NRHA competition.

Vanlandingham, rode Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up), owned by Vaughn C. Zimmerman. The talented 6-year-old stallion, also bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, boasts an outstanding $414.916.08 NRHA LTE. With Vanlandingham in the saddle, Not Ruf At All is the 2016 NRBC L4 Open Champion as well as the 2013 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Champion and the 2014 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion.

In the first section, Gabe D. Hutchins riding FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Shine With Wanda), owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC, scored a 220 to lead the L3 division. Bred by Ann Ramsay and Carol Rose, the 5-year-old stallion has won $108,174.49 in NRHA competition. In the second section, Fernando Salgado and Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark x Kipper Lady Nic) equaled Hutchins’ score tying for the lead in the L3 and earning the top score in the L2.

Daniel Schloemer held on to the L1 Open division thanks to the 218.5 that he scored yesterday aboard Electric Grid (Jacs Electric Spark x GVS Cherokee Jac). The 6-year-old gelding owned by Jennifer T. Deweese and nominated by Troy and Andrea Heikes has won $34,125.91.
NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay and Guns R For Shootin (Gunner x Chelsea Lena), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Humphrey Quarter Horses, who was bred and nominated by Eric Storey, are still in the lead in the Prime Time Open division. The duo scored a 219 in the first section.

The following will advance to the finals on Saturday:
Level 4 Open Top 30 horses (plus ties) – bubble score 218
Level 3 Open Top 25 horses (plus ties) – bubble score 216
Level 2 Open Top 20 horses (plus ties) – bubble score 214.5
Level 1 Open Top 20 horses (plus ties)​ – bubble score 210.5

Frederick Win & Cole Jacobs

Frederick Win & Cole Jacobs

Para Reining: USA Reining & NRHA Para Reining
The NRHA Derby show also hosted USA Reining Para Reining classes, which are qualifier classes for the upcoming USA Reining Para Reining International championship to be held in Oklahoma City this November. In the Level 4 division, Frederick Win earned the title aboard his 6-year-old mare Rem N Trash (Trashadeous x Collena Remilena). “I train hard and never look at this like a para reining class,” says Frederick, a lawyer from Woodridge, New Jersey. “I don’t see my disability as a weakness. I just make sure that my horse is properly trained to understand me.”

Winning the Level 3 division was Cole Jacobs of Fabius, New York . Although Jacobs wasn’t able to bring a horse to compete at the NRHA Derby, NRHA Professional Josh and Carrie Visser of Whitesboro, Texas, generously let him borrow their 5-year-old stallion, One Big Dream (Magnum With A Dream x Kalico Whiz). “I was a little anxious to try a new horse, but he was great,” said Cole.

Cole’s mom, Brenda, cheered the riders on from the sidelines. “The takeaway for all of this is that anyone can show reining horses if they want to. We’ve met some seriously disabled individuals who can get on a well-trained horse and ride. Horses are therapeutic beyond belief.”

Ancillary Action Champions:
Jackpot Rookie Level 1: Kita Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Smart Miss Marker) owned and ridden by Hunter De Jane

Jackpot Rookie Level 2 & Jackpot Prime Time Rookie Show 1: FS Taris Walla Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Taris Little Vintage) owned and ridden by Kimberly J. McAnelly

For complete results and information visit nrhaderby.com

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
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The Future of NRHA brought their A-Game during the 2016 NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla.- June 30, 2016- Yesterday, several exciting events took place during the 2016 NRHA Derby. National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) members spoke their way to excellence during the NRHyA Speaking Contest sponsored by Anderson Bean Boots.

Youth membership gave speeches in three different categories: prepared public speaking, community service and A General. Participants speaking on A General, the foundation of how reining horses are judged, were graded on accuracy and delivery. In prepared public speaking and community service, contestants were allowed to pick their topic prior to their arrival at the NRHA Derby.

Speakers were timed on their speeches and had to think on their feet with impromptu questions asked by the panel of judges. Winners will be awarded a pair of Anderson Bean boots as well as a scholarship at the NRHyA meeting today in the Sale Arena.

Later today the long anticipated Collegiate Catch Ride will take place. Riders from three different associations: National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) drew for their order of go yesterday. The order of go for the Collegiate Catch Ride competition will go as follows:

  • Draw 1 Chantz Stewart (Texas Christian University)
  • Draw 2 Hannah Jechow (Texas A&M)
  • Draw 3 Kelsey Wilson (West Texas A& M)
  • Draw 4 Blair McFarlin (NRHA)
  • Draw 5 Holly Phillips (NRHA)
  • Draw 6 Dylan Dombrowski (Caznovia College)
  • Draw 7 Danielle Cohen (NRHA)
  • Draw 8 Taylor Brown (Fresno State)
  • Draw 9 Leah Piper (Middle Tennessee State)
  • Draw 10 Sarah Yu (Ohio State University)
  • Draw 11 Ebba Lange (Oklahoma State)
  • Draw 12 Kyndall Harper (NRHA)

The competition will start after the Open Derby First Go, Section Two in the Jim Norick Arena and will be available to watch on the live feed. For a detailed schedule and more information on the 2016 NRHA Derby visit NRHADerby.com.

NRHA Derby Show Supporters:
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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2016 NRHA Derby – The First Section of the Open Derby Qualifier

Oklahoma City, June 29 – It was an action-packed Wednesday in Oklahoma City where the 37th edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is taking place. The finalists of the $190,000-added Non Pro Derby were determined yesterday. Today, the first section of the qualifying go-round of the $435,000-added Open Derby lit the stage.

Shawn Flarida

Shawn Flarida & Smart N Spook

In a field of 125 horse-rider-combinations, two riders tied for the Level (L)4 top score, a 222: Shawn Flarida and Jason Vanlandingham. NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider, Flarida, rode Shine N Spook for owner Clark Reining Horses LLC and NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Vanlandingham, rode Not Ruf At All, owned by Vaughn C. Zimmerman.

2014 NRHA Futurity L4 Open co-champion Shine N Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) is a 4-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, who has earned $174,921.35 in NRHA competition.

Jason Vanlandingham

Jason Vanlandingham & Not Ruf At All

Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up) is the past NRBC L4 Open Champion as well as the 2013 NRHA Futurity L4 Champion and the 2014 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion with Vanlandingham in the saddle. The talented 6-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Petra Zeitler Conner, boasts $414.916.08 NRHA LTE.

In the L3 division, Gabe D. Hutchins and FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Shine With Wanda), owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC, scored a 220 for the lead. The 5-year-old stallion was bred by Ann Ramsay and Carol Rose and was nominated by Fausto Mattioli. With $108,174.49 LTE, FM Shine N Tag Chex is an NRHA Futurity L3 and L2 Reserve Champion and L1 Champion as well as the 2014 Congress L3 champion.

Mirjam Stillo rode Mizzfire (Gunner x West Coast Mizzen) for owner Bearden Equine Investments to the 219.5 high score in the L2 division. Bred and nominated by Tom McCutcheon, the 5-year-old stallion is the 2014 High Roller Reining Classic L3 Open Futurity Champion and has won over $29,300 in NRHA competition.

Early in the draw, Daniel Schloemer set the bar in the L1 Open division by posting a 218.5 aboard Electric Grid (Jacs Electric Spark x GVS Cherokee Jac), owned by Jennifer T. Deweese. To date, the 6-year-old gelding bred and nominated by Troy and Andrea Heikes has won $34,125.91.

Leading the Prime Time Open Derby today with a 219 was NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay riding Guns R For Shootin (Gunner x Chelsea Lena), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Humphrey Quarter Horses, bred and nominated by Eric Storey.

Ancillary Action

Silver Spurs Equine $15,000-added 7 & Up Non Pro Level 4 and Level 3: Shannon Rafacz and Better Not Rest (Custom Crome x Rest Stop), a 16-year-old gelding bred by Marc Stuart Farms Inc. and owned by Mark J. Rafacz with $97,226.42 LTE.

Silver Spurs Equine $15,000-added 7 & Up Non Pro Level 2: Marc Wagman and Taking A Rest (Smart Spook x Plenty Of Rest), a 2009 stallion with $63,873.94 NRHA LTE, bred and owned by Wagman Ranch Inc.

Silver Spurs Equine $15,000-added 7 & Up Non Pro Level 1: Amanda Hurd and CC Enterprise (Wrangle Whiz x Rems Little Sugs), a 2009 gelding owned by Mark Hurd with $55,601.95 LTE.

$6,000-added Non Pro: Shannon Rafacz and Better Not Rest owned by Mark J. Rafacz

$3,000-added Intermediate Non Pro and $500-added Prime Time Non Pro – Show 2 – champions: Marc Wagman and Taking A Rest (Smart Spook x Plenty Of Rest), a 2009 stallion with $63,873.94 NRHA LTE, bred and owned by Wagman Ranch Inc.

USA Reining Amateur champions: Mandy McCutcheon and Whatta Royal Vintage (Hollywood Vintage x Whatta Royal Star), a 2009 mare with $19,327.86 LTE, bred by Solum & Solum LLC, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, score 215.

For complete results and information visit nrhaderby.com

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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

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Vintage Spin Party: Remembering the Past 50 Years

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 29, 2016 – Last night, exhibitors at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby celebrated the past 50 years of the association in style. Sponsored by Platinum Performance, the Vintage Spin Exhibitor Party gave competitors and spectators an opportunity to kick back, relax, and win some great prizes.

Attendees were encouraged to dress up in their best vintage western wear. Kim Lansidel won best dressed, taking home the Oklahoma City attractions package sponsored by the Oklahoma City Conventions and Visitors Bureau as well as a pair of Anderson Bean Boots! Guests were also able to sign up for a chance to win additional prizes, including a bucket of Platinum Performance and a $100 gift card to NRHA Outfitters.

Youth members had the opportunity to create their very own pool noodle pony and compete in a stick horse reining thanks to the National Reining Horse Youth Assocation (NRHyA). Kids of all ages took the opportunity to make their own special pony, and the competition was tough; judges had a difficult decision deciding on the winner!

For more information about the NRHA Derby, including the schedule and link to the live feed, visit nrhaderby.com.

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
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2016 NRHA Derby – Excitement is high as Non Pro Derby Finalists are determined!

Oklahoma City, June 28 – The second section of the $190,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby qualifier closed the show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park this evening. An exciting competition determined the finalists who will make their way back to the Jim Norick Arena on Friday, July 1, when the 2016 NRHA Non Pro Derby champions will be crowned.

Four riders tie to win the qualifying go-round:
In the Level (L) 4 division, the top scores were captured by mother and son team, Mandy and Cade McCutcheon, along with William Rhoads DVM. All closed their runs with a 217.5.

Cade rode two of his mounts, Vintage Crome (A Sparkling Vintage x Smart Custom Crome) and Custom Made Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), to the top score in the L4 as well as in the Youth division. Vintage Crome is a 5-year-old mare owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and was nominated by Petra Zeitler Conner. The talented mare boasts $45.031.92 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). Custom Made Gun is a 5-year-old stallion owned, nominated and bred by McQuay Stable Inc. who counts $46,636.62 LTE.

NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon claimed the top score aboard Always Gotyer Gun (Gunner x Always A Dunit). The 2012 stallion, bred and nominated by Petska Trinity Equine LLC, is owned by McQuay Stables Inc. and has won $29,519.68 in NRHA competition.

Mega Maggie Mae (Magnum Chic Dream x Cinco De Mega) is a 2012 mare bred and nominated by Marty Boneson. William Rhoads rode the pretty bay, who boasts $82,852.97 LTE, to the 2015 Cinch NRHA Futurity L4 Non Pro Reserve championship and swept the L3, L2 and L1 championships.

Frederick R. Christen riding Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun), a 2010 mare he owns, held on to the L3, Prime Time and Masters Non Pro divisions after posting the highest score – a 217 – in the first section of the qualifying go-round yesterday. Msdreamy is a Sire & Dam offspring bred by Jana Simons and boasts $122,004.11 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).

The top score in the L2 and L1 divisions – a 216 – was posted by 14-year-old Taylor Zimmerman riding Zirconia With A Twist (Like A Diamond x Twistin On Command). The 5-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Theresa Cravens, is owned by Justin Zimmerman.

Non Pro Derby finalists and bubble scores
In the Non Pro Derby, the following will qualify to advance to the finals:
Level 4 Non Pro Top 30 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 213.5
Level 3 Non Pro Top 25 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 212
Level 2 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 210.5
Level 1 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 209
Prime Time Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 213.5
Masters Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 209
Youth Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties):  Bubble 208.5

The Ancillary Champions today:
$2,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 2 & $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 1 – Show 2: Jared Leclair and Tinselena Spark (Tinsel Nic x Smart Sparkalena), owned by John McDaniel

AQHA Open – Show 2: Sam Smith and RHM Gunacashya Chex (Gunnatrashya x RHM Hope), 2012 stallion owned by Roger H. Moss Jr (tie)

Nathan T. Pieper and Big Time Jazzy (Shine Big Time x Skippin Whiz), 2012 stallion owned by Tami L. Nelson – (tie)

APHA Open Regular – Show 2:  Preston J. Kent and Kr Gun Powder (Gunner x A Bueno Poco Dunit), owned by Katherine Toth

APHA Solid Open – Show 2: Michael D. Berg and Guns On Sunset (Gunner x Hollywood And Shine), owned by LLC ECRC Ranch (tie)

Crystal McNutt and White Gunpowder (Gunner x Tinker Nic), owned by Kim Niven (tie)

For complete results, please visit: nrhaderby.com

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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2016 NRHA Derby – The Non Pro Derby Kicks Off

2016 NRHA Derby
The Non Pro Derby Kicks Off

Oklahoma City, June 27 – The third day of competition at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, held at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, welcomed the first go, section 1 of the $190,000-added Non Pro Derby. Riders from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Israel, Italy and U.S.A. are vying for the Derby championship in four levels as well as in the Prime Time, Youth and Masters divisions. The second section will take place tomorrow, Tuesday June 28, and will determine the Friday finalists.

Top scores today:
Taking the lead in the Level (L)4, L3, Prime Time and Masters divisions of the Non Pro Derby was

Frederick R. Christen

Frederick R. Christen

riding his own mare, Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun). The pair scored a 217 for the lead. Msdreamy – a Sire & Dam offspring – was bred by Jana Simons of Pilot Point, TX, and boasts $122,004.11 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). In 2013, the talented mare took the Cinch NRHA Futurity L3 Non Pro Reserve championship. Dan Huss rode her to third place in the 2015 NRHA Derby L3 Open division. With Frederick in the saddle, she was the 2016 NRBC L4 Non Pro Reserve Champion as well as NRBC L3 Non Pro and Prime Time Champion.

Tying to lead the L2 division with a 214.5 was Kara Gray Frye riding Juice N Silk (Smart Like Juice x Silk N Sable Pine), a 5-year-old gelding she owns that was nominated by Jim Irwin; and Shelby E. Reine riding Wallawallahollywood (Walla Walla Whiz x Sara Goes Hollywood). Wallawallahollywood is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Reine and nominated by Mark Bradford.

In the Youth division, Jack R Medows took the lead with a 216 riding Frame Draggin (Einsteins Revolution x Coronas Major), a 2012 stallion owned by Amy Medows and nominated by Jackspar Enterprises with $9,119.55 LTE.

Take a look at the NRHA Non Pro Derby top runs today by Equine Promotion at NRHADerby.com:

Frederick R. Christen & Msdreamy, NRHA Non Pro Derby, First Go Section 1 top score (217)

Jose Vasquez & Like Shiner, NRHA Non Pro Derby, First Go, Section 1 – second high score tie (216.5)

Mandy McCutcheon & Taris Little Gunner, NRHA Non Pro Derby, First Go, Section 1 – second high score tie (216.5)

The Open and Non Pro Derby is open to 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses and is run in a qualifying go round and clean-slate finals. Horses must be nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program. NRHA Sire & Dam Program offspring are eligible to enter as well, but do not need to be nominated.

The Ancillary Class Champions Today:

$2,000-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and the $1,000-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 – Show 2: Melissa L. Baird and Easy Money Miss (Easy Otie Whiz x Major Money Miss), a 2007 mare owned by Marshall W. Baird/Melissa Baird

AQHA Amateur Regular: Amy Stoney and Skeets Whizard (Skeets Peppy x Whiz And Smoke), a 2009 gelding owned by Connie J. Stoney

APHA Amateur: James Murff and Gunnin For Stars (Gunner x Dunnit In Starlight), a 2009 gelding owned by James Murff

$3,000-added Intermediate Open: Hava Vital and Snap Dun The Bases (Master Snapper x Shes Dun The Bases), a 2009 stallion owned by Lewisville Development LP

$500-added Limited Open: Parker Wurst and Easy Money Miss (Easy Otie Whiz x Major Money Miss), owned by Marshall W. Baird and Melissa L. Baird

$500-added Rookie Professional: Milos Kurucz and Wimpys Little Gal (Wimpys Little Step x My Topsail Gal), a 2007 mare owned by Rosanne Sternberg

For complete results and to follow the action live, visit nrhaderby.com

Derby Fun Time:
Exhibitors, owners and reining fans are invited to attend the Vintage Spin Party, sponsored by Platinum Performance, on Tuesday June 28 at 5 p.m. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to relax and relive the past 50 years of the NRHA!

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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2016 NRHA Derby – Ancillary Classes Draw Big Numbers

Lindsey K. McCutcheon & Mega Watt Shine

Lindsey K. McCutcheon & Mega Watt Shine

2016 NRHA Derby
Ancillary Classes Draw Big Numbers

Oklahoma City, June 26 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby opened the Jim Norick Arena, Adequan® and Performance arenas today at the Oklahoma State Fair Park to host the NRHA Ancillary, AQHA, and APHA classes. The first go, first section of the $190,000-added Non Pro Derby begins tomorrow, June 27th. 215 horses will be vying for titles in the $80,000-added Level (L) 4, $60,000-added L3, $25,000-added L2, and the $15,000-added L1. The Non Pro Derby also includes the Prime Time Non Pro, Youth and Masters divisions. The second section of the Non Pro Derby will take place on Tuesday and will wrap up with the finals on Friday, July 1st.

Draws, results, schedule and all the show information may be found at nrhaderby.com

Sunday Ancillary Action:
Winning the $2,000-added Non Pro was Lindsey K. McCutcheon riding Mega Watt Shine (Marthas Mega Jac x Bella Della), a 9-year-old stallion owned and bred by Kathleen and Scott McCutcheon. It all stayed in the family with NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon taking second place honors with a 216.5 aboard her 7-year-old mare, Whatta Royal Vintage (Hollywood Vintage x Whatta Royal Star).

In the $1,000-added Intermediate Non Pro, Aubrey Galbraith and Cortez Conquistador (Conquistador Whiz x Magnum Done It), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Nadine G. Galbraith, slid to first place with a 212. Young McKinnon Larcombe rode Blazinginmywranglers (Wrangle Whiz x Blazing In Black), a 7-year-old mare who is leased from XCS Ranch LLC, to first place after posting a 217 in the Limited Non Pro class. Yet another Million Dollar Rider, Jose Vasquez, took the lead in the $500-added Prime Time Non Pro with Shiner Side Winder (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner), a 7-year-old stallion owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.

If there was a theme on the second day of competition at the Derby, it had to be ties! There was a three-way tie for the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and a two-way tie in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. With Patrick Wickenheiser and Corey Hendrickson in the judges’ chairs, Melissa Baird on Easy Money Miss (Easy Otie Whiz x Major Money Miss), Courtney Sheely riding Mizzen My Wranglers (Whiz N Crome x Shiny Wranglers) and Jessicah Keller guiding Girls Love Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x Crews Girl) tied for the win in the Level 1 with a score of 138.5.

Molly Morgenstern aboard her Gunnin By The Bay (Gunner x Dun It In The Bay) and Shannon Rafacz riding Iboom (Boom Shernic x Bonitas Latin Chic) tied for the win and bragging rights in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2.

A run-off determined who would win the Jackpot Green Reiner Level 1. Ali Fratessa riding Wheeling Whiz (Topsail Whiz x High Wheeling Doll), owned by Rhodes River Ranch, and Catelyn J. Hall aboard Fine Like O Lena (Light N Chic x Miss Lena Gyrator) rode back with Fratessa and her mount, taking the lead. In the Green Reiner Level 2, Hall took first place as Janet Cowles and her MJG Colonel Dry opted not to run-off for first place in this class.

Novice Horse Open L2 champions: Gabriel B. Diano and Woodys Toy Gun (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl), 2012 stallion owned by Gabriel B. Diano

Novice Horse Open L1 co-champions: Bud Lyon riding Gunnadeous (Gunner x Little Trash), 2011 stallion owned by Day Creek Ranch LL

Sam Smith and RHM Gunacashya Chex (Gunnatrashya x RHM Hope), 2012 stallion owned by Roger H Moss, Jr

AQHA Open champions: Crystal McNutt and Lenas Wimpys Rooster, owned by Kim Niven

AQHA Amateur champions: Lisa Bissell and Double My Chics (Dreamn Bout Chics x Double My Quixote), 2009 gelding owned by Jamie Bissel

APHA Open champions: Gabriel B. Diano and Woodys Toy Gun (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl), 2012 stallion owned by Gabriel B. Diano

APHA Open Solid: Michael D. Berg and Guns On Sunset (Gunner x Hollywood And Shine), 2009 gelding owned by LLC ECR Ranch

APHA Amateur Regular champions: James Murff and Gunnin For Stars (Gunner x Dunnit In Starlight), 2009 gelding owned by James Murff

Follow the action live:
To watch the livestream, go to www.nrhaderby.com

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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