2014 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced

From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” – It took two full days of preliminary competition, but the second largest NRBC Non Pro division has been narrowed from 176 contestants in the preliminary round to 35 that will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, April 18.Tish Fappani and Hot Rockin Spook

Tish Fappani, of Scottsdale, Arizona, set the bar high on the first day, piloting Hot Rockin Spook to a 221 – a score that wouldn’t be surpassed. Fappani and the stallion, by Smart Spook out of Hot Rockin Badger, are coming off a big win at the Cactus Classic, where they won the Protect the Harvest Non Pro Derby. “He has a really big stop and the talent but he’s got a laid-back attitude,” she said following that win – her last stop before the NRBC.Shannon Rafacz and Lenas Whizabelle

Shannon Rafacz and Lenas Whizabelle (West Coast Whiz x Sugarmans Belle) marked a 219 for the high score of the level (L) 3 non pro division, and the second high score of the non pro.

Melanie Schuckers, Mark Bradford, and Shaunda Rai Ruckman all scored a 218.5 to tie for the high score of the L 2 non pro divisions in the preliminary round. Ruckman, a former NRBC Non Pro Champion, was riding Valentino Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena.

Schuckers, riding Custom Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Custom Bobbie) and Bradford, aboard Chicks Smokingun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Dun It By Chic) also tied for the L 1 non pro division high score.

Stoney Russell and Gotta Get Er Done (Spooks Gotta Gun x Zan Hickory Girl) topped the Prime Time non pro preliminaries with a 220.

The top 30 plus ties in the L 4 non pro and the top 20, plus ties, of the other four non pro divisions advance to the finals.

It took a 214.5 to make it back in the L 4 non pro and 214 in the L 3 non pro. In the L 2 non pro, the magic number was a 212.5, and in the L 1 non pro, contestants needed a 210.5 or higher. Prime Time non pro competitors with a score of 214.5 also earned finals berths.

The NRBC continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Classic Preliminaries. Keep up with all the latest news at the NRBC by liking us on Facebook!

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Make sure to tell your friends at home to watch the live NRBC webcast, thanks to Equine Promotion. The webcast can be accessed through the NRBC website at NRBC.com – or by clicking the picture to the right. You have the option to watch the Coliseum Arena, Tellepsen Arena, or the Wheless Arena.

Congratulations to the Ancillary Winners

The first NRHA Ancillary Class Champions at the NRBC were crowned Tuesday afternoon.

The NRHA Limited Non Pro (1) ended in a 3-way tie between Nancy Stillwell (Doctor Dually Pep), Amy Anderson (Wimpys Showboat), and Tiffani Avery (Whizards Way).

Melanie Petroll and Gee Golly Whiz claimed the Championship for the Int. Open (1) and Ltd. Open (1), while Milo Kurucz and Shiney Dokey won the Rookie Professional (1).

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Tish Fappani Leads NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries on Hot Rockin Spook

From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” – Just hours into the first section of the NRBC Non Pro preliminary competition, hard rains and bone-chilling winds caused a dramatic drop in temperature at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. That didn’t squelch the hot scores being marked by in the arena.

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.26.14 AMTish Fappani and Hot Rockin Spook currently lead the preliminary competition with a 221. Fappani and the 5-year-old Smart Spook stallion, out of Hot Rockin Badger, are coming off a big win at the Cactus Reining Classic where they won the Protect the Harvest Non Pro Derby. It was “Copper’s” first big show before the NRBC.

Currently leading the Intermediate Non Pro and Non Pro Prime Time divisions is Stoney Russell and Gotta Get Er Done. Russell and Gotta Get Er Done (Spooks Gotta Gun x Zan Hickory Girl) marked a 218.5. That score is also good for second in the Non Pro division.

Sitting at the top of the leader board in the Limited Non Pro and Non Pro Level 1 preliminaries is Mark Bradford and Chicks Smokingun with a 216.5. Chicks Smokingun, a 6-year-old stallion, is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Dun It By Chick. Bradford is eligible for all five Non Pro divisions. Non Pro preliminary competition continues Tuesday. The top 30 in the Non Pro, as well as the top 20 in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Markel Insurance Non Pro Draw Party on Wednesday evening.

For complete results, visit NRBC’s results page.

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41st IHSA National Championships

41st IHSA National Championships Welcome New Sponsors and Return of Longtime Partners

From IHSA Release (LA Pomeroy) – Fairfield, CT - The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association sponsorship committee for the 41st IHSA National Championships are pleased to confirm commitment from more than a dozen sponsors across its Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of support.

The IHSA National Championships return May 1-4 for the second consecutive year to the Pennsylvania Farm Expo in Harrisburg for four days of hunter seat flat, over fences, Western horsemanship. and reining title challenges in front some of the nation’s top rated judges.
New this year to the IHSA family of Platinum sponsors is Samshield Helmets, which has joined as a sponsor of the IHSA Regional Championships, the first qualifying round towards Nationals, by presenting more than 300 helmets (one to each Individual Regional Champion rider at all 38 Regional Championships nationwide).

Confirmed to continue their long term support of IHSA and the National Championships are Platinum sponsors Weatherbeeta/Collegiate, who will maintain their support of riders at all levels, including presenting Collegiate Saddles at the 2014 IHSA National Finals; and the US Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), whose support of the 2014 IHSA National Finals will again include their annual Competitors Party and exhibitor bags.

IHSA Western riding continues to enjoy a strong partnership with the National Reining Horse Assocation, which has confirmed support of all three IHSA Western Semi-Finals, as well as the National Championships, through the presenation of eight buckles for Individual Semi Finals winners and prizes for second- to fifth-place finishers, plus jackets for each Team Class winner and vests for each reserve Team Class finisher, as well as trophies for Individual, Team and Alumni Reining. At the National Championships, NRHA provides trophies for the Individual Champion and reserve Champion, Team, AQHA Cup Reining Phase High Point Rider, and for Alumni Reining.

The IHSA Nationals present 40 title classes and host over 450 riders that have progressed through qualifying events to earn the privilege of competing for their school at the Championships. Results of last year’s championships – which saw a historic tie in the Collegiate Cup between hunter seat teams St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College, and an AQHA Trophy team win for West Texas A&M University — are available at www.ihsainc.com.

About IHSA
IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its scholarships, internships and other membership bonuses at www.IHSAinc.com and follow its more than 400 teams and 8,900 riders on Facebook and Twitter at @IHSAinc.

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Wimpys Little Step Becomes an NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire


Wimpys Little Step Headshot_by John Brasseaux (163x200)For Immediate Release – By Hayley Lewallen – April 10, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – In 10 months after achieving the five million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Six Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fourth horse to earn such a prestigious title and puts him in the ranks alongside Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz, and Hollywood Dun It.
The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002, ridden by NRHA’s only Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step racked up an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $185,000.
His top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.; NRHA’s current lifetime earning’s leader and the only horse to consecutively win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby; 2007 NRHA Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC L4 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2010 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $361,800 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern; 2007 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity L4 Open Champion, 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2009 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion, 2010 Wimpys Little Step Derby L4 Open Champion, 2010 Alltech™ FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $280,300 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity L2 Open Champion, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Junior Reining Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC L4 Open Champion and L3 Open Champion, NRHA Derby L3 Open Reserve Champion, and AQHA World Championship Show Senior Reining Reserve Champion
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $258,200 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Madalyn Roberts; 2010 NRBC L4 Non Pro third place, 2011 NRBC Challenge Open Champion, 2011 Cactus Reining Classic Maturity Challenge L4 Open Champion, 2011 Reining By The Bay Maturity L4 Open Champion, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse finalist
  •  Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $143,500 NRHA LTE, bred by Michael Boyle, currently owned by Rebeca Martin; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2013 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist and High Roller Reining Classic Derby L4 Open third place

Photo Credit: John Brasseaux

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RHSF Youth Scholarship Deadline – MAY 15

 By Chris Dennis  Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are valued assets to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and to the future of the horse industry. The Reining Horse Sports Foundation  (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for these valued youth members. Each year, the RHSF awards more than $44,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members.  At this time, the RHSF is excited to offer $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members.

“The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of Reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school, is an honor,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

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 and current NRHA member for at least two years.

Applications are now being accepted for the RHSF scholarships. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old. The scholarship application may be downloaded at nrhya.com.

For more information about RHSF scholarships, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com. You may also contact Chris Dennis at cdennis@nrha.com or at (405) 946-7400.

Photo by Mary Frances Flanders. 

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NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Deadline is May 22

€ 50,000 purse – Enrollment Form Online – Deadline: May 22

Kreuth / Germany, June 22 – 29, 2014


Provided by NRHA Germany (Ramona Billing) - The 2014 NRHA Germany Breeders Derby is scheduled for June 22 -29, 2014 – as usual, upon the beautiful facility of Gut Matheshof in Kreuth / Germany. There is a purse of more than € 50,000. Besides the NRHA approved Breeders Derby classes, there are a number of other NRHA shows including an Open an Non Pro. The enrollment form is online now. Deadline for entries is May 22, 2014.

968 entries and almost 300 horses – this was the NRHA Breeders Derby last year. Several thousand visitors watched the exciting finals with Cody Sapergia and Shining Tinsel (Tinsel Nic x Setting Off Sparks; owner Klaus Zieglmeier) winning the Open Derby scoring a 221.5.  Jeannette Krähenbühl aboard Dr Lee Hook (Ray Gay Quixote x Chickaduasha, owner Glis Ranch) and Grischa Ludwig aboard Pistol Silhouette (Custom Pistol x Peaches Silhouette, owner. Joline Nollet) tied for second place.

The NRHA Breeders Derby Non Pro final anded with a tie on first place between Britta Grönemeyer aboard Best Spook and Katharina King aboard Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin) who had scored a 213.5 each. In the following run off, Britta Grönemeyer and her black AQHA stallion by Smart Spook out of Best Stop took the lead earning the Non Pro title.

Enrollment and further information  www.nrha.de.

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Category 1 Added Money Clarification

During their February and March meetings, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee discussed Category 1 added money clarification and concern members had voiced regarding the clarification.  The Executive Committee voted to rescind the clarification issued in November 2013.

The Executive Committee felt this gives more flexibility to show management to meet the needs of reining exhibitors. With this in mind, the following clarification made in November has been rescinded:

Clarification – In Category 1 classes, added money must be offered in amounts equal to or greater than the class one level below in the same division (Open, Non Pro).  Open Levels in descending order are: Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Rookie Professional.   Non Pro Levels in descending order are: Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Prime Time Non Pro.

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Three-Peat for Morey Fisk Aboard Arc Walla Dun Did It

After seven days of showing, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity ended in the Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth with the Open Futurity finals, levels (L) 1-4. Nearly 4,000 reining fans made their way to Kreuth to see the international stars of reining. The week ended with high quality competition and a historic crowning of the 2014 champion.

“I am very impressed by this event,” said Gary Carpenter, the new NRHA Commissioner. “The organization has been wonderful, the ground, the facility, the quality of the horses, and even the weather.“

The star of the night was Morey Fisk (CAN) who guided Arc Walla Dun Did It (Walla Walla Whiz x Dainty Dun it x Hollywood Dun It), owned by Inge Magnusson of Sweden, to a score of 223.5. The score gave them the win, and Fisk’s third title in consecutive years. He is now the winningest open rider in the event’s history.

Morey Fisk: Winning this title three years in a row is incredible and I still can’t believe it even thought I knew I had a really good horse and that it could be done.  Arc Walla Dun Did It was trained by Andrea Fappani and shown by him at the NRHA Futurity so I knew that he was pretty solid, even though I haven’t had much time to fit him to my program since he got to France.  He did really well in the go-round after which I felt there were a couple of things I needed to work on before the finals. I rode him this morning, he felt really good and tonight he was awesome. I’d like to thank all my team and of course the owner, Inge Magnusson, for having given me this opportunity.

Arc Walla Dun Did It won the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity and placed seventh at the 2013 NRHA Futurity Open with Andrea Fappani. Before tonight, he had $54,410 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. The chestnut stallion was bred and North American nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses. Magnusson added the European option to make the horse eligible for the NRHA European Futurity. The championship paid $48,090, with 5% going to the nominator. In addition, they won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, an NRHA trophy and a cooler from XCS Ranch.

Just one-half point behind was Duane Latimer and Gotta Nifty Gun (Dun It Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic x Custom Crome) for owner Luga Quarter Horses of Italy.  The stallion was bred and nominated for North America by Carl Lambert and nominated for Europe by Luga Quarter Horses.

Giovanni Lugara, owner of Gotta Nifty Gun, L 4 reserve champion:  I really want to thank Duane for coming over and showing this horse for us.  He did a really good job and I can’t wait to show this horse myself this year.

Duane Latimer:  This is truly a talented horse, I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to come over to show him here and would like to thank Luga Quarter Horses for this opportunity. 

Level 3 Open Co-Champions

Scoring a 215 for the co-championship in the L 3 open division was Sylvia Rzepka (AUT) riding Start A Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Plenty Of Rest x Custom Crome) and Guy Zemah (ISR) aboard Walla Whiz Keen (Walla Walla Whiz x Keen Little Katie x Tejons Little Johnny). In a mutual decision to make the best interest of their horses the priority, the riders and owners decided against a run-off and shared the championship title. They each earned $15,037, including the nominator incentive.

Start A Revolution ($14,629 NRHA LTE), an NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales graduate, is owned by Sabine Lisec & Chuck Klipfel. The stallion was nominated by Wagman Ranch.

Walla Whiz Keen was bred by his owner and nominator, Olga Hoffman. This is the bay gelding’s first major win.

Level 1 and 2 Open Champions – Schnell and Dunits Finest Stop
From draw 14 in section 1 of the finals, Susanne Schnell (GER) and Dunits Finest Stop ((Footworks Finest x Smart Katy Rio x Ill Be Smart) marked a 212 to win the L1 and L2 open divisions. The stallion was bred and nominated by Christine Bayer and owned by Wolfgang Neuendorff. In all, they earned $14,372 with $718 going to the nominator.

Tying for the reserve championship in the L 2 open division with scores of 211.5 was Julia Schumacher (GER) riding Coeurs Little Tyke and Giovanni Masi De Vargas (ITA) with Saturday Whiz.

Coeurs Little Tyke (Coeur D Wright Stuff x Sweet Remy Chexs x Little Remedy Chexs) is owned and was nominated by Hans-Georg Holzwarth. They also won the reserve championship in the L 1 open division.

Saturday Whiz (Saturdaynight Custom x Anjolena Whiz x Topsail Whiz) is owned by ASD Little Ranch. She was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.

A youthful morning - NRHA Youth Classes

On the last day of the NRHA European Futurity prior to the open finals, the arena of Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth belonged to youth competitors.  They showed in Youth 13 & Under and Youth 14-18 classes.

Franziska Wallner won the class for the youngest riders, the 13 & Under, with her 10-year-old mare Prosecco Enterprise (Chex Enterprise x Tobs Miss Roby, owned by Heidi Wallner). The 12-year-old girl has ridden since she was 5-years-old, and from the beginning she knew it must be reining. “With the score of 203.5, I am really happy,“ she said after her ride. “When I ride the first steps into the arena, I can feel if it will be good or not. Today, I felt something in between, but it turned out to be really good. This season I want to finish as a Rookie.“

The champion in the Youth 14-18 class was Gina Maria on Spookin Right On (Smart Spook x Jessies Right On). With a score of 208, the German rider left the second place youth three-points behind. At last year’s event, the talented youth won the 14-18 class, as well as the highly contested Arcese Non Pro class. Other accolades include winning the 2012 NRHA European Affiliate Championship in the Intermediate Non Pro.

The reserve champion with a score of 205 was Shawn Wagner on Oakendokie (Smart Chic Olena x Oakwood Trim). The 14-year-old German has ridden for about four years now and already has become a member of the AQHA World Youth Cup team and member of the junior national team NRHA/Germany. „I should have been a little bit faster,“ he said. „The horse didn’t make a mistake, she always takes care and listens. She always wants to give the best. Especially her rundowns are great.“ (Pictured above with Franziska Wallner)

The Non Pro

Topping the field of 30 entries in the Arcese Non Pro class was Vanety Korbus of Germany and her GR Hug A Jewel (Solanoswarlee Boy x Hug A Freckle x Colonel Jay Bar). She rode her mare to a score of 215.5 to take the NRHA trophy home with her. Earlier in the week, Nina Lill showed GR Hug A Jewel to win the Open class. Vanety had planned on , but Nina was searching for a horse to ride in the 5 &  Up and the Open. Vanety graciously agreed and made the decision that created a very successful weekend for the team.

In second place in the Non Pro was Ingrid Vermeiren (Belgium) riding her gelding Rooster Trip to a score of 214. The 2001 gelding is by Cielo San Badger and out of Trips Flite by Tripolay Bar.

Find more results, watch videos, see photos and more at www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Futurity and Youth 14-18 photos by Andrea Bonaga. Franziska Wallner photo by Laura Ruffino.

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The KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity finals thrill the crowd in Kreuth

Claudio Risso of Italy takes home his third NRHA European Non Pro Futurity Championship

By Simona Diale - From the KL Performance Horses National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity Non Pro: Non Pro Claudio Risso and RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boggie Bar Linda x Boggie Mania), an American Quarter Horse gelding bred and nominated by Risso, scored a 217.5 to take home both the level (L) 4 Non Pro Futurity Championship and a pay check of $11,975.25 and nominators incentive check worth $630.28.


“I really wanted to win this title again and I was very lucky to be able to do so with a horse born and bred at home,” said the 60-year-old past NRHA Non Pro World Champion. “I had never tried to ride him without a bridle, but I did in the awards presentation and he just proved what a great horse he is and, most of all, how amazing his stops are!”


Susy Baeck and Hollywood Diva BB, a mare by Wimpys Little Step and out of Hollywood Balloues (by Hollywood Dun It), bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, scored a 215.5 for the L 4 reserve championship. Susy won $7,672.93, of which $383.65 was for being the nominator.


Kelly Deelen and KN Magic Dunnit Win Levels 1-3
Dutch rider Kelly Deelen and KN Magic Dunnit (ARC Magic Enterprise x Miss Dunnit Tari x Okie Dun It Too), a mare bred and nominated by Andrea Castrucci of Italy, won the KL Performance Horses Non Pro L 1, L 2 and L 3 European Futurity championships after making it back to the finals from the consolation. The talented horse-rider combination was the last to enter the pen at the end of the first section of the non pro finals and closed their run with a score of 215.5, score which remained unbeaten in the three levels until the very end. In all KN Magic Dunnit won $10,136.03 with 5% going to her nominator.

Claiming the reserve championship in the L 3 is Edoardo Bernardelli of Italy.  Riding the mare bred and nominated by him, Im Taris Slide (OT Taris Melody x Im Gunna Slide x Slide Me To The Bar), Bernardelli closed his run with a 212.5.

The reserve championship in the L 1 and L 2 with a score of 211.5 went to Benjamin Sueselbeck of Germany and his Ruf Prediction, a stallion by Sailin Ruf and out of Primrose Prediction (by Tommys Prediction), nominated by Benjamin himself.

The Open
In a field of 39 riders, German Nina Lill made it to the winners circle once again riding GR Hug A Jewel (Solanoswarlee Boy x Hug A Freckle x Colonel Jay Bar) owned by Vanety Korbus. Draw 32 in a field of 39, Nina scored a 222, one-half point higher than NRHA Professional Cody Sapergia who was holding the highest score after posting a 221.5 –  five horses before Lill – aboard Tari Whizin (Topsail Whiz x Tari Badgekin x Doc Tari), a stallion owned by Chuck Klipfel and Sabine Lisec.

Third place honors went to Eleonora Malerba’s Rooster Nic (Gallo Del Cielo x Sanjos Pistolette x San Jo Lena) between the reins of Stefano Ferri who scored a 220.

NRHA Rookie
With a score of 208.5, Joanna Forzak won the NRHA Rookie ancillary class riding Sabine Wagner’s Roosters Spurs (Gallo Del Cielo x Ebg Docs Spur x Doc O’Lena).

“Roosters Spurs is a 15-year-old stallion that had been shown in the past by Bernard Fonck.  We purchased him in the States and have had him ever since he was a 2-year-old.  He was really good for me today, his spins were good, I didn’t push too hard in the circles and tried to stop him well.  I will now be going to ride with the Fonck’s in Italy and my horse will rest during the time I will be away.”

Second place, with a score of 204, went to Georg Holzwarth riding Foxy Lil Surprise (Reminic Surprise x Foxy Lil Bear x Okies Teddy Bear).

Get More Information
For further information, visit the official website: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.
Photo credit: Andrea Bonaga.

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2014 High Roller Reining Classic Announcement


2014 High Roller Reining Classic Announces the Addition of the $75,000-Added ARBC Arabian and Half Arabian Futurities and the $30,000 ARBC Youth Scholarship Program


HRRC logoThe High Roller Reining Classic is pleased to announce the addition of the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic futurities to the event this year.  The High Roller Reining Classic is invested in the future of Reining, and to this end, has reached out to the Reining community in an effort to join forces with others who are equally as passionate about our sport with two new programs for the 2014 event.


The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) is a recently formed group of individuals who have stepped forward in an effort to increase awareness of the development of the Arabian and Half Arabian Reining horse. Led by longtime supporter and breeder of Arabian reining horses Dick Ames, who with his daughter Lara, started the ARBC. “We’re extremely excited about participating in this brand new Futurity for the Arabian reining horse. It affords the breed a real showcase, so that it can be seen and recognized within the larger reining horse world. And it’s a terrific opportunity for us to show everyone what today’s working western Arabian horse can really do,” says Dick Ames President of the ARBC. The ARBC is offering a $30,000-added Open Pure Bred Arabian Reining Futurity and a $45,000-added Open Half Arabian Futurity, which includes NRHA Level 1 and 4 Open Category 2 divisions. The Arabian futurities are for horses that are 4 and 5 Years of age. “We are honored that the ARBC has chosen the High Roller Reining Classic as the host of the first $75,000-added ARBC Arabian and Half Arabian futurities, as well as a $30,000 ARBC Youth Scholarship Program,” says event promoter Amanda Brumley. “I feel this partnership will bring our breeds together and most of all contribute to the growth of the sport of Reining as a whole.”


ARBC logo Final V1The format of the ARBC is very similar to the highly successful and extremely popular NRBC, and it is with this program in mind that the ARBC’s goal is to become to the Arabian reining programs what the NRBC has become to the Quarter Horses and Paint Horse industries.


For more information about the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic go to their website at www.ArabianReiningBreedersClassic.com


About High Roller Reining Classic:


The High Roller Reining Classic is currently ranked at number 4 in the NRHA Leading Events as of 2013, after only five short years in existence. In 2014, it boasts an impressive $500,000 in added money and prizes. Established in 2008, the event is held each September at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This unique venue features a hotel, casino, multiple restaurants, and horse show, all under one roof, with unparalleled multimedia outlets employed to promote and enjoy the event. www.HighRollerReiningClassic.com

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