2014 NRHA Derby Update & Reminders

Entries for the 2014 event are due March 1.

HF Mobster and Jordan Larson (by Waltenberry)

By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is gearing up for the 2014 NRHA Derby that will be held June 21 – 28 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Thousands of spectators, exhibitors and horses attend the event each year with their eye on the most talented and beautiful reining horses in the world, plus approximately $1 million in cash, prizes and nominator incentives awarded there. Owners of derby-aged horses are encouraged to get their entries in by the March 1 entry deadline to be involved in this premier event. Below is more helpful information for those looking to compete.

2-Point Penalty Review: In 2013, the NRHA Derby Judges successfully tested the review of 2-point break-of-gait penalties. Those 2-point penalty reviews allowed them to gather insight prior to recommending changes that could affect all NRHA-approved shows.  The information gathering process will continue at this year’s Derby; judges will be allowed to review 2-point penalties for break-of-gait, jogging more than two strides and freeze-ups, as long as more than one judge has called the penalty 2. A complete set of NRHA Derby conditions can be viewed at nrhaderby.com.

These same procedures will be used during the 2014 NRHA Futurity as well. The event conditions can be viewed on the Forms page of nrhafuturity.com.

The Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM): The AGM will be held during the NRHA Derby on Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. in the Sale Arena. The meeting will be preceded by an Affiliate Summit at noon and followed by an NRHA Professionals Meeting. Make plans to attend these events to find out what’s happening in NRHA. March 24 is the deadline to submit agenda items to the NRHA office.

Reminder: All horses must be nominated to compete in the NRHA Derby. Owners still have a chance to do so; see the Nomination Conditions for complete details.

NRHA appreciates its corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Derby:
Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer, World Development Group International and Xtra Quarter Horses.

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NRHA Renews Support of Kentucky Reining Cup

By Brad Ettleman - The Kentucky Reining Cup is very proud to announce the renewal of the corporate sponsorship relationship between the event and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

Key to the goal of reaching as many interested participants, enthusiasts and spectators possible for the sport of Reining, the NRHA offers unparalleled reach into the Reining horse industry, an asset that will be greatly enjoyed by the Kentucky Reining Cup. NRHA has more than 17,000 members domestically and nearly 5,600 members internationally and is the standard-setting organization for the sport.

As the most high-profile event of the qualifying year for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), the Kentucky Reining Cup offers a three-star $35,000 FEI Concours de Reining International (CRI3*), the $50,000 Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge, the $20,000 World Championship Freestyle Reining and an additional $15,000 for the Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship & Official Selection Trial for the US Reining Team at the FEI World Equestrian Games. Total prize money for the three-day event is a staggering $120,000.

The United States has won the team gold medal at every WEG since the inclusion of the sport of Reining in the FEI family in 2000 and they return to the international stage with their sights set on defending that title. As a result, the Reining industry, and indeed the entire equestrian community turns its eyes to the Kentucky Reining Cup to watch the US team take shape.

Instrumental in guiding the sport of Reining to international status, the NRHA is 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. For more information about the NRHA, click on: www.NRHA.com.

Held at the Kentucky Horse Park and in conjunction with Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup is a dynamic and exciting event that offers the opportunity to participate and enjoy Reining at the highest possible level, drawing top competitors and elite-level horses from around the globe. For more information, schedule of events and online ticket sales for the Kentucky Reining Cup, click on: www.KentuckyReining.com.

Media Contacts:
Kentucky Reining Cup: Brad Ettleman, Brad@HPowerInc.com
NRHA: Christa Morris, CMorris@NRHA.com

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Our Loss – Mickey Deaton

We’ve just received word of the passing of a long-time NRHA member Mickey Deaton of Middletown, Ohio. He was active in NRHA for decades and was a familiar face to those reining in the Ohio River Valley. He will be missed. When more details become available on services, we will post an update here.

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NRHA Sire & Dam Program Continues to Reward Stallion Owners

For Immediate Release – February 11, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Sire & Dam Program continued to put money in sire owners’ pockets by paying Sire Awards totaling over $34,900 in addition to awarding NRHA Lawson trophies to the winning sires in three divisions at the 2013 NRHA Futurity. Below is a listing of the winners:

Level 4 Open division:

  • $13,117.95 to Hollywoodstinseltown, owned by David Silva, Sr., for Tinseltown Fly Guy
  • $6,558.97 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for both Dont Miss My Guns and Double Loaded (tie)
  • $6,558.97 to Walla Walla Whiz, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses, for Walla Whiz Affair and Arc Walla Dun Did It (tie)

Level 3 Open division:

  • NRHA Sire & Dam trophy to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Made By Magnum placing third

Level 4 Non Pro division:

  • $3,498.12 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Dunit The Gunner Way for (tie)
  • $3,498.12 to Very Smart Remedy, owned by Anne Reynolds, for Magicality (tie)
  • $1,749.06 to Big Chex To Cash, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, for Big Creme Chic

Started in 1966, the NRHA Sire & Dam program continues to provide significant benefits to both stallion and mare owners. Stallions who participate in the program are eligible for NRHA Futurity and Derby awards, while mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings to the top stallions in the industry at reduced rates. Sire & Dam offspring are eligible for reduced entry fees for the NRHA Futurity and Derby, as well as later entry deadlines for both events.

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like to learn more about it please contact Hayley Lewallen, Coordinator of Marketing & Development at hlewallen@nrha.com or (405)946-7400.


Pictured above: Hollywoodstinseltown ridden by Marco Ricotta

Photo credit: Waltenberry

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Vanlandingham & Visser Tie at Ardmore CRI in Final US Qualifying Reining

February 7, 2014 – Ardmore, OK USA – In the final qualifying event for riders to advance to the US Team Selection Trial for the US Reining Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, a tied result stood unbroken for the first place position.

Sharing the top of the podium were Jason Vanlandingham of Whitesboro, Texas, who scored a 71 while showing Shiners Chic, owned by Rosanne Sternberg of Great Britain, as well as Josh Visser, also of Whitesboro riding his own Magnum With A Dream to a matching score.
Drake Johnson of Wray, CO rode his own Sonic Chic Dream to a score of 70, earning the bronze medal position.

In an international field of starters, the Ardmore, Oklahoma Concours de Reining featured athletes and owners from five nations, including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico and the host nation of the United States of America. Riders from all corners of the globe continue to earn invaluable qualifying points to meet minimum criteria to attend their national championships and the honor of representing their nation at the quadrennial FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG).

Additional riders at the Ardmore CRI who gained the requisite scores for US Reining Team Official Selection Trial advancement included: Todd Sommers, Jordan Larson and Rocky Dare. International riders included: Martin Larcombe and Hernando Jimenez.

USA Reining, the official affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation serves as the kick-start organization for US riders with international aspirations. Providing a pipeline of talented horses and riders to the USEF’s high performance programs, USA Reining offers competitive programs, education and support within the FEI/USEF sport structure for Reiners. For more information about USA Reining, click on: www.USAReining.org

All US athletes now advance to the much-anticipated US Team Selection Trials at the Kentucky Reining Cup, held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 25-27, 2014. For more information about the Official Selection Trial, click on: www.KentuckyReining.com

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Brad Ettleman, USA Reining
(303) 525-3964

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

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Cactus Reining Classic Announces the Addition of AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes

From Cactus Reining Classic – Scottsdale, Arizona - In response to the growing popularity of the AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes, Cactus Reining Classic is pleased to announce the addition of both the AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure and AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure classes to the 2014 schedule at the upcoming event held at WestWorld of Scottsdale March 5-9, 2014.

A favorite of exhibitors and spectators alike, the class is judged on how well horses and riders perform in a simulated ranch environment.  “In Ranch Pleasure, judges look for a perfect, handy horse with manners, versatility and movement,” said AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross.  “There’s a real emphasis on forward movement and ground-covering gaits, while rules of cadence still apply.”

“I was astonished, and excited at the popularity of this new AQHA division since the debut in 2013, and am so excited about the future of these classes as an opportunity for Reiners to continue learns horsemanship skills while having fun.  I love that horses from all disciplines are competing against each other, and that everyone has the chance to be competitive.  Being able to offer these classes at Cactus Reining Classic this year is icing on the cake”, said horse show Producer Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group.

The AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure class will be held Wednesday, March 5th and the AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure class will be held Friday March 7th.  Both classes will be held in Arena 6.

About Cactus Reining Classic~ Established in 2005, this competition is the first event in the three show “Triple Crown of Reining Series” that includes Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic, all of which are recognized by the NRHA among their top ranked approved events worldwide.

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

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KL Performance Horses Returns as NRHA European Futurity Main Sponsor

NRHA European Futurity in Kreuth, Germany
March 30 – April 5

By Simona Diale – KL Performance Horses, owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, will be the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity Main Sponsor once again.  KL Performance Horses has been supporting Austrian reining on more levels for many years and is, for the second year running, the title sponsor of the 2013 KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity.

“We are very impressed with the development of the NRHA European Futurity and that is what encouraged us to sponsor this event, as well as the NRHA European Derby, for the first time last year, ” says Sabine Lisec. “We truly want to support this great show, and the fact the NRHA European Futurity started implementing the NRHA European Region Medications Policy in 2013 motivated us even more to contribute here and to the sport of Reining in general.”KL-Logo_weißerHG

Sabine and Chuck own the K Ranch located in Steyr-Gleink, Austria. The beautiful and functional facility offers lessons, training, selling and showing. It is home to three stallions that stand at the Ranch: Joe Wise Er (Joes Two Eyed Jack x Jackie Gay Bar), Sprattin (Docs Jac Sprat x Peppy Sandria) and Stylish Top Gun (Elite El Dorado x Somethin Stylish).

Sabine and Chuck’s daughter, Anna Lisec, is an active youth competitor who represented her country at the 2013 FEI European Young Riders Reining Championships.  The Austrian Team took home the Bronze medal and Anna went on to win the Bronze medal in the Individual competition.

For further information regarding KL Performance Horses, visit www.reining-performance.com.

The KL Performance Horses Non Pro European Futurity, open to four-year-old horses subscribed in the NRHA European Nomination Program, will offer the €36,000-added L4, the €11,000-added or more L3, the €6,400 or more L2 and the €3,200 or more L1.  The qualifying go round is scheduled for Monday, March 31, the consolation on Wednesday, April 2 and the finals on Friday, April 4. The entry deadline for the Futurity classes is February 17.

For all the information regarding the NRHA European Futurity, please visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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The February Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverSit down and catch up on all the 2013 NRHA Futurity excitement in this month’s Digital Reiner. This issue is packed full of competition highlights and sale results.

Along with Futurity coverage, this month also features tips and tricks on grooming your horse to perfection, getting to know non pro competitor Denise Bixler and some inside knowledge of showing your horse to its maximum potential from NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani. Enjoy!

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Nominate for Professional of the Year

Nominations Due March 1

Nominate an NRHA Professional who exemplified excellence in the NRHA community in 2013. This distinction is reserved exclusively for the elite individuals who, in all aspects of their career, consistently excel in perpetuating the growth of the NRHA, both in and out of the show pen, while maintaining the ideals of the reining horse.

Any current NRHA member can nominate a 2013 NRHA Professional.

Recognition Categories for 2013 NRHA Professional of the Year include:

  • NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Non Pro Coach of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Youth Coach of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year

Selection will be based upon the candidate’s mastery of and contributions to:

  • Promoting NRHA Professionals and NRHA
  • Exemplifying integrity and sincerity within the industry and to the public
  • Insuring the welfare of the reining horse

The NRHA Professional of the Year in each category will be awarded a custom pair of Montana Silversmiths Trophy Spurs. Each NRHA Professional of the Year award recipient will also receive recognition on the NRHA website, recognition at the NRHA awards banquet and recognition in the NRHA Reiner.

Due March 1
One nomination form per NRHA member per category. Nominator must be a current NRHA member and nominee must be an NRHA Professional in 2013 for final review by the Professionals Committee.

For any additional information, please contact Christina Brezack at cbrezack@nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.

NRHA Professionals: An open rider’s earnings begin to count for Top 20 purposes from the date and time they join NRHA Professionals. So now is the time to ask yourself: “Have I renewed?”

2014 NRHA Professionals Membership Form

For any additional information on the NRHA Professionals program, please contact Association Services at memberships@nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.

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Inaugural NRHA Adaptive Reining Classes to be Hosted in Florida

By Shianne Megel - The National Reining Horse Association, partnering with their supporting entity, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, is proud to implement an Adaptive Reining Program beginning in 2014. As the standard setting-body for the sport of Reining, NRHA now will approve and recognize Adaptive Reining classes and bring the sport to reining enthusiasts of all ability levels. The program’s standards, rules and policies will ensure NRHA’s ability to offer an inclusive, safe and fun environment for para-equestrians worldwide. RHSF will support the program in the form of scholarships and NRHA Affiliate grants that may be used to award prizes for Adaptive Reining classes.

“I’m very excited to be able to expand the access to the sport of Reining. The thrill of experiencing Reining is amazing. NRHA is very happy to provide an avenue in which we can welcome para-equestrians with the Adaptive Reining Program,” said Beth Himes, NRHA President.

The inaugural Adaptive Reining classes will be held Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 during the 2014 Florida Reining Classic hosted by the Florida Reining Horse Association (FRHA).

On Tuesday, February 25 prior to the Bill Horn Shootout, an Adaptive Reining Demonstration is scheduled with Pat and Caton Parelli. Pat’s son Caton was born with a condition known as hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. After going into a coma, doctors doubted his survival and predicted if he did, he may never walk or talk and would need constant care for the rest of his life. Caton is now almost 30 years old and a seasoned competitor in NRHA, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association events. The combination of Pat’s natural horsemanship concepts and the newly recognized Adaptive Reining Program promises to be an educational and enjoyable event for all.

A benefit auction will be held Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29. The FRHA is looking for items to benefit the NRHA Adaptive Riding Program. Items may be sent to FRHA at 2330 NW 140th St., Citra, FL 32113.

For more information on the NRHA Adaptive Reining Program, contact NRHA (405) 946-7400.

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