NRHA Makes Enhancements as the Association Prepares to Celebrate the History and Skyrocket into the Future

The National Reining Horse Association Makes Enhancements as the Association Prepares to Celebrate the History and Skyrocket into the Future

The 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity takes place November 26 – December 5 and is the pinnacle event to kick off NRHA’s 50th Anniversary year in 2016. With this major event comes the introduction of a new image, brand and look for the future of this growing organization. The global voice for the sport of reining also announces a new Headquarters coming this fall.

Oklahoma City, Okla., September 2, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has many things to celebrate – the talented horses, passionate members and for being the cornerstone for one of the most popular equestrian sports in the world. To add to the celebration, NRHA is excited to invite everyone to the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity November 26 – December 5 and to participate in special presentations, witness throwbacks from the first Futurity, and see some of the best athletes on the planet gun for an estimated total cash purse and prizes of more than $2 million!

In addition to the excitement of the 50th Running of the Futurity, NRHA is excited to announce that the current membership has increased more than 2% from the same time last year. Even better, we’re using the excitement from this excellent news to begin coordinating plans to kick off NRHA’s 50th Anniversary year in 2016. “We are very excited to celebrate 50 years of the NRHA Futurity, and we are even more excited to look to our growing membership and celebrate the Association’s 50th Anniversary in 2016! Furthermore, these milestones culminate with the opening of our new International Headquarters in Oklahoma City this fall,” commented NRHA Commissioner, Gary Carpenter.

The new International Headquarters will reside on the south side of State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. A special ribbon cutting ceremony will take place during the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity. Spectators and members are encouraged to drive by the new headquarters on Reno Avenue in Oklahoma City to see the progress of this majestic new facility.

“This new facility will be an beautiful addition to State Fair Park. We are excited to work with NRHA on the development of this building, and being the horse show capital of the world, we think this new facility puts an exclamation point on that statement. This will be a great place to come learn about the sport of reining as well as an excellent office complex for the staff to have an extremely pleasant workspace to help continue to grow this excellent organization,” added State Fair Park Vice President, Bill Allen.

After October 1, NRHA’s new address will be:
National Reining Horse Association
3021 West Reno
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
(405) 946-7400 (does not change)
(405) 946-8610 (does not change)

In addition to these major announcements, NRHA unveiled a new 50th Anniversary logo to celebrate the future of this great organization. The logo was studied by a team of marketing professionals to redesign a mark that celebrates the history of the past 50 years, and provides NRHA with a look and feel to point towards the next 50. The design comes with a new color palette, a redesigned sliding horse and cleaner look. This new image, brand and look are yet another avenue to celebrate the future of this growing organization.

NRHA is pleased to invite everyone to keep a keen eye on for upcoming special announcements, opportunities to participate at NRHA’s major events and to help find ways to show the equine community just how special the sport of reining is to spectators and competitors alike. Make plans now to attend the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity for edge of your seat exciting competition! More information is available at

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

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


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2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity
74,500 Euro Added Open Derby
31,050 Euro Added Non Pro Derby
13-19 September, Manerbio, Italy

It’s Euro Derby Time!

Manerbio, September 7 – Provided by Simona Diale – Close to 340 horses are preparing to make their way to the Palasturla Equestrian Center in Manerbio, Italy, where the 2015 edition of the NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity will be held next week. The numbers prove that the fifth edition of the event is already a success, considering the tight show schedule European reiners have been on during this season.

KL Performance Horses are Main Sponsors

Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, of KL Performance Horses, have been huge supporters of both the NRHA European Futurity and European Derby. For the third year running, KL Performance Horses will once again be the main sponsors of the European Derby. “It’s fun watching the garden grow and every year it gets better and that’s what makes this event so much fun,” says Chuck Klipfel. “The European Nomination Program is what is making it grow and the figures are really impressive: we decided that we should put more interest in the lower levels and it’s working!”

Just as enthusiastic is Sabine Lisec: “We have always paid particular attention to the younger riders and what we are seeing here at the Euro Futurity and Euro Derby are more and more upcoming young reiners that keep working hard and at the same time have a lot of fun. This wonderful atmosphere helps us all to move on,” says Sabine.  “Everything begins from the passion we have and that is why Chuck and I are doing all this! Another important aspect for us is the NRHA Medications policy that has always been implemented here and which also helped implement a policy in the US. It is now truly fair for everybody.”

Supporting the 2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity are:

Premium Sponsors: Markel Insurance and Arcese Quarter Horses

Platinum Sponsors: Bob’s Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cowboy’s Magazine and Smiraprint

Gold Sponsors: Quarter Dream and 23 Quarter Horses/Fonck Performance Horses

Silver Sponsors: Purina, Guidolin and Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck

Bronze Sponsors: Tenute del Falco Rosso

European Derby Facts and Figures

The Derby is open to 4-5-6 and 7-year-old horses and is run in a qualifying go-round and clean-slate finals. All 4-5 and 6-year-old horses must be paid in full in the Nomination Program.

The Derby Open this year counts 94 entries: (L 4 – 52 entries/L 3 – 45 entries / L 2 – 50 entries / L 1 – 27 entries)

Added money: Level 4 €37,000 / Level 3 €27,250* / Level 2 €15,500* / Level 1 €7,750*
The Non Pro Derby counts 83 entries: (L 4 – 42 entries / L 3 – 48 entries / L 2 – 62 entries / L 1 – 48 entries)

Added money: Level 4 €15,000 / Level 3 €11,650* / Level 2 €6,650* / Level 1 €3,300*
(* or more – subject to change based on nominations)


The NRHA European Pre Futurity:

Open to 3-year-old horses shown one or two handed in any legal bit, the European Pre Futurity offers the €1.750-added Open Level 4 and €750-added Open Level 2 as well as the €1.750-added Non Pro Level 4 and €750-added Level 2.

Ancillary Action:  A full-slate of NRHA approved classes is offered during the Show.

For further information please visit


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NRHA Classes Begin at Tulsa Reining Classic


NRHA Classes Begin at Tulsa Reining Classic

The first of the National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes at the Tulsa Reining Classic began early Tuesday morning. The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, runs through Sunday, September 6, and features several big-money aged events, a full slate of ancillary classes, and, starting Thursday, the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships.


With a score of 143.5, Sebastian Petroll and Magnalicioius claimed the $1,000 Added Open ancillary class at the Tulsa Reining Classic. Held Tuesday in the Mustang Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the class was run concurrently with the Intermediate Open, Limited Open, and Rookie Professional classes.

Magnalicious is by NRHA $3 Million Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Pines Nifty Doll. Magnalicious is owned by Brad Lieblong of Jonesboro, Arkansas. “We just bought her. We really liked her at Katy and have been working really hard with her. We think by next year she’ll be really good,” Petroll said. “She’s very good minded. She has a lot of turn and is a real complete horse.”

Intermediate Open

Michael Davis piloted Cross Step Wrangler, by Starlights Wrangler out of Hollywood Two Step, to a 141 to secure the lead of the Intermediate Open and second in the Open. Cross Step Wrangler is owned by Emily Morris of Davenport, Iowa.

Tied for second were Brent Loseke and Chic Out This Gun with Roger Barral with Manhattan Chic. Chic Out This Gun (Chicoutmyblingbling x Footworks Gotta Gun) is owned by Karolyn Kennedy of Gainesville, Texas. Manhattan Chic (Smart Chic Olena x This Chex On Top) is owned by Francisco Ayres Lopes of Gordonville, Texas.

Limited Open

Josefine Spangfors had a great first day at Tulsa. Riding Shiners Banjo, owned by her father’s company Euro Vets Inc., she won the Limited Open. The pair marked a 138.5.

“Shiners Banjo is a 6-year-old that I’ve owned for two years,” she said. Following the class, Spangfors was seen toting around her small chihuahua. “I bring him to all the shows. He’s my lucky charm.”

Although it’s Shiners Banjo’s first time to compete in Tulsa, Spangfors is a veteran of the event. “I just love this place. It has so many arenas and it’s such a nice place to show,” she said. Now she has her eyes set on Friday, when she and Shiners Banjo will compete for a title in the Affiliate Regional Championships.

There was a tie for second between Lorenzo Concarella who rode Tinseltowns Pearl and Rafael Celeste with Paparazzi Princess. Tinseltowns Pearl (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl) is owned by Janine Inmon of Midlothian, Texas, while Paparazzi Princess (Gallo Del Cielo x Princess In Diamonds) is owned by Gabriel Diano of Purcell, Oklahoma.

Rookie Professional

In his first time to ever compete at the Tulsa Reining Classic, Milo Kurucz won the Rookie Professional on Wimpys Little Gal. Riding for Rosanne Sternberg of Aubrey, Texas, Kurucz marked a 141.5 on the mare by Wimpys Little Step out of My Topsail Gal.

“I thank Rosanne for the opportunity to show this mare,” Karucz said of the 8-year-old mare. “This is only our second show. I’ve just ridden her a couple months, because she just got back from Europe.”

So far, Karucz is impressed with Tulsa. “It’s a pretty cool show. I love it. There are great horses and riders and it’s a great opportunity,” he said.

Lars Mortenson and A Gran Torino (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shiners Crystal) finished second in the Rookie Professional. A Gran Torino is owned by William Rivera of Houston, Texas.

Rookie Level 1 & 2

With dual wins in Rookie Levels 1 and 2, Jennifer Greenleaf is excited about her chance at a spot in the National Affiliate Championships when she competes Friday in the Affiliate Regional Championships. “Winning this class gives me a lot of confidence going into Friday’s class,” she said. “So hopefully we’ll make it to Oklahoma City.”

Greenleaf and her horse, Dun Git A Nicadual, marked a 142.5 to win the class. “Everything just went smoothly and easy. My last two days of riding didn’t feel perfect and then today, before I went in, Tom (McCutcheon) told me to cowgirl up.” She added, “I did and it worked!”

The Aubrey, Texas, Non Pro has owned the Mister Nicadual gelding, out of Gotta Git Ya Dun, for six months. As she was presented with her awards, she shared how much she enjoys the flashy palomino. “He’s the best horse in the world. Tom showed him a lot in the past and had a lot of success. He’s got lots of personality and is perfect,” she said. “He’s taught me everything I know, and I am very lucky to own him.”

Nancy Currie took reserve in the Rookie Level 1 and Prime Time Rookie with a 140.5 on her horse, Dun Playin Tag. Dun Playin Tag is by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Brennas Dunit Fancy.

Prime Time Rookie

Placing reserve in the Rookie Level 2 and finishing as Champion of the Prime Time Rookie was Todd Holbrook, of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Holbrook rode his 8-year-old gelding A Juicy Chex to a 142. “I’ve been competing here at Tulsa for six or seven years, but this is my first time to win a class,” he said. “My horse rode really well today; it was probably the best he’s done.”

Holbrook credited his trainer, Sam Smith, for his success. “Sam works with me, my wife, and my daughter. He’s really good to work with. He’s honest and encouraging but tough when needed.

AQHA All Age Reining

A win in the AQHA All Age Reining at Tulsa almost guarantees a spot at the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show. So after winning the two-day class, Stoptown and Dell Hendricks will likely be taking a trip to Oklahoma City next year. Stoptown is a 2012 stallion owned by Douglas Van Rees.

“I’ve been riding him since the Derby. Ruben actually trained him and then asked me if I would take over at the Derby,” Hendricks said. “This is my first horse to ride for Doug. He was pretty good in this class, and I’ll show him again in the futurity later this week.”

Another Gunner Nite, a horse Dell owns with his wife Terri, won second in the class with Parker Wurst.

Competition continues tomorrow with the Darling 888 Developing Horse Futurity in the Ford Truck Arena, and the Green Reiner classes in the Mustang Arena.

A complete schedule of events and daily results can be found on Follow the Tulsa Reining Classic on Twitter and Facebook.

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**Show updates will be posted to this release as it becomes available.

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AMERICANA 2015! Top Stars in the World Cup Bronze Trophy Open Go round


AMERICANA 2015! Top Stars in the World Cup Bronze Trophy Open Go round

Sail_On_Top_Whizard_Bernard_FonckProvided by Ramona Billing, September 1, 2015 – Tomorrow, 2015 AMERICANA opens its doors for visitors, and the sports program starts with one of the top highlights, the $ 55,000-added World Cup Bronze Trophy Open Go round. Among the 43 competitors, there are three NRHA Million Dollar Riders (Cody Sapergia, Rudi Kronsteiner and Bernard Fonck) and several NRHA World Champions. The entry list reads like a Who’s who of European reining horses: there four times NRHA World Champion Open Great Sun Burst (owner Manuel Bonzano) who is one of Bernard Fonck’s two horses in this show. The other is 2010 NRHA World Champion Open Sail On Top Whizard owned by Danny Cerato who won the 2010 AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open. The two stallions are among the EquiStat Top 25 Money Earners earning more than $ 600,000 altogether.

Then there is 2014 NRHA World Champion Open Ann Fonck-Poels aboard the superb mare  Ebony Spook owned by Rosanne Sternberg. Another World Champion Open is Nu Chexomatic owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses who claimed the title in 2013 with Cody Sapergia. Rudi Kronsteiner has got three fine horses in the Trophy: NRHA European Futurity Champion Dr Lee Hook (owner Glis Ranch), RS Nebbiolo Blue (owner Andrea Castrucci) and 5-year-old What A QT Whiz (owner Katja Jungfer). Grischa Ludwig who just recently claimed team silver and individual bronze at the FEI EC and was fourth at the 2014 WEG, will ride Sharp Dressed Shiner for La Mesa Ranch and Gwhiz Im Smart for Momo and Amy.

More top stars are past NRHA World Champion Non Pro Cira Baeck aboard great Whizasunnysailor BB (owner Rüdiger Diedenhofen), Uli Kofler aboard Hot Smokin Chex, who was 2011 AMERICANA Bronze Trophy 3rd and earned more than $ 173,000 so far for owner Curtis Hof, Gennaro Lendi aboard Custom Blackberry, Vern Sapergia and Guntinis Great Chex and so on…

With such top riders and horses, it is hard to predict anything for this World Cup Bronze Trophy Open. Sure: with their great experience, Great Sun Burst and Sail On Top Whizard are certainly among the top favorites, especially both horses have already been successful in Augsburg. But the younger horses have got as much talent, and high-class riders like Cody Sapergia, Grischa Ludwig or Rudi Kronsteiner surely know how to make the most of it.


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Third Times a Charm for Smart Spook


Third Times a Charm for Smart Spook

Oklahoma City, Okla., August 29, 2015 – Smart Spook made it a three-peat when his offspring continued to excel in the show pen and earned their sire more than three million dollars and a new moniker – NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire. The sorrel 2001 stallion is by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook by Million Dollar Sire Grays Starlight. Bred, raised, and owned by Rosanne Sternberg, one of only a few designated NRHA Million Dollar Owners, Smart Spook is well known for his athletic ability and outstanding disposition.

“This year has been a truly great year for Smart Spook, not only entering the NRHA Hall of Fame, but now, at the young age of 14, reaching the level of a Three Million Dollar Sire. This is also an important year for NRHA, celebrating its 50th Anniversary and moving into a new Office and Hall Of Fame building. Smart Spook and I are honored to be part of NRHA’s milestone in Reining and look forward to continuing to make an enduring mark and legacy in the sport, for many years to come. Raising, owning and standing Smart Spook is the dream of any horse breeder and reiner. His wonderful temperament and character, which he passes on to his foals, brings endless enjoyment to my family,” said Sternberg when notified of Smart Spook’s newest designation.

Smart Spook, has over $403,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).  Not only did he earn the 2004 NRHA Futurity Level (L)4 Open, the 2005 NRHA Derby, the 2005 AQHA World championship in Jr. Reining, but he earned a record six Gold Medals in FEI World Reining Masters competition.

The true evaluation of a stallion lies in his progeny.  A prolific stallion, Smart Spook puts a stamp on his offspring that leaves no doubt as to their quality and potential.  To test that philosophy, consider his Top 5 money-earning offspring:

  1. Custom Spook       $212,424.82
  2. Red Stripe Spook  $179,729.30
  3. Shine N Spook       $168,259.37
  4. Spook Off Sparks  $142,339.23
  5. Ebony Spook         $123,354.63

NRHA is very pleased to congratulate Smart Spook and owner Rosanne Sternberg on this sterling accomplishment!

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The NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale Consignment is Tuesday, September 1!


The National Reining Horse Association / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale Consignment is Tuesday, September 1!

Oklahoma City, Okla., August 28, 2015 – Looking to sell a horse?  Bring it to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale!  The NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales are the prime place to consign reining horses for sale. It’s held with the largest reining event in the world – the NRHA Futurity.  New for 2015, NRHA is adding a Production section to the Marketplace Sale on Thursday, December 3.

This unique venue gives consignors access to a diverse group of buyers, and it’s the one sale everyone is still talking about where to find reining horses in a world-class facility. More information about the sale, as well as the one place to download forms is available at

Please note a few important reminders for 2015:

  • Sale Consignment Deadline is September 1!
    • Videos and Photos for Futurity Prospect and Select Yearling Consignments due September 1 (digital files preferred)
  • All NRHA Sire and Dam Offspring are eligible to consign to the Futurity Sales
  • All Consignment forms must have original breed paper(s) and signed transfer(s) if deducting consignment fees from sale proceeds
  • Digital Radiographs must be provided on all 2-year-olds that are accepted into the Futurity Prospect Sale and all yearlings accepted into the Select Yearling Sale. Digital Radiographs must be provided on all yearlings, 2-year-olds and riding horses consigned to the Marketplace Sale
  • Two-year-olds that are consigned to and are sold in the 2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect Sale (“graduates”) will be eligible to compete for an additional payout during the NRHA Futurity!
  • All forms and checklists are available at

Updated Sale Schedule:
- Marketplace Sale – Thursday, December 3 at 8:30 a.m.
  NEW for 2015! Production section! Learn more below!
- Futurity Prospect Sale Preview – Thursday, December 3 at 4 p.m.
- Futurity Sales Dinner – Friday, December 4 at 5 p.m.
- Futurity Prospect Sale – Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
- Select Yearling Sale – Saturday, December 5 at 9 a.m.
  Saturday’s sale will be only for a select group of yearlings

The Production Section of the Marketplace Sale!
The Production section of the Marketplace Sale is a new, special section where breeders can sell two yearlings at a time in the Sale Arena!  The highest bid gets the first pick, and the second yearling will sell immediately following.
Only available to eligible to breeders who consign more than 10 horses.

For questions about deadlines, consignment fees, commissions and pass out fees, visit or contact Tiffany Gonzales at (405) 946-7400. Interested parties are also welcome to email

2014 Sale Statistics:
•          Prospect: $225,000 high seller – $43,760 average
•          Select Yearling: $112,000 high seller – $21,310 average
•          Marketplace: $23,000 high seller – $6,100 average

The long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance largely supports NRHA’s Sales.  Markel Insurance has continued their support for more than 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Select Yearling Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

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

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


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Beautiful Western Horsemanship in Beautiful Western Europe


Beautiful Western Horsemanship in Beautiful Western Europe

2015 HorsePower, Inc. European Tour, Featuring Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship off to a Great Start

Provided by Alden Corrigan of HorsePower, Inc., August 26, 2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark: Exceeding expectations in every way, the 2015 edition of HorsePower, Inc.’s Euro Tour is off and running, bringing world champion, internet sensation and western horse sport clinician Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship into these exciting emerging western horse sport markets.

The first of a six-week tour of events was held in beautiful Provence, France and hosted by David Roux & family’s Ranch Etalon Blanc. Outstanding horses, wonderful horsemanship and a weekend of development and growth crowned an exceptional kick-off for the tour, leaving behind horses and riders of greater talent and potential. The Roux family has been supporting western horse sport in the southerly French city of Avignon for five decades and the clinic was part of a warm-up into the highly successful Roux Trophy Reining event, an international show of great esteem throughout Europe. For more information about Ranch Etalon Blanc, click on:

For the second weekend, the tour made its way north to the shires and fertile farmlands of the East Midlands of England. Located not far from Nottingham, Oakridge Quarter Horses opened their stunning facilities and internationally renowned hospitality to sold-out clinic participants and more than 150 spectators for the two-day event. Oakridge is dedicated to the development of superior western horse sport throughout England and all of Europe and that mission was on full display from start to finish of this action-packed weekend.

Founder Lita Pocock, together with her daughter Becky and son-in-law (and resident Reining horse trainer) Lee Rutter have worked hard to develop world-class facility, breeding, training programs and social club for the western horse culture in England. Among many other awards and accolades, Lee represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and was part of the FEI bronze-medal winning team for Great Britain at the FEI European Reining Championship in 2009. For more information about Oakridge Quarter Horses, click on:

Debuting horsemanship clinics in Europe as a part of the HorsePower, Inc. tour, Dan James is the 2014 World Champion Freestyle Reining Champion, the 2015 People’s Choice Award Winner at that same competition, was the 2014 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion, top-five in the Mustang Million, 2012 Road to the Horse Champion, plus many more titles and achievements. James comes from Australia and splits his time between his home nation and the United States, but can trace at least half of his heritage back to England, making the second stop dually special for the now-world-famous equestrian.

Commenting on the level of horses found here in Europe, James noted that the most striking thing is the surprisingly high quality. “I didn’t know what to expect coming to a new continent and a new set of traditions for western horsemanship, however the horses are really nice, are trained well and that helps a great deal in stepping up to the more advanced levels in education.” James continued, “It’s really great and a lot more fun for me, plus a much more hightened experience for the participants. It’s obvious that our new friends in the Roux family and the great folks at Oakridge Quarter Horses have spent a great deal of time and investment bringing western horse sport to a very high level for many, many years.”

The 2015 HorsePower, Inc. European Tour, featuring clinician Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship continues on in Denmark, followed by Stockholm, Sweden and finally concludes at the Scandinavian Derby and SRHA September Rundown in Axvalla (Gothenburg), Sweden.

Promotional considerations provided by 2015 Euro Tour sponsor Equiflight International Horse Transport Services.

Comprehensive information about the 2015 Euro Tour

More information about Double Dan Horsemanship


Media Contact: Brad Ettleman

HorsePower, Inc.

High resolution images are available to members of the media upon request and verification of recognized publication. Please click on the link below to access these images or use the email address above for additional requests, which we are happy to do our best to accommodate.


Required photo credit on all images: Holly Williams

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

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Polo Ranch Announces the Passing of Gallo Del Cielo

Subject: Gallo Del Cielo “Rooster”
Contact: Susie Reed • 580-490-1103

Polo Ranch Announces
the Passing of Gallo Del Cielo

ROOSTER side view NEW SCANkcMARIETTA, OK – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rooster due to an accident the morning of August 20. Up to that day, he had enjoyed good health and had just finished a successful breeding season.

It has been a great privilege to own and stand Rooster and to have enjoyed the many friendships and people we have met because of him. Polo Ranch was the creation of Joe Schuchert and was successful because of the horses and family of people that it brought together.

Those of us who loved and cared for Rooster were together for many years and were also together the day of his passing. We will cherish the memories he left us and hope that all his fans will also enjoy the beautiful and talented foals that he sired.

As one of Equi-Stat’s leading reining sires since 2005, and with offspring earnings just under $6 Million, Rooster leaves behind an indelible legacy.


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NRHA Advances Important Rule Changes To Help Grow The Sport Of Reining


National Reining Horse Association Completes Another Successful Board of Directors Meeting and Advances Important Rule Changes to Help Grow the Sport of Reining

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug. 20, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) concluded their August 2015 Board of Directors meeting, making several recommendations and approving several important rule changes that will help advance the sport of Reining. In addition to important event conditions and guidelines, the Board also discussed all 2016 rule change proposals submitted to the body earlier this year. The board considered long-term administrative, global and fiduciary impact, in addition to member feedback provided via its website, direct contact and letters from the membership.

“This was a tremendously effective meeting and many important rule changes were put into place starting January 1, 2016. Several administrative changes to the handbook were also approved to streamline processes and help NRHA to continue to grow in the future. Most importantly, these changes make Reining better for all spectators and competitors leading us into our 50th Anniversary year in 2016,” commented NRHA President, Rick Clark. Clark added that he hoped the membership goes and votes on important bylaw change proposals and Executive Committee candidates before September 9 to have their voice heard.

In addition to the approved rule changes below, the NRHA Board of Directors approved a winter meeting in January 2016 in Oklahoma City, made exceptional strides to advance, rework and enhance NRHA’s technological backbone and approved a new deadline for submitting rule change proposals. Members also should note rule change proposal 81-02-16 that requires a rider and owner to be a current member before showing. The previous practice was to bill nonmembers for a membership and to award all monies on the competition record, however, nonmembers will now be disqualified, not billed and will forfeit all winnings. Join or renew your NRHA membership today to avoid being disqualified for a lapsed membership at events starting in January!

Below is a summary (with a brief of the intent of the change) on the action taken at this year’s August Board of Directors Meeting. All action taken will become effective January 1, 2016. For more detailed and complete information on each item, log onto the Members Only section

41-01-16 - Increases the protest filing fee to $250 to help cover legal costs.

44-01-16 - The appeal of a Hearing Body’s decision will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, reviewing only the information presented to the Investigative Review Committee and Hearing Body.  No additional information will be admitted.

44-02-16 - The decision of the Hearing Body will be released to the persons involved as soon as possible, as an immediate notification may not be possible.

47-01-16 - Maintains uniformity with other sections of Disciplinary Action.

47-02-16 Rewords the heading of the section to correspond with wording in the rest of the section and to maintain uniformity with other sections of Disciplinary Action.

48-01-16 – Includes not allowing contact with either the NRHA Board of Directors or Executive Committee in the course of a protest.

48-02-16 - Revokes the NRHA membership of any member who has been suspended for more than 5 consecutive calendar years, either through disciplinary action or failure to pay.

50-01-16 - These changes include more consistent references to the Animal Welfare and Medications Policies and the Medications Hearing Panel.

54-01-16 - Testing fees will be applied as described in the NRHA Animal Welfare & Medications Policy and NRHA European Region Animal Welfare & Medications Policy. A $7 fee will be assessed per horse, per event effective January 1, 2016. The updated policy (NRHA Policy 11-07-27 – Animal Welfare & Medications Policy (Excluding European Events)) can be found in the Members Only section of

60-01-16 - Allows current NRHA Professionals to maintain a Code of Conduct form on file as long as membership remains current. There is not a Lifetime NRHA Professionals membership, therefore annual membership fees still apply.

61-01-16 - Lowers the waiting period to three years for those members who are no longer an NRHA Professional and wish to become a Non Pro.

62-01-16 - Allows Non Pro competitors the opportunity to participate in our sport without the strict horse ownership restrictions that are currently in place. The lease fee is $100 with renewals being $20, only if completed prior to the lease lapsing on NRHA records. Money earnings during the term of the lease would track as if the lessee is the owner of the horse. All leases end December 31 of the calendar year.

64-01-16 - Improves timelines in responding to Apprentice Applications. All questionable applications will be passed forward to the Non Pro Committee for review.

66-02-16 - Makes the categories of competition and class eligibility easier to understand in a chart format.

68-01-16 - Eliminates duplicate information already included in the Rules for Judging.

74-01-16 - Creates a chart to allow exhibitors easier access to event type approval deadlines.

80-01-16 - Clearly defines the requirements and duties of the NRHA Show Representative position making this information easier to locate and read.

81-01-16 - This moves G. GENERAL SHOW CONDITIONS before F. EVENT APPROVAL and allows the Handbook to flow better from the perspective of the exhibitor.

81-02-16 - Removes the provision allowing all nonmembers to be fined and billed for the membership dues, and now DOES NOT allow earnings accumulated at that show to be recorded. Any nonmembers will be disqualified and forfeited. All riders and owners must be current or join at the time of entry.

82-01-16 - Now, the NRHA Handbook clearly states the need for riders in Para Reining classes to wear ASTM/SEI certified helmets at all times while mounted (during warm-up/practice and while showing).

89-02-16 - Allows Para-Reining classes and events to be held in conjunction with other Para Equestrian events such as but not limited to USA Reining and AQHA Para events. A Para-Reining show may be held as a stand-alone event.

89-03-16 - Correctly uses only the terms jog and lope when referencing the gaits typically referenced in the western stock horse industry – trot and canter has been removed.

90-01-16 - This edit gives exhibitors and show management flexibility to break ties other than using the coin flip option.

99-01-16 - This adds clarification to the rules and requires a youth to have a birthdate on file.

99-02-16 - This addresses the youth lease and follows the same approved changes outlined in 62-01-16.

100-01-16 - Removes the section concerning Youth Incentive Awards from the NRHA Handbook. Once removed from the Handbook, it will become a policy.

104-01-16 - This change now enhances the duties of the NRHA Steward to draw more attention to the welfare of the horse.

112-01-16 - This change adds a Judges Monitor job description, further defining what is expected of them and who will be able to utilize them.

117-01-16 - Allows for tails to be lengthened by hair-to-hair attachment, including weighted tails.

117-02-16 - Allows for riders to straighten the excess rein while in motion as long as they do not alter the tension or length of the reins.

118-01-16 - Adds further definition to actions resulting in a score of zero (for example, rollbacks and the center line).

119-01-16 - Adds further definition to actions resulting in a one-half point penalty (for example, center line).

123-01-16 - Approves the addition of two new official NRHA patterns.

125-01-16 - Rewords patterns 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13 to describe the most desired way to accomplish the transition from circling to the stop.

158-01-16 - Allows AA and A events to utilize the two-point penalty review without having to put it in individual event conditions. Judges will be allowed to review break-of-gate, jogging more than two strides and freeze ups as long as one judge calls the penalty.

In addition to the above rule changes, the NRHA Board of Directors approves the below housekeeping changes in order to clarify the NRHA Handbook and to clean up language.

  • 39-01-16
  • 59-01-16
  • 61-04-16
  • 64-02-16
  • 74-02-16
  • 80-02-16
  • 86-01-16

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$80,000-added ARHA Futurity: Cody Sapergia & Desire Big Chex lead after Open Futurity Go-round for 3-year-old Horses

$80,000-added ARHA Futurity:

Cody Sapergia & Desire Big Chex lead after Open Futurity Go-round for 3-year-old Horses

Cody_Sapergia_Desire_By_ChexAugust 20, 2015 - 63 horses had been entered for the Austrian RHA Futurity Open go-round for 3-year-old horses. Very early, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA Open World Champion Cody Sapergia took the lead in the Level (L) 4 Open aboard Franz Josef Braidt’s Desire Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Topsails Desire) and kept it until the end. The flashy AQHA/APHA stallion, who was bred by Carlo Orsi, had some penalties in his turnarounds because of overturning, but his good circles and especially the stops earned him a 215.5.

”Desire Big Chex is a real fun horse,” said Sapergia afterwards. “He is a pretty mover and a great athlete. Dominik Reminder started him, and I got him last September. This is our first real show, and I’m happy with him. He stayed very relaxed. So for the final, we just try to stay out of penalties.” Cody also rode another horse into the final for owner Braidt: Whiz Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Remmicks Whiz) scoring a 213 (8th place in the go-round).

Three riders tied for second place in the L4 Open scoring a 215 each: FEI Reserve European Champion Grischa Ludwig aboard Coeur Lee Boon MM (Coeur D Wright Stuff x Jaci Lee Boon MM) owned by Andreas Dick, Manuel Cortesi aboard PC Magnum Step Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Wimpys Precious Step) owned by Az Agr Cortesi Piero and Sylvia Rzepka aboard USS Nu Spook (Smart Spook x USS Nu Chex) owned by Guenter Fellinger.

Manuel Cortesi dominates L3 Open Go-Round, Massimo Bellani L 1 and 2

So, Manuel Cortesi and PC Magnum Step Dream were also leading the L3 Open go-round with  Massimo Bellani aboard  Matteo Gottardo‘s Valentine Trip (Taris Valentine x Dark Blue River) following in second place. Bellani and his stallion scored a 214.5, which was the lead in the L2 and 1 Open.

In the L2 Open, Raffaele Colacicco and OT Start Me Up owned by Marco Mele placed second scoring a 213.5, in L1 Open, Kristiaan Hermus aboard his  Checkmybarbiesturbo (Barbies Dun It x Golden Bueno Checker) scoring a 212.5.

Dominik Reminder wins Futurity Go-round for Open 4-year-old horses

It was NRHA Open Reserve World Champion Dominik Reminder who topped the Futurity Open go-round for 4-year-old horses. In a field of 37, he scored a 219.5 aboard Luga Quarter Horses‘ La Marka de Gunner. With this Paint mare by Gunner out of Smokin Marquita, Reminder placed sixth at the 2014 NRHA Breeders Futurity SBH Open.

Second place in the L4 Open division went to Giuseppe Prevosti aboard Wimpys Little Chees (Wimpys Little Step x Tuck Oak Enterprise). The stallion, bred by Ambrosini QH and owned by PL Partnership ASD, scored a 218.5.

Miroslav Baniari leading in L3, Manuel Cortesi in L2 and Fabio Alfonsetti in L1

In L3 Open, Miroslav Baniari took the lead aboard Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gay Light Star) scoring a 218. The AQHA gelding who was also third in the L4 Open, was bred by Sterling Ranch and is owned by Wolfgang Hammer. With a 216.5, Manuel Cortesi and the gelding MP Gun It To Go Mars (Dun Gotta Gun x Arc Martha Surprise) placed second. The horse was bred by Paolo Muccini.

Manuel Cortesi and his gelding also took the lead in L2 with Dennis Schulz and Whiz Ice (Laredo Whiz x Authentic Smarima) placing second with a score of 215. The stallion was bred by Helmut Schulz and is owned by Katharina Fahrner.

The L1 Open was won by Fabio Alfonsetti aboard Great Magnetic (Chic Magnetic x FQ Great Playgirl, owned by Giulio Trevisan) who scored a 212.5. Marco Vecchiutti and Sugar Yankee Chic (Rowdy Yankee x Dun It For Keeps) followed in second place scoring a 211. The mare was bred and is owned by Heike Nixdorf and Mario Karner.


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