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This issue is full of articles ranging from detailed profiles of Brent Loseke and Kenny Corder to reviewing the top NRHA approved shows for 2013 and everything in between. Want to know about the 2013 Open World and Reserve Champions and how they made their way to the top? Be sure to look at their stories as motivation for your next title run.

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Platinum Sponsors – NRHA European Futurity

2014 NRHA EUROPEAN FUTURITY & NRHA SHOW ~ March 30 – April 5, Kreuth, Germany

By Simona Diale & Babara Liese – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity & NRHA Show showcases Europe’s best 4-year-old reining horses as well as a full-slate of NRHA approved ancillary classes. Thanks to our generous sponsors, our event gets better and bigger every year and in this 2014 edition we are proud to announce and introduce our Platinum Sponsors.

Our Platinum Sponsors

The Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck is a family operation and their goal, for the past 28 years, has been that of breeding the best horses.   The ranch is home to the Baeck owned stallions Little Gump (Haidas Little Pep x Little Marmoset), Peek A Boom (Boomernic x The Great Escape) and Don Quixote Escapes (Okie Paul Quixote x The Great Escape).   Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck is a European-approved freezing center and Eifel Gold Breeding Station manages the semen at the farm, cooled or frozen and ships throughout Europe.  Running the facility are NRHA Professional and past Non Pro World Champion Cira Baeck, resident trainer who boasts over $567,000 in NRHA competition, and her sister Susy, an active and successful non pro reiner.

Owned by Ute and Gerd Willhelm, La Mesa Performance Horses is a lovely state of the art reining training, breeding and sales facility offering all-around top services.  Home to seven head of top broodmares, including Smart Chiclet (Smart Chic Olena x Doc Jessica James) with produce earnings surpassing $150,000 in NRHA and NCHA competition. The ranch also stands two impressive stallions:   Shiners Vintage (Shining Spark x Taris Vintage) a proven Superior Reining stallion and Sharp Dressed Shiner (Shining Spark x Smartly Dressed) a 2013 AQHA European Champion Reining, Open Futurity and Open Derby Finalist. La Mesa Performance Horses is specialized in breeding and training talented and good minded prospects. Gerd loves breeding and raising the young horses and Ute actively rides and shows their horses in NRHA competition. Ute and Gerd have been very much involved in the organization of the NRHA European Futurity since its inception and have been proud sponsors since its debut edition in 2009.

Set in the heart of Europe, beautiful Jac Point Quarter Horses facility is dedicated to the breeding and training of reining horses.  Home of NRHA Non Pro World Reserve Champion,  Heza Sure Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar), a stallion who boasts over $113,000 in lte, Jacpoint QH is run by one of Europe’s top NRHA non pro contenders Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and her husband Klaus. Head trainer for the Austrian facility is NRHA Profesisonal Cody Sapergia.  The Canadian rider, with earnings close to the NRHA million dollar mark,  closed the year 2013 by riding yet another Jac Point owned horse, Nu Chexomatic, to the NRHA Open World Championship.

Hans-Jurgen and Nicole Gomeier, owners of Gomeier’s World Of Saddles, have been actively supporting and sponsoring the NRHA European Futurity since the very first edition.  Their western store, also available online, offers a wide variety of high-class western apparel and tack and is specialized in custom made grand quality saddles.  Their son, Max, is an active and successful  youth and non pro reiner who has been showing in NRHA competition since 2009.  ‘Always there for you and on the road’ is the Gomeier team’s motto and once again this year Gomeier and their wide variety of products and saddles will be there for you in Kreuth.

For the third year running, one of Germany’s best western stores, Lope In, will be sponsoring the European Futurity.  Owners Birgit and Markus Nuyken offer everything from show outfit to every day needs for both the horses and the riders.  Reiners and reining enthusiasts will have a chance of viewing the wide variety offered by the highly equipped western store Lope In at their booth in Kreuth. Also offered by our Platinum Sponsor you will find specialized horse feed, stable equipment and pasture requirements.  A solution for all your needs!

  • Roleski Ranch  (www.roleskiranch.com)

Roleski Company, well known for its products internationally,  is the owner of the Roleski Ranch. Located approximately 90 km East of Cracow, the Ranch was founded and built by owner Marek Roleski and gained international recognition by hosting prestigious events such as the Roleski 4 Spin circuit and the Polish NRHA Futurity.  Today the Ranch is a full-time first class breeding and training facility run with passion by Katarzyna Roleska and is home of the stallions Colonels Shining Gun (Gunner x Shining Little Peach) , Lean With Hollywood (Lean With Me x Cee Miss Hollywood) and Miles O Rima (Jac O Rima x WH Jills Peppy).   Along side these Sires is a select group of brood mares.

Bob’s Custom Saddles is the “Official Saddle of NRHA.” Bob’s Custom Saddles are made from the highest-quality materials available to provide a top of the line saddle that lasts for years.  Bob’s has proudly been making Trophy Saddles and other trophy tack for associations and clubs for years. ‘Reward your winners with a great saddle — one they will enjoy and use for years to come’ is Bob’s Saddles motto.  Each NRHA European Futurity Open and Non Pro Champion, in all four levels, will be awarded with one of the western world’s best saddle ever!

Located in Princeton, Kentucky, Darling 888 Ranch has undergone significant renovations and upgrades since being purchased by Rick and Cheri Darling in September 2010.  An NRHA Corporate Partner, the ranch is a full-service reining facility offering training, breeding, sales and equine sports medicine.

Trainers and staff are from the top of the industry and have relocated to Western Kentucky to help build a world class reining operation. The ranch assists in finding the highest caliber horses for the ranch and their clients and is specialized in NRHA Category 2 horses.  Located on over 220 acres of plush pastures it includes a state-of-the-art training barn, indoor arena, outdoor track, heated foaling stalls, mare motel, stallion barn and a brand new equine sports medicine clinic.

Supporting the NRHA European Futurity since 2009, as well as many other events, is proof of the extraordinary popularity of Old Sorrel products.  In 1999 the name of the exceptional stallion “OLD SORREL”, one of the most important sires of today’s modern Quarter horses, became the eponym for the clothing brand for western riders “OS – Western Sports Apparel” – which stands for superior quality, modern colors and trendy design from skilled experts “Made in Europe.”  The founders of this label are grounded in the western riding sport, grew up with horses and are today still deeply rooted in the riding and breeding of quarter horses.  The love and passion for the quarter horse were the base for this authentic clothing brand for western riders which has become known and valued for its originality far beyond Europe.  Today, nearing its fourteenth birthday, the “OS – Western Sports Apparel” (OSWSA) brand has become a constant in the western riding sport and is now also shipped to the great homeland of cowboying, the USA and Canada.

Dreams And Prizes (Smart Chic O Lena x Sailin Barbee by Topsail Cody) is an 8-year-old stallion owned by Ulrike and Manfred Frey.  As a 2-year-old, carefully chosen and purchased for his pedigree and conformation by the Frey’s – both active NRHA non pro competitors – he was shipped to Germany where he was broke and trained by Sylvia Rzepka and Vern Sapergia.  Vern and Sylvia went on to showing him successfully bringing his lifetime earnings close to the $40,000 mark.  The husband and wife team own the beautiful Kingsmoor QH ranch set on the outskirts of Augsburg.  Once again ‘Frey Landmetzgerei’ and catering are proud sponsors of the NRHA European Futurity Draw Party.

Helena and Pietro Marseglia worked hard in getting together the horse power behind Quarter Dream Ranch.  Located in Ostuni, Italy, Quarter Dream specializes in reining, cutting and working cow horses.  The goal of Helena and Pietro is that of producing champions and the quality of broodmares that reside in the beautiful ranch is truly second to none and lists:  Solanos Starlight (by Solanos Starlight), Whiz N Feet (by Topsail Whiz), Shine Like A Babe (by Shining Spark), One Gun Chick (by One Gun), Arc Miss Marty Pants (full sister to Smart Chic Olena), Gunna Be Majestic (by Gunner), Dance Little Spook (by Smart Spook), Harry Little Quarry (by Surprise Enterprise) and Miss Tori Snap (by Snapper Cal Bar).

For information, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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Our Loss – John Lewis

John S. Lewis of Hampshire, Ill., 58, died peacefully, February 26 2014 at his home. A celebration of John’s life will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home (10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, Ill.) with a time of sharing at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund (3000 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 or 405-946-7400 X 125).

John was born October 31, 1959 in Chicago, the son of Glenn and Dawn Lewis. He married Susan K. Anthony on April 6, 1991. John’s hallmark quality was his commitment to a job well done. He took great pride in his horse farm, Creekside Quarter Horses. Often as you drove into the farm with the manicured lawn and three board white fence you would see him hard at work. He was a member of the NRHA and had a great love of horses.
He was liked and respected by everyone in the circuit board business. His hard work and dedication were apparent in his 34 years.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, brother, Chuck Lewis, Sisters, Tammy (George) Weber, and Holly (Robert) Rice. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Glen, Lindsey, Rebecca, Sean, Emily, Allison, Tracie and Andrew.

For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences may be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com.

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Our Loss – Boomernic

boomernic2This past weekend, NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Million Dollar Sire Boomernic sadly passed away.

Friday night owners Michael and Michelle Miola of Silver Spurs Equine expressed their sadness, “It is with a very heavy heart that I write this, I cannot even see straight through my tears. Our beloved and precious Boomernic died in surgery today attempting to remove a stone that had traveled and ruptured his small intestine. Our website has gone dark as we morn the passing of our best friend.”

Boomernic had NRHA lifetime earnings of $110,000 and was the 1992 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion.

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No Change of Plans for Gordyville Event

For those looking to attend the upcoming NRHA-approved reining in Gordyville, Illinois, there’s no need to make other plans. The event still is scheduled to be held, according to Show Manager Rick Ramsey.

The event is slated for March 13-16 and includes the Wimpys Little Step Derby, Spooks Gotta Whiz 7 & Up, Gordyville Breeders Cup and Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association Reining Stakes.

For more details, visit the NRHA Approved Shows List at nrha.com.

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Thank You to NRHA European Futurity Premium Sponsors

Proudly Presenting our Premium Sponsors:

Arcese Quarter Horses, CS Ranch and 23 Quarter Horses

 EU Futurity

By Simona Diale – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity is proud to present the 2014 Premium Sponsors: Arcese Quarter Horses, CS Ranch and 23 Quarter Horses.

Arcese Quarter Horses is a name that has left its mark on the international reining stage and in particular in the history of the European Futurity. NRHA Hall of Famer, Eleuterio Arcese,  has been a keen supporter of the prestigious European event since its inception.  Arcese owned horses have won many a prestigious title world-wide and recently Arcese Quarter Horses USA became the very first NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner.  On top of owning the NRHA Hall of Fame leading money-earning mare, Wimpys Little Chic, Arcese Quarter Horses own and stand the 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion,  Gunnatrashya, and the 2007 NRHA Open Derby Champion, Walla Walla Whiz, at Oswood Farm in Weatherford, Texas.

The CS Ranch based in Givrins, Switzerland, has been a sponsor of the NRHA European Futurity since 2010. The Swiss breeding and training facility has not only gained international recognition for the achievements earned in the show pen, it has also proven to be a great location for hosting shows such as the SVAG CS Classic and the NRHA European Affiliate Championship. The ranch stands the stallions RS Fondadores Olena, Sparkin Tinsel, Nimble Star Wars and Gunners Enterprise. In 2012, the CS Ranch USA opened their doors in Gordonville, Texas, with two-time NRHA Open World Champion, Martin Larcombe, as head trainer.  Martin’s sister, Shauna Larcombe, is head trainer at the Swiss facility since 2007 and is a successful competitor. The Australian trainer has also led her Non Pro riders, Corinna Schumacher and Gina Maria,  to many a prestigious European title and to the NRHA Non Pro Futurity finals in the U.S.

23 Quarter Horses is based in Italy and was a much welcomed Premium Sponsor in 2012. The ‘23’ facility is owned by two-time NRHA Non Pro World Champion, Manuel Bonzano, who is also one of Europe’s leading non pros and  horse owners. 23 Quarter Horses is a full-time training and breeding facility and is host to the yearly ’23 Classic’ NRHA Show.  It is also the home of the stallions Ricochet Rooster  and of the two time NRHA Open World Champion and two-time Non Pro World Champion, Great Sun Burst.  Head trainers of the 23 Quarter Horses are multiple NRHA Open World Champion and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and his wife, past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann Poels-Fonck.  The husband and wife team have won close to every special event offered in Europe and were both on the Silver Medal winning Team in the past edition of the Alltech World Equestrian Games.

Open to four-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program and run in a go-round format and clean-slate finals, the 2014 NRHA European Futurity & NRHA Show will start on March 30  with the first section of the NRHA Open Futurity qualifying go-round.  The KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity finals are scheduled for Friday 4 April,  and on Saturday 5, the NRHA European Open Futurity finals will close the prestigious event.  During the week, a  full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes will be offered, including the € 10,000-added NRHA Open Lawson Bronze Trophy and the € 5,000-added NRHA Non Pro Trophy.

For further information please log on to the official website:   www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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ACTHA’s Shamrock PATH Gets Paved With Gold

Sponsors contribute over $1 million in goods and services to ACTHA’s Shamrock PATH – NRHA is among those industry supporters.

From the American Competitive Trail Horse Association - Debbie Land, debbie@actha.us, 877-99-ACTHA (22842) – 56,000 families with very special needs appreciate the miracle of the horse every year. Through expert certified instruction, therapeutic horsemanship students gain courage, compassion and sheer delight when joining with the horse. All this happens every day in every state and in Canada via 4,200 certified instructors, partnering with over 8,000 equines at 850 centers.  It is likely that there is one or more PATH Intl. Centers in your town….perhaps you are not familiar with it but it is there. This amazing work has been going on for over 40 years under the guiding arm of the credentialing body called PATH International (The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship-formerly NARHA). Headquartered in Denver, this award winning nonprofit has gone about building a great matrix of healing.

ACTHA thought it was time we all took note. These centers work incredibly hard in the communities they serve. Leading very busy and demanding schedules, most of them as nonprofit entities, they are always in need of resources whether financial, human, or horses. ACTHA, with overwhelming industry support, is promoting events at as many of these centers as possible with other ACTHA locations joining in. ACTHA has set a goal…1,000 events, raising over $1 million for the benefit of the local centers.

The credentialing body, PATH Intl., will receive needed funding from ACTHA itself. As always 20% of ACTHA’s gross member rider proceeds go to an eligible charity and in the case of Shamrock Rides this charity will be the credentialing body, PATH Intl. But the lion’s share of the funds raised from the events will go to the PATH Therapeutic Center hosting the event and the other hosts choosing PATH Intl. as their charity of choice. “The boots on the ground are always the ones benefitting the most” states Barbara Landes, ACTHA’s Ride Host Coordinator.

Sponsors large and small, from associations, teachers of the horse, publishers, insurance companies and the mighty manufacturers in the horse industry…even outside the industry have embraced the gargantuan efforts of ACTHA to facilitate 1,000 events for the major benefit of as many of the 850 PATH Therapeutic Centers as possible.

“It’s been breath-taking,” states Robin Tilghman ACTHA’s Chief Operating Officer and originator of the idea. “It’s hard to believe but everyday more product and commitments roll in. Our small distribution center is stretched to the gills with prizes and gifts awaiting delivery to all the Shamrock Rides coming up and the multitudes in the planning stages. The outpouring has definitely been greater than anything ACTHA has ever experienced. Our two Guinness World records are even dwarfed by this effort. But most importantly the good it’s all about to do, well, I’m just proud to be a part of it!”

Cavallo Horse and Rider led the sponsor parade initially with a $7,500 cash pledge to PATH. Keeping with the ACTHA tradition of combining commerce with charity Cavallo is making the donation citing the first 500 riders to show up to the Shamrock Rides sporting their Cavallo Sport Boots. Quickly TechNiche International, the world’s leading source of climate neutral clothing stepped in contributing 3,000 of their Kewl vests and ThermaFur vests! TechNiche International also produces products for the horse. This $150,000 MSRP contribution was quickly followed by HealFast Therapy and their $159,000 MSRP donation of 3,000 crescent kits providing drug free pain relief for all types of pets, especially horses.

The flood gates opened and notables like Cashel, Ride Alert, Espree, Corigem, HorseQuencher, Monty Robert’s Equus Online University, Rod’s Western Palace and many, many more began shipping product for the cause.

Publications and web sites stepped forward and are still calling offering free ads and subscriptions. Wonderful Associations like the National Reining Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association to name but a few have agreed to inform their members aggressively of the effort and the cause.

Purina, longtime supporter of PATH International and NRHA Corporate Partner, has taken it upon themselves to publicize the events in their newsletter and Face Book page alongside ACTHA’s Facebook posts. Major and minor data bases have agreed to forward the notices of the events to their subscribers. Western Horseman has written a wonderful article explaining the effort in their March issue!

This list goes on and a partial itemization appears below. THE CALLS AND PLEDGES CONTINUE TO COME IN EVERYDAY promising to make this one of the grandest humanitarian efforts in horse industry history. So what’s all the fuss? Why has ACTHA assembled this incredible out pouring of generous sponsors?

“ACTHA and all the amazing sponsors, hosts AND VOLUNTEERS helping us have only one objective in this colossal effort. To “Collectively” bring local awareness to every community where a PATH Intl. CENTER resides and to be an instrument for getting each and every one of these centers the volunteers, money and the mighty horses they need to carry on for another 40 years. These unsung heroes deserve no less” concludes Carrie Scrima an ACTHA Founder.

In this way ACTHA hopes to shine the light on all therapeutic riding centers. ACTHA is sure the hearts of the horse owners everywhere will open and support their local centers….they just need to be made aware. We’ve NEVER seen them let a good cause down, and this is a great one.

ANYONE WISHING TO JOIN WITH ANY CONSIDERATION IN PRODUCT LARGE OR SMALL PLEASE CONTACT ACTHA. 877-99-ACTHA (22842) YOU WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. ONE STOP SHIPPING TO OUR WAREHOUSE.

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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NRHA Hall of Fame Welcomes Colleen McQuay

By Carol Trimmer – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors approved the induction of Colleen McQuay into the NRHA Hall of Fame at their February meeting in Oklahoma. Colleen will join her husband, Tim, and daughter, Mandy McCutcheon, who preceded her into the elite group. As the matriarch of one of Reining’s first families, she has supported her husband and daughter to many accomplishments. Colleen McQuay by John Brasseaux
The NRHA Hall of Fame is reserved for those people and horses who have impacted NRHA and the sport of Reining in a positive and profound way with emphasis placed on their unselfish contribution(s) to the Association rather than on their personal accomplishments. It goes without saying that Colleen’s contributions have been industry changing and involved horse show production and management as well as conception or implementation of many programs that changed the face and scope of NRHA.

Her touch is evident in many of today’s shows. She is one of the most respected show managers in the reining industry, bringing her enthusiasm, knowledge, work ethic, and energy to many major events. In addition, Colleen has unselfishly served on the NRHA Executive Board and many committees. She is currently a Distinguished Director for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, NRHA’s supporting charitable organization established specifically for enthusiasts in an effort to develop and enhance the sport of Reining worldwide.

Induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame is a means of honoring the members whose efforts NRHA could not exist without, and is not intended to merely congratulate people for being successful competitors, breeders, etc.

 

NRHA is extremely proud to introduce and congratulate the 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Colleen McQuay. The NRHA Hall of Fame is one of the five core programs under the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of Reining worldwide. The RHSF is committed to carrying the sport onward through five core programs: Youth, Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, Hall of Fame, International Development, and Research & Education. For further information about the Foundation, contact rhsf@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 137, or visit the RHSF website at rhsf.com.

Photo by John Brasseaux.

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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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