Shawn Flarida reaches another historic NRHA Milestone

For Immediate Release – December 19, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – The man who is no stranger for being the first to reach historic milestones, Shawn Flarida has reached another one by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) first Five Million Dollar Rider.

ShawnFlarida_4045SM-byDB (166x250)Helping Shawn reach this new milestone was his second place finish at the 2013 NRHA Futurity in the Level(L)  4 Open Finals aboard Tinseltown Fly Guy (Hollywoodstinseltown x Fly Flashy Jac), owned by Wagner & Vandorp. Marking a 224, the duo’s earnings for their finals and go-round performances totaled over $143,000 sending Flarida flying over the five million dollar mark. To watch their L4 Open reserve championship and go-round runs, visit the Gallery page at nrhafuturity.com.

Flarida resides in Springfield, Ohio and has been competing in NRHA-approved events since 1981. He became NRHA’s third Million Dollar Rider in 2003, the second Two Million Dollar Rider in 2006, the first Three Million Dollar Rider in 2008, and the first and currently only Four Million Dollar Rider in 2011.

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 nrha.com.

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Twister Trailer Announces New Dealer in South Texas-Horsepower Trucks and Trailers

Twister Trailers LogoFrom Twister Trailer – Fort Scott, KS, December 4, 2013:  Twister Trailer has partnered with a new dealer, Horsepower Trucks and Trailers of Brenham, Texas, owned by John Hightower and managed by Daniel Perez.

John Hightower has over 20 years of ranching and team roping experience, and currently operates a yearling cattle operation in South Texas. Diversifying his interests, he combined skills with his team roping partner, Daniel Perez, to open a new trailer and truck dealership. Perez is well known in the community and will manage the dealership on a daily basis.

Hightower mentioned that they chose Twister Trailer because “Twisters just seemed to be the best made trailer we looked at, and offered the quality and style we were looking for in our premium trailer brand.” For more information on Horsepower Truck and Trailer, visit www.hptandt.com.

Stewart Gulager, President of Twister Trailer, mentions “We are very happy to add a great dealer in this area of the country, especially someone that has experience in both the cattle and horse side of the industry and we are excited to work with Horsepower to bring Twisters to South Texas.”

About Twister Trailer:
Twister Trailer is the premier trailer company in the equine industry, offering trailers to suit every horseman’s needs. Superior in quality, features and style, Twister Trailers are pulled by top horsemen in many disciplines including:  Trevor Brazile, Patrick Smith, Casey Deary, Carol Metcalf, Teddy Robinson, Craig Cameron, Charmayne James, and Russell Dilday. Twister Trailers: setting the standard by which trailers are built. www.twistertrailer.com

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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Smart Spook reaches the NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire milestone

For Immediate Release – December 17, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – Smart Spook reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 13th Two Million Dollar Sire. Helping him reach this milestone was Colonels Smart Spook, owned by Sally Amabile and shown by NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson. Colonels Smart Spook’s first place finish in the World Championship Shootout held during the NRHA Futurity helped push his sire, Smart Spook, over the two million dollar mark.

Smart Spook, a 2001 stallion, owned and bred by Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook (by Grays Starlight). With $403,150 in NRHA lifetime earnings it’s safe to say Smart Spook had a successful show career including the following wins:

  • smart-spook-5502004 NRHA Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Champion with Shawn Flarida
  • 2005 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion with Shawn Flarida
  • 2005 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion with Shawn Flarida
  • Earner of six Gold Medals in FEI World Reining Masters competition

His top-earning offspring include:

  • Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella): $184,400 NRHA LTE, owned by Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC L3 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L3 Open finalist
  • Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri): $175,800 NRHA LTE, owned by Bonnie Hippensteel; 2010 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion,  2013 NRBC L4 Open finalist
  • Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks): $142,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Silver Spurs Equine; 2011 NRHA Cowtown L4 Open finalist, 2011 Scottsdale Classic Futurity L4 Open Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion
  • Spooks N Sparks (out of Whizicle): $100,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC; 2011 NRHA Futurity L3 Non Pro Champion and L4 Non Pro Champion, 2012 NRBC L4 Non Pro finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro finalist
  • Jacs Lil Spook (out of Miss Whoa Jac): $94,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Ruben Pacheco Cuevas; 2010 NRHA Futurity L1 Open finalist, L2 Open finalist and L3 Open finalist; 2011 NRBC L1 Open Champion, L2 Open Champion, L3 Open Reserve Champion, and L4 finalist; 2011 NRHA Derby L1 Open finalist and L2 Open finalist

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 nrha.com.

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Vote for A Ruf Gal for 2013 USEF Horse of the Year

Announcing the 2013 Horse of the Year Nominees; Voting is Now Open!

From USEF Communications Department – Lexington, Ky. – To reach the highest level of excellence in equestrian sport requires talent, perseverance, a tremendous spirit and often, unwavering courage. In 2013, six horses have shown the world these qualities and more. On January 11, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will bestow two of them with the prestigious title of Horse of the Year, the highest honor the USEF awards a horse. Again this year, both a national and international horse will be crowned.

The six champions have earned their places on the elite list as USEF Horses of Honor, and each will be recognized at the USEF Year-End Awards Gala in January – part of the USEF Annual Meeting – at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, Ky.

Additionally, each USEF Horse of Honor will be inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame at the Equus Fête Cheval Étoile on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla.

It will be up to you to choose the two special horses, selecting from a range of talents across the Federation’s breeds and disciplines. Your vote will help determine the champions that join the pantheon of past winners, including hunter Jersey Boy and jumper Flexible (2012), Friesian horse Sjoerd and eventer Neville Bardos (2011), reining horse Gunners Special Nite (2010), dressage horse Ravel (2009), driving horse Jamaica (2008), eventer Theodore O’Connor (2007), jumper Authentic (2006), and dressage horse Brentina (2005).

The 2013 International Horses of Honor are:

A Ruf Gal (Waltenberry)

A Ruf Gal (Lil Ruf Peppy x My Top Sail Gal)(Photo by Waltenberry)
2006 Quarter Horse mare
Owner: Pete Kyle

Pete Kyle’s A Ruf Gal entered 2013 as one of the top reining mares in the country and continued to earn top results in her best season to date. Known as a powerful mare that possesses the grit of a champion, A Ruf Gal has always been highly regarded for her quiet demeanor, which has elevated her to the upper echelons of the sport. Prior to 2013, the talented mare had shown an aptitude for winning as she teamed with owner Pete Kyle along with his wife, Tamra, and son, Reed, to earn many of reining’s top prizes.

A Ruf Gal’s phenomenal 2013 campaign began in April with a fifth-place finish in the CRI3* and a Reserve World Championship Freestyle title at the Kentucky Reining Cup. Next she won the CRI3* and the USA Reining Open class at the NRHA Derby in June, before earning co-champion honors in the CRI3* and a top-10 finish in the Senior Reining division at the AQHA World Show. For her outstanding results in 2013, A Ruf Gal earned the 2013 USA Reining Horse of the Year title. Additionally, with her accomplishments this year, she became only the 30th mare to earn over $100,000 in NRHA, AQHA, and FEI/USEF competitions.

ADDITIONAL NOMINEES

Sam - on the left of the photo, right of the carriage (Marie de Ronde-Oudemans)

Sam (Manno x Kimberly)(On the left of the photo, right of the carriage. Photo by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans)
2002 KWPN gelding – Owner: Misdee Wrigley-Miller

Simon (Kit Houghton/FEI)

Simon (Mr. Blue x Naline)(Photo by Kit Houghton/FEI)
1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding – Owner: Abigail Wexner

The 2013 National Horses of Honor are:

Bizkit (Cally Matherly)

Bizkit (Bonte Bart x Holde Van Emden)(Photo by Cally Matherly)
2001 Part-Bred Friesian stallion – Owner: Gwendolyn Schmidt

Brunello (Shawn McMillen Photography)

Brunello (Breeding Unknown)(Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography)
1998 Hanoverian gelding – Owner: Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd

WGC CHCallaway's Annabel Allison (Shiftlet)

WGC CHCallaway’s Annabel Allison (CHCaramac x Callaway’s Love Lucy)(Photo by Shiftlet)
2004 American Saddlebred mare – Owner: Silver Brook Stables

Voting Is Now Open!

Two of these six exceptional horses will be honored as the overall 2013 USEF Horse of the Year, a mark of distinction that will last a lifetime. Now, it is up to you to decide who will receive the top tribute in 2013.

Simply visit https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/hoty/Default.aspx and type in your email address to access the voting portal. Voting will end at Midnight [ET] on Monday, December 30, 2013.

For more information regarding the Horse of the Year program or any of the six Horses of Honor, contact Trisha Watkins, USEF Awards Manager, at 859.225.6944 or tlwatkins@usef.org.

 

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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Adequan NAAC News – December 13

By Mary Frances Flanders - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosts the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships each year during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. The championships are for NRHA members and horses that have qualified through their respective Regional Affiliate Finals. Each finals sends its eight highest placing riders, plus ties, to the Adequan NAAC to compete for North American bragging rights. NRHA congratulates the following champions that were crowned during the final days of the show.

Bohman and Tuff Little Surprise – Adequan NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Champions
Madison Bohman (Morgan, Utah) and Tuff Little Surprise (Jerry Lees Surprise x Tuff Susie Fizz) represented the Mountain region well, scoring a 217.5 to take home the titles of Adequan NAAC Non Pro Champion and Adequan NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Champion. The gelding is owned by Glenda Bohman.

The Mountain region’s Game Day Surprise (Hang Ten Surprize x Dunit N Continental) and owner/rider Sharee Schwartzenberger (Meade, Colo.) received a 217 from the judges and took home the title of Adequan NAAC Non Pro Reserve Champion.

The reserve championship title in the Adequan NAAC Intermediate Non Pro was earned by Make It With A Twist (Dun It With A Twist x SR Mischief Maker) and Sandra Bentien (Auburn, Calif.). The pair represented the Northwest region and scored a 214.5 to earn the title.

Gould and Sweet Pepto Nic – Adequan NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Champions
Sweet Pepto Nic (Sweet Lil Pepto x Nics Whiz) and owner/rider Kay Gould (Greer, S.C.) did a fantastic job representing the East Central region, scoring a 212 to win the Adequan NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Champion title.

The Southest region’s Sail On Kuna Whiz and owner/rider Suzanne De Champlain (Reddick, Fla.) earned the title of reserve champion with a score of 211.5. The 2007 gelding is sired by Topsail Whiz and is out of the Shining Spark mare Shining Maid.

Crivelli and Rebas Best Step Yet – Adequan NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year
The 2009 stallion, sired by Wimpys Little Step and out of the Grays Starlight mare, Starlights Reba and rider Lauren Crivelli (Visalia, Calif.) scored a 214 in the run-off to win the title. Rebas Best Step Yet is owned by Jeff Crivelli.

The reserve championship went to the Mountain region’s West Coast Beach Boy (West Coast Whiz x Reminics Command) and Sally Berg (Lafayette, Colo.) who scored a 212 in the run-off.  The 2008 gelding is owned by Barn 66 LLC,

Nagy and Starbucks Freckle – Adequan NAAC Youth 13 & Under Champions
Starbucks Freckle (Smart Starbuck x Justa Spring Freckle) and owner/rider Kaitlyn Nagy (Peace River, Alberta, Canada) obtained the win in the Adequna NAAC Youth 13 & Under class with a scorching 215! The team represented Western Canada.

The reserve championship title was earned by Rollin Back Rawhide (Dunit Rawhide x Solo Poco Solano) and Charlize Zuraek (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) with a 213.5 for the Northwest region. The 1997 gelding is owned by Jake Cagle.

Medows / Ruf Tuf Whiz and Bohman / Tuff Little Surprise – Adequan NAAC Youth 14-18 Co-Champions
After a tie in the class and the run-off, co-champions were crowned in the Adequan NAAC Youth 14-18 class: Ruf Tuf Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Lil Ruf N Trouble) and owner/rider Jack Medows (Cuba, Mo.) representing the South Central region and Madison Bohman and Tuff Little Surprise (Jerry Lees Surprise x Tuff Susie Fizz) representing the Mountain region. Tuff Little Surprise is owned by Glenda Bohman.

Shining Shoes (Shining Spark x Miss War Doc) and the South Central region’s James Michael Philips (Hartshorne, Okla.) received the reserve champion title in the Adequan NAAC Youth 14-18 class. The 1995 gelding is owned by Michael and Carolyn Phillips.

Northwest Region wins Adequan NAAC Team Championship presented by SmartPak

The Northwest region won the 2013 Adequan NAAC Team Championship award presented by SmartPak with 154 points. Representatives were presented with a $2,500 check for their region during the NRHA Futurity Open awards ceremony. The South Central region placed second (140) and the Mountain region ended the competition in third place (115).

To see what other champions were crowned, view news from December 4 and December 2.

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, 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.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC, Santa Hill Ranch and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Equine Oasis, Icehole High Performance Coolers and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone

Photos by Waltenberry.

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Help USET – Time is running out

Your Chance for a Breeding to a Top Stallion or a Month of Training with one of the World’s Top Trainers & More – US Equestrian Team Online Reining Auction  

Provided by Cheryl Cody – In an update from Pete Kyle, Chairman of the USEF reining committee, it was announced  that the on-going USET Reining Online Auction has received some important donations. Proceeds from the auction will help send Reining Team USA to the World Equestrian Games, set for Normandy, France August 23 - September 7.

According to Kyle, there are breedings available to some of the reining industry’s stop stallions, including A Smokin Whiz, A Sparkling Vintage, CFR Centenario Wimpy, Colonel Smart Spook, Cromed Out Mercedes, Einsteins Revolution, Electric Code, Gunners Special Nite, Hang Ten Surprize, HF Mobster, Hollywoodstinseltown, Houston Shine, Magnum Chic Dream, Pale Face Dunnit, Play Dual Rey, Quinberry, Shine On Line, Shiners Voodoo Dr, Smart And Shiney, Spots Hot, Star Spangled Whiz, Starlights Wrangler, Whizkey N Diamonds, Wimpyneedsacocktail and Yellow Jersey! Most of the stallions are still available at LESS THAN THE ADVERTISED 2014 STUD FEE.

JPEG USET STALLION AUCTION LINKBut there’s more. Training from some of the industry’s greatest trainers are also available for bid. The package includes a month of training and board and the list of trainers donating their time includes Shawn Flarida, Tim McQuay, Brian Bell, Casey Deary, Gunny Mathison, Jason Vanlandingham, Matt Palmer, Mike McEntire, Scott McCutcheon, Shane Brown, and Todd Sommers. Look at that list of million dollar plus riders and futurity champions and think what a month of training might be worth to you.the auction now includes training by some of the top names in the reining industry.

The World Equestrian Games competition is the most prestigious and competitive international event for Reining and it only comes once every four years. The costs involved in selecting and sending a team to Europe are significant. Besides the horses, veterinarians, riders, chef d’ equipe, grooms and a farrier are all critical members of the delegation that make up Team USA.

Since the United States Equestrian Team does not receive government subsidies, its funding comes primarily through the USET Foundation from individuals and foundations whose interest in and commitment to equestrian sport motivates them to make generous charitable contributions.

The proceeds of the USET Reining Stallion Online Auction will go directly to be a part of this total – for the sole purpose of fielding the WEG Reining Team.

Kyle has been amazed at the readiness of the reining world to donate their time and resources to the cause. “We so appreciate everyone who is donating,” he said. “And we also appreciate people going to the site and bidding. Whether it’s a breeding or some training, or even equine dental treatment, you might find it there. And there are more donations being posted daily.”

The auction is online now and will conclude at 7 pm on December 15, 2013. For information on how to donate to the auction – or to bid on an available breeding or service, go to http://pro-management-inc.com/USET/index.php and help the USA Reining Team to bring home the gold!

 

Need a month of training? You can get it at the USET Online Auction

Bid on a month of training – board included – with:

Brian Bell – Casey Deary – Gunny Mathison – Jason Vanlandingham – Matt Palmer

Mike McEntire – Scott McCutcheon – Shane Brown – Shawn Flarida – Todd Sommers – Tim McQuay

 

You can also bid on these great services!

  • A month of swimming from Petska Performance Horses & Equine Therapy
  • Dental Maintenance for FIVE horses from Jeff Rohrbough

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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The December Digital Reiner is Ready!

The December issue of the NRHA Reiner is packed with show highlights from across the world. Prestigious events such as the  NRHA Breeders Futurity of Germany and the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio are just a couple of the shows covered. Details about the Regional Affiliate Finals are also included in this month’s issue.

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An opportunity of a lifetime was given to Loren Booth when she was able to purchase NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and producer of two NRHA Open Futurity Champions, Taris Little Vintage along with two other well-known producers. Check out her story about how she came to own these incredible mares and her plans for them in the near future.

Ever wonder what happened at the very first NRHA Futurity? A Reiner Remembers with Mickie Glenn recalls the how the event came to be and the people who played vital roles that ultimately led to the show we have today. An event that was just an idea and an association that was non-existent is now the world’s richest reining.

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Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham are NRHA Futurity Champions

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale Results

By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open finals closed out the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Saturday, December 7. More than 60 riders were mounted on world-class reining horses all aiming for the increased $165,000 level 4 open championship purse and their share of NRHA Corporate Partner and Futurity Sponsor awards.

Big Time Horses, Big Time Purses
In 2011, the NRHA Futurity purse saw large increases due to the NRHA Nomination Program and that effect carried on this year. The Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity paid nearly $600,000 and the NRHA Open Futurity paid nearly $1.5 million for one of the largest futurity purses in the show’s history. Approximately $100,000 went to nominators of Futurity finalists.

Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham are NRHA Futurity Champions
Not Ruf At All and NRHA Professional Jason Vanlandingham (Whiteboro, Texas) marked the score to beat from draw number 2 in the second section of the finals. Their 225.5 held through nearly 30 more runs and they claimed the level 4 open championship. To date, he has earned more than $31,000 including championships at the Hollywoodstinseltown and High Roller Reining Classic Futurities. The win tonight added another $165,000 to that tally, including the $8,250 nominator incentive for Petra Zeitler Connor. Not Ruf At All was consigned in the 2012 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale. Vaughn Zimmerman owns the stallion that is by A Sparkling Vintage and out of All Ruffed Up (by Lil Ruf Peppy). Not Ruf At All’s earnings unofficially moved Zimmerman onto the NRHA Million Dollar Owner list.

All open champions received a variety of awards from Corporate Partners and Event Sponsors: custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, Bob’s Custom saddle, John Deere hay bag, Rios of Mercedes boots, Center Back Pads certificate, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner, Platinum Performance CJ, Assure Guard and Sore No More from Arenus, Purina feed, SmartPak Gift card, $100 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, $50 Equine Oasis Gift card, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate, $100 Kyle Tack gift card and an Icehole cooler. The Level 4 Open Champion also received a 4-horse slant gooseneck trailer with living quarters for the use of one year courteously of Twister Trailer. Level 1 through 3 champions received a $2,500 Twister Trailer certificate.

The next finalists to enter the pen after Not Ruf At All was Tinseltown Fly Guy (Hollywoodstinseltotwn x Fly Flashy Jac) and NRHA Professional Shawn Flarida (Springfield, Ohio). They marked a 224 for owner Wagner & Vandorp to win the level 4 open reserve championship. The reserve championship paid $135,600 to the owner and $7,100 to the nominator, Melissa Vandorp. As of that ride, Flarida unofficially became NRHA’s first Five Million Dollar Rider.

Black Hails Gold and Jimmy Van Der Hoeven win Level 3 Open
Casey and Kathy Hinton’s Black Hails Gold and NRHA Professional Jimmy Van Der Hoeven (Whitesboro, Texas) thrilled the crowd and scored a 223.5. Their score was good enough to win the level 3 open division and place third in the level 4 open division. In all, they earned $136,200 including the 5% nominator incentive for Rhodes River Ranch.

Walla Dun A Whiz and Patrice St-Onge take Level 2 Open Title
Walla Dun A Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Dun It Like Torima) and NRHA Professional Patrice St-Onge won the level 2 open division and placed sixth in the level 3 open division for total earnings of $30,500. The duo won the level 2 and level 3 open divisions at the Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Futurity in September. Walla Dun A Whiz is owned by St-Onge Reining Horses. Alain Maheux nominated the stallion to the NRHA Nomination Program and received the 5% nominator incentive.

Spark Of Starlight and Ryan Rushing win Level 1 Open
After finishing in second place in the level 1 open division composite, Spark Of Starlight (Jacs Electric Spark x Starlight Angela) and Ryan Rushing (Whitesboro, Texas) turned in a score of 215.5. The score put them in first place in the level 1 open division and in fourth place in the level 2 open division to earn $17,500 total. Shelly MacLellan owns the stallion that was nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch.

Carol Metcalf and Mister Smarts are Prime Time Champions
NRHA Professional Carol Metcalf (Pilot Point, Texas) won the prime time open division riding Mister Smart (Mister Dual Pep x Cowgirls Are Smart, nominated by FOCUS). She owns the stallion with her husband Steve.

NRHA Sire & Dam Awards
NRHA also presented Sire & Dam Program awards earned in the open: Hollywoodstinseltown ($13,100), Gunner ($6,560) and Walla Walla Whiz ($6,560). Magnum Chic Dream earned the level 3 open division award.

Unofficial NRHA Million Dollar Milestones surpassed
In addition to Zimmerman and Flarida’s accomplishments, the following million dollar milestones were achieved, unofficially: Mike McEntire (Million Dollar Rider), Brian Bell (Million Dollar Rider) and Arcese Quarter Horses USA (the first Two Million Dollar Owner).

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale Results
-  Sold = $1,558,400
-  37 head sold
-  Average = $42,119 (up from $27,264 in 2012)
-  High Seller – Hip 2046 – $300,000 – Mr Magnum Dun It – Magnum Chic Dream x Brennas Red Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It) – Consigned by Tallone Reining Horses – 2011 red dun colt – Purchased by Geir & Jill Ramleth.

More About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show
Relive the excitement at nrhafuturity.com where you can find the top three runs from each day, news and results.

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, 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.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:
- Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC, Santa Hill Ranch and Scott Cleaners
- Gold Futurity Sponsors: Equine Oasis, Icehole High Performance Coolers and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
- Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Booth Ranches, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone

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Colonels Smart Spook and Larson: NRHA Open World Championship Shootout Champions

By Christa Morris – The $75,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World Championship Shootout brought some of the best reining horses in the world to the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, December 5.

Entries included the earners of more than $1.7 million, plus 2013 NRHA Open World Championship contenders (Nu Chexomatic, Whizasunnysailor BB and Colonels Shining Gun), a past NRHA Derby Open Champion (Tinker With Guns), past Shootout Champions (Tinker With Guns and Shiners Chic (co-champion)) and past NRHA European Futurity Level 3 Open Champion (Whizasunnysailor BB).

After a thrilling performance stacked full of high scores, the Shootout ended with a top score of 224.5, turned in by Colonels Smart Spook (Smart Spook x Colonels Cattin Gun) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson (Whitesboro, Texas). Sally Amabile’s stallion earned a check for $20,850 to add to his current $24,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. Larson and Colonels Smart Spook won the 2012 Darling 888 Ranch Open Derby and was a 2012 NRHA Derby finalist.

Two entries marked a 224 to tie for the reserve championship:

  • Custom Cash Advance (Custom Crome x Cash In Roan), ridden by Larson, owned by Luga, LLC, $188,500 NRHA LTE
  • Smoking Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Glendas A Smokingun), ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani (Scottsdale, Ariz.), owned by Silver Spurs Equine (Cave Creek, Ariz.)

Custom Cash Advance and Smoking Whiz won $13,760 Shootout check.

With the Shootout in the books, unofficially, Nu Chexomatic, owned by Jac Point QH and shown by Cody Sapergia, is the 2013 NRHA Open World Champion.

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, 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.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC, Santa Hill Ranch and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Equine Oasis, Icehole High Performance Coolers and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Booth Ranches, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone
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Silver Spurs Equine acquires Einsteins Revolution


Pictured L to R: NRHA President Beth Himes, Michael Miola, Michelle Miola, Memorable Revolution (son of Einsteins Revolution), Ruben Vandorp and Brett Stone. Photo by Mary Frances Flanders.

Provided by Silver Spurs EquineEinsteins Revolution has been a part of Wagner and Vandorp’s life for 10 years. During that time, “Junior” has never let them down. Ruben Vandorp and Christian Wagner’s dream was to won a horse that could revolutionize the reining horse industry, and he has continued to do just that. While they could never completely part with their buddy, they realized that in order for Einsteins Revolution to fulfill his destiny, he had to stand with the most elite stallions in the industry. The partnership with Silver Spurs Equine was a no brainer. Everything good happens fast, and this deal was made in five minutes. Silver Spurs Equine, an NRHA Corporate Partner, was the clear choice. For them to own and stand one of the hottest up and coming stallions in the industry, just makes sense.

Silver Spurs Equine’s Michael and Michelle Miola said, “We have been watching the progress of Einstiens Revolution and his offspring for some time. We are thrilled with his foals and very excited to stand ‘Junior’ with our ‘Perfect 10 Stallions.’ From now on, our incredible stallion line up will be known as ‘Michelle’s Eleven.’”

Einsteins Revolution has three performance foal crops on the ground. To date, he has sired over 50 futurity/derby champions. Not only are his offspring winning in the United States, but also in Europe, Canada, Australia and Mexico. To date, he offspring earnings are $445,000, with over $200,000 being earned in 2013. This put him in eighth place on the 2012 NRHA Leading Sires list. This also makes him the youngest stallion in the top ten. Continuing their winning ways, “Junior” has three level 4 open division and level 2 open division finalists at the 2013 NRHA Futurity.

“Junior” will stand at Silver Spurs Equine for the 2014 breeding season. For breeding information and contract, please contact Michael and Michelle Miola at (480) 563-1976 or Ruben Vandorp at (214) 243-0047.

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