NRHA European Deadline is February 17

NRHA European Futurity  ~  Kreuth, Germany  ~  March 30 – April 5, 2014

The NRHA European Futurity marks its sixth edition – Look for the increase in the added money, the online entry form, deadlines and conditions!

By Simona Diale – The Ostbayernhalle in Rieden-Kreuth, Germany, will once again host the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity which will be held from March 30 through April 5.

Making the competition all the more exciting is the purse that is guaranteed by the NRHA European Nomination Program and the precious sponsors of the event. The NRHA European Futurity Open will feature the €92,000-added Level (L) 4, the €35,000-added L3, the €15,000-added or more  L2 and the €7,500-added or more L1.  The KL Performance Horses Futurity Non Pro will offer the €36,000-added L4, the €11.000-added or more L3, the €6,400 or more L2 and the €3,200 or more L1.  A full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes also will be offered including the Roleski €10,000-added Open and the Arcese €5,000-added Non Pro.

The entry deadline has been extended to February 17 for the Futurity classes. The deadline to enter Ancillary classes is February 22.

The Entry Form and Conditions may be downloaded from the official website of the event:

Important information regarding clipping horses:
Clipping horses is not allowed in Germany and clipped horses are not allowed to enter the show grounds. Should a trainer/horse owner violate this provision and regulation and NRHA Global GmbH is fined because of the violation, the trainer/owner has to hold NRHA Global GmbH harmless. (Clipping refers to a grooming practice.)

NRHA European Region Animal Welfare and Medication Policy:
Please refer to the 2014 NRHA European Region Animal Welfare and Medications policy for details on the Animal Welfare and Medications Rule. The complete policy can be found in the Members Only Section at (#12-11-36 NRHA European Region Animal Welfare and Medication Policy). Additional information can be found in the Medications section of the Forms & Documents page of

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NRHA Germany Opens Their 2014 Show Season

NRHA Germany opens their 2014 Show Season with Easter Show
First CRI***/ * in Germany in 2014
Kreuth / Germany, April 14-20

Provided by NRHA Germany – Ramona Billing – The Easter Show is the traditional opening event of the NRHA Germany’s show season. This year, the event is scheduled for April 14 – 20, 2014, as always at the beautiful show facility of Kreuth near Nuremberg. The entry details and nomination forms are available now at Deadline for entries is March 20, 2014. The highlights of the show will be the Bronze Trophies as well as the first CRI*** / * of the year in Germany – an important class considering the WEG this year.

With more than 300 horses and almost 1000 entries, the 2013 Easter Show was one of the biggest so far. Volker Schmitt (GER) and Hickory Vintage, a 9-year-old gelding owned by Claudia Klucsarits (AUT) claimed the CRI ***. Grischa Ludwig and Kaysolve earned show highscore 148 for their great performance in the Bronze Trophy Open. The bay mare is owned by Fabian Strebel (SUI).

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Our Loss – Einstein

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Photo by Cam Essick

NRHA sends its condolences to Bridgette Lanham for the recent loss of her stallion Einstein.

During the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show, Einstein was recognized for becoming the 26th NRHA Million Dollar Sire. His legacy will continue in an honored place next to other greats such as Hollywood Dun It, Gunner, Smart Chic Olena and others.

Sired by Great Red Pine out of Cow Patty (AQHA Silversnow Pinestep) by Greyhound Step, the 1997 AQHA stallion was bred by Randy Hamilton. During his successful show career he accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $139,000.

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Clarifications – Cat. 1 Added Money, Rookie and Logoed Apparel

Below you will find clarifications made at the November 2013 Board of Directors meeting. Please take note of these items that may effect you.

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

Rookie I Clarification – Rookie I will be on the list of a full slate, instead of Rookie II, starting on January 1.

Logoed Apparel Clarification  – Effective January 1st, 2014

Current Rule: Page 62, Section (3) Showing: paragraph (f) “A Non Pro is prohibited from showing in after-market logoed apparel or equipment.”

Definition of After-Market: After-market logoed apparel and equipment shall be defined as any product with a logo placed on it by an entity other than the manufacturer. A product manufactured specifically and solely for a retailer’s use in the retail product line is not considered aftermarket unless altered after sold by the retailer.


  • Logos from ranches, stallions, corporations, partnerships, or other business entity provided that the Non Pro and/or a member or members of his/her immediate family are the sole and only owners of that business entity and the ownership of that business entity does not change to include non-immediate family members or entities.
  • Logos from Universities or Schools in which the member is a current member of the officially NCEA, IHSA or IEA sanctioned equestrian team.
  • Affiliate logos in which the member is a current member in good standing.
  • NRHA logoed apparel
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The January Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverAs 2013 comes to a close, NRHA had some exciting events happen to finish up the year with new NRHA Futurity Champions, new Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship title winners and several million dollar milestones claimed.

We also started 2014 with a bang as the new NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter takes the reins. The January issue of the Digital Reiner sheds some light into Carpenter’s history in the equine industry and some of his plans for the future of NRHA.

As the year wrapped up, so did the Regional Affiliate Final shows. With the best of the best making to the championships in Oklahoma City, catch up on all the action from the Northwest, Southwest and Western Canada regions.

The 2012 Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year tittle winner Betsy Brown didn’t stop her winning ways after 2012. The 2013 show season proved to be another successful year for the teenager and her young stallion. Check out what she’s been up to this past year and her plans for the future.

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Brian Bell Joins Million Dollar Ranks

By Christa Morris – National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional Brian Bell racked up more than $35,000 in official earnings at this year’s NRHA Futurity after qualifying his stallion Footwork Revolution and Memorable Revolution, owned by Wagner & Vandorp, to the Level (L) 4 Open Finals. That total brought his 2013 earnings to more than $86,000 and boosted him over the one million dollar earnings plateau. Currently, Bell has $1,023,590 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.

The past year has been stellar for Bell and included the Adequan® United Stated Equestrian Federation Reining National Championship, Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic CRI*3 Open Reserve Championship and Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Maturity L4 Open Championship on Wimpys Showboat. On Great Red Chex, he took the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Maturity Open Reserve Championship and Bluegrass Reining Stakes 7 & Up L4 and L3 Open Championships. Adding to the exciting year, Bell relocated to NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses’ operation in Aubrey, Texas.

Bell’s reining career started in his youth in the late 1980s and included an NRHA Youth 14-18 World Championship. Since then, he has won more than a handful of NRHA World and Reserve World Championships. In addition being a top contender at NRHA major events, below is a listing of some of the accolades he has garnered over the past ten years.

  • 2003 Top ten finisher on three horses at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions; A Smart Enterprise, Miss B H Pine and Soldiers Lil Squeeze
  • 2005 Carolina Fall Classic Atlantic Breeders Incentive (ABI) Futurity and Carolina Classic Fall Futurity Open Champion on Lean With Hollywood; and Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion with Teninolena Chex
  • 2006 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and Double Run Farm Futurity Open Champion on Collenas Finest Tafy
  • 2007 Tradition Futurity Open Champion on Big Stoppin McCain, Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on Plus Half; and ABI Derby Open Champion and Carolina Classic Derby Open Champion on Starbucks Jazz
  • 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby Open Top Five, NRBC Open Top Five and NRHA Derby Open finalist on Great Sun Burst
  • 2009 NRBC Open finalist on Great Sun Burst, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on Cee Pepto Wood; and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist on Cee Pepto Wood, Pistol Packn Rooster and Nics Rooster
  • 2010 Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity Open finalist on Dun It Chexinic; and Rocky Mountain Stallion Stakes and Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Futurity Open finalist on Dun It Chexinic and Topsail Footwork
  • 2011 Rocky Mountain Stallion Stakes Futurity Open Reserve Champion and Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Futurity Open Top Five on Bell Ranch Whiz
  • 2012 ABI Derby Open Reserve Champion and Carolina Classic Derby Open Top Five on Another Wimpy

Photo credit: NRHA / Bucky Harris

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Watch Clinton Anderson on FamilyNet effective 12/31/13 at 5 p.m. EST

RFD-FamilyNetThe Tuesday 12 noon ET airing of Downunder Horsemanship with Clinton Anderson has been moved to FamilyNet effective 12/31/13. The program will air from 5:00pm to 6:00pm ET each Tuesday.

Our program remains on RFD-TV airing at 10:00 PM ET each Tuesday and 3:00 PM ET each Sunday. We hope that this will allow new viewers to see Clinton’s program. Keep in mind that you can also watch the most recent 3 episodes on: free of charge 24×7! Here is the announcement from the founder of RFD-TV.

A message from the Founder of RFD-TV, PATRICK GOTTSCH

This month there will be a substantial number of changes to the program schedules on RFD-TV, RURAL TV, and FamilyNet – the largest number of program changes in the history of our company.

All programming that used to repeat on RFD-TV from 9am to 2pm (ET) each day now air on RURAL TV, giving those shows over 20 million new homes plus a much more convenient time (5pm-7pm) for watching that airing of equine programming.

This new schedule works great for those that have both RFD-TV and RURAL TV on their system, which is the case for DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Cox, Charter, and most other cable companies. The exception is DIRECTV subscribers, which is still the only major carrier not offering RURAL TV or FamilyNet to their subscribers. We are working hard to get RURAL TV on DIRECTV. Please call or write DIRECTV asking that they add RURAL TV without delay.

To find the carriers and air times, use this link to go directly to the website and schedule on FamilyNet:

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Michael Schumacher Injured in Skiing Accident

NRHA Member and Formula One champion Michael Schumacher suffered a skiing accident today in the French Alps and remains in critical condition. Michael and his wife, Corinna, are heavy supporters of the NRHA European Futurity and reining in Europe, and Michael was recently part of the RHSF Slide to Remember held at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show.


Michael Schumacher in criticial condition

PARIS (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma. It was not clear whether the 44-year-old German was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital’s deputy director, said “he remains in a critical condition.” The retired driver fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.

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Our Loss – Edward “Bud” Alderson

Edward F. “Bud” Alderson, 91, of Sharpsville, Indiana, died Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Alderson was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2004.

Born August 21, 1922, to Dewey and Mabel (Cooper), Alderson grew up taking care of many animals an even showed draft horses in 4-H. He graduated from Prairie Township High School in 1940, which was the same year he bought his first Quarter Horse and sported a reputation as a match-race jockey, Roman rider, all-around cowboy and could sit an English saddle for jumping.

bud aldersonAlderson married Madonna Quakenbush on April 17, 1949, and the couple had two children – Janelle and Randy – and ran a successful Quarter Horse breeding operation for more than 50 years.

Alderson judged for 45 years throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. His credits include officiating at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA and AQHYA World Championship shows. He was later appointed to the committee that developed AQHA’s amateur division in 1985. He served as the first amateur committee chairman and helped implement AQHA’s hunter under saddle class. Alderson became an AQHA honorary vice president in 1986, and received AQHA’s 50-year breeder award in 2003.

Alderson’s contribution to the American Quarter Horse industry went beyond serving on AQHA committees. He and his wife organized dozens of clinics, giving both youth and adults a chance to gain more knowledge and enjoyment of their horses. They also hosted countless 4-H clinics and college judging teams.

Alderson helped establish the Indiana Quarter Horse Futurity and the Indiana Quarter Horse Association in 1955, and was the past president of the IQHA. In 1988, he was inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame at Purdue University.

Alderson became an AQHA Judge in 1961. Determined to have an input in the Association, he was appointed to the show and contest committee, holding one of the longest seats on an AQHA committee – 24 years.

While Alderson was heavily involved in the AQHA, he was also a lifetime member of the National Reining Horse Association and was one of the first members. His son, Randy, was also an active member of the association. In 1976, Randy rode his father’s mare, Two DS Jetta, to an NRHA Non Pro Championship title.

Bud Alderson is survived by his wife, Madonna; children, Janellle and husband Wallace Gray, and Randy and wife Chris Alderson; and grandchildren, Brian and Katie Gray, Katie and Chris Kelly, Andrew Alderson, and Aaron Alderson; and great-granddaughter Evelyn Gray.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Liberty Baptist Church, 3530 South 1000, Groomsville, Indiana, with Pastor Ruth Lawson. Burial will follow at Groomsville Cemetery. The visitation will be held at the church from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that a donation be made in memory of Bud Alderson to the American Quarter Horse Foundation. Donations can be sent to: American Quarter Horse Foundation, PO Box 32111, Amarillo, TX 72120-2111. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements have been entrusted with Stout & Son Funeral Home.

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McEntire hits the Million Dollar Rider mark

For Immediate Release – December 27, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – No stranger to great accomplishments in his career, NRHA Professional Mike McEntire hit another milestone by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Million Dollar Rider after his Open finals performance at the NRHA Futurity.
McEntire’s performance aboard Maggie Jac Whiz, owned by Tim Anderson, in the NRHA Futurity Level (L) 4 Open finals earned him over $10,000 giving him last push he needed to cross over the million dollar mark. Mike has been a perennial finalist at major NRHA events such as the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and National Reining Breeders Classic. Some of the top honors he has earned throughout his reining career include:

  • 2001 United State Equestrian Team Festival of Champions Champion on Boggies Secret and third place on Freckles Top Prize
  • 2003 Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on Jazzygun and Atlantic Breeders Futurity Open Champion on Smartys Big Wish
  • 2004 Carolina Classic Derby Open Champion and Reserve Champion on Nics Whiz and Little Foxy Knoxie, respectively; and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Champion Open Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on Hot Smokin Chex
  • 2005 Tradition Futurity Open Champion on Bueno Chexolena
  • 2006 Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on The Great Guntini and Tradition Futurity Open Champion on Miss Gunny
  • 2007 Double Run Futurity Open Champion on Helluva Chex
  • 2008 Double Run Futurity Open Champion on HR Okie Whiz
  • 2009 Double Run Futurity Open Champion on Baroom Gunslinger
  • 2010 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Red Stripe Spook
  • 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open Champion on Harley Surprize Lena
  • 2012 Carolina Classic Atlantic Breeders Incentive (ABI) Futurity Open Champion on Rey Jays Revolution; and ABI Derby Open and Carolina Classic Derby Open Champion on Red Stripe Spook
  • 2013 Florida Classic Derby open Champion and Reserve Champion on Red Stripe Spook and Big Hollywood Cowboy, respectively

His success hasn’t been limited to just the show pen, McEntire holds his NRHA Judges card, is on the NRHA Judges Committee, is a member of the NRHA Professionals and is known for owning the legendary reining stallion Be Aech Enterprise for a period of time.
Mike and his wife, Nathalie, reside in Selma, North Carolina where they train reining horses and stand Lil Ruf Rider and Mr Boomerjac. In his free time, Mike enjoys competing in motocross events.
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

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