NRHA Supports AQHA’s Statement on NCAA Women’s Equestrian Sport

Provided by AQHA – AMARILLO, TEXAS, October 15, 2014 — The American Quarter Horse Association and its alliance and industry partners are aware of and are watching closely the developments regarding the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics recommendation to remove equestrian from the list of emerging sports, as well as Kansas State University Athletics’ decision this week to drop its sponsorship of equestrian.


Originally when the NCAA developed the emerging-sports model, there was a 10-year window for a sport to reach championship status. Equestrian, which was formally recognized as an emerging sport in 2002, had seen enough growth in school numbers within that 10-year window, that NCAA granted extensions even though a 40-school minimum had not been obtained.


Earlier this summer, the CWA requested a strategic plan from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association on how equestrian planned on seeing growth in sponsoring schools.


The equestrian strategic plan was built and provided to the CWA for review at its September meeting.  Following this meeting, with no further discussion of the strategic plan, the CWA provided a letter to the NCEA on September 30, 2014, informing of their committees’ vote to recommend removal of equestrian from the emerging-sport list. On October 13, K-State Athletics announced it was dropping its sponsorship of equestrian, effective at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, a decision that was made before the CWA recommendation had been fully reviewed and approved by the various NCAA governance bodies.  


Our current understanding of the timeline within NCAA for the review of the CWA recommendations is as follows:


  • October 20 – NCAA Legislative Council
  • October 22 – NCAA Leadership Council
  • October 29 – NCAA Executive Committee
  • October 30 – NCAA Board of Directors


We are continuing to solicit information regarding the actual timeline. Everything is evolving, and as information comes, we will keep the industry informed at


Since the CWA recommendation was announced, multiple conversations among equestrian coaches, administrators and athletic directors have occurred. There have also been conversations between the American Quarter Horse Association, United States Equestrian Federation, National Reining Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, United States Hunter Jumper Association and National Collegiate Equestrian Association, which all regret the timing of K-State Athletics’ decision in advance of the formal NCAA review of the CWA recommendation.


This recommendation by the CWA will have implications both immediately and in the future. The first to feel the impact will be the approximately 1,000 student-athletes who currently compete in NCEA. These young women have invested inestimable amounts of time and money into training for their collegiate careers and now this could be taken away.


The effect will be felt by thousands of young female potential student-athletes currently participating in the industry who have concentrated so much of their training and based their academic and competitive decisions on the hope that one day they too may compete at the highest level for their favorite university. All of that could be taken away based on the recommendation of one committee.    


The colleges and universities that sponsor collegiate equestrian have invested millions of dollars in all areas of their programs to provide their student-athletes with an atmosphere where they can be academically and athletically successful.


Each of these implications is detrimental when taken individually, but collectively they become even more unfortunate for the horse industry as a whole.


“The NCAA is charged with governing collegiate athletics and no doubt the CWA members acted in accordance with established guidelines. While we cannot fault the CWA for following protocol, we can indeed send a message to the NCAA that the sport of equestrian is united and we intend to take whatever steps are necessary to prove the worth of equestrian as a viable sports opportunities option for young women,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr.  


The industry coalition is aware that many individuals are interested in this development and appreciates your concern. Please stay tuned for further updates and any possible calls to action that may be needed to support this cause.


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NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity – Results

Provided by NRHA Germany/Ramona Billing – Photos by Art&Light Photography

October 11: 7th Breeders Futurity Open Champion title for Rudi Kronsteiner – Ewald Rifeser wins NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Non Pro

Several thousand visitors watched an exciting final in the 2014 NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Open and Non Pro, and in the end Europe’s most successful Reiner did it again: NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner earned his 7th Breeders Futurity Champion title! Aboard OT Gonna Walla Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x OT Taris Holly) he scored a 220.5 after a beautiful smooth run. With this stallion who was bred by Appaloosa SRL and is owned by Martina Hromadkova, Rudi already won the Polish Futurity.

Rudi Kronsteiner, who has won every Futurity in Europe at least once and is a triple  NRHA World Champion Open, was very happy about his success: “I never thought we could make it – the go rounds did not go well, and we had problems in the stops. So I had my assistant trainer Kim Obenhaus ride the stallion during the week very easily just to keep him relaxed. Today was the first time I rode him again, and everything worked out perfectly. Thank you Kim for your support – and a big thank you to my great team and especially to my wonderful wife.“

The Open Reserve Championship and the Limited Open Championship was claimed by  Alex Ripper who rode Hans-Peter Marquardt’s Guntinis Great Chex (The Great Guntini x Chexymatic) to a 220. The mare bred by Greenway Stables had been second after the go roundes. Guntinis Great Chex was trained by her owner until this January when he moved her to Alex‘ place. “This mare is a great horse,“ said Alex Ripper. “She had a perfect run. All I had wanted was to get another 218.5 like in the second go round, but the final turned out to be even better!“

There was a tie on second place in the Ltd. Open between Volker Schmitt  aboard Spark N Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty, owner Claudia Klucsarits) and Klaus Lechner aboard KH Whiz Master (Topsail Whiz x Jacs Barbara Star, owner Klaus Lechner), who scored a 218 each.

Ewald Rifeser wins Non Pro, Kerstin Lill the Ltd. Non Pro
With a score of 217.5, Ewald Rifeser and the 4-year-old AQHA mare Wimpys Lil Shiner (Wimpys Little Step x Sassys Shine) claimed the Breeders Futurity Championship Bit Non Pro. Wimpys Lil Shiner who was 6th at the NRHA European Futurity and ARTA Maturity Non Pro Champion 2014, had already dominated the second go round. The mare is owned by Petra Rifeser-Burger.  It was another huge success in a great year for Ewald Rifeser whose achievements this year include the  NRHA Breeders Derby Non Pro Championship.

„Kreuth seems to fit me,“ said Ewald Rifeser laughing. “First the Breeders Derby – now the Futurity. It’s fantastic! This mare is such a calm, honest horse. Jonathan Gauthier trained her, and I rode her in Oklahoma for the first time when she was three. We placed 6th at the European Futurity and third at the AustrianRHA Futurity.“

The Reserve Champion title  Non Pro as well as the Ltd. Non Pro Championship went to Kerstin Lill aboard Be Little Gun (Gatling Gun x Peppy B Little Sassy). The stallion bred by  Beate Hassdenteufel was 2014 Reserve Bronze Trophy Champion Non Pro in Mooslargue.

Reserve Champion in Ltd. Non Pro and third in Non Pro was Austrian Sandra Friesenbiller aboard her Shine N Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Spark N Pretty). With this stallion whom she bred herself, Sandra Friesenbiller was 2013 AustrianHA Futurity Champion Non Pro Level 3 and 4 NRHA European Affiliate Champion SBH Non Pro, 2014 ARHA Reserve Futurity Champion and NRHA European Futurity Finalist.

October 10: Guy Zemah claims NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Championship SBH Open and Ltd. Open

On Friday night, the best 3-year-old horses met again in Kreuth for the NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity final in the SBH Open and Non Pro. The top 15 plus ties had made it to the final, for which at least a 214 had to be earned in the Open. Seldom had there been so many visitors in the huge Ostbayernhalle on a Friday night, and they were rewarded by an exciting Open final which ended with Guy Zemah (ISR) and the Lil Dunit Smart (Lil Peppy Dunit Right x Smart Katy Rio) claiming the NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Championship SBH Open and Ltd. Open. The gelding who was bred by Christine Bayer and is owned by Gunther Klose, had already had the third highest score of the go round. In the final, he showed a brilliant, wonderfully smooth run with fast turnarounds and great stops. They left the arena with a 223, which was Guy’s first NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Champion title.

“I am so happy – I’ve been working for this for the last ten years,“ said Guy Zemah who bought the gelding as a Non Pro horse for the owner’s daughter and broke and trained him. “This is a great horse, and he has been good all week long. He was ready when we got here, and all I had to do was keep him as fresh as possible. He was fantastic! But I’d like to say thank you as well to my team – you are the best! And thank you to my customers.“

In the Open, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and multiple Breeders Futurity Champion Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) and Chex Out My Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Mrs Chexinic) owned by Dorothee Hess-Leitmeier became Reserve Champion. The two had scored a 220 with a brilliant ride. The horse was bred by Nedpoint QH.

In the Ltd. Open, Dominik Reminder (GER) and Starlight Mercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Achy Braky Me) placed second scoring a 218,5. The horse was bred by  Bob Loomis and is owned by Luigi Parise.

Bon Tun Runner and Jan Griesen win Breeders Futurity SBH Non Pro

15 horses had made it to the NRHA Breeders Futurity SBH Non Pro final, and in the end, it was the leader of the go round who also dominated the final. As the last rider, Jan Griesen (Germany) and his Bon Tun Runner (RS Bon Ton Jac x Okies Bright Star) risked everything both on the circles and the run downs earning a 215 after three brilliant stops and claiming the Championship both in Non Pro and Ltd. Non Pro. Two riders tied for Reserve Championship honours: Fabienne Suter (Switzerland) aboard SL Wild Spook (Smart Spook x Wild Sister) and Marina Becker aboard Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Rome). Both had earned a 212.5.

Bon Tun Runner was bred by Wilhelm Hoelken. The 3-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding who was trained by Dominik Reminder and then by Lukas Brucek, had become Belgian Futurity Champion Non Pro with his owner only two weeks before Kreuth and placed fourth in the Open with Brucek in the saddle. “That was my greatest success so far,” said Jan.“I got him only four weeks ago. He is such a great horse – very easy to ride and always trying to please you.“

Fabienne Suter and her stallion who was bred by Sandra Linnig-Föhl, were 2014 AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist. The 26-year old is a multiple Swiss Reining Champion and represented her country several times on an international level. Fabienne and Daniel Arnold were the only two Non Pros who had two horses each in the final. Marina Becker had shown Walla Whiz Crome (breeder Michel Rose) at the 2014 NRHA Breeders Derby for the first time winning the NRHA SBH 3YO Non Pro.

October 8: These are the Bit Open and Non Pro Futurity Finalists -
Francesco Martinotti and Claudio Risso leading after go-rounds

After the second go round of the NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Open and Non Pro, here are the finalists for Saturday at Kreuth. In the Open, the top 15 plus ties made it to the final, in the Non Pro the top 12 plus ties.  In the Open and Ltd. Open Go round  Francesco Martinotti took the lead aboard Stefano Ronco’s Mcsurprisemesailor (Frozen Sailor x MRH Doctor N Lynx, 435), with Alex Ripper and Hans Peter Marquardt’s Guntinis Great Chex placing second (432,5).

Francesco Martinotti and Mcsurprisesailor who were 2014 ARHA Futurity and APCR Futurity Open finalists, had had the best run of the first go round scoring a 218.5 with Volker Schmitt and Spark N Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty, owner Claudia Klucsarits) following on second place (217.5).

Dominik Reminder rides Highscore in second Go Round Bit Open Futurity
Scoring a 220, Dominik Reminder and RS Cuba Libre Jac won the second go round of the Breeders Futurity Bit Open and Limited Open. NRHA European Futurity finalist RS Cuba Libre Jac is by RS Great Jac Feona out of RS Red Moon Olena and is owned by Luga QH. Alex Ripper and Guntinis Great Chex (The Great Guntini x Chexymatic), owned by Hans-Peter Marquardt, followed on second place scoring a 218.5.

Claudio Risso and Ewald Rifeser dominate Non Pro go rounds
In the Non Pro Bit, multiple NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Non Pro Claudio Risso took the lead aboard his RS Cosmopolitan Lena scoring a total of 423.5. With this mare by Spat Olena out of  RS Foxy Jacs, past NRHA World Champion Non Pro Claudio Risso was 2013 IRHA Futurity Res. Champion Non Pro.

Ewald Rifeser and Wimpys Lil Shiner (Wimpys Little Step x Sassys Shine) place second in total ranking soring a 422. The two had had the best run of the second go with Roger Winkler and Guns Glamor Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x CR Guns Fancy) following (212,5). Wimpys Lil Shiner was 6th at the 2014 NRHA European Futurity and ARTA Maturity Non Pro Champion.

The SBH finals are scheduled for Friday afternoon and night, the Bit finals for Saturday afternoon and night. There will be a livescore on of course.

October 7: These are the SBH Open and Non Pro Finalists – Grischa Ludwig dominates Open Go Round, Jan Griesen the Non Pro

(Kreuth / Ramona Billing) The SBH Open Futurity Go round was won by 2013 NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Open Grischa Ludwig aboard Suisse Chocolate (von Chocolate Chic Olena) who scored a 220.5 in a field of 32. Grischa also managed to ride SL Customized Grace for Adrienne Speidel on 7th place scoring a 215.5. He and Stephan Rohde were the only ones who have got two horses for the final on Friday now. At least a 214 was necessary to make it to the final in the Open, in the Limited Open at least a 212.5 had to be earned.

“I rode Suisse Chocolate for the second time here,” said Grischa Ludwig who is now the co-owner of the horse together with Markus Nuyken (Lope In).  “I did not know what to expect of him, but he was great – in the show ring even better than during the warm up outside. He really surprised me with his fast spins.”

Grischa Ludwig saw Suisse Chocolate for the first time right after the European Derby and liked him at once. “He was trained by my friend Luis Kompatscher who did a great job with this horse. But of course every trainer is an individual and you have to find out about his methods if you get a new horse. Bit I am very adaptable, so everything worked out fine.”

Altogether, Grischa Ludwig really liked the SBH Futurity Go Round. “I’m happy of course as I’ve got two horses in the final. It was a pity I didn’t make it with my third horse as this is one of the best 3-year-olds I ever rode. He crossfired after the lead change and I could not get him back again in  time. But things like this happen, and there is always another show.”

“I’m really excited about the final on Friday – I’m sure that will be a very special one, as I’ve seldom seen so many excellent 3-year-olds in the go rounds. Also, most of the trainers took it easy in the SBH Open go round and did not ask too much of their young horses. So the scores did not go up the way they did in former year. But wait until Friday….”

Gennaro Lendi and Claudio Risso’s RS Starfighter Lena (Spat Olena x RS Cherry Miss Jac) placed second in the SBH Open scoring a 218.5 with Guy Zemah and Lil Dunit Smart (Lil Peppy Dunit Right x Smart Katy Rio, owner Gunther Klose) following on third place scoring a 218. This was also the lead in the Limited Open with Lukas Brucek and KD Gotasparklinwhiz (owner Kelly Deelen, 217) following on second place.

Jan Griesen and Bon Ton Runner win Non Pro and Ltd. Non Pro Go Round

The SBH Futurity Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Go Round was dominated by Jan Griesen aboard Bon Ton Runner (RS Bon Ton Jac x Okies Bright Star) who scored a 212 in a field of 36. The 3-year-old AQHA gelding won the Belgian Futurity only 2 weeks before the Breeders Futurity. Marina Becker and her Walla Whiz Crome (by Walla Walla Whiz) placed second scoring a 211, with Silvia Welz and Jacselectricshootoff following on third place (210.5). Altogether, the top 15 plus ties made it to the final.

The SBH Futurity Final is scheduled for Friday, October 10 with the Non Pro final starting in the afternoon and the Open final following in the evening.

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Heritage Futurity Results – Leclair and McCutcheon are Champions

Provided by the Heritage Futurity (


Coded N Karma ridden by Jared Leclair - 2014 Heritage Futurity(Open Futurity)

Coded N Karma ridden by Jared Leclair – 2014 Heritage Futurity (Open Futurity)

It all came down to the last drag at the Second Annual Heritage Futurity on Saturday, October 4 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Leading the 64 horse field with  scores of 147 were Sam Schaffhauser on Dun Tinkering Around owned by McQuay Stables and Stefano Calcagnini on Shannon Reid’s Shinestein.

Then Jared Leclair rode in on Coded N Karma, a gelding by Electric Code out of Whiz N Snap. In Jared’s words, the gelding was “really quiet and easy to show” and the judges rewarded the run with a score of 148, good for the Open Level 4 Championship.

“It’s neat to train and ride one that is by a horse I trained and rode,” said Jared, referring to his sire, Electric Code. “Because I knew his dad so well, I knew I could trust him – I just know their personalities and what they’re good at and I can enhance all they do.”

Coded N Karma is owned by Robert and Robbin Thayn of Oxford, Nebraska. For the win he earned $7,129 and a trophy saddle compliments of Kyle Tack.

The Reserve title in the Level 4 Open ended in a tie between Schaffhauser on Dun Tinkering (Hollywood Dun It X Whiz N Snap) and Calcagnini on Shinestein (Einsteins Revolution X Shiney O Lady).  Each horse earned $3797.

Sam Schaffhauser - Dun Tinkering Win Intermediate Open

Sam Schaffhauser – Dun Tinkering
Win Intermediate Open

Sam Schaffhauser – Dun Tinkering – Win Intermediate Open
Sam Schaffhauser and Dun Tinkering won the Intermediate Open Championship, collecting another $3,374. Sam noted, “Tim (McQuay) raised ‘Tinker’ and he’s a really nice horse – real feely – and he is getting really broke.”

It was the second event for Tinker. Schaffhauser had shown him at the Tulsa Reining Classic but “he slowed down too hard in a transition and the penalties got him.”

At the Heritage Futurity, he was, in Sam’s words, “really good all the way and through all the maneuvers. We’ll have a couple of things to work on but he’s just getting more broke. We’ll show him at the Southwest Futurity and then at Oklahoma City.”

Schaffhauser also noted that he was most appreciative of Tim McQuay for letting him show this caliber of horse.

The Reserve Championship in the Intermediate Open ended in a tie at 146.5 between Luke Gagnon on Styled Up Juice (Smart Like Juice X Shining In Style) owned by Belar Farms and Patti Brownshadel on her Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz). Each earned $1,797 for the tie.

Patti Brownshadel - Magnetised Win Limited Open

Patti Brownshadel – Magnetised
Win Limited Open

Patti Brownshadel – Magnetised – Win Limited Open
It was a good day for Patti Brownshadel and Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz)! Not only did their score of 146.5 win the Heritage Futurity Limited Open Championship and $1,668. Her reserve in the Intermediate and fourth place tie in the Open boosted her total earnings to $5,790!

“I just love this horse,” she said shortly after the event when talking about Magnetised or “Player” as she calls him, the first futurity baby by her stallion, Im The Chic Magnet. “He’s got the brains, personality and talent and he looks like a 6-year-old! He’s just never had a bad day – he never says ‘no’ to me!”

Obviously excited about the chestnut stallion, it was easy to forget the difficult week Patti had gone through. She had actually passed out during an early morning schooling ride. A check with her physician found the cause to be an error in the dosage instructions for a medicine. She was assured that she would be back to normal… in a few days. But she was so weak she had doubts and scratched every class until the futurity.

Luckily she had a great support team in an exceptional group of Non Pros and her husband, Elton. “They helped with everything all week,” she noted. She added that friend, Trey Pool, had also encouraged her “from day one!”

The Reserve Championship in the Limited Open went to Abigayle Mixon on Miss Mcdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream X Lipstick Jungle) owned by the Sather Family Partnership of Manson, Washington. Their score of 146 earned $1015.

MJG Colonel Dry ridden by Mandy McCutcheon - 2014 Heritage Futurity((Non Pro Futurity)

MJG Colonel Dry ridden by Mandy McCutcheon – 2014 Heritage Futurity((Non Pro Futurity)

Mandy McCutcheon Takes Heritage Futurity Non Pro on MJG Colonel Dry
Mandy McCutcheon didn’t let the fact that she’d never ridden MJG Colonel Dry until four days before stop her from riding him to the Heritage Futurity Non Pro Level 4 Championship on October 5!

She said, “My schedule this fall, with the World Equestrian Games and everything else has been so busy I haven’t been able to bet to the 3-year-olds.”

Luckily for Mandy, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center  is a great venue offering plenty of places to school and the Heritage Futurity schedule provided optimum schooling time. Her parents Tim and Colleen McQuay own the gelding by Gunner and out of MJG Hollywood Dry so McQuay Stables Assistant Trainers Sam Schaffhauser and Lars Mortenson had done the riding on him.

“Sam has actually ridden him the most,” she said, then added. “It did take him a day to figure out my short legs versus Sam’s legs.”

With that  done, the next task was getting him shown and the NRHA’s only Non Pro $2 Million rider showed why she has garnered such a record! Her efforts resulted in a score of 144, to top the class, earn $3,914 and a saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack.

The McQuays purchased the good gelding from John and Mary Wade Gilbert , who raised him. “We wanted him to have a good go today and he did everything right,” said Mandy. “I’m not sure yet whether Cade or I will ride him at the NRHA Futurity, but I know he’ll want him, now!”

Dun Alotta Chics ridden by James T Morgan - 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

Dun Alotta Chics ridden by James T Morgan – 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

Keepyourgunsloaded ridden by Shelby E. Reine - 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

Keepyourgunsloaded ridden by Shelby E. Reine – 2014 Heritage Futurity (Non Pro Futurity)

The Reserve Championship ended in a two-way tie at 143.5 between Shelby Reine of Laplace, Louisiana on Keepyourgunsloaded and Dr. Jim Morgan of Pilot Point, Texas on Dun Alotta Chics. Each earned $2,270.

The same riders who won the Level 4 Reserve Championship were also entered in the Level 3 so that Intermediate Non Pro event ended with a duet of champions, as well. Each earned an additional $1,713.

Jim Morgan has been a consistent winner in NRHA Non Pro competition for decades and the dollars collected at Katy unofficially pushed him past $800,000 in career earnings!

Morgan was showing Dun Alotta Chics (Magnum Chic Dream X A Lotta Dun It) for the very first time at the Heritage Futurity. He had been in Canada this summer judging a show when Ruben Vandorp called him from the Summer Slide. “He said he’d found me a horse,” Jim remembers. “I said, “Well buy him for me!”

Fast forward a few months and a horse fell on Jim, breaking his shoulder and necessitating surgery that left him with a plate and 6 screws. “The doctor said I couldn’t show until October 2. On October 3, Jim used the Novice Horse class as an opportunity to prepare for the Futurity, showing the palomino gelding one-handed. He tied for the class win, and felt prepared for the Futurity.

“He is a fun horse – easy to ride and easy to show – pretty uncomplicated. I’m living the dream of improving with each ride – both me and him. He’s maturing and did everything a little better today.” Morgan also mentioned that he appreciated the help of a couple trainers who came to him and gave him some tips on riding the Magnum Chic Dreams. “I’ve got great friends that help me like that!”

Jim’s partner in the tie, Shelby Reine of Laplace, Louisiana, also claimed the Level 2 Championship on Keepyourgunsloaded (Hes A Loaded Gun X Toodie Star), adding another $860 to her earnings at the Heritage Futurity.

A Non Pro with Sebastian Petrol, she has had a more than successful career in reining, most recently making the Level 4 Non Pro Finals at the National Reining Breeders Classic and claiming a Top 5 slot at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show.

For the gelding she calls “Load”, stopping is a strength that helped him attain the high score. She got him in April and rode him during the summer but this was his very first show. More than pleased with the result, she shared that the next stop is the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and then the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Michael Garnett of Lincoln, Nebraska, rode his wife, Joanne’s horse, Snoop Around (Walla Walla Whiz X Sneaking Out Tonight) to a score of 142.5 to earn the Level 2 Reserve Championship, and a check for $591.


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Schmersal Reining Horses Relocate

Schmersal Reining Horses Relocate

schmersal_logo_mail From Schmersal Reining Horses – Scottsdale, AZ – October 2, 2014 – NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal is excited to announce their relocation of NRHA Corporate Partner Schmersal Reining Horses to Loma Vista in Scottsdale, Ariz. following this year’s NRHA Futurity.

“We had the opportunity to sell our ranch in Oklahoma, and after much deliberation decided it was the best thing for us to do long term as a family,” say the Schmersals.

SchmersalThe Schmersals met in Scottsdale when Craig was working as an assistant trainer. They married and bought their first ranch in California. After encountering a similar situation on an offer to buy, they relocated to Oklahoma.  Ginger continues, “Craig and I have always loved Scottsdale. We love the weather and have missed it since we moved back in the 90’s. We have roots there and are very excited to return!”

The Schmersal’s breeding operation will remain in Oklahoma under the guidance of Performance Equine Associates with Dr. Tyler Troop and Dr. Lane Easter. The Schmersals feel like their breeding operation needs to stay in Oklahoma and are excited to have a team of professional veterinarians at the helm. All mares and foals will stay in Oklahoma and Pale Face Dunnit’s offspring can be viewed and purchased there as well. The breeding barn will continue as usual with outside mares being able to come to Performance Equine Associates’ breeding facility where Pale Face Dunnit will continue his breeding career. Ginger will continue to manage the breeding side of the business.

If you would like to contact the Schmersals for any training or breeding needs the phone numbers are:

Craig 580-222-9565 or Ginger 580-222-9561

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French National Reining Championship – Sept. 25-28


Provided by NRHA France – Muriel de Moubray – The French National Reining Championship, also known as the French NRHA Finals, starts on Thursday, September 25 and runs for four days, one more than in 2013. These are the French National NRHA reining Championships.

There will be more than 30 classes on the program, allowing riders from every category to take part; beginners, amateurs, youths, young, professionals etc. The highlights of the championship include the Youth classes which are on Sunday, September 25. The traditional classes of under 13 and then 14 -18 have been joined this year by the new Short Stirrup which is for riders who are under ten years old! The French NRHA wants to encourage the reiners of the future.

Other highlights include the Open and Non Pro finals which will also take place on Sunday at the end of the event and which will distinguish the best Non Pro and the best Open riders for the year 2014.

The 2014 championships will attract at least 130 horses to the Petit Far West, a few kilometers from Paris at Le Pin, in Seine et Marne. Reiners will come from all over France to compete for the National titles. More than 400 runs have already been reserved, ensuring that once again the French National Reining Championship 2014, will be an event the all of the French Reining World. All results will be available at:

Press contact: Muriel de Moubray,, Tel : 06 45 27 03 89

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Mountain Regional Director Elections

Mountain Regional Director elections will be open tomorrow (Wednesday, September 24) through Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. Mountain time to elect the Mountain Region’s two seats to the NRHA Board of Directors.

Candidate bios and election procedures can be found in the Members Only section of

For questions, contact the Election Administrator Dennis York at



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Jacs Electric Spark becomes a Two Million Dollar Sire

By Hayley Lewallen – The late stallion, Jacs Electric Spark, became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest stallion to hit the two million dollar mark. This makes him the 13th stallion to achieve this great title.

By NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark and out of Miss Hello Hollywood (by Hollywood Jac 86), the 1998 stallion was owned by Troy Heikes and bred by Sally Brown. With an NRHA LTE of over $85,900, Jacs Electric Spark had a successful show career as well. Some of his career highlights include: 2001 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby finalist, 2004 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist. He also earned his NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2012.

His top-earning offspring include:

  • Electric Code (out of Hot Coded Candy): $204,317.26 NRHA LTE, owned by Jared Leclair; 2008 Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity Open and Intermediate Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist and Intermediate Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level (L) 4 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • REF Black Mamba (out of Metermaid To Order): $121,753.88 NRHA LTE, owned by Saw Ranch LLC; 2012 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2013 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • Electrical Flash (out of Shes Berry Flashy):  $94,381.59 NRHA LTE, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2008 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Open Champion,  2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2009 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2009 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • Chics Blazin Spark (out of HR Smart Little Sam): $87,210.83 NRHA LTE, owned by Steve Tyner; 2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2010 NRBC L3 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • Lost In Tinseltown (out of Dun It In Tinseltown): $81,003.78 NRHA LTE, owned by Tim Anderson; 2009 North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) Futurity L3 and L4 Open finalist, 2011 Cowboy Capital Classic Derby L4 Open Champion,  2011 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2011 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show Junior Reining finalist

Photo Credit: John Brasseaux

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Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals – Sept. 24-28

Attend the NRHA Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals at the Southeast Reining Horse Association Summer’s End Celebration!

Move-in begins on Tuesday, September 23. On Wednesday, there will be men’s and ladies’ schooling classes ($35 per class). Classes continue on Thursday, September 25 and run through Sunday, September 28.

Showing opportunities include NRHA Regional Affiliate Finals classes, plus the McGee Farms Performance Horses Derby and Double Run Futurity. Don’t miss the Exhibitor Party, Lead Line and Youth Team Tournament!

Pre-register online now!  ::  Schedule – Draws – Results  ::  Stall Fees – Reservations

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Baeck & Colonels Shining Gun Win the KL Performance Horses Open Derby

By Simona Diale – It took a 221 to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Level(L) 4 Open Championship, sponsored by KL Performance Horses. When Cira Baeck of Belgium, riding Colonels Shining Gun for Katarzyna Roleska, burst in the pen, she set a 219.5 to beat. Her deep stops, fast spins and trademark circles earned her a 221 and the title!

“He was just amazing,” said the NRHA Professional about the 2007 stallion bred by KC Performance Horses, LLC. Colonels Shining Gun is by Gunner and out of Shining Little Peach (by Shining Spark) and boasts $80,270 NRHA LTE.

“We got back from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where we won the team silver medal, two weeks ago. He had time in the pasture at home, and I hardly ridden him. Tonight I nearly fell off during the spins but then everything went well. He was really great! I love this horse. He is amazing! He can stop so good, and yes, he is the most amazing horse I’ve ever ridden and probably will ever ride.”

Three horse-rider combinations tied for the L4 reserve championship: NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig and Custom Del Cielo (Custom Crome x Lena Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Fabian Strebel); Ludwig riding Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smoking x Playgun, owned by De Bruin Reining Horses) and NRHA Professional Morey Fisk and Chic Dreamn Whizard (Magnum Chic Dream x The Roan Whizard x Whizard Jac, owned by Larissa Rizzi).

Winning the L3 open championship, with a score of 219, was Kelly Zweifel riding Dunnit Like A Master (Master Snapper x Justanother Dun It x Hollywood Dun It). The 5-year-old stallion, owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi and bred by Lewisville Development LP, has $20,670 NRHA LTE. In 2012, he was fourth in the L1 open and sixth in the L2 open at the NRHA Futurity with Bobby Barko. In 2014, he was 3rd in the L3 open division at the 2014 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby with Kelly’s husband Pietro Artinghelli.

“I had a baby boy last year, who is now 20 months old, and another this year, who is now 6 months old so I’ve been out of the show pen for a while,” said Kelly who placed her three mounts in the finals. “It’s great to be back, I had three great horses to show and am very happy to have made it to the winners circle.”

Guglielmo Fontana, riding Wimpys Smoking Gun (Gunner x Wimpys LIttle Scoot x Wimpys Little Step) for owners Paint Ranch Golden, took the L3 open reserve championship after scoring a 217.

Winning the L2 open championship with a 216 was young Giovanni Masi of Italy with Renata Vanzo’s Smart Whiz Delmaso. The 2008 stallion by Easy Otie Whiz and out of Playin Dress Up (by Smart Chic Olena) was bred by Renata Vanzo. He won the L2 open division and placed second place in the L3 open division at the 2014 IRHA Derby with Giovanni.

“Every time I show this horse he is amazing!” said Giovanni. “Even though he was a little bit tired after being here for over a week, he gave me all he had. When you are lucky enough to ride horses as this one, all you need to do is go in and trust them completely. I did and we won!”

Fabien Boiron of France took home both the L2 open reserve championship and the L1 open championship riding Jac Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Honeys Melody Jac x Mr Melody Jac), owned by Philippe Castel. Aboard the 5-year-old gelding bred by Catherine Castel, the French rider scored a 215.5.  The pair won two championships at the 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Championships, the Limited Open and Intermediate Open, and won the L4 and L2 open divisions at the 2014 French Derby.

“It was a little bit hard in the qualifying round where I made a big mistake in the first stop. I tried to do my best in the finals tonight, and it went well even though I had a bobble in my spins,” said Boiron. “This NRHA European Derby has been a great experience, and I am really happy to have won with a horse ‘made in France’!”

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Saturday’s Ancillary Action – NRHA European Derby

Youth 13 & Under
The day at the Palasturla in Manerbio began with the NRHA Youth 13 & Under class. In this class, with a score of 204, young rider Matteo Capello rode his  RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boggie Bar Linda x Boggie Mania). After the awards presentation, the 13-year-old Italian rider said, “Today, my go went pretty well. Our lead changes in the first go of the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby did not go too well. I’m happy, and I cannot wait to present this horse at the 4-year-old futurity in November.”

Reserve champion honors went to Jinke Stevens (197) riding her Don John Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Soft Whizpers x Topsail Whiz).

Youth 14-18

Winning  the Youth 14-18 class was the Italian duo composed of Aurora O’Keeffe and her Im So Pretty CA (Im A Topsail Cody x Freedom Dun It CG x Planet Hollywood) with a score of 207. “This is my second show with one hand, and my mare did really well. We worked hard for this first place, and for this I am very happy!”

Reserve champion title for Maria Gina (206.5) and Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy x Topsail Whiz), owned by Chanay Sky Management.

Intermediate Open
In the NRHA Intermediate Open, with a score of 213, Terry Schultz took the lead with his own Gunwork (I Am Shotgunner x Its Another Footwork x Footworks Finest). “This is a super horse that I have been riding for about a year. Manerbio is a fantastic experience for us, and next year we will probably show in the Maturity and the Derby.”

Second place honors in this class went to Guglielmo Fontana of Italy riding The Genuine Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Genuine King Glo x Genuine Doc) and a score of 212.

Limited Open

It took a run-off to determine who would win the Limited Open class. Alberto Villani, of Italy, riding BB One Miracled Gun (One Gun x ARC Chic O Please x Chic Please, owned by Mario Cortelletti) and Christoph Seiler with Walla Dundee Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda x Shining Spark, owned by Eliane Gfeller) between the reins both posted a 205.5. After the run-off, Seiler took the win with the new score of 208.5. “This show is over for me in the best way. The horse was fine, and in the run-off he was even better.”

Non Pro
Tina Kunstner-Mant, riding Cashn Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash x Boomernic) owned by Jac Point QH, won the Non Pro after scoring a 214. “I decided to participate in this class to relax my horse after yesterday’s final. It was very good and fun to ride. I’m glad to have won.”

The second place in this class was for Aniek Hagelaars and FS Rio Good Gunner (Gunner x Rio Dun Good x Hollywood Dun It). The Dutch duo posted a score of 210.5.

Photos by Andrea Bonaga.

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