Enter Online for the Austrian RHA Futurity & Show

Austria’s Premier Reining Event ~ Wiener Neustadt/Austria, August 13-16, 2014
Enrollment Form for $80,000-added Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show is online – Enter your horses online on www.showmanager.eu.

Provided by Ramona Billing (ARHA) – The Enrollment form of the $ 80.000 added Austrian Reining Horse Association Futurity & NRHA Show in Wiener Neustadt  / Austria is online now (http://www.awa.at/turniere/ausschreibungen/ausschreibungen%202014/Futurity%20Wr%20Neustadt%20August%202014.htm).  Horses can be entered online on www.showmanager.eu  – simply register, log in and off you go. The first deadline for the Futurity will be June 17, 2014. Of course, Futurity horses can be entered after this date, but a late entry fee will have to be charged.

The Austrian Futurity is open for all 3- and 4-year-old reining horses. There will be four Levels in the Open Futurity classes, and three in the Non Pro Futurity classes. All classes are NRHA approved. The Ancillary shows are part of the ARHA Circuit. Please note the new classes Rookie Level I as well as ARHA 7Up Open and ARHA 7Up Non Pro. The event is judged by Doug Milholland/USA, Ricky Bordignon/ITA, Rudy Albrizzy/ITA, Ralf Hesselschwerdt/D and another judge who is still pending. Bit Judge is Manuela Kirsteuer/AUT

For further information please contact:

Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Phone +43-2238-8484,

cell phone +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.at, www.nrha.at


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

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2014 SVAG CS Classic Givrins

The 2014 SVAG CS Classic Givrins, 1-5 July

The annual SVAG CS Classic to host the FEI European Reining Championships

Provided by Simona Diale (SVAG CS Classic) - We are only a few months away from the start of the 2014 edition of the SVAG CS Classic to be held on 1 – 5 July, 2014. Once again, Europe’s best open and non pro riders will be competing, vying for the prestigious NRHA CS Trophies titles. We are especially proud to present yet another highlight of the SVAG CS Classic: this year the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young and Junior Riders and the SVAG CRI *** Senior Riders will also take place.

High class competition is expected to be seen as the best professional riders are making their way to the beautiful Schumacher facility in Givrins, Switzerland. Last year’s SVAG CS Classic Open Bronze Trophy Champions, Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic. won the NRHA Open World Championship and the NRHA Non Pro World Champions, Manuel Bonzano and Great Sun Burst Non Pro, tied to win the SVAG CS Classic Non Pro classa long with past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champions, Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Hea Sure Whiz.

An overview of the program:

The SVAG CS Classic Jackpot Non Pro and the SVAG CS Classic Jackpot Open will be held on Wednesday, July 2.

The following day, the arena will be open for the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young & Junior Riders (Team Competition). Scheduled for the evening is the SVAG CRI *** for Senior Riders.

On Friday, July 4, the individual Finals of SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young & Junior Riders will take place.

From Friday afternoon until Saturday evening it’s showtime for the traditional SVAG CS Classic Classes which include the NRHA approved Youth, Rookie, Limited, Intermediate classes as well as the prestigious SVAG CS Classic $20.000-added Non Pro and the SVAG CS Classic $30.000-added Open.

For further information: http://www.cs-ranch.eu/en/svag_cs_classic_en/general_2014/index.html

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

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NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction Video is Online

Stallion owners world-wide have generously donated a breeding to the second edition of the NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction making it the biggest European online auction ever!  The Eu Futurity Stallion AuctionNRHA European Futurity proudly presents the stallions in the MDS Media promotional video. To view, simply click on the link below.

Take a look at the amazing stallions and don’t miss the chance to breed your mares to the best.  Bids start at 50% of the breeding fee and the auction will close on April 5 at 3 p.m.

Visit www.gpc-rp.ch/auktion to register and to make your bids.

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Notice to Equine Publications: NRHA Derby Magazine Display

open magazinesIf you’re a publication that would like to display your magazine(s) at the NRHA Derby, contact Martha Haglund at mhagland@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 133 to make your reservation or for more details.

All magazines must by displayed in an NRHA-provided magazine stand unless they are an NRHA Corporate Partner publication.

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NRHA European Futurity – The Vendors

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

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, since its inception, has offered a variety of high class shopping! When you are in Kreuth, don’t miss the chance to shop at Europe’s very best and to get to know some of our European breeders. Log on to each vendor and breeders website to find out more!




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Boemil Twin Robotop Becomes NRHA’s Highest Money Earning Appaloosa

By Christa Morris - NRHA competition is open to all breeds of horses. American Quarter Horses, American Paint Horses, Arabians, Morgans and Appaloosas are among some of the breeds seen at NRHA-approved shows.

Appaloosas have competed successfully in the sport for many years and have made their presence known winning many classes and earning worthwhile purses and prizes. In 1986, Gunsmokes Skeeter became NRHA’s all-time leading Appaloosa money earner. Barbara Mazziotta’s 1983 mare (Boss Nowata Star x Mr Gunsmokes Doll) was shown exclusively by Terry Thompson to win $30,174. During the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic, Frank Marley’s Some Kinda Shine (Shine Of A Kind x Precious Lady D) topped that mark with NRHA Professional Matt Mills aboard. The Appaloosa stallion racked up more than $30,517 in NRHA LTE.

2014 welcomes another change. The highly boemil twin robotopsought-after title now belongs to Boemil Twin Robotop with $32,570 in NRHA LTE. Lara Lorengo, of Italy, has owned and shown the 2006 stallion for almost four years. With Lara aboard, they earned championship titles at the 2012 Italian Derby in non pro levels 1-3. Italy’s Giuseppe Prevosti also rode the stallion to a significant portion of his earnings. All of the stallion’s earnings have been accumulated at NRHA shows in Europe. Boemil Twin Robotop, bred by Emilio Bonoperti, is by Topsail Speckles and out of Boemil Valentwin.

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NRHA European Futurity Draws Are Online

March 30 – April 5 ~ Kreuth, Germany

Excitement builds as the 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity approaches.  The Open and Non Pro Futurity draws are now online and may also be found on the www.showmanager.eu website.

On Showmanager,  where you will be able to follow the livescore of the event, you will also find the Entry List of the NRHA ancillary classes – please note that these are ONLY the entries and that you may be able to enter until the evening before the class itself.

Admission is free during the entire show!

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NRHA Futurity Changes – Start Date & Semi-Finals Numbers

Includes 1st Go-Round Start Date & Semi-Finals Numbers

By Christa Morris – Following the 2013 National Reining Horse Association Futurity (NRHA), there were several discussions concerning the NRHA Open Futurity go-round schedule, including horses’ progression from the semi-finals, and then on to the finals. The NRHA Board of Directors reviewed extensive historical data and scores, and has approved an alteration to the number of horses that will advance from the first go-round to the semi-finals. In addition, a change was made concerning the start of the first go-round.

First Go-Round to Start One Day Later
The first go-round of the NRHA Futurity has traditionally started on Thanksgiving Day. The Board received numerous comments from open competitors requesting that the first go-round start one day later to allow horses more time to settle in after being transported from home to Oklahoma City. The Board considered this request, along with a detailed study of the performance of horses competing on the first day. Ultimately, the Board approved the first go-round of the NRHA Futurity Open to begin the day after Thanksgiving (November 28, 2014). More information on move-in scheduling will be forthcoming at a later date.

Number of Horses Advancing to Semi-Finals Altered
Keeping in mind a schedule that is more beneficial to the health and welfare of the horses entered in the NRHA Futurity, the Board of Directors approved an alternative to the number of horses advancing from the first go-round to the semi-finals, as shown below. The Board considered several years’ data, including past composite scores needed to advance to the finals. The numbers listed below are a better reflection of the performances demonstrated by the horses that ultimately advanced. This change will lessen the number of horses moving on to the semi-finals. However, historical research of recent Futurities has shown that none of the horses outside of the advancing number have made it to the finals. No changes were made to the number of horses that advance from the semi-finals to the finals.

Class:                 Number Advancing:
Level 4 Open      Top 100 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open      Top 50 horses (plus ties)

All horses qualifying for the semi-final will be placed into the regular draw. If you choose to scratch from the semi-final, you will need to fill out a scratch sheet in the show office prior to the horse’s scheduled draw.

Opportunity Added for the Next Top 20 Scores
After the changes stated above were made, the Board chose to provide an additional opportunity for Level 1 Open riders/horses that just missed qualifying for the semi-finals. They will be given an opportunity to compete and win money in a $2,500-added Category 11 class. The class will be added to the schedule and will be open only to the next 20 Level 1 Open entries that missed the semi-finals. This class is not part of the Futurity, and therefore no nomination or entry fees paid for the Futurity will be applied to the class payouts.

About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show
As the most elite reining event in the world, 3,000-plus entries vie for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses compete and visitors from nearly 20 countries attend to watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy.  Please go to nrhafuturity.com for more information or to download conditions.

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Cactus Reining Classic Recap

By Alden Corrigan for Cactus Reining Classic – Photos by Waltenberry - Cactus Reining Classic held at WestWorld Scottsdale, Arizona March 5-9, 2014 had every element required for a star-studded action movie; top horses and riders filling each division and leaving nothing on the table day in and day out and a cliffhanger ending to the $65,500 Added Lucas Oil Open Derby Level 4 culminating in a run off to remember between Franco Bertolani on CFR Centenario Wimpy and Jordan Larson on Show Me The Buckles that had everyone in the Equidome and watching online on the edge of their seats.

Non Pro Highlights
Kris Loewenthal of Sonoma, California: DRHA Rookie Reserve High Point Champion on Whattadualpep (
Mister Dual Pep x Whattaroyalprincess)

Kris came to Reining in 2013 by way of Jumpers, which she still shows competitively in “I don’t know if it’s my experience or my age, but my nerves at the In Gate were almost overwhelming and I thought I need to do something that doesn’t have fences in it, to get control of my show nerves, and Reining looked like a lot of fun. A lot of people thought this would last for about a year, but I love Reining, it’s an amazing sport, and I couldn’t leave now…the people are great, the horses are insanely talented and it’s a beautiful sport to be a part of.”

In Kris’ “spare time” she is the Chairperson of Giant Steps Equestrian Therapeutic Center in Petaluma California  “Giant Steps has changed my life coming into horses late and on a competitive side, being able to see what they can do from a therapeutic angle for so many disabilities…from physical to mental, from Autism to PTSD to Cerebral Palsy….Having the opportunity to work with Giant Steps has really transformed the way I look at the animals and never under value them.”

Sharee Schwartzenberger of Longmont, Colorado: Salamander Resort & Spa Novice Horse Level 2 Non Pro Challenge and Level 2 Non Pro High Point Division Champion on Game Day Surprize (Hang Ten Surprize & Dunnit N Continental)

Six-year-old Game Day Surprize and Sharee have been together since last year when she bought him as a Derby horse from a client of her fathers. “When the owner talked about selling him my dad said he thought he’d be a good Non Pro horse so I decided to invest in him as my ‘going to the big shows’ horse.  I showed him all last year and did well including winning the Novice Horse Level 2 Affiliate Championship and the Non Pro out in Oklahoma.   After Cactus Reining Classic my big show with him this year will be the NRBC.”

What brings the family all the way from Colorado to Arizona?  “We come every year.  It’s a great show, awesome weather, and if you have a solid run you’ll be in the money.  I won my check back on both horses.”

Cam Essick of Clements, California: $42,500 Added Protect the harvest Non Pro Derby: Level 3 and Prime Time Champion as well as tying for Level 4 Reserve Champion with Wimpys Little Roo and Kim Muehlstaetter and Shiney Enterprise Mandy McCutcheon on Who Loves You (Walla Walla Whiz x Love Em N Lena) of  $9,886.61

Five-year-old Who Loves you is a gelding that Cam bred, raised and shown for almost a year under the guidance of Arno Honstetter at the shows. “He’s a horse that I keep at home, so my challenge as a Non Pro is to make the time while I’m working to manage a show horse and be competitive on a national level  in the aged events.  That’s a huge challenge for me as I do not ride with a trainer at home.  I like that challenge, on the other hand, I’m probably the only one that does that. I have bred every horse I show, so I don’t have the liberty to give up on a horse.

Cam is currently at the top of the leader board for the Four Seasons 2014 Trifecta Non Pro Reining Challenge as well.

Open Highlights
Ollie Galligan of Petaluma, California: NRHA Open and NRHA Intermediate Open High Point Champion with earnings of $1,078 on Lavonne Sturgeon’s California Shines (West Coast Whiz x Shining Maid)

Ollie Galligan of Petaluma, California set a goal at the beginning of the year for his clients and himself to work hard together to really step up their game in 2014. Team Galligan started the year off with two shows in Northern California before heading to the Cactus Reining Classic. Galligan explains, “We got our horses schooled, I pushed my clients, the clients pushed their horses, and we all focused on trying to get to that next level.

Everyone has worked so hard to make it happen at this show, and it’s kind of a bonus because it’s my birthday! Doing well on Cal (California Shines) yesterday was great. We won in the NRHA $500 Added Intermediate Open and then last night in the $NRHA $1,000 Added Open and come back today and be in the running again and get a half point higher than we did yesterday we’re just tickled to death, and I want to thank Brumley Management Group does a beautiful job putting on this big show.”

Franco Bertolani of Aubrey, Texas: $67,500 Added Lucas Oil Open Derby Level 4 Champion  with earnings of $13832.20 on Domenico Lomuto ~ Slide or Die’s CFR Centenario Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Hollywood Whiz)

Brazilian rider Franco Bertolani and six-year-old stallion CFR Centenario Wimpy repeated their Open Derby Level 4 winning performance from High Roller Reining Classic 2013 in this year’s $67,500 Added Lucas Oil Open Derby with run that won’t soon be forgotten.  “I think the West Coast brings me luck.  I came back here after High Roller and he was really good.  Jordan Larson and Show Me The Buckles and I were both 225.5 in our first runs.  My horse was a little fresh in the first run and when we came back for the run off he was really good.  Much better than the first one and we marked 231.5.”

The only person who was possibly even more excited than Franco with CFR Centenario Wimpy’s performance was his owner Domenico Lomuto who has owned the stallion since he was a four-year-old.

Domenico got into Reining in a very round about way. As owner of the largest collection of Leica cameras in the world Domenico was approached by a very good friend who asked to purchase one special camera about four years ago.  After repeatedly turning the friend down a photo of a palomino arrived in the mail.  “The note said, “If you send me the camera, the Palomino stud is yours”, so I did it.  The horse was a cow horse.  After that I bought an embryo in the U.S. and things go along then way, and I bought Rio.”

Now two years later, along with Show Me The Buckles’ owner Rebecca Martin, Domenico had to make the call (literally from Rome, Italy) whether or not to go head to head in a run off for the Open Derby title.   “My wife and my daughter were sleeping because it was 3:00 a.m. in Italy when I was watching “Rio” on the computer. Then I received the call from Franco asking what he should do.  Franco said we are here I think we should go ahead (and run off) and I said yes, it’s good for the industry to have a run off.  When Jordan marked a 228.5 I was already thinking of writing a message congratulating him.  I thought I had made the worst decision…..And then when I heard 231.5 I was completely off my sofa sitting on the floor!  I had my headphones on because everyone was asleep, and I started screaming, my wife came out of the bedroom and said what is going on?  I said I want to explain to you how we won the Derby, and she said tell me in the morning,” Lomuto says with a laugh.

The End
Brumley sums up the 2014 event “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence ~ Confucius. In my opinion this is the perfect quote to describe the 2014 Cactus Reining Classic. As show producers, we could not have asked for a better group of exhibitors to compete at our event.  Everyone brought their ‘A’ game this week and it showed. I am still getting goose bumps thinking about that Open Derby run off Saturday night, and am so excited about the growth in the Non Pro and Youth divisions this year.”

For complete results go to: www.cactusreiningclassic.com/2014-event-results.

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

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Horse&Rider’s New Website: The Best of the Magazine and More

From Horse&Rider – Boulder, Colo. - Long considered the go-to resource for Western riders, the Equine Network’s Horse&Rider magazine is proud to announce the expansion of its online coverage to include a revamped website, HorseandRider.com.

“We took a lot of care in choosing a design with a clean look that offered more options,” said the Equine Network’s Digital Director Melissa Kitchen.

Horse&Rider editor Jennifer Paulson said the new website is much more than a redesign.

“We’re excited about the new HorseandRider.com and all the service it can offer our readers,” Paulson said. “The new website speaks the Horse&Rider mission, just like our other platforms— to offer the best in Western training, how­-to, and advice.

“The site features weekly tips for horse care, training, and solutions, as well as a monthly to-do list to help users develop new goals and improve their riding. We think readers will have fun with the interactive Conformation Clinic—the longest-running department in the print magazine that’s now also online. Not to mention the vast library of past feature content that’s now right at the site’s users’ fingertips. It’s a great addition to our print, social, and digital footprints.”

About the Equine Network
The Equine Network provides, creates, and distributes relevant content and services to passionate horse enthusiasts while connecting them to each other and the marketplace. The Equine Network is the publisher of award-winning magazines: Horse&Rider, EQUUS, Dressage Today, The Trail Rider, Spin to Win Rodeo, American Cowboy, Practical Horseman, and Horse Journal. The Equine Network also publishes a proprietary line of books and DVDs for sale through its store, HorseBooksEtc.com. The Equine Network provides emergency roadside assistance through its recent acquisition of USRider, and is home to several websites including: EquiSearch.com, Equine.com, MyHorseDaily.com, DiscoverHorses.com, AmericanCowboy.com, and Horse-Journal.com.

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


March 10, 2014

Amy Herdy

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