Off To The Races and Into History: BreyerFest 2018 Presents a Collection of Champions!

Horse Festival for all ages, July 13-15, Lexington, KY 

Pequannock, NJ (July 10, 2018) An ‘Off to the Races!’ theme saluting Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses was already in the planning for the 29th annual BreyerFest when Justify made 2018 the second Triple Crown year in the last three for horse sport fans and, for fans of BreyerFest, it has coincided with one of the most electrifying lineups of equestrian celebrities, professionals and horse champions ever, starting Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Thoroughbred racing fans won’t want to miss BreyerFest’s free seminars in the Visitor Center Theater, including a Panel of Women in Racing, hosted by legendary NBC Sports Triple Crown analyst and former Thoroughbred jockey, Donna Brothers, or the chance to meet Cozmic One, the first colt out of Zenyatta (winner of 19 consecutive races in a 20-race career) as part of the Thoroughbred Makeover Showcase presented by Retired Racehorse Project, featuring horses in the Thoroughbred Makeover training program or successfully performing in their second career.

In addition to more than a dozen Special Run, Special Edition, Store Special and Winner’s Circle Autograph horse models available during BreyerFest ‘Off to the Races!’ the official 2018 Celebration Horse is a Limited Edition Breyer® model of Brass Hat, a Thoroughbred champion who earned over $2.7 million in 40 starts over a seven-year racing career and set track records at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park before becoming an ambassador for Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and Thoroughbred Horse Show Association show horse under the 12 year-old daughter of his racing trainer, William ‘Buff’ Bradley. Meet & Greet Autograph sessions with Brass Hat will take place daily.

Also available for autographs while presenting their real-life Breyer® Portrait Models will be some of the greatest names in the horse world:  Former jockey and two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Rosie Napravnik and OTTB Old Ironsides; 11x World Barrel Racing Champion and Hall of Famer Charmayne James and Scamper; Prue Critchley and imported Polish Arabian stallion Empres++++// and Joyce Sousa and endurance racing superstar, LV Integrity; and Mickey Burke, Sr. and Foiled Again, the richest harness horse in Standardbred racing history.

Love speed? Don’t miss the Charmayne James Barrel Racing clinics and learn what it takes to best the fastest around a cloverleaf or, if you’ve ever wondered how trick riders stay on while galloping around an arena, check out the Trick Riding clinics presented by Trixie Chicks. Also back by popular demand is Ride-A-Reiner, where guests can try their hand at riding a reining horse with NRHA Professional Brett Walters.

BreyerFest begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday with an Opening Ceremony in the Covered Arena led by the Young Guns Adult Quad with an appearance by Empress++++// before launching into a program of all-day activities including equestrian showcases and demonstrations, educational sessions on the Artistry of Painting Models, an Intro to Model Horse Showing, Breed and Color Characteristics, Arabian Horses: The Foundation of Racing and more, and daily performances by the Super Dogs®.

BreyerFest is Off to the Races but you don’t have to get left in the gate: Follow news and program updates, the official Breyer® blog, and download a PDF with the complete BreyerFest program atwww.BreyerHorses.com.

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About Breyer Animal Creations®
Breyer Animal Creations is a division of Reeves International (www.reevesintl.com), a family-owned, NJ-based toy manufacturer and distributor. Breyer, founded in 1950, celebrates the horse and other animals, dedicating itself to the creation of authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. Breyer’s annual model horse festival and horse fair is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in July each year.  Visit the Kentucky Horse Park July 13-15, 2018 to experience BreyerFest Off To The Races! Visit us at www.breyerhorses.com or call 800-413-3348 to learn more and buy tickets.

For images and more information contact smacejko@reevesintl.com or (973) 694-5006 ext. 331 or (973) 714-4923.

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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$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018: Next Deadline: July 23

$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018:
Big Rush of Entries at first Deadline – next Deadline: July 23

Wiener Neustadt, Austria, August 22 until 25, 2018

The $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity 2018 (August, 22 – 25, August 2018 at Wiener Neustadt) promises to be another big highlight in the World of Reining this year. The first deadline was on July 2, but it will take the show office quite some time to sort through the many emails with entries. So it will take a few more days until further details about the show can be published. Here are a few of the riders that have already entered their horses: Gennaro Lendi, Giovanni Masi, Max Ruggeri, Arnaud Girinon, Emanuel Ernst, Rudi Kronsteiner, Kim Obenhaus, Klaus Lechner Miroslav Baniari, Vern Sapergia, Sabine Ehrenreich, Ewald Rifeser, Markus Gebert and Markus Schopfer.

The next deadline of the AustrianRHA Futurity will be on July 23. Entries can be made online via www.showmanager.info.

This year, the AustrianRHA Futurity offers a guaranteed money of $10,000 each for the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion of the 3-year-old horses and the 4-year-old horses. The AustrianRHA Futurity is open to all 3- and 4-year-old horses. There are four Levels in the 3-year-old Futurity Open and three in the Non Pro. All classes are NRHA approved. Besides the Futurity, there is an NRHA Ancillary Show, the Ancillary classes also are ARHA Circuit qualifiers

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, www.futurity.at

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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Topsail Whiz Makes the Record Books Once Again

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Before the commencement of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, NRHA all-time leading sire Topsail Whiz was sitting only $11,000 shy of hitting the historic 12 million dollar mark, and with only a few offspring competing in the open and non pro Derbies, it was unclear whether the legendary stallion would cross the threshold during the summer’s premier reining event. It only took one ride, however, to push ‘Whiz’ over – making him the only NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.

Topsail Whiz comes from a lineage of sires that greatly impacted the sport of reining. The 1987 chestnut stallion was sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Cody and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar. Bred by Tom and Susan McBeath and owned by Bob Loomis Reining Horses, Whiz passed away in 2009, leaving a hole in the reining world that only his progeny could fill.

With owner Bob Loomis on board, Whiz showed at six NRHA-approved events from November 1990 to April 1993. Boasting nearly $50,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), the stallion’s top finishes in the show pen include:

  • 1990 NRHA Open Futurity – Third Place
  • 1991 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Lazy E Classic Champion
  • 1991 NRHA L4 Open Derby – Fourth Place

The stallion’s most obvious success, however, came within the breeding shed. Producing many talented offspring, he has sired many champions, including seven NRHA Open Futurity champions and four NRHA Open Derby champions. His offspring also include three NRHA Million Dollar Sires and two NRHA Two Million Dollar Sires. At the 2018 NRHA Derby, Topsail Whiz had two offspring make the Open Derby finals. Dun It For Whizkey and Franco Bertolani finished third in the L4 Open and Whizkey N Cash and Tanya Jenkins finished fifth in the L2. The two horses earned nearly $36,000 making Whiz the first NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.

His most notable offspring include:

  • The Great Whiz (out of Pines BH): NRHA LTE over $256,470
  • Easy Otie Whiz (out of Miss Poco Easy): NRHA LTE over $233,610
  • Whizkey N Diamonds (out of Princess In Diamonds): NRHA LTE over $216,335
  • Dun It For Whizkey (out of Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE over $214,803
  • Smoking Whiz (out of Glendas A Smokingun): NRHA LTE over $208,838

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
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Competition at the Adequan® Championship Arena Ends

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – As the 2018 National Reining Horses Association (NRHA) Derby came to a sliding stop, ancillary classes for rookies and youth ended the week off strong.

Kicking off Friday’s classes, were the Jackpot Green Reiner Levels (L)1 and 2. Myron Gomulak of Gainesville, Texas took the title in the L1, while Dana Pastorino won the L2. Gomulak rode his own mare, Angelica, who is by NRHA Ten Millon Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner and out of Marcellas Smart Chic. The duo scored a 139 ½. For the L2, Pastorino of Half Moon Bay, California rode Jac Bee Whiz (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz x Cinch Up Cowboy). The 2008 gelding is owned by Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc.

Next came the rookie classes. Benton, Kentucky’s Tristan Bagby won both the Jackpot Rookie L1 and the $200-added Rookie L2, riding Im Gunna Shine. Owned by Teresa Wynn, the 2010 stallion is by Gunner and out of Shiner Light. The pair scored a 141 ½ in both classes for the win. In the Jackpot Prime Time Rookie class, Terry Saxton sild out of the arena scoring a 141, clenching the championship title. Saxton won piloting his own Jacs Electric Whiz (Jacs Electric Spark x Whizards Baby Doll).

The NRHA Para Reining class rounded out the day. Aboard Outlaw Whiz, Melinda Davis took home the championship in the class. Outlaw Whiz is owned by Davis and is by NRHA 11 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Whiz and Genuine Starbright.

Saturday, June 30th held the first day of the ancillary youth classes at the Derby. Madeline Bomba of Bloomington, Indiana took home three championship titles: $100-added Youth 14-18, Jackpot Unrestricted Youth and American Paint Horses Association (APHA) Solid Youth All Ages. Bomba was riding her own Spook Dot Gun by NRHA Four Million Dollar and Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Spook and out of Sugar Dot Gun. The duo scored a 143 ½ in all runs.

Gates, North Carolina’s Emma Lane shared the Unrestricted Youth and the Youth 14-18 title with Bomba on her own Gunner Gump. ‘Grumpy’ is a 2008 gelding by Gunner and out of Little Patrasha Gump. Together, the pair scored a 143 ½.

Winning the $100-added Youth 13 & Under was Addisyn Schmersal (Scottsdale, Arizona) riding CC Enterprise. The 2009 gelding is by Wrangle Whiz and out of Rems Little Sugs and is owned by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC. Schmersal scored a 142 ½ to slide out of the arena victorious. The pair also took the win in the same division during Sunday’s set of ancillary classes with a 140 ½.

Winning by ½ by a point, Becca Schaffhauser of Eads, Tennessee took home the $100-added Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup title. Schaffhauser rode Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll) owned by Sam Schaffhauser.

For the last class of the day, Hernando, Mississippi’s Margaret Sue Dunn rode Spooks Smoken Wimpy to win the APHA Regular Youth 14-18. Owned by Margaret Valentine, the palomino gelding is by NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Wimpys Little Step and out of Please Dont Spook. Dunn and Spooks Smoken Wimpy scored a 138 ½ to win the class.

Madison Gustin of Weatherford, Texas and her own Guns R Spooky topped Sunday’s $100-added Youth 14-18 class. By Smart Spook and out of Berry Yer Guns, the 2010 gelding scored a 142 to also help Gustin claim the title in both the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth 14-18, the Jackpot Unrestricted Youth and the USA Reining Youth 14-18 classes.

Taking the AQHA 13 & Under on Sunday were Abby Budd (Pueblo, Colorado) and her own Cromed Up Whiz. By Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Rest Up, the 6-year-old mare and Budd scored a 137 to claim the title.

The final USA Reining Classes shown were the Youth 13 & Under and the Youth 16-21. In the 13 & Under division, Anais Goedertier of Battle Ground, Washington and her own Check Out My Guns (Gunner x Darlins Not Painted) won the class with a score of 140. A 136 ½ won Brittalynae Goodlin and ARC Trashin Yer Chic the 16-21 class. The 2012 gelding owned by Greg and Kathy Goodlin and is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpys Little Chic.

Rounding out classes in the Jim Norick Arena was the $100-added Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup. Madison Pokluda and Rancho Sereno LLC’s JH Gunmetal Blue (Gunner x Blue Eyed Kid) scored a 144 ½ to win the class.

Sunday’s classes in the Adequan® Championship Arena began with the Rookie L1 and 2. Sweeping both with a score of 143 ½ were Paige Pastorino of Fresno, California and Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc’s Taylor Made Magnum. The 2007 gelding is by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Beaus Liberty Belle.

Dana Pastorino and Jac Bee Whiz (owned by Pastorino Hay and Ranch Supply Inc.) scored a 139 ½ to win the Prime Time Rookie class. Jac Bee Whiz is by of Conquistador Whiz and out of Cinch Up Cowboy. The pair also took the Jackpot Green Reiner L2 class with a 142.

Winning the Jackpot Green Reiner L1 was Robert Peterson and his own Gunnpowder (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Boggies Last Flash). The pair scored a 141 to win the class.

The final classes of the NRHA Derby were the AQHA Ranch Riding $500-Open, $250-Amateur and $250-Youth. Winning the open were Rusty Dare of Gainesville, Texas and Michell Anne Kimball’s Gotta Rowdy Baby (NRHA Million Dollar Rider Spooks Gotta Whiz x Rowdy Brinna). Whitney McIlvain and her own Knight Slider took the amateur division. The 2012 gelding is by Cuttin Cowboy and out of Smart N Skeets. All Nite Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite) and Kennedy Bryant took the youth division.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on show results and sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.

 

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Rifle, CO show cancelled

The show scheduled for Rifle, CO this weekend has been canceled as the fairgrounds in Rifle are the evacuation point for a fire in Basalt, CO. Thank you for your understanding.

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Van Der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum Reign Supreme

For Immediate Release – June 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – At Friday morning’s draw party, the crowd empathized as Jimmy Van Der Hoeven drew the number one spot for 2018 National Reining Horse (NRHA) Level (L)4 Open Derby Finals, as the superstitious consider drawing early as a difficult position to overcome. For Van Der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum, however, number one would also be where they would end up at the end of the night.

Owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton, Guaranteed A Magnum is by Magnum With A Dream and out of Guaranteed By Amos and is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate. The 5-year-old bay stallion was bred by Victoria Lambert, nominated by Heather Hochstatter and came into the Derby with an impressive run at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) with Van Der Hoeven aboard – placing 4th in the L4 and claiming the L3 reserve championship. Tonight, the pair marked a 225 and earned in excess of $80,000, claiming both the L4 and 3 championship titles.

Abby Lengel and Jody Puno’s ARC Gunna Mark Ya continued their impressive performance from the first go round with a score of 224 in the L4 finals, claiming the L4 reserve championship and the co-reserve title in the L3. Bred and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, ARC Gunna Mark Ya is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Shiney Miss Marker. The sorrel mare has been with Lengel since early 2017, and together the pair earned nearly $60,000 in Oklahoma City.

Also claiming reserve honors in the L3 were Trent Harvey and SM Steping Junior (SM Enterprise Jr x Top Step Enterprise), a stallion bred and nominated by Coguaike S.A. and owned by Coguaike LLC. The pair’s 224-point run earned them a paycheck of $15,471.46. Harvey also rode in the finals on Cee My Pistol, also owned by Coguaike LLC.

Kari Anna Klingenberg and Foothills Farm’s Spook Whiz Jewels took top honors in the L2 during section one of the open finals (216 ½). Bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, Spook Whiz Jewels is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Smart Spook and out of Whiz Jewels. Klingenberg began riding the 5-year-old mare earlier this year – with their first money-earning finish coming in the Derby finals. The pair also took 12th place in the L3, winning a grand total of more than $12,000.

Marking a 216 and 2nd in the L2 were Shauna Larcombe and Hey Joe (Smart Spook x Best Stop). Bred and owned by Wagman Ranch Inc, the 2013 stallion is owned by Sternberg and is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate. With Larcombe leading the way, the pair also took the reserve title in the Prime Time division and a top 15 finish in the L3 – an impressive finish for the duo’s first NRHA paycheck.

The L1 competition was led by Debbie Brown and Jennifer Greenleaf’s Dunit At Nite, who was bred and nominated by Ann Salmon Anderman. Greenleaf and the 2013 stallion (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dunit A Lil Ruf) marked a 218 1/2 and claimed a check for $4,629.73. Dunit At Nite was also featured in the Prime Time Non Pro Derby Finals with Greenleaf aboard.

With a score of 217 1/2, Carol Metcalf and Xtra Foolish Gun earned the L1 reserve championship. Xtra Foolish Gun (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Gunner x Foolish Little Step) is owned by Mark Miers and was bred and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC. Metcalf and the 2012 mare have been together since 2015 and have earned nearly $25,000.

The Prime Time Open Derby Championship went to Mike McEntire and A4L-Equine’s Spooks The Hard Way (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Im So Anson). The 2013 gelding was bred by Silver Spurs Equine and nominated by Michelle Miola and started training with McEntire earlier this year. The pair also earned a top ten finish in the L3 and a top 20 in the L4.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.

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2018 NRHA Non Pro Derby Ends with a Twist

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Under the bright lights of the Jim Norick Arena awaited an arena full of good dirt, excited spectators and eager competitors. All were ready to begin section two of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby Finals, which had the highest amount of entries and purse payout in the history of the event.

After a thrilling first run, Sandra Bentien and NRHA Sire & Dam program offspring Gotta Twist It Up (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist) scored a 220 ½, tying the top score on the leaderboard. After all was said and done, the duo headed to a run off against NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Owner Jose Vazquez and his own Like Shiner, during which they scored a 224 to claim the championship in both Levels (L)4 and 3. Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Gotta Twist It Up is bred, owned and nominated by Bentien, and has earned $97,306.85 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) with his owner aboard. Tonight, the pair added nearly $32,000 to that total.

The run off left Vazquez and Like Shiner, a 2012 gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Smart Like Juice and out of Wind Her Up Shiner, to claim the reserve title in both the L4 and Prime Time divisions. Owned, bred and nominated by Smart Like Juice Inc., Like Shiner has had a successful 2018 with Vazquez – earning $60,425.01 in NRHA LTE with tonight’s win.

The L3 reserve championship was taken by Jenanne Overgaard and her own Dun Spooked Us with a 219. The 6-year-old stallion was bred and nominated by Petska Trinity Equine, LLC and helped Overgaard earn the night’s highest paycheck – $36,605.96. In addition to the L3 reserve title, the pair took home third place in the L4 and the championships in the L2, 1 and Prime Time divisions.

Emily Opell and Spook N Reyn scored a 218 ½, claiming reserve honors in the L2 and 1, 3rd in the L3, 4th in the L4 and were crowned the Youth Non Pro Derby Champions. By NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook and by Reyn Chex, Steve Opell’s Spook N Reyn was bred and nominated by Francesca Sternberg. Opell and the 2012 palomino stallion took home a check in excess of $30,000 for their performance.

Taking home a reserve championship in the youth division, along with top five finishes in the L1-4 were Ronny Lane Colston and Kevin Colston’s Baileys Not Painted (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted). The gelding was bred and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc and earned a paycheck of more than $23,000 with Colston aboard – the youngest rider in section two of the Non Pro Derby Finals. Colston also earned nearly $10,000 on his other mount, One Stormy Nite.

The Masters division championship went to Frederick Christen and his own Xtra Voodoo Step with a score of 214 ½. Bred by Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC, Xtra Voodoo Step is by NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step and out of Voodoo Chic. In addition to the championship, Christen piloted the 6-year-old mare to a top fifteen finish in the L4, a top ten finish in the L3 and a top five finish in the Prime Time division, earning a check of more than $7,000.

Mark Blake and his own Hot Hollywood Whizky (NRHA 11 Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz x Hot Hollywood Jewels) were the reserve champions of the Masters division. Bred and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc, Hot Hollywood Whizky also helped lead Blake to top 10 finishes in the L1 and Prime Time divisions as well as a top 20 finish in the L3.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com

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Ancillary Action Continues at the 2018 NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – With only a few more days left in the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, competition in the Adequan® Championship Arena is heating up with more exciting ancillary classes.

Claiming the title in several of the classes on day five was Molly Morgenstern. The Ohio native rode her own horse, Wimpys Little Freckl (NRHA Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Wimpys Little Step and out of Ritas San Jo). Together, they took the championship in the Silver Spurs Equine $15,000-added 7 & Up Non Pro Levels (L)1-4 and in the $6,000-added Non Pro, scoring a 146 ½.

Winning the next class of the day was Cathy Brant and Smart Dundee. The 11-year-old gelding is by Conquistador Whiz and out of Smart Oaklynn. The duo scored a 145, winning the $2,000-added Intermediate Non Pro.

Winning the $500-added Prime time Non Pro was Greg Hall. Hall piloted Mary Hall’s Chics Mainattraction (Conquistador Whiz x Chictastic) to the title with a score of a 144 ½.

On Thursday, Mandy McCutcheon stole the show winning both the $1,000-added Novice Non Pro L1 and the $2,000 Novice Horse Non Pro L2 aboard Showin Off My Dually. The 2014 mare is owned by McQuay Stables Inc. and is by Mister Nicadual and out of Showtimes Tinseltown.

The next class of the day was the $1,000-added Novice Horse Open L1 & 2. Winning L1, was Brad Giesbrecht of Pilot Point, Texas riding SS Frankie Blue Eyes. The bay gelding is owned by Don Byrne and is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun and out of Tuckachic. The pair scored a 145. Sam Schaffhauser clinched the win in the L2 class. Riding Little Brother Gun by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Ten Millon Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Shesa Smart Sister, the pair scored a 146. The stallion is owned by Sammy Graham.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.

 

 

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NRHyA Derby Competitions Embrace Creativity

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – At the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, reining is not the only competition occurring at the prestigious event. The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) held the annual CINCH Speaking Contest in addition to the Art & Photo Contest, cultivating and encouraging creativity among reining’s talented youth.

In the CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest participants were divided into two age groups and had the option to speak in three different categories: Delivering A:General, Prepared Public Speaking and Community Service Presentation. In the Delivering A:General, contestants recite A:General from the NRHA Handbook, which is a guide to judging reining horses. Prepared Public Speaking involves contestants delivering a five to eight minute speech on either a leadership or equestrian topic. Lastly, the Community Service Presentation allows participants to create an eight to ten minute presentation that showcases a community service project they have completed.

CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest Winners:

13 & Under A:General

  • 1st Place: Abbey Loney
  • 2nd Place: Alivia Loney

14-18 A:General

  • 1st Place: Reagan Stephens
  • 2nd Place: Grace Wilson
  • 3rd Place tie: Ashton Knerr & Liz Blaser

13 & Under Prepared Public Speaking

  • 1st Place: Abbey Loney
  • 2nd Place: Alivia Loney

14-18 Prepared Public Speaking

  • 1st Place: Reagan Stephens
  • 2nd Place: Stephanie Gripp

13 & Under Community Service

  • 1st Place: Bailey Hatfield

14-18 Community Service

  • 1st Place: Reagan Stephens

During the Derby, exhibitors had the opportunity vote for their favorite entries in the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Votes were also accepted on the NRHyA Facebook page prior to and during the event. Contestants for this competition could enter either a piece of artwork or photograph. Featured artwork showcased different art mediums and were centered around reining, horses or a western theme. The competition offered three categories: Graphic Artwork, Photography and Artwork.

NRHyA Art & Photo Contest Winners:

14-18 Graphic Artwork

  • Champion: Cullen Santino Le Roy
  • Reserve Champion: Aubrey Reynolds

14-18 Photography

  • Champion: Cullen Santino Le Roy
  • Reserve Champion: Aubrey Reynolds

14-18 Artwork

  • Champion: Toni Lynne Cline
  • Reserve Champion: Delaney Michelson
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Lengel’s Score Holds and McEntire Takes Prime Time Open Championship

For Immediate Release – June 28, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today marked the conclusion of the first go round of open competition at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. The competition was fierce as riders battled to mark a high enough score to qualify for the prestigious Open Derby Finals, which take place Saturday, June 30 in the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Marking the top scores of the day were:

  • A 226 for Jon Sather’s Shining In Town (2013 stallion with $64,293.68 NRHA Lifetime Earnings [LTE]) ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham
  • A 224 for Quarter Dream SRL’s Sugar Little Step (2012 stallion with $28,941.45 NRHA LTE) ridden by 2018 Level (L)4 NRHA European Open Futurity Champion Gennaro Lendi
  • A 224 for Rhodes River Ranch’s Tinker With Dreams (2014 stallion with $57,417.79 NRHA LTE) ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary

While the competition was impressive, none could top Abby Lengel and Jody Puno’s ARC Gunna Mark Ya’s score of 226 ½ from day one of open competition. Bred and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, ARC Gunna Mark Ya is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Shiney Miss Marker and helped Lengel claim the top spot in both the L3 and 4. Lengel was quick to say that she was shocked that her score held from day one. “I never expected to have the high score. I just wanted to make the L4 finals. I am still just waiting to wake up from this incredible dream.”

Gabriel Bittar Borges and Checksworthy also marked a high enough score on day one to remain atop the L1 and 2 divisions. Bred, owned and nominated by Terry Leffew, Checksworthy is by Big Chex To Cash and out of Banjoes Shining Star. The duo’s score of 220 ½ was also high enough to qualify them for both the L3 and 4 open finals. Borges also qualified for the L1-3 finals on his own mount, Gotta Shiney Playboy (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shining Sage).

Taking the 2018 NRHA Open Prime Time Derby Championship were Mike McEntire and A4L-Equine’s Spooks The Hard Way (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Im So Anson). The 2013 gelding was bred by Silver Spurs Equine and nominated by Michelle Miola and started training with McEntire earlier this year. “I was struggling with him earlier this year, but he has gotten better and has begun to fit me. He is very physical and athletic, and did a lot for me today,” said McEntire, who will also ride Spooks The Hard Way in section two of the open finals.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.

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