Fappani Unofficially NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Rider

BREAKING NEWS: In a matter of two and a half short years, NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani has unofficially gone from a Three Million Dollar Rider to becoming one of only two riders to earn over four million dollars in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competition history.

More to come at a later date.  Continue to check nrha.com for the latest in reining news.

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Kentucky Reining Cup 2015: Breaking Records in the Blue Grass

Kentucky Reining Cup 2015
Breaking Records in the Blue Grass

By Alden Corrigan for HorsePower, Inc.
Photos ©Waltenberry

The 5th annual Kentucky Reining Cup held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was one for the record books.  Attendance at the event increased by a whopping 50% over the previous (a World Equestrian Games qualifying year), while the online broadcasts via USEFNetwork.com and iEquine.com were seen by over 50,000 viewers from all 50 states and 39 countries around the world. The top 10 countries by viewership were the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand. But the moment that took the equestrian social media by storm was Laura Sumrall’s World Championship Freestyle winning performance to Disney’s mega-hit Frozen. The Facebook video sensation went viral generating over 3 million views within the first 24 hours.

The sold out Markel Insurance VIP Suites provided a birds eye view of the competition for local luminaries including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, attending the event in support of Horses and Hope, the official charity of the Kentucky Reining Cup.  “I appreciate the fact that this night has honored Horses and Hope which is about education and awareness of breast cancer. We provide low cost mammograms for people in the horse industry who can’t afford it. Its horse people helping horse people.” said Mrs. Beshear

“We are thrilled to partner with such and outstanding organization and very happy that Horses and Hope might benefit from the donation given tonight in partnership with our friends at Paul Miller Ford”, said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc. producer of the Kentucky Reining Cup.

The one of a kind Kentucky Reining Cup event features seldom-seen competitions that include the Kentucky Reining Cup Concours de Reining International CRI 3*, the Team Challenge, Celebrity Reining including Eventing riders David O’Connor Chef d’Equipe of the US Eventing Team, Sinead Halpin and Hanna Sue Burnett, the Nutrena Para-Reining Class and the Freestyle World Championship. In addition, the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup also played host to the inaugural $10,000 Added Spooks Gotta Whiz Open & $5,000 Added Baby Spooks Non Pro NRHA classes generously sponsored by Michell Anne Kimball.

Rick Clark, President of the NRHA, Kentucky Reining Cup sponsor and life-long resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky shared his unique perspective on the event, which he competed in for the first time “The Kentucky Reining Cup is really important to me.  As a local business owner when things are happening at the Kentucky Horse Park it helps me, so it makes sense to sponsor.  From the standpoint of the event, it’s a prestigious show supported by the industry’s top riders including (NRHA’s first and only $5 million rider) Shawn Flarida.  I’ve been a sponsor since the start, Markel Insurance has been here from the start, and to have a sponsor like Michell Anne Kimball and Spooks Gotta Whiz come in with some of the biggest prize money you’ll find in those classes, it adds that extra element of the NRHA.  The NRHA is a sponsor of this event, and as the President, I feel it’s important to sponsor this event.  The AQHA is also a sponsor, and it’s great that they support it as well”.

The two-day competition kicked off on Friday night with the Kentucky Reining Cup Concours de Reining International CRI 3*, the $10,000 Added Spooks Gotta Whiz Open & $5,000 Added Baby Spooks Non Pro and the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge.

Dana Cohen from Denver, Colorado took top honors in the Kentucky Reining Cup Concours de Reining International CRI 3*.  The road to Kentucky was a long one in more ways than one for Dana and Magnum Refund (Magnum Chic Dream x Alaythia).  Through a chain of events, the 2003 gelding remained unshown until the age of 10 “He won his first NRHA money when he was 10.  We were challenged to find events to take an older horse to that really paid well.  We talked to Brad (Ettleman) about it and he said you should get that horse an FEI passport.  I though I’m just a non pro from Denver…. it was not on my radar, but we took a chance.  We brought him here when he was 10 and got in the money in the Team Challenge.  It was really exciting to show here, and now this show has put him over $25,000 in earnings, all after the age of 10.  He’s really and FEI story.  There is life for older Reining Horses.  You don’t have to push every horse to be a 3-year old Futurity horse, and there is opportunity thanks to USA Reining and the FEI for horses like this ”.

The $10,000 Added Spooks Gotta Whiz Open and the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge had one name in common and it was NRHA’s $5 million man Shawn Flarida on Magnum Chic Dunit (Magnum Chic Dream x Sheets Red Dunit) who led the victory gallop in both events.

“That little mare is one that I made the (NRHA Futurity) Finals on last year. She’s just 4-years old and only been shown a few times. She’s so pretty when she does her circles, and that was a huge point getter for her.   Her stops got better and better, and that’s pretty cool for a mare to get stronger as they go show like that.

She always nickers when she’s done, I don’t know why she does that. It’s kind of cool.  I’d love to know what she’s thinking right there.  She’s young and has her whole career ahead of her.

Flarida, a veteran of numerous World Equestrian Games, is no stranger to the team concept  “This is the only horse show where we actually have a team competition, and it’s really cool. Rick Clark and Steve Borgia got to pushing each other, seeing where the points are, where the scores are…. it makes it a lot of fun”.

With all of the events he has to choose from why does Shawn support the Kentucky Reining Cup?  “It’s important for the Reining Horse industry.  It’s a way for us to promote our Reining Horses during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  So many of those people come over to watch and get exposed to Reining.  It’s a great opportunity for us to take advantage of that as an industry.  It’s an honor when anyone from another profession comes and watches your sport, just like I go and watch their sport.  I’m in awe of their talents and hopefully they are of ours”.

Michell Anne Kimball shares her thoughts on her sponsorship of the Kentucky Reining Cup “This is the most professional horse show that I get to experience in Reining.  This is the elite example of what we do.   We added the NRHA classes here as a way to get people more involved at this FEI level and with USA Reining.  My horse (Spooks Gotta Whiz) is an international horse at this point.  For me to be able to interact with Dressage riders and Eventers and introduce them to Reining is really rewarding”.

2015 marked the second year for Nutrena Para-Reining competition at the Kentucky Reining Cup, and Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts on Time Made Me A Radical provided by Midway College marked the highest score for the win.

“Para-Reining gives a great opportunity for people with disabilities who want to compete.  It’s a little bit easier than Para-Dressage as the Quarter Horse as so good-minded and has a shorter stride.   Para-Reining is a really exciting division with classes in shows across the country supported by AQHA, NRHA and USA Reining.  We’re still trying to attract people to Para-Reining, but once you do it one time, you kind of hooked.  This was a very welcome ride for me”.

The final event of the two-day competition featured the crowd favorite Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle World Championship.  All of the exhibitors brought their A game to the show pen, as the bar had been raised by in 2014 Dan James’ winning performance on of his Lone Ranger routine on Smart Little Elan.  Sidelined by an injury it appeared that James would not be able to defend his title, but to the near-capacity crow’s pleasure James entered the pen with a bandaged leg and supported by one crutch to perform a soul-bearing My Story routine, riding IRA Top Gunner (Playgun x Little Peppys Vet) bareback and bridleless.

“I had pretty much written off being able to compete. When I left the hospital I thought I would be lucky to walk again, let alone do anything with the horses in the next couple of months…about two weeks ago I thought maybe I could take that stud horse out there, tip my hat and be grateful to be walking. Then I thought if I could do that much, maybe I could get on….That was my fourth ride back”.

When the spotlights went out it was James who garnered the people’s hearts and the People’s Choice Award, while 22-year old scholarship athlete and senior captain of the Women’s National Equestrian Team at Texas A & M University, Laura Sumrall clinched the 2015 World Championship Freestyle title with her Frozen inspired performance on Wimpys Top Model (Wimpys Little Step x Sailin Bueno).

Laura Sumrall’s World Championship performance to ‘Let it Go’ gave the audience both in the Alltech Arena and online chills  “This was the first time I had done this routine.  We came up with it pretty quickly after we got the invitation to compete at the Kentucky Reining Cup.  Frozen came together pretty quickly.  I’m at school at Texas A & M so I wasn’t in the same place as my horse, so practicing was a little challenging. I set out a pattern and ran it  on a couple of different horses.  It was really fun to put together…. definitely a group effort my mom came up with the concept and did all the handiwork on my costume”.

Brad Ettleman of HorsePower, Inc. producers of the show could not have been more pleased with the 2015 event “Each year this event grows in popularity, and we could not be happier with this year’s amazing outcome. I can hardly wait for next year; I have no doubt that the best is yet to come for the Kentucky Reining Cup, thanks to the support of our exhibitors, trainers, owners, and sponsors. Without them this event would not be possible, and we are honored to count them among our supporters” Ettleman stated.

Further information on the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup is available at www.KentuckyReining.com

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

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: Cody Sapergia & Made In Walla Win The Open Futurity In Kreuth

Cody Sapergia & Made In Walla Win The Open Futurity In Kreuth

Kreuth, April 25th – Provided by Simona Diale – Draw eight in the second section of the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Open finals on Saturday night in Kreuth were the go-round Level 4 Open winners: Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla, a gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Chilly Chex owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.

The duo had scored a 222 in the qualifying go-round of the €92,000-added Level 4 Open Futurity. Once their turn came in the exciting Saturday night finals, they repeated their feat and their score held until the very end. Earning the NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA Open World Champion their very first NRHA European Open Futurity Championship. “When we went in tonight, my horse felt really good and I just wanted to repeat what we did in the qualifying go-round, and we did,” said an enthused Cody. “This is my first European Futurity title and I’m really happy for the owners, Sabine and Chuck, and of course I would like to thank my team both for their help and their results here tonight.”

The reserve-championship in the Level 4 Open – a half a point behind the winners -  went to multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck and  Roses For Einstein, the pretty mare by Einsteins Revolution and out of Roses Champagne, owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola S.S. “I’m so happy with the way my mare went for me tonight,” said the past multiple NRHA Open Champion. “She really tries to give me all she has and has matured so much over the winter.”

Earning both the €40.095-added Level 3 and the €23.375-added Level 2 Open Championship with a score of 214 were Mirko Midili and RS Starfighter Lena, a stallion by Spat Olena and out of RS Cheerry Miss Jac owned and nominated by Claudio Risso of Italy. “I’m thrilled with this double title,” said the Italian rider. “He’s a super horse – unfortunately the go-round didn’t go too well but we made up for it tonight.”

Second place honors in the Level 3 division went to Miroslav Baniari of the Czech Republic riding the Markel Sale grad,  Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gay Light Star) owned by Wolfgang Hammer and European nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. The pair score a 213.5.

In the Level 2 division, tying for the reserve honors were: Tomas Martinek riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Great Red Dun), a gelding owned by Franz Koldas and European nominated by Jac Point QH and Stephan Rohde aboard Prince Of Guns (I Am Shotgunner x LF Cockys Queen), a stallion owned by Manfred Klaus Getz and European nominated by Anja Deutzmann. Stephan and his mount also took reserve honors in the Level 1 division.

Winning the €11.687-added Level 1 division, with a 212, was Roberta Dubini of Italy with One More Whiz Girl, a mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Dun It Precociously, owned and European nominated by Luga Quarter Horses. “We made the finals thanks to the Consolation and I am so happy,” said the young Italian lady reiner. “This is my first time here at the European Futurity and it’s wonderful to be able to go home with this title.”

The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity once again proved to be a great success with the numbers that went up both in the Futurity divisions and in the Level 3, 2 and 1 Open and Non Pro added increasing thanks to the NRHA European Nomination Program.

For all the information regarding the 2015 NRHA European Futurity: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: NRHA Youth 13 & Under/Youth 14-18

NRHA Youth 13 & Under/Youth 14-18

Kreuth, April 25, 2015, Provided by Simona Diale – Winning the NRHA Youth 13 & Under with a score 212 was Matteo Capello riding RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boggie Bar Linda), a 5-year-old gelding.  “Our goal here in Kreuth is to earn points to qualify for the NRHA European Affiliate Championship,” said the young rider from Italy.“Rs Knockout Olena is a fantastic horse and today I made some mistakes but he was fantastic! I’m very happy for this and now he will be shown in the IRHA Derby by Mirko Midili.”

In the NRHA Youth 14-18 the winner is Lena Maire Maas with Mr Stun Gun between the reins and a score of 207.5. Mr Stun Gun is a 7-year-old gelding by Gunner and out of The Boss Kid. Second place honors in this class went to Italian Matteo Bonzano and Custom Big Chic (Custom Pistol x Olena Pride). The 8-year-old gelding is owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola.

Rookie Level 2

Winning Rookie Level 2 was Carolin Ottillinger of Germany riding Smart Like My Daddy (Smart Like Juice x Jacks My Sugar Daddy). The pair scored a 206.5.  “This 10-year-old mare is just amazing,” said Carolin.  “I’m so happy. She is always cool, she is always focused and with me. I have a really good feeling.” On the second step of the podium was Gabriela Kueng from Switzerland with her Einsteins Redneck (Einstein x Fly Flashy Jac) between the reins and the score of 206.

Arcese Euro5,000-added NRHA Non Pro

It took a 215 to win the Arcese Euro5,000-added NRHA Non Pro and that is what German Nicole Hubner posted riding her Starstruck Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Marilyns Benz).  “I have been in the finals more than once with this great 5-year-old gelding,” said Nicole.  “He was simply fantastic today and I would like to thank my trainer, Cody Sapergia, for all his help.” Second place honors in this class went to Nadia Lattman riding her JP Surely Red Dry (Heza Sure Whiz x Dry Senorita). The duo posted a score of 213.5.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Thank you and a special thank you to those who bid!

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 NRHA European: KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity

KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity
Marina Becker & Walla Whiz Crome take the championship

Kreuth, April 24th – Provided by Simona Diale – An exciting KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity excited the crowd in the Ostbayernhalle arena tonight as thirty horse-rider combinations rode their 4-year-old horses vying for the championship titles in the prestigious competition.

Draw 11 in the second section was Marina Becker of Germany riding her Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Rome), nominated by breeder Michel Rose, with lte over $17,700. Their run was worth a 215, score which held until the very last contestant and which earned them the €36,000-added Level 4 KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Championship. “I didn’t expect this all!” said an enthused Marina. “It’s the first time that I make the finals here and I’m so happy. This is the first year I’m only eligible for the level 4 and I was a little bit afraid to show but it went well. I still cannot believe it, my horse is so talented and is just awesome. I want to be careful not to make any mistakes this evening so I start a little bit slow but then everything went just great at the end!”

Tying for the reserve championship in the Level 4 championship was Gina Maria riding Star Bleach (Star Spangled Whiz x Snappy Bleach) owned by Chanay Sky Management SA – and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua – and Manuel Bonzano of Italy riding his Spook O Jay, a stallion by Smart Spook and out of Holly O Jay nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. Both scored a 213.  “I’m happy for both of my horses, they were really good. Honestly, I expected something more from LC Shining Gun. I tried but it did not go as I had hoped,” said Bonzano.

“I’m ok but could be happier,” commented Gina Maria about her finals which she earned with two horses. “I made some mistakes, but both my horses are fantastic and I hope to do better in the future with them.”

Earning the €17.531-added Level 3 and the €10,017-added Level 2 Non Pro Championship was Fabienne Suter aboard her SL Wild Spook, European nominated by breeder by Sandra Linnig-Fohl, with a score of 208.5. The duo had already tied to win the Level 4 qualifying go-round as well as the Level 3 and Level 2. “I’m really happy with my horse and the way my trainer Cody (Sapergia) prepared him for me tonight,” said the Swiss rider. “I didn’t concentrate on my last my manoeuver because my horse had done so well for me until then and … I missed the marker in the last stop. I’m happy with these two titles and now look forward to showing him at the Italian and German Derby.”

Earning the reserve championship in both the Level 3 and Level 2 was Andrea Bianchini riding his Jac Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Donnola Chex), European nominate by Luigi Parise, with a score of 207.5. “This my first time riding this horse so I am so happy with the reserve championship in both these divisions here,” said the Italian rider.

Italian Emma Villa, draw one in the first section of the Non Pro finals, posted a 209.5. Her score held until the very end and slid her to the €5,000-added Level 1 Championship aboard Dual Spirit (Dualin For Me x RDH Spirit Of Dun It) owned and European nominated by her. “I still cannot believe it and I’m thrilled with the title and my mare,” she said. “I cannot thank my boyfriend and trainer, Davide Brighenti, enough for being such a huge support.”

Riding Remin Lilly Whiz (Remin Whiz x Precocious Lil Chic), owned and ridden by Tullio Mascarello and European Nominated by Daniele Mascarello took the reserve championship in the Level 1. “I expected a little bit more, I made a few mistakes, but I am overjoyed! It went very well, better than I expected. This is my  mare’s second show and I have to thank my trainer Beppe Prevosti for the great job he did with her,” said Tullio.

The NRHA Youth classes will open the day on Saturday followed by the €5,000-added Arcese Non Pro. The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity will close with the Open finals tomorrow afternoon

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1
The Auction closes tomorrow at 12 pm.

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: Baeck & Whizasunnysailor BB Win The €10,000-added NRHA Open

Baeck & Whizasunnysailor BB win the €10,000-added NRHA Open

Bonzano & High Point Reiner top the €2,000-added Arcese Non Pro 5 & Up

Kreuth, Germany, April 24, 2015 – Provided by Simona Diale – The €10,000-added NRHA Open showcased 17 of Europe’s best open horses and riders. Cira Baeck of Belgium riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruedinger Diedenhofen, took the lead after posting a 220. “I’m very happy for this title. Whizasunnsailor BB was born at our place and I broke and trained him. He has always been a special horse and just love him. Unfortunately during the Italian Derby last year he was injured and the recovery was pretty long,” recalls Cira. “I started showing him again this year and this is the third show we attend and also the third consecutive win. I can only be proud of this fantastic horse and I’m excited to talk about him every time.” The 7-year-old stallion has more than $147,000 LTE.

Tying for second spot in the final standings with a score of 218.5 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck with What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x What A Sunrise x Sunrise Enterprise), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw, and his wife, multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck with Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz x Topsail Whiz), owned by NRHA Million Dollar Rosanne Sternberg.

€2,000-added Arcese Non Pro 5 & Up
Opening the day was the € 2,000,- added NRHA Non Pro 5 & Up which counted 35 entries. Earning top honors after posting a 216 was italian rider Manuel Bonzano with High Point Reiner between the reins, a 6-year-old stallion by Sailin Ruf and out of Scarlet High Listo (by Listo Lena) who boasts over in $31,000 NRHA LTE. “After the schooling class yesterday today he was much better,” said Bonzano. “Today I knew he could do better and he did. I now look forward to showing him in the Non Pro on Saturday.”

Second place honors in this class went to Nicole Huebner of Germany aboard her Starstruck Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Marilyns Benz x Smart Starbuck). The duo closed their run with a 215.
Starting the day on Saturday at 8 am CET will be the  Youth 13 & Under, Youth 14-18, Rookie and Arcese €5000-added Non Pro followed by the European Futurity Open finals.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1
The Auction closes tomorrow at 12 pm.

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 Kentucky Reining Cup Announces Celebrity Eventers

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For Further Information Contact:
HorsePower, Inc.  (303) 525-3964  Info@HPowerInc.com

krcLexington, Ky – April 23, 2015 – Held alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup is thrilled to announce an all-star line-up of celebrity Eventing riders who will take part in the annual favorite Celebrity Reining Challenge, presented in conjunction with the World Championship Freestyle Reining on Saturday April 25th in the Alltech Arena of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Celebrity Eventing Riders include:
David O’Connor (2014 high score celebrity)
Sinead Halpin
Michael Pollard
Hannah Sue Burnett

Perhaps the most recognizable name in modern Equestrian Sport in the United States, David O’Connor competed in two Olympic Games, winning a team silver at the 1996 Summer Olympics and an individual gold and team bronze at the 2000 Summer Olympics. At the 1999 Pan American Games, O’Connor took an individual silver and team gold and at the 2002 World Equestrian Games he assisted the US team to gold.

Growing up in South Carolina, Sinead Halpin enjoyed a very successful Young Rider career, which included completing her first international event at 19 on a horse named Killian. Halpin spent many years working for U.S. Olympians Karen and David O’Connor at their High Acre Farm in The Plains, Va. and has since gone one to dozens of national and international titles representing the United States.

An accomplished four-star rider competing at the international level, Hannah Sue Burnett is a past USEF National Champion and a veteran competitor of the esteemed Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  Based in Florida, Burnett has already kicked off the 2015 with wins at international events and boasts a roster of high-performance wins over the years.

Michael Pollard caught the equestrian world’s attention at a young age when he was short listed for the Pan-American Games in 1999, since then Pollard has gone on to major success, claiming titles including top international-level titles.  Pollard is married to fellow top-level Eventer and former Young Rider Champion Nathalie Bouckaert-Pollard, and they reside in Dalton, GA.

Paired with reining American Quarter Horses, these celebrity riders go head-to-head with one another for bragging rights and top scores.  Fans of equestrian sport are able to enjoy Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country action by day and World Championship Freestyle Reining that same night – all at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, April, 25.

To purchase tickets, click on: www.kentuckyreining.com/tickets

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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Over 400 Horse Industry Professionals Prepare to Grow the Horse Industry

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Over 400 Horse Industry Professionals Prepare to Grow the Horse Industry
The Time to Ride Challenge launched with a strong first month of registration.

Washington, D.C., April 23, 2015 - The Time to Ride Challenge, offering $100,000 in cash and prizes, has signed up over 400 participants since opening for registration March 1st. Motivated by a desire to grow their businesses while reinvigorating the horse industry, providers have signed on to host beginner-friendly events between May 30-September 30. The top 10 hosts in three divisions that reach the most newcomers will win cash prizes up to $10,000.

As of April 10th, 403 Hosts from 43 states have registered. They represent stables, instructors, camps, dude ranches, therapeutic riding programs, businesses, veterinarians, rescues, and more.

The Challenge encourages Hosts to provide a variety of fun, beginner-friendly horse experiences. In 2014, the most popular activity offered by Hosts was meeting/petting a horse (84%), followed by riding, grooming, and educational activities. Golden Ridge Stables of Lakeville, MN found huge success with their event on National Night Out, “a well known national event held the first Tuesday in August encouraging neighbors to get to know each other. We offered pony rides on our school horses, a hay ride shuttle to and from a nearby neighborhood, hands-on grooming demonstrations, and fun games like learning to rope, egg and spoon on foot, horseshoes and musical hay bales,” reported owner Ann Hoffman. “This event was a big success for us because it increased our visibility in the community and helped us foster good relations with nearby neighborhoods. We have several new housing developments being built near us so we’re trying to capitalize on the building boom by increasing awareness of our lesson program. The goal was to meet new people and we definitely did that!” Hoffman and Golden Ridge Stables were awarded first prize in the “Best Practices” Contest, an additional incentive within the Challenge that rewarded Hosts for sharing their innovative event ideas.

Eighty-one percent of families who attended a 2014 Challenge event were at some point in the process of researching and beginning horse activities, offering a prime opportunity for stables to provide a great first experience and capture new clients. Sixty-eight percent of Hosts saw an immediate positive impact on their business in the form of new contacts and clients, and 94% felt their outreach efforts were well worth the time and effort.

Registration for the Challenge will be open through May 26, 2015. To learn more about the Challenge and other Time to Ride initiatives, please visit timetoridechallenge.com or email info@timetoride.com

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance
Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC marketing alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, SmartPak, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Morris Media Network Equine Group, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative.

About the American Horse Council
The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

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.

Contact: Christie Schulte – info@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: The €850-Added NRHA Novice Horse Open

The € 850-added NRHA Novice Horse Open

Kreuth, Germany, April 23, 2015, Provided by Simona DialeThe 850- added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 counted 82 entries and filled the day in the Ostbayernhalle. Earning top honors after posting a 216 was Italian rider Marco De Piccoli with Genuine Lil Ruf between the reins. The 10-year-old stallion by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Lady Bug Light (by Genuine Redskin) who boasts $24,700 NRHA LTE was bred by Iver Hansen. “He is a very honest horse in the arena, as he is outside is inside. Today was really super. The other day I did a schooling class and I only began to understand how ride him a few days ago. Fortunately Ann Fonck gave me some advice on how to ride him and that really helped me a lot and now he is easy to ride.”

Three riders tied for second place with a score of 214.5: Tomas Martinek from Poland riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Great Red Dun x Great Red Pine) owned by Franz Koldas, Italian Manuel Cortesi with Ultra Spookin (Smart Spook x Ultra O Jay x Master Jay), a 5-year-old mare owned by Kate Szumanska between the reins and Swiss Sabine Schmid with her Gunwork (I Am Shotgunner x Its Another Footwork x Footworks Finest), a 2008 stallion who boasts nearly $25,000 NRHA LTE.

Following the competition the town talk attracted a large number of riders. The meeting was held by NRHA Vice-President Mike Deer, NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter, NRHA European Programs Advisor, the Judges Monitor Eugenio Latorre and NRHA Judge Maik Bartman. On Thursday night the Draw Party sponsored by Manfred Frey, owner of Dreams And Prizes and 23 Quarter Horses determined the draw of the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity and the European Futurity Open finalists.

Starting the day on Friday at 8 am CET will be the Arcese €2000-added Non Pro 5 & Up followed by the €10.000,-added NRHA Open and the KL Performance Horses European Futurity Non Pro finals.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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2015 NRHA European Futurity: The Consolation and Ancillary Action in Kreuth

Anna Lisec & This Wimps So Fly win the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2
Bernard Fonck & What A Wave top the €5,000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up

BON_4110altaKreuth, April 22 – Provided by Simona Diale – The NRHA European Open Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Consolation opened the day in the Ostabayernhalle today in Kreuth.

The following horse-rider combinations will make it back to the Open Futurity finals which will be held on Saturday 25th:

Giovanni Masi De Vargas – Custom Miranda Level 4
Kelly Zweifel – Ladymaster Level 4
Morey Fisk – Quartermile Starwhiz Level 4
Douglas Allen – Legendary Chuka Level 3
Francesco Fabbri – Frizzys Blue Level 2-3
Tom Van Eyck – GP Great Revolution Level 2
Sharon Winko – BH Gunner Get Ya Level 1
Roberta Dubini – One More Whiz Girl Level 1

In the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity, the following earned a spot in the Friday night finals:

Neuherz Herbert – Revolution Reloaded Level 2-3
Sabine Schmid – Sailor Glo Level 1
Klaus Popp – SL Whiz N Tag Dunit Level 1-2-3
Ewald Rifeser – Smart And Walla Level 4
Manuel Bonzano – LC Shining Gun Level 4

The Arcese €850-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2
In a field of 44 riders, Anna Lisec of Austria riding This Wimps So Fly (Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac) owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, took the lead after posting a 215. “He’s one of the best horses I had but I really had hard time riding him, first of all because he is a young horse and because he’s really sensitive. He remembers everything, but I really really like him,” said Anna following her ride aboard the 5-year-old gelding. “Today I’m really happy with him because the last time I was here it was for the Breeders final and that was the first show I rode him this year. Our next show will be the Italian Derby in Reggio. I want to thank of course my parents who buy such nice horses and give to me to show; to Sylvia Rezpka who helps me a lot, Cody Sapergia for preparing the horse and all the people in our barn, the grooms and all my friends.”

Sliding to second position in the final standings were Italian Ewald Rifeser riding Petra Burger’s Wimpys Lil Shiner (Wimpys Little Step x Sassy Shiner).

The €5,000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up
Closing the day was the €5,000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up which counted 25 entries.  Earning top honors after posting a 219 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck with What A Wave between the reins. The 7-year-old stallion by Tiday Wave Jac and out of What A Surprise (by Surprise Enterprise) who boasts $119,812 NRHA LTE was bred by Sam Ellis. With Craig Schmersal in the saddle, he slid to reserve honors at the 2014 NRHA Open World Championship Shootout and the 2014 National Reining Breeders Classic. “This is the first time I show this horse which we bought last year during the NRHA Futurity,” said Bernard following the awards presentation. “We still need to get to know each other but he’s a really good horse, he feels really honest and I am very happy for the owners, Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw as they have been our customers for a long time and are really good people to work for.”

German NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig placed Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smoking by Playgun) in second place two points behind the winners. The 2010 stallion was bred by Jim Babcock and, with Grischa, had earned the reserve championship last year at the 2014 NRHA European Derby. Lil Smokeing Gun has $10,624 NRHA LTE.

Starting the day on Thursday at 8 am CET will be the  €850-added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 followed by the Town Talk and the Draw Party sponsored by Dreams & Prizes and by 23 Quarter Horses.

The Stallion Auction
Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1
The Auction will close on Saturday 25th  at 12 pm.

Livestream and live score
Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livestream.html

For the live score:
http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

For more information, up-to-date results and a schedule of tomorrow’s action, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

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