Gallo Del Cielo hits another Million Dollar milestone

Gallo Del Cielo hits another Million Dollar milestone

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2017 – Oklahoma City – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce a new Four Million Dollar Sire—Gallo Del Cielo. With offspring earnings totaling more than $4,001,770.00, Gallo Del Cielo is only the 10th horse to reach this historic milestone.

Gallo Del Cielo, commonly referred to as “Rooster,” was bred by Harold H. Stream III, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The 1989 Bay stallion was by Peppy San Badger and out of Docs Starlight (by Doc Bar). Rooster achieved NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2004.

Gallo Del Cielo’s top offspring include:

  • The Wizster (out of Miss Whizard Jac): NRHA LTE over $206,100
  • Lena Gallo (out of Heavenly Doc): NRHA LTE over $176,000
  • Chic N Roost (out of Dun Maid By Chic): NRHA LTE over $169,100
  • Ricochet Rooster (out of Tari What): NRHA LTE over $148,700
  • Roosters Wrangler (out of Hustlers Sugar): NRHA LTE over $125,600
  • Taka Ticket (out of Significant Shine): NRHA LTE over $123,800

Photo by John Brasseaux​

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Make Plans to Attend the Celebration of Champions Presented by Farnam®

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2017 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) has joined hands with a new event sponsor, bringing a new twist to a well-known event. Presented by Farnam®, this year’s Celebration of Champions will be held prior to the section two Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 2, from 4 to 6 pm in the Super Barn.

The Celebration of Champions presented by Farnam® will feature food and beverages in addition to a surprise thank you gift for attendees (while supplies last). When asked about the event and partnership Kevin Tompkins, Vice President of Farnam® Equine had this to say: “Farnam® is ecstatic to be able to help celebrate all of the champions throughout the NRHA Futurity. Holding this event prior to the crowning of the 2017 NRHA Futurity Champion could not be more fitting, and we can’t wait to experience the excitement and electricity of the exhibitors and spectators before the finals.”

“The accomplishments of the 2017 show season culminate in November in Oklahoma City. This special event is a celebration of all NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC champions. NRHA is excited to welcome Farnam® into our sponsor family and thank them for presenting the Celebration of Champions,” said Sammi Miller, Director of Corporate Relations.

All NRHA Futurity exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to attend the event to celebrate everyone’s success and kick off the excitement that comes along with the Open Finals performance.

During the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit

To learn more about the sport of reining, how to join an affiliate, or where to find a NRHA Professional near you, visit

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2017 NRHA Pro of the Year Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional of the Year awards. If you know a pro that deserves to be recognized, simply fill out a Professional of the Year form to make your nomination. Recipients of each award will be recognized at the 2018 NRHA Convention & Awards held in Oklahoma City on February 7-10.

Don’t miss your opportunity! Nominations close on November 1, so be sure to submit your form soon.

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NRHA Elections are Underway

Did you know…

On average, only about 6% of eligible members vote in NRHA elections. This means that 94% of members do not participate in the voting process! We encourage you to take advantage of this often-missed opportunity, cast your ballot to elect NRHA’s leaders, and make a decision for the future of your Association! Voting ends Novembr 1 at noon CDT, so log in now to participate!


Click Here to Vote Now!


  1. Click the voting link above
  2. Enter your current NRHA Member Number  
  3. Enter your NRHA PIN as of September 1, 2017
    - This PIN is the one you use to on
    - Resetting your PIN at will not grant you access to vote

OR – Watch the video on the right to see how it works!

You can find more details online on the NRHA Elections page. Contact NRHA’s Christa Morris-Stone for assistance ( or 405-946-7400, ext. 105). Emails sent during an election weekend will be responded to within 24 hours.

NOTE: Voters must be individual NRHA members who are at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2017. Associate Members are not eligible to vote in this election, neither are joint, corporate or syndicate members. The Northeast election is for members in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and District of Columbia.

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Lyle Lovett receives the 2018 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Lyle Lovett receives the 2018 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release – October 12, 2017 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – In 2007, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Committee initiated the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, supported by the Reining Horse Foundation. This award is named after legendary reining horse trainer known as the “father of reining,” Dale Wilkinson, the first inductee into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Wilkinson is a multiple NRHA Futurity champion and one of the founding members of the National Reining Horse Association. In addition, during his lifetime, he was an educator, promoter and mentor to all reiners – professional and non pro – of how a rider should conduct themselves, train and exhibit a horse. Because of his unmatched lifetime of accomplishment in reining, it is entirely appropriate that the NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award be named for Dale Wilkinson.

The 2018 recipient of the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award is Lyle Lovett of Spring, Texas. The renowned singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer is an active NRHA competitor who has raised thousands of dollars for the RHF and has donated his services to promote the National Reining Horse Association and the sport of reining at NRHA and National Reining Breeders Classic events. He has also taken part and recruited other celebrities for the RHF Celebrity Slide held in the past during the NRHA Futurity. Lovett has an award named in his honor for his service and time dedicated to the NRHA and RHF: the Lyle Lovett Distinguished Service Award.

Lovett has earned four Grammy Awards including Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. He recorded his own brand of music, a unique mix of blues, R&B, jazz, gospel and country, since 1980 with more than a dozen albums to date. His highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country song chart, “Cowboy Man.” But Lovett’s talents don’t end there. This accomplished entertainer is also a well-respected songwriter and has a lengthy list of acting credits. He now joins the ranks of those who have significantly impacted the sport of reining.
NRHA will proudly honor the 2018 inductee and award recipient during the NRHA Convention & Awards, a gathering known as the NRHA Winter Meeting in 2016 and 2017.

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Winner of Pledge to Take a Friend Riding Sweepstakes Announced

Time to Ride’s second annual sweepstakes encouraged riders to introduce their network to horses.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 4, 2017, Georgetown, Texas - A lucky winner will head to Lexington, Kentucky in the spring of 2018 as grand prize winner of Time to Ride’s Pledge to Take a Friend Riding sweepstakes. The sweepstakes encouraged equestrians of all backgrounds to join the movement to increase participation in horse activities by taking a newcomer friend riding.

One of the major barriers to new enthusiasts participating in horseback riding is access to quality, beginner-friendly, inclusive riding experiences. “While most of us in the horse world know exactly where and how to find other equestrians in our area, it’s often difficult for newcomers to know where to look. The Pledge sweepstakes is all about rewarding individual equestrians and horse owners for reaching out to their non-horsey friends and making sure they feel welcomed to try riding,” stated Christie Schulte, Time to Ride marketing manager. While other Time to Ride programs are aimed at horse professionals, the Pledge activates amateurs and empowers them to make a difference in their local networks.

A random drawing selected Noelle Dotzler of Kansas City, Missouri as 2017’s grand prize sweepstakes winner. Noelle is currently a horseback riding instructor who teaches adults and children as young as three years old how to ride, starting with the basics and moving up to jumping, barrel racing, and competing in shows. Noelle’s journey with horses began with her first horse, an American Quarter Horse mare, Star, who allowed Noelle to share the joy of riding with family and friends, including her friend Arianna (pictured).  Noelle shared, “I trained [Star] during the school year when I was in eighth grade and the following year entered [a] barrel race. Star did not seem to enjoy riding until I tried barrel racing with her which was a last resort. I was able to research her bloodlines since she was registered with the American Quarter Horse Association, and found out she had some barrel racers in her bloodlines.” Star inspired Noelle to begin giving lessons and “As much as I trained her, she also was a significant reason for the way I ride and train horses today,” says Noelle.

Noelle and one lucky friend will travel to Lexington to visit the Kentucky Horse Park, watch races at Keeneland, and ride in a clinic with Dan James. To learn more about the Pledge, please visit or contact

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, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farnam, Merck, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, The Right Horse Initiative, US Equestrian, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, the National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

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.

Contact – Christie Schulte, or 512-591-7811
Photos and logo available upon request


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2017 NRHA European Derby & Reining International de Lyon Entry Deadline is Today!

Once again Equita Lyon – a major event in the equestrian world – will be showcasing reining at its best. For the very first time the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby will be hosted during the prestigious event alongside the Reining International de Lyon.

The seventh edition of the NRHA European Derby will offer the €85,000-added* single purse Open and €31,000-added* single purse Non Pro divisions (*subject to change based on nominations). The Derby is open to 4,5,6 and 7-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program and, for the first time, the payout system will be based on a single purse which means that one purse is available for everyone to compete for (independently of eligibility division). For further clarification, view the video explanation

A full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes will be offered during the Reining International de Lyon. Highlighting the competition are the $35,000-added Reining International de Lyon Grand Prix Open and the $15,000-added Reining International de Lyon Grand Prix Non Pro. In the past years, the Grand Prix open and non pro competitions have had a huge impact in determining the NRHA World Champions!

Adding further excitement will be the French Futurity.

Make sure you enter your horse and book your stalls today by following the links below:

To book a seat or a table in the VIP area, please contact Christine Rigollet (

Buy tickets online:

Follow the event on Facebook:

For further information visit

Media Contact:

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Cast Your Vote Now for the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Fan Favorite!

Cast Your Vote Now for the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Fan Favorite!

For immediate release – September 27, 2017- Oklahoma City, Okla. - Beautiful horses, talented riders, exciting music, and costumes – it’s easy to see why everyone loves Freestyle Reining. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that the Invitational Freestyle Reining is back again at the 2017 NRHA Futurity. But that is where we need your help!

NRHA has partnered with the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau so that you can help us choose four additional riders to compete in the 2017 NRHA Invitational Freestyle presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. Your votes will help NRHA determine who those four additinal riders will be!

NRHA will select five random voters to receive a NRHA Futurity prize pack, complete with a four pack of passes to the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining so they can come see Freestyle riders and horses compete for $20,000 in prize money!

To place your vote, go to

The freestyle competition will take place Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena during the 2017 NRHA Futurity, which will be held November 23 – December 2 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, including ticket information and a complete schedule, can be found at

The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want Oklahoma City, North America and the entire world to miss!

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Reining Horse Foundation Reaches Out with Scholarship

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. –  September 22, 2017 –  High school rodeo and the reined cow horse competition are leading to a college scholarship for Zayle Davis of Blackfoot, Idaho, thanks to a partnership benefiting competitors at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). For the second consecutive year, the Reining Horse Foundation has joined with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) to provide a $2,500 scholarship to the student athlete marking the highest score in the reining during the NHSFR, held July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.

In her final year of high school competition, Davis scored a 151 in the rein work during the short go to capture the award. She also received a Morrison bronze courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). She was riding Reymanator (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory), a 2006 American Quarter Horse gelding. In a field of 107 reined cow horse contestants, Davis finished fourth overall with a total score of 874.5; the event champion is Daxon Buttars of Snowville, Utah.  Reymanator is owned by Sandy Semanik of Jacksonville, Fla., but is a full-time member of the Davis family.

Davis also had the high reining score in the preliminary round and knew she needed to perform a clean pattern in the finals. Of her winning run, she said, “I’ve been practicing a long time. Once I walked into the pen, I cued him right, and I’ve never had him stop like that before. He was being really good. It takes a lot of teamwork to have a run like that.”

Davis and Reymanator were the 2017 Idaho State High School Rodeo Champions in reined cow horse. A true example of versatility, the gelding is also her mount for barrel racing and pole bending and her brother Dawson’s horse for tie-down roping. He was the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, trained and shown by Zayle’s father, Zane Davis.

In late 2014, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) began offering reined cow horse as an event. It joined a lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping, and the queen contest for girls.

While reined cow horse might not be a traditional rodeo event, NHSRA, NRCHA and NRHA acknowledge that reined cow horse can elevate the riding ability of NHSRA members. As part of the reined cow horse competition, contestants must complete a reining pattern, commonly referred to as dry work.

“Providing youth scholarships is a core program of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said Mandy McCutcheon, a $2 million NRHA rider and Foundation Board member. “It is our hope that by reaching out to the youth contestants of high school rodeo, more students will be introduced to reining and reined cow horse and ensure these sports grow and succeed for generations to come.”

Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Reining Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association. Core programs for the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization include youth scholarships, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund and the NRHA Hall of Fame.


Photo Credit: Stephanie Duquette
Zayle Davis receives a scholarship certificate from the Reining Horse Foundation and bronze from the National Reining Horse Association presented by National Reined Cow Horse Association Executive Director Jay Winborn.

Riding Reymanator, a 2006 gelding, Zayle Davis of Idaho marked the high score in rein work in the reined cow horse competition at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo. The win earned Davis a $2,500 scholarship from the Reining Horse Foundation.

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SmartPak Celebrates 18 Years of Healthy Horses

PLYMOUTH, MA – September 22, 2017 – Since 1999, SmartPak has been proud to be changing the world four hooves at a time. The company is celebrating 18 years of using its smarts to power healthy horses and happy riders. To this day, millions of supplements have been sold, and it all started with a horse named Westley.

SmartPak was inspired by its founder’s horse Westley. His story informed the obsession with supplements and led the company to create the SmartPak supplement feeding system. “Since the beginning, we’ve taken pride in the saying ‘we get you, because we are you’,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. “At SmartPak, we come into work every day, inspired not only by our own horses, but by our customer’s horses too. We continuously strive to bring you innovative products and solutions to make life in the barn easier, and help keep your horse happy and healthy.”

The stresses and health risks that today’s horses face are not the result of bad management – they’re unavoidable parts of modern horsekeeping. That’s why SmartPak believes that supplements are part of good horsemanship, and every horse deserves support from the right supplements to help him look and feel his best. After starting and stopping her horse’s supplement program recently, SmartPak customer Virginia A. from Pinon Hills, CA said “I’m amazed what a difference the supplement makes – I’m skeptical no more!”

SmartPaks were the idea that started it all, and all these years later, they’re still the smartest way to feed your horse’s supplements. They’ll save you time and stress, and give you the ultimate peace of mind that your horse is always getting the right supplements in the right amounts. You’ll love SmartPaks because they’re custom-packed, pre-measured, sealed & labeled, and recycled & recyclable. Like horse owners across the country, Jennifer G. from Henderson, NC is also a fan of the system, and she said “SmartPaks have made my life easier and less stressful.”

Consistency is key when it comes to supplements, and that’s why SmartPak always recommends putting your horse’s supplements on AutoShip. Whether you’re feeding your horse their supplements in SmartPaks or buckets, AutoShip is the smart choice.  The company knows that commitment can be scary, so they don’t ask for one! The AutoShip program is easy, hassle-free, and rewards you for taking great care of your horse.  You’ll love the AutoShip program because it’s focused on healthy horses, easy to snooze or cancel, totally flexible, and your VIP pass to free SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on anything, anytime.

Want to start your horse on a SmartPak? Visit to get started today, or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak to a Supplement Expert who will help you develop the right supplement program for your horse’s individual needs.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or


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