The Las Vegas Wild Card Reining Challenge Returns in 2017 with over $115,000 in Added Money

WCRC_logoThe Time Has Come! The Competition Is Set! We’ve Broken Tradition!

The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016. Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.

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“For years I have been listening to horsemen lament the fact that some very good horses are not ready for the extreme physical and mental stress that can come with three-year-old reining competition,” says Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, LLC., creator of the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “Horsemen say that some horses are not ready for it. They need a little extra time; some slower preparation. Talk about a Four-Year-Old Futurity has been floating around here for a lot of years. I think it’s an idea whose time had come.”

A lot of folks agree with Amanda. The concept not only allows for slower development of valuable, top quality equine athletes, it also precipitates longevity for the horse’s ultimate career in the show pen. The event dates for the Wild Card show in late May provide an additional nine months of training time past the three-year-old deadlines. Those nine months can be critical to the development of muscle, bone, strength and dexterity.

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A big supporter of this concept and now the title sponsor of the Wild Card Reining Challenge Four-Year-Old Futurity is Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon. Owner Suzy Simar is a longtime supporter of the Brumley Management shows. “Without the financial support of sponsors like Tamarack Ranch, the shows I produce just wouldn’t happen,” states Brumley. “These premier events are very costly to produce. A facility like the South Point and all that it has to offer is a perfect location for a horse show, but comes at a high price. The folks at South Point are fantastic to work with and bend over backward to make my events a success so to me, every penny is worth it!”

In addition to the $65,000 Added Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity, the Wild Card Reining Challenge has added a $40,000 Added 4 Year Old Stakes. While the Futurity has eligibility requirements, the Stakes does not. It is open to all 4 year old horses. Also if Futurity exhibitors wish to cross enter into the Stakes as well, they have the opportunity to win even more money.

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Eligibility for the Wild Card Four-Year-Old Futurity requires the entry to be a four-year-old at the beginning of the calendar year and cannot have been shown in ANY Age Event Competition/Futurities (NRHA Category 2) as a 3 Year Old. These horses can be shown in AQHA, NRHA or NRCHA events in order to receive the show seasoning required as part of the training process, as long as the added money and 3 Year Old Aged Event category restrictions are maintained. Horses are allowed to show in Aged Events as a 4 year old prior to the Wild Card event. “Our plans are to make the Wild Card Reining Challenge just as unique as its “sister shows”: the Cactus Classic, Arizona in March; the Reining By The Bay, California in July, and the Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic, Nevada in September,” says Amanda Brumley. “We have included two full slates (NRHA Category 1) of competition and a 7 & Up Non Pro SmartPak Maturity at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, and classes for our friends from the World Para Reining Organization. In addition the Wild Card is hosting two slates of National Arabian Reining Horse Association qualifiers for the fall NARHA World Championships.”

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Andrea Fappani

The educational seminars, sponsored by Horse & Rider Magazine, on training, horse health care and judging were a huge hit in 2016. NRHA Judges Chairman Jody Brainard hosted the “Inside the mind of a NRHA Judge” seminar. Samples of runs on video were reviewed to help spectators understand what judges are looking for in reining maneuvers, in addition to reasons for penalties. Dr Kris Crowe gave an extremely well detailed look into how to care for a performance horse prior to and after competition. Four Million Dollar NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani shared his insight into speed control and lead changes. Fappani pointed out what he sees exhibitors doing that sets them up for penalties and offered detailed instruction as to how to work with a horse to simplify cues so the horse can clearly understand what the rider is asking.

The Wild Card Reining Challenge has also joined forces with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USA Reining to offer a youth qualifier for the FEI Youth and Young Rider Reining World Championships August 9-12, 2017 at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. Another qualifier is being offered to Open riders interested in competing on the US Team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) September 10 – 23, 2018.

When asked about how the first year of the Wild Card Reining Challenge went, Brumley stated, “Fantastic! Of course I expected it to be small the first year and it was, but so was High Roller when it started ten years ago. The concept of the 4 Year Old Futurity needs time to evolve. Although I don’t think it’s going to take long. We are already expecting double the entries this year.”

For additional information contact Amanda Brumley (602) 677-3774. brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com or visit the event website at www.WildCardReiningChallenge.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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Equine Businesses Welcomed to Register for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge

The 2017 Challenge features more winners and more ways to win! 

Georgetown, TX, March 9, 2017 – Time to Ride invites stables, clubs and all horse businesses nationwide to register now for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge, a grassroots competition offering $100,000 in cash and prizes!

In its fourth year of competition, the Challenge is the only industry-wide effort specifically designed to encourage entry-level participation in riding and other horse activities. Participating horse professionals will work to create engaging outreach events in Phase I, May 1st through August 31st, that connect with the general public and introduce families to the joy of horses. Then in Phase II, which occurs simultaneously and continues through September 30th, they will help these new horse enthusiasts get involved regularly through riding lessons or other ongoing horse experiences. The stables, clubs and businesses which introduce and convert the greatest number of newcomers will win their share of $100,000 cash and prizes across size-based divisions.

Past participants report enthusiastically about their experiences in the Challenge, including Susan Dudasik, owner of Misfit Farm in Salmon, Idaho: “Once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun and you come up with all kinds of new ideas. We had 55 [newcomers] last year [2015] and over 200 this year [2016] and really surprised ourselves!! Never thought we’d get that many. This is such a neat program and we’re already looking forward to next year!”

Tina Renison-Ambrose, owner and instructor at Cross Roads Stable in Elverta, California shared, “The Challenge helped me market my business, and I have picked up 30 more clients from all our events! Not too bad for sharing the love and passion we have for horses with new people every day!” Cross Roads Stable won $1,000 as fourth-place winners in the medium division.

Competing in the Challenge is free, and the contest takes place May 1st through September 30th. Time to Ride invites stables, clubs, businesses, instructors, veterinarians, and all other horse professionals to sign up now! For more information, please visit https://www.timetoride.com/time-to-ride-challenge/ or contact 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. Since 2014, Time to Ride programs have introduced nearly 100,000 newcomers to horses and helped grow 78% of the participating horse businesses. 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, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, The Right Horse Initiative, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, the National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., 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 - info@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

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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Wildfire Relief Effort

NRHA Members & Supporters — Livestock Supply Donations are being accepted for those affected by the recent wildfires.

In the heart of horse country, NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation are asking for donations of livestock supplies (hay, feed, wound supplies, fencing, etc.) to assist Oklahoma and Texas ranchers impacted by the recent fires. We are offering to connect those in the horse industry with those who are in need through a series of drop-off locations.

Donation Locations for Hay, Feed, Wound Supplies, Fencing Supplies

  • NRHA Office – 3021 W. Reno, Oklahoma City 73107 – 405-946-7400 – Drop off on-site, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F. To help keep a sustained effort beyond the initial response, the NRHA Office plans to take donations until further notice, and coordinate delivery to those most-in need.
  • Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide – Tulsa Expo Square – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Visit the OkRHA show office for instructions for drop-off.
  • Southwest Reined Cow Horse Spring Into Spring Horse Show – Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044 – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Drop donations in Stall 110. Stop by Stall Office for questions.
  • Additionally, NRHA member and Texas AgriLife Extension agent Mike Jeffcoat is heading up donations for Gray, Wheeler and Roberts counties (806-669-8033, office). Hay donations can be made directly at Clyde Carruth Pavillion (301 Ball Park Drive, Pampa, TX).

Volunteers to Transport
If you are interested in donating your time/equipment to haul, please contact Christa Morris-Stone (405-946-7400 or cmorris@nrha.com). This will be a huge help in the effort.

RHF Crisis Fund
NRHA members affected directly by these disasters are reminded that the Reining Horse Foundation Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund can stand in the gap to assist financially in the weeks and months ahead. Donations are always welcomed. More information and an application for aid can be found at reiningfoundation.com/crisisfund.​​

Question? Other Ways to Help?
Contact Christa Morris-Stone at NRHA if you have questions (405-946-7400), or other ideas that can help in the effort. We encourage everyone to share this information with their horse friends.

Donate directly to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Fire Relief Fund

RELATED NEWS UPDATES:

Ranchers Organize a ‘Cattle Drive’ for Panhandle Ranchers Affected by Fire

Governor Abbott Grants Waiver To Hay Carriers In Texas Panhandle Due To Wildfires

 

We thank the Lazy E Arena, Oklahoma Reining Horse Association and the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association for their cooperation.

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Youth Members Discovered Their Inner Strengths

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla., (March-06-2017) –  Held during the 2017 National Reining Horse Association’s Winter Meeting, youth members challenged themselves to learn more about their true self during the NRHyA’s Leadership Development Workshop. From February 10th through the 11th, youth members came out of the workshops with a better understanding of their strengths and how to use them to better themselves in the future.

Leading the workshops was Director of Marketing at The Western Integrity Agency, Katie Hollingsworth, of Stillwater, Okla. Hollingsworth is passionate about helping others discover their strengths, and this unique opportunity offered insight to the next generation of equine industry leaders.

“It was a genuine honor to be a part of the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development,” said Hollingsworth, “I could not have asked for a better group of young leaders to work with.”

Pre-registered youth members were given a personality assessment that asked questions revolving around 34 common themes. Each person’s individual themes lead them to five personal strengths. “Through our workshops, I learned what my strengths were and how to put them to use,” said NRHyA Historian Reagan Stephens, “It was fun learning that I had a unique set of strengths that defined me.”

As the workshops progressed, youth members continued to develop and build upon their personal strengths. Youth members were put to the test as three teams were formed with varying personal strengths. “I learned that being on a team you don’t necessarily want to have the same kind of people,” said NRHyA Vice President Kenleigh Wells. NRHyA Treasurer Liz Blaser agreed saying, “Each person naturally took a role on the team based on their strengths.”

Teams were given a task to complete to see how the teams managed to work together despite opposing strengths.

When asked if aspects from the team building exercise resonated with students and if they would use the skills they learned in other aspects of their life, NRHyA Secretary Taylor Masson said, “I believe, as officers, we can use our own strengths to make a stronger and more compassionate leadership team for others. We can use our strengths to get more regions and youth involved with the NRHyA.”

Youth members who attended the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development workshops came out with a better understanding of their strengths all while building lasting relationships with other youth members from across the nation.  “The workshops helped me become a stronger leader,” said NRHyA member Kate Lilley, “I learned things about myself that will help me in the future, I also made several new friends.”

“I would say that the NRHyA leadership symposium has helped me grow and expand my horizons in many ways that I am very thankful for,” said NRHyA Delegate Olivia Klug.

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Where Dreams Become Reality: NRHyA Buy A Pro Auction

Ever wonder what it is like to ride with elite reining trainers in the industry? The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) hosts the annual Buy A Pro online auction where reining enthusiasts can bid on their chance to ride with NRHA Professionals and experience what it’s like first-hand. Even after the lessons are complete, past auction winners have stayed in contact with their Buy A Pro, creating a lasting partnerships both in and out of the show pen. This year’s auction ends March 1, so visit 32auctions.com/buyapro2017 to learn more about the trainers and to bid today!

During the 2015 NRHyA Buy A Pro auction, Cheryl Freemantle of Middlefield, Conn., opened up an issue of the NRHA Reiner and saw the ad. Her interest sparked, Freemantle decided to see which professionals were available. After some research and conversations with her daughter, Freemantle decided to “bid” on Jeremy Gates, ultimately winning the auction.

“I had a wonderful experience riding with Jeremy through the Buy A Pro program,” Freemantle explained.

After watching her daughter riding and showing reining horses growing up, Freemantle saw her opportunity to join her daughter, thanks to Buy A Pro. Two years after winning her Buy A Pro contract, Freemantle is still riding and learning from Jeremy. In 2016, she earned over 70 NRHA Green Reiner points under his direction.

Paul Wilinski from Green Bay, Wis., saw the Buy A Pro promotion through an association email. During the 2016 NRHyA Buy A Pro auction, Wilinski won auctions from Ben Balow of Skull Valley, Ariz.; Michael Davis from Davenport, Iowa; and Becky Sorrell of Whitesboro, Texas.

After completing a Buy A Pro with Ben Balow, Wilinski had this to say: “It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I was able to improve my skills right away, and because of Ben’s help, I have been able to make the finals in major national shows.”

Not only is the Buy A Pro program a great way for riders to learn one on one from some of reining’s greatest professionals, trainers also get the opportunity to build their clientele all by supporting the future of reining.

“In a heartbeat, I would recommend the program to friends!” said Freemantle.

“It was a great overall experience!” said Wilinski.

For your chance to experience what the NRHyA Buy A Pro program can do for you, visit 32auctions.com/buyapro2017. The online auction is currently open for bids. Bidding will end on March 1 at noon CST. For more information about the auction, please contact Emily Schaefer at eschaefer@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 ext. 129.

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USEF Memo: Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes

Dear Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes,

In accordance with FEI Reining Rules [5th Edition, Updates effective 1st January 2017], we would like to remind all Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes that are 17 years of age and younger participating in FEI Reining competitions they are required to wear protective headgear.

Chapter VI Equipment

Article 320 Dress, Protective Headgear and Salute

1.     All Athletes must wear appropriate western attire while competing; this will include a long sleeve shirt with collar, cowboy boots and western hat or safety helmet. When Athletes are training in the Competition arena they are required to wear Competition wear or team attire (no ball caps are allowed during training). Failure to wear such Headgear where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete.

2.     Athletes under the age of 18 years old must wear Protective Headgear (safety helmet) at all times while riding. Failure to wear such Protective Headgear where and when required after being told to do so by an official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete.

3.     Salute: Must be done in accordance with General Regulations unless the pattern used is a run in pattern.

If you have any questions, please contact us. Sincerely,

BRYN WELLS
DirectorofReining, EventingPrograms
8592256948, 5756445659
pbwells@usef.org
usequestrian.org

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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Update: US Equestrian Announces Qualification Information and Selection Procedures for Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

Update: US Equestrian Announces Qualification Information and Selection Procedures for Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 16, 2017, 5:30 PM EST

logoLexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce that U.S. reining athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders. The inaugural world championships for Juniors (14-18 years of age) and Young Riders (16-21 years of age) will be held in Givrins, Switzerland, August 9-12, 2017. The aim is to have this new championship become a popular addition to high-profile reining competitions that will give reining athletes the opportunity to represent their country at a young age.

FEI Qualifying Criteria for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

  • Juniors are athletes from January of the year in which they turn 14 until December of the year in which they turn 18.
  • Young Riders are athletes from January of the year in which they turn 16 until December of the year in which they turn 21.
  • Horses must be seven years of age for qualifying events and the Championships (using January 1 of their foaling year as their birthday).
  • The qualifying period for the championships is January 1, 2017 through June 24, 2017.
  • View membership requirements.
  • During the qualifying period, a Junior or Young Rider must score a minimum average of 67 at one CRIJ3* or CRIYR3*. View a list of competitions that will have FEI Reining CRIJ3* and CRIYR3* classes.
  • Athletes must submit an application to US Equestrian to be considered for the U.S. Squad.
  • Athletes who are qualified (have obtained a 67 at a CRIJ3* or CRIYR3* during the qualifying period) and have submitted an application will be put forward to the USEF Reining Sport Committee to be considered for the U.S. Squad.
  • Flights (equine and athlete), hotel, ground transportation, stabling, and entry fees will be covered by US Equestrian for the horse/athlete combinations named to the U.S. Squad.
  • The U.S. Squad will be named the last week of June 2017.

View detailed selection procedures for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.

For more information, contact USEF Director of Reining, Bryn Wells at bwells@usef.org or (859) 225-6948.

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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Our Loss – Lil Ruf Peppy

Mourning the Loss of 3 Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy Lil_Ruf_Peppy-©JB_431

Oklahoma City, Okla., (2-16-2017) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is mourning the loss of NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy. He will forever be known as one of the greatest NRHA multi-million dollar sires.

At 25 years old, the sorrel stallion was by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy. In his prime, Lil Ruf Peppy won more than $28,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 1995, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon and Lil Ruf Peppy captured the NRHA Derby Limited Open title. The dynamic duo would continue to excel in the show pen for years to come. His success in the show pen led to his later syndication under the Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate.

Besides his success in the arena, Lil Ruf Peppy made his mark in the reining industry when he sired horses such as Rufanicki, Sailin Ruf, Ruf Hearted Jac, A Ruf Gal and Pretty Peppy. Producing several money-earning daughters, Lil Ruf Peppy grand sired leading offspring such as Not Ruf at all, out of All Ruffed Up.

With a calm disposition, Lil Ruf Peppy enjoyed his last days grazing amongst mares in the pasture, according to Green Valley Ranch’s Emily Mabey.

“He was a great sire,” Mabey explained. “We loved him and were honored to have own him.”

NRHA is saddened by the loss of Lil Ruf Peppy and sends its deepest condolences to all those involved with Lil Ruf Peppy.

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NRHA’s 2017 Winter Meeting Concludes

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – February 16, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has concluded its second annual Winter Meeting with great success. Held February 8 – 11 in Fort Worth, Texas, this year’s event was full of activities, meetings, and banquets to position the association for continued success and to celebrate its members.

Wednesday kicked off the second NRHA Professionals Summit presented by NRHA Corporate Partner, Merial. Professionals from across the country gathered to strengthen their knowledge in managing their businesses, equine joint health, and media relations. Additionally, they learned more about Time To Ride and how it can connect their business with horse lovers. Gabe Hutchins, NRHA Professionals Committee Chair, had this to say about the summit, “The summit is a great tool for Professionals who want to run a better business. The horse business is very competitive, and the summit is a great way to give our Professionals something extra to set ourselves apart from the rest.”

NRHA Committee meetings started Thursday morning and continued through Friday. The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) participated in their leadership development seminar on Friday and Saturday. In three sessions, youth members of all ages gathered to strengthen their leadership skills and network with other NRHyA members. Additionally, the first in-person show secretary and management seminar was held with great attendance.

As Friday night arrived, NRHA members gathered to honor those who have made a significant impact on the reining horse industry. During the celebration Carol Rose, Rosanne Sternberg, and Smart Like Juice were inducted to the 2017 NRHA Hall of Fame. NRHA member Tim Katona received the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. Katona is credited with helping form the NRHyA and was the first youth committee chair.

The NRHA Board of Directors met Saturday and discussed a variety of different topics and received updates from the committee meetings held earlier that week. Topics of discussion included:

  • The NRHA Board held its first reading of 2018 rule change proposals during the Winter Meeting. The directors will discuss the proposals again and hold a vote during their May 2017 meeting. In the meantime, members are encouraged to read the proposals online at NRHA.com and in the March issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine. Member comments also can be submitted on the “members-only” section of NRHA.com through April 10.
  • The 2017 NRHA Futurity Conditions were amended to create a structured Semi Finals with a guaranteed payout in the level 4 division of the Open Futurity. Additionally, all late entry deadlines were extended to one-day prior to the 1st go-rounds at 5:00pm. Additional information can be found in the 2017 Futurity Conditions at nrhafuturity.com.
  • Jerry Nicholson from The Jockey Club Technology Services presented the Board with an update on the information technology project including its functions, progress, and timeline of completion.
  • The 2017 NRHA Derby schedule was presented and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • The Board established a task force to review the NRHA Nomination Program and the NRHA Futurity payouts.
  • The Board approved for elections to be held October 1 through November 1, 2017. Two Director-At-Large seats on the Executive Committee and one Director seat for each or the following regions are to be elected during that timeframe: East Central, South Central, North Central, Northeast and Northwest.
  • The point scale used to calculate Green Reiner eligibility was clarified and approved to use the points as published in the 2017 NRHA Eligibility Policy.
  • Many other recommendations and changes to enhance NRHA were discussed and approved.

After a successful day of meeting, the 2016 NRHA award recipients were honored at the banquet. If the work accomplished at this year’s NRHA Winter Meeting is an indicator of how successful 2017 will be, it is safe to say the association is off to a great start.

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 & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
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2017 NRHA Open Futurity Conditions Update

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – February 15, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met during their Winter Meeting and reviewed a recommendation from the Aged Events Committee. Based on this recommendation and much discussion, the Board approved the following updates to the conditions that involved late entries, semi-finals format, and the number to advance to the finals. To see the updated conditions, visit the forms page on nrhafuturity.com or get the PDF directly here.

“I’m really proud of the work that our Aged Events Committee and Board of Directors have done with our Futurity Semi Finals format. Horses that qualify for the Open Level 4 semi-finals will now be given more recognition through a new format at our pinnacle event,” said Mike Deer, NRHA President. “The Aged Event Committee continues to look for ways, like adjusting our deadlines, to make our event more exhibitor and owner friendly, while maintaining the core values of the Futurity that we all love.”

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE
The late entry deadlines for entries accepted after November 1 was extended 24 hours to give more opportunity for late entries. All previous deadlines stating two days prior are now extended to one-day prior at 5 p.m.

NUMBER OF OPEN SEMI-FINALISTS

Class:                          Number of Semi-finalists
L4O                              75 horses, plus ties
L3O                              75 horses, plus ties
L2O                              75 horses, plus ties
L1O                              75 horses, plus ties

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE L4 OPEN SEMI-FINALS SECTION
To create a special performance for spectators, the top 75 horses, plus ties, in the Level 4 Open division semi-finals will compete in a separate section prior to the finals. Just like previous years, levels 1 – 3 will compete in their own semi-finals section.

NUMBER TO ADVANCE TO THE FINALS
The number of horses advancing to the finals remains unchanged. However, every horse not making the finals through 75th place, plus ties, in the Level 4 Open will receive a guaranteed payout. It was also decided that scratched horses that qualify for the semi-finals will receive the guaranteed payout.

OPTIONS FOR THOSE ALREADY ENTERED
For those who wish to cancel their Futurity entry, they can do so without penalty by written notification to the NRHA office no later than February 28, 2017. Written notification can be sent to events@nrha.com, faxed to (405)946-8425, or mailed to the NRHA office at 3021 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, Ok 73107.

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 & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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