Dr. James Morgan, DVM Becomes NRHA’s Oldest Million Dollar Rider

For Immediate Release – April 25, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – With a rich tradition of athletic horses, talented riders and successful owners, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) celebrates each opportunity to highlight the hard work and accomplishments of its members. After a successful trip to the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas, Dr. James Morgan, DVM crossed a monumental milestone and is unofficially an NRHA Million Dollar Rider.

Dr. Morgan earned his first official paycheck at the 1974 NRHA Futurity for an amount of $114.60. Since then, he has ridden on to win the NRHA Level (L)4 Non Pro Futurity in 1984-86 and has eight reserve championships within the same division. He furthered his NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) through finals appearances at many other shows such as the All American Quarter Horse Congress, NRHA Derby and NRBC. Adding to this impressive resume, Dr. Morgan is an NRHA Lifetime Member, Hall of Fame Member, past-member of the NRHA Board of Directors and an NRHA Judge. He has participated in every industry event imaginable, all while continuing his work as a veterinarian.

During NRBC, Dr. Morgan rode and qualified two horses to the Non Pro Classic Finals that helped him cross this historic milestone. Shiney Workboots (Smart And Shiney x Reminic At Work) earned a third place finish in the Prime Time division and tied for fourth in the L4 with a score of 219. Atop Reiningwiththestars (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Wimpys Memorabilia), Dr. Morgan placed in the top 20 in the Prime Time and top 30 in the L4.

At the age of 72, Dr. Morgan is the oldest person to ever reach the NRHA Million Dollar Rider mark and is only the third non pro rider to reach this milestone. “All this time, I’ve been planning on this run here,” said Dr. Morgan when describing how it felt to achieve this long-awaited goal. The years of planning and preparation came down to one run, and it worked out perfectly—earning the pair enough money to deem Dr. Morgan an NRHA Million Dollar Rider.

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NRHA and USRider Form New Partnership

For Immediate Release – April 19, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce a significant addition to its family of corporate partners. USRider has joined the association’s valuable supporters and is the official equestrian motor plan provider of NRHA.

NRHA Director of Corporate Relations, Sammi Miller, is thrilled to unveil this new partnership to NRHA members. “USRider is known throughout the equine industry as ‘being there in our time of need’. Through our new partnership with USRider, NRHA members will be able to take advantage of the peace of mind that USRider offers,” said Miller.

USRider may be new to the NRHA family, but has been a long-time supporter of the equine industry and is committed to providing fast, efficient service 24/7 from highly trained specialists. With services such as towing, flat tire assistance and emergency stabling, USRider brings a level of care and comfort to clients in stressful situations.

As a benefit of this new partnership, USRider will offer discounts on motor plans to NRHA members. “USRider is very excited to partner with NRHA to offer their members a discount on the USRider Equestrian Motor Plan.  We believe this partnership will allow us to support NRHA in their mission to promote reining horse shows by providing coverage for their members while traveling with or without their horses,” said USRider General Manager, Bill Riss.

NRHA champions valuable partnerships, and looks forward to working with USRider for years to come.

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McCutcheon Tops Non Pro Classic Prelims on Baileys Not Painted

The first section of the Non Pro Classic prelims at NRBC on Monday, April 16, and concluded Tuesday continued with the remaining contestants making their bids for the championship round to be held Friday in the Coliseum.

Winning the Level 4 Non Pro Prelims was Mandy McCutcheon riding Baileys Not Painted (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted) with a score of 219.5.

The Level 3 and Prime Time winner was Frederick Christen riding Xtra Voodoo Step (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic) with a score of 218.

Tim Roper rode Lil Patron (Lil Joe Cash x Miss Rey O Shine) to a score of 217.5 to win the Level 2 and Level 1 top check.

Following the day’s activities competitors and fans alike met inside the Coliseum for the Gunners Special Nite Welcome Reception. The party featured a one-of-a-kind grazing table sponsored by Steve and Rita Reed Harris.

Arena Action begins at Wheless and Tellepsen Arenas
The first day of competition inside the Tellepsen and Wheless arenas featuring the Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Rookie Professional and Limited Non Pro classes.

Archer Wins Intermediate Open on Smart Stepin Lena
In the Tellepsen arena Open riders showed off their big stops and clean spins with three champions coming out with top honors. Steve Archer turned in a 144.5 to take the Intermediate Open win riding Smart Stepin Lena (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Shiney Lena), owned by Carolyn Tellepsen.

“He was really good; pretty much everything was perfect. He can really run and stop. I had a little late lead change, but that was all me,” Archer said with a laugh. “With this horse all you have to do is count and say ‘Whoa’ and you’ll be good.”

Smart Stepin Lena has been with Archer for six months and although he was originally purchased for Tellepsen to ride, when she offered the 6-year-old stallion to Archer he jumped at the opportunity to ride him for the year.

“We bought him for [Carolyn] and I just stole him for the year,” Archer jokingly said. “[After this year] I’ll give him back to her.”

Chris Dawson and Shiney Outlaw Win Limited Open
In the Limited Open Chris Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda) to the win with a score of 142. Although the duo turned in a great showing Dawson nearly missed his run as he had been at friend’s house working 3-year-olds on cutting cattle and miscalculated which section he would be in. When Dawson pulled into the Great Southwest Equestrian Center and unloaded Shiney Outlaw from the trailer the pre-check judge was already calling his name.

“I didn’t get to brush him or put my chaps on or anything else,” Dawson said with a laugh adding that it didn’t frazzle the standout stallion. “This horse, we’ve been showing him in the cowhorse and my mom and my wife have really been tearing it up in the cowhorse on him. Michelle Cannon was interest in bringing him here and doing the NRBC on him, since she owns him and the derbies are open for 6-year-olds. We were eligible for all the divisions and so we decided to bring him down. I entered him in this class just trying to give him as many good experiences in the show pen as I could before we go show tomorrow (in the derby).”

Glen Estival Takes Rookie Professional Win
Glen Estival rode Thatza Good Question to a score of 142.5 for the win in the Rookie Professional for owner Janine Inmon. Estival has only been riding Thatza Good Question, aka “GQ,” for about six months and the duo are putting together solid runs in the show pen. The 7-year-old gelding is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Sheza Bonita Whiz and his future with Estival looks bright.

“There were no penalties, so that was good and he was really honest for me,” Estival said of his run. “He’s a really good horse.”

Mary Scruggs and HA Lena Olynna Win Limited Open Non Pro
Mary Scruggs rode HA Lena Olynna to a score of 72 inside the Wheless arena to top the Limited Non Pro class. Scruggs’ 6-year-old mare by Lena Spark and out of HA Olynnas Chairman and has been with Scruggs since she her 3-year-old year. Now in her last derby year the mare is continuing to impress Scruggs with her abilities in the pen.

“My run was really clean, it was a great run, my horse listened to me and I felt like it was one of the best runs we’ve ever had,” Scruggs said. “She was with me the whole time. She did everything I asked her to do. I was pretty surprised, but it was awesome!”

Scruggs hopes to use NRBC not only to continue building on their success and partnership, but to also qualify for the American Quarter Horse Association Select World Show.

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McCutcheon Leads Non Pro Prelims

The first day of official classes began at NRBC Monday, April 16, 2018, with the first section of the Non Pro Classic Prelims. The first section saw 84 out of the 167 Non Pros entered making smart maneuvers and big stops inside the Coliseum.

Leading the Level 4 Non Pro Classic Prelims is Mandy McCutcheon riding Baileys Not Painted (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted) with a score of 219.5. The Level 3 and Prime Time leader is Frederick Christen riding Xtra Voodoo Step (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic) with a score of 218. The Level 2 leader is Courtney Battison riding Xtra Little Balou (Wimpys Little Step x Lil Chic Balou) and the Level 1 leader is Mark Blake riding Hot Hollywood Whizky (Topsail Whiz x Hot Hollywood Jewels).

The second section of the preliminary round continues tomorrow inside the Coliseum Arena with the second section of the Non Pro Classic Prelims. The Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional will begin tomorrow in the Tellepsen Arena, and the Rookie Levels 1 and 2, Prime Time Rookie and Yellowstone Rookie Shootout Round 1 begins inside the Wheless Arena.

Thanks to Gunners Special Nite for the Non Pro Prelims Drag Awards.

The American Paint Horse Association will be here to award Gist buckle awards to the high scoring Paint Horses in a select slate of classes during the 2018 NRBC!

In the past, entry into this competition was automatic. This year, be sure to stop by the APHA booth located in the walkway between the Coliseum and Wheless arenas to learn more.

In order to be eligible for these awards, Paint Horses must be signed up with the APHA representative by noon the day before the first go of your class. Also, exhibitors must be current APHA members.

“I’m here making contact with the exhibitors and owners that are eligible through either un-shown markings or double registered that may not know they are eligible for the APHA,” said Freddie Alexander with the American Paint Horse Association, MemberCare. “[Our hope for our involvement with the NRBC] is of course to help the association, but also to help the exhibitors and open up other avenues for them to compete for money classes, world championships and provide them more opportunities.”

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The Hunt for Excellence is Complete and the Finalists Named in the AHP Equine Media Awards

Learn who is going for EMA Gold in 2018

APRIL 17, 2018 – The announcement of award finalists ends two-months of anticipation for the 75 AHP members who have learned they placed in the top five in one or more of 64 classes in the 2018 AHP Equine Media Awards (EMA).

Held since 1974, the American Horse Publications (AHP) annual awards contest offers members an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in a variety of equine media categories. This year’s competition for material published in 2017 drew 823 entries from 108 members, an increase in 40 entries and 3 participants from last year.

The Equine Media Awards, open to AHP members only, offer a Publishing Media Division for print or online publications and freelancers as well as a Business division for equine-related businesses, nonprofit organizations, and colleges.

The awards competition recognizes excellence in equine media as well as provides entrants with a constructive comment on every entry. “We work with a pool of industry professionals who judge the contest,” says Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director and EMA Coordinator. “We add new judges and switch the classes around every year. Overall, our judge team enjoys this project especially the horse owners in the group.” A comment from one of the 28 judges sums up the opinion of the others. “What a competitive group this year!”

The next milestone on the road to EMA Gold is the announcement of the winners. Awards are placed first, second, third, or honorable mention based on the number of entries in the class. Every finalist is recognized for their achievement. The Equine Media Awards presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 16, 2018, at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley during the AHP “The Hunt for Excellence” Equine Media Conference in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Members interested in attending the AHP Equine Media Conference & Awards in Hunt Valley can access conference information and register online at https://www.americanhorsepubs.org/attending-ahp-annual-conference/.

The results of the Equine Media Awards will be available on the AHP website after the awards presentation in June.

Who will earn EMA gold in Hunt Valley? Here is the list of AHP members who are Equine Media Award finalists for 2018. Congratulations!


Publishing Media Members
American Farriers Journal
American Racehorse
America’s Horse
Arabian Horse Life
Barrel Horse News
Canadian Horse Journal
Daily Racing Form
Dressage Today
Driving Digest
Equine Journal
Horse Radio Network
Keeneland Magazine
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
New Bridge Polo
New York Horse
NRHA Reiner
Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine
Paint Horse Journal
PATH Intl. Strides
Paulick Report
Performance Horse Journal
Practical Horseman
Quarter Horse News
Ranch Horse Journal
Sidelines Magazine
The American Quarter Horse Journal
The Chronicle of the Horse
The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care
The Team Roping Journal
Thoroughbred Daily News
US Equestrian
USDF Connection
USHJA In Stride
Washington Thoroughbred
Western Horseman Magazine

Individual Members
Megan Arszman
Abigail Boatwright
Melinda Brown
Jennifer Bryant
Kate Bradley Byars
Natalie DeFee Mendik
Tracy Gantz
Jessie Haas
Douglas Lees
Bianca McCarty
Eliza McGraw
Heidi Melocco
Katie Navarra
Shelley Paulson
Patti Schofler
L.A. Sokolowski
Lisa Wysocky 

AIM Equine Network
Boehringer Ingelheim
Central Garden & Pet
Downunder Horsemanship
E-Squared Magazine Media
Freedom Health
Grand Slam Social
MannaPro Products
Monty Roberts JOIN UP International
National Reining Horse Association
National Sporting Library & Museum
PM Advertising
Purina Animal Nutrition
Road to the Horse
SmartPak Equine
UK Ag Equine Program

For information on the AHP Equine Media Awards or the AHP Equine Media Conference in Hunt Valley, contact ahorsepubs@aol.com or visit www.americanhorsepubs.org.

American Horse Publications has united equine-related publishing media, businesses, professionals, colleges, and students for nearly 50 years. The non-profit professional association promotes excellence in equine publishing media and encourages relationships and communication within the horse industry. For more information, visit www.americanhorsepubs.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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2018 Cactus Reining Classic

On March 19th exhibitors arrived from as far away as Florida, Pennsylvania and Canada with great enthusiasm for competing in the thirteenth Cactus Reining Classic at West World in Scottsdale Arizona.  When it comes to winter weather, Scottsdale is the place to be.  Warm days and cool nights are just what a great horse show such as the Cactus Reining Classic hopes for and that’s what was ordered up for this year’s event.  Several hundred talented competitors made the trip to this fabulous city and experienced the first of five Brumley Management Group, LLC’s events in 2018.

This year’s event setting did not disappoint.  Over $150,000 in cash and prizes was offered and with it brought a significant increase in attendance.  The competition began with the Ancillary Open and Non Pro slates. A fixture of BMG Events are the coveted High Point awards. Based on the riders placings in each slate determines the Champion and Reserve Champion High Point winners. Loren Booth from Orange Cove, California rode her mare Taris Little Gunner, a 2011 mare, by Gunner and out of Taris Modern Design, to win High Point Champion in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Prime Time Non Pro divisions. “Loren was super consistent with the mare”, comments Tracer Gilson her trainer.  The two have really come together in the last year. She won the Select Amateur Circuit at the Sun Country show last month and was a finalist at the AQHA Select World in 2017”.

Rick Christen’s mare Msdreamy, Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun, won the Open High Point Championship with rider Dan Huss.  Whizen Big Chex, (Big Chex To Cash x Whizgun) won both the Intermediate and Limited Open High Point Championship with rider Gary Roberts for owner Kimberly Laser.  The Reserve High Point Intermediate Open Championship was awarded to the 2010 gelding Holier Then Thou (Jacs Electric Spark x Slide Me Again) owned by Nicole McDevitt of Woodside, California and ridden by Eric LaPorte.

A feature of the CRC event for the second year in a row was the National Arabian Reining Horse Association (NARHA) Ancillary divisions. “We are slowly starting to see exhibitors from the Arabian industry come to our events,” notes Amanda Brumley the event’s producer.  “Avid Arabian enthusiasts now have venues to show off their talented and beautiful working western horses and can win cash and prizes.  NRHA reining events are open to all breeds, as a producer I want to see more breeds at our shows.”  The NARHA Open High Point Championship went to Twylite Zone, (Basic Four x JB Dos Jalepenas) a 2007 Half Arabian ridden by Jessica Bein for owner Ashlye Caruth Daniel. Reserve High Point Champion went to TCR Gone N Dunit, (Shiner Dun It x All Laced Up) a 2014 Half Arabian ridden by Martin Padilla for owner Isabelle Ord.  NRHA Professional and Arabian reining trainer Jessica Bein from Scottsdale, Arizona has this to say about bringing Arabians into mainstream NRHA events, “The opportunity to bring our Arab clientele to Cactus (Reining) Classic allows our riders to see national level reining horses, without intimidating them. Having separate divisions for the Arabs allows a natural progression to raising their level of expertise.” Bein continued, “Brumley Management utilizes the needs of growing the industry and bridging the gap between entry level shows and upper level competition.”

Consistently the largest Ancillary divisions entered at BMG events are the Limited Non Pro and Rookie divisions. “I love to see large entry numbers in these divisions as these are the exhibitors buying the older horses, lengthening their careers and strengthening our industry as a whole,” notes Brumley. “We look to reward these large classes by offering custom High Point Champion trophy saddles. The competition to win these saddles is fierce. Those who win them have definitely worked and showed their tails off.”  Winner of the Limited Non Pro High Point Championship and taking home the Silver Spurs Saddle sponsored by Scottsdale Western World was Katherine Dazendorf and her horse Olenas Bright Star, (Starlights Starbright x Olenas Frecklemint). Rookie Level 2 and Prime Time Rookie High Point Champion, Carla Odetto riding Wimpchester 73, (Wimpys Little Step x Whiz N Darlin). Rookie Level 1 High Point Champion went to Ava Bush and Shes A Shining Gun, (Hes A Loaded Gun x Lil Shining Suzana) and the Desert Reining Horse Association (DRHA) Rookie High Point Championship Bob’s Custom Saddles trophy saddle was awarded to Quanahs Last Alex, (Alexander Pep x Quanah Dawn Doc) owner/rider Desiree Hardin.

NRHA Professional Bub Poplin, from Colorado, coaches Dazendorf and Hardin and had this to say about the event. “We look forward to the Cactus (Reining Classic). It starts our show season for the year. We love to get to the warm weather this time of year. The show is so well run and there is always somewhere to go ride. Neither of my riders knew they were up for trophy saddles. They knew they were up for circuit buckles and were so excited about that. Once they found out about the saddles there were a lot of joyful tears. Awesome show!” Bob’s Custom Saddles Vice President Chris Weaver notes, “Bob’s Custom Saddles is very pleased to be able to work with Brumley Management by placing the saddles in divisions where it could potentially be someone’s first achievement award saddle.”  The saddles awarded at Brumley events aren’t just trophy saddles, there is a big difference between a ‘trophy’ saddle and an award saddle. “We are very particular about the saddles we award to our exhibitors, as with all the awards. This is why we choose the best manufactures in our industry, Bob’s Custom Saddles and Scottsdale Western World’s Silver Spurs line of saddles,” comments Brumley. “We work closely with our saddle manufacturers to make sure these saddles are not only beautiful, but ride well for years to come. We want exhibitors to be proud to ride them and show them off.”

The Youth divisions witnessed an increase this year with 70 overall entries. The youth riders marked some impressive scores for these young Reiners. Ava Bush once again entered the winners circle on Shes A Shining Gun, (Hes A Loaded Gun x Lil Shining Suzanna) winning the Youth 13 & Under High Point Championship and Reagan Vokoun riding Dunitwithashinyface, (Pale Face Dunnit x Shine On Tejon) took the Reserve High Point.

Jennifer Neudorf showed her strength for consistency winning the first slate of Youth 14-18 and took reserve in the second slate aboard her horse Blue Collar Tag, (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena). Neudorf’s efforts awarded her High Point Champion. Shelby Clausen and Xtra Voodoo Pal, (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Wimpys New Pal) gave Neudorf a run for her money narrowly missing the championship by 1.5 points. However Clausen still took home the High Point Reserve Championship custom trophy buckle.

The growth and popularity of the SmartPak Maturity divisions proved evident at this year’s Cactus Reining Classic. Forty seven exhibitors competed and the performances were impressive. After the dust settled on the last rider, Chandler Winard with her score of 220 on her eight year old gelding Tags Golden Star (Whiz N Tag Chex x Boogies Smart Star) to win the Level 2, 3 and 4 divisions, three Gist custom trophy buckles and a check for $1,489.29. Megan Dante aboard her flashy bay gelding Lookies Gotta Gun (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lookie Lu) marked a 219 to win the Level 1 and took reserve in Levels 2, 3 and 4. While Cady Shaw, a California native, showed off her talented horse Dream Whiz Me, (Magnum Chic Dream x Whiz Out Chex) to win the Prime Time division while placing second in the Level 1, and third in Levels 2, 3 and 4 claiming her piece of the pie, a check for $1,496.95.

The Arabians also enjoyed success in the Maturity.  A Maturity is designated as a competition for horses seven years of age and older, while for the Arabians and Half Arabians it is six years of age and older. Michelle Betten took the championship aboard SH Imvaguelysurprised winning $585 while Cotton McNutt claimed the reserve with her pretty grey mare Wheres Wanda RA and a check for $455.

The days were long, but the competition just kept getting better. The Non Pro Derby presented a big jump in entries over 2017.  With $42,000 in added money no one was holding back.  Mark Blake, riding Hot Hollywood Whizky (Topsail Whiz x Hot Hollywood Jewels) laid down a score of 220.5 to win his first Cactus Reining Classic Derby claiming Levels 1,3,4, Prime Time and Masters Derby Championships and a paycheck of $15,009.09. A huge win for Blake! A consistent face in the winner’s circle, Rick Christen gave Blake a run for his money marking a 219.5 on Xtra Voodoo Step (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic) winning reserve in the Level 3, 4, Prime Time and Masters, taking home a check for $7,755.44. Winner of the Level 2 Non Pro Derby was Kylie Warn riding Lenas Shining Gun (Gunners Special Nite x SL Lenas Chick).

For the first time the Cactus Reining Classic offered two youth divisions in the Non Pro Derby, the Buckshot Farms 13 & Under Youth Derby and the Mr Electric Spark 14-18 Youth Derby. Luca Fappani riding the darling four year old mare Off Whiz A Spook (Smart Spook x Whizin Off Sparks) marked a 215.5 to win the 13 & Under and Kylie Robinson riding Xtra Bamstep (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Bam Bam Command) laid tracks to win the 14-18 division. “I am very grateful to the sponsors of these youth divisions,” notes Brumley. “A Derby can be tough!  To have these kids out here competing against adults with decades of experience is a lot to expect from them. These divisions, which help level the playing field, provide encouragement and instills confidence for these young Reiners.”

The week’s competition culminated in the highly anticipated $70,000 Added Open Derby that brought the ‘big guns’ out to play.  Seventy two horses were lined up to compete. Andrea Fappani riding Ifwhizswereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizsweredollars) for owner Rancho Oso Rio, wasn’t going to let being draw three deter him. With the ‘Fappani style’ determination Ifwhizswereguns marked a 229.5 while the exuberant crowd whistled and cheered. The electricity and anticipation of what was coming next was giving everyone watching goosebumps. Draw twelve, Martin Muehlsteatter aboard his wife Kim’s horse, Spooks Grand Slam (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady) knocked Fappani right off his lead by marking an outstanding 231.  Spectators thought they had witnessed the winning run. The high scores kept coming, Marco Ricotta marked a 228.5 on his wife Jenny’s homebred mare Miss Whizzletown (Hollywoodtinseltown x Rewind N Whiz). To be in the top ten scores it took a 224.5.  At draw 65 Muehlsteatter was still holding onto his lead. Then, once again Andrea Fappani entered the arena.  This time on his third and last entry draw 66, the stunning five year old stallion Epic Titan (Colonels Smoking Gun x Princess In Diamonds) owned by Clinton Anderson from Stephensville Texas. Avid Reining fans know Fappani will keep trying to outperform others and himself all the way down to his last draw. Once more Fappani walked calm, cool and collected into the arena, started his pattern and after the first set of plus 1.5 spins the crowd knew they were watching something special. ‘The Score’… 233.5 Epic!

What is it like to judge a reining competition of this caliber?  Darren Stancik, NRHA Professional and Judge was sitting in the judge’s chair and has this to say, “I watch what these guys are accomplishing with their horses. The athleticism of the horses and riders amazes me. As a judge, to be able to mark horses of this quality, with the consistency of my peers in the chairs next to me, was an honor. This was a great reining!”

For complete results and to watch the video of Epic Titan go towww.CactusReiningClassic.com/results


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For additional information or photos, contact Amanda Brumley (602) 677-3774, brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com

Photos by Waltenberry PhotographThe 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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Getting Your Horse Crazy Youth Involved at the Local, Regional, and National Levels

Certified Horsemanship Association’s April Radio Show To Discuss “Getting Your Horse Crazy Youth Involved at the Local, Regional, and National Levels” with CHA Board Members Hayley Eberle with NRHA and Christine Gillett with APHA 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 2018) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) will be discussing “Getting Your Horse Crazy Youth Involved at the Local, Regional, and National Levels” on CHA’s April Radio Show with “Horses in the Morning.” The hosts of the show include CHA CEO Christy Landwehr, Glenn the Geek, and Coach Jenn. This topic is perfect for the two guests on the show. CHA Board Members Hayley Eberle and Christine Gillett have a lifetime of experience working with youth, especially in the horse industry.

The show will air at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Those who can’t listen live can catch the recorded version afterward on iTunes, HorsesintheMorning.com, through the Horse Radio Network mobile phone app, or on CHA’s site at http://cha-ahse.org/store/pages/218/Horse_Radio_Network_Show.html.

Hayley Eberle of Oklahoma City, OK, has been with the National Reining Horse Association since 2013 and is the current Manager of Marketing and Outreach. She manages the Sire and Dam Program, marketing of NRHA’s programs, and alliance partnerships. She has served as the staff liaison for several NRHA committees and served on the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) Board of Directors and several AHYC committees. She joined the CHA Board in October of 2016. This native of Georgia who has been an active horse show competitor has a Bachelor of Science from the Horse Science program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), along with a Minor in Business Administration. While at MTSU, she competed on the school’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and horse judging teams. She has extensive experience as a volunteer working at equestrian events through the American Stock Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. In 2012, Eberle earned her AQHA Show Management certificate.

Christine Gillett of Fort Worth, TX, is the Director of Events and Youth Activities at the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), a CHA Certified Instructor, and has been on the CHA Board of Directors since October 2015. She is also a graduate of MTSU’s Horse Science program and an alumnus of the MTSU Equestrian Team. Gillett coordinates APHA’s youth programming, including the AjPHA National Leadership Teams, the novice youth program, and activities at the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show. As a volunteer, she has managed and worked at events run by IHSA, AQHA, NRHA, and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Her competitive pursuits have also included all-around events.

For questions on CHA’s segment on the “Horses in the Morning” radio show, please contact CHA’s headquarters in Lexington, KY, at 859-259-3399 or info@CHA-ahse.org. If you would like to sponsor CHA’s segment, please visitwww.CHAInstructors.com/advertise  for more information or contact SarahConrad@CHAinstructors.com.

Media Contact: Christy Landwehr
720-857-9550 or office@CHA-ahse.org

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visitwww.CHAinstructors.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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2018 IHSA National Championship in Harrisburg

Photo1Winner of the 2017 USEF/Cacchione Cup Katherine Steiner from Centenary University with coaches Michael Dowling and Heather Clark, Bill Maroney and Bob Cacchione. Photo by Tyler Van Velsen

Fairfield, Conn. ­– April 13, 2018 –  Young equestrians from across the U.S. and Canada are set to compete at the 2018 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 3-6. The event will feature 450 men and women hunter seat and Western collegiate riders of all levels in divisions from Walk-Trot through Open. The contenders have competed throughout the season to qualify to take part in the National Championship.

During Nationals, of which the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is a platinum sponsor, the top contenders will vie for team, individual and alumni championships in their divisions. The event features the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup and the AQHA Western High Point Rider national final.

Former winners of the USEF/Cacchione Cup include four-time Olympic medalist and 2013 FEI World Cup Finals champion Beezie Madden, Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde, top horseman and trainer James Fairclough II, renowned hunter trainer Daniel Geitner and top equitation rider Chase Boggio. Olympic silver medalist Greg Best was a USEF/Cacchione Cup reserve champion.

Previous notable AQHA Western High Point Riders include AQHA Youth World Cup Reining champion and many-time AQHA Congress Reining champion Trevor Dare,  World Champion NRHA rider and many-time winner of the NRHA Derby Austin Griffith,  Jared Leclair, reserve champion IHSA AQHA Western High Point Rider and IHSA Individual Reining champion and winner of many significant reining championships.

Fast Facts
What: Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship
When: May 3-6
Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Media credential contact:
Carrie Wirth
EQ Media
(612) 209-0310

Photo22017 AQHA High-Point Rider Brittany Abernathy with Bob Cacchione, Northeast Oklahoma A&M University coach Amber Burrows and Cailin Caldwell from AQHA. Photo by Tyler Van Velsen

The IHSA was founded in 1967 by Robert Cacchione while he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. The organization was established so that any full-time college student could participate in equestrian competition regardless of economic status, gender or riding level and offers Hunter Seat and Western competition at eight levels from Walk-Trot through Open divisions for both male and female college athletes. The IHSA emphasizes learning and sportsmanship and fosters teamwork. The organization has grown to include 400 member teams and 10,000 members encompassing 39 Regions, 8 Zones and 45 states and Canada. College or university teams, individuals, alumni and coaches may become members.

For more information go to IHSAinc.com or contact media@IHSAinc.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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NRHA Derby Named a Top AQHA Show for 2017

3100-17-287_Top_10_Alliance_Events_Show_Seal_17For Immediate Release – April 6, 2018 – Congratulations on being named one of the Top AQHA Shows of 2017!

We know the hard work, long hours and sacrifices your show team has given in making the NRHA Derby a successful event! We commend you!

New this year, rankings for the top shows were calculated by dividing the total number of entries for each event by the event’s total number of show numbers; thus ranking by the average number of entries per judge. The show committee felt this change was a more accurate way of ranking, rather than the total number of entries as some events are not able to host as many individual show numbers as others.

Attached are two different format versions of the Top 10 Show seal which we invite you to use on your advertisements, show bills, webpages, fliers, newsletters, everywhere this show is mentioned!

Thank you for hosting AQHA exhibitors and making them feel welcome at your show. You are the face of AQHA and have done an excellent job!

Justin Billings, Manager of Shows

Melynda Ackley, Manager of Competition Operations

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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