Submissions Are Being Accepted for The 2016 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining

Video Submissions Are Being Accepted for The 2016 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau 

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla – July 18, 2016 - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the return of the freestyle event during the 2016 NRHA Futurity. The $20,000 added NRHA Invitational Freestyle, sponsored by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held on November 30, 2016 at 6 p.m.

NRHA will be selecting four out of the ten riders from social media to participate in this exciting spectator sport! A contest based on popular vote will be held to determine the riders. To be eligible, you just have to be a current NRHA member in good standing!

Send your best freestyle reining routine to Hayley Eberle at heberle@nrha.com. All video submissions meeting the requirements will be published on social media so that reining fans across the globe may pick their favorites.

Submissions must be received by August 1st at 11:59 p.m. in order to be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted. All videos must be downloadable files that meet the following formats: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, or WebM. Files sent in an email or through a Dropbox link will also be accepted as long as they are in one of the approved formats listed above.

For more information about applying for the Invitational Freestyle competition, please contact Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing and Communications.

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. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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NRHA Sire & Dam Congratulates Stallions and Their Owners during the 2016 NRHA Derby

Magnum Chic Dream

Magnum Chic Dream

Immediate Release-July 13,2016- Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Sire & Dam Program paid out $9,000 to stallions and their owners enrolled in the program during the 2016 NRHA Derby. Program winners from the three divisions received NRHA Lawson trophies in addition to their paychecks. One direct offspring of the Sire & Dam Program, Msdreamy, ridden by Fredrick Christen and sired by Magnum Chic Dream, had great success and helped her sire earn even more money from the program. Magnum Chic Dream is a NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire and had five offspring that placed high enough to earn him a total of $5,500. Below is the list of Sire & Dam award winners:

Tinsel Jac

Tinsel Jac

Level 4 Open
$1,500 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Magnum Starlights for placing first
$1,000 to Tinsel Jac, owned by Tinsel Jac Partners, for Pinsail Jac for placing secong
$250 (tie) to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stable Inc., for Guns R For Shootin for placing third
$250 (tie) to Smart Spook, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for Shine N Spook for placing third

Gunner

Gunner

Level 3 Open
$1,500 to Smart Spook,  owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for Dun Spooked Us for placing first
$1,000 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Magnum By Dreamfor placing second
$500 to Einsteins Revultion owned by Silver Spurs Equine, for Revolution Is Dun for placing third

Smart Spook

Smart Spook

Level 4 Non Pro
$1,500 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Mega Maggie Mae for placing first
$1,000 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Made By Magnum for placing second
$500 to Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for Msdreamy (Sire & Dam Offspring), for placing third

Started in 1966, the NRHA Sire & Dam Program continues to provide significant benefits to both stallion and mare owners. Stallions who participate in the program are eligible for NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby awards, while mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings to the top stallions in the industry at reduced rates. Sire & Dam offspring are eligible for:

  • Reduced entry fees for the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby, (a savings of up to $4,000)
  • Later entry deadlines for both events
  • Automatically eligible to compete at the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby (a $300 savings)

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like to learn more about it please contact Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing & Communication at heberle@nrha.com or (405)946-7400.

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. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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The European Affiliate Championship in Poland are a great success!

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
4 -10 July, Stare Zukowice, Poland 

The European Affiliate Championship in Poland are a great success!

Stare Zukovice, July 9For the first time the NRHA European Affiliate Championship was held in Eastern Europe. The event was a truly successful one with 130 qualified riders vying for the ten EA Championship titles and counted close to 400 entries. Host of the event was the beautiful Roleski Ranch owned by the Roleski family. Next year the Championship will return to Poland.

Saturday EA Champions:

Bgz Bnp Paribas $10,000-added NRHA European Affiliate Open Championship

Open Championship

Open

A truly exciting NRHA EA Open Championship finals closed the prestigious event. First to draw in a field of 12 qualified riders were Bernard Fonck of Belgium and What A Wave. The pair set the bar scoring a 223.5 and remained unbeat. Aboard the 8-year-old stallion by Tidal Wave Jac and out of What A Sunrise, owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider last year claimed the NRHA Open World Championship. “What can I say, he is a great athlete with a big heart and I have to give credit to Craig Schmersal, who we bought him from, for the wonderful job he did with him,” said Fonck.

Sliding to the second step of the podium was yet another NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Rudi Kronsteiner of Germany. Aboard the 8-year-old stallion owned by Glis Ranch, Dr Lee Hook (Ray Gay Quixote x Chickadualsha), Kronsteiner posted a 221.5.

The 2015 NRHA Open World Reserve Champions, Cira Baeck and Whizasunnysailor BB owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen placed third. The 8-year-old stallion is an own son of NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Walla Walla Sunshine. The duo closed their run with a 220.5.

23 Quarter Horses $5,000-added NRHA EAC Non Pro

Non Pro Championship

Non Pro

In front of a full house, Italian Manuel Bonzano and his 7-year-old gelding, High Point Reiner (Sailin Ruf x Scarlet High Listo), scored a 219 to claim the Championship. The pair are the 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champions. “This horse is simply amazing,” said Bonzano. “He may not have great maneuvers but he has the biggest heart and is the most consistent horse I’ve ever ridden. I now look forward to my son, Matteo, representing Italy at the upcoming SVAG FEI Junior and Young Rider European Championships in Givrins, Switzerland.”

Gina-Maria Schumacher of Switzerland and Gotta Nifty Gun S 6 – (Dun It Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, scored a 216 for the reserve championship.

A point behind, Steve Vannietvelt of Belgium riding his 8-year-old gelding (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic), placed third.

The Smiraprint $500-added NRHA EAC Limited Open Championship

Limited Open Championship

Limited Open

Johan Fridberger of Sweden rode Anna Pettersson’s 14-year-old stallion, Mega Jac Dance (Marthas Mega Jac x BH Song And Dance), to the highest step of the podium with a 212.5.

Charita Harman of Belgium and her 8-year-old gelding, Im Smart And Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Smart San Pep) scored a 212 for reserve honors. A half point behind, Karol Bryla of Poland and her 7-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, A Diamond Enterprise (I Cee Diamonds x BH Frosty Lena), closed in third place. 

The Donn Leson $500-added NRHA EA Limited Non Pro Championship

Limited Non Pro

Limited Non Pro

Taking home the championship was Marie Baralon from France riding Chicken Sandwich. The 15-year-old has owned her 8-year-old mare by Ricochet Rooster by Ms Sanditch for two years and today scored a 213.5 for the win.

The reserve championship was for Polish Karol Bryla who closed her run win a 212 riding A Diamond Enterprise (I Cee Diamonds x BH Frosty Lena), a 7-year-old stallion she owns.

A point behind, Ella Wellinger of Austria and her 10-year-old gelding, Red Pine Command (Tuck R Commnd X Pretty As A Pine), claimed third place honors.

Friday Champions:

The Pro Invest $ 4,000-added NRHA EAC Intermediate Open

Intermediate Open

Intermediate Open

Counted 13 qualified riders from 7 countries. Firmly clinching the title were the 2015 NRHA Intermediate Open World Champions, Markus Schöpfer and Jokin Whiz. Aboard the 8-year-old stallion by Who Whiz It and out of Jokin Peppy, the Italian NRHA Professional scored a 217.5. “My goal this year was to take home this title and once again my horse gave me his heart and we achieved that goal!” said Schöpfer.

In the run for the NRHA Intermediate Open World title, one of the contenders was Anne Grether of the Netherlands riding Wimpys Little Tejano (WimpysLittle Step x Tejana Chic), a 10-year-old stallion owned by Nancy Schmidt. Once again, this time in Poland, she ran against Markus. The two friends battled in the pen with Grether settling for co-reserve honors along with Austrian Valentina Sagmeister riding Robert Hahn’s 7-year-old stallion, Sz Gunners Newcomer (Gunner x Cowboys New Comer).

Roleski Ranch & Firma Roleski $100-added NRHA EAC Youth 14 – 18

Youth 14-18

Youth 14-18

Gina-Maria Schumacher of Switzerland and Chanay Sky Management SA’s CS Eye Catchin Gun (Gunners Enterprise x Jessie Wright On), a 5-year-old gelding, posted the high score to claim the Championship 219.

A point behind the winners, with an impressive ride, were Nimroid Vannietvelt of Belgium riding Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and De Pauw. Indy Henrard, also of Belgium, riding Steadys WR Diamonds (Steadys Dude x Arc Oak Diamonds), placed third.

Youth 13 & Under

Youth 13 & Under

Winning the Roleski Ranch & Firma Roleski $100-added NRHA EAC Youth 13 & Under was Keanu De Pauw (BEL) riding Toosexy For Ricochet, an 8-year-old mare owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw by Ricochet Rooster and out of Miss Sexy Salano). The duo closed with a 210.5.

Second place honors went to Wiktoria Stanco (POL) riding Frostys Chic It owned by Maciej Stanco. Aboard the 10-year-old gelding by Frostys Chic Olena and out of Dun Its Topnotch, she closed with a 208. In third place – a half a point behind – was Kitty Horvath riding Champagne Showers (Ricochet Rooster x Dunnit Like A Queen).

A full-slate of NRHA approved classes were also offered. For complete results visit roleskiranch.com

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Supporters

We would like to thank NRHA corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Classic Equine – NRHA Official Equine Leg Protection, Markel Insurance – NRHA Official Insurance Partner, Roleski Ranch, Colonels Shining Gun, Firma Roleski, BGZ BNP Paribas, Smiraprint, Equine Performance, Pro-Invest, 23 Quarter Horses and Fonck’s Performance Horses, Cowboy’s Magazine, Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, Fano Sp. Zo. o., Radio VOX FM, Showmanager.info, Werner Kenkel, Skoda Auto Baczek and La Bombastic.

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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A Sparkling Vintage Becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire During the 2016 NRHA Derby

A Sparkling Vintage Becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire During the 2016 NRHA Derby

Sparkling_VintageFor Immediate Release- July 8, 2016- Oklahoma City, Okla.- The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce its newest Million Dollar Sire. During the 2016 NRHA Derby, A Sparking Vintage reached the Million Dollar milestone when his two highest ranking offspring, Not Ruf At All and Platinum Vintage, made it into the top ten. A Sparkling Vintage is the 27th NRHA Million Dollar Sire alongside other great sires such as Starlights Wrangler and Like a Diamond.

By NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark and out of Vintage Badger, this 1997 bay stallion has an impressive reining resume in a variety of events as the 2001 National Reining Breeder’s Cup (NRBC) Intermediate Open Derby Champion, the 2001 NRHA Open Futurity Top Five, and the 2002 ANCR Maturity Open Champion and Limited Open Champion. His Lifetime earnings total $82,000. The stallion is currently owned by Silver Spurs Equine.

A Sparkling Vintage can thank his top ranking offspring for bringing him into Million Dollar territory. Past NRBC Open Champion Not Ruf At All (LTE $415,766.08) won the 2016 NRHA Open Derby Reserve Championship at a score of 222.5 with rider Jason Vanlandingham. Second ranking offspring, 2015 NRHA Open Derby Champion Platinum Vintage (LTE $197,945.04), placed in the top ten under rider Andrea Fappani.  Other impressive offspring sired by A Sparkling Vintage include Vintage Glamour (LTE $52,767.35), Vintage Crome (LTE $46,004.32), and Vintage Sail (LTE $42,183.67). His offspring have collectively won over $1,020,023.00

NRHA is thrilled to congratulate A Sparkling Vintage becoming an NRHA Million Dollar Sire!

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The First NRHA European Affiliate Champions are Crowned!

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
4 -10 July, Stare Zukowice, Poland

The First NRHA European Affiliate Champions are Crowned!

Stare Zukowice, July 7 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship today celebrated the first champions.

Rookie Professional Champions

Rookie Professional Champions

Opening the day was the Classic Equine $500-added NRHA EAC Rookie Professional final. Sliding to the highest step of the podium after scoring a 214.5, was Jamie Meeuwissen riding Wimpys Snow Step (Wimpys Little Step x Snow Gun), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw of Belgium. The 23-year-old trainer from The Netherlands also placed third with Dutch Wouter Van Schaverbeke’s Arcletic Turbocat (ARC King Cody x Mtd Catalunya Smoke), also and 8-year-old gelding. Second place honors were claimed by Johan Fridberger of Sweden riding Anna Pettersson’s Mega Jac Dance (Marthas Mega Jac x BH Song And Dance), a 14-year-old stallion.

Rookie Level 1 Champions

Rookie Level 1 Champions

It was a special day for the Classic Equine NRHA EA Rookie Level 1 Champions, Mie Kuhnell Unoe. The young rider from Denmark claimed first place honors aboard Cool Captain Spirit (Spirit Of Rooster x Lo Spin N Lena), a 10-year-old gelding she purchased as a 2-year-old. “We’ve grown together, travelled 20 hours to come to Poland… and now we won the first European Affiliate Championship for Denmark!” Anne Marie Pareyn of France closed in second place with her ND Smart Pleasedunit (Chic Please x Its Hollywood Lights), an 11-year-old gelding, between the reins. Hungarian Jozsef Stemmer rode Lil Freaky Dancer (Lil Dry Peppy x Scotch Bar Kachina), an 8-year-old mare, to third place.

Intermediate Non Pro Champions

Intermediate Non Pro Champions

It took a run-off to determine the Markel $3,000-added NRHA EA Intermediate Non Pro Champions after Tom Vandermot from Belgium and his own Colonel WR San Jo (San Jo Freckles x Selenas Classy Smoke) along with Steve Vannietvelt and his Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic) scored a 215. 23-year-old Vandermot bested his score by half-a-point and took the championship after Vannietvelt added a turn to the four required and closed with a zero and the reserve championship. Poland’s Karol Bryla rode to the third step of the podium with a 214.5 aboard A Diamond Enterprise (I Cee Diamonds x BH Frosty Lena), a 7-year-old stallion she owns.

Ancillary Action:

Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck $2,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open Champions – with a 212 – were Valentina Sagmeister and the 12-year-old stallion Smart N Artful (Smartin x Miss Super Scooter) owned by Andreas Hoermanseder. Rafal Dolata (POL) and Stepjac Flygirl (Hes A Steppin Jac x Flyin Royal Saidy),a 7-year-old mare owned by Kinga Grygiel, placed second with a 210.5.

Kristyna Kleiblova (CZE) won the Radio VOX FM $500-added NRHA Limited Open aboard Petr Lamich-Lama’s Topsail Pop, a 5-year-old stallion by Remin Whiz and out of MM Lollipop with a 211.5. Behind them, with a 207, were Bogdan Czarnik (POL) and Guns At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Jackie Be Ruf), owned by Arkadiusz Nagiec.

Winning the Werner Kenkel $300-added NRHA Snaffle Bit 4-year-old & Under Open with a 216.5 was Lukas Brucek (CZE) riding Kelly Deelen’s GI A Classic Whiz (Remin Whiz x A Classic Dun It). Adrian Motyka and Hollywannashine (Lean With Hollywood x Shining Whiz) owned by Katarzyna Roleska closed in second place with a 213.5.

For further information, complete results, livescore and livestream:

http://roleskiranch.com/euro-2016-2017-nrha-european-affiliate/

The last two days of the EAC will determine who will take home the Youth 13 & Under, the Youth 14-18, the Intermediate Open, the Limited Non Pro, the Limited Open, the Non Pro and the Open European Championships.

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Supporters

We would like to thank NRHA corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Classic Equine – NRHA Official Equine Leg Protection, Markel Insurance – NRHA Official Insurance Partner, Roleski Ranch, Colonels Shining Gun, Firma Roleski, BGZ BNP Paribas, Smiraprint, Equine Performance, Pro-Invest, 23 Quarter Horses and Fonck’s Performance Horses, Cowboy’s Magazine, Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, Fano Sp. Zo. o., Radio VOX FM, Showmanager.info, Werner Kenkel, Skoda Auto Baczek and La Bombastic.

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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2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship – A Youthful Second day!

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
4 -10 July, Stare Zukowice, Poland

A Youthful Second day!

Stare Zukovice, July 5 – Ancillary action filled day two as riders are preparing their mounts for the first NRHA European Affiliate Championship classes on Thursday.

Luciano Den Hertog

Luciano Den Hertog

The Classic Equine NRHA Rookie Level 2 Champions were Luciano Den Hertog from The Netherlands and  Gumps Smooth Step BB (Little Gump x Wimpys Pearl), a six-year-old gelding he owns. Austrian Ella Wellinger riding Red Pine Command, a 10-year-old gelding by Tuck R Command and out of Pretty As A Pine, placed second.

Diana Uldrichová

Diana Uldrichová

In the Classic Equine NRHA Rookie Level 1 class, the champions were Diana Uldrichová from the Czech Republic and her 6-year-old gelding, Got Two Luv U (Ricochet Rooster x Chic Dot Com). Austrian Lara Tauscher rode her 8-year-old gelding, Jacs Dry Smarting (Smartin x Jacs Dry O Lena), to second place.

Gina Maria Schumacher

Gina Maria Schumacher

Winning the Roleski Ranch NRHA Youth 14-18 class was Gina Maria Schumacher of Switzerland aboard ARC Guns M Oaks (Topgun Whiz x ARC Sweet Oak Chic), a 7-year-old gelding owned by Chanay Sky Management. The young Swiss rider also claimed second place honors riding Chanays Sky Management SA’s CS Eye Catchin Gun, a 5-year-old gelding by Gunners Enterprise and out of Jessie Wright On.

Jayson Henri

Jayson Henri

The Roleski Ranch NRHA Youth 13 & Under champions were Jayson Henri of France with his 11-year-old gelding Hangten Boggies Sari (Vals Hangten Harry x Sheza Boggies). Second place went to Wiktoria Stanco from Poland riding Maciej Stanco’s Frostys Chic It, a 10-year-old gelding by Frostys Chic Olena and out of Dun Its Topnotch.

It is a truly youthful European Affiliate Championship with close to thirty young riders qualified from Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Those riders qualified for the Championships will also be vying for the NRHA Youth Team Tournament which this year counts 13 teams. Medals will be awarded to the top 10 teams and the first place team will also receive a buckle. Hats off to the NRHA France – host of the past two editions of the EAC – who contributed to the transport costs for their youth taking part in this prestigious event.

Tom Vandermot

Tom Vandermot

Closing the day was the Fano Sp. Zo. O. NRHA $2,000-added Intermediate Non Pro. In a field of 17 entries, the win went to Belgian Tom Vandermot from Belgium aboard his Colonel WR San Jo (San Jo Freckles x Selenas Classy Smoke), a 9-year-old stallion. In second place was Polish Paula Siekanska with Sugars Smart Player (Honky Tonk Player x Sugars Doc Tari), a 10-year-old stallion she owns.

The first NRHA European Affiliate Championship was held in 2002 in Bolzano, Italy. Evey two years the location changes and, for the first time, is being held in Poland.

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Supporters

We would like to thank NRHA corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Classic Equine – NRHA Official Equine Leg Protection, Markel Insurance – NRHA Official Insurance Partner, Roleski Ranch, Colonels Shining Gun, Firma Roleski, BGZ BNP Paribas, Smiraprint, Equine Performance, Pro-Invest, 23 Quarter Horses and Fonck’s Performance Horses, Cowboy’s Magazine, Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, Fano Sp. Zo. o., Radio VOX FM, Showmanager.info, Werner Kenkel, Skoda Auto Baczek, La Bombastic

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

 

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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A great start for the 2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship

4 -10 July, Stare Zukowice, Poland

A great start for the 2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship

Pauliina T Metsa

Pauliina T Metsa

Stare Zukowice, July 5 – For the very first time in the history of reining, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship takes place in Poland. Host is Katarzyna Roleska’s Roleski Ranch, a state-of-the-art breeding and training facility located in the beautiful countryside between Krakow – an undisputed architectural gem of Europe – and the dynamic city of Warsaw.

Martina Kolarova

Martina Kolarova

Over 120 horses and riders representing 14 countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands) qualified for the Championship and made their way to Stare Zukowice. A huge success!

Adrian Motyka

Adrian Motyka

Along with the EAC finals, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes are also offered along with the NRHA Snaffle Bit 4-year-old and Under Open and Non Pro. The $500-added NRHA Rookie Professional, sponsored by Skoda Auto Baczek, officially opened the show with Pauliina T Metsa (NED) and Borriquito (Broadway BH x Lotti Vom Letter Berg), owned by Marielle Van Rossum, sliding to first place.

Martina Kolarova (CZE) and LV Magnum Bobby Chic, an 8-year-old gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Miss Bobby Jac Shoot, won the Colonels Shining Gun $200-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2.

Lukas Brucek

Lukas Brucek

Tying for the Colonels Shining Gun $200-added NRHA Novice Horse Open L2 with a 215 score were Adrian Motyka (POL) riding Hollywannashine (Lean With Hollywood x Shining Whiz) for owner Katarzyna Roleska, and Lukas Brucek (CZE) riding GI A Classic Whiz (Remin Whiz x A Classic Dun It) for owner Kelly Deelen.

For livestream and livescore visit the official website http://roleskiranch.com/euro-2016-2017-nrha-european-affiliate/

2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Supporters

We would like to thank NRHA corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Classic Equine – NRHA Official Equine Leg Protection, Markel Insurance – NRHA Official Insurance Partner, Roleski Ranch, Colonels Shining Gun, Firma Roleski, BGZ BNP Paribas, Smiraprint, Equine Performance, Pro-Invest, 23 Quarter Horses and Fonck’s Performance Horses, Cowboy’s Magazine, Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, Fano Sp. Zo. o., Radio VOX FM, Showmanager.info, Werner Kenkel, Skoda Auto Baczek, La Bombastic

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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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Vice President Elections

2017-2018 vice president elections run October 1 – November 1, 2016 and offer electronic and paper ballot voting options.

The Nominating Committee’s candidate for this office is current NRHA Executive Committee member, Mike Hancock.

The deadline to submit write-in candidates for vice president is August 1, 2016. Using this process, members are given the ability to nominate a fellow member to run for this office. Specifics on this process are listed in the NRHA Handbook on page 9 (Bylaws. Article V. Election of Officers) and on page 34 (Election Procedures. Section 4. (e) Director at Large/Vice President Criteria). For assistance, please contact Christa Morris-Stone at cmorris@nrha.com.

More details on the election timeline can be found at nrha.com in the Members Only section under the Elections heading.

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Casey Deary and Magnum Starlights are the Open Derby Champions!

2016 NRHA DERBY
Casey Deary and Magnum Starlights are the Open Derby Champions!

Oklahoma City, July 1 – Six NRHA Million Dollar Riders, one Two Million Dollar Rider, two Three Million Dollar Riders, one Five Million Dollar Rider, past NRHA Open and Non Pro Futurity champions, past NRHA Derby and NRBC champions, and an impressive number of horses with earnings that surpass the $100,000.00 mark in LTE.  All on stage in the 2016 NRHA Open Derby finals on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Casey Deary and Magnum Starlights

Casey Deary and Magnum Starlights

Winning the Level (L)4 Open Derby championship with a 223 score was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary aboard Magnum Starlights (Magnum Chic Dream x Starlights Sugarwhiz), a 5-year-old stallion owned by Antler Ridge Ranch LLC and nominated by George Lawrence with $84,378.60 NRHA LTE. The win was especially sweet for Deary. Not only did he show Magnum Starlights’ grand sire, he also showed the talented stallion’s grand dam. “We have a long history together, and Magnum Starlights was raised on our ranch,” said Deary following his win. “We won the Vegas Futurity and had huge runs at the NRBC, and we’ve always felt that he would achieve a major win sometime.”

Two riders posted a 222.5 for the reserve championship: NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham and NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani. Vanlandingham rode his past NRBC Open Champion, Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Vaughn Zimmerman and nominated by Petra Zeitler Connor with $416,766.08 LTE. Fappani rode Pinesail Jac (Tinsel Jac x Sailin Lil Ruf), a 5-year-old gelding owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC and nominated by Raul Leal, who to date has won $93,487.29.

Fernando Salgado and Electric Cha Ching

Fernando Salgado and Electric Cha Ching

Fernando Salgado and Electric Cha Ching win the Level 3 and 2 Champions

Fernando Salgado and Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark x Kipper Lady Nic) set the bar early in the second section of the Open finals by posting a 221. The 5-year-old sorrel mare is owned by Heritage Farms/ Silver Spurs Equine and was nominated by Haworth Family Partnership Ltd – score 221.

At a half point behind the champions, there was a three-way tie for reserve honors in the L3 division: Matt Mills and Wimps Cool Breeze (Tinsel Jac x Sailin Lil Ruf), a 5-year-old stallion owned by Janice Dickson and nominated by Raul Leal with $93,487.29 LTE; Martin Muehlstaetter and Late Night Stopper (Jacs Electric Spark x Best Stop), a 5-year-old stallion owned by Marc and Kathy Gordon and nominated by Wagman Ranch Inc. with $61,303.71 LTE; and Jimmy Van Der Hoeven and Black Hails Gold (Shine Like Hail x Dun Its Black Gold), a 6-year-old gelding owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton and nominated by Rhodes River Ranch with $147,166,92 LTE.

Daniel Schloemer and Electric Grid

Daniel Schloemer and Electric Grid

The reserve championship in the L2 division was claimed by the L1 champions, Daniel Schloemer and Electric Grid (Jacs Electric Spark x GVS Cherokee Jac). The 6-year-old gelding is owned by Jennifer T. Deweese and was nominated by Troy and Andrea Heikes. Before coming to OKC, his LTE were $34,125.91. “I am thrilled with these two titles and I cannot thank the owner enough for giving me this great opportunity,” said the German rider, now based in Arizona as assistant trainer for Arno Honstetter. “I was draw -17 in the go-round, having switched the horse from the Non Pro to the Open Derby, and my score held to top the L1 division. Tonight Electric Grid was just great and gave me all he had. It’s the first time that I made the Derby finals, and making it back in all four levels and competing against the best is just incredible.”

The Level 1 reserve championship went to Kari Anna Klingenberg – Schloemer’s girlfriend – riding Gunner Special Twist (Gunners Special Nite x Miss Boo Twist), a 5-year-old mare nominated by Teresa Wynn and owned by Angela Olson. “So much has happened in such a short amount of time! We moved from Washington to Arizona, I qualified to represent Team U.S.A. at the FEI World Reining Championships which will be held in Switzerland this coming August, and now this,” said an enthused Kari, also an assistant trainer for Arno Honstetter. “This is the first time I actually made the Derby finals, and riding against these incredible horses and riders here has been awesome.” The pair scored a 214.5 for the win.

Prime Time Open

Two riders tied to win the Prime Time Open Derby championship with a 220: Jamie Bissell and Todd Sommers. Bissell rode Who Dat Hot Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Chic Aloha), a 6-year-old mare owned by Lisa Bissell and nominated by Labourdette Ranch LLC. Sommers rode Sparkin Whiz It (Who Whiz It x Sparin Personality), a 4-year-old stallion owned by Stephany S. Monteleone and nominated by Craig Schmersal. The two NRHA Professionals – whose friendship dates back to the ‘pleasure horse days’, as they both stated – decided not to run-off for the title

The Prime Time Open Division is open to riders age 50 or older, as of January 1st, entered in the Levels 1, 2 or 3. Winners are determined by the go round score, using a handicap system.

NRHA Markel Futurity consignments and graduates:

These past NRHA Markel Futurity Sale consignments and graduates made the 2016 NRHA Open Derby Finals: Legend Slides Wright, Whiz A Pretty Spook, Dun Lost My Mercedes, ARC Gunnabeabigstar, Not Ruf At All, FM Shine N Tag Chex, Shine N Spook and Xtra Voodoo Doc.

The 2016 NRHA Derby Numbers:
Open Derby Entries:
Level 4: 233
Level 3: 189
Level 2: 125
Level 1: 77

For all Derby and ancillary results, visit nrhaderby.com

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

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. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

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A Hair Raising Win During The NRHA High School Competition

For Immediate Release- July 2,2016-Oklahoma City, Okla.- Four riders from 14-18 North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) and four riders from National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Top Ten 14-18 competed in the annual NRHA High School Reining Competition today. These eight distinguished riders from across the country drew for the ‘ultimate catch ride.’

Annabeth Payne was the first rider in the pen, riding Chexy Whiz owned by Michelle George. This pair set the bar high, starting the competition with a score of 213.0. Payne’s score was quickly beat by the following draw, which resulted in her taking the Reserve Championship at the end of day.

Terri June Granger rode the 2016 NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride Champion, The Boominator owned by Jim Hotz, to a 213.5 and won the competition by a hair. Granger, a senior in high school, has verbally committed to Auburn University, coincidentally where the Collegiate Champion Blair McFarlin attends. Her plans for the future include riding on the equestrian team and majoring in physical therapy. Granger explained her catch ride experience, “I was really excited to be here. This was my first year ever coming out to the Derby, and it was definitely a great experience being able to take part in and show at the Derby.”

Following Granger, Emily Morris riding Making Sparks Fly, owned by Mallory Vestal, was third in the competition, scoring a 207.0 and placing fourth.

Kaitlyn Baker drew up forth on Nics Rooster, owned by Daniela Bernabeu. Baker started with a great run but unfortunately ended up with a zero after going off pattern.

Claire Streeter followed Baker atop Gangster Chic, owned by Renee D’Ambrosi, and brought in a third place win with a score of 210.

Emily Sitzman and South Side Spook, owned by Randy Reecer, were number five in the draw and scored 202.0, placing them at fifth.

Mckenzie Duncan, riding HR Dun By Whiz, another horse owned by Reecer, scored a 195.0, putting them in seventh place.

Kenleigh Wells brought up the end of the competition. Wells rode Captain Jesse, owned by Jacob Cliver, and scored a 201, putting her sixth in the catch ride competition.

NRHA would like to thank all of the extremely generous horse owners and donors who allowed these accomplished riders an opportunity to compete.

For more information about the NRHA Derby, including results, the schedule and link to the live feed visit nrhaderby.com.

NRHA Derby Show Supporters:
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.

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. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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