Calling all Junior and Young Rider Reiners in the USA!

In August of 2017 the inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors & Young Riders will take place in Switzerland!

Important FEI Qualification Criteria:

Qualification period begins January 1, 2017

To be eligible to compete as an individual or as a member of a team an Athlete must achieve a minimum average score of 67 at one CRI3* Juniors or Young Riders during the qualifying period.

Horses must be 7 years of age or older.

Juniors are Athletes from the beginning of the year they reach 14 until the end of the year they reach 18.

Young Riders are Athletes from the beginning of the year they reach 16 until the end of the year they reach 21.

Contact Bryn Wells with any questions.
pbwells@usef.org
859-225-6948

*More details to come regarding Team USA Selection Procedures*

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Nu Chex To Cash: NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Three has been said to be a “magic” number. For one National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) stallion and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee, the number three marks an impressive NRHA milestone. NRHA would like to congratulate Nu Chex To Cash for being the newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire.

This 1990 palomino stallion is by Nu Cash and out of Amarilla Chex.  Owned by Hilldale Farm, Nu Chex To Cash stands in Brashear, Texas. Bred by Margaret Drown of Santa Ysabel, Calif., Nu Chex To Cash had much success in the show pen from 1993 to 2002 earning over $57,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 2002, Nu Chex to Cash and Jessicah Keller won a World Championship both in the Intermediate and Limited Open. During the same year, Nu Chex To Cash’s offspring, Wimpys Little Step, won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and NRHA Futurity under the guidance of NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida.

Nu Chex To Cash’s top earning offspring include:

  • Lil Joe Cash (NRHA LTE: $268,103.40)
  • Big Chex To Cash (NRHA LTE: $194,260.30)
  • Hot Smokin Chex (NRHA LTE: $186,598.40)
  • Wimpys Little Step (NRHA LTE: $185,756.50)
  • Nu Chexomatic (NRHA LTE: $ 149,462.70)

At 26 years old, Nu Chex To Cash continues to produce champions and as the newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire, he continues to make his legacy known in the reining world.

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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Fappani steers Spooky Whiz to the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Championship

2016 NRHA Open Futurity

Fappani steers Spooky Whiz to the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Championship

FappaniIn 1997, Andrea Fappani left his mark in the NRHA history books by winning the Limited Non Pro Futurity championship riding Best By Tari (Taris Catalyst x Pocono Annie). He was the first European to conquer a Futurity championship in the most coveted reining show pen in the world!

In 2001, Fappani came back to write yet another important chapter by claiming the NRHA Open Futurity Championship riding RR Star (Like A Diamond x RL Miss Kitty), owned by Lundin Farm, and then went on to claim the title in 2011 aboard Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight) for Russel Giles.

Tonight, with only one contestant left to go, the NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider once again proved his worth by reining Spooky Whiz, an own son of Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Myo Starlight, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, to top honors.

The score to beat, when Fappani rode in the pen, was a 221 posted by All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity champions Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey (Topsail Whiz x Dun It For Chex), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida riding Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize) for owner Alberto Casasco of Argentina.

Fappani was determined to take home his third Futurity championship and rode the bay gelding through NRHA pattern #10 performing deep stops, fast spins and controlled transitions and his third title with a 225.5 score! “This is a pretty special horse. He’s pretty solid, we changed our program a little bit with him, and I went pretty easy in the go-rounds even though I knew we had a horse that could do well in the finals even though I did not know how much he would step up. I asked him and he did step up!” said Andrea who took home the guaranteed champion paycheck of $150,000 aboard the gelding bred and nominated by Spence Bell.

Bertolani and Flarida settled for reserve honors and each added $109,854.78 to their earnings.

Honstetter and Whizkey Chaser are Level 3 Open Champions

HonstetterWith a 222, Arno Honstetter rode Marilyn Overgaard’s Whizkey Chaser (Whizkey N Diamonds x Sparklin Chic), owned by Marilyn Overgaard and nominated and bred by Matthew Armenta, to a 222. “It was a good ride!” said Honstetter who added $29,538.24 to his earnings for the win. “I made a few mistakes in the go rounds, which kept me out of the Level 4, and since I did not show much last year, I went back to the Level 3. I’m really happy with my ride tonight, he’s a lot of horse and really talented.”

With a 219, reserve honors went to Nathan Piper riding Toyon Ranch LLC’s Dun Gotyer Guns Up (Gunner x Always A Dunit), nominated and bred by John and Nancy Tague, and by Gabriel Diano riding AC Quarter Horses LLC’s Oops Itsa Spooks (Spooks Gotta Gun x Tejons Finally Dunit), nominated by Michelle Miola and bred by Silver Spurs Equine. The co-reserve champions won $19,866.15 each.

BaiaoClaiming the Level 2 Futurity Championship and a paycheck worth $19,261.05, with a 218.5, was Pedro Baiao riding Michael Garnett’s Hollywood Nites (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex), a palomino stallion owned by Michael Garnett, nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC. “I work for Martin Muehlstaetter and, since I was without a horse to show, he felt I could ride this one. Most of the work done on him is thanks to Martin and I cannot thank him enough!”

Reserve honors with a 218 score went to Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), owned and nominated by Camela Essick. The duo added $13,934.66 to their earnings.

Murphy

It was a special night for Josh Murphy who rode his Got That Iowa Shine (Smart And Shiney x SLJ This Is My Juice), nominated by Mark Mahaffey, to a 215 and the Level 1 championship. The NRHA Professional also reined CBK Hang A Wright (Hang Ten Surprize x HR Wright On Cash), owned and nominated by William & Corliss Kellogg, to reserve honors with a 214.5. Murphy won $15,736.79.

NRHA Professional Scott McCutcheon earned the Prime Time Open Championship, along with $1,736.36, riding Special Mi (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), a stallion nominated and owned by Jack Covington.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

McCutcheon

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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
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NRHA Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Special Non Pro Futurity Champions Presentation

Oklahoma City, Okla., Dec. 3—The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) continued a year-long celebration marking its 50th anniversary year with a special presentation of past Non Pro Futurity champions. Billed as a showcase, the presentation on Dec. 1 included a red-carpet tribute to each of the 24 individuals who have won the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity title since the competition was established in 1976.


From left to right: Mandy McCutcheon, Jim Morgan DVM, Randy Alderson, Charlie Wiederholt, Keith Crawford, Kelle Smith, Jesse Asmussen, Tish Fappani, Lee Vincent, Tom Krshka;, Kristi Rose, Joshua Hattig, Samantha Griffin, Veronica Deans

Held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., the showcase attracted past champions from across North America. Fifteen winners were on hand to watch a video tribute and walk the red carpet to receive a red rose bouquet and pair of custom spurs created by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths. The gifts and flowers were presented by NRHA President Rick Clark and NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter.

Participating champions included Veronica Deans, who won in 2011; Samantha Griffin, 2004; Josh Hattig, 2001; Kristi Rose, 1998; Tom Krshka, 1992; and Lee Vincent, 1979. Two-time Non Pro Futurity champions walking the red carpet included Tish Fappani, 2010 and 2015; Jesse Asmussen, 2012 and 2014; Kelle Smith, 2003 and 2006; Keith Crawford, 1997 and 1999; Charlie Wiederholt, 1991 and 1998; and Randy Alderson, 1976 and 1977.

Also on hand was three-time champion Jim Morgan, DVM, the 1984, 1985 and 1986 winner. The program concluded with 8-time champion Mandy McCutcheon in the spotlight. Her titles span three decades and were won in 1993, 1994, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Both Morgan and McCutcheon also are members of the NRHA Hall of Fame. Several of the champions remain active in competition and qualified horses for the 2016 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Finals.

Past champions unable to attend include three-time champion Richard Greenberg, 1978,1982 and 1983; Chad Clark, 2002; Nancy Flathers, 2000; Stephanie Blair, 1996; Chad Howard, 1990; the late Craig Howard, 1989; Jim Robin, 1987; Christian Tremblay, 1981 and Jim Dudley 1980.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds are the 2016 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds are the 2016 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Oklahoma City, December 2 – The first Futurity champions were crowned today in an exciting finals which filled the day in Oklahoma City. With an impressive ride, Jack Medows (right) piloted Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) as draw 31 out of a field of 32 to a score of 218.5. The duo claimed the title of Cinch NRHA Non Pro Level (L)4 Champion as well as the Youth Non Pro Championship.

“I can’t thank this horse enough…she is a one-in-a-lifetime horse. She was with me every step and I can’t thank her enough. I knew she was capable of it, but I had to get her shown. We bought her over a year ago and she’s been great every single ride,” said the 19-year-old rider. “I won over $80,000 on her half sister, Surprizentheprincess (Jerry Lees Surprise x Princess In Diamonds), and this horse is her equal. She has her looks, her mind and her talent!”

Before arriving in OKC, Medows boasted $136,952.67 LTE. His L4 championship win added $43,984.63 to his earnings and he also took home $1,416 for the Youth Non Pro Futurity championship.

Cade McCutcheon rode Duallin Guns (Mister Nicadual x Always Gotyer Gunsup), a stallion bred, owned and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. to the reserve championship in the Youth Futurity after posting a 213.

Mandy McCutcheon is the L4 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion and is the newest NRHA Million Dollar Owner

In the second section of the finals, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon set the stage as draw one scoring a 218 aboard Customized My Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), which secured her the Reserve in the Non Pro L4 Futurity and a paycheck of $29,873.60. Customized My Gun is owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. of Tioga, Texas. Mandy also took home third place honors and a check worth $23,862.82 after posting a 215 aboard Special At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Royal Chic Solano), a stallion nominated by Teresa Putman and owned by Mandy and Tom McCutcheon. Mandy also made history tonight by surpassing the Million Dollar Mark as an owner. Her earnings and Lindsey McCutcheon’s $5,501 earned in the L4 and $4,018.68 won in the L3 riding Mandy and Tom McCutcheon’s Stars At Midnite (Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Starbuck), nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc. pushed her over the coveted mark.

Bentien and Gotta Twist It Up sweep the L3 and L2 Non Pro Futurity Championships

Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie win the L2 Non Pro Futurity

Sandra Bentien (right) and her Gotta Twist It Up (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist), a Sire & Dam Offspring, scored a 215 to sweep the Non Pro L3 and L2 Futurity Championships. “This has been four years in the making and you pray you get something like this,” said the rider from Auburn, California. “When Spooks Gotta Whiz won the Open Futurity for owner Michell (Kimball), Michell and I said that we would have to make some babies so that we could become proud grandmas! I bred, raised and trained this horse myself even though I received a lot of assistance from Casey Deary in the last 4 weeks and I am thrilled!”

The Reserve in L3 and L2 divisions, with a 214 score, went to Ginger Schmersal riding Gold Digging Dunnit (Pale Face Dunnit x Dun It Reining). Gold Digging Dunnit is owned and bred by B S Syndicate and was nominated and bred by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

Taylor Zimmerman (right) and Wimpys Little Jessie (Wimpys Little Step x Jessie Dot Tari) scored a 213 to win the Non Pro L1 Championship. Wimpys Little Jessie is owned, bred and nominated by Vaughn Zimmerman. “This is the first time that I have made the Level 4 finals and its just where I wanted to be!” said the young rider.

Her grandfather, Vaughn, added: “Taylor had a horse that was not working for her so, when Bobby Avila Jr. recommended this horse, and my granddaughter told me she wanted her, you got to give it to her, that’s what it is all about!”

Earning the Championship in the Prime Time Non Pro was James Morgan DVM (right) riding his own horse, Shiney Workboots (Smart And Shiney x Reminic At Work), nominated and bred by David Silva, Sr., to a score of 212.5.

Congratulations to Wimpys Little Step!

Another major milestone was reached by Wimpys Little Step who crossed the NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire mark. The impressive stallion’s offspring earnings prior to the 2016 NRHA Futurity & NAAC Championship Show was $8,981,037.25!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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The Silver Spurs Equine $50,000 Team Challenge

Oklahoma City, December 2 – On Thursday evening in Oklahoma City, the $50,000 Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge saw 14 riders leave their mark in the Jim Norick Arena where the NRHA Futurity & NAAC Championship Show is held. The payout for the class was $40,000 with a $10,00 bonus to be split evenly between all team members on the winning squad.

In the head-to-head competition, the top two riders entered, based on 2016 earnings as of November 4th, were appointed the Team Captains: NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham. The two NRHA Professionals selected their teammates from all remaining entries, alternating back and forth, with the first choice determined by a coin flip.

Fappani & Tricked Out SpookCompetition was tough from the moment the first horse performed NRHA Pattern #12. NRHA Professional Brian Bell, riding B-C Partnership’s Turn Down For What for Team Fappani, opened the challenge and set the bar by posting a 221. Fappani answered back with an impressive ride aboard Tricked Out Spook, a Sire & Dam Offspring owned by Tricked Out Spook Partners. Once he left the pen, a 223.5 appeared on the score board but, last to go, Fappani tied himself to win on Platinum Vintage, the talented 6-year-old palomino stallion owned by Silver Spurs Equine. Additionally, Team Fappani beat Team Vanlandingham by 2 points to win the Team title.

“I feel great!” said Fappani following the awards presentation. “I don’t usually do ties, but it didn’t make any sense to go back in the arena tonight! It was also my first time showing Tricked Out Spook. He’s a horse I’ve watched since he was 3, and I’ve wanted to buy him but knew he wasn’t for sale. He fits my style.”

Fappani & Tricked Out SpookRegarding Platinum Vintage, who boasts close to $221,500 LTE, the NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider only had good things to say.  “I’ve shown him quite a bit this year, we’ve been on the road a lot with him and he’s been great. Because he is going to breed next year, we wanted to bring him here just because there are a lot of people who don’t get to come to the shows to see him. He didn’t disappoint.”   Fappani took home $21.695.76 for the win and the reserve championship. Brian Bell settled for third place honors and a paycheck worth $7,376.55.

Michael Miola, owner of Silver Spurs Equine along with his wife Michelle, was thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm and cheering from the stands. “We wanted to step up and sponsor the Team Challenge because it draws people to Reining. It’s all about the fans and they loved it tonight!”

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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 $20,000 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining

The $20,000 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining

Oklahoma City, December 1 – Presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, the $20,000 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining, benefitting the Reining Horse Foundation, offered the public in the stands fun, excitement and great reining on Wednesday night.

During the month of August, the public had the opportunity to vote on four NRHA Daremembers who competed in the event. Of the 18 submissions, based on the number or “likes” on contestants’ videos, four riders were selected from social media: Terri June Granger of Dothan, Alabama; Robyn Schiller from Hollister, California; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Massachusetts; and Olivia Pakula from Scottsdale, Arizona. The top three scoring riders from the 2015 Congress Freestyle and from the 2016 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining were also invited to compete: Pete Kyle of Amarillo, Texas; Drake Johnson from Wray, Colorado; Heather Johnson of Ringgold, Georgia, from the 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress, and Bub Poplin of Fruita, Colorado, Shane Brown from Elbert, Colorado, and Steven Schwartzenberger of Longmont, Colorado, from the 2016 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining.

Dressed as Zorro, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and freestyle reining legend, Rocky Dare, demonstrated freestyle reining aboard Wimpys Little Nite. Dare rode to the Zorro theme creating the trademark “Z” in the arena with his pattern.  Wimpys Little Nite is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Dun It By Chick. The 6-year-old stallion is owned by Courtney Battison of Purcell, Oklahoma.

The competitors thrilled the crowd with Shane Allen Brown, riding Double Loaded Gun (Gunner x Anniegityergun), sliding to a 221.5 to clench first place honors. Brown, dressed in a poncho and sombrero, rode to a combination of the Mexican Hat Dance and The Champs – Tequila. Double Loaded Gun is a 6-year-old stallion owned by Janice Symchych of Yampa, Colorado.

The reserve title went to Olivia Pakula who rode her own Vintage Sail (A Sparking Vintage x Light Paprika) dressed as Darth Vader to John Williams – Star Wars Intro Theme and AC/DC – Back In Black for a score of 220.

Competitors kept the public glued to their seats until the very end. Prior to the competition, the first 100 kids with a purchased tickets received an NRHA 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Breyer Horse.

The Reining Horse Foundation
You may have become familiar with the Reining Horse Sports Foundation these past 15 years. A dedicated group of individuals and committed donors have laid the cornerstones for an organization making a difference in the lives of reiners. In 2016, this nonprofit organization was rebranded as the Reining Horse Foundation with a mission of caring for the reining community and honoring the sport’s legacy.

Proceeds from the Invitational Freestyle will benefit the Reining Horse Foundation in support of this mission. We recognize the Foundation and their dedicated Board of Directors and several members were in the stands enjoying the show.

Through programs like Rookie Days, the Reiners Club and support of NRHyA, there are many ways you can show your support. There is no contribution too small to be meaningful to these efforts. At this Futurity, we encourage you to consider bidding at the 50th Anniversary Auction Friday, December 2. To learn how you can be involved, visit with one of these Board members or stop by the Foundation booth. 
For further info visit http://rhsf.com/
A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

 

 

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The stage is set for the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Finalists

The stage is set for the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Finalists

Chics Dream Of Diamonds and Jack Medows lead the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity Qualifier

Oklahoma City, November 30 – The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show offered the section 3 of the Open Level semi-finals on Tuesday. Once the last horse-rider-combination left the Jim Norick arena, the Open finalists were determined.

Posting the top composite score in the Level (L)4 Lucas Oil semi-finals – a 445 – was NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida riding Luckie Moonstone (Spooks Gotta Gun x My Lucky Moonstone), a Sire & Dam offspring owned by Jason Dobrinski, nominated and bred by Loren Booth.

Winning the Level 3 division with a 433 was Gabriel Diano riding Oops Itsa Spooks (Spooks Gotta Gun x Tejons Finally Dunit), a bay American Quarter Horse stallion owned by AC Quarter Horses LLC, bred by Silver Spurs Equine, and nominated by Michelle Miola. Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), a stallion owned and nominated by Camela Essick, won the L2 division with a 437.5.

Claiming the lead in the the L1 Open was NRHA Professional Josh Murphy riding CBK Hang A Wright (Hang Ten Surprise x HR Wright On Cash). The duo posted a 215.5 bringing their composite score to a 431. The talented sorrel mare is owned, bred and nominated by William and Corliss Kellogg.

The Platinum Performance Open Draw Party determined the draw of the NRHA Open Futurity Finals which will be held on Saturday, December 3.

Medows and Vasquez lead the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity qualifier

MedowsIn the first section of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity qualifier, Jack Medows rode Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) to the highest score in the Level 4 division, a 217.5. Medows and the flashy palomino mare, owned by Amy Medows and nominated and bred by Clinton Anderson, held on to the lead following the completion of the go-round. In the third section, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jose Vasquez equalled Medows’ score riding SLJ Smart Step, a palomino stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of SLJ Smartlikewhinny, owned by Smart Like Juice Inc., owned and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC.

VasquezIn the L3 division, David McBurney closed his performance with a 215 riding Faceit Sheza Digger (Pale Face Dunnit x TC West Coast Wendi), a mare he owns and nominated.

In the second section of the Cinch Non Pro Futurity, Italian Ewald Rifeser rode Petra Burger’s Colonel Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess Colonel), nominated and bred by Henry Knox, to a 214.5. In the third section, Sandra Bentien and Gotta Twist It Up (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist) to tie with Rifeser. The buckskin stallion is owned, bred and was nominated by Bentien.

Tying to lead the L1 division with a 212.5 were Marilou Paradis and Taylor Zimmerman. Paradis rode Dreaming Major (Howdy Major x Sheza Bueno Chic), a Sire & Dam Offspring she owns and bred. Zimmerman rode Wimpys Little Jessie (Wimpys Little Step x Jessie Dot Tari), a mare owned, nominated and bred by Vaughn Zimmerman.

Riders who did not automatically qualify for the Non Pro Futurity finals that will be held on Friday, December 2, will have a chance to ride for a spot in the finals in the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Consolation Round on Thursday, December 1.

At 6 p.m., we will celebrate four decades of Non Pro Futurity Champions during the Non Pro Showcase in the NRHA 50th Anniversary Special Presentation, held in the Jim Norick Arena. Following the Non Pro Showcase, NRHA will present the $50,000-added Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge.

NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Sales

From yearlings and broodmares, to Futurity prospects and proven performance horses, there’s no better venue to find your next reining horse than at the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. Mark your calendar now with these important sale dates:

Thurs., Dec. 1
Marketplace Sale – 10 a.m.
Futurity Prospect Preview – 3 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 2
Futurity Prospect Sale – 6 p.m.
Dinner begins at 5 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 3
Quarter Horse News Pre-Sale Breakfast– 8 a.m.
Select Yearling Sale – 9:30 a.m.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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NRHA’s 50th Anniversary Special Events Kick Off

NRHA’s 50th Anniversary Special Events Kick Off at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC

The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show is in full swing. On Sunday, November 27, the kick off of NRHA’s 50th anniversary special events began with “Learn from the Legends,” a free demonstration clinic with NRHA Hall of Fame riders, Bob Loomis and Clint Haverty. Other special events include the Freestyle Reining and Non Pro Futurity Champions Showcase.

As Loomis stood in the stands, taking questions posed by the audience, Haverty rode his horse Whodini, demonstrating training techniques, and at one point rode brideless, a pinnacle moment of the demonstration. The “Learn from the Legends” brought a diverse crowd of horse enthusiasts to the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan NAAC. For those who missed it, the entire clinic was aired on Facebook Live for people who wanted to watch via social media.

Be sure to attend the several other NRHA 50th anniversary special events that are set to take place throughout the rest of the NRHA Futurity.

Tomorrow, November 30th, brings the return of the Freestyle Reining, set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. The Freestyle Reining is presented by The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau and benefits the Reining Horse Foundation. For young reining enthusiasts, the first 100 kids admitted to the performance with purchase of a ticket will receive a 50th anniversary NRHA Breyer Horse.

On Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m., we will celebrate four decades of Non Pro Futurity Champions during the Non Pro Showcase in the NRHA 50th Anniversary Special Presentation, held in the Jim Norick Arena. Following the Non Pro Showcase, NRHA will present a thrilling reining competition, the Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge. See which team will “rein” supreme!

With all the special events in store to celebrate NRHA’s golden anniversary, this year’s NRHA Futurity will be an event to remember.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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2016 NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year

Congratulations to Amy Rushing and West Coast Magnum: NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Champions

Oklahoma City, November 29 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosts the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) each year during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. The championships are for NRHA members and horses who have qualified through their respective Regional Affiliate Finals. Each final sends its eight highest placing riders, plus ties, to the Adequan® NAAC to compete for North American bragging rights.

Qualifiers from around the Nation also gather in Oklahoma City to vie for the prestigious NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Championship. On Monday, November 28th, in a field of 56 qualified riders, Amy Rushing rode West Coast Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x West Coast Sandy) to a 215, thrilling the crowd and taking home the championship. For Rushing, the win was especially sweet considering that this is the first year she has been showing in reining competitions and on a leased horse.

“This year I leased this horse from Karen Elliott and I started showing him with the goal of earning the Rookie of the Year championship, but I didn’t know if it was possible. I showed in Washington State, and we were able to qualify for the Idaho Show, where our regional finals were held, and we tied to win our class,” said Rushing who qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship. “I’ve had a lot of great help from my husband, Ryan, who is an NRHA Professional, and he has been with me every step of the way. Without him, I don’t think I could have done it! We came here, I tried to think through each and every maneuver, and he answered when I called on him. He was a good boy.”

Amy started riding hunter jumpers at an early age and turned to reiners when she met her husband. “I actually have an old ranch mare who got me back in the show pen in the ranch riding classes two years ago. I’ve been waiting for a long time for the right horse to show here and finally the opportunity came up with West Coast Magnum. His owner, Karen (Elliott), this year, sadly, was unable to show due to hip problems and decided to take the year off, but she didn’t want her horse to sit around and not do anything. I am thankful to her for having given me this opportunity.”

Tying for reserve honors with a 214.5 were Johanna Lee Anstensen riding Slj Custom Style (Custom Legend x SLJ Stainless Style) and Daniela Picciotti riding Fancy Stepin Freckle (RC Fancy Step x Stopping Freckles).

The NAAC Rookie of the Year is sponsored by Silver Spurs Equine Equine, LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, owned by Michelle and Michael Miola. The husband and wife team have been the main sponsors for many years. “We’ve been sponsors for years, and the reason is because we want to promote the sport, and who better to promote it than our non pros, the backbone of the NRHA! We want to support and help them and do whatever we can for them,” said Michael Miola. “Our non pro riders bring so much excitement to the sport and all around them there is so much support, as can be seen here!”

Kylie Robinson and Wimpys Tonnob are NAAC Rookie Level 2 Champions

With an impressive 218.5, Kylie Robinson rode her Wimpys Tonnob (Wimpys Little Step x Powder Playgirl) to the NAAC Rookie Level 2 Championship. The 10-year-old gelding has an impressive show record and boasts $128,772.89 in NRHA earnings.

“I only got my horse in June and my goal was to get here,” said the 14-year-old who qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship. “I also would have liked a derby horse, but when we went to try some horses at Ruben Vandorp’s, he mentioned that this was the perfect youth horse. He was the first horse I tried, and he set the pace. He’s 10 years old but is just so solid and here we are!”

Claiming reserve honors were the NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Champions, Amy Rushing and West Coast Magnum.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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