Time to Ride Challenge Introduces Over 28,000 New Enthusiasts to Horses; Awards $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

Three grand-prize winners take home $10,000 each in the grassroots contest designed to grow the horse industry.

Georgetown, TX, October 26, 2016 - The Time to Ride Challenge concluded its 2016 year by awarding $100,000 in cash and prizes to top stables, clubs, and businesses in three tightly competitive divisions who excelled at introducing new people to horses. A total of 38 hosts will take home cash prizes ranging from $100 to $10,000, plus products and awards provided by American Horse Council Marketing Alliance organizations, for their successful efforts in bringing new enthusiasts into the horse industry through the Challenge. Time to Ride congratulates every Challenge host who participated and worked hard towards growing their businesses and the horse industry!

The third annual Challenge took place June 1st – September 30th and saw a record number of events, 1,004, held by competing hosts. By providing fun, safe, beginner-friendly horse experiences, competing hosts not only introduced new enthusiasts to the benefits of horse activities but gained new leads and clients for their businesses and clubs. A total of 28,175 newcomers, who previously had little to no experience with horses, enjoyed a hands-on introduction to horses and riding in the 2016 Challenge. This comment on Facebook from 7th place winner in the Small division, Jenn Gay of Heavenly Horse Stables, says it best: “Thank you so much for this Challenge! We opened our barn doors in February 2016 and your Challenge has directly brought in 10 of my lesson students and has giving me a large email base to help keep people connected with horses! Your marketing toolkit is perfect and just what we needed.”

Champion of the Small Division is KarMik Acres, of Woodstock, Illinois, a private facility that hosts clinics and other horse events. Owner Karen Boso stated that at first they were interested in the prize money offered in the Challenge, but quickly experienced the joy of introducing people to horses for the very first time. “We were able to change the minds of families who had never had a positive experience with horses, and really enjoyed seeing both kids and parents meet a horse for the first time,” she said. While KarMik Acres doesn’t offer beginner riding lessons, Boso worked with a network of local stables to which she referred interested newcomers to sign up for lessons and camps, boosting the local horse community. KarMik Acres’ most successful event was held at a local orchard in prime apple-picking season, where they knew hordes of families interested in health, fitness, and outdoor activities would already be congregating. They set up stations near the entrance with two horses and connected with over 700 newcomers who learned about horses and where to get involved in riding locally. “Overall the more people we can bring into the horse industry, the better,” said Boso, and with a total of 1,429 newcomers introduced to horses throughout the Challenge, KarMik Acres certainly accomplished their goal.

Promenade Horsemanship Academy of Brighton, Colorado is the winner of the Medium Division. Promenade offers boarding, riding lessons, a variety of horsemanship classes, and is active in horse agility, catering to all ages and levels of riding. Owner Kim Gieseke was overcome with emotion when she learned of their win and shared how hard her staff and volunteers had worked all summer to introduce an amazing total of 2,495 people to horses. Promenade originally heard of the Challenge through the Colorado Horse Council and was second place winner in the inaugural Challenge, in 2014. Gieseke stated that her stable capitalized on events that attracted large groups of her target market, moms and families, and also promoted events by riding in parades and utilizing walking assistants to hand out fliers to spectators. After the parade concluded, spectators could come meet the horses up close and learn about opportunities available at Promenade. Another successful partnership was with a local elementary school, which netted six new horsemanship students from a single event! “The Challenge has opened my eyes to see that a lot of people are apprehensive about horses, but simply by meeting them up close can quickly become comfortable and really enjoy the experience, opening the doors to further involvement. It’s been a great avenue for getting to know our community better,” said Gieseke.

The Large Division saw a repeat winner in Las Vegas, Nevada-based Horses4Heroes, which was champion of the Large Division in 2014. Through its community equestrian center in Las Vegas and national network of stables, Horses4Heroes’ mission is to “make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to, our service members, veterans, survivors, First Responders and their immediate families, as well as other heroes in our communities including, but not limited to, nurses, special needs teachers, and others who service and sacrifice keep us safe and free.” After limited participation in 2015, the non-profit came back strong in 2016 with several community partnerships that helped boost their efforts to put new people on horseback. “This year we really wanted to involve our whole community,” shared Horses4Heroes president, Sydney Knott, saying that “connecting with local Girl Scout troops helped tremendously” as many troops took up the opportunity to complete horsemanship badges at Horses4Heroes events. Horses4Heroes also partnered with the Trail of Painted Ponies through effective cross-promotion: newcomers could register for a $5 ride pass, redeemable at Horses4Heroes, on the Trail of Painted Ponies website, while entering to win a statue from the Patriotic Ponies collection. “We hope that our efforts create a more educated and aware consumer, and potential horse owner, which will benefit horses in the long run!” said Knott.

Each champion won $10,000 cash; in all three divisions cash prizes were awarded to winners through 10th place. New in 2016, two winners were awarded Wild Card prizes: Harmony Horse Equestrian Center won $500 as the top-performing host that did not win a divisional prize, and Alpine Animal Hospital was awarded $250 as the runner-up Wild Card. To view full results, please visit www.timetoride.com/news.

To view photos from the 2016 Challenge, please see the album on Time to Ride’s Facebook. For more info, please call 512-591-7811 or contact info@timetoride.com.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Equibrand the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative; Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.


AHP has not verified the factual statements in any message and AHP assumes no responsibility for the contents of, or any damage resulting from, any communication in the Newsgroup. Publication in the AHP Newsgroup is not an endorsement by the organization of any product, person, or policy. Complaints or concerns about the content of AHP Newsgroup postings should be directed to the originating individual or organization and not to AHP, which cannot resolve disputes arising between members. Complaints of copyright or trademark infringement may be addressed to the Executive Director. 

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.

Share Button

APHA Introduces Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year Award

APHA is excited to announce the creation of the Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award, which will recognize outstanding Markel APHA Professional Horsemen. The award will be presented annually at the APHA Convention; in 2017, the Convention takes place February 24–27 in Irving, Texas.

Nominations for the Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award are due November 20 for evaluation by the Professional Horseman’s Committee. Nominees will be judged on accomplishments and merit. Visit apha.com/programs/profhorsemen to download the nomination form, and submit completed forms to APHA Manager of Show & Contest Amanda Cormack at acormack@apha.com.

“We are excited to unveil the inaugural Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award at the 2017 APHA Convention,” APHA Director of Judges Dave Dellin said. “Our goal with this award is to recognize a deserving member of the Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program and, in doing so, continue to grow the program in the future.”

Markel APHA Professional Horsemen are outstanding members of the APHA community who pledge to encourage professionalism, fairness and integrity throughout the horse industry. Any APHA professional in good standing may apply to become a Markel APHA Professional Horsemen; applications and references are reviewed by the APHA Professional Horseman’s Committee. For more information on becoming a Markel APHA Professional Horseman, visit apha.com/programs/profhorsemen.

High resolution photo available upon request. Contact dheath@apha.com.


[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.] 

About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.

AHP has not verified the factual statements in any message and AHP assumes no responsibility for the contents of, or any damage resulting from, any communication in the Newsgroup. Publication in the AHP Newsgroup is not an endorsement by the organization of any product, person, or policy. Complaints or concerns about the content of AHP Newsgroup postings should be directed to the originating individual or organization and not to AHP, which cannot resolve disputes arising between members. Complaints of copyright or trademark infringement may be addressed to the Executive Director.

Members may unsubscribe to the AHP Newsgroup at any time by sending an e-mail message to Chris at ahorsepubs@aol.com requesting to remove your e-mail address from the list. By doing this you will remove your name from receiving all future messages sent to the AHP-LIST until you contact us to re-subscribe.

For more information, contact:
Desiree Heath
(817) 834-2742, Ext. 208
Email: dheath@apha.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.

Share Button

NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire: Magnum Chic Dream

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (10-21-2016) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) would like to congratulate Magnum Chic Dream on becoming NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire. Reaching his Three Million Dollar Sire status in 2015, Magnum Chic Dream has continued to sire elite offspring. This 1996 stallion is by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee (by NRHA Hall of Famer and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody) owned by Viola Scott.

In the show pen, Magnum Chic Dream’s highlights include:

  • 1999 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, Intermediate Open finalist, and Limited Open Reserve Champion with NRHA Professional Patti Brownshadel
  • 2000 NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Co-Reserve Champion with Patti Brownshadel
  • 2001 NRHA Open Top Ten fourth place and 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion with NRHA Professional Casey Hinton.

Two of Magnum Chic Dream’s top five offspring took home the coveted NRHA Derby titles in June. The 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Champion was Magnum Starlight (out of Starlights Sugarwhiz) ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary, owned by Antler Ridge Ranch LLC, and nominated by George Lawrence.  Winning the Level 3 Non Pro, Prime Time and the Masters Non Pro divisions was Frederick Christen and Msdreamy (out of A Gal With A Gun) who was bred by Jana Simons.

This Four Million Dollar Sire’s offspring have earned more than $4,006,500. Magnum Chic Dream’s highest earning offspring include:

  • Taris Dreamer (NRHA LTE:$179,072)
  • Lil Magnum Jessie (NRHA LTE:$166,274)
  • Msdreamy (NRHA LTE:$151,848)
  • Chicsdundreamin (NRHA LTE:$150,929)
  • Magnum Starlights (NRHA LTE:$144,316)

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
(405) 946-7400 x 103


Share Button

The Legacy Lives On: Jacs Electric Spark NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Gone but not forgotten, the late stallion, Jacs Electric Spark, continues to have offspring that excel in the show pen. Through his offsprings’ continued success during the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress, Jacs Electric Spark has become the newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Three Million Dollar Sire. Collectively, his offspring won an estimated $5,720 during the 50th Anniversary event. This achievement unofficially makes him the 13th stallion to reach this remarkable milestone.

Passing on the Million Dollar Sire legacy, Jacs Electric Spark is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark and out of Miss Hello Hollywood (by NRHA’s first Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Hollywood Jac 86). The 1998 stallion was bred by Sally Brown, NRHA’s first Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and earned over $85,900 in NRHA earnings throughout his show career.

His career highlights with rider and owner Troy Heikes include, 2001 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby finalist, 2004 NRBC Open finalist and 2004 NRHA Derby Open finalist. Earning his NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2012, Jacs Electric Spark’s offspring continue to carry on his great legacy with their prodigious success in the show pen.

With a long list of offspring accolades, this Three Million Dollar sire’s top-earning offspring include:

  • Electric Code (NRHA LTE: $204,317.26)
  • Ref Black Mamba (NRHA LTE: $121,753.88)
  • Hoiler Then Thou (NRHA LTE: $111,026.84)
  • Electric Cha Ching (NRHA LTE: $104, 596.25)
  • Steppin On Sparks (NRHA LTE: $102,206.52)

With much tribute, the NRHA congratulates Jacs Electric Spark for becoming its newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire.

Share Button

Reining Horse Foundation to Auction NRHA Commemoratives

The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), the 501(c)3 nonprofit that cares for the reining community and honors the sport’s legacy, announces a special auction of two lots at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show. Proceeds will benefit Foundation programs, which include the Crisis Fund, youth scholarships and the NRHA Hall of Fame. These items are specially designed to commemorative NRHA’s 50th Anniversary.

The Reining Horse Foundation lots will be auctioned in conjunction with the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale, Friday, December 2, in Barn 3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. Up for bid is a Silver Spurs Pinnacle Series Reining Saddle, the brand endorsed by top reining professionals like Andrea Fappani, Casey Deary and Jordan Larson, and donated by Michael Miola, Silver Spurs Equine, and Andreas Maschke. This show saddle is made with the high quality standards of Maschke in his own Texas saddlery using 100 percent U.S. materials, such as Hermann Oak Leather and custom made and engraved sterling silver overlay saddle trim. The seat is made from elephant leather with an elegant, fully hand-carved floral pattern. The silver trim and antique finish will make this saddle a focal point in the show ring or on display. Silver Spurs Saddles makes the official saddle of NRHA.

Representative of Silver Spurs Pinnacle Series Reining Saddle, which will have custom NRHA 50th tooling on the seat.

The second lot consists of a specially commissioned, one-of-a-kind buckle by Montana Silversmiths, the official silversmith of NRHA, paired with an NRHA Morrison bronze. Named for its maker, C.R. Morrison, the coveted sculpture was first presented in 1990. Its sculptor is a renowned artist who also rides and appreciates reining horses. The plate inscription denotes NRHA’s 50-year milestone.

The Montana Silversmiths 50th anniversary collector’s buckle is solid sterling silver framed with a bold rope and bead edge accented with rose gold filigree and highlighted with gold flower clusters. It also features the superior quality of Swarovski crystals that are hand-set by master jewelers in Columbus, Montana. This limited edition buckle comes nestled in a glass enclosed wooden box with magnetic closure for a timeless showcase display.

To submit absentee bids or for additional information, contact RHF at (405) 946-7400, Ext. 106, or lbaker@nrha.com. 

Share Button

NRHA Announces 2017 Honorees

NRHA Announces 2017 Honorees

For Immediate Release-Oklahoma City, Okla., (10-17-2016) - The voting has been completed and the honorees have been notified! Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the NRHA Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Carol Rose, Rosanne Sternberg and Smart Like Juice for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2017. Tim Katona will be the recipient of the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017.

Carol_RoseCarol Rose, Gainesville, Texas is a renowned horsewoman with a well-rounded resume in the performance horse industry.  A distinguished NRHA non pro competitor, Rose has made her mark through her much-heralded breeding program, promotion of the sport of Reining, support of the association’s youth and mentoring of many young trainers.  Her program has produced NRHA Futurity and Derby Champions, Hall of Famers, an NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and winners of NRHA’s major events.

RoseannSternburgRosanne Sternberg divides her time between Great Britain and Aubrey, Texas.  Sternberg is a staunch supporter of NRHA and the sport of Reining.  An accomplished non pro rider, she has established a prominent breeding program, a highly-successful line of reining horses who have won virtually every NRHA major event, helped drive the careers of young trainers and Million Dollar Riders, supported International Reining, and served on the NRHA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Smart_Like_JuiceSmart Like Juice, a 1994 Quarter Horse stallion by Smart Little Lena and out of Jessies Oak by Docs Oak, helped establish a reining dynasty.  Under the auspices of owner and non pro competitor Jose Vazquez, Markham, Illinois, Smart Like Juice, Inc. was established.  Seldom are there three undeniably successful reining careers seen.  Jose Vazquez is an NRHA Million Dollar Rider, only the second non pro to achieve the distinction.  Smart Like Juice, Inc. is an NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Smart Like Juice is a Three Million Dollar Sire.

Tim_Katona_Tim Katona of Belleville, Michigan is the 2017 recipient of the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.  An NRHA Professional, Tim Katona maintains a very successful non pro and youth clientele and enthusiastically promotes the sport of Reining.  Katona was instrumental in the establishment of the very first approved youth classes and their addition to NRHA’s list of approved classes. In addition, he helped in the formation and organization of NRHA Affiliates in the region.

NRHA will proudly honor the 2017 inductees and award recipient during the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting to be held February 8-12 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. Please join us for all of the activities and to honor your fellow reiners!

Share Button

NRHA Human Interest Feature

Do you have a ‘slide of your life’ story you’d like to share with NRHA? We are looking for engaging and interesting reining stories to pitch to local Oklahoma City Media during the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. Whether you’re a competitor, owner, or an avid spectator of the event, we would love to hear your story! If you have great memories of the past 50 years of NRHA or a story that’s special to you and this year’s event, please share with us!

Submit your reining story, via the idea submission form to Hayley Eberle at heberle@nrha.com.

Story Idea Submission Form

** Only a limited number of submitted stories will be used**

Share Button

On the Cutting Edge: NRHA’s Newest Corporate Partner MS Diamonds TX

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (10-14-2016) - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announces a new partnership with MS Diamonds TX. As the official diamond jeweler and Corporate Partner of NRHA, MS Diamonds TX and NRHA will heighten the level of awards being presented to its prestigious members starting at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC).

About MS Diamonds TX

Located in Dallas, Texas, MS Diamonds TX is an international manufacturer and craftsmen in the diamond industry, delivering high quality diamonds at straightforward prices. Meticulous to their artistry, the company provides an extensive stock of diamonds in various shapes and sizes made at the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Future Endeavors as an NRHA Corporate Partner

To round out NRHA’s 50th anniversary, the Association and MS Diamonds TX have several plans set to take place during the 2016 NRHA Futurity. As an awards partner, MS Diamonds TX aims to enhance the NRHA Futurity Champion awards making them comparable to winning a National Basketball Association or National Football League championship.

To advance the level of prestige associated with the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, MS Diamonds TX will provide a uniquely crafted commemorative ring awarded to the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Futurity Champion owner and rider. In addition, a distinctive 50th Anniversary lapel pin will be given to the top ten riders in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open division.

To add to the historic 50th anniversary celebration, MS Diamonds TX will unveil a striking and remarkable diamond creation that will be given to one lucky NRHA Futurity attendee. Come to Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity to see the unveiling, and to sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win!

“We are thrilled to have teamed up with MS Diamonds TX in order to grow the sport of reining and to elevate the honor and prestige associated with the NRHA Futurity Championship. Carat by carat, MS Diamonds TX will make a lasting impression on the title and the sport!” Said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner.

With much gratitude and appreciation, the association welcomes MS Diamonds TX, the newest NRHA Corporate Partner.

For more information about MS Diamonds TX, visit www.msdiamtx.com

Share Button

CSU Equine Genetics Short Course

Colorado State University (CSU) invites NRHA members to attend their upcoming Equine Genetics Short Course on November 12th and 13th in Fort Collins, Colorado!

CSU GeneticsFor more details, contact Stephen Coleman or Jason Bruemmer using the contact information listed above.

Share Button

The 2016 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic…Drawing Equine Aces and Top Rated Players

The 2016 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic
… Drawing Equine Aces and Top Rated Players
by Christy Egan

The 2016 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic, is in its ninth, fabulous year at the South Point Event Center, Hotel and Casino. The fourth largest NRHA show in the world, this year’s HRRC ran from Friday, September 9th through Saturday, September 17th, and stilldraws riders and horses globally from Reining’s finest pools of talent, nearly a decade after its creation.

“There are so many levels to our wonderful sport of Reining,” says Amanda Brumley, show producer. “The High Roller Reining Classic has always been our favorite venue for including the people who love this game, from the Short Stirrup kids to the Non-Pros; from the Million Dollar NRHA professionals to teenagers and their grandparents. This show provides a challenge for everyone.”

This year’s show was up in entries, particularly the Youth group. Encouraged by last year’s Tournament and the new National Arabian Reining Horse Association sponsorship, over 60 youth signed up in 2016. Youth classes ran mornings Saturday and Sunday the first weekend. The kick-off on Friday night was the NARHA Youth Tournament of Champions Bowling and Draw Party, sponsored by NARHA Corporate Sponsor, Markel Insurance, upstairs at the South Point Bowling Center. A great turn-out added even more fun to the gathering. The NARHA Team Tournament of Champions ended on Sunday with awards for both the teams and the individual competitors. The Gold Medal Team winners each won $500 in Scholarship money. The 5-member, Olympic-style team included Custom Spook (Smart Spook x Custom Spinderella) with Luca Fappani; Cashen Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Doc Will See You Now) and Adrianna Adams; VLQ Friendly Fire (Forelocks Petja x Polka Jane), a purebred Arabian, and Siena Kruger; Miss Trashy Lady (Trashadeous x Miss Glenda Joe) with Sophia Polumbo, and MK Check Please (Chic Please x Devils Dry Divanita) with McKenna Bein. Custom Spook carried Luca Fappani to the individual Gold Medal and $1,000 scholarship. “I’m grateful Pat Warren leased Custom Spook to me,” says Luca, a seventh grader attending the Sonoran Trails Middle School in Cave Creek. “Custom Spook is so talented and well broke. I’m showing him at Congress in October.  My mom’s horse, Premier Diamond (Like A Diamond x Sexy Chexy Nic), is awesome too. He’s the first horse I ever showed and he taught me and made me the rider I am today.” Luca, though enjoying showing horses does not want to be a trainer. “I’d like to go to the University of Southern California and study to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.”

Vintage Neptune (A Sparkling Vintage x Chic Hickory Doc) and Kate Buchanan won the Youth individual Silver Medal and $750, and Kaylee Naylor took home the Bronze individual and $500 with a tie between two of her horses, Spookamatic (Smart Spook x Shes Cowismatic) and All Natural Shine (Shiners Lena Doc x Betty Dun It). There were 19 teams at the 2016 High Roller competing for great prizes and scholarships in the NARHA Youth Tournament of Champions.

During the quieter days of Monday and Tuesday at the High Roller things livened considerably with the arrival of William Shatner riding 3 different horses in competition. The “Captain of the Starship Enterprise” rode Smart In Coryagable (Ill Be Smart x Miss Chex N Freckles) into the money in the NP Masters and the Intermediate Non Pro on Tuesday, particularly impressive when you discover he’s 86 and still riding and competing!

Amanda Brumley & TS Mae Gossip

Amanda Brumley & TS Mae Gossip

On Wednesday James Morgan rode Partychicatrashya (Gunnatrashya x Lenas Party Chics) to win both the levels 4 and 3 in the $21,000 Added Tamarack Ranch Non Pro Futurity. Still warm from the glow of their Level 3 Derby win at the Non Pro in Tulsa, the pair took home a handsome $6,113.13 for their efforts in Las Vegas. Dana Cohen rode Magnum Refund (Magnum Chic Dream x Alaythia) to win the $10,000 Smartpak Non Pro Maturity Level 4. The $2,500 Added NARHA Half-Arabian Futurity Level 4 Non Pro win went to Brumley Management Group’s own, Amanda Brumley and her gelding TS Mae Gossip (What It Takes+ x Janie Mae Gossip (AQHA)). TS Mae Gossip won the 2016 Scottsdale Half-Arab Reining Futurity Championship in February with Andrea Fappani. Crystal McNutt won the NARHA PB Arabian Level 4 Open with Zee Gunslinger (Al-Marah Matt Dillon x Zee Arlene). Debbie Brown, assistant trainer at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Aubrey, Texas, won the Level 4 Half-Arabian Open Futurity on Arkys Smart Leo Lad (The Arkangel x Smart Leo Lady).

One of Wednesday’s highlights was the Pony Pal Trainer Races, a fund raiser for the NARHA Youth Scholarship Fund. The races featured the “LOL” antics of over a dozen well-known NRHA trainers, cute little toy pony “bikes” with very creative names and a grown-up Las Vegas Calcutta live auction of the jockeys. Several hundred people turned out to bid and enjoy the races and the free food. Several thousand dollars were raised for the NARHA 2017 Youth Scholarship Fund. After four preliminary elimination races the champion Pony Pal Trainer was Jordan McBurney and her trusty steed “Good Gravy”. Jordan’s husband Sean was so confident that Jordan would win, he battled through a bidding war to obtain his “jockey” and win $3700!  Between the video and the live broadcast, the races were seen globally and crowd approval suggests it will become an annual event. If you missed the first annual HRRC Pony Pal Trainer Races, this link offers a recap of the excitement!! https://vimeo.com/183122067.

Jordan McBurney & Gibsons Finest

Jordan McBurney & Gibsons Finest

On Thursday the focus was the $80,000 Added Tamarack Ranch Open Futurity. Nearly a hundred 3-year-olds ran, testing their talents against their young peers. It was definitely the Class of the Class of 2013. As is often the case, the tension and the scores mounted as the day progressed, until mid-afternoon when Shawn Flarida and Spooks The Hard Way (Spooks Gotta Gun x Im So Anson) turned in a terrific 221 run. Most thought that was it, until about 5 pm, with just a handful of horses to go, when Andrea Fappani appeared and grabbed the prize by posting a 222 with Ifwhizswereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizsweredollars).  The owners, B & L Holdings LLC took home $14,662.50, while Patricia Holtzman, who owns Spooks The Hard Way, made $8,925.00 for reserve. It was a nice one-two punch for Million Dollar Equi-Stat Sire, Spooks Gotta Gun. Jordan McBurney (the only lady in the Level 4 money and the winner of the Level 3) and Gibsons Finest (Whizkey N Diamonds x Moms Stylish Pepto) tied for third with Jason Vanlandingham and Hey Joe (Smart Spook x Best Stop) by posting 220.  Whizkey N Diamonds had 13 offspring in the money at the 2016 High Roller show from his first two foal crops. They posted a total of $33,267 to their sire’s credit in Las Vegas. Riders were both Professional and Non Pro. “It’s great to see other people having success with the Whizkey N Diamonds horses,” says Jordan McBurney. “They are pretty and talented. Crisp in their maneuvers, they have great strength and confidence, and they really like their job. We’re actually able to sell as good as we keep. A great place to be.” In the Futurity, Ruben Van Dorp won the Level 2 with Smart Twinkeltown (Hollywoods Tinseltown x Smartys Little Jewel) and between that and his placements won almost $13,000. Kari Klingenberg and Gunnachicya (Gunnatrashya x Millionic Chic) won the Level 1.

In 2014, the West Coast Breeders Select Sale, held during the High Roller Reining Classic, offered a handful of impressive youngsters. Now three, these horses are eligible for the 2016 WCBSS Incentive. The Incentive set aside $15,000 to be awarded to the highest placing entry purchased as a yearling through the WCBSS and shown in the 2016 HRRC Level 4 Open and Non Pro Futurity, with 10% awarded to the original yearling consignor, 45% to the owner at time of competition and 45% to the rider in the competition. In the Level 4 Open Futurity, highest placing auction graduate was Genuine Conqueror (Conquistador Whiz x Genuine Glo Chic) ridden by Austin Seelhoff, purchased by Sara Seelhoff for $10,000, and consigned by David and Becky Hanson of Clements, California. David and Becky will receive a check for $1,000 and Austin and Sara for $9,000! The Level 4 Non Pro Futurity WCBSS Incentive winner was Such A Smart Spark (Smart Like Juice x Vons Sparky), ridden by Colton Wong for his mother, Julie Olenyk-Wong, who purchased the horse for $7,500. Auction consignor Booth Ranches of Orange Grove, California will receive a check for $500, while Julie and Colton will split $4,500 for their WCBSS Incentive win. Asked when a horse sale will return to the High Roller Reining Classic, sale and event producer, Amanda Brumley stated, “This show has gotten really big. We have so much to offer our exhibitors and a long schedule, making another sale difficult to include time-wise. I would love to have another sale, but it isn’t going to happen during this event.”

Friday and Saturday blended together at the High Roller this year. There were so many top professionals, Non Pros and horses involved in the Whizkey N Diamonds 4-Year-Old Stakes Non Pro and Open, the Protect The Harvest 4/5/6 Year-Old Derby Non Pro, and the Lucas Oil 4/5/6 Year-Old Derby Open, that it ran for two, rather long days.  Winner of the Level 4 Non Pro and the Level 4 Stakes with a 223.5 was Mandy McCutcheon and Special Kinda Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Cowgirl In A Benz). Between that ride and a good one on Always Gotyer Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Always A Dunit), Mandy collected over $14,471.01 for her Vegas weekend. Second were Rick Christen and his good mare, Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun). They took the Level 4 Non Pro second, won the Level 3, the Prime Time and the Masters, and took home $11,536.20. “I got Msdreamy in March,” Rick laughs. “We did well at our first 2 shows, not so good at Reining By The Bay, but real good at the High Roller. She’s a great mare.” Rick is quick to compare her to his great champion Skeets Little Annie and praises her run at High Roller. “The Draw was lucky,” he admits. “It was in the right order. I’ve been on the top in this game and I’ve fallen off too. It’s about the journey. What have I learned? Well,” he adds laughing. “Don’t buy a horse you haven’t ridden, and don’t buy a horse when you’re drunk!” Additional high notes in the Non Pro included Bailey Kolsun and Diamond Studded Guns (Gunnatrashya x Flo Like A Diamond) winning the Level 2, Level 3 and Level 2 Intermediate Non Pro Stakes, and taking second in the Non Pro Level 4 Stakes. Bailey collected 4 large checks and headed home with $12,653.15.  Jennifer Neel and Z Martinalena (Zezes Pepto Cat x Fussy Hanky) won the Level 1 Non Pro and were second in the Level 2.

Shawn Flarida & Shine N Spook

Shawn Flarida & Shine N Spook

In Saturday’s enormously competitive Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest Derby it took a score of 221 just to get into the money in the Level 4 Open. Fresh from his Futurity win, Andrea Fappani posted a winning 233.5 on Premium Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x Starjac Miss), indicating that it was a perfect ending for the 6-year-old’s Derby career. The pair won $15,099.50. Shawn Flarida and Shine N Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) took reserve. Matt Mills and Wimps Cool Breeze (Wimpys Little Step x QHR Jamaica Express) won the Level 3, taking home $9,846.88. “He just keeps getting better,” Matt notes. “We’re going to the World and the Shoot Out and try to quality for the 2018 Equestrian Games. ‘Stoney’ is intense. Training him is about ‘less is more’. I just keep him happy. Credit goes to ‘Stoney’s’ owners Mark and Janite Dickson, Long Beach, California. It really takes a team!” Casey Deary was third in the Level 4 and won the Level 4 Stakes with ARC Gunna Mark Ya (Gunnatrashya x Shiney Miss Marker) “That mare is one of the most talented horses I’ve ever ridden,” says Casey. “I bought her as a two-year-old from Dale Harvey. Over 75% of the 1.3 million I’ve earned reining has been with mares. They take a little longer. You don’t fight with a mare and win. You have to earn their trust.” Patrick Flaherty took first and second in the Level 2 with Shiney Smart Sparks (Very Smart Remedy x Shirley Shine) and Whiz Boom Wrangle (Wrangle Whiz x Cheeky Boom). “The High Roller is just a great show,” Patrick says. “It’s huge and it keeps getting bigger. The two horses I rode couldn’t be more different. It’s easy to prepare Whiz Boom Wrangle. With Shiney Smart Sparks it’s more of a ‘head game’. Bred to be a cow horse, the physical part of this comes easy for him.”  Both Deary and Flaherty had good comments about the High Roller judges, Casey noting that they judged from a positive perspective, a good thing for the Reining industry. Patrick simply said that the judges did an amazing job. At day’s end, Saar Ben Hamo rode Jac Electric Shine (Jacs Electric Spark x Lil Ruf Startime) to win the Level 1 Derby, Billy Williams and Gunnafoolya (Gunnatrashya x Berry Dun It Best) won the Intermediate Open Level 3 Stakes, and Francesco Martinotti and Legend Slides Wright (Custom Legend x She Slides Wright) took home the money for the Open Level 2 Stakes.

As usual the WPR (World Para Reining) was unforgettable. This year’s competition ran concurrent with the regular reining, something the WPR riders really liked. Briana Bartlett, winner of the Classic 2 WPR on Western Whiz (West Coast Whiz x Cameos Brite Star), agrees, “It’s less intrusive for the judges,” says Briana. “We integrated into the show seamlessly. It’s what WPR riders want. For ‘Weg’ and I, there were some real ‘personal best’ moments at the show. We added speed to our runs; set new goals.  High Roller and Wild Card are my two favorite shows!”

“A great many people and some outstanding sponsors made the High Roller Reining Classic special this year,” says show organizer/producer, Amanda Brumley. “As always, there were challenges and changes at the show. We now have one of our industry’s finest live streaming show coverages via HorseShowGlobal.com, with commentators and interviewers that rank among the world’s best. At the High Roller this year HorseShowGlobal.com and Classic Video took live internet broadcasting to a whole new level.  Brumley Management Group, LLC purchased HSG this year with plans to expand it in 2017. I am working closely with LaVoy Shepherd to offer events (in addition to my own) this unique coverage, similar to the WEG and Olympic Equestrian Games. In the past, coverage at this level was not cost effective for Regional events. We are developing packages that are affordable for both small shows and big events. Broadcasting equipment added for the High Roller this year allow us to switch seamlessly from the ring side commentators to the out gate interviewers, without distracting from the competition,” says Brumley. When asked about all of the “hats” she wears in business, Brumley laughs. “Yeah, I have a lot on my plate. It makes me focus on working efficiently, and multi-tasking is a must. However, it takes a top team to produce our level of customer service and quality. The High Roller is a huge endeavor, but between my staff, the folks at South Point, Lavoy’s video and Waltenberry’s camera work, we strive together to make it look seamless. That keeps down the stress and makes the exhibitors, owners and sponsors happy. We’re evolving to a new level of Reining competition, with the greatest horses, riders, owners and shows of our lifetime. It’s a very exciting time. Just wait ‘til you see what we’ve got planned for 2017!”


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.

Share Button