Inaugural 2016 NRHA Winter Meeting deemed a success

Oklahoma City, Okla. – For the first time in recent memory, a gathering of directors, committee participants, members, and leaders of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) came together for business, education, and fun at its Winter Meeting, held January 20-24 at the historic Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City proved to be a wonderful location, in particular since the opening of NRHA’s new international headquarters gave members the opportunity to visit the new office and NRHA Hall of Fame.

A huge outpouring of support from the various NRHA committees meant that extensive, positive work was accomplished. In addition, the five days included two educational summits, a youth leadership symposium, the annual general membership meeting, and a comprehensive business review by the board of directors – all with a focus on benefiting NRHA members and their horses, and advancing the sport of reining.rickclark

“This has been one of the most successful meetings I have attended with NRHA,” said the association’s president, Rick Clark. “It is so humbling to work with a team of board members, committee chairs and committee members who truly have a passion for the sport and want to make the right decisions for NRHA. I can tell they all want to improve the sport of reining and help grow the horse industry.”

Perhaps the most significant single issue to be resolved during the meeting involved steps taken by the NRHA Board on January 23 concerning the bylaws. To wit:

During the NRHA Board meeting held on January 23, 2016, NRHA’s legal counsel, Michael Joseph, presented an update on the Oklahoma General Corporation Act (OGCA), wherein the legislature has revised the statutes on corporations that have an impact on our association. Joseph advised the board that when the NRHA submitted its Certificate of Incorporation (COI), which was accepted by the State of Oklahoma in December of 1999, the COI did not contain any language relating to the members’ rights to amend the bylaws of the association. In the absence of this wording within the certificate, the legislature’s revision of the statutes grant specific responsibility to a non-profit corporation’s board of directors to adopt, amend or repeal the bylaws of the association and to manage the affairs of the association in a manner that is consistent with the statutes and the COI.

After after being presented with this update, the NRHA Board of Directors noted their obligation to comply with Oklahoma state statues (OGCA, Title 18, Chapter 22, Section 1013) relative to the bylaws.

In turn, the NRHA Board agreed to review the existing bylaws for any inconsistencies with the OGCA and to discuss the findings. The NRHA Board voted to ratify all bylaw amendments passed by the membership since 2004, the date the above revision to the statutes was effective.

Furthermore, pursuant to the requirement within the current bylaws to establish the election date during its first meeting of the year, the NRHA Board voted to hold the annual elections during the month of October 2016.  The deadline for nominations and the voting period will be published in the NRHA Reiner and on the NRHA.com website.

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The week began with the NRHA Professionals inaugural educational summit hosted by NRHA Corporate Partner, Merial. Summit topics included: personal health insurance, marketing a business, legal advice on communicated contracts and expectation with clients, and enhancing NRHA’s brand by becoming involved with the American Horse Council’s “Time To Ride” program, a comprehensive effort to get more people exposed to horses.

Additional educational seminars are planned for 2016 to provide NRHA’s more than 1,700 professional members with opportunities to learn more about marketing, advertising and protecting their businesses. For more information, please go to: NRHA.com/findapro.

Professionals & Judges Summit

Following the Professionals Summit, the members of the Professionals Committee and the Judges Committee met with the expressed intent of enhancing communication and developing new ways to collaborate for the sport. An open discussion ensued, covering judging practices, the education of members concerning current judging practices and standards, and how NRHA members, as a whole, can work together to continue to improve one of the best judging programs in the horse industry.

“I moderated the discussion, and was overwhelmed by the positive conversation and major steps forward made by all the parties involved. Reining is making all the right steps and we have the individuals involved to continue to make reining a popular sport,” said President Clark.

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Besides the two summits, more than one dozen of NRHA’s committees met, as did the Reining Horse Sports Foundation Board of Directors. NRHA also hosted a fun and informative youth leadership symposium, a successful annual general membership meeting and a Medications Education Seminar.

Further Business Matters

Among the actions taken during the Winter Meeting were the following items which were addressed and approved:

  • The FIRST PAYMENT for the NRHA Futurity deadline has been extended for 2016.  The first payment is now due (postmarked) on February 15, giving members two additional weeks to complete entries.  Payments that are sent to NRHA should reference NRHA’s new address: 3021 West Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
  • 361DearyAll Open Futurity entries must have a designated rider by November 1. If a rider is not designated by November 1, that entry will be moved to the top of the draw. If the designation is not made by noon two days prior to the first go, the horse will be automatically scratched from the draw. This move will create a more professional structure, while adding special consideration to other riders who have already designated. This change also creates new opportunities for the show staff to communicate a more accurate draw to competitors and owners.  The same practice will be followed for the NRHA Derby, with a June 1 deadline.
  • Additional Open Semifinalists will be eligible to compete at the 2016 NRHA Futurity:
    • Level 4 Open – Top 150 Horses
    • Level 3 Open – Top 125 Horses
    • Level 2 Open – Top 100 Horses
    • Level 1 Open – Top 75 Horses
    • The 2016 NRHA Derby will now include a Non Pro Masters competition. The winner of the Non Pro Masters will receive a buckle, and this specific class will be operated in a jackpot format. Entries will be accepted for $200, with an entry in any Level 1-4.
    • The NRHA Board held its first reading of 2017 rule change proposals during the Winter Meeting. The directors will discuss the proposals again and hold a vote during their May 2016 meeting. In the meantime, members are encouraged to read the proposals online at NRHA.com and in the March issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine. Member comments also can be submitted on the “members-only” section of NRHA.com, starting later this month through April 10.
    • NRHA offers more than 50 programs to support the sport of reining. Some of these are highly utilized while others are not. The NRHA Board, like many non-profit boards, is charged with reviewing its activities for effectiveness and long-term health of the organization. With this mindset, the board appointed two task forces to continue with a review of NRHA’s programs. These include the World Champion program, the International Affiliate Program and the Affiliate Incentive Program. In an effort to gain a variety of opinions, members of these task forces include NRHA members from diverse geographic locations and levels of participation. These task forces are challenged with making a recommendation to the NRHA Board on what actions are in the best interests of the sport and NRHA. This may include finding ways to enhance or improve those programs for the long-term.
    • The recently approved $7 medications testing fee (per horse/per event) will be applied only at NRHA events held in the United States and Canada. Events located in Europe will continue with the policy for events with more than $15,000 in added money. As a reminder, all NRHA approved events are now subject to testing. Any questions regarding NRHA’s Medications Policy should be directed to NRHA’s Headquarters at (405) 946-7400.
    • Many other recommendations and changes to enhance NRHA were discussed and approved. Members are encouraged to log in to NRHA.com to learn more about how the NRHA Board is working to improve the association and enhance the sport of reining.

As all look forward to everything 2016 entails, NRHA members can be assured their leaders have made an excellent start on the next chapters of success for the sport of reining.
 

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NRHA Recognizes Year-End Award Recipients during Winter Meeting

Oklahoma City, Okla., January 29, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) family congregated in Oklahoma City for its Winter Meeting which featured the NRHA Annual Awards Banquet on January 22 and Hall of Fame Inductions on January 23. The historic Skirvin Hilton proved to be a beautiful setting to recognize and acknowledge the achievement of many NRHA members and their horses.

Award Celebrations

The evening of Friday, January 22 featured the annual awards banquet, hosted by NRHA Announcer Jayson Jackson and Inside Reining’s Jenifer Reynolds. The banquet was light-hearted and well-attended, and the following awards were presented:

Quarter Horse News Breeders Award - SG Frozen Enterprize, Marco Franchini

AQHA Leading Sire – Wimpys Little Step, Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC

AQHA Leading Dam – Wimpys Little Chic, Arcese Quarter Horses USA

Volunteer of the Year - Gary Pipkin

Top NRHA Professional - Casey L. Deary – $323,455

Top NRHA Non-Pro, and Top NRHA Owner - Harper Conner – $108,187 and $210,992

NRHA Platinum Certificate Earners

  • Doctor Zip Nic – Zip Nic Partners
  • Dr Lee Hook – Glis Ranch
  • GS Smart Kitty Cat – Cameron Sanford
  • Gwhiz Im Smart – Amy Nosme
  • High Point Reiner – 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S.
  • Jokin Whiz – Markus Schopfer
  • Lil Ruf And Crome – Breann Dumpert
  • Lokota Chic – Gaylene Sawchuk
  • Reining Whiz – Piet Mestdagh
  • RS Spat Man O War – Piet Mestdagh
  • Squeaky Clean Genes – Bruce & Susan Kuryloski
  • SV Can Can Olena – Daphne Ross-Bowers
  • What A Wave – Steve Vannietvelt & Gina De Pauw
  • Wimpys Little Tejano – Nancy Schmidt
  • Wimpys Tonnob – Ann Admonius

Youth 10 & Under Incentive Awards - 100 Points: Ariel Wieferich, Carlee McCutcheon, Caroline Buchanan, Drake Kanyuch, Emerson Schultis, Katelyn Cofell, Kendall Wigen, Lindsey Thomas, Luke Brugger, Madison Rafacz, Madison Wigen, Riley Dabo, Samuel Deary, Sara Filiatreau

Youth 10 & Older Incentive Awards - 800 Points: Emily Morris

13 & Under World Champion  - Emma Filiatreau, Optimus Prime, owned by Chris Ballard

14-18 World Champion - Terri June Granger, Jeans N Reeboks

Novice Non-Pro Level One World Champion - Lindsey Healy, Bingos Malibu Gal

Novice Non-Pro Level Two World Champion - Jose Vazquez, Vella Juice, owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.

Novice Open Level One World Champion - Dan Yarbrough, Got Milks A Whiz, owned by Natalie New-Composite-Lawson-7x5-croopedDicosmo

Novice Open Level Two World Champion - Dan Yarbrough, Got Milks A Whiz, owned by Natalie Dicosmo

Prime Time Non-Pro World Champion - Bruce Kuryloski, Squeaky Clean Genes, owned by Bruce & Susan Kuryloski

Limited Non-Pro World Champion - Cameron Sanford, GS Smart Kitty Cat

Intermediate Non-Pro World Champion - Cameron Sanford, GS Smart Kitty Cat

Non-Pro World Champion - Manuel Bonzano, High Point Reiner, owned by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S.

Rookie Professional World Champion - Hes One Smart Chic, Justin Honcell, owned by Dowle Edward Conner, Jr.

Limited Open World Champion - Meradas Freckle, Julie Bennett, owned by Janet Escoe

Intermediate Open World Champion - Jokin Whiz, Markus Schopfer

Open World Champion - What A Wave, Bernard Fonck, owned by Steve Vannietvelt & Gina De Pauw

New Multi-Million Dollar Sires

  • Two Million: Conquistador Whiz
  • Three Million: Magnum Chic Dream, Smart Spook
  • Seven Million: Gunner
  • Eight Million: Wimpys Little Step

Honoring Lifetime Achievements

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) hosted a special evening on Saturday, January 23 and welcomed new individuals and horses into the NRHA Hall of Fame, as well as honoring two individuals with the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Awards. RHSF’s newly-elected president, Mark Blake, offered not only kind remarks about the future of the foundation, but also reminded attendees of the importance of giving to this benevolent organization. Blake also gave special recognition to the foundation’s immediate past president, Frank Costantini, for his time, energy, donations, and passion for the sport of reining. Please help NRHA welcome the newest inductees:

Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Sharon Barr, NRHA Reiner Advertising Executive
  • Mehl Lawson, Designer, Creator and Artist of NRHA’s most prestigious trophies

NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Don Motsenbocker
  • Princess In Diamonds
  • Ebony Shines
  • Magnum Chic Dream

NRHA has many things to celebrate – the talented horses, passionate members and for being the cornerstone for one of the most popular equestrian sports in the world. As the association celebrates its 50th anniversary year in 2016, stay tuned to NRHA.com for updates on anniversary celebrations culminating at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City (November 24 – December 3).

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NRHA Icon Receives Special Award

National Reining Horse Association Icon Receives Special Award

Colleen_McQuay_TrophyOklahoma City, Okla., January 19, 2016 - National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Inductee, Colleen McQuay, wife of Tim McQuay, was recently awarded the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award at the United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) Pegasus awards dinner. Colleen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and has impacted NRHA and the sport of Reining in a positive and profound way. Colleen, joined her husband, Tim, and daughter, Mandy McCutcheon, who preceded her into the elite group of NRHA Hall of Famers. It goes without saying that Colleen’s contributions to the NRHA have been industry changing and her touch is evident in many of today’s shows.

Colleen, in addition to her role in the reining industry, has played an even larger role with USEF having earned numerous USEF championships in the hunter divisions while also competing at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) events. She is a six-time Congress champion, with numerous AQHA Word Championships. Over the past 25 years, with the help of her husband, Tim, and other mentors in the hunter business, she has trained both horses and riders to numerous wins and championships.

Colleen has helped to develop some of the top equine events and programs in both the Hunter/Jumper and Reining worlds. She has served on the board of the NRHA in the past, where she was on the Show Standard Committee as well as served on the Executive Board and chaired Event Production Committee for the NRHA Futurity and the NRHA Derby. In the Hunter Jumper world, Colleen served as a founding board member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association.

With a stellar reputation and a long list of credentials, it is clear to see why Colleen McQuay would be awarded the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award. This award is presented to the horseman or horsewoman who personifies the ideals of the current sportsman’s charter through commitment and dedication to the sport. 

 Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

 

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NRHA Mourns the Loss of Trashadeous

Bill_Horn_Trashadeous_small Oklahoma City, Okla., January 18, 2016 – NRHA is sad to report that NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Trashadeous (Be Aech Enterprise x Miss White Trash) has passed.  Undoubtedly one of the reining horse industry’s most iconic and popular reining horses of all time, his partnership with Hall of Famer and NRHA’s first Million Dollar Rider is one of the most fabled pairings in Reining.  Trash’s athletic ability and charismatic show presence were celebrated by reiners worldwide. To see Bill and Trash perform was a life-changing moment for many reiners and a true union between horse and rider.  Their success in the show pen included the 1990 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion title, 1991 Open Derby Championship, 1992 Lazy E Classic, 1992 NRHA Superstakes, and 1990 USEF Festival of Champions Team Gold Medal.  Trashadeous earned more than $131,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.  Bill and Trash became ambassadors for the sport, appearing and promoting Reining to the International equestrian community at the Olympics and other venues.  They attracted many followers and interest from other equestrian disciplines.

Trashadeous (1)A 1987 foal, the sorrel overo, double registered (AQHA, APHA) stallion sired such standouts as Jumpin Jac Trash, Kiss My Trash, Glendas Smoken Trash and Tari Trash.

NRHA and the sport of Reining will forever be grateful to have had such an iconic pair to represent the best of Reining.  Rest In Peace Trash.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, is delighted to host the FEI World Reining Championships 2016 and the FEI European Reining Championships  Young & Junior Riders 2016 from August 11-13.

Event Website
Please find all relevant information on www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com, the specially dedicated website will be online from 1st of February.

Special offer for horse transports
The FEI Reining World Championships organization team is able to offer special conditions for horses and passenger transport.

For over 30 years, Lufthansa Cargo is flying show jumpers, dressage, racing and western horses to all major international competitions, in August 2016 also to the FEI World Reining Championships.

Lufthansa Cargo provides the ideal all-round service, from the proper housing in the Frankfurt Animal Lounge, to transportation in special horse containers developed in cooperation with trainers and veterinarians, to care by trained personnel.

As special offer for all horses flying with Lufthansa Cargo via Frankfurt Airport to and from the FEI World Reining Championships 2016, stabling before and after the flight at the Frankfurt Animal Lounge will be free of charge (max. 48 hours).
Please contact the known horse forwarders for bookings mentioning the promotion code
“Reining 2016”. If you are looking for a forwarder contact or in case of any other questions please send an email to horses.lufthansa-cargo@dlh.de.

Special offer for passenger transports
Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offers special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guest as well as employees of the contracting partner and their travel companions of the FEI World Reigning Championships 2016 for travels to the airports Geneva, Zurich and Frankfurt. This offer is valid during the travel period August 4th thru 20th 2016. Flights can be done with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings.

To make a reservation, please click on www.lufthansa.com/event-booking_en and enter the access code CHZZQBO in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.
These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de and providing the access code as a reference.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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Smart Like Juice NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Smart Like Juice NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

All in the Family

NRHA recognizes and honors Million Dollar Earners in the Sire, Rider, and Owner categories and there is a family/entity who has achieved the much sought after honor in all three categories.  Smart Like Juice, Jose Vazquez and Smart Like Juice Inc. comprise the family of overachievers.  Now we celebrate Smart Like Juice ascending to Three Million Dollar Sire status!  This 1994 son of Smart Little Lena out of Jessies Oak by Docs Oak was bred by NCHA icon Lindy Burch, Weatherford, Texas.  It was good fortune for the sport of Reining when “Juice” was purchased by Justin Zimmerman in 1997 and pointed in the direction of the reining pen.  He was shown in the 1997 NRHA Futurity by NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ken Eppers, finishing seventh.  When ownership passed to Vazquez/Smart Like Juice Inc. the late Ed Fear took the reins and competed very successfully on the new acquisition.  Vazquez also put earnings on the stallion who then went on to the breeding shed having earned $56,096 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings, which at the time was a significant amount!

With offspring earnings of more than $3,179,295, it’s quite evident that he is a prolific sire; passing on his athletic genes and presence in the show pen as well as a disposition that endears his progeny to non pro riders around the world.  His offspring have earned World Championships, major event championships, Gold Medals, Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships and the list goes on.  Smart Like Juice’s highest money-earners include Juiced Up Doc (LTE $183,494), Moonshine Juice ($122,365), Wound By Juice (LTE $112,368), Moonshine N Juice (LTE $95,144) and SLJ Sweet N Juicy (LTE $88,821). Wind Her Up Shiner by Shining Spark is the dam of Moonshine Juice, Wound By Juice and Moonshine N Juice. One would have to deem Smart Like Juice and Wind Her Up Shiner a “Magic Cross.”  It seems that all involved with Juice have been touched by a bit of “Magic.”

Smart Like Juice will spend the 2016 breeding season at Hannagan Farm
s in Gifford, Illinois.

NRHA is extremely gratified and honored to congratulate Smart Like Juice on reaching NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire status.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

FEI World Reining Championships 2016 in Switzerland

CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, is delighted to host the FEI World Reining Championships 2016 and the FEI European Reining Championships Young & Junior Riders 2016 from August 11-13.
Event Website

Please find all relevant information on www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com, the specially dedicated website will be online from 1st of February.

Special offer for horse transports

The FEI Reining World Championships organization team is able to offer special conditions for horses and passenger transport.

For over 30 years, Lufthansa Cargo is flying show jumpers, dressage, racing and western horses to all major international competitions, in August 2016 also to the FEI World Reining Championships.

Lufthansa Cargo provides the ideal all-round service, from the proper housing in the Frankfurt Animal Lounge, to transportation in special horse containers developed in cooperation with trainers and veterinarians, to care by trained personnel.

As special offer for all horses flying with Lufthansa Cargo via Frankfurt Airport to and from the FEI World Reining Championships 2016, stabling before and after the flight at the Frankfurt Animal Lounge will be free of charge (max. 48 hours).

Please contact the known horse forwarders for bookings mentioning the promotion code
“Reining 2016”. If you are looking for a forwarder contact or in case of any other questions please send an email to horses.lufthansa-cargo@dlh.de.

Special offer for passenger transports

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offers special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guest as well as employees of the contracting partner and their travel companions of the FEI World Reigning Championships 2016 for travels to the airports Geneva, Zurich and Frankfurt. This offer is valid during the travel period August 4th thru 20th 2016. Flights can be done with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings.

To make a reservation, please click on www.lufthansa.com/event-booking_en and enter the access code CHZZQBO in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.

These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de and providing the access code as a reference.

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Silver Spurs Saddles Becomes the New Official Saddle of the NRHA

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Silver Spurs Saddles Becomes the New Official Saddle of the National Reining Horse Association

Oklahoma City, Okla. – January 11, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announces Silver Spurs Saddles as the Official Saddle of NRHA.

In July 2014, Silver Spurs created its own line of saddles exclusively distributed through Scottsdale Western World, a Silver Spurs Company run by David Solum. Their purpose is to provide the finest saddles available in reining, working cow horse, cutting, ranch riding, western pleasure and trail. Silver Spurs Saddles teamed up with AM Saddles owned by world-renowned saddle designer Andreas Maschke.

In addition to producing the best quality saddle and saddle design, the superior craftsmen sought out to design a saddle that could be made to order within 8 weeks; completely manufactured 100% in the United States without using any outside vendors; warranty on their product; and to design the same saddle hitting four separate price points so that every equine enthusiast can afford to buy the best saddle for their needs.

In November 2014, Silver Spurs proudly unveiled their series of four different saddles: The Rio Verde Series (their most economically priced series), the Scottsdale Performance Series, the already famous AM Superior and finally the top of the line Pinnacle Series. The purchaser of a Silver Spurs Saddle by AM is assured that regardless of the saddle series selected, that buyer is getting the same tree and quality of craftsmanship. The only differences between each series are the options for seat leather and seat design, the type and quality of the conchos, the tooling and the amount of custom-designed silver on the saddle.

Within a few short months of the saddles appearance, they are now endorsed and ridden in by some of the highest-ranking professionals in the NRHA including Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani, Casey Deary, Todd Sommers and Jason Vanlandingham.

Silver Spurs Saddles by AM are sold and distributed exclusively through Scottsdale Western World, and is co-owned by Silver Spurs Equine, David Solum and Andy Maschke. Visit their website ScottsdaleWesternWorld.com to learn more about NRHA’s newest Corporate Partner.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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Our Loss – Rodney Clark

NRHA is sad to report that Rodney Clark, 49, the brother of NRHA President Rick Clark, passed away January 10th in Kentucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick and his family.

Read the obituary and funeral information here: http://www.canifffuneralhome.com/webcast/36962

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A Jewel of an Addition to the Million Dollar Sire Roster

A Jewel of an Addition to the Million Dollar Sire Roster

Like-A-Diamond-4-07-5Oklahoma City, Okla., January 8, 2016 – There are some who would say that Like A Diamond isn’t the real deal.  He’s never earned a penny in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) show pen or represented his country in International Reining competition, but a look at his pedigree belies those facts when it comes to his progeny and their potential to excel in the sport. By NRHA Million Dollar Sire Grays Starlight and out of Diamonds Jewel Wood, Like A Diamond first came to Reining prominence in 2001 as the sire of NRHA Open Futurity Champion RR Star with a young Andrea Fappani at the reins. RR Star made history as the first Paint Horse to win the NRHA Futurity and to make things more exciting he did it following a run-off. He then went on to top the 2003 NRHA Derby with Tim McQuay riding.

Foaled in 1992, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) sorrel overo stallion Like A Diamond achieved success in the cutting pen at APHA and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) competitions.  His lifetime earnings total $9,579.  In NCHA competition he was a Finalist in the NCHA Open Super Stakes. In APHA he was the 1996 APHA World Champion Junior Cutting Horse and earned 23 APHA cutting points and a Register Of Merit in cutting.  Owned by Sue Hearst, Like A Diamond stands at Oswood Stallion Station, Weatherford, Texas.

In the breeding shed, Like A Diamond has transferred his athletic ability in the cutting pen to the excitement and success in the Reining arena of his offspring.  In addition to RR Star (LTE $222,751), RU Missin Diamonds (LTE $144,487), Gunnin For Diamonds ($66,203), Premier Diamond ($65,638), Like A Smart Diamond ($39,140) are some of the colorful Paint’s most successful reining progeny. His offspring have cumulatively won in excess of $1,004,186.

NRHA is pleased to congratulate this outstanding sire of reining horses – Like A Diamond, NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire!

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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