$ 80.000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show: Angelika Gebert takes lead in Non Pro Futurity Level 3 and 4 Go round

$ 80.000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show:
Angelika Gebert takes lead in Non Pro Futurity Level 3 and 4 Go round

Angelika Gebert & Whiz A Lot

Angelika Gebert & Whiz A Lot

23 horses had been entered for the 3-year-old Futurity Non Pro Go round Level 1 – 4. In Level 3 und  4 Angelika Gebert and her Paint Horse Whiz A Lot (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti vom Letterberg) took the lead scoring a 216. Angelika Gebert was 2013 Co-Reserve Champion in Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro of the 2013 Austrian Reining Horse Association Western Star Futurity.

In Level 4,Julia Gaupmann and her AQHA mare ARC Ms Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Clara Melody) placed second scoring a 214, with Dr. Daniela Ratschew and Guns Still Smokin (Gunner x Scoot Lil Bo) following on third place (211,5). ARC Ms Whiz, which was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, had won the Jackpot Non Pro SBH 3-year-old at the 2016 Breeders Derby.

In Level 3, Italian Luisa Werdaner and her AQHA mare Shine N Roll Spook (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller) placed second scoring a 214.5, Julia Gaupmann and ARC Ms Whiz  placed third. With this, Luisa Werdaner also took the lead in Level 1 with Heidi Wallner aboard Mai Tai Enterprise (Chex Enterprise x Revolutions Chic Jac, 212,5) and Sara Ambrosini aboard Not Quiet At All (211) following on second and third place.

Federica Rivolta and Jan Tobias Kock take lead in Futurity Go round Non Pro 4-year-old Horses L 3 and 4

Federica Rivolta & Black Magic Master

Federica Rivolta & Black Magic Master

The 4-year-old Non Pro Futurity go round ended with a tie on first place in all levels. In Level 3 and 4, Federica Rivolta from Italy aboard her AQHA mare Black Magic Master (Master Snapper x Smokin Sailor Jessie)  and Jan Tobias Kock aboard his AQHA stallion QT Red N Run (Dun It On The QT x Moms Lil Ruffian)  took the lead scoring a 214 each. Francesca Bosoni and SH Topsail Badger (Que Peseta x White Breeze) placed third ( 212.5).

Black Magic Master was bred by Roberto Cuoghi. Rivolta rode his mare to 7th place in Intermediate Non Pro at the Lombardia Reining Show. QT Red N Run and Jan Tobias Kock were NRHA Breeders Futurity Ltd. Non Pro  Reserve Champion.

Jan Tobias Kock & QT Red N Run

Jan Tobias Kock & QT Red N Run

In Level 1 Non Pro, Simone Eitzinger aboard Hannes Kirchberger‘s Star Shining Lady  (Star Spangled Whiz x GH Redskin Lady) and Frederyk Schikora aboard Gunsparks (Gunners Crome Sun x Sparkles Pretty Girl, breeder Henk and Karolin Hendrikse) trook the lead scoring a 210.  Star Shining Lady was 2015 NRHA Breeders Futurity Reserve Champion Ltd. Open with Arnaud Girinon in the saddle. The APHA /AQHA stallion Gunsparks was 2015 NRHA Breeders Futurity Open Finalist with Tahnee Melcher.

Elena Gunter aboard Chic It Out (Chic Magnetic x Baby Pride Out) and Timo Reichhart aboard First Whiz For Me (Star Spangled Whiz x Pretty Miss Starbuck) tied for third place scoring a 209.5 each.

Pressestelle: Ramona Billing, Tel. +49-6106-2835961, Fax +49-6106-2835973

email: Ramona.Fallei@t-online.de

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$ 80.000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show: Gennaro Lendi and Capitana N Glo take Lead in Open L4 Go Round of the 4-year-old Futurity

$ 80.000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show:
Gennaro Lendi and Capitana N Glo take Lead in Open L4 Go Round of the 4-year-old Futurity

Lendi_Gennaro_Capitana_N_Glo_ScoreAfter tying for the lead in the 3-year-old Open Futurity Go round, FEI World Champion Gennaro Lendi also placed first in the Open L4 Go round 4-year-old horses aboard Vittorio Rabboni‘s AQHA mare Capitana N Glo (Frozen Sailor x Rooster Flash N Glo) which was bred by Angelucci QH. The two scored a 216.5. Multiple IRHA Futurity Champion Markus Gebert and Angelika Gebert’s Wimpys Little Shine (Wimpys Little Step x Shine Like A Babe) bred by Quarter Dream placed second scoring a 216 with last year’s Int. Open ARHA Futurity Champion Manuel Cortesi and PC Magnum Step Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Wimpys Precious Step) following on third place (215.5).

Gennaro Lendi, who also rode his second horse Big Gangster Cash (Big Chex To Cash x Gangsters Crome) in the final, placed 6th with Capitana N Glo at the IRHA Futurity and was NRHA Breeders Futurity and European Futurity Finalist.

With this, Markus Gebert and his mare also took the lead in Level 3 Open, with Davide Brighenti aboard Laura Letizia Selvi’s  AQHA gelding OT Hot Rocks (Taris Valentine x Great Requel, breeder Appaloosa SRL) following on second place with a score of 215.5. Klaus Lechner and the AQHA mare Dream On Top (Magnum Chic Dream x On Tops Josefine, breeder Christian Robausch)  owned by Ingrid Ernst placed third (213.5).

In  Level 1 and 2, last year’s ARHA Futurity Champions Walter Martini and the AQHA stallion Dreamin With Dot (Magnum With Chic x Dots Smartest Chic) took the lead scoring a  215. In Level 2, Adrian Motyka and Katarzyna Roleska’s AQHA gelding Hollywannashine (Lean With Hollywood x Shining Whiz, 213) placed second with Dennis Schulz and Whiz Smart Orima (Laredo Whiz x Smart Evita Orima, breeder and owner Helmut Schulz) following on third place. In Level 1, Juliane Rossner and Susanne Klaene‘s AQHA gelding Whiz Knight (Gunners Special Nite x Whizicle, breeder Equine Plus) placed second (210.5), Lena Felder aboard Michael Josef Schroeger’s Custom Spring (Mister Dual Spring x Memorial Chick, breeder Marielle Roksmann) third..

In Level 4 the top nine horses made it to the finals, in Level 3 the top 12, in Level 2 the top 11 and in Level 1 the top 7.

All results: http://www.showmanager.info/LSResult.aspx?eventID=9088&turnierID=541&klassenID=0&status=2

Pressestelle: Ramona Billing, Tel. +49-6106-2835961, Fax +49-6106-2835973

email: Ramona.Fallei@t-online.de

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National Western Stock Show Announces Selection Process for RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining

National Western Stock Show Announces Selection Process for RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining

FreestyleReiningPoster_FINAL_11x17Denver, CO. – The National Western Stock Show is proud to host one of the country’s premier freestyle reining events and is pleased to announce the selection process for the 2017 event. The National Western prides itself on being the world’s premier center for America’s western heritage and riders for the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will be invited based on a variety of criteria with the intention of upholding and aligning with the quality, competition and entertainment of the event and National Western. The RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will consist of 16 riders competing for $20,000.

Top professionals within the reining industry will be sought each year to offer their selection advice. To be considered, please email a video or link to horseoffice@nationalwestern.com of a freestyle competition run and a statement of the horse’s and rider’s credentials by September 30, 2016. If you do not have a freestyle competition video, you may submit a regular competition run with 1) any materials that speak to your creativity (pictures, additional videos, descriptions, etc.), 2) a statement of interest including initial plans for a freestyle run with music, choreography and costuming and 3) a letter of recommendation from a horseman/woman that speaks to your potential and experience in Freestyle Reining. The selections will be based on quality, talent, creativity and entertainment value. The winner of the previous year’s RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will receive an invitation for the current year’s event. Initial invitations will be extended in November.

Grounds admission and event tickets for the 2017 National Western  Stock Show will be available at nationalwestern.com and all King Soopers locations in the fall.

About the National Western Stock Show

Just completed  the 110th year, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. It is also our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier Stock Show, Rodeo, Horse Show and center for year-round events. The 16-day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, largest horse show and Colorado’s largest western trade show. For more information, visit nationalwestern.com.

Contact: Kendra McConnell
Office: 303-299-5525


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NRHA Board of Directors Concludes August Meeting

For Immediate Release – August 23, 2016 – Oklahoma City, Okla. –  The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Board of Directors met on August 16, 2016 to continue guiding the future of the sport of reining as the association looks toward its next fifty years. Conducting a very successful and productive meeting, they discussed numerous items including event conditions, eligibility, budget, and the IT project. Below is a summary on the action taken at this year’s August Board of Directors Meeting.

  • Adding additional money in the 2016 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship classes in Oklahoma City was approved. A final class allocation will be made in the coming weeks. Check back at nrha.com for an update.
  • Hosts for the 2017 Affiliate Regional Championships that were open for bid were approved. These include: Northeast – Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association, Southeast – Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association, Southwest – Arizona Reining Horse Association, and Western Canada – Central Canada Reining Horse Association.
  • 2017 Adequan North American Affiliate Program conditions were approved.
  • A new initiative for the NRHA Professionals was approved. In the coming year, NRHA Professionals will receive three publications with articles, tips and how-to’s all targeted to help support their role in the industry.
  • Spain is now an approved NRHA Affiliate.
  • 2017 NRHA Futurity & Derby conditions were approved.
  • 2017 NRHA Nomination Conditions were approved.
  • The presented budget for 2016 – 2017 was approved.
  • The fees policy for 2017 was also approved. Gelding status updates ($0) and name change ($45) fees were added. There were no increases to any existing fees.
  • 2017 eligibility policy was approved and will be made available online in the coming weeks.
  • With the design phase for the IT project complete, the Board approved to enter the programming and development phase. Be sure to attend the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting so you can catch a sneak peek!
  • New NRHA Bylaws were unanimously voted into place. The bylaws will be available in the Members Only section of nrha.com and will be effective immediately. In a related action, the 2017 NRHA Handbook will only contain the rules most relevant to showing and the bylaws and other non-competition policies and procedures will be available online for members.
  • The Board also discussed several potential 2018 rule change proposals. The deadline for member submissions is December 15, 2016.

NRHA President, Rick Clark, shared his thoughts on the meeting: “I left the meeting extremely happy about what we had achieved. I’m proud of the NRHA Board of Directors for approving new bylaws that will support the governance structure that was approved earlier this year. This gives us a more modern and efficient structure to serve our members and the sport of reining.”

“Another big step for us was approving to add more money to the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. We will announce the specifics in the next week, but this year’s contestants will be running at approximately $40,000 in added money this year. That’s about a $15,000 increase over the last year. We’ve had to make some tough decisions to stay on budget this year, and we are thrilled to be able to allocate more funds to such a vital part of our industry,” stated Clark.

The board’s next face-to-face meeting will be held during the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting is scheduled for February 8-12, 2017 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. It will include the Hall of Fame Inductions, Annual Awards Banquet, NRHA Executive Committee meeting, NRHA Board of Directors meeting, RHF Board meeting, Professionals Summit, Annual General Membership Meeting and several NRHA Committee meetings.

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USA Para Reining Event at the 2016 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress Seeks Participants

USA Para Reining Event at the 2016 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress Seeks Participants

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

b6a994c6-c324-4501-b7a3-e6a101808302Columbus, Ohio – August 21, 2016 - USA Para Reining event is looking for Para-Equestrians to participate in the USA Para Reining show at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress October 9. In particular, the Para Reining event is looking for Grade Ia and Grade Ib Para Dressage riders who want to try their their hand at reining, but if you are interested and are of any Grade please contact Frederick Win at attorneywin@gmail.com or call 609-992-5283. The horses are provided to participants along with coaches and support.

The 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress is scheduled for October 6-30, at Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Para Reining will include four classes held in the Celeste center starting at 7 AM, October 9. The 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress is run by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. For more information please visit http://www.quarterhorsecongress.comor visit the Ohio Quarter Horse Association at oqha.com.

Frederick Win participating at a Para Reining event at the AQHA World Championship Show. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Frederick Win participating at a Para Reining event at the AQHA World Championship Show. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Para Reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow, including a class at the 2014 World Show, a class at the Kentucky Reining Cup and the one at the NRHA Futurity.

For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in the future.

Previous Para Reining Event Press:

December 11, 2014 – http://uspea.org/december-11-2014-para-reining-at-the-nrha-futurity/

May 5, 2014- http://uspea.org/may-5-2014-cargills-nutrena-brand-para-reining-event-is-a-successful-feature-of-the-2014-kentucky-reining-cup/

November 4, 2013- http://uspea.org/november-4-2013-para-reining-at-aqha-world-show-announces-featured-cross-over-riders/

October 25, 2013-http://uspea.org/october-25-2013-para-reining-to-be-featured-at-aqha-world-championship-show/

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Representative Seats to be Filled Starting in January

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. In addition to the position of NRHA Vice President, several NRHA Board of Directors seats are due to be filled for terms starting January 1, 2017. The candidates, and those elected by acclamation, are listed below so that you can learn more about them.


Southeast Regional Director (Seats Open for Election: 1  /  Term: 2017-2018)

Jesse Chase • Wendell, North Carolina

jesse2 PREFERREDJesse Chase is a lifetime member of the NRHA and has also been an NRHA judge for the last thirteen years. Jesse earned a degree in 1994 in Equine Science and Management from Morrisville State College in New York and since then has been building himself a solid business and reputation along the east coast within the reining industry.

He owns and operates his farm with his wife and three sons, Jesse Chase Performance Horses, just outside of Raleigh in Wendell, North Carolina.  Jesse has close to twenty years of experience in training, colt breaking and coaching people of all levels in the reining discipline. (READ MORE HERE)

Shannon Rafacz • Citra, Florida

Shannon-Rafacz_0396SMHello, fellow members. Like many of you, I started in NRHA as a competitor and fell in love with the challenge, the horse, the people and the competition. It has always been “For the Love of the Game.” I am seeking re-election to my Southeast Regional Director seat for 2017 and 2018. I LOVE my role within the NRHA board and I am asking that you vote to let me continue my work with committees, task forces and board representation! As many of you know, our board structure has changed and the regions only have space for one representative. I want to be your representative!

I rode my first reiner in 1987, which means I have grown up in NRHA. I tend to speak about NRHA and family in the same sentence because for me it really has been. (READ MORE HERE)

The elections timeline and procedures can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com or by clicking HERE.


NRHA Vice President (Term: 2017-2018)

Mike Hancock • Rocky Mount, North Carolina

hancockMike Hancock has been married to his wife Bryan since 1973. They are the proud parents of Catherine and Rebekah. In the professional arena, Mike is currently the Executive Vice President of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc., a multi-state privately held company with over 10,000 employees primarily in the restaurant and land development business.

Mike has been an NRHA and Southeast Reining Horse Association member since 1980, and has served on the NRHA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Reining Horse Foundation and various committees since 1981 when he served on the organizing committee for first NRHA Derby. He is currently chair of Finance Committee and serves on Bylaws Committee and multiple task forces. Mike has held judging cards with NRHA and the American Quarter Horse Association for more than 25 years, and has won multiple NRHA Reserve World Championships, the Saddlesmith Championship and has been a winner of many aged events. (READ MORE HERE)

Mountain Regional Director (Term: 2017-2018)

Guy Vernon • Kiowa, Colorado

Guy-VernonSMNRHA Professional Guy Vernon is originally from Emporia, Kansas, and has been training reining horses for the past 28 years. Guy and his wife Valerie have one daughter, Lacey.

Guy has been an NRHA Judge for over 20 years, has been an NRHA Director for nine years, and has shown at most major regional and national futurities and derbies. He specializes in non pro coaching and aged-event horses.

Active in the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) for many years and serving on their Board of Directors, Guy has always been interested in serving the grass roots membership, whether locally or at the board level. (READ MORE HERE)

Southwest Regional Director (Term: 2017-2018)

Dave Belson • Cave Creek, Arizona

Dave-BelsonSMDave Belson is the current NRHA Director for the Southwest Region. He also serves the NRHA as a Board member for the Reining Horse Foundation, and as a member of the Hall of Fame committee.

Dave is the founding president of the Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) which started in 1985.  He served as the president for the first four years and has remained active in the organization since its inception.  He has served as president on several occasions throughout the years and has been the most recent president since 2011-2014. (READ MORE HERE)

South Central Regional Directors (Term: 2017)

Ann Salmon Anderman • Pilot Point, Texas

Ann-Salmon2SMAnn Salmon Anderman has been an NRHA Judge for 20 years, an NRHA Professional since 2004 and an NRHA Steward since 2011. She and her husband Monte Anderman are involved with teaching riders and horses of all levels, hosting clinics, and sharing their love of Reining. They are currently based out of Cardinal Reining Horses in Aubrey, Texas.

Ann is a current NRHA Regional Director and an active member and contributor on the NRHA Judges and Stewards Committees, as well as the chair of the NRHA Judges Policy Review Task Force. Ann is a member of the NRHA Judges Teaching Panel which includes preparation and evaluation of judges teaching and testing materials. (READ MORE HERE)

Sebastian Petroll • Whitesboro, Texas

Sebastian PetrollOriginally from Germany, Sebastian Petroll grew up with horses. In 2001, he relocated to the United States after graduating from Business school. Together with his wife, he owns and operates Petroll Reining Horses, LLC a full service Training, breeding and consulting business. They have two daughters, Lanie (5) and Ellie (3).

Sebastian has made the finals at every major reining event and coached non pros to world champion titles. The 35-year-old has been an NRHA Judge since 2007, an NRHA Professional since 2008 and an NRHA Steward since 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors and is vice-chair of the Non Pro and Stewards Committee.



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The Bachelorette’s Heartthrob and Horse Enthusiast Luke Pell Teams Up with Time to Ride for New Sweepstakes Campaign “Pledge to Take a Friend Riding”


Logos and photos available: Christie Schulte, christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

The Bachelorette’s Heartthrob and Horse Enthusiast Luke Pell Teams Up with Time to Ride for New Sweepstakes Campaign “Pledge to Take a Friend Riding”


Pledge_Luke_300x600Washington, D.C., August 4th, 2016. – Known for capturing hearts across America on the current season of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, horse enthusiast and country singer-songwriter Luke Pell is teaming up with Time to Ride as celebrity spokesperson for their new sweepstakes campaign Pledge to Take a Friend Riding.” The sweepstakes will take place September 1-30, 2016 and will award one grand prize of an all-inclusive, three-night vacation at luxury dude ranch, the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with Time To Ride. Growing up on a ranch, horses were always a part of my life, and working with Time To Ride allows me to stay involved with the horse industry and to promote such a fundamental part of American culture,” said Pell. Pell is a former AQHA and NRHA competitor, and grew up on his family’s ranch raising and training horses.

For many devoted equestrians, it took a personal connection through a friend or family member to make their initial entry into horseback riding fun, accessible, inclusive, and long-lasting. With this in mind, Time to Ride’s campaign aims to encourage horse owners and riders to introduce their non-riding friends to horseback riding and equestrian sports.

“Equestrian sports are often perceived as exclusive and difficult to break into, but it’s time to change that  stereotype,” said Christie Schulte, Time to Ride marketing manager. “Without the support of family or friends, many of us may not have known where or how to take up riding – and now it’s our turn to be that friend who introduces a new rider to horses. Whether it’s English or Western, trail riding, driving, or any other equestrian activity, it’s our privilege and duty to welcome new people to our beloved sport for the growth and health of our industry.”

Many other celebrity riders are joining Time to Ride’s campaign by pledging to take a friend riding, including Lyle Lovett, D. Wayne Lukas, David O’Connor, Al Dunning, Lindy Burch, Tom McCutcheon, Barbara Schulte, Audrey Griffin, Sandy Collier, Dell Hendricks, Lynn Palm, Kerry Kuhn, Tootie Bland, and more.

Riders may enter the sweepstakes by simply taking the pledge at www.timetoride.com/pledge.*



About Luke Pell:

Known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, country singer-songwriter Luke Pell was riding horses before he could even walk while growing up deep in the heart of Texas in the small town of Burnet. By age 12, Pell was spending his summers breaking horses, hell-bent on becoming a professional horse trainer until he graduated high school and accepted a football scholarship to The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003. During his time in college, Pell found an escape from the stress and demands of everyday life in his guitar. After graduating, serving in the Army for five years, spending two years in the oil sector at Chesapeake Energy, and becoming an entrepreneur in residential real estate, Pell came to the realization that his true passion was in songwriting. Currently residing in Nashville, Pell continues to chase his dream while collaborating with established songwriters including country music superstar Cole Swindell, Jaron Boyer , Brandon Kinney, Ash Bowers, and more.

About Time to Ride:

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance designed to introduce new enthusiasts to horses and riding, and promote equestrian activities for the health and growth of the equine industry. To learn more please contact info@timetoride.com or visit www.timetoride.com.

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.

About 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.


*No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30, 2016. For full official rules and to enter, visit www.timetoride.com/pledge.  Sponsored by American Horse Council dba Time to Ride, 1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.



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Reining By The Bay 2016 – “Surfin’ in the Sand”

Reining By The Bay, 2016
“Surfin’ in the Sand”

by Christy Egan

Big_Creme_Chic16RBB008854According to Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio, the Horse Park at Woodside, home of Reining By The Bay, is the ultimate place to hold a horse show.  Pat should know as she’s lived near the Park for many years and, along with Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, is one of the founders of the Reining By The Bay.  Now in its 18th great year as the California Reining Community’s all-time favorite show, Reining By The Bay offers world class competition in the most beautiful setting imaginable. “The facility has really grown over the years,” Pat muses. “From a place of fenced, dirt fields, to a grand facility that hosts many, many shows annually in eight different arenas. They can handle #1000 show horses now. We would do even more reining shows here if we could just get the dates.”

The 2016 Reining By The Bay Show ran from July 18th through the 24th.  The entire show is held outdoors, from the sunshine-filled arena with its views of the hills, the Pacific Ocean and Half-Moon Bay, to the outdoor stabling and large, festive tents where the Johnson Culinary Group offers delectable dining throughout the show. The show offered relaxed competition throughout the week and then, really heated up the party on Friday morning when the $16,000 Added 3-Year-Old Open Futurity took center stage. Tracer Gilson won the Level 4 with Da Big Kahuna (Wimpys Little Step x Princessontheprowl by High Brow Cat). Bred and owned by Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, California, it was Gilson’s first RBB Level 4 Open Futurity win.

Electric_Genes16RBB011790 “We raised Da Big Kahuna here at the ranch, so it’s a particularly proud moment.” says Tracer. “We will take him to a few shows and then we are going to be at Congress with him this year. All of our riders did very well at the RBB show this year. Blair Moffet and Sheza Smart Wimpy took Level 2, 3 and 4 in the Non Pro Maturity. But best of all, our daughter Lilly won the 10 & Under Short Stirrup on Brennas Dream, a great horse generously loaned to her by Loren Booth. Lilly loved it! It was her very first buckle. She’s been wearing one of mine for quite a while and I think she’ll probably still do that and hang the new one in her room. Lilly just turned ten and rides at least five days a week. She’ll be at the High Roller in September. She’s getting out of school that Friday to get there in time to show.”

On Saturday Jennifer Gilliam of Pine Grove, California took two horses she bought previously at auction, and posted scores sharp enough to win in Levels 3 and 4 in the Non Pro Futurity. Her 3-year-old chestnut mare, The Prima Ballerina (Topsail Whiz x Dancer Nic by Tinsel Nic) won the $8,500 Added 3-Year-Old Non Pro Futurity. She bought the mare as a yearling in 2014 from Schmersal Reining Horses at the Legacy Breeders Sale.  Jennifer then took third in the same competition with her second mare, Shine Kitty Shine (Shine Chic Shine x Cowsmart Cat by Smooth As A Cat), a Palomino she purchased in 2015 at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. Together they brought home over $4,800. “We call The Prima Ballerina ‘Abby’,” says Jennifer. “I started her as a 2-year-old but Mike Boyle has done most of the training. She is a very sound and easy mare. This was the first time I’d ever ridden her and really asked her to show. ‘Abby’ was perfect and gave me 100%. After some time off she’ll go to Idaho. I will take ‘Shine’ to the High Roller in September.”

In the $40,000 Added Protect The Harvest Non Pro Derby, Samantha Roper was a hands down winner on Big Crème Chic (Big Chex To Cash x Cremes Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena). Samantha and Big Crème Chic were the 2015 AQHA World Amateur Reining Champions. Coached by Andrea Fappani, Samantha and her 6-year-old gelding nearly swept the field, taking Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 and earning over $11,000 in the process. Andrea Fappani himself saved his best for last in the $57,000 Added Lucas Oil Open Derby, where he placed first and third place tie on Electric Genes, Thebettertohearuwith and Pinesail Jac, respectively.  Electric Genes (Jacs Electric Spark x Taris Designer Genes by Mr Boomerjac) blew into the arena at the very end of the competition with an utterly spectacular run. The mare sprouted wings coming through the gate and then tore the ground apart. The run was fast and furious, with every move perfectly executed. The crowd went crazy … and then went crazy again when they announced the 230.5 score. Pat Warren, Electric Genes’ owner leaped out of her seat. Pat raised the mare and still owns her dam, Taris Designer Genes, NRHA Open Futurity Champion. Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl by Lean With Me) posted a 225 with Andrea for owner Bill Coburn. The 4-year-old made his debut appearance last year at Reining By The Bay winning the Level Four Open Futurity and a check for $8,298.44. Pinesail Jac (Tinsel Jac x Sailin Lil Ruff by Lil Russ Peppy), also owned by Rancho Oso Rio, was tied for third. The 4-year-old gelding earned the NRHA Open Reserve Championship title in Oklahoma City less than a month ago. Tanya Jenkins and Tricked Out Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Rowdy Brinna by Rowdy Yankee) scored a 227 to take second. “This is a pretty special horse and I knew he had what it takes to score well here,” says Tanya. “This horse is easy, good-minded and just a great guy. He likes his job and would rather be ridden than do most anything else.”

A major sponsor at Reining By The Bay this year was Smoking Roosters Ranch, Ashley Kelkenberg and the Patrizio Fumagalli family. The Fumagellis moved here from Italy three years ago and are hoping to have their ranch ready to open its doors January first. They had a great show at Reining By The Bay. “I rode Magnificent Dreamer at Reining By The Bay this year,” says Ashley. “We won the Level 1 Open Derby and were third in the Level 2. The big news for us is the new ranch at 144th Street and Rio Verde Drive in Scottsdale. There’s a 40-stall show barn and a big covered arena. It’s set on 10 acres and includes an outdoor track, and 6 to 10 turn-out pens are planned as well.” Pat Fumigalli owns both Magnificent Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Heavenly Rooster by Gallo Del Cielo (Rooster)) and the horse that he rode at Reining By The Bay, Diamonds In My Dreams (Like A Diamond x Brennas Dream). “When I arrived here from Milan I wanted to start my daughter Michele riding with a coach,” says Pat. “We found Ashley and we’ve been riding and showing ever since. I started in the Green classes, moved up to Rookie and now I’m working at the Non Pro division. We have 8 horses of our own and will be boarding Ashley’s customers’ horses as well. My daughter rides on the weekends, I ride every day and my wife is enjoying photographing the horses. I am very happy.”

In addition to being a show that makes absolutely everybody very happy and anxious to return, Reining By The Bay is a paradise of feasting for horsemen. There are few horse shows on any equine circuit that offer the exhibitor the range of food put forth by the Brumley shows in general and at this show in particular. From the made-to-order deli sandwiches, pasta and brownies at the week’s beginning, to the daily lunches of baked salmon, tri-tip and pulled pork, to the weekend’s omelet and pancake bar – cooked on request! Special meals included the Rancho Oso Rio Wine and Cheese Party on Friday evening with a splendid assortment of cheese, crackers and hot appetizers, and the annual RBB Exhibitor dinner Saturday night which featured roast beef, turkey and all of the trimmings, plus the famous RBB cakes. Along with amazing food, the show’s gently orchestrated competition schedule was designed to allow everyone some leisure to visit the wonderful sights of San Francisco, Palo Alto, the beaches and parks, and the restaurants at Half-Moon Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf (as if anybody needed to leave the show and find food). Even the judges have caught on to the visiting perks.

Drake Johnson, NRHA Judge from Wray, Colorado has judged the RBB show twice and has nothing but praise for the California competition. “The Futurity horses were great quality, both Non-Pro and Open,” Drake says. “They were on their game and on their way to High Roller in September and Oklahoma City later in the year.  It’s always such a joy to see high level animals, like the Open Derby horses work. As judges we have the best seats in the house, we just report what we see and have the pleasure and excitement of watching world class horses and rides. My wife and I also took some time and went up to Napa the day before the show started and then visited Half-Moon Bay and had some great seafood. Would I come back to Reining By The Bay? Absolutely. We would both come back.”

Brumley Management Group, LLC still has one more great show to go for 2016. They have also saved the best for last … the world famous Brumley September show, the High Roller Reining Classic, once again in Las Vegas at the South Point Equestrian Center.  For information contact Amanda Brumley at 602-677-3774 or e-mail brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions. 

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The National Arabian Reining Horse Association makes its debut at the 2016 High Roller Reining Classic in September

The National Arabian Reining Horse Association makes its debut at the 2016 High Roller Reining Classic in September

 by Christy Egan

HRRC_2015_Youth_Tournament_contenders1532The National Arabian Reining Association will make its first official appearance at the 2016 High Roller Reining Classic, September 9th through 17th, at the South Point Equestrian Center, Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas’ premiere horse event center. The incentive program that has recently taken the reins from the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic, NARHA made the decision to keep the prized, important Arabian Reining event on track.  It could not have selected a better venue for its debut appearance. The fourth largest NRHA competition in the world, the HRRC show annually uses nearly all of the giant facility’s 1,200 stalls and keeps its rings busy with a wide variety of classes and activities for nine solid days. This will mark the eighth year that top horses and riders from all over the world have gathered in Las Vegas to be part of the toughest, most entertaining reining show of the year.

There were almost 2,500 recorded draws at last year’s High Roller, nearly all divisions at the show were up in entries, especially the Youth group. Just about 60 young people signed up for the 2015 Youth Team Tournament, including almost 20 in the 10 & Under Short Stirrup. The youth classes, which included 17 Tournament teams, ran Saturday and Sunday on the first weekend, culminating in an awards ceremony, featuring Olympic style medals and impressive College Scholarship prizes, as well as a great pizza party. Naturally, when the NARHA took over from the ARBC, the Youth Tournament was at the top of its list of events to strongly promote and continue. The 2016 competition will be very similar to last year’s, with the first Saturday and Sunday mornings of the High Roller featuring Youth Tournament runs in the main Lucas Oil Arena. NARHA Youth Tournament Teams are set up similarly to those found in formal Olympic competition. The four-man teams consist of one 10 & Under Short Stirrup rider, one 13 & Under Youth rider, one Arabian or Half-Arabian Youth rider any age 18 or under, and one 14-18 Youth rider. The winning Gold Team Champions will receive $500 each and the top three individual riders in the overall competition will receive: $1,000 Gold, $750 Silver and $500 Bronze.

In addition to the Youth Tournament, the NARHA will be offering $9,500 in prize money to Arabians and Half-Arabians competing in open and Non-Pro reining at the High Roller Reining Classic.  Sponsor Smartpak is also offering $1,000 for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in their 6-Year and Up Maturity on Wednesday in the Lucas Oil Arena. And there’s other good news … Markel Insurance has recently signed on as the Official Insurance Company of the National Arabian Reining Horse Association.

“We’ve been involved with Arabian reining horses in conjunction with the High Roller Reining Classic since 2014,” says Frank Constantini, a Markel Horse Specialist since 1995. “It’s only natural for us to continue with this program now that it has taken the form of the NARHA. It’s easy for us to envision the Arabian horse coming more to the forefront in the next few years as a very competitive Western-type performance horse in both Reining and Ranch Riding. They are a beautiful, tough and versatile horse. We at Markel Insurance appreciate Amanda Brumley’s passion for the entire horse industry. She has always made the effort to include all types of horses and all levels of riders at Brumley managed shows.”

The ARBC, now called the NARHA, has paid out over $250,000 in prize money at premier NRHA events since its inception in 2014. Owners of NARHA Enrolled Incentive Program horses must be members of the NARHA as of 2017, see membership information at www.NationalArabianReiningHorseAssociation.com. For additional information on the NARHA or the upcoming High Roller Reining Classic, contact Amanda Brumley, brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com or call (602) 677-3774.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions. 

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2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors Team

2016 SVAG FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors

August 13
By Simona Diale

Italy tops the Juniors team competition and Germany goes on to claim the Young Riders team gold medal

Excitement, teamwork, friendship and a highly professional group of Juniors and Young Riders is what made Friday afternoon at the CS Ranch special. The beautiful venue this year is not only host to the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Seniors, it is in fact – for the second year running – also host to the FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.

The Juniors Competition

Italy_Jr_GoldOpening the FEI European Reining Championship for the younger riders was the Juniors competition. With a total score of 638.5 Team Italy slid to the highest step of the podium taking top honors and the gold medal. Sealing the deal was 15-year-old Matteo Bolzano who rode High Point Reiner, a.k.a. ‘Ruffy’, to a 215.5. The talented 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is the past 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champion with Matteo’s father, Manuel, in the saddle. “Ruffy is the most consistent horse I have ever ridden and once again he proved how level-minded he is today,” said Manuel. “Seeing my son wear the gold medal along with his team is a feeling that cannot be described, especially as I know how much time, passion and work Matteo and his team mates put into this sport.”

Joining Bonzano on the podium with a 212.5 was Martina Baldelli riding Great Dun Pistol, a 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare owned by Christian Baldelli, Irene Merlotti and her Snapplejack, an 8-year-old Quarter Horse gelding (210.5), and Carlo Ambrosini aboard the Ambrosini QH owned 8-year-old Quarter Horse Gelding. Celebrating the Italian victory along with the young athletes was the president of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation (FISE), Cav. Vittorio Orlandi.

With a total score of 626.5 points, Team France firmly held on to the silver medal in front of Belgium who settled for the team bronze with a total score of 608.5 points.

Riding for France was Marie Baralon who reined her 8-year-old mare, Chicken Sandwich to the second highest score of the day, a 215. “She’s simply the best!” were Marie’s words following her run. A little over a month ago, the pair – who has been together since the beginning of 2015 – earned the 2016 NRHA European Affiliate Limited Non Pro Championship in Poland. Along with Baralon were Margaux Legrand and New Doc Peppy Doc (owned by Julienne Legrand) who closed with a 208, and Axel Pesek riding Cheximatic (owned by Yannick Pesek) scoring a 203.5.

Team Belgium was represented by Bert Coeckelbergh riding Vannietvelt-De Pauw’s Toosexy For Ricochet (212), Nimroid Vannietvelt riding Im Smart And Wimpy to a 201.5 for his parents Vannietvelt-De Pauw (201.5) and Jinke Stevens with her own Don John Escape BB (195).

The Young Riders:

Young_Riders_PodiumjDefending champions, team Italy, battled to leave Givrins with the gold medal around their neck. This time around their direct opponents were the determined young German riders.

Franziska Eufinger with Smoking In Starlight, owned by Jessica Hein, (212.5) and Anna Voss riding her gelding Mandys Little Magnum scored a 212.5 and a 212 respectively. First to ride for the team, their runs put the Germans in the lead. Jacob Behringer and his gelding Rascal Sensation performed impeccably and once they completed their last maneuver, a 217 appeared on the scoreboard. The last horse-rider-combination for team Germany was that made up of Gina Schumacher and Chanay Sky Management SA’s Arc Guns M Oaks. The 18-year-old and her 7-year-old chestnut gelding a.k.a. ‘Earl’ performed to the best of their ability offering the crowd a close to perfect run which was paid back by the judges with an impressive 221 bringing their team’s total to a 651 and the gold medal.

Team Italy’s Enrico Sciulli and his Snips Gotta Bud – the last duo to run for the team – also left their mark in the pen with a great go worth a 220 score. Their performance, along with Andrea Pedrotti and Topgun Showtime’s 213 and Nico Sicuro with Dualin Surprise’s 211.5, was not enough to best the German’s final composite score and, with a final 644.5, they rode to the second step of the podium. The fourth team components were Alessia Simoncini and her Ready To Spook.

As Germany and Italy battled for the gold and silver medals, team Belgium rode their way to the bronze medal with Bo Brutsaert and CJ Whiz (210.5), Indy Henrard and Steadys WR Diamonds (209.5), Amber Heibuchel and Wimpys Lil Prize (209). The fourth rider for the team was Kimberly Noels and Ivegottafootwork owned by Erik Hoet.

For complete results, information, live stream and live score, please visit the official website of the event http://www.worldreiningchampionships2016.com/en/events

Photo credit: FEI/Andrea Bonaga

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