Reining: Team USA wins the Gold!

End of Part 1 & 2 of Competition

Reining:  Team USA wins the Gold!
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Reining:  Team USA wins the Gold!

When NRHA’s only 2 Million Dollar lady rider, Mandy McCutcheon, rode in the Parc Expo arena this morning, Team USA was leading the competition rankings after Andrea Fappani had obtained the top score (224) and Jordan Larson the third best (221) in the first day of competition on Monday. 

Mandy slid Yellow Jersey, a 10-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Ms Clara Melody (owned by father Tim McQuay), to a score of 224 and brought the total to a 669.  The last rider representing the USA, Shawn Flarida, riding Michel Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz (Spooks Gotta Gun x Prettywhizprettydoes), was draw 75 this afternoon.

Spooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida at the NRHA Derby

Spooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida at the NRHA Derby

The only NRHA 5 Million Dollar Rider performed pattern n.6 to perfection and after his performance, a 229.5 appeared on the scoreboard bringing Team USA’s total to a 677.5.  The United States of America thus conquered their fourth consecutive WEG team Gold medal! “This is an awesome horse and I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to ride him for the last three years. I trust him a lot and I know that he is very talented so I was afraid to be the one to make a mistake.  The crowd here was wonderful and being able to show in front of such an enthusiastic audience was just great,” said Flarida.  “My team mates couldn’t have been any better and I am once again proud to be able to represent my country with such a great group of horsemen.”

Team Belgium claims the Silver medal

Team Belgium saw NRHA professional Cira Baeck ride Colonels Shining Gun, owned by Katarzyna Roleska, to a 221. The talented pair were second to go this morning:  “We started off really well today then I made a little couple of little mistakes, so I am not super happy, but I did my best,” said Cira following her pattern. “Four years ago we won the silver medal in Kentucky it would be very nice if
we could bring home the second one.”

And so they did!  NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck, aboard past NRHA Open World Champion Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis), owned by Danny Cerato, closed his run with a 219.5 and Belgium held the second highest total score, a 663.  Ann Poels Fonck, riding Nic Ricochet, and Piet Mesdagh, riding RS Spat Man O War, had scored a 221 and a 216.5 respectively on the first day of competition. Once again, great ‘little’ Belgium conquered their second FEI Team Silver medal.

The Bronze medal is for Team Austria

Who the bronze medal would go to was determined after the third to last combination showed today and that was  Alex Ripper (GER) riding Awesome Paleboy. Possible contenders for the podium were infact Team Australia (653), Team Germany (646.5) and Team Austria (644.5).  Thanks to Martin Muehlstaetter’s score of 224, aboard Wimpys Little Buddy, Austria slid to the third step of the podium and conquered the bronze medal. Martin is based in the US and qualified for the 2014 Games last year in Europe and in the States.  “My horse was pretty good today! We purchased him from Andrea Fappani (who trained him) as a 4-year-old. He’s always been with us and always will be,” said the Austrian rider about his 10-year-old gelding by Wimpys Little Step and out of All That’s Dun (owned by Kim & Martin Muehlstaetter).” Winning this medal here today is awesome.” Austrian team members were Rudi Kronsteiner and Dr Lee Hook (221), Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Cashn Rooster (214.5) and Markus Morawitz with Dun It Whiz Gerry (210).

Once the curtain fell, Team Germany took fourth place honors in the overall standings.

The Individual Competition

Reining competition in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy will be once again on the stage on Thursday when the 2ND Individual Competition qualifier will take place.  The first 15 riders plus ties after the 1st individual competition are qualified for the Individual final which will be held on Saturday.

The following 20 riders plus ties may compete in the 2nd qualifier.  The top 5 scores plus ties will also advance to the Individual final.

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Team USA Take the Lead on First Competition Day

Part 1 Complete Results – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy – Reining

From the NRHA Reiner – By Simona Diale

The Reining team competition and first individual qualifying round of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy took place today in the Parc des Expositions in Caen. Piet Metsdagh (BEL) riding RS Spat Man O War was first in the arena. The pair closed their run with a score of 216.5, which remained unbeaten until, 12 horses later, Andrea Fappani (USA) closed his pattern with a 224.

Riding Custom Cash Advance, an eight-year-old stallion quarter horse by Custom Crome and out of Cash In Roan owned by Silver Spurs Equine, Fappani thrilled the crowd and his score held until the end of the first part of the individual competition.

“This horse has been shown very successfully in the past by other professionals but I’ve only competed with him twice before coming to the Games and today I tried to do my best,” the native Italian, who now represents the USA, said. “I was careful in the spots I wasn’t confident about. I had tried to qualify for team US in 2010 and didn’t make it by one point. I was pretty disappointed at the time so I am thrilled to be here today,” he pointed out.

The second horse-rider combination for team USA, Jordan Larson and HF Mobster (Colonels Smoking Gun x Dun Its Black Gold), owned by Heritage Farms, closed their pattern number six with a 221. “I’m pretty happy with our run today,” Larson, who has been showing this horse since 2011, commented.

Team USA is currently leading on a score of 445. Fappani and his mount lead the first individual qualifier rankings and Larson lies in third place.

The Belgium-USA battle is on

After 41 horse-and-rider combinations had performed, Ann Poels-Fonck representing Belgium aboard Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic), scored the second highest mark of the day, 222.5.

“I’m really happy with my score and my horse’s performance today,” she said. “This was not the horse I was supposed to ride here originally. Last week I was lucky enough to have its owner, Manuel Bonzano of Italy, offer to let me ride it. It has been successfully shown by Manuel in non pro competitions in the past and was wonderful for me today. I must admit the crowd was also fantastic!”

The total score for Team Belgium, including Poels and Mestadgh’s performances, is 439. This puts them in second place behind the USA.

Team Germany are third with 436.5 points thanks to Ludwig Grisha’s performance aboard Ruf Tuf Juice (Little Ruf Peppy x Smart Like Juice). Riding the horse owned by Fabien Strebel, Grisha earned a score of 218.5 and is also tied for third place in the individual standings with Australian Martin Larcombe who rode Wimpys Cute Tune (Wimpys Little Step x Gwyneth), owned by XCS Ranch LLC.

Team Australia closed with a total of 435 thanks to the performance of Shaun Saunders who slid Sparkin Tinsel (Tinsel Nic x Setting Off Sparks), owned by Corinna Schumacher, to a score of 217.

The detailed results after today’s competition are available here:

Team results

Individual results

The second part of the Reining team competition, which features 16 nations, and the first individual qualifier will take place tomorrow at 8.45 CEST. At the end of the day, the first prestigious FEI medals of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy will be awarded.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA) on 23 August-7 September brings together 967 athletes and 1,113 horses from 74 nations for 15 days of world-class competition in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

For more information see:

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Day 1 – 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Part 1 / Session 1 – USA/Belgium showdown is on!

From the outset of the reining competition this morning, the United States and Belgium confirmed their status as the two countries to beat.
USA/Belgium showdown is on!

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Andrea Fappani made a big splash at the Exhibition Center. The US rider, who is originally from Italy, put his adopted land in a strong position in the team competition with a top preliminary score of 224 points. Riding Custom Cash Advance, the Californian by adoption finished ahead of Belgium’s Ann Poels on Nic Ricochet, who performed an excellent pattern that scored 222.5 points. Suffice it to say that the Belgian-American duel is well underway.

The results were not as good for the first French rider in today’s competition, the experienced Gregory Legrand. Despite the enthusiastic crowd support, the reiner had to settle for a score of 189 points. He and his horse made several mistakes while performing the circles and the sliding stop. ”Given the level of competition, I fear the competition is over for me. We’re going to support Anne-Sophie Guerreiro, who is competing this afternoon”, Legrand said.

Top 3 (provisional):

  1. Andrea Fappani (USA) & Custom Cash Advance – 224 pts
  2. Ann Poels (BEL) & Nic Ricochet – 222 pts
  3. Gilson Vieira Diniz Filho (BRA) & Steppin Off Sparks – 218,5 pts

Team competition

  1. Belgium 439 pts (2 out of 4 riders)
  2. Mexico 417 pts (2 out of 4 riders)
  3. United States 224 pts (1 out of 4 riders)

Click here to follow the results in real time.


Part 2 / Session 3 – Reining: At half time Mandy McCutcheon equals Fappani’s top score for Team USA

The second part of the Reining Team Competition and 1st Individual Qualifier of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy offered great runs this morning.  At half time, with 20 horse-rider combinations left to go, Team USA is leading the rankings with a total score of 669 followed by Team Belgium with a total of 660. Both squads have seen three of their riders go and anticipation runs high as the last contestants wait for their turn in the Parc Expo arena.

Reining:  At half time Mandy McCutcheon equals Fappani’s top score for Team USA

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Performing for Team USA this morning was NRHA’s only 2 Million Dollar lady rider, Mandy McCutcheon.  The 38-year-old non professional rider slid Yellow Jersey, a 10-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Ms Clara Melody, to a score of 224.  Yesterday, in the first part of the Team Competition, Andrea Fappani (US) had posted the same score and now the two lead the individual ranking after 62 combinations have made their way to the prestigious show arena.

“It’s an honor to be here at this venue to represent my country. To have the opportunity of riding a horse like Yellow Jersey is just unreal, I am truly blessed,” said McCutcheon following her performance.  “I just tried really hard to focus on what I had to do and how to get him through the run the best I could.  It’s all a matter of being focused because if you let all that this event represents get in your way, you could panic! In my first maneuver I was a little abrupt so I thought to myself, ‘trust him and believe he’s going to do his thing’ and he did.  He’s just an amazing show horse!”

The FEI reining team competition medals will be determined this afternoon.  Draw 65, representing Belgium, will be NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck with past NRHA Open World Champion, Sail On Top Whizard (owned by Danny Cerato), between the reins.  The last team member for the US will be NRHA’s only 5 Million Dollar Rider, Shawn Flarida.  Shawn will be riding Spooks Gotta Whiz, owned by Michel Kimball.

Possible contenders for the podium are Team Australia (653), Team Germany (646.5) and Team Austria (644.5), but, as the saying goes: “it’s never over ‘til it’s over”!

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Austrian Futurity & NRHA Show Results

2014 Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show once more a huge success!
More than $100,000 Prize Money

Provided by the Austrian Reining Horse Association/Ramona Billing - The eighth edition of the Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show in Wiener Neustadt was once more a huge success. 207 horses and top riders from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, showed brilliant rides both in the Futurity and the Ancillary classes. This attracted hundreds of reining fans as well as visitors from the region to the beautiful facility of Helmut Schulz, which offered excellent conditions for high class reining. For two days, a TV team accompanied the riders. Also international print and internet media covered the event as well.

With more than $100,000 prize money, the Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show was one of Europe’s premier reining events again and the first of the “big” futurities. Also there were numerable other valuable prizes including the Champion Saddles, the Champion Buckles as well as Show halters. Each of the Futurity finalists received his halter. Helmut Schulz and his team had prepared various things to make participants and owners feel at home at once. There were Welcome Packages with the Futurity vine from to vinemaker Fischer, a bathing towel with Futurity imprint, Futurity caps as well as a 3M sponsor package. On Thursday, H&D Schulz invited to their Futurity Party with an excellent Buffet, where the Futurity Finalist halters were awarded. And there was the Country Night on Friday night as well as the new Bar besides the main terrace with the picture board of the sponsors. Also, the daily show magazine “The Score” (The Friday edition had 24 pages!) was highly appreciated by all the participants.

Open Final L4 3-year-old horses: Rudi Kronsteiner claims third AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Open
The Open Futurity Level 4 of the 3-year-old horses was won by Magnum It (Magnum Chic Dream x Dun It The Hard Way) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner (Austria) who scored a 223.5. The AQHA gelding bred by Charlotte Decoster and owned by Dr. Daniela Ratschew, had already dominated the go round. It was the third AustrianRHA Futurity Champion title for multiple NRHA World Champion Open Rudi Kronsteiner, who also rode Chex out My Banjo (Banjo Whiz x MRS Chexinic, owner Dorothee Hess-Leitmeier) on 6th place in the final.

ARC Snap Chic (Yellow Jersey x Arc Think Chic) and Gennaro Lendi became Reserve Champion Level 4 scoring a 220. The horse was bred by Arcese QH and is owned by Paola Arcese.

Tarysmart and Fabiano Cestari dominated Levels 1, 2 and 3
Tarysmart and Fabiano Cestari also won the Level 1 and 2 final scoring a 220. Tarysmart was bred by Giuditta Foti and is owned by the Tarysmart Syndicate.  26-year-old Fabiano Cestari, who is from close to Milano, is training in Sinzing, Bavaria. His achievements include the 2010 ICCA Championship Open and Int. Open.

Reserve Champion L2 was Star Whiz It (Star Spangled Whiz x Hollywood Betsy Cody) with Stefano Cerutti, in L1 Skeet Rock (Skeets Dun x Barbie Nic Chex) with Peter Pichler.

Nicola Cordioli and Playboy Snapple win Open Futurity L3 and 4, 4-year-old horses

There was no surprise in the 4-year-old Open final as well – those who had dominated the go rounds, also made it in the final. The winner Level 3 and 4 was Nicola Cordioli aboard Playboy Snapple (Mr Snapple x ARC Snappers Calgirl). The stallion bred by Roberto Cuoghi and owned by Giulia Amolaro, scored a 225.5. Cordioli, who is one of Italy‘ best trainers, rode the horse into the NRHA  European Futurity final.

Grischa Ludwig and Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smokin) became Reserve Champion Level 4 scoring a 223,5. The two had taken the lead after the go round. Lil Smokeing Gun was bred by Jim Babcock and is owned by de Bruin Reininghorses. Walla Walla Glitter  (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spar,  owner Edith Hochmair ) and Johannes Hasenauer placed second in Level 3 scoring a 224.

Saturday Whiz under Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Walla Walla Glitter under Johannes Hasenauer Co-Champions Open Futurity L 2, year-old, Jupiter of Sun and Alessandro Roasio win L1
In the Open Futurity Final Levels 1 and 2, it got very close among the top horses.  There was a tie on first place with a score of 219.5, and anothertie on third place among three riders who had achieved a 219.  The first placed Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Johannes Hasenauer decided against a run off and shared the title. So, the Futurity Level 2 Co-Champions were Saturday Whiz (Saturday Night Custom x Anjolena Whiz) with Giovanni Masi De Vargas (Italy) and Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spar) with Johannes Hasenauer (Austria).  Saturday Whiz is owned by ASD Little Ranch and was bred by Franco Mari.  Walla Walla Glitter was bred by Giovanni Lugara and is owned by Edith Hochmaier.

Jupiter of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little , owner and breeder Franco Rosso) with Alessandro Roasio, VQH Foxy Cat (A Catty Delta x Foxy Pepto, owner. Rosario Ponzo, breeder 6-J Paint Horses) with Giovanni Masi de Vargas and Ruf Little Chex (Lil Ruf Trouble x Nu Dynamite Chex, breeder Roger Weibel, owner Ferruccio Bucci)  and Andrea Manucci tied for third place.

This was also the Level 1 Championship for Jupiter Of Sun and Alessandro Roasio, with Show Me My Cash (Bueno Cash Quixote x AR Boneta Jacson Sun, Breeder Sjojan Nemanic, owner Mojca Hrzenjak) and Gal Grahelj following on second place (218.5)

ER Baby Jane Surprise and Andrea Iannetta win Non Pro Futurity Level 3 and 4 of the 3-year-old horses

In an exciting final, ER Baby Jane Surprise  (One Gun x Surprise Moonlite) and Andrea Iannetta (Italy) claimed the Non Pro Futurity Championship Level 2 and 4 of the 3-year-old horses. The two had already been in the lead after the go round together with KD Gotasparklingwhiz  (Walla Walla Whiz x Parkin Crome) under Kelly Deelen (The Netherlands) Iannetta scored a 216, Kelly Deelen placed second scoring a 215.5.

Andrea Iannetta won  2011 Silver at the FEI European Championship Young Riders and claimed the Non Pro Trophy at the 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity. His 3-year-old Paint mare ER Baby Jane Surprise was bred by Elisabetta Raviola.

Kelly Deelen already was NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champion Level 1 to 3 and NRHA European Affiliate Reserve Champion. She bred her AQHA stallion KD Gotasparklingwhiz herself.

Non Pro Futurity Champion Level 1, 3-year-old horses: Victoria Gun and Rudolf Maurer
The Non Pro Futurity Final Level 1 of the 3-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Victoria Gun (Gatling Gun x LJ As Orderd) with Rudolf Maurer (Austria) in the saddle and Last Docky Oak (Stylishlite x Surprise Doc Topsail) with Mattia Camisi (Italy) who both scored a 213. In the following run off, Victoria Gun scored a 213 winning the title. The Paint Horse mare was bred by Laura Welsch. Mattia Camisi and his Last Docky Oak became Reserve scoring a 205. Whizberry Pie (Topsail Whiz x Smokes Berry Sweet) and Miriam Leinweber placed third scoring a 212. The AQHA mare was bred by Quest Reiners LLC.

Non Pro Futurity Champion L3 and L4, 4-year-old horses: What A QT Whiz and Katja Jungfer
What A QT Whiz and his breeder and owner Katja Jungfer (Germany) had already been leading after the go round. Their great performance in the final with a score of 222 resulted in the AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Non Pro Levels 4 and 3 with the 4-year-old horses. The stallion was the first foal of Katja Jungfer‘s stallion Dunit On The QT, whose achievements include the NRHA Breeders Futurity Championship. His dam Im A Classy Whiz‘ NRHA LTE exceed $ 50,000. With her, Katja won the IRHA Derby Non Pro L1 and 2 and the NRHA Roleski Int. Non Pro Derby. What A QT Whiz has got an impressive show record himself. With his trainer Rudi Kronsteiner, the stallion was 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity Open third, Americana Open Futurity Champion and NRHA Breeders Futurity Open Reserve Champion (after a run off).

Shine N Whiz and Sandra Friesenbiller became Reserve Futurity Champion L3 and 4 scoring a 219.5. The stallion by Topsail Whiz out of Sandra’s great broodmare Spark N Pretty was 2013 Austrian Futurity Champion Level 3 and 4 Non Pro, NRHA Breeders Futurity and NRHA European Futurity Finalist.

Co-Champions Non Pro Futurity Level 1, 4-year-old horses:

Pepper Dry Sun under Martina Paiocchi and Miss Ciot O Broadway under Gianluca Liotti

Non Pro Futurity Final Level 1 of the 4-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Pepper Dry Sun (TRR Royal Sun O Lena x IC Paule Slide Dry)  under Martina Paiocchi (Italy) and Miss Ciot O Broadway (Broadway Jaba x Ciotolena) under Gianluca Liotti (Italy). Each of them had scored a 215.5. They decided against a run off and shared the Championship. Pepper Dry Sun was bred by Chiara Polli. Miss Ciot O Broadway, who was bred by Antonio Pedron, was fifth at the IRHA Futurity Level 1 Open with Tommaso Beltramini.

Docs Gotta Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Jag On Doc) and Nadja Hammer placed third scoring a 214. The Paint gelding which was bred by Karen J Highfield was 2013 Austrian Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion with Dr. Daniela Ratschew.

Ladies‘ Power: Ann Fonck claims Open Trophy, Tina Kunstner-Mantl Non Pro
The renowned Bronze Trophies of the AustrianRHA Futurity remained with two of Europe’s best Lady Reiners. The Open was won by Ann Fonck from Belgium aboard Rosanne Sternberg‘s Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz) who set this year’s Austrian Futurity’s record score as well: 227.5. The 6-year-old AQHA mare was 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist with Cody Sapergia and Polish Futurity Champion with Rudi Kronsteiner in the saddle. Ann Fonck won the Open at the 23 Winter Classic with her.

Dennis Schulz and Laredo Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Genuine Starbright) placed second scoring a 225. The stallion who is owned by Saad El Din Hadj-Abdou, is a multiple Bronze Trophy Champion and was part oft he Austrian team at the 2010 WEG.

The Non Pro was claimed by Tina Kunstner-Mantl (Austria) aboard her Cash N Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash). The 6-year-old gelding with whom Tina already was Co-Champion Non Pro at the SVAG Classic, scored a 222.5. Julia Gaupmann and Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made of Lacy) placed second (218).

Altogether, this 8th AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show was a true festival of reining with high class performance and a strong international team of judges. This show is a very special one – especially because of its atmosphere where visitors feel at home at once. This is partly a result of the beautiful facility, but mostly due to the excellent show team of Gerda Langer.   Here customer service is of utmost priority. A big thank you to the show team!

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Summary of Approved 2015 NRHA Rule Changes

Updated Aug. 19, 2014 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) reviewed all 2015 rule change proposals submitted to the body earlier this year. The board considered long-term administrative, global and fiduciary impact, in addition to member feedback provided via its website, direct contact and letters from the membership.

The following is a summary of action taken on these proposals. For more detailed and complete information on each item, log onto the Members Only section of

APPROVED – Rule Changes
• 74-02-15:

  • Part 1. Change the AA and A events to 90 days for event approval
  • Part 2. Move rules to a chart. Change added money caps on Rookie Professional and Rookie Level 2. Eliminate added money caps in Novice Horse Level 1 and Novice Horse Level 2
  • Part 5. Can hold two go-rounds in an ancillary show
  • Part 6. Eliminate the restriction that show management must hold both the Level 4 Open and Level 4 Non Pro classes at an Aged Show
  • Part 9 and 10. Combine Ride & Slide Level 1 and 2 show conditions
  • Part 12. Remove mandatory awards through tenth for Youth classes

• 59-01-15: Approve Professionals Membership category

• 60-01-15: A Non Pro is defined as a person who, at the time of application, has not won in excess of $200,000 in Category 1, 2 and 6 in open reining competition and…

• 62-01-15: Change the definition of immediate family member

• 62-03-15: Remove after-market logoed apparel or equipment

• 66-02-15: Change fine and forfeiture process for Youth showing in the Rookie 1 and Rookie 2 classes

• 74-01-15: Add Top Ten Event description that requires event approval forms to be submitted 90 days prior to the entry closing of the event and a three horse minimum in a class for it to count toward a world title

• 80-01-15: Add Prime Time Non Pro added money requirements

• 86-01-15: Change the name of Adaptive Reining to Para-Reining

• 91-01-15: Define what is considered complete relating to show results

• 105-01-15: Remove restrictions for hiring stewards, remove redundant rules and remove the rule that keeps a steward from stewarding the same show for more than two years in a row

RELATED ACTION – Proposal 54-10-15
• Amend the Animal Welfare & Medications Policy (Excluding European Events – Pol. 11-07-27) to continue the research phase through 2015 and create a task force to review NRHA medications rules and policies. This does not impact European events.

• The NRHA European Animal Welfare & Medications Policy, implemented January 2012, will remain with no changes for Europe.

APPROVED – Clarifications
• 43-01-15: Procedural change for contacting the accused during a investigation

• 73-01-15: Rule clarification allowing horses to be shown in Green Reiner I and Green Reiner II without restriction of ownership

• 74-02-15: Eliminate redundancies and increase ease of understanding in Show Conditions

• 93-01-15: Clarification outlining ownership for Year End Awards, the owner is the owner on record at the end NRHA competition year

• 149-01-15: Create consistency between the Handbook and Judges guide on the maneuver description for the trot in

Complete information on rule change voting will be posted at a later date on the Members Only section of and in the NRHA Reiner magazine.

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Definite Entries Being Confirmed for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

FEI PRESS RELEASE – Lausanne (SUI), 15 August 2014 – Definite entries for the five disciplines of Dressage, Para-Dressage, Reining, Endurance and Eventing, which take place over the first week of competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, have now been finalised.

The number of entries is exceptionally high and breaks the previous participation records. Dressage, Endurance, and Reining have all increased from the record numbers set for these disciplines at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2006 in Aachen (GER), while Para-Dressage and Eventing have gone up from their previous high at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Lexington, KY (USA).

The breakdown by discipline is as follows (click the name of the discipline to view the complete list):

  • Total NFs: 25
  • NFs with teams: 16
  • NFs with individuals only: 9
  • 89 combinations
  • Previous record: 68 participants from 21 countries (Aachen, 2006)


  • Total National Federations (NFs): 31
  • NFs with teams: 25
  • NFs with individuals only: 6
  • 103 combinations
  • Previous record: 89 combinations from 33 countries (Aachen, 2006)


  • Total NFs: 33
  • NFs with teams: 19
  • NFs with individuals only: 14
  • 100 combinations
  • Previous record: 60 combinations from 16 countries (Lexington, KY, 2010 – this was the first time that Para-Dressage appeared on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ programme)


  • Total NFs: 28
  • NFs with teams: 16
  • NFs with individuals only: 12
  • 97 combinations
  • Previous record: 80 combinations from 24 countries (Lexington, KY, 2010)


  • Total NFs: 47
  • NFs with teams: 33
  • NFs with individuals only: 14
  • 173 athletes, 198 horses
  • Previous record: 159 participants from 42 nations (Aachen, 2006)

The deadline for the definite entries in the three disciplines, which run during the second week of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy – Jumping, Driving, and Vaulting – is 21 August.

The new FEI Athlete Biographies page now has a special filter which only shows the athletes named in the definite entries for Dressage, Para-Dressage, Eventing, Endurance, and Reining. It will be updated on 22 August to include the athletes named in the definite entries for the three remaining disciplines.

Media Contacts:
Grania Willis, Director Press Relations,, +41 78 750 61 42
Malina Gueorguiev, Manager Media Relations,, +41 78 750 61 33

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

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Inside Reining’s Inside Look at 2014 IHSA National Horse Show

Inside Reining’s Inside Look at 2014 IHSA National Horse Show to Air September 16 on RFD-TVInsideReining-small-for-web

Fairfield, CT (August 13, 2014) Emmy award-winning videographer Chris Cook, of Sandbur Productions and NRHA, has confirmed that its behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews from the 2014 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, last spring will air September 16 on RFD-TV and online at

“The video is back from production, so we should be good to go,” said Cook, whose team put in hours of camera and interview time with IHSA coaches, riders, organizers and volunteers behind the scenes of America’s oldest and largest collegiate equestrian championship, hosting over 450 riders and 25 teams from colleges and universities across the US.

Where do the horses come from that are catch-ridden to these title championships? What goes through the mind of a college coach as their rider enters the ring? How do riders draw their horses? These are just some of the questions Cook and his camera sought to answer amid four days of Western and hunter seat competition, including the NRHA Open Championship, USEF Cacchione Cup, Collegiate Cup and AQHA High Point titles.

“This is the second year for coverage of the IHSA National Show on Inside Reining, and this year, in addition to Western coverage, we will be showing its hunter seat competition,” added Emmy award-winning host, Jenifer Reynolds.

“We are very excited about being able to share IHSA’s story with our audience. We hope it will help grow this great program that is giving so many young people the opportunity to experience equestrian competition.”

NRHA Inside Reining airs Tuesdays at 3pm and 11pm ET on RFD-TV and is produced in conjunction with Sandbur Productions of Jones, OK, an award winning, full-service video production company.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was incorporated in 1966 as the standard setting body of the sport of Reining and is responsible for promoting the sport and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. Learn more at

IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its teams and scholarships at

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NRHA Futurity Reminders & Move-In Info

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As the summer nears its end, anticipation is building for this year’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s event is scheduled to start one day later and includes a new Level 1 Open Rider Challenge. Below are a few reminders and updates to consider when making plans for this year’s event.

First Go-Round to Start One Day Later
As released in March of this year, the first go-round of the NRHA Futurity will start one day later; the day after Thanksgiving (November 28, 2014). The decision was made to allow horses more time to settle in after being transported from home to Oklahoma City.

Move-In Info
The grounds will not be open for move-in until Monday, November 24, at the earliest. This includes the move-in of stall fronts, supplies and vendors who may have had the opportunity to move in on Sunday in previous years.

Number of Horses Advancing to Open Semi-Finals Altered
Another decision released in March was an alteration to the number of horses advancing from the first go-round to the semi-finals, as shown below. This change will lessen the number of horses moving on to the semi-finals. However, historical research of recent Futurities has shown that none of the horses outside of the advancing number have made it to the finals. No changes were made to the number of horses that advance from the semi-finals to the finals.

Class:                 Number Advancing to Semi-Finals:
Level 4 Open      Top 100 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open      Top 50 horses (plus ties)

All horses qualifying for the semi-final will be placed into the regular draw. If you choose to scratch from the semi-final, you will need to fill out a scratch sheet in the show office prior to the horse’s scheduled draw.

Level 1 Open Rider Challenge
After the changes stated above were made, the Board chose to provide an additional opportunity for Level 1 Open riders/horses that just missed qualifying for the semi-finals. They will be given an opportunity to compete and win money in a $2,500-added Category 11 class on Thursday, December 4. The class will be open only to the next 20 Level 1 Open entries that missed the semi-finals. This class is not part of the Futurity, and therefore no nomination or entry fees paid for the Futurity will be applied to the class payouts.

Deadline Reminders

  • Final payment – Due on or before October 1, 2014 = $500 + $20 Video Fee
    • The final payment must be received in the NRHA Office on or before October 1, 2014 (POSTMARKS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED)
  • Late entries – Received on or before October 1, 2014 = $3,455
  • Late entries – Received October 2 until two days prior to the 1st go-round at 5 p.m. = $4,205
  • NOTE: 2014 entries must be received on or before November 1, 2014 to be placed into the regular draw. Entries received November 2, 2014 through 5 p.m. CST two days prior to the 1st go round will be placed in a group to precede the regular draw in the reverse order that they are received.


For more information on the 2014 NRHA Futurity, visit


Photos from the NRHA Reiner by Dawn Baxstrom and Waltenberry
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$23,000+ in Scholarships Up For Grabs in NRHA Youth Team Tournaments

By Hayley Lewallen- As youth riders across the world gear up for their NRHA Regional or Continental Affiliate Finals to earn bragging rights, they also have the chance to score scholarship money through the Youth Team Tournament. This event is held at every NRHA Affiliate Finals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico.

The Youth Team Tournament is open to any current youth member and there is no extra cost! Just enter the youth class or the Affiliate Finals youth class at your Regional or Continental event. Teams will consist of four members and riders can enter up to three horses.
Awards for the Youth Team Tournament are:
  • First place – Custom Montana Silversmiths Belt Buckles, custom medallions, and $1,200 in scholarship monies to be split between the four members
  • Second place – Custom medallions and $600 in scholarship monies to be split between four members
  • Third through Tenth place – Custom medallions
To redeem your Youth Team Tournament Scholarship, or any scholarship you may have won through NRHA, send an email to Hayley Lewallen, Senior Coordinator of Marketing, at with the following information:
  • University Name
  • University Address
  • University Phone
  • Student ID Number
Scholarships that are won at NRHA Continental Affiliate Finals held outside of the United States can be redeemed by sending the same information.For more information on youth programs, contact the NRHA at (405) 946-7400 or visit
Photo of the 2013 Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals
Photo credit: John O’Hara
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