Para-Reining Returns to the World Show

By Larri Jo Starkey and Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse JournalDerrick Perkins rides Mr Fritz Wood in para-reining at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show with help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and NRHA's $5 million rider Shawn Flarida.
PHOTO: Derrick Perkins rides Mr Fritz Wood in para-reining at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show with help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and NRHA’s $5 million rider Shawn Flarida. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) Watch the video below for an exclusive interview with Derrick, plus footage from the class.

Para-dressage riders change saddles for a spin on a reiner in a demonstration class at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.

Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport.

Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in Oklahoma City, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins received the high score of the night, a 74, from international judge Joe Carter.

Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty and the crowd was on its feet to honor both his service and his riding.

For the demonstration at the World Show, the para-reiners were matched with top-notch professionals who coached them on their rides and helped mount them on American Quarter Horses donated for the day.

Perkins’ coaches were reining’s double-gold medalist and the National Reining Horse Association’s  only $5 million rider, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, one of the best ropers in the world.

Perkins’ horse was Mr Fritz Wood, a 2008 buckskin stallion by Mr Junewood and out of Fritz Lovelady by China Fritz. He was bred by 20-year breeders Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was donated by his owner, Lincoln Figueiredo of Brazil, who was world champion in amateur heeling and amateur tie-down roping at the World Show. Figueiredo and the stallion were also reserve champions in the AQHA Farnam All-Around Amateur standings.

Other competitors included Katie Shoemaker, who won the reserve national title in both the team test and freestyle competitions for Grade 3 at the United States Equestrian Federation Para-Dressage National Championship. She was selected for the United States Equestrian Team short list for the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Shoemaker studies at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and has served in several leadership roles with the United States Dressage Federation.

Shoemaker was coached by Josh Visser of Visser Reining Horses in Whitesboro, Texas, and she rode See Stevies Dream, a 2011 gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Kalico Whiz by Topsail Whiz. He was bred by Lyle, Sondra and Josh Visser of Whitesboro and is owned by Visser’s wife, Carri.

Frederick Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner, Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington.

Win started learning dressage in 2011 and successfully competed at the United States Dressage Federation national level and FEI international level shows. Win competed at the Kentucky Reining Cup and at the World Show in 2013. He is coached by reining trainer Josh Visser, who also serves on the NRHA executive committee and was the 2013 NRHA professional horseman of the year.

Elinor Switzer traveled from Europe to participate in the para-reining demonstration at the World Show. Switzer is a founding member and past chairwoman of the Para-Western Riders of Germany and has an extensive show record in AQHA Equestrians With Disabilities classes. Switzer is a para-equestrian FEI Grade 4 rider.

AQHA Professional Horseman Shane Brown, a winning freestyle reiner from Elbert, Colorado, coached Switzer through her ride on Little Dual Dunnit, a 2001 bay gelding by Hollywood Dun It and out of Little Dual Missie by Dual Pep. He was bred by Tim and Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas, and is owned by Marc Jenkins of Colorado Springs, who generously donated him for the demonstration.

Paralympian Rebecca Hart was among the riders who competed at the World Show in 2013 and returned for more in 2014. She represented the United States in para-dressage at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Her coach was Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.

Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut riding hunters. Jacobson has been pursuing para-dressage the last four years and now para-reining. For the second time, Jacobson rode Zins Smart Wrangler, a 2011 gelding donated by Reed Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas. Jacobson was third on “Wrangler” at the para-reining event during the Kentucky Reining Cup in April. Jacobson’s coach for the day was Fred Thomsson, a champion reining trainer who represented Sweden at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Para-reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow.  For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised after this test year and with the cooperation of the United States Para-Equestrian Association with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in 2015.

See more at aqha.com.

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2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity & Italian Championship

Manerbio, November 8-15th

Today in Manerbio, on the sixth day of the 2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity, the crowed filled the stands to watch the IRHA 4-year-old Open and Non Pro Futurity finals.

The Open divisionMarkus Gebert & Charly Step N Cool BNG_8376

In a field of 35 finalists where ‘exciting’ was the key word, it was not until the very last horse-rider-combination entered the pen that the Level 4 champion was decided. The 2013 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4,3,2 and 1 Open Champions came back to Manerbio to take the title. Markus Gebert and Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running) owned by Angelika Gebert marked an amazing 227.5 for the win. “My mare is always the same, it’s just fantastic. Tonight we marked the same score as last year. Now our plans include showing her in the States.”

The reserve championship in the Level 4 went to the Level 3 champions, Guglielmo Fontana and GVR Gunalicous (Gunner x GVR Surprising Badge) owned by Bvba Van Roosbroeck & ZN. The pair scored a 221. “I’ve been riding this horse for about 10 days,” said the 23 QH assistant trainer. “Bernard showed her before coming here. She gave me her soul tonight and she really has such a big heart. I’m so happy!”

Reserve champions in the Level 3 Open division with a score of 219.5 was Austrian Johannes Hasenauer riding Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spark) for owner by Edith Hochmair.

Taking the Level 2 championship was Giovanni Masi De Vargas aboard Saturday Whiz (Saturdaynight Custom x Anjolena Whiz) owned by Little Ranch ASD and scoring 220.5.  “In the first go I felt her a bit tired and for this reason I only made the Level 2  finals. She’s a serious and reliable mare with whom I did a lot of shows and I’m really happy with how she went tonight.”

Giovanni also claimed the reserve championship with a 219.5 riding Marry Smoke (Dun It Up In Smoke x Marry For Tobia) owned by Maria Rachele Casini.

In the Level 1 division the championship went to Belgian Tiara Van Dongen and Dry Wimpys Kid (Wimpys Little Step x owned by Karla Frick with a 219.  Tiara also took the co-reserve championship aboard Hollywood Diva BB (Wimpys Little Step x Hollywood Balloues), owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, after posting a 216.5.

“I am particularly happy for this victory. I’ve been riding these horses for a short time and they are so different from each other. This is our last show and next year they will be shown by their owners. This evening they were both fantastic!”

Tying for the reserve championship was Alessandro Roasio riding Jupiter Of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little) for owner Franco Rosso.

The Non Pro division

Gina Maria & Captain Igloo BNG_7798Claiming the Level 4 Non Pro championship with a score of 215 was Gina Maria riding Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy), owned by Channay Sky Management SA.  The pair were last to enter the arena and beat the 214.5 posted by Italian Edoardo Bernardelli who had to settle for the reserve championship in the Level 4 Non Pro and claimed the Level 3 title.  Bernardelli was riding his own Im Taris Slide (OT Taris Melody x Im Gunna Slide).

In the Level 3 division the reserve championship was for Anthony De Lorenzis and Showman Chocolate (Chocolate Chic Olena x Hollywood Stopper). The pair scored a 213.

Tying for the co-championship in the Level 2 division with a 212.5 were  Greta Sordelli aboard DV Foxy Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Olena Foxy Red) and Roberta Giongo riding MTK Flipper (Mr Tori Kid x SGA Miss Dual Flip). Greta Sordelli and her mount also claimed the Level 1 championship.  Behind her in this division were Enzo Marniga and LF Custom Black Chex (Custom Blackberry x White Chex) with a score of 211.

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Finals

The Non Pro Futurity Finals will be held on Friday. The crowning of the 2014 edition of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity champions will close the Show on Saturday.

Ancillary Action

Making the event all the more exciting will be the finals of the IRHA Championship, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes and the ‘Reiner of The Future’ Trophy which will feature the Youth Under 13 and Short Stirrup classes.

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What Do Recent FDA Warnings to Equine Stomach Ulcer Product Manufacturers Mean?

What Do Recent FDA Warnings to Equine Stomach Ulcer Product Manufacturers  Mean?

MerialFrom Merial – In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to multiple marketers of products claiming treatment of equine stomach ulcers, including:

  • Horse Gold, Inc. – GastroMax3
  • HorsePreRace – Omeprazole Oral Paste, Omeprazole/Rantidine Oral Paste
  • Tri-Star Equine – Gastrotec
  • Douglas J. Gordon, Teton Equine – UlcerCure OTC
  • Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. – Gastroade Xtra
  • Ceva Animal Health Pty Ltd. – Omoguard Paste
  • Abler, Inc. – AbGard, Abprazole, Abprazole Plus, Abler Omeprazole
  • Multivet USA, Inc. – Gastro37 OTC

The FDA admonished all of them for promoting their products “for use in the mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in animals.”1-8 When companies market their products for such use, they fall under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and therefore are considered drugs. None of these companies have obtained FDA approval of their products, meaning the products have not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness or quality.9

“The FDA plays a significant role in ensuring the drugs marketed to consumers are safe, contain the proper amount of the active ingredient and achieve the intended result,” says Rebecca Peskin, senior equine manager, Merial. “With products that have not been through the rigorous FDA approval process, horse owners really don’t have any way of knowing exactly what they are getting.”

One of the products tested by the FDA, Gastroade Xtra, did not contain the amount of the active ingredient advertised on the label. In fact, it only contained 36.3 percent of the label claim.5 Another, Omeprazole Oral Paste, was tested and found to be sub-potent at just 68.1 percent of the label claim.2 This isn’t the first time illegally marketed omeprazole products have been found to be sub-potent. A previously published study conducted by the University of California-Davis also found wide discrepancies in omeprazole content versus label claims.10

According to Peskin, this lack of potency should be a serious concern to horse owners. “When a horse shows clinical signs of ulcers, and an owner gives that horse a medication that does not contain an appropriate amount of active ingredient, the horse is not likely to get better. Not only can it be a waste of time and money, but it could also have serious consequences for the health of that horse.”

There are, in fact, two products that have been proven to be safe and effective for the prevention and treatment of equine stomach ulcers, ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole).11,12

Consumers should be vigilant when it comes to treating their horses with any product – which means they should invest time researching whether or not a drug has received FDA approval. One way is by looking on the package for a six-digit New Animal Drug Application (NADA) number and the statement “Approved by the FDA.” In the case of generic drugs, look for the Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application (ANADA) number.

Another option is to go to AnimalDrugs@FDA and search the database.

“The equine drug marketplace can be overwhelming, as there are a lot of products available and some of the manufacturers of these products make claims that simply haven’t been proven. There is a process that any legitimate manufacturer goes through – it takes time and there are fees involved, but it’s the law and it’s the right thing to do for the health of horses,” says Peskin.

To help educate consumers about the types of drugs, the FDA approval process and identifying FDA-approved drugs, Merial developed the website www.equinedrugfacts.com. The site also has templates that consumers can submit to the appropriate authorities if they feel they have been misled by a product manufacturer.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.

Caution: Safety of GASTROGARD in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined. For full prescribing information, go to:
http://www.ulcergard.com/treat-with-gastrogard/product-label/Pages/default.aspx.

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 6,200 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with close to $2 billion of sales in 2013.

Merial is a Sanofi company.

For more information, please see www.merial.com.

®ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD are registered trademarks of Merial.
©2014 Merial Limited, Duluth, Ga. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1443 (11/14)

1FDA correspondence to Horse Gold, Inc. 10/29/2014. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm421146.htm. Accessed November 6, 2014.
2FDA correspondence to Horse PreRace. 10/29/2014. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm421133.htm. Accessed November 6, 2014.
3FDA correspondence to Tri-Star Equine 10/29/2014. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm421167.htm. Accessed November 6, 2014.
4FDA correspondence to Douglas J. Gordon 10/29/2014. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm421214.htm. Accessed November 12, 2014.
5FDA correspondence to Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm422544.htm. Accessed November 12, 2014.
6FDA correspondence to Ceva Animal Health Pty Ltd 10/29/2014. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm422549.htm. Accessed November 12, 2014.
7FDA correspondence to Abler Inc 10/29/2014. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm422545.htm. Accessed November 12, 2014.
8FDA Correspondence to Multivet USA, Inc. Available at:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm421707.htm. Accessed November 12, 2014.
9American Association of Equine Practitioners. Equine Veterinary Compounding Guidelines. Available at: http://www.aaep.org/custdocs/drug_compounding_guidelines.pdf. Accessed November 12, 2014.
10Stanley SD. Knych HK. Comparison of Pharmaceutical Equivalence for Commercially Available Preparations of Omeprazole. AAEP Proceedings 2011. Vol. 57:63.
11ULCERGARD product label.
12GASTROGARD product label.

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NRHA Expands Medications Testing for 2015

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors voted on November 3, during meetings in Oklahoma City, to maintain its Animal Welfare and Medications Policy for NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe.

Medication testing will continue in 2015 at NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe. The association’s Animal Welfare and Medications Policy, enacted in 2011, is a two-part program which also includes a protocol for events held in Europe and one for events held anywhere else.

Per the desire of the European membership and the European Affiliate Council, a specific European policy that provided for testing and disciplinary penalties was implemented on January 1, 2013. Simultaneously, the original policy outlined a multi-year plan for events held outside of Europe.

The first three years consisted of research testing at selected events, plus discussion and evaluation of disciplinary procedures and penalty structures. The research phase included four major events in the United States and one in Europe.

During the research phase, 50 horses were tested with only two samples testing positive for a forbidden substance. Since 2013 when the disciplinary phase began in Europe, 148 samples have been tested with zero samples testing positive for a forbidden substance.

The time-line for the fourth year (2015) stated that testing will be implemented and disciplinary procedures enforced. For NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe, the following events are subject to testing: AA events ($100,000 or more in added money for the entire event), Category 2 and 6 (aged event) classes. With the vote to maintain the Animal Welfare and Medications Policy, testing is now slated to begin in May 2015. The policy, as approved in 2011, can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com.

“Over the past year, I have talked to a lot of members about this subject. There have been some passionate discussions, but throughout, it was very clear that, despite differences in opinion on specific aspects, everyone held the welfare of the horse in the forefront,” said Rick Clark, previous chair of the Medications Task Force and NRHA Vice President.

“The intent of the NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications program is to enact a process that carefully considers all aspects of the issue, its impact on our horses and its impact on our industry. A task force has been created to evaluate it and to bring any suggested changes to the board next year,” said Beth Himes, NRHA President.

 

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The IEA Set Membership Record

Interscholastic Equestrian Association Set Membership Record  by Surpassing 10,000 Members Before Registration EndsIEA logo 1st choice-1

Columbus, Ohio – After years of steadily climbing membership, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) has reached a significant milestone. With time left before the membership application deadline, 10,198 young riders-ages 12-19-have enrolled for the 2014-2015 season.

In 2002, the IEA started with 175 riders on 13 teams and has progressively grown 25-30 pecent each year. While the increased membership has come from across the United States, this year many of the new members have come from west of the Mississippi and along the East Coast.

IEA membership rates are very affordable. Fees are $45 per individual rider for the season. Most important, there is no need to own a horse to participate in the IEA.

“This is an extraordinary achievement,” stated Co-founder and Executive Director, Roxane Lawrence. “We have many people to thank-especially the thousands of volunteers, parents, coaches, trainers and sponsors who contributed much for the growth of the IEA and the betterment of equestrian sport.”

Founded in 2002, The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students.  Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For additional information, please visit the IEA website: www.rideiea.org.

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Italian Futurity Numbers Skyrocket

The IRHA / IRHBA Futurity – Manerbio, 8-15 November 2014

The 29th edition of the Italian Futurity: numbers skyrocket

Provided by the Italian Reining Horse Association (Simona Diale) – Over 500 hundred horses – a record number – will be making their way to Manerbio, Italy, where the 29th edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity & Italian Championship Show will be held.Futurity-Logo-2014ESTESO

The NRHA approved Futurity is open to 3-year-old horses nominated in the IRHBA breeding program and offers the Euro 112.500-added Open and the Euro 53.000-added Non Pro divisions. The Open Futurity, which counts 86 horse-rider combinations entered in the four levels, is run in a two-go-round and clean slate finals. 41 horse-rider-combinations are entered in the four levels of the Non Pro Futurity which is run in a qualifying go and clean slate finals.

Opening the show on Saturday 8th will be the qualifying round of the Euro 18.500-added 4-year-old Futurity Open followed by the Euro 11.000-added 4-year-old Futurity. Over 120 horses will leave their mark in the Palasturla Arena on the first day of competition.

Making the event all the more exciting will be the finals of the IRHA Championship, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes and the ‘Reiner of The Future’ trophy which will feature the Under 13 and Short Stirrup classes.

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Downunder Horsemanship Consolidating

Downunder Horsemanship Consolidating

Down Under Horsemanship LogoClinician Clinton Anderson is consolidating his Downunder Horsemanship enterprise. Currently, the business is run out of two locations in Stephenville, Texas. The office headquarters, where 20 employees work out of, is located on the edge of town on US Highway 377. A 250-acre ranch, where 11 employees work and public events are held, is located on FM 3025, just two miles off of State Highway 108. In 2015, Clinton will run the company out of the ranch location that already houses an office building ready to meet the demands of the company. The office headquarters on 377, which includes a warehouse, call center and retail showroom, is listed for sale.

A native Australian, Clinton established Downunder Horsemanship in 1998 and quickly built the company into an industry-leading empire. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces an award-winning television show, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools for horse owners to make learning horsemanship as accessible and as easy as possible.

Clinton moved Downunder Horsemanship from Ohio to Texas in 2008 and made the decision to build the office headquarters in Stephenville because internet infrastructure wasn’t available at the remote ranch site to meet the daily needs of the company. Downunder Horsemanship receives high volumes of traffic to its online store, video streaming site and interactive fan club website. Working closely with Century Link, Downunder Horsemanship now has the connectivity it needs to run successfully from the ranch location.

“I’m looking forward to having my entire company based in one location so that I can interact with my teammates better,” Clinton said. “This move was a long time in coming, and everyone in the company is excited about it. It’s going to streamline a lot of processes, and it will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers.”

The 28,000-plus square foot office building sits on six acres and is listed for sale with Coldwell Bankers Preferred Properties. Interested parties may contact Kara Pack for more information at 254-968-7653 or kara@coldwellbankererath.com.

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The November Digital Reiner is Ready!

With the NRHA Futurity and the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships around the reinercovernovembercorner, the NRHA Reiner would like to wish everyone safe travels and good luck! While you’re traveling be sure to check out the November issue which is full of competition highlights from around the world. The South Central RAF, the European Derby and the High Roller Reining Classic are just a few of the shows covered.

Some of the feature stories include saddle care tips and an introduction to a few Green Reiner competitors from across the county.

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Put SmartPak in Your Pocket

Put SmartPak in Your Pocket

SmartPak introduces new iPhone and Android app

From SmartPak – PLYMOUTH, MA – October 24, 2014 – Have you ever been at the barn, halfway through doing stalls, when you remember you wanted to add something to your SmartPaks? Put those new Piper breeches or a pair of Rockin’ SP Reins on your wish list? Read the latest blog? How about standing in the wash stall and trying to remember what, exactly, rain rot looks like? Well, we have just the thing for you – the new SmartPak app!

The new SmartPak app is the perfect way to engage with SmartPak anywhere, from your living room to the barn. “We had a mobile website, but our customers told us they wanted more,” said Donnie Steele, SmartPak’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We developed the SmartPak app so our customers could capture the desktop experience right on their mobile device.”

SmartPak LogoThe SmartPak app allows users to easily shop our site, manage their SmartPaks, track orders, read our blog, post on our forum, and so much more. Shopping with the app is fun with new ways to find awesome products, like featured items and recommendations just for you. The app also provides easy access to valuable information, available right at your fingertips – customers have direct access to read blog and forum posts, educational health library articles, which covers a variety of horse care topics, and anything else from SmartPak…You name it, it’s there!

Download the SmartPak app today for FREE from the iTunes store or Google Play.

About SmartPak
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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SWRHA Futurity Results

Day-by-day recap provided by the Southwest Reining Horse Associationcasey deary swrha futurity

Oct. 22 – Casey Deary leading after first section – The John Deere Open Futurity

With 60 horses having competed, Casey Deary leads the John Deere Open Futurity with a score of 220.5 on Arc Gunna Sparkya (Gunna Trash Ya X Sailing Spark) owned by Rabboni Reining Horses of Gainesville, Texas.

Just behind with identical 220 score are Martin Larcombe on Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas and Jordan Larson on Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark X Kipper Lady Nic) owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah.casey hinton swrha fut

Casey Hinton is leading the Level 3 Intermediate Open John Deere Futurity for his 218.5 run on Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smoking Gun X Roll Whiz It ), owned by Stephanie Diane Nelson of Fort Worth, Texas.

There is a tie for second in the Intermediate Open at 216 between Brian Bell riding Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution X Ruffle Me Up) owned by Doug Van Rees of Canfield, Ohio and Sam Smith on Gold and Smart (Smart Spook X Whiz Me Gold) owned by David Pratt of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

melanie petroll swrha futSam is also leading the Level 2 Limited Open, with Josh Visser holding second place on Lil Money Gun (Colonels Lil Gun X Miss Shiney Cat) owned by Paul and Pam Rohus of Royse City, Texas.

In the Level 1, Melanie Petroll is tied for the lead on Hangten Dreamin (Hangten Suprize X Dream It Magnum) owned by Larry & Kathy Barker of Whitesboro, Texas. Both Melanie and Josh Crawley scored 213.5 – Josh on Jessies Lil Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream X Lil Ruf Jessie), a mare owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton of Whitesboro, Texas.

The action continues on Thursday with the conclusion of the John Deere josh crawley swrha futOpen Futurity Preliminaries and 22 horses will qualify in each open division for Saturday’s Finals!

Oct. 23 – Deary Tops Open Prelims on Arc Gunna Sparkya

At the conclusion of the John Deere Open Futurity Preliminaries, it took a 216.5 to make it to the Level 4 Open Finals.

Casey Deary topped the John Deere Open Futurity prelims with a score of 220.5 on Arc Gunna Sparkya (Gunna Trash Ya X Sailing Spark)
owned by Rabboni Reining Horses of Gainesville, Texas.

Just behind with scores of 220 were Martin Larcombe on Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas; Craig Schmersal on FS Taris Walla Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz X Taris Little Vintage) owned by Tim Anderson of Millbank, South Dakota and Jordan Larson on Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark X Kipper Lady Nic) owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah.

In the Level 3 Open, Duane Latimer posted a 219 on Reyning Legend (Custom Legend X Plum Reyning) owned by Robert Stinner of Aubrey, Texas to top the field. Right behind were Brian Bell on The Wizolution (Einsteins Revolution X Whizinci) owned by Tremblay REining Horses LLC of Ardmore, Okahoma and Casey Hinton  on Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smoking Gun X Roll Whiz It), owned by Stephanie Diane Nelson of Fort Worth, Texas. It took a score of 213.5 to make the Level 3 Finals.

Patti Brownshadel of Hempstead, Texas, leads the Level 2 Open with a score of 217.5 on Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz).  There was a three-way tie for second in the round between Arnaud Ferret on Bossy Bueno Bob (Cromed OUt Mercedes X Bueno Bobs BOssy) owned by John Adams of Overbrook, Oklahoma, Trey Pool on Electric Mercedes (Jacs Electric Spark X Best By Benz) owned by CDJ Perofrmances Horses of Sperry, Oklahoma and Sebastian Petrol on Magnums Shining Rey (Magnum Chic Dream X Shiners Miss Rey) owned by Larry and Kthay Barker of WHitesboro, Texas. Each scored 217. It took a 211 to make the Level 2 Finals.

Arnaud also topped the Level 1 Open, followed by Liam MacNeil on Tinseltown Tuffy (Hollywoodstinseltown X CT Raffian) owned by Werner Hermus of Valley View Texas. It took a score of 201 to make it to the Level 1 Finals.

The action continues on Friday with the Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity, followed by the Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses Back Gate Pizza Party and the exciting afternoon performance that will feature the Leadline and Walk-Trot classes sponsored by Silva Reining Horses.  That will be followed by the Markel Insurance NRHA Open class to finish the night.

Oct. 24 – Mandy McCutcheon Rides Vintage Chrome to Red River Equine Vet Services
Non Pro Futurity Championship

Congratulations to Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity Champion Mandy McCutcheon. Mandy topped the Level 4 category on Vintage Chrome (A Sparkling Vintage X Smart Custom Chrome) with a score of 219.5 to win $5,321. Mandy and her husband Tom purchased the mare in March, from Harper and Petra Conner.Mandy SWRHA 2014

“A friend of mine was coming to look at her and when she decided not to buy her, I thought we should.”

The decision was proven sound early on, when Mandy won the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity on her. “I haven’t shown her again until now,” said Mandy.

Mandy gave credit to trainer Debbie Arballo for “doing most of the work on the mare” and said that Tom helps out occasionally, too. Referring to the mare, Mandy said “She’s so solid and physical – really gritty.”

Mandy also tied to win the Reserve title – with herself! She rode MJG Colonel Dry (Gunner X Hollywood Dry) and Shootin Forthe Stars (Gunner X Dun It On A Star) to scores of 219 to earn $2,834 each. Both horses are owned by her parents’ McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas.

Flis SWRHA 2014The Level 3 and Level 2 Non Pro titles ended in a tie between Flis Sassella of Marietta, Oklahoma and Ryan Birkenfeld of Nazareth, Texas. Each scored 217.5 and each earned $1,739 for the Level 3 and $981 for the Level 2.

Flis was riding Chic Magnito (Magnum Chic Dream X Tivito Norma) owned by her husband, Richard. The Sassellas raised her dam and she has produced 7 NRHA money earners, four of which Flis has gotten to ride.

She earned money at the Tulsa Reining Classic, then swept all the divisions of the recent Warmup Futurity in Waco, Texas. “He’s super-easy to show,” she said. “I know I can go in there and trust him.”

Ryan Birkenfeld was riding Cant Spook Me (Spooks Gotta Gun X Te On The Trashy Side). A recent graduate of Texas A & M University, 22-year-old Ryan has been riding reiners about 10 years but this is his first reining futurity horse – and his first major win.

It was also his first time to attend the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ryan also won the Level 1 Division, with Theresa Putman riding HA Casper (Lena Spark X DA Nic A Tune) to the Reserve title.

Flis also won the Prime Time with John Dergo of Whitesboro, Texas picking up the Prime Time Reserve Title on Shining Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream X Shining Moonstone).

Oct. 25 – Martin Larcombe Wins Second Consecutive John Deere Open Futurity
Larcombe SWRHA 2014
Martin Larcombe drew up early in the John Deere Futurity Open Finals on October 25. He was the third out and when his run was completed, a new standard had been set!  He piloted Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) to a smoking 224.5 score that would hold up through all the rest of the challengers.

About this time last year, Martin purchased the big-stopping palomino  from Mitzi Kingman Martin for XCS Ranch in Gordonville, Texas, where he is resident trainer.  He’s ridden him since, and, in his words, “showed him pretty easy a couple of times” before going to the Heritage Futurity in early October, where he edged into the top ten. By time for the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, he felt the stallion was ready, and the result was the second John Deere Open Futurity championship in as many years!

Like last year, Martin won the John Deere Gator, sponsored by John Deere and Pettit Machinery. He also won the trophy saddle from Scottsdale Western World and a check for $15,651!

The Southwest Reining Horse Association gives a custom golf cart to the owner of the sire of the futurity champion that has participated in the annual SWRHA Stallion Auction and that went to Snip O Lution’s sire, Einsteins Revolution.

Reserve honors went to NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay on Pinstripe Benz (Smart Starbuck X Dun It For Chex) owned by Benzco International of Tioga, Texas. McQuay earned a score of 221.5 to earn $9,527 and a pair of Anderson Bean boots.Bell SWRHA 2014

In the Level 3 Open, Brian Bell topped the field of 24 finalists on Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution X Ruffle Me Up) owned by Doug Van Rees of Canfield, Ohio with a score of 220. That earned $7,821 and a custom saddle sponsored by the Southwest Reining Horse Association.

Brian has only had the gelding about three weeks and is just getting with him and adjusting to his lightening-fast turnarounds! “Ruben Vandorp trained him and my longtime friend Doug Van Ries owns him. I rode his mother, as well.”

Ruffolution earned his sire, Einsteins Revolution, a buckle for the Level 3 win.

1213 SWRHA 2014There was a tie for the Reserve title in the Level 3 between Ryan Rushing and Liam McNeil, both scoring 219.5 to earn $4,167 each.

They also tied for the Level 2 championship – Ryan on Lil Gaga Gun owned by Paul and Pam Rohus of Royse City, Texas and Liam on Tinseltown Tuffy, owned by Werner Hermus of Valley View, Texas. That Level 2 tie added another $2,421 to each of their totals.

Ryan got Lil Gaga Gun (Colonels Lil Gun X Hollywood Baby Dunit) after the Derby. Jason Vanlandingham had been training him and he suggested to the owners that she go to someone eligible for the level 2 and 3.

It was the first time for the mare ever to be shown. “She acted like an old horse; she’s very good minded and she just got better,” said Rushing. Next on the agenda for the good mare is a trip to the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show and then the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City.

1212 SWRHA 2014Liam started Tinseltown Tuffy (Hollywoodstinseltown X CT Raffian) as a 2-year-old. He showed him to some success at the Tulsa Reining Classic in August, then brought the big stopping stallion to Ardmore. Next on tap is the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Liam also won the Level 1 Championship, earning another $513 for owner Werner Hermus and garnering the Level 1 sire buckle for Hollywoodstinseltown owners, Dave and Bonnie Silva.

The Einsteins Revolution Open Mare Bonus of $1000 went to Lil Miss Einshine (Einsteins Revolution X Miss Rey O Shine) ridden by Carol Metcalf and owned by Jill Martin of Houston, Texas.
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