NRHA Derby Watch: Tropical Storm Bill Slides and Spins Through Oklahoma Overnight

Competitors and spectators traveling to Oklahoma City for the National Reining Horse Association Derby are cautioned to check for temporary road closures prior to departing.  Show office will still open at noon on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 18, 2015 – Oklahoma had a rough evening last night with Tropical Storm Bill making its way from Houston, then Dallas, and then north through Oklahoma City and completing its track towards Tulsa and Missouri.  All competitors and spectators planning to travel to Oklahoma City for the 2015 NRHA Derby are asked to please check local conditions and updated alerts from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation prior to making the journey.  An up to date map of road closures in the state of Oklahoma is constantly available online.

NRHA is excited for everyone to come and experience this world-class event, but NRHA asks all to please take necessary precautions traveling to Oklahoma City.  Turn around, don’t drown.

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

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

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Jose Vazquez NRHA’s Second Non Pro Million Dollar Rider

Jose Vazquez NRHA’s Second Non Pro Million Dollar Rider

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sara Jensen – June 17, 2015 - Jose Vazquez, an National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) member since 1997, has been dedicated to the sport in all of its aspects from the start. Winning his first major paycheck in 1999 at the Gordyville Breeders Cup as the Limited and Non Pro Reserve Champion on the 1993 gelding Mr Boot Scootin Jac (Mr Barbie Cody Jac x Miss Stepping Pine).

From there, Vazquez grew a reining empire. Acquiring Smart Like Juice (Smart Little Lena x Jessies Oak) from Vaughn and Justin Zimmerman started a legacy. The 1994 stallion was purchased by Vazquez in 1998. Smart Like Juice has earned over $56,096 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings with his biggest paycheck won at the 1997 NRHA Futurity with Ken Eppers in the saddle. The duo placed in the Top 10 in the Open division bringing home $22,458.

While his accomplishments in the show pen were impressive, Vazquez set up Smart Like Juice to excel in the breeding shed. The decision to stand the stallion proved a smart one. In 2008, Smart Like Juice became an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. Then in 2012, he surpassed the two million dollar mark in offspring earnings. And now in 2015, Smart Like Juice is quickly closing in on the three million dollar sire mark with$2,923,400 in offspring earnings.

Another smart business decision made by Vazquez was to incorporate Smart Like Juice’s name and create Smart Like Juice, Inc., in 2004.  Since then, Smart Like Juice, Inc., has claimed yet another major accomplishment in the reining industry, the title of an NRHA Million Dollar Owner in 2013.

Based in Markham, Illinois, Vazquez has continued his winning ways earning paycheck after paycheck on mainly Smart Like Juice offspring. The show season of 2003 proved to be an impressive one for Vazquez as he won the Non Pro Reserve Champion title on Sugar Like Juice (Smart Like Juice x Smart Sugar Pop) at the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity along with placing in the Top 10 on Northstar Light (Grays Starlight x Peppy Hickory San) and being a finalist on Juicy Lil Joke (Jokers Mustang Sally).  The total paycheck for Vazquez after the 2003 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity was $35, 975.

Vazquez has often found success at another major reining event, the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC). In 2009, Vazquez and Wound By Juice (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner) claimed the L4 Non Pro division championship title and was also a finalist with SLJ I Like It Ruf (Smart Like Juice x Ruf Catalyst) and SLJ Dun Juice (Smart Like Juice x Some Kind Of Dun It). When all was said and done, Vazquez took home $45, 961. Then in 2011, Vazquez and Moonshine Juice (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner) placed in the top five at the NRBC adding another $28,573 to his NRHA Lifetime Earnings.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Jose Vazquez is officially the second non pro rider to gain Million Dollar Rider status. Not only is this title quite an accomplishment by itself, but it also rounds out a triangle of impressive NRHA Million Dollar titles. Congratulations to Jose Vazquez-NRHA Million Dollar Rider!

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

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Eleuterio Arcese announces €400,000-added Futurity to be held in 2016 in Italy

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Eleuterio Arcese announces €400,000-added Futurity to be held in 2016 in Italy

Arco, Italy, Provided by Simona Diale, June 13, 2015 – National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame Inductee, Eleuterio Arcese, is thrilled to announce that in 2016 a €400,000-added Futurity, open to 3-year-old horses, will be offered.

“I believe that the sport of Reining in Italy and in Europe needs to be given a boost at this point in time,” said Arcese. “Thanks to the support of a number of business owners who believe in the sport, we will be able to offer the €400,000-added NRHA approved Futurity and will guarantee €100,000 to the winner of the Open Level 4 Futurity. I am very much looking forward to this project which we have started working on and am pleased to announce that Irene Castelli, owner of Cowboy’s Magazine and event organizer, and Simona Diale, who has been actively involved in promoting Reining for many years by my side, will be working closely with us.”

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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2015 NRHA Derby is Right Around the Corner!

Make plans now to attend the 2015 National Reining Horse Association Derby in Oklahoma City, OK, and you might go home with more than when you arrived!

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 12, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is scheduled to take place at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City June 20-27, and NRHA wants you to not go home empty handed!  In partnership with trade show vendors, NRHA Partners and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the NRHA Zone is going to be buzzing all week long. In addition to a world-class equestrian competition, spectators can expect a new, engaging experience to make the NRHA Derby a fun experience for the entire family.

Here’s what visitors can expect:

  • Free Parking, complete with shuttle service to help spectators get out of the hot sun, and into the cool coliseum!
  • Free Admission all week!
  • Renew NRHA memberships at the NRHA Zone
  • Coupons and discounts from vendors in the trade show
  • A “Selfie Stand” at the NRHA Zone in the trade show where one lucky winner will be selected each day for posting selfies on Facebook!
  • You Be The Judge! Score a friend as they “run” NRHA Pattern 9 in the trade show (on foot)
  • Build an ultimate fantasy team of NRHA professionals for a chance to win a special prize package!
  • Catch free prizes and gifts from the stands all week long!
  • Get an autograph of USEF and NRHA Professionals!
  • And much more!

Don’t miss the great competition.  New for 2015, NRHA added the Classic Equine 4D Reining competition for exhibitors entered in the Youth, Novice Horse Non Pro, Amateur and Green Reiner classes on June 21. Exhibitors competing in these classes at the NRHA Derby can enter the 4D portion for an additional $20 by noon, June 20.  The 4D portion will be run concurrently during those classes.

The 4D jackpot method is a new innovative concept in the reining world, and was first introduced at the 2012 NRHA Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth. “We’re so excited to bring this concept to the NRHA Derby. It not only allows NRHA to test a widely popular concept in the barrel racing industry, but also gives riders a chance to win better paychecks. We are always looking for innovative ways to make Reining more and more appealing to those not already in our sport and we think this is an excellent direction to grow the sport of reining,” said Shianne Megel, NRHA Director of Events & Affiliates.

Not only is the 2015 NRHA Derby the best place to see some of the best horses and horsemen compete for nearly $1 million in cash and prizes, but spectators can also go home big winners! A complete schedule and list of host hotels are available now at nrhaderby.com.

Special thanks to NRHA Partner: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Miller International: Cinch & Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios Of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Schmersal Reining Horses, SmartPak, and Xtra Quarter Horses.

Special thank you to NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Fan-Guy, Joe Cooper Ford of Yukon, Tamarack Ranch, Not Ruf At All, Arenus, Sundowner and Twin Cities South Trailers.

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

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

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2015 FEI European Championships: An Interview with ALRV president Frank Kemperman

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2015 FEI European Championships at Aachen:
Reining? That’s where things are really happening!

An Interview with ALRV president Frank Kemperman

Provided by Ramona Billing, June 5, 2015 – Reining is one of the five disciplines of the 2015 FEI European Championships at Aachen which are scheduled for August 11 until 23. The President of the organizing institution, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), Frank Kemperman, is talking about the show preparations in the following weeks and why the European Championships are such a great chance for Reining in Europe.

Question: Only two more months until the beginning of the FEI European Championships…

Frank Kemperman: …and we all are really looking forward to this event. I hope everybody is still remembering the exciting World Equestrian Games in 2006. We would like to continue what we started then.

Question: Reining is not one of the traditional CHIO Aachen disciplines…

Kemperman: That is right, and that is why we asked AQHA past president Johannes Orgeldinger to be part of our team again as an expert for reining. The CHIO visitors are excited to have the reiners back in Aachen again, but the event is also a great chance for reining in general. Aachen is an ideal platform to present reining to a major audience. Not only to those who are visiting the event, but also via live television. Hundreds of journalist from all over the world will come to the FEI European Championships and report about the sport. On the other hand, riders of the other disciplines will have the chance of getting a glimpse at reining.

Question: Wgich is part of your concept of course.

Kemperman: That’s right. Five disciplines – one location. That is our idea. All of the show arenas will be close together, and riders the various disciplines will get an idea of how the other disciplines are training and showing. We will have about 60 reiners here in Aachen, let’s see how many of them will uses the chance of watching the other disciplines.

Question: The first reining horse will enter the arena on August 14. I guess there is a lot to prepare until then…

Kemperman: With the Deutsche Bank Arena, we have got an excellent show arena for the reiners. The arena will be covered, and of course, we will fill in a special ground for reining. At the moment, there is the Geomix-ground for dressage in it. As soon as the roof is there for the arena, the ground will be changed: clay below and then sand on top.

Question: And how will the arena be covered?

Kemperman: The bigger parts of the roof will be pushed inside, and then, everything will be built up from there. We are working together with a Dutch company that specializes on such roof constructions. We will start at the beginning of July, in the middle of July everything should be ready.

Question: What are your memories of 2006, when reining was part of the WEG at Aachen?

Kemperman: Oh, that was loud! That was where things were really happening, with the cheering reining fans. That was a real experience, and I’m looking forward to that again!

www.aachen2015.de

From August 11 until 23, 2015, Aachen will host the FEI European Championships in five disciplines: dressage and show jumping, reining, vaulting and four-in-hand driving. Also the three-day-eventers will meet there, but their show will not be part of the FEI EC. More than 400,000 visitors are expected at the event that offers a purse of more than EUR 3 Million altogether.

For more information, please contact Ramona Billing at +49-6106-2835961 and +49-170-5827420 or email Ramona.Fallei@t-online.de

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Einsteins Revolution is NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – June 5, 2015 - The National Reining Horse Association is pleased to congratulate the association’s newest Million Dollar Sire — Einsteins Revolution. He joins other distinguished sires who have achieved the lofty distinction, including his sire.

Einsteins Revolution is a 2002 dun stallion bred by Christian and Rosi Wagner of Germany.   In January 2005, Ruben Vandorp became a part owner and the recorded ownership became Wagner & Vandorp.  By Million Dollar Sire Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve) and out of Fly Flashy Jac by Boggies Flashy Jac, Vandorp became the young prospect’s trainer and directed his show career.  His oversight, though a bit unorthodox by most standards, involved having multiple NRHA Professionals show the dun dynamo. At the 2005 NRHA Futurity, the much heralded Tim McQuay showed the stallion to a Level (L) 4 Open finalist position.  NRHA’s Leading Money-Earning Rider, Shawn Flarida, showed him at the 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), winning the L4 Open Champion title, which included a $63,000 paycheck.  At the 2007 NRBC, Vandorp and the dun collected the L3 Open division win and the L4 Reserve title for earnings in excess of $99,000.  At the 2007 NRHA Derby, with Vandorp at the reins, the stallion earned the Level 3 Open division championship.  Competitors, including Vandorp, paid homage to the great Bill Horn, NRHA’s first Million Dollar Rider and a Hall of Famer, at the 2007 and 2008 Bill Horn Shootout/Single Shot Derby events. Vandorp and Einsteins Revolution won both events, pocketing $30,000 for each win.  Einsteins Revolution was the first horse to earn more than $300,000 in NRHA events!  All told he has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $352,720.

When he went to the breeding shed, Einsteins Revolution created much excitement based on his show pen success and quickly proved his worth as a sire, attracting some of the best mares in the performance horse industry.  He is one of the youngest sires to achieve NRHA Million Dollar Sire status. Currently, his total offspring earnings are $1,015,586.  Now owned by Silver Spurs Equine & Vandorp, Einsteins Revolution stands in Scottsdale, Arizona, at Silver Spurs Equine.

With such outstanding offspring as Revolution Is Dun (NRHA Lifetime Earnings [LTE] $144,422), Relatively Sweet LTE $67,447), Footwork Revolution (LTE $64,029), Einsteinshersheykiss (LTE $46,996), and Memorable Revolution (LTE $35,868), Einsteins Revolution will undoubtedly continue to demand attention from mare owners while setting new standards and milestones.

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

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The June Digital Reiner is Ready

reinercoverThe June Digital Reiner is ready and it’s packed with all sorts of stories! Extensive competition coverage ranging from the Kentucky Reining Cup to the excitement that was the NRBC and then over to NRHA Germany Easter Show and more can be found throughout the issue.

Informative articles over nutrition are also in this June issue. Topics like what kind of unusual ingredients might be found in your horses joint supplement to discusses if you should contact an equine nutritionist to make sure your horse is getting optimal nutrition for its needs.

Don’t forget to check out the proposed rule changes outlined in the June issue before the final discussion and vote that will take place in August.

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2015 FEI European Championships at Aachen: Reining? That’s where things are really happening!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2015 FEI European Championships at Aachen:
Reining? That’s where things are really happening!

An Interview with ALRV president Frank Kemperman

Provided by Ramona Billing, June 5, 2015 - Reining is one of the five disciplines of the 2015 FEI European Championships at Aachen which are scheduled for August 11 until 23. The President of the organizing institution, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), Frank Kemperman, is talking about the show preparations in the following weeks and why the European Championships are such a great chance for Reining in Europe.

Question: Only two more months until the beginning of the FEI European Championships…
Frank Kemperman: …and we all are really looking forward to this event. I hope everybody is still remembering the exciting World Equestrian Games in 2006. We would like to continue what we started then.

Question: Reining is not one of the traditional CHIO Aachen disciplines…
Kemperman: That is right, and that is why we asked AQHA past president Johannes Orgeldinger to be part of our team again as an expert for reining. The CHIO visitors are excited to have the reiners back in Aachen again, but the event is also a great chance for reining in general. Aachen is an ideal platform to present reining to a major audience. Not only to those who are visiting the event, but also via live television. Hundreds of journalist from all over the world will come to the FEI European Championships and report about the sport. On the other hand, riders of the other disciplines will have the chance of getting a glimpse at reining.

Question: Which is part of your concept of course.
Kemperman: That’s right. Five disciplines – one location. That is our idea. All of the show arenas will be close together, and riders the various disciplines will get an idea of how the other disciplines are training and showing. We will have about 60 reiners here in Aachen, let’s see how many of them will uses the chance of watching the other disciplines.

Question: The first reining horse will enter the arena on August 14. I guess there is a lot to prepare until then…
Kemperman: With the Deutsche Bank Arena, we have got an excellent show arena for the reiners. The arena will be covered, and of course, we will fill in a special ground for reining. At the moment, there is the Geomix-ground for dressage in it. As soon as the roof is there for the arena, the ground will be changed: clay below and then sand on top.

Question: And how will the arena be covered?
Kemperman: The bigger parts of the roof will be pushed inside, and then, everything will be built up from there. We are working together with a Dutch company that specializes on such roof constructions. We will start at the beginning of July, in the middle of July everything should be ready.

Question: What are your memories of 2006, when reining was part of the WEG at Aachen?
Kemperman: Oh, that was loud! That was where things were really happening, with the cheering reining fans. That was a real experience, and I’m looking forward to that again!

www.aachen2015.de

From August 11 until 23, 2015, Aachen will host the FEI European Championships in five disciplines: dressage and show jumping, reining, vaulting and four-in-hand driving. Also the three-day-eventers will meet there, but their show will not be part of the FEI EC. More than 400,000 visitors are expected at the event that offers a purse of more than EUR 3 Million altogether.

For more information, please contact Ramona Billing at +49-6106-2835961 and +49-170-5827420 or email Ramona.Fallei@t-online.de

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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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Oklahoma Issues New Livestock Entry Requirements

Oklahoma issued emergency import requirements on May 13 for livestock entering the state from a county where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed.

Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, May 21, 2015 - As of May 13, Oklahoma issued emergency import requirements for livestock (equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine or cervidae) entering the state from a county where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed within the last 30 days or a county that contains a premise quarantined for vesicular stomatitis shall be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dated within five days of entry containing the following statement:

“All animals identified on this certificate have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis.”

The CVI shall be completed by an accredited veterinarian from the state where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed and shall be obtained prior to each entry into Oklahoma. This includes re-entry of Oklahoma-origin animals that have traveled to a state with vesicular stomatitis.

Counties in States with vesicular stomatitis and effective date:

Maricopa, Arizona – May 1
Kane, Utah – May 1
Yavapai, Arizona – May 13
Grant, New Mexico – May 15
Pecos, Texas – May 18

More information from Michael Herrin, DVM, Assistant State Veterinarian, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry:

“We currently do not have any movement restrictions or testing requirements regarding Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

I share your concern given the recent news of two EHV positive horses at a reining competition in Illinois.  We rely on the state officials in Illinois to investigate the situation and institute movement restrictions on exposed horses.

Show management for upcoming events should remind participants to be “disease aware” by practicing good biosecurity, maintain daily health and temperature evaluations on their horses, ensure vaccinations are current, and get prompt veterinary care for sick horses.

The situation with Vesicular Stomatitis or EHV can change quickly, please check back or review http://ag.ok.gov as your event approaches for up-to-date information.”

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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NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

The National Reining Horse Association is pleased to announce that Magnum Chic Dream recently reached another milestone in his breeding career by becoming NRHA’s newest Three Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, Sherman, Texas, the 1996 sorrel American Quarter Horse currently stands at Casey & Kathy Hinton’s Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.

Magnum Chic Dream was bred by Guy Du Ponchel of France.  He is by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee by NRHA Hall of Famer and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody. In the show pen, the talented stallion was a force to be reckoned with; earning more than $44,000. Some of the highlights of his career include:

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

Magnum Chic Dream’s offspring have earned over $3,0l2,600 propelling him to a new standing  among NRHA’s elite sires.  His top money earners include:

  • Taris Dreamer – NRHA LTE $170,855, 2009 gelding (Taris San Cutter by Doc Tari) owned by Ron Thompson, Whitesboro, Texas
  • Lil Magnum Jessie – NRHA LTE $166,200, 2006 gelding (Lil Ruf Jessie by Lil Ruf Peppy): owned by Casey & Kathy Hinton, Whitesboro, Texas.
  • Chicsdundreamin – NRHA LTE: $149,300, 2007 gelding (Goody Goody Dun Drop by Hollywood Dun It), owned by Betty Schroeder, Gatesville, Texas.
  • Magnum With A Dream – NRHA LTE $128,200, 2005 stallion (Shine On Sayo by Shining Spark) owned by Joshua Visser.
  • This Chicsdundreamin - NRHA LTE $124,600, 2004 mare (Hermosa Dun It by Hollywood Dun It) owned by George Lawrence, Gainesville, Texas.
  • Dreamy Little Sailor – NRHA LTE $108,100, 2002 gelding (Enjoy A Lena x Gay Bar Lena) owned by Morris Kulmer, Bountiful, Utah.

Congratulations to Magnum Chic Dream, Viola Scott and Cedar Ridge Stallion Station on reaching their newest NRHA milestone.

Photo by John Brasseaux

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