Southeast Election Results

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole.

For this year’s elections, one 2017-2018 Southeast Regional Director seat was filled by a vote of Southeast region members ending November 1. The results of this election can be found by logging in to the Members Only section on 

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Time to Ride Challenge Introduces Over 28,000 New Enthusiasts to Horses; Awards $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

Three grand-prize winners take home $10,000 each in the grassroots contest designed to grow the horse industry.

Georgetown, TX, October 26, 2016 - The Time to Ride Challenge concluded its 2016 year by awarding $100,000 in cash and prizes to top stables, clubs, and businesses in three tightly competitive divisions who excelled at introducing new people to horses. A total of 38 hosts will take home cash prizes ranging from $100 to $10,000, plus products and awards provided by American Horse Council Marketing Alliance organizations, for their successful efforts in bringing new enthusiasts into the horse industry through the Challenge. Time to Ride congratulates every Challenge host who participated and worked hard towards growing their businesses and the horse industry!

The third annual Challenge took place June 1st – September 30th and saw a record number of events, 1,004, held by competing hosts. By providing fun, safe, beginner-friendly horse experiences, competing hosts not only introduced new enthusiasts to the benefits of horse activities but gained new leads and clients for their businesses and clubs. A total of 28,175 newcomers, who previously had little to no experience with horses, enjoyed a hands-on introduction to horses and riding in the 2016 Challenge. This comment on Facebook from 7th place winner in the Small division, Jenn Gay of Heavenly Horse Stables, says it best: “Thank you so much for this Challenge! We opened our barn doors in February 2016 and your Challenge has directly brought in 10 of my lesson students and has giving me a large email base to help keep people connected with horses! Your marketing toolkit is perfect and just what we needed.”

Champion of the Small Division is KarMik Acres, of Woodstock, Illinois, a private facility that hosts clinics and other horse events. Owner Karen Boso stated that at first they were interested in the prize money offered in the Challenge, but quickly experienced the joy of introducing people to horses for the very first time. “We were able to change the minds of families who had never had a positive experience with horses, and really enjoyed seeing both kids and parents meet a horse for the first time,” she said. While KarMik Acres doesn’t offer beginner riding lessons, Boso worked with a network of local stables to which she referred interested newcomers to sign up for lessons and camps, boosting the local horse community. KarMik Acres’ most successful event was held at a local orchard in prime apple-picking season, where they knew hordes of families interested in health, fitness, and outdoor activities would already be congregating. They set up stations near the entrance with two horses and connected with over 700 newcomers who learned about horses and where to get involved in riding locally. “Overall the more people we can bring into the horse industry, the better,” said Boso, and with a total of 1,429 newcomers introduced to horses throughout the Challenge, KarMik Acres certainly accomplished their goal.

Promenade Horsemanship Academy of Brighton, Colorado is the winner of the Medium Division. Promenade offers boarding, riding lessons, a variety of horsemanship classes, and is active in horse agility, catering to all ages and levels of riding. Owner Kim Gieseke was overcome with emotion when she learned of their win and shared how hard her staff and volunteers had worked all summer to introduce an amazing total of 2,495 people to horses. Promenade originally heard of the Challenge through the Colorado Horse Council and was second place winner in the inaugural Challenge, in 2014. Gieseke stated that her stable capitalized on events that attracted large groups of her target market, moms and families, and also promoted events by riding in parades and utilizing walking assistants to hand out fliers to spectators. After the parade concluded, spectators could come meet the horses up close and learn about opportunities available at Promenade. Another successful partnership was with a local elementary school, which netted six new horsemanship students from a single event! “The Challenge has opened my eyes to see that a lot of people are apprehensive about horses, but simply by meeting them up close can quickly become comfortable and really enjoy the experience, opening the doors to further involvement. It’s been a great avenue for getting to know our community better,” said Gieseke.

The Large Division saw a repeat winner in Las Vegas, Nevada-based Horses4Heroes, which was champion of the Large Division in 2014. Through its community equestrian center in Las Vegas and national network of stables, Horses4Heroes’ mission is to “make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to, our service members, veterans, survivors, First Responders and their immediate families, as well as other heroes in our communities including, but not limited to, nurses, special needs teachers, and others who service and sacrifice keep us safe and free.” After limited participation in 2015, the non-profit came back strong in 2016 with several community partnerships that helped boost their efforts to put new people on horseback. “This year we really wanted to involve our whole community,” shared Horses4Heroes president, Sydney Knott, saying that “connecting with local Girl Scout troops helped tremendously” as many troops took up the opportunity to complete horsemanship badges at Horses4Heroes events. Horses4Heroes also partnered with the Trail of Painted Ponies through effective cross-promotion: newcomers could register for a $5 ride pass, redeemable at Horses4Heroes, on the Trail of Painted Ponies website, while entering to win a statue from the Patriotic Ponies collection. “We hope that our efforts create a more educated and aware consumer, and potential horse owner, which will benefit horses in the long run!” said Knott.

Each champion won $10,000 cash; in all three divisions cash prizes were awarded to winners through 10th place. New in 2016, two winners were awarded Wild Card prizes: Harmony Horse Equestrian Center won $500 as the top-performing host that did not win a divisional prize, and Alpine Animal Hospital was awarded $250 as the runner-up Wild Card. To view full results, please visit

To view photos from the 2016 Challenge, please see the album on Time to Ride’s Facebook. For more info, please call 512-591-7811 or contact

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Equibrand the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative; Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.


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APHA Introduces Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year Award

APHA is excited to announce the creation of the Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award, which will recognize outstanding Markel APHA Professional Horsemen. The award will be presented annually at the APHA Convention; in 2017, the Convention takes place February 24–27 in Irving, Texas.

Nominations for the Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award are due November 20 for evaluation by the Professional Horseman’s Committee. Nominees will be judged on accomplishments and merit. Visit to download the nomination form, and submit completed forms to APHA Manager of Show & Contest Amanda Cormack at

“We are excited to unveil the inaugural Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award at the 2017 APHA Convention,” APHA Director of Judges Dave Dellin said. “Our goal with this award is to recognize a deserving member of the Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program and, in doing so, continue to grow the program in the future.”

Markel APHA Professional Horsemen are outstanding members of the APHA community who pledge to encourage professionalism, fairness and integrity throughout the horse industry. Any APHA professional in good standing may apply to become a Markel APHA Professional Horsemen; applications and references are reviewed by the APHA Professional Horseman’s Committee. For more information on becoming a Markel APHA Professional Horseman, visit

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NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire: Magnum Chic Dream

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (10-21-2016) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) would like to congratulate Magnum Chic Dream on becoming NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire. Reaching his Three Million Dollar Sire status in 2015, Magnum Chic Dream has continued to sire elite offspring. This 1996 stallion is by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee (by NRHA Hall of Famer and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody) owned by Viola Scott.

In the show pen, Magnum Chic Dream’s highlights 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
  • 2001 NRHA Open Top Ten fourth place and 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion with NRHA Professional Casey Hinton.

Two of Magnum Chic Dream’s top five offspring took home the coveted NRHA Derby titles in June. The 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Champion was Magnum Starlight (out of Starlights Sugarwhiz) ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary, owned by Antler Ridge Ranch LLC, and nominated by George Lawrence.  Winning the Level 3 Non Pro, Prime Time and the Masters Non Pro divisions was Frederick Christen and Msdreamy (out of A Gal With A Gun) who was bred by Jana Simons.

This Four Million Dollar Sire’s offspring have earned more than $4,006,500. Magnum Chic Dream’s highest earning offspring include:

  • Taris Dreamer (NRHA LTE:$179,072)
  • Lil Magnum Jessie (NRHA LTE:$166,274)
  • Msdreamy (NRHA LTE:$151,848)
  • Chicsdundreamin (NRHA LTE:$150,929)
  • Magnum Starlights (NRHA LTE:$144,316)

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


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The Legacy Lives On: Jacs Electric Spark NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Gone but not forgotten, the late stallion, Jacs Electric Spark, continues to have offspring that excel in the show pen. Through his offsprings’ continued success during the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress, Jacs Electric Spark has become the newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Three Million Dollar Sire. Collectively, his offspring won an estimated $5,720 during the 50th Anniversary event. This achievement unofficially makes him the 13th stallion to reach this remarkable milestone.

Passing on the Million Dollar Sire legacy, Jacs Electric Spark is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark and out of Miss Hello Hollywood (by NRHA’s first Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Hollywood Jac 86). The 1998 stallion was bred by Sally Brown, NRHA’s first Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and earned over $85,900 in NRHA earnings throughout his show career.

His career highlights with rider and owner Troy Heikes include, 2001 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby finalist, 2004 NRBC Open finalist and 2004 NRHA Derby Open finalist. Earning his NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2012, Jacs Electric Spark’s offspring continue to carry on his great legacy with their prodigious success in the show pen.

With a long list of offspring accolades, this Three Million Dollar sire’s top-earning offspring include:

  • Electric Code (NRHA LTE: $204,317.26)
  • Ref Black Mamba (NRHA LTE: $121,753.88)
  • Hoiler Then Thou (NRHA LTE: $111,026.84)
  • Electric Cha Ching (NRHA LTE: $104, 596.25)
  • Steppin On Sparks (NRHA LTE: $102,206.52)

With much tribute, the NRHA congratulates Jacs Electric Spark for becoming its newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire.

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Reining Horse Foundation to Auction NRHA Commemoratives

The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), the 501(c)3 nonprofit that cares for the reining community and honors the sport’s legacy, announces a special auction of two lots at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show. Proceeds will benefit Foundation programs, which include the Crisis Fund, youth scholarships and the NRHA Hall of Fame. These items are specially designed to commemorative NRHA’s 50th Anniversary.

The Reining Horse Foundation lots will be auctioned in conjunction with the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale, Friday, December 2, in Barn 3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. Up for bid is a Silver Spurs Pinnacle Series Reining Saddle, the brand endorsed by top reining professionals like Andrea Fappani, Casey Deary and Jordan Larson, and donated by Michael Miola, Silver Spurs Equine, and Andreas Maschke. This show saddle is made with the high quality standards of Maschke in his own Texas saddlery using 100 percent U.S. materials, such as Hermann Oak Leather and custom made and engraved sterling silver overlay saddle trim. The seat is made from elephant leather with an elegant, fully hand-carved floral pattern. The silver trim and antique finish will make this saddle a focal point in the show ring or on display. Silver Spurs Saddles makes the official saddle of NRHA.

Representative of Silver Spurs Pinnacle Series Reining Saddle, which will have custom NRHA 50th tooling on the seat.

The second lot consists of a specially commissioned, one-of-a-kind buckle by Montana Silversmiths, the official silversmith of NRHA, paired with an NRHA Morrison bronze. Named for its maker, C.R. Morrison, the coveted sculpture was first presented in 1990. Its sculptor is a renowned artist who also rides and appreciates reining horses. The plate inscription denotes NRHA’s 50-year milestone.

The Montana Silversmiths 50th anniversary collector’s buckle is solid sterling silver framed with a bold rope and bead edge accented with rose gold filigree and highlighted with gold flower clusters. It also features the superior quality of Swarovski crystals that are hand-set by master jewelers in Columbus, Montana. This limited edition buckle comes nestled in a glass enclosed wooden box with magnetic closure for a timeless showcase display.

To submit absentee bids or for additional information, contact RHF at (405) 946-7400, Ext. 106, or 

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NRHA Announces 2017 Honorees

NRHA Announces 2017 Honorees

For Immediate Release-Oklahoma City, Okla., (10-17-2016) - The voting has been completed and the honorees have been notified! Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the NRHA Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Carol Rose, Rosanne Sternberg and Smart Like Juice for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2017. Tim Katona will be the recipient of the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017.

Carol_RoseCarol Rose, Gainesville, Texas is a renowned horsewoman with a well-rounded resume in the performance horse industry.  A distinguished NRHA non pro competitor, Rose has made her mark through her much-heralded breeding program, promotion of the sport of Reining, support of the association’s youth and mentoring of many young trainers.  Her program has produced NRHA Futurity and Derby Champions, Hall of Famers, an NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and winners of NRHA’s major events.

RoseannSternburgRosanne Sternberg divides her time between Great Britain and Aubrey, Texas.  Sternberg is a staunch supporter of NRHA and the sport of Reining.  An accomplished non pro rider, she has established a prominent breeding program, a highly-successful line of reining horses who have won virtually every NRHA major event, helped drive the careers of young trainers and Million Dollar Riders, supported International Reining, and served on the NRHA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Smart_Like_JuiceSmart Like Juice, a 1994 Quarter Horse stallion by Smart Little Lena and out of Jessies Oak by Docs Oak, helped establish a reining dynasty.  Under the auspices of owner and non pro competitor Jose Vazquez, Markham, Illinois, Smart Like Juice, Inc. was established.  Seldom are there three undeniably successful reining careers seen.  Jose Vazquez is an NRHA Million Dollar Rider, only the second non pro to achieve the distinction.  Smart Like Juice, Inc. is an NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Smart Like Juice is a Three Million Dollar Sire.

Tim_Katona_Tim Katona of Belleville, Michigan is the 2017 recipient of the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.  An NRHA Professional, Tim Katona maintains a very successful non pro and youth clientele and enthusiastically promotes the sport of Reining.  Katona was instrumental in the establishment of the very first approved youth classes and their addition to NRHA’s list of approved classes. In addition, he helped in the formation and organization of NRHA Affiliates in the region.

NRHA will proudly honor the 2017 inductees and award recipient during the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting to be held February 8-12 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. Please join us for all of the activities and to honor your fellow reiners!

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NRHA Human Interest Feature

Do you have a ‘slide of your life’ story you’d like to share with NRHA? We are looking for engaging and interesting reining stories to pitch to local Oklahoma City Media during the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. Whether you’re a competitor, owner, or an avid spectator of the event, we would love to hear your story! If you have great memories of the past 50 years of NRHA or a story that’s special to you and this year’s event, please share with us!

Submit your reining story, via the idea submission form to Hayley Eberle at

Story Idea Submission Form

** Only a limited number of submitted stories will be used**

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On the Cutting Edge: NRHA’s Newest Corporate Partner MS Diamonds TX

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (10-14-2016) - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announces a new partnership with MS Diamonds TX. As the official diamond jeweler and Corporate Partner of NRHA, MS Diamonds TX and NRHA will heighten the level of awards being presented to its prestigious members starting at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC).

About MS Diamonds TX

Located in Dallas, Texas, MS Diamonds TX is an international manufacturer and craftsmen in the diamond industry, delivering high quality diamonds at straightforward prices. Meticulous to their artistry, the company provides an extensive stock of diamonds in various shapes and sizes made at the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Future Endeavors as an NRHA Corporate Partner

To round out NRHA’s 50th anniversary, the Association and MS Diamonds TX have several plans set to take place during the 2016 NRHA Futurity. As an awards partner, MS Diamonds TX aims to enhance the NRHA Futurity Champion awards making them comparable to winning a National Basketball Association or National Football League championship.

To advance the level of prestige associated with the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, MS Diamonds TX will provide a uniquely crafted commemorative ring awarded to the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Futurity Champion owner and rider. In addition, a distinctive 50th Anniversary lapel pin will be given to the top ten riders in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open division.

To add to the historic 50th anniversary celebration, MS Diamonds TX will unveil a striking and remarkable diamond creation that will be given to one lucky NRHA Futurity attendee. Come to Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity to see the unveiling, and to sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win!

“We are thrilled to have teamed up with MS Diamonds TX in order to grow the sport of reining and to elevate the honor and prestige associated with the NRHA Futurity Championship. Carat by carat, MS Diamonds TX will make a lasting impression on the title and the sport!” Said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner.

With much gratitude and appreciation, the association welcomes MS Diamonds TX, the newest NRHA Corporate Partner.

For more information about MS Diamonds TX, visit

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CSU Equine Genetics Short Course

Colorado State University (CSU) invites NRHA members to attend their upcoming Equine Genetics Short Course on November 12th and 13th in Fort Collins, Colorado!

CSU GeneticsFor more details, contact Stephen Coleman or Jason Bruemmer using the contact information listed above.

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