Schmersal Reining Horses Relocate

Schmersal Reining Horses Relocate

schmersal_logo_mail From Schmersal Reining Horses – Scottsdale, AZ – October 2, 2014 – NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal is excited to announce their relocation of NRHA Corporate Partner Schmersal Reining Horses to Loma Vista in Scottsdale, Ariz. following this year’s NRHA Futurity.

“We had the opportunity to sell our ranch in Oklahoma, and after much deliberation decided it was the best thing for us to do long term as a family,” say the Schmersals.

SchmersalThe Schmersals met in Scottsdale when Craig was working as an assistant trainer. They married and bought their first ranch in California. After encountering a similar situation on an offer to buy, they relocated to Oklahoma.  Ginger continues, “Craig and I have always loved Scottsdale. We love the weather and have missed it since we moved back in the 90’s. We have roots there and are very excited to return!”

The Schmersal’s breeding operation will remain in Oklahoma under the guidance of Performance Equine Associates with Dr. Tyler Troop and Dr. Lane Easter. The Schmersals feel like their breeding operation needs to stay in Oklahoma and are excited to have a team of professional veterinarians at the helm. All mares and foals will stay in Oklahoma and Pale Face Dunnit’s offspring can be viewed and purchased there as well. The breeding barn will continue as usual with outside mares being able to come to Performance Equine Associates’ breeding facility where Pale Face Dunnit will continue his breeding career. Ginger will continue to manage the breeding side of the business.

If you would like to contact the Schmersals for any training or breeding needs the phone numbers are:

Craig 580-222-9565 or Ginger 580-222-9561

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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French National Reining Championship – Sept. 25-28


Provided by NRHA France – Muriel de Moubray – The French National Reining Championship, also known as the French NRHA Finals, starts on Thursday, September 25 and runs for four days, one more than in 2013. These are the French National NRHA reining Championships.

There will be more than 30 classes on the program, allowing riders from every category to take part; beginners, amateurs, youths, young, professionals etc. The highlights of the championship include the Youth classes which are on Sunday, September 25. The traditional classes of under 13 and then 14 -18 have been joined this year by the new Short Stirrup which is for riders who are under ten years old! The French NRHA wants to encourage the reiners of the future.

Other highlights include the Open and Non Pro finals which will also take place on Sunday at the end of the event and which will distinguish the best Non Pro and the best Open riders for the year 2014.

The 2014 championships will attract at least 130 horses to the Petit Far West, a few kilometers from Paris at Le Pin, in Seine et Marne. Reiners will come from all over France to compete for the National titles. More than 400 runs have already been reserved, ensuring that once again the French National Reining Championship 2014, will be an event the all of the French Reining World. All results will be available at:

Press contact: Muriel de Moubray,, Tel : 06 45 27 03 89

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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Mountain Regional Director Elections

Mountain Regional Director elections will be open tomorrow (Wednesday, September 24) through Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. Mountain time to elect the Mountain Region’s two seats to the NRHA Board of Directors.

Candidate bios and election procedures can be found in the Members Only section of

For questions, contact the Election Administrator Dennis York at



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Jacs Electric Spark becomes a Two Million Dollar Sire

By Hayley Lewallen – The late stallion, Jacs Electric Spark, became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest stallion to hit the two million dollar mark. This makes him the 13th stallion to achieve this great title.

By NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark and out of Miss Hello Hollywood (by Hollywood Jac 86), the 1998 stallion was owned by Troy Heikes and bred by Sally Brown. With an NRHA LTE of over $85,900, Jacs Electric Spark had a successful show career as well. Some of his career highlights include: 2001 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby finalist, 2004 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist. He also earned his NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2012.

His top-earning offspring include:

  • Electric Code (out of Hot Coded Candy): $204,317.26 NRHA LTE, owned by Jared Leclair; 2008 Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity Open and Intermediate Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist and Intermediate Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level (L) 4 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • REF Black Mamba (out of Metermaid To Order): $121,753.88 NRHA LTE, owned by Saw Ranch LLC; 2012 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2013 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • Electrical Flash (out of Shes Berry Flashy):  $94,381.59 NRHA LTE, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2008 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Open Champion,  2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2009 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2009 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • Chics Blazin Spark (out of HR Smart Little Sam): $87,210.83 NRHA LTE, owned by Steve Tyner; 2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2010 NRBC L3 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist
  • Lost In Tinseltown (out of Dun It In Tinseltown): $81,003.78 NRHA LTE, owned by Tim Anderson; 2009 North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) Futurity L3 and L4 Open finalist, 2011 Cowboy Capital Classic Derby L4 Open Champion,  2011 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2011 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show Junior Reining finalist

Photo Credit: John Brasseaux

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Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals – Sept. 24-28

Attend the NRHA Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals at the Southeast Reining Horse Association Summer’s End Celebration!

Move-in begins on Tuesday, September 23. On Wednesday, there will be men’s and ladies’ schooling classes ($35 per class). Classes continue on Thursday, September 25 and run through Sunday, September 28.

Showing opportunities include NRHA Regional Affiliate Finals classes, plus the McGee Farms Performance Horses Derby and Double Run Futurity. Don’t miss the Exhibitor Party, Lead Line and Youth Team Tournament!

Pre-register online now!  ::  Schedule – Draws – Results  ::  Stall Fees – Reservations

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Baeck & Colonels Shining Gun Win the KL Performance Horses Open Derby

By Simona Diale – It took a 221 to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Level(L) 4 Open Championship, sponsored by KL Performance Horses. When Cira Baeck of Belgium, riding Colonels Shining Gun for Katarzyna Roleska, burst in the pen, she set a 219.5 to beat. Her deep stops, fast spins and trademark circles earned her a 221 and the title!

“He was just amazing,” said the NRHA Professional about the 2007 stallion bred by KC Performance Horses, LLC. Colonels Shining Gun is by Gunner and out of Shining Little Peach (by Shining Spark) and boasts $80,270 NRHA LTE.

“We got back from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where we won the team silver medal, two weeks ago. He had time in the pasture at home, and I hardly ridden him. Tonight I nearly fell off during the spins but then everything went well. He was really great! I love this horse. He is amazing! He can stop so good, and yes, he is the most amazing horse I’ve ever ridden and probably will ever ride.”

Three horse-rider combinations tied for the L4 reserve championship: NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig and Custom Del Cielo (Custom Crome x Lena Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Fabian Strebel); Ludwig riding Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smoking x Playgun, owned by De Bruin Reining Horses) and NRHA Professional Morey Fisk and Chic Dreamn Whizard (Magnum Chic Dream x The Roan Whizard x Whizard Jac, owned by Larissa Rizzi).

Winning the L3 open championship, with a score of 219, was Kelly Zweifel riding Dunnit Like A Master (Master Snapper x Justanother Dun It x Hollywood Dun It). The 5-year-old stallion, owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi and bred by Lewisville Development LP, has $20,670 NRHA LTE. In 2012, he was fourth in the L1 open and sixth in the L2 open at the NRHA Futurity with Bobby Barko. In 2014, he was 3rd in the L3 open division at the 2014 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby with Kelly’s husband Pietro Artinghelli.

“I had a baby boy last year, who is now 20 months old, and another this year, who is now 6 months old so I’ve been out of the show pen for a while,” said Kelly who placed her three mounts in the finals. “It’s great to be back, I had three great horses to show and am very happy to have made it to the winners circle.”

Guglielmo Fontana, riding Wimpys Smoking Gun (Gunner x Wimpys LIttle Scoot x Wimpys Little Step) for owners Paint Ranch Golden, took the L3 open reserve championship after scoring a 217.

Winning the L2 open championship with a 216 was young Giovanni Masi of Italy with Renata Vanzo’s Smart Whiz Delmaso. The 2008 stallion by Easy Otie Whiz and out of Playin Dress Up (by Smart Chic Olena) was bred by Renata Vanzo. He won the L2 open division and placed second place in the L3 open division at the 2014 IRHA Derby with Giovanni.

“Every time I show this horse he is amazing!” said Giovanni. “Even though he was a little bit tired after being here for over a week, he gave me all he had. When you are lucky enough to ride horses as this one, all you need to do is go in and trust them completely. I did and we won!”

Fabien Boiron of France took home both the L2 open reserve championship and the L1 open championship riding Jac Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Honeys Melody Jac x Mr Melody Jac), owned by Philippe Castel. Aboard the 5-year-old gelding bred by Catherine Castel, the French rider scored a 215.5.  The pair won two championships at the 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Championships, the Limited Open and Intermediate Open, and won the L4 and L2 open divisions at the 2014 French Derby.

“It was a little bit hard in the qualifying round where I made a big mistake in the first stop. I tried to do my best in the finals tonight, and it went well even though I had a bobble in my spins,” said Boiron. “This NRHA European Derby has been a great experience, and I am really happy to have won with a horse ‘made in France’!”

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Saturday’s Ancillary Action – NRHA European Derby

Youth 13 & Under
The day at the Palasturla in Manerbio began with the NRHA Youth 13 & Under class. In this class, with a score of 204, young rider Matteo Capello rode his  RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boggie Bar Linda x Boggie Mania). After the awards presentation, the 13-year-old Italian rider said, “Today, my go went pretty well. Our lead changes in the first go of the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby did not go too well. I’m happy, and I cannot wait to present this horse at the 4-year-old futurity in November.”

Reserve champion honors went to Jinke Stevens (197) riding her Don John Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Soft Whizpers x Topsail Whiz).

Youth 14-18

Winning  the Youth 14-18 class was the Italian duo composed of Aurora O’Keeffe and her Im So Pretty CA (Im A Topsail Cody x Freedom Dun It CG x Planet Hollywood) with a score of 207. “This is my second show with one hand, and my mare did really well. We worked hard for this first place, and for this I am very happy!”

Reserve champion title for Maria Gina (206.5) and Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy x Topsail Whiz), owned by Chanay Sky Management.

Intermediate Open
In the NRHA Intermediate Open, with a score of 213, Terry Schultz took the lead with his own Gunwork (I Am Shotgunner x Its Another Footwork x Footworks Finest). “This is a super horse that I have been riding for about a year. Manerbio is a fantastic experience for us, and next year we will probably show in the Maturity and the Derby.”

Second place honors in this class went to Guglielmo Fontana of Italy riding The Genuine Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Genuine King Glo x Genuine Doc) and a score of 212.

Limited Open

It took a run-off to determine who would win the Limited Open class. Alberto Villani, of Italy, riding BB One Miracled Gun (One Gun x ARC Chic O Please x Chic Please, owned by Mario Cortelletti) and Christoph Seiler with Walla Dundee Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda x Shining Spark, owned by Eliane Gfeller) between the reins both posted a 205.5. After the run-off, Seiler took the win with the new score of 208.5. “This show is over for me in the best way. The horse was fine, and in the run-off he was even better.”

Non Pro
Tina Kunstner-Mant, riding Cashn Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash x Boomernic) owned by Jac Point QH, won the Non Pro after scoring a 214. “I decided to participate in this class to relax my horse after yesterday’s final. It was very good and fun to ride. I’m glad to have won.”

The second place in this class was for Aniek Hagelaars and FS Rio Good Gunner (Gunner x Rio Dun Good x Hollywood Dun It). The Dutch duo posted a score of 210.5.

Photos by Andrea Bonaga.

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NRHA European Derby Non Pro Champions are Crowned

Linthorst & Just Miss Enterprise: Cardinal Reining Horses Level 4 & 3 Non Pro Champions

By Simona Diale – It was an exciting evening in Manerbio, Italy at the Palasturla arena, where the fourth edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby is held.

For the first time, Cardinal Reining Horses of Aubrey, Texas is the proud sponsor of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby. Joao Marcos, owner of the prestigious facility, personally awarded the Level (L) 4 and L3 champions, Nuith Linthorst and Just Miss Enterprise, with their Bob’s Custom Saddles, Montana Silversmiths belt buckels and NRHA trophies.

With an impressive score of 220.5, Dutch Nuith Linthorst and her Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner x A Silent Partner), a 2007 mare bred by Evelien Geerlof who has earned $14,450 NRHA in lifetime earnings, took both the L4 and L3 non pro championships. At the 2013 NRHA European Derby, the duo won the L1 non pro division and were reserve champions in the L2 and L3 non pro divisions. This year they earned the NRHA European Affiliate Championship in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro after having won the Limited Non Pro championship last year.

“She is great! She is my world and she surprises me every time. She’s a miracle,” said Nuith who enthused the crowd with her perfect circles and deep stops. “Every time I show, her she gets better and better. She is simply amazing!”

Earning the L4 non pro reserve championship, with a 218, was Manuel Bonzano with Time To Mark Big between the reins. The 2007 gelding, by Big Chex To Cash and out of  Shes Markin Time (by Mark Him High), boasts $37,250 NRHA LTE.  In 2011, the flashy buckskin won the NRHA Germany Breeder’s Futurity with Bernard Fonck in the saddle, as well as third place at the 2011 NRHA European Futurity. “I feel sorry for my horse because he deserved more. As a matter of fact, I hoped to win, but I’m happy anyway. Congratulations to Nuith and her mare! ” said the Italian breeder.

Ghiorzo & Midnite Master – Level 2 & 1 Non Pro Champions
The L3 non pro reserve championship, with a score of 216, as well as the L1 and L2 non pro championships, went to Italian Monica Ghiorzo and Midnite Master. The 2009 gelding, bred by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi, is by Master Snapper and out of Spirit N Snapple (by Mr Snapple). In this year’s edition of the Italian Reining Horse Maturity, the pair were third in the L4 and L3 non pro divisions, as well as fourth in the L2 and L1 non pro divisions. “I really enjoyed myself!” said Monica who rides under the guidance of Mirko Midilli. “My horse was very good and was with me during the whole go. We worked hard, but I really did not expect to win. I’m really happy.”

Earning the L1 and L2 non pro reserve championships, with a 214, were Eric Ranieri Volpe and Exxcaliber (Master Snapper x Tivios Little Dun It x Hollywood Dun It), a palomino stallion bred by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi. “It was a really exciting show even though I really felt the pressure,” said the 17-year-old rider.  “I came here hoping to do well, because I know how good my horse is, and I am happy with how it went.”

The NRHA European Non Pro Derby was sponsored by Cardinal Reining Horses of Aubrey, Texas.  “This derby has just been great! It’s one of the best horse shows I’ve been to, and I just love the European riders, owners and reining fans,” said Joao Marcos.  “I am very proud of these two ladies who took home the championships.”

Saturday: The Schedule
Opening the last day of competition tomorrow will be the following NRHA approved ancillary classes: Youth 13 & Under, Youth 14-18, Limited Open, Intermediate Open and the Non Pro.

At 3.30 p.m., the first section of the KL Performance Horses NRHA European Open Derby finals.  The second section will be held at 7.30 p.m.

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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Friday’s Ancillary Action – NRHA European Derby

Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2: Sabine Staub and Milena Hess Were Co-Champions in Both Classes

The day at the Palasturla in Manerbio began with the Rookie Level 1 and Level 2 classes. In both classes, it took a score of 206 to win. The young rider Milena Hess was ready for the occasion and presented Smartestdirtyharry (Smartest Magician x Royal Paula Quixote x Okie Paul Quixote, owned by Dorothee Hess Leitmeier, pictured on right). They tied for the win in both classes with Sabine Staub riding her Gunners Teresa OJ (Gatling Gun x Baby Boon Bar x Boon Bar, pictured on left).

Sabine told us after the awards presentation: “I have had this mare, Teresa, for a year. She is in my heart! She does not like to stay in places that are unfamiliar, so this is the reason why both came here to Manerbio to show.” She continued talking about her mare and their ride, “My horse is seven years old. I bought her last year at Rudi Kronsteiner’s. Before the show, I had problems when changing from left to right, but it is now is fine. We made a small over spin, and the first stop was not done as well as she can.”


Limited Non Pro: Verena Castrovillari and Ricky Rooster Taco
In the Limited Non Pro, the Italian duo composed of Verena Castrovillari and her Ricky Rooster Taco (Ricochet Rooster x Miss Taco Star x Joe Nowata Star) took the win. With a score of 205.5, the pair had the best ride of the class.

Castrovillari talked about her run, “It was a clean and linear go. I tried to bring out the best of the horse. Of course, some error is always around the corner. For the rest, I am very satisfied. I want to thank Alberto Villani for his help. Next year, we will definitely attend the Maturity!”

Reserve champion title for Maria Rachele Casini (205) and her own Marry Smoke (Dun It Up In Smoke x Marry For Tobia x Tobia).

Anieka Hagelaars and FS Rio Good Gunner Won the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro
In the Intermediate Non Pro, with a score of 209.5, Anieka Hagelaars took the lead with her own FS Rio Good Gunner (Gunner x Rio Dun Good x Hollywood Dun It).

“I am very happy with my gelding. He was good and listened to me. I’m happy for him. I tried to get into the finals of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby but I was unlucky and did not succeed, so I changed my plan and I entered in this class.”

Second place honors in this class went to Sabrina Schroeder riding her Trust Gotta Chex (Dun Gotta Gun x Lena Bar Chex x King Pistolena) with a score of 204.5.

Cardinal Reining Horses Open: Douglas G. Allen and Hangten Shiner are Champions
Douglas G. Allen, riding Hangten Shiner (Hang Ten Surprize x Ebony Shines x Shining Spark) owned by Christine Brazeau, took the lead and the title in the Cardinal Reining Horses Open after scoring a 204.5.

“I’m happy with how this show is going, I have two horses in the derby final level 3. Today was fun, I wanted to earn some money with this horse because he is in the top ten. There were only four riders in the class, and the other participants were all a little unlucky, so then I won,” said Allen after the class.

Photos by Andrea Bonaga.

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NRHA European Pre Futurity Open Results

Big Fat & Fonck Win the NRHA European Pre Futurity L4 Open
Topsail Pop & Arrighi Claim the L2 Open

By Simona Diale – The afternoon at the Palasturla in Manerbio, Italy, where the fourth edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby is being held, saw 51 horse-rider combinations in the NRHA European Pre Futurity Open Level (L) 4 and L2 divisions.Winning the L4 open division, with a score of  218.5, was Bernard Fonck riding Big Fat (Big Chex To Cash x ARC Senorita Cal Bar x Snapper Cal Bar) owned and bred by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S.

“I got this horse in training last December, and he has always been good for me,” said the NRHA Million Dollar Rider.  “Today I was really pleased with him and, as we move along, we will decide what to do.”

Claiming the reserve honors was Bernard’s wife, Ann. Riding Roses For Einstein (Einsteins Revolution x Roses Champagne x Topsail Whiz) for owner Nicole Keesen, she closed her run with a  217.

“This is a really good horse and I am so happy with the way he went today. Plans are now to show him at the German and then Italian Futurity,” said Ann.

Winning the L2 open division championship was Francesco Arrighi of Italy aboard Topsail Pop, a stallion owned by Rondanina Ranch, Inc. and bred by Alessandro Cazzaniga.

“I’ve only had this horse in training in the last three months,” said Arrighi about the stallion by Remin Whiz and out of MM Lollipop (by Lil Ruf Peppy). “I did not ask him much today. He’s definitely a good horse and after this pre futurity, I will be more convinced showing him in the future.”

Young Giovanni Masi of Italy scored a 211.5 aboard Royal Ice Force (Ice Force One x Sweet Lady Rooster), a gelding owned by Sarah Phillips.

Congratulations: NRHA / Markel Insurance Sales Horses
The Draw Party, sponsored by NRHA and the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, and the much attended Riders Meeting & Town Talk, closed the day. 

During the party, NRHA recognized the following finalists. They all were previously consigned to the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales in Oklahoma City.

  • Don With Crome, owned by Sabine Staub, Non Pro
  • Wimpys Alittlestepper, owned by Sabatino QH SRL, Open
  • Spook Reyns, owned by Luigi Parise, Open
  • Custom Genetics, owned by Maurizio Ambrosini, Open

If you’re looking for next year’s NRHA European Derby champion, be sure to look into this year’s NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale! The sale is held during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City (December 4-6) and offers the best selection of reiners in the world. From yearlings and prospects to show horses and broodmares, the sales have a horse to fit your program!

Friday: The Schedule

  • Opening the competition on Friday will be the NRHA Rookie, the Limited Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and the Open.
  • The first NRHA European Derby Champions will be crowned; the Cardinal Reining Horses European Non Pro Derby will be held on Friday.
  • Follow the action via the Livescore at
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Photo by Andrea Bonaga.

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