In His Prime: Wimpys Little Step Hits Impressive Milestone Number Nine

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (12-15-2016)- One of the most decorated National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sires has done it again. This time, Wimpys Little Step can thank his 12 offspring in the 2016 NRHA Futurity Finals for helping him achieve his newest milestone, NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire. At 17 years old, Wimpys Little Step is only the second sire to reach this status. The palomino stallion, bred by Hilldale Farm, is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC of Purcell, Okla.

With several accolades in and out of the show pen, Wimpys Little Step is by NRHA’s newest Three Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step. Wimpys Little Step took the reining world with Shawn Flarida by the reins, winning the 2002 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and the NRHA Futurity in the same year.

During the 2016 NRHA Futurity, with six offspring in the NRHA Non Pro Futurity Finals, one offspring of Wimpys Little Step took home a Non Pro Futurity Championship. Wimpys Little Jessie (out of Jessie Dot Tari) ridden by Taylor Zimmerman won the Level 1 Non Pro, in addition to placing third in the Level 3 Non Pro, seventh in the Level 4 Non Pro and third in the Level 2 Non Pro. Collectively Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie took home an estimated $44,600.

Aside from the Non Pro Finals, there were an additional six offspring representing Wimpys Little Step in the Open Futurity.

Wimpys Little Step’s all-time top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (NRHA LTE: $516,555.70)
  • RC Fancy Step  (NRHA LTE: $364,454.80)
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (NRHA LTE: $208,379.00)
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (NRHA LTE: $276,976.10)
  • CFR Centernario Wimpy (NRHA LTE: $173,740.80)

Altogether Wimpys Little Step’s 12 money earning offspring made over $106,810.00 in the 2016 NRHA Futurity Finals. NRHA welcomes Wimpys Little Step NRHA’s newest Nine Million Dollar Sire.

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Place your bids on top NRHA Stallions in the 2016 Sire & Dam online Auction before Jan 10th!

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla., 12-14-2016 – Don’t miss your chance to bid on some of the most notable reining sires the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has to offer in the Sire & Dam online auction featuring NRHA’s Elite 20 Stallions.

The NRHA Sire & Dam Program is one of the most historic in the industry, with its formation occurring in 1966. Since then the program has continued to provided significant benefits to its members and participants alike.

Participating sires are eligible for NRHA Futurity & Derby Sire Awards, whereas mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings at reduced rates. Offspring of the Sire & Dam program are eligible for reduced entry and later deadlines into the NRHA Futurity & Derby. Most importantly, those offspring are automatically eligible to enter the NRHA Futurity & Derby events.

Visit reiningauction.com and place your bids now, before the auction ends on January 10th, at noon Central Standard Time. An NRHA membership is not required in order to participate but it strongly encouraged.

For more information on the program, including how to donate a breeding to your stallion or purchase a breeding for your mare please contact Hayley Eberle at (405)946-7400 ext. 103 or via email at heberle@nrha.com.

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NRHA European Affiliate Council Reversed Decision on European Futurity and Derby Locations

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla., (12-12-2016) – Members of the National Reining Horse Association European Affiliate Council (EAC) reconvened in Oklahoma City on December 3. After consideration of the potential dates for the 2017 and 2018 NRHA European Derby, the NRHA European Affiliate Council held a follow-up meeting to reconsider the matter. The dates would burden an already busy Fall show season and would not be ideal. With this in mind, the EAC reversed their decision on 2017 and 2018 NRHA European Derby locations.

The 2017 NRHA European Futurity will be held in Cremona, Italy on March 27 – April 1, 2017. This NRHA owned event will be managed by the Italian Reining Horse Association.

The 2017 NRHA European Derby will be held in Kreuth, Germany on July 23- July 30, 2017. This NRHA owned event will be managed by NRHA Germany.

The EAC also agreed to hold a meeting in January in conjunction with the NRHA European Summit.

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Mandy McCutcheon: NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Owner

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., (12-12-2016)- She is one Non Pro rider in a league of her own. Setting new records and achieving things some might call impossible, Mandy McCutcheon is a force in the reining world. This National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Two Million Dollar Rider hit yet another milestone during the 2016 Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show by becoming the newest NRHA Million Dollar owner. McCutcheon is the first woman to earn both Multi-Million Dollar Rider and Million Dollar Owner statuses.

Over the years, McCutcheon has owned more than 60 horses, including four that she rode to an NRHA Non Pro Futurity Championship. These horses include Hollywoods Striker (by Hollywood Dun it out of Strike Zone), Mi Hollywood Darlin (by Hollywood Jac 86 out of Shesa Royal Colonel), West Coast Mizzen (by West Coast Whiz out of Mizzen Shine), and Ms Whiz Dunit (by Topsail Whiz out of A Bueno Poco Dunit).

During the 2016 NRHA Futurity, McCutcheon owned three horses in the Non Pro Futurity Finals who collectively earned more than $48,720. Those horses were:

  • Special At Nite ridden by Mandy McCutcheon placing third in the Level 4 Non Pro Finals
  • One Last Nite ridden by Mandy McCutcheon tying for fifth in the Level 4 Non Pro Finals
  • Stars At Midnite ridden by Lindsey K. McCutcheon tying for 14th in the Level 4 Non Pro and tying for 10th in the Level 3 Non Pro

NRHA congratulates Mandy McCutcheon for her Million Dollar owner achievement during the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC.

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Calling all Junior and Young Rider Reiners in the USA!

In August of 2017 the inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors & Young Riders will take place in Switzerland!

Important FEI Qualification Criteria:

Qualification period begins January 1, 2017

To be eligible to compete as an individual or as a member of a team an Athlete must achieve a minimum average score of 67 at one CRI3* Juniors or Young Riders during the qualifying period.

Horses must be 7 years of age or older.

Juniors are Athletes from the beginning of the year they reach 14 until the end of the year they reach 18.

Young Riders are Athletes from the beginning of the year they reach 16 until the end of the year they reach 21.

Contact Bryn Wells with any questions.
pbwells@usef.org
859-225-6948

*More details to come regarding Team USA Selection Procedures*

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Nu Chex To Cash: NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Three has been said to be a “magic” number. For one National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) stallion and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee, the number three marks an impressive NRHA milestone. NRHA would like to congratulate Nu Chex To Cash for being the newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire.

This 1990 palomino stallion is by Nu Cash and out of Amarilla Chex.  Owned by Hilldale Farm, Nu Chex To Cash stands in Brashear, Texas. Bred by Margaret Drown of Santa Ysabel, Calif., Nu Chex To Cash had much success in the show pen from 1993 to 2002 earning over $57,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 2002, Nu Chex to Cash and Jessicah Keller won a World Championship both in the Intermediate and Limited Open. During the same year, Nu Chex To Cash’s offspring, Wimpys Little Step, won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and NRHA Futurity under the guidance of NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida.

Nu Chex To Cash’s top earning offspring include:

  • Lil Joe Cash (NRHA LTE: $268,103.40)
  • Big Chex To Cash (NRHA LTE: $194,260.30)
  • Hot Smokin Chex (NRHA LTE: $186,598.40)
  • Wimpys Little Step (NRHA LTE: $185,756.50)
  • Nu Chexomatic (NRHA LTE: $ 149,462.70)

At 26 years old, Nu Chex To Cash continues to produce champions and as the newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire, he continues to make his legacy known in the reining world.

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
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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Fappani steers Spooky Whiz to the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Championship

2016 NRHA Open Futurity

Fappani steers Spooky Whiz to the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Championship

FappaniIn 1997, Andrea Fappani left his mark in the NRHA history books by winning the Limited Non Pro Futurity championship riding Best By Tari (Taris Catalyst x Pocono Annie). He was the first European to conquer a Futurity championship in the most coveted reining show pen in the world!

In 2001, Fappani came back to write yet another important chapter by claiming the NRHA Open Futurity Championship riding RR Star (Like A Diamond x RL Miss Kitty), owned by Lundin Farm, and then went on to claim the title in 2011 aboard Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight) for Russel Giles.

Tonight, with only one contestant left to go, the NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider once again proved his worth by reining Spooky Whiz, an own son of Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Myo Starlight, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, to top honors.

The score to beat, when Fappani rode in the pen, was a 221 posted by All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity champions Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey (Topsail Whiz x Dun It For Chex), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida riding Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize) for owner Alberto Casasco of Argentina.

Fappani was determined to take home his third Futurity championship and rode the bay gelding through NRHA pattern #10 performing deep stops, fast spins and controlled transitions and his third title with a 225.5 score! “This is a pretty special horse. He’s pretty solid, we changed our program a little bit with him, and I went pretty easy in the go-rounds even though I knew we had a horse that could do well in the finals even though I did not know how much he would step up. I asked him and he did step up!” said Andrea who took home the guaranteed champion paycheck of $150,000 aboard the gelding bred and nominated by Spence Bell.

Bertolani and Flarida settled for reserve honors and each added $109,854.78 to their earnings.

Honstetter and Whizkey Chaser are Level 3 Open Champions

HonstetterWith a 222, Arno Honstetter rode Marilyn Overgaard’s Whizkey Chaser (Whizkey N Diamonds x Sparklin Chic), owned by Marilyn Overgaard and nominated and bred by Matthew Armenta, to a 222. “It was a good ride!” said Honstetter who added $29,538.24 to his earnings for the win. “I made a few mistakes in the go rounds, which kept me out of the Level 4, and since I did not show much last year, I went back to the Level 3. I’m really happy with my ride tonight, he’s a lot of horse and really talented.”

With a 219, reserve honors went to Nathan Piper riding Toyon Ranch LLC’s Dun Gotyer Guns Up (Gunner x Always A Dunit), nominated and bred by John and Nancy Tague, and by Gabriel Diano riding AC Quarter Horses LLC’s Oops Itsa Spooks (Spooks Gotta Gun x Tejons Finally Dunit), nominated by Michelle Miola and bred by Silver Spurs Equine. The co-reserve champions won $19,866.15 each.

BaiaoClaiming the Level 2 Futurity Championship and a paycheck worth $19,261.05, with a 218.5, was Pedro Baiao riding Michael Garnett’s Hollywood Nites (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex), a palomino stallion owned by Michael Garnett, nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC. “I work for Martin Muehlstaetter and, since I was without a horse to show, he felt I could ride this one. Most of the work done on him is thanks to Martin and I cannot thank him enough!”

Reserve honors with a 218 score went to Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), owned and nominated by Camela Essick. The duo added $13,934.66 to their earnings.

Murphy

It was a special night for Josh Murphy who rode his Got That Iowa Shine (Smart And Shiney x SLJ This Is My Juice), nominated by Mark Mahaffey, to a 215 and the Level 1 championship. The NRHA Professional also reined CBK Hang A Wright (Hang Ten Surprize x HR Wright On Cash), owned and nominated by William & Corliss Kellogg, to reserve honors with a 214.5. Murphy won $15,736.79.

NRHA Professional Scott McCutcheon earned the Prime Time Open Championship, along with $1,736.36, riding Special Mi (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), a stallion nominated and owned by Jack Covington.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

McCutcheon

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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NRHA Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Special Non Pro Futurity Champions Presentation

Oklahoma City, Okla., Dec. 3—The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) continued a year-long celebration marking its 50th anniversary year with a special presentation of past Non Pro Futurity champions. Billed as a showcase, the presentation on Dec. 1 included a red-carpet tribute to each of the 24 individuals who have won the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity title since the competition was established in 1976.


From left to right: Mandy McCutcheon, Jim Morgan DVM, Randy Alderson, Charlie Wiederholt, Keith Crawford, Kelle Smith, Jesse Asmussen, Tish Fappani, Lee Vincent, Tom Krshka;, Kristi Rose, Joshua Hattig, Samantha Griffin, Veronica Deans

Held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., the showcase attracted past champions from across North America. Fifteen winners were on hand to watch a video tribute and walk the red carpet to receive a red rose bouquet and pair of custom spurs created by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths. The gifts and flowers were presented by NRHA President Rick Clark and NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter.

Participating champions included Veronica Deans, who won in 2011; Samantha Griffin, 2004; Josh Hattig, 2001; Kristi Rose, 1998; Tom Krshka, 1992; and Lee Vincent, 1979. Two-time Non Pro Futurity champions walking the red carpet included Tish Fappani, 2010 and 2015; Jesse Asmussen, 2012 and 2014; Kelle Smith, 2003 and 2006; Keith Crawford, 1997 and 1999; Charlie Wiederholt, 1991 and 1998; and Randy Alderson, 1976 and 1977.

Also on hand was three-time champion Jim Morgan, DVM, the 1984, 1985 and 1986 winner. The program concluded with 8-time champion Mandy McCutcheon in the spotlight. Her titles span three decades and were won in 1993, 1994, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Both Morgan and McCutcheon also are members of the NRHA Hall of Fame. Several of the champions remain active in competition and qualified horses for the 2016 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Finals.

Past champions unable to attend include three-time champion Richard Greenberg, 1978,1982 and 1983; Chad Clark, 2002; Nancy Flathers, 2000; Stephanie Blair, 1996; Chad Howard, 1990; the late Craig Howard, 1989; Jim Robin, 1987; Christian Tremblay, 1981 and Jim Dudley 1980.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds are the 2016 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds are the 2016 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Oklahoma City, December 2 – The first Futurity champions were crowned today in an exciting finals which filled the day in Oklahoma City. With an impressive ride, Jack Medows (right) piloted Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) as draw 31 out of a field of 32 to a score of 218.5. The duo claimed the title of Cinch NRHA Non Pro Level (L)4 Champion as well as the Youth Non Pro Championship.

“I can’t thank this horse enough…she is a one-in-a-lifetime horse. She was with me every step and I can’t thank her enough. I knew she was capable of it, but I had to get her shown. We bought her over a year ago and she’s been great every single ride,” said the 19-year-old rider. “I won over $80,000 on her half sister, Surprizentheprincess (Jerry Lees Surprise x Princess In Diamonds), and this horse is her equal. She has her looks, her mind and her talent!”

Before arriving in OKC, Medows boasted $136,952.67 LTE. His L4 championship win added $43,984.63 to his earnings and he also took home $1,416 for the Youth Non Pro Futurity championship.

Cade McCutcheon rode Duallin Guns (Mister Nicadual x Always Gotyer Gunsup), a stallion bred, owned and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. to the reserve championship in the Youth Futurity after posting a 213.

Mandy McCutcheon is the L4 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion and is the newest NRHA Million Dollar Owner

In the second section of the finals, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon set the stage as draw one scoring a 218 aboard Customized My Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), which secured her the Reserve in the Non Pro L4 Futurity and a paycheck of $29,873.60. Customized My Gun is owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. of Tioga, Texas. Mandy also took home third place honors and a check worth $23,862.82 after posting a 215 aboard Special At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Royal Chic Solano), a stallion nominated by Teresa Putman and owned by Mandy and Tom McCutcheon. Mandy also made history tonight by surpassing the Million Dollar Mark as an owner. Her earnings and Lindsey McCutcheon’s $5,501 earned in the L4 and $4,018.68 won in the L3 riding Mandy and Tom McCutcheon’s Stars At Midnite (Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Starbuck), nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc. pushed her over the coveted mark.

Bentien and Gotta Twist It Up sweep the L3 and L2 Non Pro Futurity Championships

Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie win the L2 Non Pro Futurity

Sandra Bentien (right) and her Gotta Twist It Up (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist), a Sire & Dam Offspring, scored a 215 to sweep the Non Pro L3 and L2 Futurity Championships. “This has been four years in the making and you pray you get something like this,” said the rider from Auburn, California. “When Spooks Gotta Whiz won the Open Futurity for owner Michell (Kimball), Michell and I said that we would have to make some babies so that we could become proud grandmas! I bred, raised and trained this horse myself even though I received a lot of assistance from Casey Deary in the last 4 weeks and I am thrilled!”

The Reserve in L3 and L2 divisions, with a 214 score, went to Ginger Schmersal riding Gold Digging Dunnit (Pale Face Dunnit x Dun It Reining). Gold Digging Dunnit is owned and bred by B S Syndicate and was nominated and bred by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

Taylor Zimmerman (right) and Wimpys Little Jessie (Wimpys Little Step x Jessie Dot Tari) scored a 213 to win the Non Pro L1 Championship. Wimpys Little Jessie is owned, bred and nominated by Vaughn Zimmerman. “This is the first time that I have made the Level 4 finals and its just where I wanted to be!” said the young rider.

Her grandfather, Vaughn, added: “Taylor had a horse that was not working for her so, when Bobby Avila Jr. recommended this horse, and my granddaughter told me she wanted her, you got to give it to her, that’s what it is all about!”

Earning the Championship in the Prime Time Non Pro was James Morgan DVM (right) riding his own horse, Shiney Workboots (Smart And Shiney x Reminic At Work), nominated and bred by David Silva, Sr., to a score of 212.5.

Congratulations to Wimpys Little Step!

Another major milestone was reached by Wimpys Little Step who crossed the NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire mark. The impressive stallion’s offspring earnings prior to the 2016 NRHA Futurity & NAAC Championship Show was $8,981,037.25!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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The Silver Spurs Equine $50,000 Team Challenge

Oklahoma City, December 2 – On Thursday evening in Oklahoma City, the $50,000 Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge saw 14 riders leave their mark in the Jim Norick Arena where the NRHA Futurity & NAAC Championship Show is held. The payout for the class was $40,000 with a $10,00 bonus to be split evenly between all team members on the winning squad.

In the head-to-head competition, the top two riders entered, based on 2016 earnings as of November 4th, were appointed the Team Captains: NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham. The two NRHA Professionals selected their teammates from all remaining entries, alternating back and forth, with the first choice determined by a coin flip.

Fappani & Tricked Out SpookCompetition was tough from the moment the first horse performed NRHA Pattern #12. NRHA Professional Brian Bell, riding B-C Partnership’s Turn Down For What for Team Fappani, opened the challenge and set the bar by posting a 221. Fappani answered back with an impressive ride aboard Tricked Out Spook, a Sire & Dam Offspring owned by Tricked Out Spook Partners. Once he left the pen, a 223.5 appeared on the score board but, last to go, Fappani tied himself to win on Platinum Vintage, the talented 6-year-old palomino stallion owned by Silver Spurs Equine. Additionally, Team Fappani beat Team Vanlandingham by 2 points to win the Team title.

“I feel great!” said Fappani following the awards presentation. “I don’t usually do ties, but it didn’t make any sense to go back in the arena tonight! It was also my first time showing Tricked Out Spook. He’s a horse I’ve watched since he was 3, and I’ve wanted to buy him but knew he wasn’t for sale. He fits my style.”

Fappani & Tricked Out SpookRegarding Platinum Vintage, who boasts close to $221,500 LTE, the NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider only had good things to say.  “I’ve shown him quite a bit this year, we’ve been on the road a lot with him and he’s been great. Because he is going to breed next year, we wanted to bring him here just because there are a lot of people who don’t get to come to the shows to see him. He didn’t disappoint.”   Fappani took home $21.695.76 for the win and the reserve championship. Brian Bell settled for third place honors and a paycheck worth $7,376.55.

Michael Miola, owner of Silver Spurs Equine along with his wife Michelle, was thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm and cheering from the stands. “We wanted to step up and sponsor the Team Challenge because it draws people to Reining. It’s all about the fans and they loved it tonight!”

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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