2017 NRHA Election Information

2017 ELECTIONS

NRHA members have the opportunity to nominate members to represent their interests and to help guide the future of Reining. Read the following overview for more information on how you can get involved in the process. (European members: Please check your email in-box for additional details on European Executive Board Elections for the European Region) 

SEATS UP FOR ELECTION & NOMINATION DEADLINES

Director-at-Large on the Executive Committee (Two seats): Worldwide NRHA Members are given the opportunity to nominate and vote for members to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee. Write-in candidates can be submitted by the August 2 deadline. Please refer to the NRHA Elections Procedures for details.

Director for North American regions (One per region): Members from the following regions are also given the opportunity to nominate and vote for members to represent them on a regional level as an NRHA Director. 

  • East Central – Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee
  • North Central – North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska
  • South Central – Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana
  • Northeast - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and District of Columbia
  • Northwest – California*, Idaho*, Oregon, Washington

    *If a member lives in this state and designates an affiliate for Affiliate Regional Championships qualifying in that region, the member will be given voting privileges for that region. If the member lives in this state and does not designate an affiliate, voting privileges will be given as follows: California – Northwest region, Idaho – Northwest region and Nevada – Southwest region.

Elections will rotate to the other regions next year to continue with the alternating schedule.

NRHA Affiliates can nominate members to represent them as an NRHA Director. The deadline for Affiliate nominations is July 5. If a member wishes to be a write-in candidate, he/she may do so by the August 2 deadline. Please refer to the NRHA Elections Procedures for details on both of these options, and look in the Members Only section for helpful forms.

NRHA Election Procedures

NRHA Bylaws

Candidate Biography Template

Candidate Write-In Form

ELECTRONIC VOTING DATES

Open: October 1 at noon CDT
End: November 1 at noon CDT

ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Christa Morris-Stone, cmorris@nrha.com, (405) 946-7400, ext. 105
3012 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Voters must be at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2018 and a member in good-standing to participate in this election. Members whose memberships are maintained or recorded as joint, corporate, syndicate, associate, alliance, affiliate, or other type or category are not considered to be individual Members, and they are not eligible to vote.

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NRHyA Welcome Cinch as the New Title Sponsor of the Speaking Contest

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) welcomes Cinch as the new title sponsor to the NRHyA Speaking Contest held annually at the NRHA Derby.

Formed in 2011, the speaking contest allows youth members an opportunity to polish and perfect their public speaking skills while competing for over $3,000 in scholarships and prizes. The contest is split into two age groups, and contestants can compete in their choice of the following divisions: Prepared Public Speaking, Community Service Presentation, and Delivering A: General.

nrhya300“Youth and the future of our western way of life are important to Cinch, and we love that NRHA and NRHyA have a strong commitment to develop our future leaders. We are excited to extend our partnership to support those youth making an active effort to grow their communication skills,Said Megan Scales, Social Media & Sponsorship Manager at Miller International.

When asked about the new sponsorship, Hayley Eberle, NRHA Manager of Marketing & Outreach, had this to say, “We believe that the youth are an important part of NRHA and the equestrian community as a whole. NRHA and NRHyA want to create not only good horsemen and women, but strong, well-spoken representatives that have the life skills to be productive members of society. Dedicated Corporate Partners like Cinch who see the value of our youth and partner with us on life skill building opportunities such as the speaking contest are invaluable, and we sincerely appreciate their support.”

Youth members interested in competing in this year’s Cinch NRHyA Speaking Contest can find more information, including the entry form at NRHyA.com or by clicking here. Entries must be postmarked or in the NRHA office by June 3rd.

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NRHA Board of Directors May Meeting Recap

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosted meetings for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors in Oklahoma City on May 1-2. The members, elected by the membership annually, reviewed and prepared for discussion of agenda items; raised issues and spoke of opportunities; and voted to make decisions to guide the progress of the Association. In total, the Board members committed nearly 250 hours of effort to NRHA over the course of two days. The largest topic on the agenda was 2018 rule change proposals. A brief overview is provided below along with information on other important discussions.

2017 Handbook cover2018 Rule Change Proposals – The Board of Directors reviewed 37 rule change proposals submitted by members, committees and staff. Prior to their vote, they considered feedback from NRHA Committees and from members via the online survey. Unless otherwise noted, approved rule changes become effective January 1, 2018. More details on what was approved, along with the new rule verbiage, can be found in the Members Only area of nrha.com.

Some of the most significant changes include the following changes or additions to NRHA rules:

  • Beginning in 2019, memberships will last for a complete 12-month or 36-month period, and will no longer expire on December 31.
  • Non Pro Conditions were changed with the approval of 27-01-18. The largest change came from the addition of this text:
    • Even without remuneration, a Non Pro may not train or participate in mounted preparation of a horse not owned or leased by the non pro or the non pro’s immediate family, at or for, a show. It is the intent of the NRHA to limit the ability of a non pro to assist a trainer or other person in the training or preparation of the horse while mounted for a show if that horse is not owned or leased by the non pro or the non pro’s immediate family.
  • World Para-Reining, USA Reining and approved breed restricted para-reining classes were added for Category 4 approval.
  • Event approval deadlines for BB and Top Ten Events changed to 60 days prior to the entry closing date.
  • Added money limits were removed from Category 7 Affiliate Championship classes.
  • The Single Purse Payout structure was approved for optional use in aged and closed aged shows.
  • NRHA Lawson bronzes must be presented when $2,000 or more in added money is offered and other special NRHA Lawson Bronze qualifications are met.
  • Show results now can be sent electronically as long as some requirements are met.
  • Guidelines were added for breaking first place ties.
  • Allowances for touching the horse with the freehand and holding the saddle horn in Freestyle Reining, Entry Level and Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup classes.
  • Additional guidelines were added to determine when judges may judge an unapproved reining class.
  • Random equipment checks in classes with added money of $500 or less are allowed.
  • A 5-point penalty was added for a horse that loses forward motion and falls to knees or hocks while showing signs of disobedience, intimidation, exhaustion and/or distress.

Equipment clarification – The NRHA Executive Committee recently made a clarification to Rules for Judging. B.(4)(b) and (i) concerning belly bands and belly wraps. This type of equipment, or other materials wrapped around the belly, can cover abuse prior to and during exhibition, and can give an unfair advantage. Therefore, the use of this type of equipment in pre-check or in the show pen is not allowed and will result in a no score.

Fappani Spooky Whiz2017 NRHA Futurity Updates –

  • Addition of the new Level 4 Open Semi-Finals (approved in February).
  • Open Futurity horses will not show on Sunday, November 26. This gives one-day off between the 1st go round and the semi-finals.
  • Sunday’s Non Pro 1st go, 1st section will be longer than the other sections. This allows the go round to end one day earlier and helps manage the overall length of days.
  • The Non Pro Consolation will be held one day earlier than usual on Wednesday, November 29.
  • Freestyle Reining will be held on Thursday, November 30.
  • Adequan North American Affiliate Championship and ancillary classes have been rearranged to avoid conflicts and to move the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year to later in the schedule.

Affiliate Regional Championship Trophies – If a class at an Affiliate Regional Championships does not offer the level of added money required to award an NRHA Morrison trophy ($1,000), the host can award an NRHA Morrison trophy for that class.

Collegiate Judging Contest – NRHA will work with the Horse Judging Team Coaches Association to implement a collegiate contest during the 2017 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Semi-Finals.

European Council Bylaws – Bylaws for the European Region were presented and approved. They consisted of definitions and guiding principles for the council and its executive board. It also included a list of responsibilities specific to the European Region.

IT Project – The Board was given an update on the IT project. Testing on tools for joining and renewing memberships has begun. These tools will become available to members when testing is complete.

Member Survey and Long-Range Planning – Approximately 1,000 members participate in the online survey. Results of the survey have been shared with the Long-Range Planning group and the Board of Directors. A plan, based on those responses and the group’s discussion, is being finalized at this time. It will be presented to the Board at a later date for review and approval.

Regions and Elections Procedures – The procedures were updated to better clarify voting regions for California, Nevada and Idaho residents. The voting region will be based on a member’s affiliate designation. If an affiliate if not designated, it will be based on the member’s state of residence. See the NRHA Regions and Elections Procedures for details.

Task Force Appointment – A task force was appointed to optimize the benefit of International Affiliate Program funds for affiliates and NRHA. The previously appointed Nomination/Payout Task Force will meet in Oklahoma City in the coming weeks.

 

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NRHA’s Newest Nine Million Dollar Sire – Gunner

NRHA’s Newest Nine Million Dollar Sire – Gunner

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 10, 2017 –  Following a successful event for his offspring at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that the legendary stallion and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun, APHA Colonels Smokingun) is unofficially the newest Nine Million Dollar Sire. He is only the third sire to reach this milestone.

Unofficially, Gunner’s offspring earned in excess of $131,000 at the 2017 NRBC, helping push the late sire over the nine-million-dollar mark by $63,000.

Owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, Texas, the 1993 stallion was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Ala. By Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun, Gunner was a stand out in the show pen. Some of his accolades include: 1996 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 1998 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, and 2001 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions National Reining Champion in Gladstone, New Jersey. His NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) total more than $173,700.

Gunner’s highest money-earning progeny include:

  • Tinker With Guns (out of Tinker Nic): NRHA LTE over $344,100
  • Gunners Tinseltown (out of Miss Tinseltown): NRHA LTE over $305,300
  • Americasnextgunmodel (out of Cee Dun It Do It): NRHA LTE over $289,400
  • Gunners Special Nite (out of Mifs Doll): NRHA LTE over $219,700
  • Gunnatrashya (out of Natrasha): NRHA LTE over $218,00
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Equipment Clarification – Belly Bands

The NRHA Executive Committee recently made a clarification to Rules for Judging. B.(4)(b) and (i) concerning belly bands and belly wraps. This type of equipment, or other materials wrapped around the belly, can cover abuse prior to and during exhibition, and can give an unfair advantage. Therefore, the use of this type of equipment in pre-check or in the show pen is not allowed and will result in a no score.

NRHA’s equipment rules can be found starting on page 79 of the NRHA Handbook in the Rules for Judging Section.

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NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire Shines Brighter Than Hollywood

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 4, 2017 -  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce its newest unofficial earner of the Million Dollar Sire milestone, Hollywoodstinseltown. The 2004 AQHA Palomino stallion, owned and bred by David Silva, Sr. joined this elite club after his offspring’s great success at the 2017 National Reining Breeder’s Classic (NRBC). Together, Hollywoodstinseltown’s offspring unofficially earned over $52,000 throughout the event.

Hollywoodstineltown is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Miss Tinseltown. His success isn’t limited just to the breeding shed; Hollywoodstinseltown boasts over $185,800 NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) during his show career. The flashy palomino’s accomplishments include: 2007 NRHA Futurity Open Prime Time Champion and Open Level 4 finalist with NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Three Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay; 2008 NRBC Open Level 4 finalist with Tim McQuay; 2009 NRBC Open Level 3 Champion and 2009 NRHA Derby Open Level 4 Reserve Champion and Level 3 Open Champion with Marco Ricotta; 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist with March Ricotta; 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ Team Competition Gold medalist and Individual Competition fourth place.

Hollywoodstinseltown’s highest money-earning progeny include:

  • Tinseltown Fly Guy (out of Fly Flashy Jac): NRHA LTE over $249,300
  • Smokinghot Hollywood (out of Smoking Rose): NRHA LTE over $79,300
  • Tinseltown Flash (out of Billie Gun Flash): NRHA LTE over $57,100
  • Missedouttinseltown (out of Miss Sliding Peppy): NRHA LTE over $30,800
  • Woodys Toy Gun (out of Gunners Pearl): NRHA LTE over $29,500

NRHA congratulates Hollywoodstinseltown and his owner, David Silva, Sr., for achieving Million Dollar Sire status.

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List of 2017 AHP Equine Media Awards Finalists Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

List of 2017 AHP Equine Media Awards Finalists Released 

APRIL 25, 2017 – The wait is over. The finalists in the 2017 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards (EMA) have been named. “This announcement ends two-months of anticipation for the 71 AHP members who have learned that they placed in the top five in one or more of 64 classes,” says Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director and EMA Coordinator. 

Held since 1974, the AHP annual awards contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine media. This year’s competition for material published in 2016 drew 783 entries from 105 members, an increase in entries and participants from last year.

The Equine Media Awards, open to AHP members only, offer a Publishing Media Division for publications and freelancers and a Business division for equine-related businesses, organizations, and colleges.

The awards not only recognize excellence in equine media, but every entry is critiqued by professional judges to encourage members to improve.

The excitement isn’t over for the finalists. The next milestone is the announcement of the winners. Awards are placed first, second, third, or honorable mention, so every finalist is recognized for their achievement. The Equine Media Awards presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 17, 2017, at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley during the AHP “Saddle Up for Scottsdale” Equine Media Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Members interested in attending the AHP Equine Media Conference & Awards in Scottsdale can access conference information and register online at https://www.americanhorsepubs.org/attending-ahp-annual-conference/.

The results of the Equine Media Awards will be available on the AHP website after the awards presentation in June.

Who will be this year’s stars who earn EMA gold in Scottsdale? Here is the list of AHP members who are Equine Media Award finalists for 2017. Congratulations! 

PUBLISHING MEDIA DIVISION FINALISTS

American Cowboy

American Racehorse

America’s Horse

Barrel Horse News

BloodHorse

California Horsetrader

Chrome

Cowgirl Magazine

Daily Racing Form

Dressage Today

Driving Digest

Equine Career Network

Equine Journal

EQUUS

Hoof Beats

Horse & Rider

Horse Illustrated

Horse Radio Network LLC

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

Modern Arabian Horse

New York Horse

NRHA Reiner

Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine

Paint Horse Journal

PATH Intl. Strides

Pennsylvania Equestrian

PleasureHorse.com

Practical Horseman

Quarter Horse News

Ranch Horse Journal

Sidelines Magazine

Speedhorse

The American Quarter Horse Journal

The Chronicle of the Horse

The Florida Horse

The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care

Thoroughbred Daily News

Untacked

USDF Connection

USHJA In Stride

Western Horse and Gun

Western Horseman Magazine

Megan Arszman

Abigail Boatwright

Melinda Brown

Kate Bradley Byars

Sarah Evers Conrad

Jennifer Keeler

Bianca McCarty

Merri Melde

Kathryn Navarra

Dusty Perin

Cheri Prill

Kelly Sanchez

Kara Stewart

Scott Trees

BUSINESS DIVISION FINALISTS

American Paint Horse Association

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Central Garden & Pet

Certified Horsemanship Association

Horse Lifestyle

Horseware Products, Ltd.

Manna Pro Products, LLC

Monty Roberts JOIN UP International

National Reining Horse Association

Ohio Quarter Horse Association

Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc.

PM Advertising

Purina Animal Nutrition

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda Productions

SmartPak

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American Horse Publications has united equine-related publishing media, businesses, professionals, colleges, and students for nearly 50 years. The non-profit professional association promotes excellence in equine publishing media and encourages relationships and communication within the horse industry. For more information, visit www.americanhorsepubs.org.

Contact: Christine Brune
Phone: (386) 760-7743
Email: AHorsePubs@aol.com
www.americanhorsepubs.org

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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Andrea Fappani claims his fourth NRBC Open Championship

Andrea Fappani claims his fourth NRBC Open Championship riding Chic Dreamin for owners Silver Spurs Equine

The long miles, hard work and hours spent putting the finishing touches on some of the toughest reining horses in the country culminated inside the Great Southwest Equestrian Center at the National Reining Breeders Classic with a crowd-raising performance. The focus of the night was the Open Classic Finals where the competitors showed up to battle it out for championship prizes, bragging rights and $75,000.

Finishing the night on top of the field was Andrea Fappani riding Chic Dreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunit) to a score of 229 to top the Level 4 and be crowned the NRBC Open Classic champion.

“It never gets old to win anywhere, especially not here,” Fappani said. “It’s a special place and holds a special place in my heart because this is where I marked a 236, which is still today the highest in NRHA history, so it’s a great place where you can really showcase your horse.”

Fappani and the 5-year-old stallion owned by Silver Spurs Equine wowed the crowd with a stellar performance, proving why the NRBC is one of Fappani’s favorite shows and why he had such confidence going into the finals aboard the flashy sorrel.

“I was waiting for something to maybe not go as planned,” Fappani said with a laugh. “It kept going as I planned it, everything was just right on. I was having fun, to be honest. It was one of those runs where judges award a high score, but it’s not like I was trying that hard. I just let it be. A lot of times you get to some of these finals and you know you have to have a big score to win. You almost try too hard then you get into the penalty box or you override your horse.

“I knew I had a horse that could really mark in the stops,” he continued. “I had a pattern with four stops so I said as long as I nail my stops and stay out of the penalty box I should be in good shape.”

This year marked the fourth time Fappani has claimed the NRBC Open Finals championship, and he says it’s taken a lot of hard work to get here.

“Hard work pays off, that’s what I tell everybody,” Fappani said. “[Some people] think it’s luck but it’s really not. You have to put your head down and work, no matter what you win; the next one’s not going to win itself. You have to go home, go to work and do the best you can.”

Fappani also had success on two other horses in tonight’s finals finishing fourth aboard Smart Shiners Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines), owned by Silver Spurs Equine, with a score of 224.5. Aboard Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl) owned by Bill Coburn, he marked a 220.5 to split 15th place Robin Schoeller riding Spitfire Spook and Franco Bertolani riding Inferno Sixty Six

For some, the fast change between horses in such a high-pressure situation could be nerve-racking however, Fappani says the many years of practice has prepared him.

“It’s easier now because I’ve done it enough,” Fappani said about how he prepares mentally for each horse. “I have a plan the day before [I show] and then I separate all the horses and think one horse at a time. When I got on my first horse tonight I knew what I had to think about what I wanted with that horse and that all I focused on. Then, when I got off that horse, I focused on the next one and don’t think about the last one I rode; I erase it from my memory pretty much.

“I’ve learned that along the way because you just never know what’s going to happen next,” he continued. “I’ve learned to focus on one horse at a time and just go with it.”

Along with the $75,000 for the title, Fappani took home one year’s use of a deluxe two-horse horse trailer from Twin Cities Trailer Sales, a custom championship saddle sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, a crystal trophy from NRBC, Anderson Bean boots, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care plus other NRBC sponsored products like a custom embroidered cooler, a commemorative champion medal, and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Brian Bell and Dany Tremblay each marked a 225.5 to share the reserve championship in the Level 4. Bell rode Turn Down For What (Einsteins Revolution x My Way Marla) owned by Crews Reining Horses. Tremblay rode Adh Mor Big Luck Ranch’s PS Mega Shine Chic (Shine Chic Shine x Megas Sugar Baby). They each received $41,000 for the reserve co-championship, a Gist Silversmiths reserve champion buckle sponsored by NRBC, a custom embroidered cooler from NRBC, a commemorative reserve champion medal from NRBC and 30 day supply of Cosequin ASU Plus from Nutramax.

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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Medows Wins Non Pro Classic Finals, Ancillary Champions Named!

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Medows Wins Non Pro Classic Finals, Ancillary Champions Named!

The National Reining Breeders Classic has seen top-shelf competition throughout the week. Reiners from across the country have traveled the miles, put in the hard work and showed up in Katy, Texas, in top form to battle it out for championship prizes and bragging rights. Friday Jack Medows rode Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) to a score of 223.5 to top the Level 4 and be crowned the NRBC Non Pro Classic champion. Medows has had a lot of success with the mare having won the 2016 National Reining Horse Association Non Pro Futurity championship along with other big wins, but Medows says the $30,000 NRBC win is special.

“Between the prelims and here she really stepped up her turns. She’s a really good turner, but for some reason she goes in the show pen and she’s so relaxed that she almost dulls up a little bit, but today she really sparked in her turns, and when I loped her off she was so slow and so collected it was a really cool feeling,” Medows said. “[The win here at the NRBC] is so special and she deserves it, she’s such a good mare. I’m glad I stayed out of her way and let her do it.”

Although Medows’ win in the Level 4 was his most special moment, he rode two other great mounts to top finishes today making the day even more special. The 19-year-old rode Frame Draggin (Einsteins Revolution x Coronas Major) to fifth place in the Level 4 Non Pro, worth $8,500 with a score of 219.5. He also rode Wimpys Show Stopper (Wimpys Little Step x Pinesail) to the CRI Youth Reining win with a score of 72.5. “It was a really, really good day. All three of my horses were good, so I’m very lucky,” Medows said.

Along with the cash Medows took home one year’s use of a deluxe two-horse Horse Trailer from Twin Cities Trailer Sales, a custom championship saddle sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, a crystal trophy from NRBC, Anderson Bean boots, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care plus other NRBC sponsored products like a custom embroidered cooler, a commemorative champion medal, and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Cade McCutcheon marked a 223 aboard Custom Made Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Custom Made Dunit) for McQuay Stables for a reserve championship Level 4 finish, worth $15,750. McCutcheon also received a Gist Silversmiths reserve champion buckle sponsored by NRBC, a custom embroidered cooler from NRBC, a commemorative reserve champion medal from NRBC and 30 day supply of Cosequin ASU Plus from Nutramax.

Tish Fappani rode Spooks N Jewels to a score of 220 to win the Non Pro Level 3, plus finish fourth in the Level 4. Along with the $8,400 Fappani picked up for winning the Level 3, her Level 4 finish gained her an extra $10,000. Spooks N Jewels is by Smart Spook and out of Whiz Jewels, who was shown at the end of her career by Fappani’s husband, Andrea Fappani. The family relationship with Spooks N Jewels’ dam has made the connection special for Fappani.

“Coming off of the futurity with [Spooks N Jewels], I didn’t have a good futurity so it felt good to get in there and have him be solid and consistent in both gos,” Fappani said. “He was right there with me. He’s a big stopper, so we hit all of our stops and I made sure I got shut off in my turns, so there were no turn penalties. In the circles he went the speed he can handle right now. After the futurity he hasn’t been shown, he hasn’t even been schooled or anything, we rested him quite a bit. He’s 4 so he’s still got quite a few more years. I feel comfortable on him.”

Fappani received a custom saddle sponsored by Continental Saddlery, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Biotechnology. Plus, other NRBC sponsored products such as a crystal trophy, a commemorative champion medal, a custom embroidered cooler and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Veronica Williams rode Singing In The Rein (Master Snapper x Shiners Mistress) to a score of 217.5 to win the Level 2 and well as second place in the Level 3. Up to this point, the NRBC Non Pro Finals had been Williams’ Achilles Hill, having qualified multiple times to the finals to only admittedly let the pressure get the best of her nerves.

“It was a personal goal of mine to do better in the finals,” Williams said. “I’ve always come here and made into the finals and then chickened out in the finals and if felt so good to go finally go in there and just trust her and do it and she was just with me every step of the way.”

This year however, she achieved her goal and claimed her first NRBC championship title.

“It feels amazing,” Williams said of her win. “It hasn’t really even sunk in yet I don’t think. [This win at the NRBC is extra special] because this is a huge horse show and best of the best horses are here and the best of the best riders are here. It’s so cool to come here and get to show and then to do well here is just the coolest. The coolest thing of all.”

Williams pocketed $4,000 for the first place win, plus $5,150 for the second place Level 3 finish. She also received a custom saddle sponsored by Deshotels and Luke Gagnon, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care. Plus, other NRBC sponsored products such as a crystal trophy, a commemorative champion medal, a custom embroidered cooler and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Nancy Murfin-Moxley rode Who Whiz Hot Choclat to a score of 216 to win both the Level 1 and Prime Time, plus finish second in the Level 3. Her success in the show pen was made extra special considering it’s only her first time to show with her mount competitively.

“[Winning this championship] is wonderful,” Murfin-Moxley said. “My run felt great. [Who Whiz Hot Choclat] is so great minded and I just trusted him and I knew he was prepared and I did the best I could do. He just took great care of me”. Who Whiz Hot Choclat is by Who Whiz It and out of Choclat Almond Chic and led his rider to a total haul of $5,697.

The competition continued with tough competition in the ancillary classes, plus the start of the youth classes. Paul Queen rode Outta Dough (Gallo Del Cielo x Dough Olena) to a score of 146.5 to top the Limited Non Pro, plus take home the overall championship. Queen took home a National Reining Horse Association championship trophy, a Nutrena Feed gift certificate and Cosequin Bucket.

Queen has had the now-12-year-old stallion for 10 years and over the years they’ve formed a special bond, which reflected their abilities in the show pen during his run at the NRBC. “I look out for him and he looks out for me,” Queen said. “My run felt really good. I know he can do those fast circles and I knew when we got in there we’re going to get them, and I know he can plant it in the ground when it’s time. So, we had a good time.”

In second place was Hannah Loverien riding Tom and Mandy McCutcheon’s That Kind Of Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Doc Santa Belle) to a score of 142.5.

Tom McCutcheon & Martin Muehlstaetter Tie to Win NRBC Open Classic Challenge & $25K NRHA Open!

Tom McCutcheon and Martin Muehlstaetter took home big wins in Friday night’s NRBC Open Reining Night presented by Kimmel Reining Horses. McCutcheon and Muehlstaetter each turned in big scores of 224.5, which wowed the crowd with the big stops and flawless circles to split the win in the National Reining Horse Association $25,000-added Open, as well as the NRBC Open Classic Challenge.

McCutcheon rode the standout mount, The Wizster, who’s by Gallo Del Cielo and out of Miss Whizard Jac and owned by Turnabout Farm Inc. Aboard the 2010 gelding McCutcheon also won the USA Reining Open, and the CRI Reining.

“I feel great,” McCutcheon said of his wins. “It really a humbling experience to be able to show a horse like this; it’s really a sigh of relief to be able to show him in a way that he is well represented, because with this caliber of a horse you’re just a long for the ride.” Although the big check was a welcomed reward McCutcheon said being able to represent the United States is always a noble and humbling moment.

“It’s always an awesome feeling to be on that podium and sing along to the National Anthem,” McCutcheon said.

Muehlstaetter shared the co-championship aboard Michael Garnett’s Blo Gun. Muehlstaetter says he enjoyed showing the 2010 stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of The Hot Jewel and hopes to show him again in the future.

“I was really excited, it’s the first time I’ve showed the horse,” Muehlstaetter said.”[Michael] is a long-time client of mine and I [asked] if I could ride the horse and he told me ‘go for it,’ so here we are,” Muehlstaetter said with a smile. 

In youth action the kids of reining were turning in their own sharp maneuvers. Bo Van Duys riding Aim Your Pistol, and Emilia Reutimann riding Black Hails Gold, shared the win in the CRI Junior with scores of 69.5.

Aim Your Pistol is by Custom Pistol and out of Topnotch Melody and Black Hails Gold is by Shine Like Hail and out of Dun Its Black Gold.

McKinnon Larcombe rode My Nu Mercedes Rox (Cromed Out Mercedes x Roxana Chex) to a score of 71.5 to win the Youth 14-18. She also split the win in the Unrestricted Youth and the American Quarter Horse Association Youth 18 & Under with Raeanna Thayn.

Larcombe took over the reins of My Nu Mercedes Rox from her mom about a year ago and has had a lot of success in the show pen. She’s taken home wins at the Southwest Reining Horse Association as well as the Tulsa Reining Classic.

“I’ve been showing him here, there everywhere and recently we were a 215 at the derby in Tulsa, so that was a good confidence booster,” Larcombe said. “He showed really well today, he’s getting better and better and so am I showing him.”

Thayn has a special bond with her mount and a few of her favorite things are his mane and his heart. Thayn has already earned titles on him this week in the Limited Non Pro and hopes to continue her winning streak in tomorrow’s youth classes. “He tries really hard,” Thayn said. “Our run was really good today and he stayed with me in the pen.”

Luca Fappani rode Custom Spook (Smart Spook x Custom Spinderella) to a score of 72 to top the Youth 13 & Under.

For information and complete results from the National Reining Breeders Classic, follow updates from NRBC on Facebook, Twitter and www.nrbc.com.

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Tom McCutcheon & Dany Tremblay Tie Open L4 Prelims!

From Slide Street E Journal

Tom McCutcheon & Dany Tremblay Tie Open L4 Prelims!

Round One Open Champs; Novice Horse Open, Limited Open and Rookie Pro Champs Named 

The competition continued at the National Reining Breeders Classic on Thursday with the second section of the Open Classic Prelims. The tough competition featured big stops and smooth maneuvers inside the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. The ancillary classes also saw big scores with the Novice Horse Open, Limited Open, Rookie Professional and American Quarter Horse Association classes.

In Thursday’s second section of the Open Classic Prelims, Dany Tremblay scored a 223.5 riding PS Mega Shine Chic (Shine Chic Shine x Megas Sugar Baby), owned by Amanda Lee and Bradley Allan of Adh Mor Big Luck Ranch to tie the Level 4 high score put in by Tom McCutcheon on Smart Little Dunnit, who’s by Smart Spook and out of Jan Van Bar B Dun It, for owners Turnabout Farms Inc.

With his high score, Tremblay bumped himself out of the Level 3 lead and took first and second places in the Level 3. Aboard Magnums Guns R Reddy (Magnum Chic Dream x Guns R Reddy), Tremblay took second with a score of 221.5 for owner Ruth A. Hamlin.

Bud Lyon rode Einsteins Top Whiz (Einsteins Revolution x Kr Samantha) to a score of 220 to win the Level 2 first go-round and Alejandro Ortiz Vazquez riding She Is A Chexinic (Smart Like Juice x Muskegs Chexinic) scored a 218 to top the Level 1. The Prime Time go-round winner is Martin Larcombe riding Hang Ten And Shine (Hang Ten Surprize x Ebony Shines) to a score of 223.

The Open Classic Finals will kick off inside the Coliseum Arena Saturday, April 22, and the champion will receive $75,000. For complete results from the Open Classic Prelims visit www.nrbc.com.

The ancillary classes continued today in Katy, Texas, with the Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes in the Wheless Arena where Josh Tishman took top honors. Tishman rode Chics Love Me Wimpy, who’s by Wimpys Little Step and out of Dream About Magic, to a score of 73. “Duke” is owned by Deborah Good, who wasn’t able to make the NRBC and sent Duke for Tishman to show in her place. Tishman has had a great week with the gelding, winning Tuesday’s Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes as well, for which he became the overall NRBC Limited Open and Rookie Professional champion.

“He’s real fun to show. That’s probably the best run we’ve had, he’s just real easy and fun so it just worked out well,” Tishman said. “He followed me right around and went as fast as I asked and as slow as I asked and just did everything as hard as he could.”

Troy Koehl riding A Ruf Master (Lil Ruf Peppy x Shiners Mistress) to a score of 71 took second in the Limited Open while Lindsey Seewaldt riding Katy Dun It (Dun Gotta Gun x Dun Kissed Peaches) took second in the Rookie Professional with a score of 71.5.

In the Novice Horse Open Level 2 a tie between Dany Tremblay and Peter DeFreitas took the first place win, with a score of 147. Tremblay rode Misters Temptress, who’s by Mister Dual Pep and out of Colonel Pepinic, while DeFreitas rode Colonel Missile, who’s by Hang Ten Surprize and out of Sweet Ginger Chic.

Tremblay has been riding and showing Misters Temptress with much success this year and says the mare continues to improve with each ride. “Every time I show her she scores 73s and 73.5s, so she’s consistent and she likes to go in the show pen now and I love it,” Tremblay said.

DeFreitas also took the win in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 aboard Colonel Missile with the score of 147. DeFreitas showed the now-4-year-old gelding as a 3-year-old and had success then as well. The duo came to the NRBC with intentions of continuing to improve in the show pen as well as find a potential buyer for Colonel Missile. DeFreitas says showing in the Novice Horse Open was a nice change of pace and made the win memorable.

“He’s very simple, he’s always the same every time I show him. He’s a lot of fun to show, because he does his thing and it’s easy,” DeFreitas said. “I was happy to come here and get to show in the Novice too, usually I just show in the Classic part, but it was fun to show in the Novice Horse and to get a win always helps.”

Jared Leclair rode The Dun Gun (Gunner x Fabulous Footwork) to a score of 144.5 to take third place in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 and second place in Level 1.

In the AQHA classes, Tremblay and DeFreitas were also co-champions in the AQHA Junior and Senior classes with a score of 147 aboard the same mounts.

Nothing entices a crowd more than free food and Thursday night the Tamarak Ranch Open Draw Party pulled together the Open Classic finalists, their friends and family for an evening of great food and entertainment. Along with the food and camaraderie, the Open finalists were given the chance to draw for their running positions in the Open Classic Finals.

For information and complete results from the National Reining Breeders Classic, follow updates from NRBC on Facebook, Twitter and www.nrbc.com

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