Austrian Futurity & NRHA Show Results

2014 Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show once more a huge success!
More than $100,000 Prize Money

Provided by the Austrian Reining Horse Association/Ramona Billing - The eighth edition of the Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show in Wiener Neustadt was once more a huge success. 207 horses and top riders from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, showed brilliant rides both in the Futurity and the Ancillary classes. This attracted hundreds of reining fans as well as visitors from the region to the beautiful facility of Helmut Schulz, which offered excellent conditions for high class reining. For two days, a TV team accompanied the riders. Also international print and internet media covered the event as well.

With more than $100,000 prize money, the Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show was one of Europe’s premier reining events again and the first of the “big” futurities. Also there were numerable other valuable prizes including the Champion Saddles, the Champion Buckles as well as Show halters. Each of the Futurity finalists received his halter. Helmut Schulz and his team had prepared various things to make participants and owners feel at home at once. There were Welcome Packages with the Futurity vine from to vinemaker Fischer, a bathing towel with Futurity imprint, Futurity caps as well as a 3M sponsor package. On Thursday, H&D Schulz invited to their Futurity Party with an excellent Buffet, where the Futurity Finalist halters were awarded. And there was the Country Night on Friday night as well as the new Bar besides the main terrace with the picture board of the sponsors. Also, the daily show magazine “The Score” (The Friday edition had 24 pages!) was highly appreciated by all the participants.

Open Final L4 3-year-old horses: Rudi Kronsteiner claims third AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Open
The Open Futurity Level 4 of the 3-year-old horses was won by Magnum It (Magnum Chic Dream x Dun It The Hard Way) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner (Austria) who scored a 223.5. The AQHA gelding bred by Charlotte Decoster and owned by Dr. Daniela Ratschew, had already dominated the go round. It was the third AustrianRHA Futurity Champion title for multiple NRHA World Champion Open Rudi Kronsteiner, who also rode Chex out My Banjo (Banjo Whiz x MRS Chexinic, owner Dorothee Hess-Leitmeier) on 6th place in the final.

ARC Snap Chic (Yellow Jersey x Arc Think Chic) and Gennaro Lendi became Reserve Champion Level 4 scoring a 220. The horse was bred by Arcese QH and is owned by Paola Arcese.

Tarysmart and Fabiano Cestari dominated Levels 1, 2 and 3
Tarysmart and Fabiano Cestari also won the Level 1 and 2 final scoring a 220. Tarysmart was bred by Giuditta Foti and is owned by the Tarysmart Syndicate.  26-year-old Fabiano Cestari, who is from close to Milano, is training in Sinzing, Bavaria. His achievements include the 2010 ICCA Championship Open and Int. Open.

Reserve Champion L2 was Star Whiz It (Star Spangled Whiz x Hollywood Betsy Cody) with Stefano Cerutti, in L1 Skeet Rock (Skeets Dun x Barbie Nic Chex) with Peter Pichler.

Nicola Cordioli and Playboy Snapple win Open Futurity L3 and 4, 4-year-old horses

There was no surprise in the 4-year-old Open final as well – those who had dominated the go rounds, also made it in the final. The winner Level 3 and 4 was Nicola Cordioli aboard Playboy Snapple (Mr Snapple x ARC Snappers Calgirl). The stallion bred by Roberto Cuoghi and owned by Giulia Amolaro, scored a 225.5. Cordioli, who is one of Italy‘ best trainers, rode the horse into the NRHA  European Futurity final.

Grischa Ludwig and Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smokin) became Reserve Champion Level 4 scoring a 223,5. The two had taken the lead after the go round. Lil Smokeing Gun was bred by Jim Babcock and is owned by de Bruin Reininghorses. Walla Walla Glitter  (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spar,  owner Edith Hochmair ) and Johannes Hasenauer placed second in Level 3 scoring a 224.

Saturday Whiz under Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Walla Walla Glitter under Johannes Hasenauer Co-Champions Open Futurity L 2, year-old, Jupiter of Sun and Alessandro Roasio win L1
In the Open Futurity Final Levels 1 and 2, it got very close among the top horses.  There was a tie on first place with a score of 219.5, and anothertie on third place among three riders who had achieved a 219.  The first placed Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Johannes Hasenauer decided against a run off and shared the title. So, the Futurity Level 2 Co-Champions were Saturday Whiz (Saturday Night Custom x Anjolena Whiz) with Giovanni Masi De Vargas (Italy) and Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spar) with Johannes Hasenauer (Austria).  Saturday Whiz is owned by ASD Little Ranch and was bred by Franco Mari.  Walla Walla Glitter was bred by Giovanni Lugara and is owned by Edith Hochmaier.

Jupiter of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little , owner and breeder Franco Rosso) with Alessandro Roasio, VQH Foxy Cat (A Catty Delta x Foxy Pepto, owner. Rosario Ponzo, breeder 6-J Paint Horses) with Giovanni Masi de Vargas and Ruf Little Chex (Lil Ruf Trouble x Nu Dynamite Chex, breeder Roger Weibel, owner Ferruccio Bucci)  and Andrea Manucci tied for third place.

This was also the Level 1 Championship for Jupiter Of Sun and Alessandro Roasio, with Show Me My Cash (Bueno Cash Quixote x AR Boneta Jacson Sun, Breeder Sjojan Nemanic, owner Mojca Hrzenjak) and Gal Grahelj following on second place (218.5)

ER Baby Jane Surprise and Andrea Iannetta win Non Pro Futurity Level 3 and 4 of the 3-year-old horses

In an exciting final, ER Baby Jane Surprise  (One Gun x Surprise Moonlite) and Andrea Iannetta (Italy) claimed the Non Pro Futurity Championship Level 2 and 4 of the 3-year-old horses. The two had already been in the lead after the go round together with KD Gotasparklingwhiz  (Walla Walla Whiz x Parkin Crome) under Kelly Deelen (The Netherlands) Iannetta scored a 216, Kelly Deelen placed second scoring a 215.5.

Andrea Iannetta won  2011 Silver at the FEI European Championship Young Riders and claimed the Non Pro Trophy at the 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity. His 3-year-old Paint mare ER Baby Jane Surprise was bred by Elisabetta Raviola.

Kelly Deelen already was NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champion Level 1 to 3 and NRHA European Affiliate Reserve Champion. She bred her AQHA stallion KD Gotasparklingwhiz herself.

Non Pro Futurity Champion Level 1, 3-year-old horses: Victoria Gun and Rudolf Maurer
The Non Pro Futurity Final Level 1 of the 3-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Victoria Gun (Gatling Gun x LJ As Orderd) with Rudolf Maurer (Austria) in the saddle and Last Docky Oak (Stylishlite x Surprise Doc Topsail) with Mattia Camisi (Italy) who both scored a 213. In the following run off, Victoria Gun scored a 213 winning the title. The Paint Horse mare was bred by Laura Welsch. Mattia Camisi and his Last Docky Oak became Reserve scoring a 205. Whizberry Pie (Topsail Whiz x Smokes Berry Sweet) and Miriam Leinweber placed third scoring a 212. The AQHA mare was bred by Quest Reiners LLC.

Non Pro Futurity Champion L3 and L4, 4-year-old horses: What A QT Whiz and Katja Jungfer
What A QT Whiz and his breeder and owner Katja Jungfer (Germany) had already been leading after the go round. Their great performance in the final with a score of 222 resulted in the AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Non Pro Levels 4 and 3 with the 4-year-old horses. The stallion was the first foal of Katja Jungfer‘s stallion Dunit On The QT, whose achievements include the NRHA Breeders Futurity Championship. His dam Im A Classy Whiz‘ NRHA LTE exceed $ 50,000. With her, Katja won the IRHA Derby Non Pro L1 and 2 and the NRHA Roleski Int. Non Pro Derby. What A QT Whiz has got an impressive show record himself. With his trainer Rudi Kronsteiner, the stallion was 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity Open third, Americana Open Futurity Champion and NRHA Breeders Futurity Open Reserve Champion (after a run off).

Shine N Whiz and Sandra Friesenbiller became Reserve Futurity Champion L3 and 4 scoring a 219.5. The stallion by Topsail Whiz out of Sandra’s great broodmare Spark N Pretty was 2013 Austrian Futurity Champion Level 3 and 4 Non Pro, NRHA Breeders Futurity and NRHA European Futurity Finalist.

Co-Champions Non Pro Futurity Level 1, 4-year-old horses:

Pepper Dry Sun under Martina Paiocchi and Miss Ciot O Broadway under Gianluca Liotti

Non Pro Futurity Final Level 1 of the 4-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Pepper Dry Sun (TRR Royal Sun O Lena x IC Paule Slide Dry)  under Martina Paiocchi (Italy) and Miss Ciot O Broadway (Broadway Jaba x Ciotolena) under Gianluca Liotti (Italy). Each of them had scored a 215.5. They decided against a run off and shared the Championship. Pepper Dry Sun was bred by Chiara Polli. Miss Ciot O Broadway, who was bred by Antonio Pedron, was fifth at the IRHA Futurity Level 1 Open with Tommaso Beltramini.

Docs Gotta Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Jag On Doc) and Nadja Hammer placed third scoring a 214. The Paint gelding which was bred by Karen J Highfield was 2013 Austrian Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion with Dr. Daniela Ratschew.

Ladies‘ Power: Ann Fonck claims Open Trophy, Tina Kunstner-Mantl Non Pro
The renowned Bronze Trophies of the AustrianRHA Futurity remained with two of Europe’s best Lady Reiners. The Open was won by Ann Fonck from Belgium aboard Rosanne Sternberg‘s Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz) who set this year’s Austrian Futurity’s record score as well: 227.5. The 6-year-old AQHA mare was 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist with Cody Sapergia and Polish Futurity Champion with Rudi Kronsteiner in the saddle. Ann Fonck won the Open at the 23 Winter Classic with her.

Dennis Schulz and Laredo Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Genuine Starbright) placed second scoring a 225. The stallion who is owned by Saad El Din Hadj-Abdou, is a multiple Bronze Trophy Champion and was part oft he Austrian team at the 2010 WEG.

The Non Pro was claimed by Tina Kunstner-Mantl (Austria) aboard her Cash N Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash). The 6-year-old gelding with whom Tina already was Co-Champion Non Pro at the SVAG Classic, scored a 222.5. Julia Gaupmann and Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made of Lacy) placed second (218).

Altogether, this 8th AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show was a true festival of reining with high class performance and a strong international team of judges. This show is a very special one – especially because of its atmosphere where visitors feel at home at once. This is partly a result of the beautiful facility, but mostly due to the excellent show team of Gerda Langer.   Here customer service is of utmost priority. A big thank you to the show team!

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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Summary of Approved 2015 NRHA Rule Changes

Updated Aug. 19, 2014 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) reviewed all 2015 rule change proposals submitted to the body earlier this year. The board considered long-term administrative, global and fiduciary impact, in addition to member feedback provided via its website, direct contact and letters from the membership.

The following is a summary of action taken on these proposals. More detailed information on each item will be published in the Members Only section of

APPROVED – Rule Changes
• 74-02-15:

  • Part 1. Change the AA and A events to 90 days for event approval
  • Part 2. Move rules to a chart. Change added money caps on Rookie Professional and Rookie Level 2. Eliminate added money caps in Novice Horse Level 1 and Novice Horse Level 2
  • Part 5. Can hold two go-rounds in an ancillary show
  • Part 6. Eliminate the restriction that show management must hold both the Level 4 Open and Level 4 Non Pro classes at an Aged Show
  • Part 9 and 10. Combine Ride & Slide Level 1 and 2 show conditions
  • Part 12. Remove mandatory awards through tenth for Youth classes

• 59-01-15: Approve Professionals Membership category

• 60-01-15: A Non Pro is defined as a person who, at the time of application, has not won in excess of $200,000 in Category 1, 2 and 6 in open reining competition and…

• 62-01-15: Change the definition of immediate family member

• 62-03-15: Remove after-market logoed apparel or equipment

• 66-02-15: Change fine and forfeiture process for Youth showing in the Rookie 1 and Rookie 2 classes

• 74-01-15: Add Top Ten Event description that requires event approval forms to be submitted 90 days prior to the entry closing of the event and a three horse minimum in a class for it to count toward a world title

• 80-01-15: Add Prime Time Non Pro added money requirements

• 86-01-15: Change the name of Adaptive Reining to Para-Reining

• 91-01-15: Define what is considered complete relating to show results

• 105-01-15: Remove restrictions for hiring stewards, remove redundant rules and remove the rule that keeps a steward from stewarding the same show for more than two years in a row

RELATED ACTION – Proposal 54-10-15
• Amend the Animal Welfare & Medications Policy (Excluding European Events – Pol. 11-07-27) to continue the research phase through 2015 and create a task force to review NRHA medications rules and policies. This does not impact European events.

• The NRHA European Animal Welfare & Medications Policy, implemented January 2012, will remain with no changes for Europe.

APPROVED – Clarifications
• 43-01-15: Procedural change for contacting the accused during a investigation

• 73-01-15: Rule clarification allowing horses to be shown in Green Reiner I and Green Reiner II without restriction of ownership

• 74-02-15: Eliminate redundancies and increase ease of understanding in Show Conditions

• 93-01-15: Clarification outlining ownership for Year End Awards, the owner is the owner on record at the end NRHA competition year

• 149-01-15: Create consistency between the Handbook and Judges guide on the maneuver description for the trot in

Complete information on rule change voting will be posted at a later date on the Members Only section of and in the NRHA Reiner magazine.

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Definite Entries Being Confirmed for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

FEI PRESS RELEASE – Lausanne (SUI), 15 August 2014 – Definite entries for the five disciplines of Dressage, Para-Dressage, Reining, Endurance and Eventing, which take place over the first week of competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, have now been finalised.

The number of entries is exceptionally high and breaks the previous participation records. Dressage, Endurance, and Reining have all increased from the record numbers set for these disciplines at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2006 in Aachen (GER), while Para-Dressage and Eventing have gone up from their previous high at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Lexington, KY (USA).

The breakdown by discipline is as follows (click the name of the discipline to view the complete list):

  • Total NFs: 25
  • NFs with teams: 16
  • NFs with individuals only: 9
  • 89 combinations
  • Previous record: 68 participants from 21 countries (Aachen, 2006)


  • Total National Federations (NFs): 31
  • NFs with teams: 25
  • NFs with individuals only: 6
  • 103 combinations
  • Previous record: 89 combinations from 33 countries (Aachen, 2006)


  • Total NFs: 33
  • NFs with teams: 19
  • NFs with individuals only: 14
  • 100 combinations
  • Previous record: 60 combinations from 16 countries (Lexington, KY, 2010 – this was the first time that Para-Dressage appeared on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ programme)


  • Total NFs: 28
  • NFs with teams: 16
  • NFs with individuals only: 12
  • 97 combinations
  • Previous record: 80 combinations from 24 countries (Lexington, KY, 2010)


  • Total NFs: 47
  • NFs with teams: 33
  • NFs with individuals only: 14
  • 173 athletes, 198 horses
  • Previous record: 159 participants from 42 nations (Aachen, 2006)

The deadline for the definite entries in the three disciplines, which run during the second week of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy – Jumping, Driving, and Vaulting – is 21 August.

The new FEI Athlete Biographies page now has a special filter which only shows the athletes named in the definite entries for Dressage, Para-Dressage, Eventing, Endurance, and Reining. It will be updated on 22 August to include the athletes named in the definite entries for the three remaining disciplines.

Media Contacts:
Grania Willis, Director Press Relations,, +41 78 750 61 42
Malina Gueorguiev, Manager Media Relations,, +41 78 750 61 33

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Inside Reining’s Inside Look at 2014 IHSA National Horse Show

Inside Reining’s Inside Look at 2014 IHSA National Horse Show to Air September 16 on RFD-TVInsideReining-small-for-web

Fairfield, CT (August 13, 2014) Emmy award-winning videographer Chris Cook, of Sandbur Productions and NRHA, has confirmed that its behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews from the 2014 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, last spring will air September 16 on RFD-TV and online at

“The video is back from production, so we should be good to go,” said Cook, whose team put in hours of camera and interview time with IHSA coaches, riders, organizers and volunteers behind the scenes of America’s oldest and largest collegiate equestrian championship, hosting over 450 riders and 25 teams from colleges and universities across the US.

Where do the horses come from that are catch-ridden to these title championships? What goes through the mind of a college coach as their rider enters the ring? How do riders draw their horses? These are just some of the questions Cook and his camera sought to answer amid four days of Western and hunter seat competition, including the NRHA Open Championship, USEF Cacchione Cup, Collegiate Cup and AQHA High Point titles.

“This is the second year for coverage of the IHSA National Show on Inside Reining, and this year, in addition to Western coverage, we will be showing its hunter seat competition,” added Emmy award-winning host, Jenifer Reynolds.

“We are very excited about being able to share IHSA’s story with our audience. We hope it will help grow this great program that is giving so many young people the opportunity to experience equestrian competition.”

NRHA Inside Reining airs Tuesdays at 3pm and 11pm ET on RFD-TV and is produced in conjunction with Sandbur Productions of Jones, OK, an award winning, full-service video production company.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was incorporated in 1966 as the standard setting body of the sport of Reining and is responsible for promoting the sport and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. Learn more at

IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its teams and scholarships at

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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NRHA Futurity Reminders & Move-In Info

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As the summer nears its end, anticipation is building for this year’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s event is scheduled to start one day later and includes a new Level 1 Open Rider Challenge. Below are a few reminders and updates to consider when making plans for this year’s event.

First Go-Round to Start One Day Later
As released in March of this year, the first go-round of the NRHA Futurity will start one day later; the day after Thanksgiving (November 28, 2014). The decision was made to allow horses more time to settle in after being transported from home to Oklahoma City.

Move-In Info
The grounds will not be open for move-in until Monday, November 24, at the earliest. This includes the move-in of stall fronts, supplies and vendors who may have had the opportunity to move in on Sunday in previous years.

Number of Horses Advancing to Open Semi-Finals Altered
Another decision released in March was an alteration to the number of horses advancing from the first go-round to the semi-finals, as shown below. This change will lessen the number of horses moving on to the semi-finals. However, historical research of recent Futurities has shown that none of the horses outside of the advancing number have made it to the finals. No changes were made to the number of horses that advance from the semi-finals to the finals.

Class:                 Number Advancing to Semi-Finals:
Level 4 Open      Top 100 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open      Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open      Top 50 horses (plus ties)

All horses qualifying for the semi-final will be placed into the regular draw. If you choose to scratch from the semi-final, you will need to fill out a scratch sheet in the show office prior to the horse’s scheduled draw.

Level 1 Open Rider Challenge
After the changes stated above were made, the Board chose to provide an additional opportunity for Level 1 Open riders/horses that just missed qualifying for the semi-finals. They will be given an opportunity to compete and win money in a $2,500-added Category 11 class on Thursday, December 4. The class will be open only to the next 20 Level 1 Open entries that missed the semi-finals. This class is not part of the Futurity, and therefore no nomination or entry fees paid for the Futurity will be applied to the class payouts.

Deadline Reminders

  • Final payment – Due on or before October 1, 2014 = $500 + $20 Video Fee
    • The final payment must be received in the NRHA Office on or before October 1, 2014 (POSTMARKS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED)
  • Late entries – Received on or before October 1, 2014 = $3,455
  • Late entries – Received October 2 until two days prior to the 1st go-round at 5 p.m. = $4,205
  • NOTE: 2014 entries must be received on or before November 1, 2014 to be placed into the regular draw. Entries received November 2, 2014 through 5 p.m. CST two days prior to the 1st go round will be placed in a group to precede the regular draw in the reverse order that they are received.


For more information on the 2014 NRHA Futurity, visit


Photos from the NRHA Reiner by Dawn Baxstrom and Waltenberry
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$23,000+ in Scholarships Up For Grabs in NRHA Youth Team Tournaments

By Hayley Lewallen- As youth riders across the world gear up for their NRHA Regional or Continental Affiliate Finals to earn bragging rights, they also have the chance to score scholarship money through the Youth Team Tournament. This event is held at every NRHA Affiliate Finals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico.

The Youth Team Tournament is open to any current youth member and there is no extra cost! Just enter the youth class or the Affiliate Finals youth class at your Regional or Continental event. Teams will consist of four members and riders can enter up to three horses.
Awards for the Youth Team Tournament are:
  • First place – Custom Montana Silversmiths Belt Buckles, custom medallions, and $1,200 in scholarship monies to be split between the four members
  • Second place – Custom medallions and $600 in scholarship monies to be split between four members
  • Third through Tenth place – Custom medallions
To redeem your Youth Team Tournament Scholarship, or any scholarship you may have won through NRHA, send an email to Hayley Lewallen, Senior Coordinator of Marketing, at with the following information:
  • University Name
  • University Address
  • University Phone
  • Student ID Number
Scholarships that are won at NRHA Continental Affiliate Finals held outside of the United States can be redeemed by sending the same information.For more information on youth programs, contact the NRHA at (405) 946-7400 or visit
Photo of the 2013 Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals
Photo credit: John O’Hara
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NFuelN Local Offers Fuel Discounts as New NRHA Corporate Partner

NFuelN Local Offers Fuel Discounts as New NRHA Corporate Partner


By Christina Brezack – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce a new partnership that can directly benefit NRHA members on a daily basis. now is on board as a new NRHA Corporate Partner to offer fuel discounts on both gas and diesel up to $.35 per gallon to NRHA members, their family and friends.

NFuelN Local works with Fleet One, one of the largest commercial fuel card providers and retailers, to bring the best value to customers. The idea was to look to the horse industry and leverage the buying power of NFuelN and create new fuel card businesses centric to the horse industry. Fuel costs are a major concern to members, and NRHA wants to give members, their family and friends the opportunity to reduce those costs.

NFuelN Local cardholders pay wholesale cost plus  $.11 or the cash price of fuel less $.02 whichever is a greater saving. The discounts are “repriced” through Fleet One. The repricing department associates the card and the cardholder’s account number as part of the NFuelN Local buying group. Those discounts will be noted on the cardholder’s weekly or monthly invoice, by date of transaction. The special NRHA NFuelN Local fuel card can be used at any of the 8,000 locations Fleet One is accepted. Love’s Truck Stop is a huge supporter of the program.

“We met a lot of people and it’s incredible that people always ask the same questions….what’s the catch? Our business proposition is very simple, signing up under our buying group gives you the leverage to buy fuel like a large fleet,” says Ken MacDonald, NFuelN Local President. “The card, issued through Fleet One, will have the distinctive NRHA logo branded on the card. We are very excited to be part of the NRHA and be the preferred resource for buying fuel. Our business is about taking cost out, not cost in. If you can plan fuel points, like major trucking companies, you can benefit and save money.”

NRHA Members can apply for a fuel card online through Applications are approved within 48 hours and you can receive your card 3 – 7 business days. It is easy to get started. Click the “Apply Now” on NRHA’s homepage. You will need a couple items before you apply:

  • Your social security number or Fed ID#. If your small business has limited credit or signing up as an individual, use your SSN and under type of Business click on proprietorship.
  • Bank account information – routing and account number. (All accounts are ACH Debit)
  • Bank branch address.

Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Business Development said, “A typical NRHA member travels to five shows a year and drives on average 1,661 miles, not to mention how much they drive for work and day-to-day travel. NRHA can help its members by directly putting money back in their pockets with fuel savings. This is a true partnership because when NRHA members use their fuel card, NRHA benefits from how much fuel is purchased. We are very excited to welcome NFuelN Local on as your NRHA Corporate Partner.”

NRHA has over 850 NRHA-approved shows worldwide with nearly $14 million in competition purses annually. NFuelN Local will be an official NRHA Corporate Partner of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, NRHA Derby and the North American Regional Affiliate Finals.

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


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New APHA Awards for High Roller Reining Classic

The American Paint Horse Association will continue its new Paint-specific reining awards program at the 2014 High Roller Reining Classic, set for September 13-20 in Las Vegas. The new partnership created between APHA and the High Roller Reining Classic features exciting new opportunities for reining Paints.


Custom buckles will be awarded in both aged events and ancillary classes. In aged events, the buckles will be awarded to the highest-placing registered Paint Horses. In the NRHA Non Pro, Rookie Non Pro, Youth and Open classes, the buckles will go to the high-point Paint that competes in both slates of classes.

12 APHA buckles will awarded in the following events: Lucas Oil Open Derby, Protect the Harvest Non Pro Derby, High Roller Reining Classic Non Pro Futurity, High Roller Reining Classic Open Futurity, Whizkey N Diamonds Open Stakes, Whizkey N Diamonds Non Pro Stakes, SmartPak Non Pro Maturity, Open ancillary, Non Pro ancillary, Youth ancillary and Rookie ancillary

“The Paint Horse breed is dynamic, versatile and athletic—qualities that go hand-in-hand with the sport of reining,” APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders said. “The High Roller Reining Classic provides a great opportunity to showcase high-achieving Paint Horses and reward these exceptional horses and exhibitors with some extra recognition from APHA.”
Paint entries at Vegas are eligible for some important additional benefits, too.

Exhibitors or owners who still need to register his or her horse with APHA can save $15 by doing so with the fast and easy online registration program. An older horse registration promotion of $100 for the Regular Registry and $50 for the Solid Paint-Bred Registry is also in effect, offering deep discounts for performance-age horses.

APHA’s friendly MemberCare team is ready to help with any questions regarding registration or the online process. Call MemberCare at (817) 222-6423 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. CST.

Owners who opt to submit registration paperwork by mail should write HIGH ROLLER REINING on the front of the envelope to receive complimentary rush processing—up to a $100 value!

For information on the High Roller Reining Classic, go to

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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ColiCare Helped Me Save My Horse’s Life

SmartPak Helps Young Horse Owner Pay for Colic Surgery

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From SmartPak – PLYMOUTH, MA – July 31, 2014 - Kelsey Herring is a lifelong rider, and is living her dream as a rider and student at Clemson University in South Carolina. But this past spring, she was living every horse owner’s nightmare when she got the news that her horse had to go to colic surgery. While the uncertainty was scary, Kelsey knew she had one thing by her side—she had ColiCare.

“When I got that call (that he needed surgery), I was very scared, but having the ColiCare program there to support me through the whole process was a weight off my shoulders,” said Herring. “I had first heard about the ColiCare program from my vet, Dr. Liz Maloney. She had recommended it, and I thought it’d be nice to have the $7,500 of colic surgery reimbursement, if anything were to happen. But I never dreamt I’d actually have to use it. As it turned out, having that coverage meant I didn’t have to make that extreme decision — there was no second guessing; he was getting the surgery. We were going to do everything we could to save him.”

The ColiCare program is open to horses that are fed any of the four ColiCare eligible products in SmartPaks™: SmartDigest® Ultra, SmartGI™ Ultra, SmartCombo™ Ultra and SmartCombo Senior Ultra.   Horses enrolled in the ColiCare program are required to participate in a veterinarian-directed wellness program. These Annual Wellness Requirements include vaccinations administered by a veterinarian, physical and dental exams performed by a veterinarian, and a veterinarian-directed deworming program that includes at least one fecal test and two deworming administrations per year.

Should the horse ever need to go to surgery, filing a claim through ColiCare is simple and easy. Start by calling SmartPak to initiate the claim, and SmartPak will provide you with 2 forms for the veterinarian and surgeon to fill out. Once the claim is approved, a reimbursement check will be mailed within five to seven business days. “When it came to the reimbursement, filing the claim with SmartPak was really easy,” said Herring. “It just felt like you were calling a friend. All the SmartPakers were really concerned about how Kat was doing and how I was doing. So, it was really nice to have a little support system there.”

“When Kat came home, walking him back into his own stall was very emotional. I was so relieved and so happy to have him back. He’s doing great in his recovery; we’re back in light work and focusing on building up his muscle. I’m so looking forward to getting him back out on trail rides and eventing.”

“Looking back on everything, I’m so grateful everything was so smooth. I’ll definitely keep Kat on SmartDigest Ultra, and I’m keeping my mare, Lex, on it as well. For me, the main benefit of the program is the daily digestive support. My horses move with me between New England and South Carolina, and I know changing environments, traveling, and competing all can lead to digestive stress. While I know firsthand that nothing can completely prevent colic, I firmly believe that supporting digestive health is a smart choice for my horses.”

“I’ve told all my friends about ColiCare, and I’m sure half the horses in the barn are enrolled by now. I would 100% recommend it to anyone. It’s simply worth it.”

Want to protect your horse? Visit online at or by calling 1-888-752-5171 to learn more about the ColiCare program.

About SmartPak
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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