Behind the Slide – The Steve and Pete Show

Experienced Horsemen to Comment on NRHA MS Diamonds TX Level 4 Open Finals

Two longtime friends will share their educated opinions about horses and reining during the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Finals. They might even talk about the extraordinary mentors they have known.

NRHA Professional Pete Kyle will join fellow NRHA Professional Steve Ross on the free live webcast of the MS Diamonds TX Level 4 NRHA Open Futurity and the Level 4 CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals.

The two veteran horsemen will be commentating with the expertise of more than 40 years in reining each. Their different points of view should enliven the discussions between the two friends.

Ross, an experienced broadcasting professional, is the regular anchor for NRHA’s Sports Desk, which is free to watch on the NRHA Facebook page. Ross has worked for many of the top trainers in the industry, including NRHA Hall of Famers Doug Milholland and Bill Horn. He is a reining coach and clinician.

“I’m thrilled to work with a true horseman like Pete Kyle, who has been involved in NRHA in so many ways,” Ross said. “He has been a great competitor, judge, and breeder, and he comes from a family of great horsemen. He’s so knowledgeable and respected. He’ll bring a lot to the table.”

Ross was part of the broadcast team for The American Performance Horseman this year and described the action at The Run for a Million and the reality TV program “The Last Cowboy.”

Kyle began learning horsemanship from his uncle, the legendary Jack Kyle, at an early age. Pete Kyle has won world championships with six different associations and was a top-10 NRHA money-earner in 2012 before joining the American Quarter Horse Association in 2014 as executive director of shows and judges.

“Steve is the most skilled professional in our industry by far at commenting, and it’s just always a privilege to be able to work with him and help him out,” Kyle said. “He has a tremendous skill in being able to explain what’s happening in the pen. He has an educated eye for horses and can communicate that with the webcast audience.”

Kyle has been a frequent participant in freestyle reining competitions. He has more than $585,450 in NRHA lifetime earnings and over $656,000 across all disciplines.

Since leaving AQHA in 2020, Kyle has returned to reining, showing a homebred horse in the 2023 Open Futurity. He enjoys team roping, playing with grandchildren, and perfecting his barbecuing skills.