Twelve college age riders competed in the 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Collegiate Reining Championship at the NRHA Derby Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. Jenna L. Blumer from Oklahoma State University won the championship title with a score of 219.
|Photo of Jenna L. Blumer and Jessiesstarlights Photo by Waltenberry |
Blumer will be a junior majoring in Elementary Education at Oklahoma State University this upcoming fall. Blumer, who rode Jessiesstarlights owned by Gina Cherry, said that she has been showing in the Oklahoma State Fair Park Coliseum Arena since she was 7 years old. Blumer said that she was proud of her run and extremely happy with how Jessiestarlights performed. Lauren Tieche from the University of Georgia, took home the reserve champion title on BT A Smart Lady owned by Terry Owens with a score of 213.5.
NRHA selected four riders from a pool of collegiate NRHA members to participate in the championship. The individuals who competed on behalf of NRHA are Lauren Tieche, University of Georgia; Austin Griffith, Ohio State University; Jenna Blumer, Oklahoma State University; and Jesse Gentile, Ohio State Universtiy.
Four individuals were selected to represent NCAA Varsity Equestrian competitors in the class. The riders selected to compete on behalf of Varsity Equestrian were: McKenzie Lantz, University of Georgia; Indy Roper, Auburn University; Caroline Daniels, Oklahoma State University; and Stephanie Rucci, Auburn University.
The top four placing individuals in Open Reining at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Finals represented the IHSA. The riders who qualified to compete were: Tobie Montelbano, Texas Tech University; Josh Clevenger, Black Hawk College; Alina Carter, Middle Tennessee State University; and Elizabeth Bianco, Ohio State University.
NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:
Claudivan and BJ Ribeiro with Luckeelan
Kim Ferguson with Smokems Whiz
Lorrie and Terry Thrasher with Barbies Tradition, Golden Bueno Dun It and Steady Ready Dun It
Heidi Eggett with Wimpys Gone N Dun it
Terry Owens with BT A Smart Lady
Lindsay Williams with PKM Nutnbuta Houndog
Gina Cherry with Jessiesstarlights
Mindy Truex with Streakin Catalyst
Samantha Tippit with Dunit Soprano Style
Tommy Sheets with Itsaskippitydodaday
Pat Ivie with Matts PT Cruiser
Jeromy Lipps with Quixote Skeetshooter
The NRHA would like to thank the following Corporate Partners for their support of the NRHA Derby: Adequan, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina Mills, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Twister Trailer and World Development Group. NRHA also appreciates the contributions of Event Sponsors KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
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