Paints rein in big bucks and buckles at the 2016 Tulsa Reining Classic
We know APHA members can ride and slide with the best the National Reining Horse Association has to offer; that’s why APHA makes it a point to award custom belt buckles for top-placing registered Paint Horses at select NRHA major events. For the third year, these unique prizes—created by APHA Corporate Partner Gist Silversmiths and presented by APHA—were awarded to exhibitors at the Tulsa Reining Classic, which took place August 29–September 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Plus, the Tulsa Reining Classic is one of the many NRHA-approved events that counts toward APHA World Show qualification, where more than $600,000 is on the line this year (including $40,000+ for reiners alone!).
Sep 15, 2016, 11:35
McCutcheon Steals Win from Hinton at Adequan $10,000 Added USEF Reining Championships presented by Markel Insurance
Tulsa, Okla. – Tom McCutcheon edged out Casey Hinton by half a point to earn the $10,000 Adequan USEF Reining National Championship presented by Markel Insurance on Friday. The championship was a part of the Tulsa Reining Classic.
McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) entered the competition with Jennifer Greenleaf’s 2011 Quarter Horse stallion, Survivorman. Though McCutcheon has not shown Survivorman frequently, the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Gold medalist was able to get a solid effort from the horse. After a mediocre stop at the onset of the test, Survivorman regained focus to run a good pattern for a score of 221.
“He might have been a little rusty going into his first stop, probably not in the plus category, but then he backed up really well, and from then on, he was spot on, he just locked in. Then he knew it was real and needed to go horse showing,” said McCutcheon.
Sep 13, 2016, 20:00
Nominations for NRHA Professional of the Year Are Underway! September 13, 2016
It’s that time of year to nominate your favorite NRHA Professional! The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) awards and honors five individuals who exemplify excellence in the reining community.
Professionals will be chosen based on the candidates’ mastery of and contributions to:
Further promotions of both NRHA Professionals, and NRHA.
Set an example of integrity and sincerity within the industry and the public.
Ensure the welfare of the reining horse.
Sep 13, 2016, 19:52
AYDE ATKINS WINS 2016 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FINALS RODEO REINED COW HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP
Jayde Atkins, 18, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, celebrated a gratifying end to her High School Rodeo career when she won the Reined Cow Horse Championship at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.
“I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet,” Atkins said, when asked how she felt about being a National Champion. I’m still in in the ‘Ah, is this real?’ stage. But it’s cool so far! Because it’s the last time I get to compete at the high school level, and having good memories, all that’s pretty awesome.”
Aug 16, 2016, 13:14
U.S. Reining Team Shows Strongly at 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships
Givrins, Switzerland – The U.S. Reining team delivered a great display of showmanship at the 2016 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships, August 11-13, at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. Team members Shane Brown, Troy Heikes, Kari Klingenberg, and Nick Valentine all had consistent performances throughout the Team and Individual competitions. They finished fifth in the team competition with a score of 646. Heikes placed seventh in the Individual Final on Saturday to lead the U.S. contingent.
Aug 16, 2016, 12:57
NRHA Sire & Dam Congratulates Stallions and Their Owners during the 2016 NRHA Derby
Jul 26, 2016, 13:32
Video Submissions Are Being Accepted for The 2016 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oklahoma City, Okla – July 18, 2016 - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the return of the freestyle event during the 2016 NRHA Futurity. The $20,000 added NRHA Invitational Freestyle, sponsored by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held on November 30, 2016 at 6 p.m.
NRHA will be selecting four out of the ten riders from social media to participate in this exciting spectator sport! A contest based on popular vote will be held to determine the riders. To be eligible, you just have to be a current NRHA member in good standing!
Jul 26, 2016, 13:31
JAY MCLAUGHLIN JOINS NRCHA MILLION DOLLAR RIDERS CLUB
The National Reined Cow Horse Association’s list of top money earners continues to grow, as professional horseman Jay McLaughlin passes the seven-figure milestone to become the 12th NRCHA Million Dollar Rider. As of July 13, 2016, McLaughlin’s earnings were $1,005,275.69.
“Among horse trainers, the Million Dollar Rider is an awesome title. It’s cool to be at the very top, and it’s an honor I have always wanted to have,” McLaughlin said.
Jul 19, 2016, 13:59
The European Affiliate Championship in Poland are a great success!
Stare Zukovice, July 9 – For the first time the NRHA European Affiliate Championship was held in Eastern Europe. The event was a truly successful one with 130 qualified riders vying for the ten EA Championship titles and counted close to 400 entries. Host of the event was the beautiful Roleski Ranch owned by the Roleski family. Next year the Championship will return to Poland.
Jul 13, 2016, 13:17
A Sparkling Vintage Becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire During the 2016 NRHA Derby
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce its newest Million Dollar Sire. During the 2016 NRHA Derby, A Sparking Vintage reached the Million Dollar milestone when his two highest ranking offspring, Not Ruf At All and Platinum Vintage, made it into the top ten. A Sparkling Vintage is the 27th NRHA Million Dollar Sire alongside other great sires such as Starlights Wrangler and Like a Diamond.
Jul 13, 2016, 13:04
The First NRHA European Affiliate Champions are Crowned!
Opening the day was the Classic Equine $500-added NRHA EAC Rookie Professional final. Sliding to the highest step of the podium after scoring a 214.5, was Jamie Meeuwissen riding Wimpys Snow Step (Wimpys Little Step x Snow Gun), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw of Belgium. The 23-year-old trainer from The Netherlands also placed third with Dutch Wouter Van Schaverbeke’s Arcletic Turbocat (ARC King Cody x Mtd Catalunya Smoke), also and 8-year-old gelding. Second place honors were claimed by Johan Fridberger of Sweden riding Anna Pettersson’s Mega Jac Dance (Marthas Mega Jac x BH Song And Dance), a 14-year-old stallion.
Jul 13, 2016, 13:02
Al Dunning and The Scourge of the West Coast Expensive Hobby 1979 By Larry Rose
Al Dunning and The Scourge of the West Coast Expensive Hobby 1979
By Larry Rose
In 1982 Albert brought the unbeatable EXPENSIVE HOBBY to the Congress for the Open. You have to remember it was a big World then, no video I-phones etc. and no one in the East had seen this horse that won every major event on the West Coast (some of them twice) work.
Jun 30, 2016, 17:12
The Future of NRHA brought their A-Game during the 2016 NRHA Derby
The Future of NRHA brought their A-Game during the 2016 NRHA Derby
For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla.- June 30, 2016- Yesterday, several exciting events took place during the 2016 NRHA Derby. National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) members spoke their way to excellence during the NRHyA Speaking Contest sponsored by Anderson Bean Boots.
Jun 30, 2016, 16:01
SOME KINDA MERADA, SHOWN BY TODD BERGEN, WINS NRCHA DERBY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Leading National Reined Cow Horse Association professional Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, added another Premier Event title to his impressive resume when he guided Some Kinda Merada (Cats Merada x Ima Fern Believer x Peptoboonsmal) to the NRCHA Derby Open Championship.
Bergen and the 2011 mare, owned by Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Oregon, earned $30,767 when they scored a 670.5 (218 herd/225.5 rein/227 cow).
How did Bergen feel about another big win?
Jun 20, 2016, 14:20
ANNE ALBERT WINS 2016 NRCHA DERBY NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPIONSHIP
Cliffhanger, thriller, close call, photo finish – any number of suspenseful adjectives could accurately describe the road to the Derby Non Pro Limited Championship for Anne Albert of Roy, Washington. It involved a tie, followed by another tie, the possibility of a co-Championship, and finally, a cow work-off to decide the title once and for all.
“I’ve always wanted to come to this horse show, and to come here the first time and win it – I’m ecstatic,” Albert said.
After the first two events, the rein work and herd work, Albert and her gelding, White Knight Time (One Time Pepto x Little Lady Stylish x Smart Little Uno), were tied for first place with Erin Mendes and Recklessly Abandoned (Smart Little Pepinic x Wright Now Ima Star x Lenas Wright On). Both riders had 424.5 composite scores. A third rider, Linda Wood, was just a half-point behind them heading into the third phase, the cow work.
Jun 20, 2016, 14:18
SMOOTH N CASH, SHOWN BY JAKE GORRELL, WINS $50,000 ADDED CD SURVIVOR MEMORIAL BRIDLE SPECTACULAR AT NRCHA DERBY
Bridle Spectaculars at NRCHA Premier Events deliver some of the best cow horse action a reined cow hose fan will ever see. The bridle horses are the veterans of the NRCHA, with all the ingredients: talent, training and years of experience.
The CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular, named in honor of the late, great stallion owned by NRCHA sponsor Holy Cow Performance Horses, is a $50,000-added contest that never fails to thrill spectators, year after year.
A perennial crowd favorite horse rose to the top of the field of fourteen elite equines, ridden by the NRCHA’s most accomplished professionals, to win the Championship Friday, June 17, at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California.
Jun 20, 2016, 14:17
SONYA DISTEFANO WINS 2016 NRCHA DERBY AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
When Sonya DiStefano wrapped up her preliminary runs, scoring a 632.5 at the 2016 NRCHA Derby, she not only qualified for the Novice Non Pro finals – she also earned the Amateur Championship!
DiStefano, a 17-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is showing in her first NRCHA Premier Limited Age Event on her first derby horse, who she has only been riding for a couple of months – but she didn’t let the pressure keep her from shining in the show pen.
“I was intimidated and nervous to come here for the first time, because I haven’t showed in a big derby, just our local ones. I just showed my horse like I did at home, and he was good,” the polite, soft-spoken teen said.
Jun 20, 2016, 14:16
NRCHA DERBY REIN WORK PRELIMS & NON PRO HERD WORK PRELIMS COMPLETE
The second day of preliminaries at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby wrapped up Tuesday, June 14, at the Paso Robles Event Center. The rein work prelims for the Open divisions are now complete, and Non Pro competitors have shown in two events, the rein work and herd work.
Click here to watch video of the high-scoring runs of the day.
In the Open rein work, two horses earned 224 scores to share the lead in the go-round. On Monday, Some Kinda Merada (Cats Merada x Ima Fern Believer x Peptoboonsmal), a 2011 mare shown by NRCHA 2 Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen for owner Cable Creek Ranch LLC, scored a 224 to top the leader board. On Tuesday, the second 224 score came from Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger), a 2011 stallion shown by Nick Dowers for his family’s Triple D Ranches LLC.
Jun 15, 2016, 07:42
The Importance of the NRHA Markel Futurity Sale to Oklahoma
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has called Oklahoma City, “the horse show capital” of the world, home since 1998 and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as an association. The NRHA Futurity Sale, sponsored by Markel, offers three successful sales each year, Select Yearling, Marketplace, and the most prestigious, the offering of 2-year old Futurity prospects. The 2016 NRHA Markel Futurity Sale will be held December 1 -3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the sport’s largest event, the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show. The world-renowned event impacts the Oklahoma economy far beyond the show grounds and the state’s boundaries. It increases the state’s global reach, enhances the economy and provides jobs.
May 26, 2016, 14:10
USEF Names U.S. Representatives for SVAG FEI World Reining Championships
Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athletes and horses who will represent the U.S. at the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships in Givrins, Switzerland, August 11-13, 2016.
The U.S. will be represented by the following combinations (in alphabetical order):
Shane Brown (Elbert, Colo.) with Susan Geiger’s Wind Er Up Wimp, a 2009 Quarter Horse stallion
Troy Heikes (Scottsdale, Ariz.) with Denise Bixler and Steve Tarani’s RSD One Hot Deal, a 2007 Quarter Horse gelding
May 26, 2016, 14:09