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
Day one of the Wild Card Reining Challenge
The 2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge burst on the Reining scene this morning in Las Vegas, Nevada bringing with it the Four-Year-Old Futurity … an idea whose time has finally come! This brand new show, running over Memorial Day weekend, May 25th through 29th at the South Point Event Center, Hotel and Casino, is the newest of the four major reining competitions presented annually by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Brumley Management Group, LLC.
May 26, 2016, 14:07
Wild Card Reining Challenge
May 25 – 29, 2016 South Point Arena, Las Vegas, NV
The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a new event for 2016 located at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center. Produced by Brumley Management Group, LLC, the WCRC’s design is to cater to four concepts:
Apr 29, 2016, 21:38
APHA Rewards Paints at 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic
FORT WORTH, Texas – For the third consecutive year, high-scoring registered Paint Horses and their exhibitors took home beautiful trophy buckles at the National Reining Breeders Classic, thanks to APHA. The show, which took place April 17–24 in Katy, Texas, is one of the nation’s richest National Reining Horse Association-approved events, boasting purses exceeding $1 million.
Four Paints ended up in the Top 10 of the prestigious Open Classic Finals with impressive scores exceeding 226.5. According to show management, approximately one-third of all horses showing this year were Paint-bred, most of which were already registered through APHA. Five horses eligible for APHA registration papers joined the family at the NRBC, thanks to on-site registration options, and one—Yes Ima Gunner—even took home a buckle in the Youth division, thanks to the last-minute decision.
Apr 28, 2016, 08:25
Sarah Locker Wins 2016 NRBC Non Pro Championship
Katy, Texas – Although not unprecedented, attaining back-to-back National Reining Breeders Classic championships on the same horse is exceptional. With the steady influx of high-caliber horses each year, competition is always formidable.
So it’s easy to understand that Sarah Lynn Locker’s 2016 victory on Friday evening is quite the feat. Last year, she and her horse, Heavy Duty Chex, won the title with a 220. This year they returned to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center to attempt another win.
Working as the second-to-last draw, Locker and “Heavy D” laid down a picture-perfect run which resulted in a 225! “I don’t think it’s real,” she said of winning the Championship. “I tell everyone that last year hasn’t really sunk in so I don’t know that this one will, either. It’s such a cool feeling and this is one of the greatest horse shows you can go to, so to win it again – or even make the finals – is huge. To win it on the same horse is unreal.”
Apr 25, 2016, 12:48
Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All Earn Win NRBC Open Championship
It brought the audience to its feet. With stomping boots, clapping hands, whistles, cheers, whoops and hollers, the crowd at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center cheered the 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion into the history books.
As draw 29 of the 30-horse finals, Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All entered the Coliseum arena. From the first stop to the last, the crowd was with them. With NRHA Futurity and Derby titles under their belt, the only leg of reining’s triple crown that had eluded them was the NRBC – and this was the six-year-old stallion’s last chance.
With even the competition cheering them on, the duo rose to the occasion, marking a 231 – one of the highest scores in NRBC history. “I’m relieved, excited – there is a flood of emotions. I’m so very humbled,” Vanlandingham said. “I’m thankful to have a great horse, a great family to support us, and a God that loves us. It’s been an amazing day for sure.”
Apr 25, 2016, 12:33
Oklahoma City, Okla., March 7, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that we are accepting internship applications for the 2016 NRHA Derby. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary than to join our stellar team during this milestone year? With it being the 50th anniversary of NRHA, the 2016 Derby will certainly be an event for the books. Apply today to be involved in what is sure to be an unforgettable show.
Apr 23, 2016, 16:10
Gina Schumacher & Whizzard are the 2016 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champions
Kreuth, April 22 – The 2016 NRHA (National Reining Horse Assocation) European Non Pro Champions were crowned tonight in the Ostbayerhalle, Kreuth, Germany.
Claiming the €36,000-added Level 4 Non Pro Championship was Gina Schumacher of Germany riding Whizzard (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Lil Miss), owned by Chanay Sky Management, SA. The pair had already left their mark in the pen after winning the qualifying go-round with a 218.5.
Apr 23, 2016, 12:59