This One Time, shown by Todd Bergen, wins NRCHA Stakes Open Championship in Las Vegas
Clinched by a 228 cow work that he called a personal best, National Reined Cow Horse Association Million-Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Ore., claimed the 2014 NRCHA Stakes Open Championship April 5 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., riding This One Time (One Time Pepto x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight), owned by Pamela Bailey.
|Todd Bergen in Las Vegas|
Bergen piloted the 2009 stallion to a composite score of 664 (218 herd/218 rein/228 cow), winning the Championship by an 11-point margin.
!"It was a lot of fun, I can guarantee you that. To win one of these deals, and to make a fence run like that - it was probably the best fence run of my life. He's an incredible horse. I knew he had it in him. We just needed to get it done one of these times," Bergen said.
Apr 22, 2014, 14:32
Become a Ranching Heritage Breeder
American Quarter Horses bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders epitomize the breed’s work ethic and versatility.
Horses raised by Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible for nomination to the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge competitions.
From the earliest days of western cattle ranches, cowboys needed a horse that could handle the strain and hardships of working cattle each day. While the West has long since been settled, American Quarter Horses are still the preferred partner for working cattle ranches.
Apr 22, 2014, 14:30
Barrels & Timed Events
RodeoPay Now Available for WPRA Members
Starting today, WPRA members are encouraged to sign up for RodeoPay right here on WPRA.com. As you know starting April 1, 2014 all rodeos are required (by the PRCA) to pay out contestants winnings through RodeoPay. The WPRA office has been working with RodeoPay to set up the process that allows WPRA members to sign up.
The WPRA is excited about RodeoPay as it is an economical, easy and quick way to obtain your rodeo winnings.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:32
Barrels & Timed Events
Benbenek brings home the RNCFR title
Gretchen Benbenek has had many dreams when it comes to competing in ProRodeo.
They're starting to come true.
The Montana native rode Shot of Firewater to ProRodeo's national title on Saturday night by posting a 17.13-second run in the final go-round of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Okla.
"This is exactly what I've been looking for," said Benbenek of Aubrey, Texas. "I didn't think it would actually happen. It's awesome."
Apr 22, 2014, 08:29
Ludwig wins CRI at NRHA Germany Osterturnier
During the annual Easter show of the National Reining Horse Association Germany in Kreuth, there was the first review for the 2014 FEI European Championship Reining Junior and Young Riders cerning the World Equestrian Games this summer.
40 horse rider combinations had been nominated for the CRI***, 35 actually competed in the end. The winner was European Team Champion and individual bronze medalist Grischa Ludwig (GER) aboard Fabian Strebel’s Custom Del Cielo who scored a 222. “Our training during the winter really paif off,“ said Grischa Ludwig happily. “The horse has a lot of potential, but we still had to get to know each other better for fine tuning.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:24
McCutcheon Claims Record Sixth NRBC Non Pro Championship on Ms Whiz Dunit
Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, Texas, has competed at all but one NRBC since its inception in 1998, missing out in 2000 because she was pregnant with her son Cade. In that time, she won the coveted Championship title five times – a record for the most wins that she shared with fellow National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks.
That changed when, as draw 12 in the Non Pro Level 4 finals, she piloted Ms Whiz Dunit to a 220.5. “I thought she did well. It’s a big pen and she’s a little horse, but she worked,” McCutcheon said of the 4-year-old mare, by Topsail Whiz out of A Bueno Poco Dunit. “It never gets old. I was telling someone the other day that maybe I have a problem, because it’s all a competition, but I do love it. I love what I do so much. It never gets boring or old – it’s always fun.” McCutcheon received a check for $30,000.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:23
Open Riders Win Championships at NRBC
The largest National Reining Breeders Classic Open in history culminated Saturday night with the Open finals. While the field boasted many former Champions and multiple million dollar riders, new names finished at the top.
Martin Muehlstaetter wasn’t planning to show Blue Collar Tag at the NRBC; his owner, former Non Pro Champion Shaunda Rai Ruckman would be at the reins.
However, a bobble in the Non Pro prelims kept Ruckman and the 6-year-old gelding out of the finals. “Shaunda asked if I wanted to show him, and I said ‘Hell yeah!’” Muehlstaetter said.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:21
Our Loss – Bryant G. Pace
Known as “A horseman for all ages. . . An artist of artists,” Bryant G. Pace, the father of NRHA Professional and Judge Bryant L. Pace passed away on April 18, 2014 – Good Friday. He was two months shy of his 100th birthday. He was loved by many, respected by all and a valued member of the NRHA family. NRHA wishes the family our sincere condolences on their loss.
Mr. Pace was widely recognized as an artist. Currently, NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement award winners receive a coveted framed print of the award’s namesake, by Pace.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:19
Time to Ride “100 Day Horse Challenge” to launch June 1
The American Horse Council’s initiative offers $100,000 in cash and prize incentives for engaging newcomers in horse activities.
Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council, today announced an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100,000 new people with horses in a 100-day period.
The “100 Day Horse Challenge” is a nationwide campaign that will expose at least 100,000 new people to horse activities while providing $100,000 in cash and prizes to participating stables, organizations and businesses. The program will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, venues, organizations, or individuals to register as an official Time to Ride “Host” and compete in the 100 Day Horse Challenge, which kicks off June 1. Participating hosts will be divided into small, medium, and large divisions by size, and challenged to provide an interactive horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Entry-level activities may include riding, grooming, learning about horsemanship, and more.
Apr 22, 2014, 07:50
Make your Convention reservations now
Make your plans to attend the 2014 NCHA Convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. The dates are June 20 – 22 at the Little America Hotel. You may make your hotel reservations on-line or by calling 1-800-437-5288 and identifying yourself as attending the NCHA Convention. You can find more information on the beautiful hotel here. Make your hotel reservations before May 29 to ensure getting the lower NCHA rate.
The hotel is conveniently located in downtown Salt Lake City. The light rail system TRAX offers a $2.50 fare from the airport to the Little America Hotel. TRAX stops half a block from the hotel entrance. Once at the hotel, most downtown attractions can be reached by riding the TRAX for free.
Apr 22, 2014, 07:48
Galyean and ZR One on top
Kristen Galyean and ZR One, by Peptoboonsmal, marked 223 to win the Non-Pro Super Stakes.
Kristen Galyean used to favor a Harley, but now her favorite ride is a ZR One. In particular, ZR One, the Peptoboonsmal son that carried her to a 223-point win in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals on Saturday, April 19.
“He’s been good every time I’ve shown him,” said Galyean of ZR One, who she showed to win the 2014 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Derby in February. “I knew if I could get three good cows in front of him, he would give me a shot to do really good. But tonight he stepped up to another level.
Apr 22, 2014, 07:45
Disaster Assistance Available For Horse Farms and Ranches
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15.
The 2014 Farm bill reauthorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP), which had expired in 2011. These programs are administrated by the USDA Farm Service Administration (FSA) and compensate livestock producers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, for the loss of animals from natural disasters and diseases, and help producers who have lost grazing land from drought pay for feed.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:31
“Where Have All the Horses Gone…” is Focus of AHC’s 2014 Issues Forum
The American Horse Council has announced that its theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “Where Have All the Horses Gone.” Every major equine breed registry has seen a dramatic drop in the number of horses registered with them over the last five years. Is this a function of the economy or a fundamental, permanent change in the industry? What are the numbers? Is it an absence of owners, rather than horses? What will it mean for the industry, short and long-term? Are some breeds and activities affected more than others? What can, or should, be done about it?
The AHC’s National Issues Forum will focus on answers to these and other questions surrounding this important and perhaps critical issue. This year’s National Issues Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 24, in Washington, DC during the AHC’s annual convention. The annual meeting will run from June 22 to 25 at the Washington Court Hotel.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:29
BLM Lays out Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Priorities
Top Priorities Include a BLM Foundation, Oil and Gas Inspection Fees,
Wild Horses Fertility Control, Online Data and Mapping, and Sage-Grouse Habitat
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Among the Bureau of Land Management’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget priorities in President Obama’s requested $1.1 billion for the agency are a non-profit foundation, a fee system to cover BLM’s oil and gas inspection and enforcement activities, fertility control for wild horses and burros, an updated online data and mapping system, and Sage-Grouse habitat conservation.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:25
BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been appointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; Fred T. Woehl, Jr., of Harrison, Arkansas, has been appointed for the category of public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior); and Dr. Robert E. Cope, DVM, of Salmon, Idaho, has been appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:24
14 NRHA Events Approved for APHA World Show Qualification
If you've got a Paint reining horse, APHA is making it easier than ever to get qualified for the APHA World Championship Show.
For the 2014 and 2015 APHA World Shows—which take place annually in November in Fort Worth, Texas, and are home to Open and Amateur world championship classes, along with many other added-money events—APHA has approved 14 National Reining Horse Association-approved shows that will count toward APHA World Show qualification requirements.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:22
Paint & Color Breeds
USRider and ACTHA Join Forces
APHA memberships for recreational riders just got a little sweeter after an agreement between the American Competitive Trail Horse Association and USRider.
In a three-year agreement, USRider and ACTHA will promote each other and help bring awareness to what each offers. Additionally, members of each will experience for special offers from each during the partnership.
USRider is APHA’s official roadside service provider, and APHA members get savings on USRider memberships through APHA Xtras. Additionally, APHA members riding at ACTHA events earn double Ride America hours.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:21
Paint & Color Breeds
Two APHA Members to Compete in American Horsewoman’s Challenge
After narrowing the field to 50 invited participants, the first American Horsewoman’s Challenge will include two APHA members: Nancy Faulconer and Annie Trice.
The competition aims to recognize top female trainers from the United States and Canada. Open to women trainers of any breed or discipline, the six-month challenge started at the beginning of April and concludes at the finals event in Oklahoma City on October 3–5, 2014.
The Horsewoman’s Challenge will be setting up blogs for each of the competitors to keep fans updates, so check the AHC website regularly for updates.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:20
Paint & Color Breeds
Paints Earn Checks at the NRCHA Stakes
Two Paint Horses made the money standings in the finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes, held April 3–5 in Las Vegas.
|Lenas Buddy Nic|
Lenas Buddy Nic, a 2009 bay tobiano gelding by Nic It In The Bud (QH) and out of Dual Lena, placed 11th in the Open Finals with rider and trainer Brandon Buttars.
“Nic,” owned by Judy Siebel of Bitterroot Springs Ranch in Stevensville, Montana, earned a composite score of 637.5 for a $3,829 paycheck.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:18
Paints Make a Run for NRHA European Futurity Titles
It’s no surprise when Paint Horses take high honors at National Reining Horse Association competitions, but Paints competing internationally certainly hold an extra allure.
At the NRHA European Futurity on March 28–April 5 in Kreuth, Germany, two Paints made the Top 10 in the Open Level 3 finals.
Forevergun placed seventh with rider Nina Lill. The 2010 sorrel overo stallion by One Gun and out of ES Sweet Little Start, was bred in Italy by Alice Marinoni. Franz Jaksche owns the stallion, who earned a total score of 211 in the finals.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:17