WCRHA Star Spangled Slide

By Eileen Maxinoski, Photos by John O’Hara

The Star Spangled Slide slid into action on July 4th at the West Coast Reining Horse Association’s last affiliate show of the year. Red, white, and blue decorated the grounds of the Brookside Show Park in Elk Grove, California, from USA flags greeting exhibitors as they drove in to patriotically colored awards presented to class winners to the giant USA flag which was unfurled in the arena prior to the derbies. Many of the exhibitors use this show as a “showcation” for the family, as there are plenty of after-the-show activities to keep everyone busy. On-site meals were available every evening, preceded by libations and munchies beforehand at the Wine Down Bar conveniently located next to the Warm Up arena, and many families enjoyed the pool between and after classes.

Saturday was a busy day for the WCRHA Youth. Youth reining classes ran all morning. Then, youth riders and non-riders were kept busy with, not one, but two fund raisers. During the day found the kids busy at the wash rack, holding their annual Horse Wash using groom products generously sponsored by Farnam. Saturday night was extra special as the kids held a dessert auction at the “In Honor of Delbert Tullos” potluck dinner. Delbert was a past WCRHA president and loyal supporter of the WCRHA youth. Michelle Devine reported that the evening was filled with great food, love, and laughter. Ollie Galligan, WCRHA in-house auctioneer, was supported by spotters Mike Boyle, David Hanson, and Jason Richards in procuring bids for the yummy desserts which averaged $75 to $100 per item. Top selling dessert was a chocolate cake that brought in $300. In order to boost the bids on the last couple of items, Auctioneer Ollie offered to display his dancing best. The bidders met his challenge, and Ollie enthusiastically responded with his native country’s Irish Jig. Kudos to the youth and their advisor Tereasa Canada and supporter Michelle Devine for raising over $2500, proceeds of which will go towards the Year End Youth award saddles. Great job, WCRHA Youth!

Open Derby L4 champion: Gunnashine Ya and Jordan Larson

The highlight of the show was undoubtedly the $13,000 Added Open Derby. Eighteen riders answered the challenge put forth by WCRHA trainers via Facebook—“Are you in it to win it?” And, they did not disappoint when it came to executing speedy, precise maneuvers in the show pen on Saturday evening. Their efforts were rewarded by a “standing room only” crowd that encouraged every rider with enthusiastic and raucous cheers and whistles. In the $10,000 Added 7M Ranch Level 4, Jordan Larson took Champion and Reserve with two horses owned by Tzvika Knaani who resides in Israel. Gunnashine Ya earned a score of 148 and Rio Killer Gun scored 147. The two horses earned $10,000 for their efforts. With scores of 144.5, third place was a tie between Reddy Aim Shine On, ridden by Ollie Galligan and owned by Elizabeth Atkins, and The P I Guy shown by Chuy Chavez and owned by Linda Barsalou. Fifth place went to Mister Smartypants, exhibited by Gabe Davide and owned by Eileen Maxinoski. In the $3000 Added Level 1, Ollie Galligan emerged the Champion on Reddy Aim Shine On. Reserve Champion went to Sam Kawanishi’s The Prima Ballerina with John Irish showing, scoring 143.5. Tieing for third and fourth with scores of 143 were Thad Carr on his own Heza Mega Watt and Mister Smartypants shown by Gabe Davide. Fifth place awards went to Mob Dolled Up ridden by John Irish, owned by Deborah Walker, who tied with Whizky Drinkn Princess, shown for the McLeod Family Farms by Kelly Keenan.

The Non Pros came to play in their $7,500 Added Carr Performance Horses/Boyle Ranch Non Pro Derby. Nine hopefuls laid out their best efforts to claim money and prizes. In the $5000 Added Level 4, Brooke Boyle scored a 145.5 to emerge victorious on Sunset Nite, owned by her dad, Mike Boyle. Close behind for the Reserve Championship honors, with a 145, was Cam Essick on her own, home bred and raised, Loveya. Scores of 140 was good enough to split third and fourth monies between Lady Bang Bang, owned and shown by Britta Jacobson, and Whizky Drinkn Princess, shown by Campbell McLeod and owned by the McLeod Family Farms. Fifth place went to Nicole Cox piloting her own Gotta Smart Whiz to a score of 138.5. In Level 1, congrats go to Britta for winning the Championship and to Nicole Cox for the Reserve Championship. With a score of 137, Derek Brummett came in third on Ima Shiny Mister owned by himself and his wife, Kelli. Rica Macalvey was fourth on Doree Sims’ Got Guns A Blazin. Cam was Prime Time Champion with Britta coming in Reserve. Derek took third place honors with Vicki Dias coming in fourth on her own ARC Dun With Ya. Great job of showing from all the Non Pros.

A mega thanks goes to all those who financially supported the Open and Non Pro Derbies—7M Ranch, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Carr Performance Horses, Boyle Ranch, Galligan Performance Horses, Dr. Bo Felix, Dr. Marty Gardner, Larson Performance Horses, Hanson Performance Horses, Gilson Performance Horses, GD Performance Horses, Padilla Performance Horses, 55 Performance Horses, Chavez Performance Horses, and Walden Performance Horses. Aged Event Buckles were sponsored by Dave & Lisa Dentoni, Ed & Connie Glavis, Dave & Anne Driscoll, Geir & Jill Ramleth, Candice Thompson, Debbie Avila, Gretchen Vogelsang and Peterson Wealth Management.

Other exhibitors had great results with their reining steeds in the NRHA Affiliate and WCRHA classes as well as an assortment of AQHA approved classes. This was the last opportunity for WCRHA riders to qualify for the NRHA Regional Affiliate Finals to be held in October at the Idaho Horse Park. Pleasant temperatures, which continued throughout the show days, greeted Non Pro riders as they started the day on Thursday. Ken Hamilton laid down the winning run in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 class on his wife’s reiner California Girl with a 70.5. Close behind by just half a point was Derek Brummett on Ima Shiny Mister. There was a three-way tie for first place in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. Scoring 70s were Tereasa Canada on her EZ On The Slide, Britta Jacobson with her Ms Benz, and Megan Lynch on Revolutionic owned by herself and Ashley Lynch.

Open Maturity L4 champion: Chics Dream and Michael Boyle

The Open riders hit the arena next. Earning the Championship in the $2000 Added Grocery Outlet Open Maturity Level 4 was Mike Boyle on Elizabeth McHugh’s Chics Dream with a score of 145. Martin Padilla, on Cassandra Kindle’s Ill Be Smokinum, scored a 144.5 for the Reserve Championship. In the $1000 Added Grocery Outlet Maturity Level 1, Kain Emmons took the Championship on Morgan Davis’ Ghostsliderinthesky, earning a 141 from the judges. Christian Rammerstorfer on his faithful Maddox scored 139.5 for the Reserve. Mike Boyle also won the Open as Mr Twister Whiz, guided by David Hanson and owned by Lisa Dentoni, tied with Westside Rambler, shown by Martin Padilla and owned by Kurt Tate, for the second place awards. Mr Twister Whiz also won the Intermediate Open with his score of 144.5. Mister Smartypants was shown to a score of 143.5 by Gabe Davide to claim first place in the Limited Open as well as second in the Intermediate Open. Second in Limited Open was Chics Revolutions owned by Anna Lohr and shown by David Worley. The Prime Time Open class was the largest of the Open classes and was won by Mike Boyle and Chics Dream. Lady Bang Bang slid to a 138 to win second with her rider/owner Britta Jacobson.

The younger riders started off a beautiful morning on Friday. With a solid 70, Logan Lindberg and his sister Tessa’s trusty gelding Chicadero took the top prize in the WCRHA Youth class. Trevor Skadden, riding Bills Sparklindiamond, was second with a 66.5. Margaret Chancellor on her Dunnit With A Shine was first in the AQHA Youth with 69.5.

Youth 13 & Under champion: Bills Sparklindiamond and Trevor Skadden

The NRHA Green classes followed and were very competitive with close scoring taking the high placing spots. Besting a large class of 21 exhibitors in the Level 1, Rob Di Napoli rode Hand Painted Tag to a winning score of 71.5. Close behind with a 71 was Kelly Staley on her own Like Madd. Rob’s score was good for second place in the Level 2 right behind Paley Capachi on her Lights In The Waves with a 72. Great showing from the Green reiners.

The Novice Horse Open riders were next on the scene. Martin Padilla, riding Cassandra Kindle’s Ill Be Smokinum, laid down a serious run of 73.5 which topped the Level 2 class. David Hanson was second on Melinda Gaw’s Rockabilly Banjo with 72. Eighteen horse and riders showed up for the Level 1 class. The top two placings proved to be a family affair. Mike Boyle gathered first place awards with a 71.5 on Pam Hurst’s Rock N Roll Baby while his sister, Jeanne Levine, was close on his heels with a 71 showing her own Dreaminofchicsncash.

Youth 14-18 champion: Stars Revolution and Abby Lubin

The younger reiners were up and at ‘em bright and early on Saturday morning to show the judges their best. Trevor Skadden on Bills Sparklindiamond and Madison Stephenson on Lil Miss Mddox shared first place honors in the Youth 13 & Under with scores of 69. Abby Lubin on Stars Revolution and Megan Lynch on Revolutionic turned in “revolutionizing” scores of 70.5 to share first place in the Youth 14 – 18. The two cowgirls also won the Unrestricted Youth class topping a class of eleven riders. As winners of the Unrestricted Youth class, Abby and Megan were presented with commemorative buckles sponsored by “Friends of Delbert Tullos.” Then, Abby gathered her third first place win of the morning in the Youth Rookie as Madison Stephenson was second. Great job of showing your horses, WCRHA Youth.

Seven ten and under equestrians showed up to ride in the Short Stirrup class. Coming in first with a commendable score of 72 was Steven Allen, Jr. on his dad’s Crome Topsail. Isabella Hall showed the renowned Reeboks Rerun, owned by McLeod Family Farms, to a score of 72 to gather second place honors. It was great to see the enthusiastic and very capable “up and comers” show their reiners.

Non Pro Maturity L4 champion: Chics Double Magnum and Kathleen Cook

The Non Pros filled the rest of the day with concurrent runs in ten classes of NRHA and AQHA classes. Kathleen Cook on her Chics Double Magnum was the happy winner of the Championship buckles in the NRHA $2000 Added Grocery Outlet Non Pro Maturity Levels 1 and 4 with a score of 144.5. Britta Jacobson on Ms Benz and Debi Murnan on Jacs Red Pine shared second place honors in Level 4 with 144 scores. Britta was also second in the Level 1. The three reiners were also the top of the class in the $500 Added Prime Time Maturity as well as the Non Pro affiliate class. Finally, Britta and Debi split first place monies in the Prime Time Non Pro affiliate class. Britta captured first in the Intermediate Non Pro and Terry Holland on Holly Rowdy Whiz was second with a score of 143. Way to go, ladies.

Topping a class of 24 entries in the Limited Non Pro was Megan Lindberg on Custom Banjo with 142.5. Mark Faley was second on Crome Starlight with 141. Thirteen “60-years plus” riders showed off their expertise in the Masters class with Kathleen Cook proving that age is just a number. She took the class with her high score of 144.5. Mark Faley was second. Cam Essick won the AQHA Amateur class scoring 141.5 and Caitlin Fike was second with 138 in a class of 6 entries. Kathleen Cook was difficult to beat once again in the AQHA Amateur Select as she bested a class of eight reiners. Megan Lindberg was second. Congratulations to all the exhibitors for an afternoon of great goes in the Non Pro reining pen.

A large class of 22 horses in the Snaffle Bit/Hackamore class began the last day of the show on Sunday. David Bunfill took the class with a score of 71.5 on his Gunnatrashya Dream. With scores of 70.5, David Hanson, on Anne Driscoll’s Brooks and Gun, and Martin Padilla, on Tobyann Faingold’s Nickis Special Nite, shared second place.

Youth exhibitor Abby Lubin and her Stars Revolution continued with their winning ways as they won the Green As Grass class with a score of 70.5. Lauren Crutchfield, showing Mike Silva’s Shewhiz Electric, was second with 68.

The last classes of the show featured the Rookie reiners. Kurt Tate, scoring 72 on his Westside Rambler, proved victorious in Rookie 1 and 2, Prime Time Rookie, and the WCRHA Green classes. Danica Caravetta, reining on her Mister Big Gun, was second in the Rookie 1 as well as first in the AQHA Amateur Level 1 with a 71. Laetitia Loubser and her pretty palomino gleding, Coronas In Hollywood, was second in both Rookie 2 and Prime Time Rookie with a score of 71. Natalie Cook, on Marlena Got Nicd, shared second place in the WCRHA Green class with Casandra Kindle, on Ill Be Smokinum, with scores of 70.5. In the AQHA Amateur

All in all, the four day Star Spangled Slide, with $33,500 added money, provided great show conditions for the reining horses and their riders and exciting viewing for the spectators. Thank you to the WCRHA Board of Directors and all others who work behind the scenes to provide this great opportunity to show reining horses, coming from all over California, Oregon, and Nevada. Thanks again to all the wonderful and generous sponsors who made this a very special show. The next and last WCRHA show will be the Year End show on August 22–25. See you all there.


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Cardinal Reining Horses Continues to Help Reining Grow Globally Through Partnership With NRHA

For Immediate Release – August 12, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Cardinal Reining Horses has renewed its contract as an NRHA Corporate Partner. Through its partnership with NRHA, Cardinal Reining Horses strives to expand the sport of reining on a global scale.

Located on 200 lush acres in Aubrey, Texas, Cardinal Reining Horses is a premier operation, quickly moving to the forefront of the performance horse industry. Formerly known as Green Valley Ranch, the facility was purchased in the summer of 2013 by Brazilian native João Marcos, who currently serves on the NRHA Board of Directors.

“Becoming a Corporate Partner with NRHA was the best decision I’ve made for my business,” Marcos said. “It has helped me make Cardinal Reining Horses one of the most well-known ranches in the world. We’re excited to continue our relationship with NRHA to develop the sport of reining on a worldwide basis.”

Cardinal Reining Horses features a spacious covered arena, a first-class show barn, over 200 total stalls, and a state-of-the-art breeding facility. Cardinal Reining Horses produces top-level equine athletes thanks to an outstanding broodmare band, including:

  • Dun It For Chex (2018 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and second dam on the NRHA Million Dollar Dam list with over $1,003,100 in progeny earnings) by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.
  • Mifs Doll (NRHA Lifetime Earnings [LTE] of more than $25,000 and offspring earnings of more than $411,600) by 1994 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Mifillena.
  • Wind Her Up Chic (NRHA LTE of more than $102,700 and offspring earnings of more than $294,000) by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena.
  • Shining Survivor (NRHA offspring earnings of more than $146,500) by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark.
  • Madeof Pure Spangled (NRHA LTE of nearly $41,000) by Star Spangled Whiz.
  • Watch My Guns by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner.

Cardinal Reining Horses also promotes multiple accomplished stallions, including Inferno 66, Dun It For Whizkey, Gunner Dun It Again, Snap Dun The Bases, Tricked Out Spook, Yellow Jersey, and Custom Made Gun. Additionally, NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Franco Bertolani currently trains at Cardinal Reining Horses, riding leading horses such as Cardinal’s own Dun It For Whizkey and several up-and-coming performers.

“A renewed partnership with Cardinal Reining Horses and João Marcos is much to be celebrated,” said Sammi Miller, NRHA Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Communications. “João’s involvement with NRHA on a global level helps grow our sport internationally. We’re proud to continue working with João and everyone at Cardinal Reining Horses.”

Show Result Update – August

In July, we posted an update on the status of inputting show results in the NRHA office. In just the past few weeks, much progress has been made to attack the mountain of results coming in from the peak of show season. More than 50 shows have been entered in less than one month’s time, plus dozens of affiliate rosters were finalized to assist those looking toward their region’s NRHA Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC). Amidst this activity, positive indicators show NRHA is up 4% in year-to-date approved shows through the month of August.

As of August 1, all North American Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) qualifying slates held through June have been completed. Additionally, all have been completed for the first two ARCs (to be held August 29–September 1 for South Central and Eastern Canada Regions). For all remaining qualifying events, we have completed, or are completing, events held through July 14. All other events are being processed in the order received with a small number of June shows next in line.

While doing this, we have been maintaining a less than two-week turnaround on transactions submitted to the office for processing (e.g., memberships, transfers, nominations, etc.).

Did You Know?
Each horse, rider, placing, and score is hand-entered for every class. That’s about a half-million in one year, or about 2,000 data points entered and verified for every day the NRHA office is open. Additionally, all memberships, licenses, etc. submitted at an event must be processed before the results can be entered.

Ten Things You Can Do to Speed Up the Process

Want to help make sure this process goes smoothly (and quickly). It would be helpful to make sure:

  1. Your membership is current and is the correct type
    a. The owner’s membership is current and the correct type
  2. Your horse is licensed
  3. Your horse’s ownership is up to date on the license
  4. You haven’t entered a class for which you are not eligible
  5. You haven’t entered a class for which your horse is not eligible
  6. NRHA receives complete results—with tabulated placings/scores for all slates, and including accurate rider and horse IDs, plus the NRHA 5% retainage and medications fees
  7. NRHA receives complete, accurately calculated payouts
  8. NRHA receives complete affiliate rosters on a monthly basis
  9. Paperwork submitted at the event is complete, and correct payment is given

Gunners Special Nite’s Offspring Slide Him Onto the NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire List

For Immediate Release – August 8, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Gunners Special Nite does it again: He has unofficially become the newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Three Million Dollar Sire. He reached this milestone less than one year after joining the NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire list in September 2018.

Gunners Special Nite, by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Mifs Doll, was bred by Kim and Deborah Sloan. In 2010, Turnabout Farm, Inc., purchased the 2004 stallion and stood him at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Inc., in Aubrey, Texas, where he remains today.

Gunners Special Nite made a name for himself in the show pen before moving on to the breeding barn. With NRHA Professionals Tom McCutcheon and Marcy (Ver Meer) Starr at the reins, the stallion earned NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of nearly $220,000. His top finishes include:

  • 2007 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion and Intermediate Open Champion with Starr
  • 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level (L)4 Open Derby Finalist with Starr
  • 2010 NRBC L4 Open Derby top-10 finisher with Starr
  • 2010 World Equestrian Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist with McCutcheon

This sire has produced foals that have become NRBC champions as well as NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby finalists.

His most notable offspring include:

  • Modern Gun (out of Taris Modern Design): NRHA LTE more than $175,400
  • Baileys Not Painted (out of Darlins Not Painted): NRHA LTE more than $107,840
  • Lenas Shining Gun (out of SL Lenas Chick): NRHA LTE more than $90,440
  • Gunners Brite Nite (out of Stiletto Tag): NRHA LTE more than $86,650
  • Hollywood Nites (out of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Dam Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE more than $83,750

Congratulations to Gunners Special Nite and Turnabout Farm, Inc., on this outstanding achievement!

 Photo by Brasseaux

Tulsa Reining Classic Introduces the Emerging Horse Futurity

The always innovative Tulsa Reining Classic has just added a new event to its slate for 2019 – the Tulsa Reining Classic Emerging Horse Futurity. Set for August 28 in the air-conditioned Mustang Arena, the Open L4 event will offer $2,500 in added money.

According to Colleen McQuay of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the show, the idea for adding the new futurity was to create a three-tiered menu of options allowing trainers to choose the right level of competition for their 3-year-old reining horses. The show will now offer the Emerging Horse Futurity for horses not as far along in their training. Riders can show two-handed in this class in any bridle.

The next option for Tulsa exhibitors is the $20,000 added Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity, a step up for horses not quite ready to show in the more intense $61,000 added Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity.

Mcquay noted, “The Emerging Horse Futurity is simply adding another “tier” of a futurity to be able to answer all the questions for the right opportunities for 3-year-olds. In the Emerging Horse Futurity the riders may choose their bridle and use one or two hands thus helping the horse that might be a little more green.The addition of this class now completes a user-friendly menu of futurities to choose from!”

Although having three separate futurities to choose from at the same show is a departure from the norm, it follows the Tulsa Reining Classic mission of being exhibitor-friendly and of keeping the welfare of the horse at the forefront.

In less than two decades, the Tulsa Reining Classic has grown into one of the National Reining Horse Association’s top ten events in the world – one that stays on the yearly calendar of top reiners and reining programs throughout the country. It features three futurities and two derbies plus two full slates of horse show classes, as well as hosting the NRHA’s South Central Affiliate Regional Finals. The great location, facilities, show management and the growing support of the reiners in the South Central area and beyond, as well as to the innovative and “niche” events the show has created have all contributed to its success. For information on the Tulsa Reining Classic, visit www.tulsareining.com.

Tulsa Reining Classic Entry Deadline is August 7

We are excited for you to come to Tulsa! Remember that to avoid late fees we need to receive your entries, paid warm up requests and stalls by August 7. We also need your sponsorships!

It’s almost Tulsa Time!

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Bring Your 7-Year-Old Derby Horses 

Remember that the Tulsa Reining Classic SmartPak Non Pro Derby and Non Pro Novice Derby, the Elementa Open Derby and the Markel Open Novice Horse Derby are all open to 7-year-olds beginning this year!

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If you have a talent worth sharing, please let us know. We have a couple of slots left so contact us today and remember it all benefits the REINING HORSE FOUNDATION. If you are interested, please email to cheryl@pro-management-inc.com. We want to hear from you!

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.