Update: USEF Announces Qualification Information for the Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by USEF Communications Department | Jan 30,2017, 10:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that U.S. reining athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders. This inaugural event will take place at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, August 9-12, 2017.

FEI Qualifying Criteria for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

  • Qualification period begins January 1, 2017
  • A Junior is defined as any athlete from the beginning of the year in which they reach 14 years old until the end of the year in which they reach 18 years old.
  • A Young Rider is defined as any athlete from the beginning of the year they reach 16 years old until the end of the year they reach 21 years old.
  • The athlete must achieve a minimum average score of 67 at one CRI3* Junior or Young Rider competition during the qualifying period.
  • Horses must be seven years old or older.

U.S. Qualifying Competitions

  • Winter Slide (Ardmore, Okla.) February 3-5, 2017
  • NRBC (Katy, Texas) April 16-23, 2017
  • Wild Card Reining Challenge (Las Vegas, Nev.) May 23-27, 2017
  • CNYRHA (Syracuse, N.Y.) June 24, 2017

Additional competitions to be added as approved

For more information, contact USEF Director of Reining, Bryn Wells at pbwells@usef.org.

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.

2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium

NRHyA members are invited to attend the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium held during the NRHA Winter Meeting Feb 10-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium is tailored with you in mind including:

  • Three educational and fun workshops
  • A special guest speaker
  • Door prizes for all who attend

Create long lasting relationships with fellow reiners from all across the nation while developing skills that will help you in and out of the show pen! One lucky symposium attendee will win a pair of boots courtesy of Anderson Bean Boot Company.

Become a leader and register today!

For questions pertaining to registration or the NRHyA Symposium, please contact Emily Schaefer at eschaefer@nrha.com or (405)946-7400.

New Opportunity for NRHA Show Secretaries

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the opportunity for show secretaries to attend an in-person workshop at the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The event is open to all current NRHA secretaries, those needing to recertify, or those who are interested in becoming certified. Show managers interested in taking part in the seminar are welcomed to attend as well. For more information on the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting, click here.

The training seminar is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 10 from 8 a.m. until noon. During this seminar, participants can expect to discuss a variety of important topics for show secretaries including:

  • A look into the show manager’s responsibilities at an NRHA show and how the manager can make the event a fun-filled experience
  • A review and study on how affiliates tie into NRHA shows, what is needed, and how to qualify for the Affiliate Regional Championships and the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships
  • Certification to be an NRHA Show Secretary, including in-depth training on management and affiliate involvement
  • A chance to sit down with other secretaries, show managers, and affiliate contacts to share stories and ideas from past experiences

To register for this event, please contact Kristen Liesman at Kliesman@nrha.com or by calling (405)946-7400.

If you are unable to attend the February seminar, NRHA is currently planning a fall seminar this October in Ohio. More information will be made available on NRHA.com at a later date.

Varsity Reining Club Scholarship Recipients Announced

Top National Reining Horse Youth Association members receive high honors through the Varsity Reining Club for their philanthropic, academic and leadership accomplishments.

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. (1-20-2017) – The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club ended 2016 by awarding scholarships totaling more than $5,000. The Varsity Reining Club encourages reining youth to become active in their communities, all while rewarding those participants for their scholastic accomplishments.

Point values in the Varsity Reining Club are awarded based on participation in four main categories: philanthropy, creativity, publicity, and academics. Within these primary areas of focus, participants may record such activities via photography, community service, report back, and fundraising. Participants are then awarded scholarships depending on their age as of Jan. 1, 2016: Varsity (ages 14-18) or Junior Varsity (13 years and younger).

Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients

Top Varsity Youth of the Year: Cyann Molengraaf from Simoshaven, Netherlands ended the year with 6,619 total points. Molengraaf has been awarded “Youth of the Year” and will receive a $1,000 scholarship for earning the most points in the Varsity Reining Club.

Second: Megan D’Andrea, 19, from Fowler, Ohio, with 6,359 total points.

Third: Grace Wilson, 16, from Smithfield, VA., with 5,500 total points.

Fourth: Reagan Stephens, 16, from Weatherford, Texas, with 3,150 total points.

Fifth: Holly Lansidel, 18, from Roy, WA., with 2,770 total points.

Sixth: Carlysle Salter, 17, from Mobile, AL., with 2,120 total points.

Seventh: Ally Jones, 15, from Franklin, KY., with 2,056 total points.

Eighth: Taylor Masson, 17, from Davie, FL., with 2,040 total points.

Junior Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients

Top Junior Varsity of the Year: Kalena Reynolds, 13, from Dennis, Texas earned 5,794 in total points and will receive a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Varsity Reining Club and NRHyA.

Second: Casey Abbo, 13, from Woodside, CA., with 5,729 total points.

Third: Raeanna Thayn, 12, from Oxford, NE., with 3,208 total points.

Fourth: Robin Foster, 11, from Strawberry Plains, TN., with 2,403 total points.

Fifth: Marissa Jones, 12, from Franklin, KY., with 1,888 total points

Cyann Molengraaf photo by Troullioud Fotografie.

The Varsity Reining Club is free for NRHyA members and serves as an innovative tool to help youth become more involved at a local level all while developing valuable life skills. Learn more and enroll online today at varsityreining.com.

The 2017 NRHA European Summit

Brussels, January 19 – The very first National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on January 16-17.

Thirty-two representatives, from thirteen European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands), met in the capital of the European Union and, once it was time to adjourn, ‘unity’ was the key word.

The summit brought together NRHA European Affiliate Council members, NRHA professionals, NRHA judges, non professional riders, owners, breeders, event sponsors and show organizers. Welcoming those taking part in this historical meeting was NRHA Vice President, Mike Hancock, along with NRHA Senior Director of Events, Shianne Megel, NRHA Manager of Competition and Education, Samantha Oldfield, and NRHA Senior Director of Publications, Simona Diale.

A long-term program for reining in Europe was the intent and thanks to the expertise and input of those present, it was possible to look at the sport in Europe from all angles with four main goals:  uniting the European reining affiliates, better communication at all levels, growth and promotion of the sport with a focus on youth activities, and the restructuring of the NRHA European Affiliate Council according to the NRHA Governance structure.

“I believe the outcome of the summit was very positive,” said Mike Hancock at the conclusion of the meeting. “An important number of projects are in the works, thanks to the enthusiasm and will to work of all those present. I am certain that the outcome will further promote our sport in Europe thanks to the foundation laid during this historical occasion.”

A special meeting of the NRHA European Affiliate Council was convened.  The agenda consisted of discussions regarding the Council structure and the European Federation of Reining Horse Associations (EFRHA).  At the conclusion of the meeting a new structure had been approved with a task force appointed to oversee the details of the transition, and a vote to not support any further work concerning EFRHA.