Where Dreams Become Reality: NRHyA Buy A Pro Auction

Ever wonder what it is like to ride with elite reining trainers in the industry? The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) hosts the annual Buy A Pro online auction where reining enthusiasts can bid on their chance to ride with NRHA Professionals and experience what it’s like first-hand. Even after the lessons are complete, past auction winners have stayed in contact with their Buy A Pro, creating a lasting partnerships both in and out of the show pen. This year’s auction ends March 1, so visit 32auctions.com/buyapro2017 to learn more about the trainers and to bid today!

During the 2015 NRHyA Buy A Pro auction, Cheryl Freemantle of Middlefield, Conn., opened up an issue of the NRHA Reiner and saw the ad. Her interest sparked, Freemantle decided to see which professionals were available. After some research and conversations with her daughter, Freemantle decided to “bid” on Jeremy Gates, ultimately winning the auction.

“I had a wonderful experience riding with Jeremy through the Buy A Pro program,” Freemantle explained.

After watching her daughter riding and showing reining horses growing up, Freemantle saw her opportunity to join her daughter, thanks to Buy A Pro. Two years after winning her Buy A Pro contract, Freemantle is still riding and learning from Jeremy. In 2016, she earned over 70 NRHA Green Reiner points under his direction.

Paul Wilinski from Green Bay, Wis., saw the Buy A Pro promotion through an association email. During the 2016 NRHyA Buy A Pro auction, Wilinski won auctions from Ben Balow of Skull Valley, Ariz.; Michael Davis from Davenport, Iowa; and Becky Sorrell of Whitesboro, Texas.

After completing a Buy A Pro with Ben Balow, Wilinski had this to say: “It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I was able to improve my skills right away, and because of Ben’s help, I have been able to make the finals in major national shows.”

Not only is the Buy A Pro program a great way for riders to learn one on one from some of reining’s greatest professionals, trainers also get the opportunity to build their clientele all by supporting the future of reining.

“In a heartbeat, I would recommend the program to friends!” said Freemantle.

“It was a great overall experience!” said Wilinski.

For your chance to experience what the NRHyA Buy A Pro program can do for you, visit 32auctions.com/buyapro2017. The online auction is currently open for bids. Bidding will end on March 1 at noon CST. For more information about the auction, please contact Emily Schaefer at eschaefer@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 ext. 129.

USEF Memo: Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes

Dear Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes,

In accordance with FEI Reining Rules [5th Edition, Updates effective 1st January 2017], we would like to remind all Junior and Young Rider Reining Athletes that are 17 years of age and younger participating in FEI Reining competitions they are required to wear protective headgear.

Chapter VI Equipment

Article 320 Dress, Protective Headgear and Salute

1.     All Athletes must wear appropriate western attire while competing; this will include a long sleeve shirt with collar, cowboy boots and western hat or safety helmet. When Athletes are training in the Competition arena they are required to wear Competition wear or team attire (no ball caps are allowed during training). Failure to wear such Headgear where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete.

2.     Athletes under the age of 18 years old must wear Protective Headgear (safety helmet) at all times while riding. Failure to wear such Protective Headgear where and when required after being told to do so by an official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete.

3.     Salute: Must be done in accordance with General Regulations unless the pattern used is a run in pattern.

If you have any questions, please contact us. Sincerely,

BRYN WELLS
DirectorofReining, EventingPrograms
8592256948, 5756445659
pbwells@usef.org
usequestrian.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.

Update: US Equestrian Announces Qualification Information and Selection Procedures for Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

Update: US Equestrian Announces Qualification Information and Selection Procedures for Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 16, 2017, 5:30 PM EST

logoLexington, Ky. – US Equestrian 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. The inaugural world championships for Juniors (14-18 years of age) and Young Riders (16-21 years of age) will be held in Givrins, Switzerland, August 9-12, 2017. The aim is to have this new championship become a popular addition to high-profile reining competitions that will give reining athletes the opportunity to represent their country at a young age.

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

  • Juniors are athletes from January of the year in which they turn 14 until December of the year in which they turn 18.
  • Young Riders are athletes from January of the year in which they turn 16 until December of the year in which they turn 21.
  • Horses must be seven years of age for qualifying events and the Championships (using January 1 of their foaling year as their birthday).
  • The qualifying period for the championships is January 1, 2017 through June 24, 2017.
  • View membership requirements.
  • During the qualifying period, a Junior or Young Rider must score a minimum average of 67 at one CRIJ3* or CRIYR3*. View a list of competitions that will have FEI Reining CRIJ3* and CRIYR3* classes.
  • Athletes must submit an application to US Equestrian to be considered for the U.S. Squad.
  • Athletes who are qualified (have obtained a 67 at a CRIJ3* or CRIYR3* during the qualifying period) and have submitted an application will be put forward to the USEF Reining Sport Committee to be considered for the U.S. Squad.
  • Flights (equine and athlete), hotel, ground transportation, stabling, and entry fees will be covered by US Equestrian for the horse/athlete combinations named to the U.S. Squad.
  • The U.S. Squad will be named the last week of June 2017.

View detailed selection procedures for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.

For more information, contact USEF Director of Reining, Bryn Wells at bwells@usef.org or (859) 225-6948.

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.

Our Loss – Lil Ruf Peppy

Mourning the Loss of 3 Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy Lil_Ruf_Peppy-©JB_431

Oklahoma City, Okla., (2-16-2017) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is mourning the loss of NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy. He will forever be known as one of the greatest NRHA multi-million dollar sires.

At 25 years old, the sorrel stallion was by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy. In his prime, Lil Ruf Peppy won more than $28,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 1995, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon and Lil Ruf Peppy captured the NRHA Derby Limited Open title. The dynamic duo would continue to excel in the show pen for years to come. His success in the show pen led to his later syndication under the Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate.

Besides his success in the arena, Lil Ruf Peppy made his mark in the reining industry when he sired horses such as Rufanicki, Sailin Ruf, Ruf Hearted Jac, A Ruf Gal and Pretty Peppy. Producing several money-earning daughters, Lil Ruf Peppy grand sired leading offspring such as Not Ruf at all, out of All Ruffed Up.

With a calm disposition, Lil Ruf Peppy enjoyed his last days grazing amongst mares in the pasture, according to Green Valley Ranch’s Emily Mabey.

“He was a great sire,” Mabey explained. “We loved him and were honored to have own him.”

NRHA is saddened by the loss of Lil Ruf Peppy and sends its deepest condolences to all those involved with Lil Ruf Peppy.

Photo by John Brasseaux

 

NRHA’s 2017 Winter Meeting Concludes

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – February 16, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has concluded its second annual Winter Meeting with great success. Held February 8 – 11 in Fort Worth, Texas, this year’s event was full of activities, meetings, and banquets to position the association for continued success and to celebrate its members.

Wednesday kicked off the second NRHA Professionals Summit presented by NRHA Corporate Partner, Merial. Professionals from across the country gathered to strengthen their knowledge in managing their businesses, equine joint health, and media relations. Additionally, they learned more about Time To Ride and how it can connect their business with horse lovers. Gabe Hutchins, NRHA Professionals Committee Chair, had this to say about the summit, “The summit is a great tool for Professionals who want to run a better business. The horse business is very competitive, and the summit is a great way to give our Professionals something extra to set ourselves apart from the rest.”

NRHA Committee meetings started Thursday morning and continued through Friday. The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) participated in their leadership development seminar on Friday and Saturday. In three sessions, youth members of all ages gathered to strengthen their leadership skills and network with other NRHyA members. Additionally, the first in-person show secretary and management seminar was held with great attendance.

As Friday night arrived, NRHA members gathered to honor those who have made a significant impact on the reining horse industry. During the celebration Carol Rose, Rosanne Sternberg, and Smart Like Juice were inducted to the 2017 NRHA Hall of Fame. NRHA member Tim Katona received the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. Katona is credited with helping form the NRHyA and was the first youth committee chair.

The NRHA Board of Directors met Saturday and discussed a variety of different topics and received updates from the committee meetings held earlier that week. Topics of discussion included:

  • The NRHA Board held its first reading of 2018 rule change proposals during the Winter Meeting. The directors will discuss the proposals again and hold a vote during their May 2017 meeting. In the meantime, members are encouraged to read the proposals online at NRHA.com and in the March issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine. Member comments also can be submitted on the “members-only” section of NRHA.com through April 10.
  • The 2017 NRHA Futurity Conditions were amended to create a structured Semi Finals with a guaranteed payout in the level 4 division of the Open Futurity. Additionally, all late entry deadlines were extended to one-day prior to the 1st go-rounds at 5:00pm. Additional information can be found in the 2017 Futurity Conditions at nrhafuturity.com.
  • Jerry Nicholson from The Jockey Club Technology Services presented the Board with an update on the information technology project including its functions, progress, and timeline of completion.
  • The 2017 NRHA Derby schedule was presented and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • The Board established a task force to review the NRHA Nomination Program and the NRHA Futurity payouts.
  • The Board approved for elections to be held October 1 through November 1, 2017. Two Director-At-Large seats on the Executive Committee and one Director seat for each or the following regions are to be elected during that timeframe: East Central, South Central, North Central, Northeast and Northwest.
  • The point scale used to calculate Green Reiner eligibility was clarified and approved to use the points as published in the 2017 NRHA Eligibility Policy.
  • Many other recommendations and changes to enhance NRHA were discussed and approved.

After a successful day of meeting, the 2016 NRHA award recipients were honored at the banquet. If the work accomplished at this year’s NRHA Winter Meeting is an indicator of how successful 2017 will be, it is safe to say the association is off to a great start.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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