The Las Vegas Wild Card Reining Challenge Returns in 2017 with over $115,000 in Added Money

WCRC_logoThe Time Has Come! The Competition Is Set! We’ve Broken Tradition!

The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016. Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.


“For years I have been listening to horsemen lament the fact that some very good horses are not ready for the extreme physical and mental stress that can come with three-year-old reining competition,” says Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, LLC., creator of the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “Horsemen say that some horses are not ready for it. They need a little extra time; some slower preparation. Talk about a Four-Year-Old Futurity has been floating around here for a lot of years. I think it’s an idea whose time had come.”

A lot of folks agree with Amanda. The concept not only allows for slower development of valuable, top quality equine athletes, it also precipitates longevity for the horse’s ultimate career in the show pen. The event dates for the Wild Card show in late May provide an additional nine months of training time past the three-year-old deadlines. Those nine months can be critical to the development of muscle, bone, strength and dexterity.


A big supporter of this concept and now the title sponsor of the Wild Card Reining Challenge Four-Year-Old Futurity is Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon. Owner Suzy Simar is a longtime supporter of the Brumley Management shows. “Without the financial support of sponsors like Tamarack Ranch, the shows I produce just wouldn’t happen,” states Brumley. “These premier events are very costly to produce. A facility like the South Point and all that it has to offer is a perfect location for a horse show, but comes at a high price. The folks at South Point are fantastic to work with and bend over backward to make my events a success so to me, every penny is worth it!”

In addition to the $65,000 Added Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity, the Wild Card Reining Challenge has added a $40,000 Added 4 Year Old Stakes. While the Futurity has eligibility requirements, the Stakes does not. It is open to all 4 year old horses. Also if Futurity exhibitors wish to cross enter into the Stakes as well, they have the opportunity to win even more money.

Jody Brainard
Jody Brainard

Eligibility for the Wild Card Four-Year-Old Futurity requires the entry to be a four-year-old at the beginning of the calendar year and cannot have been shown in ANY Age Event Competition/Futurities (NRHA Category 2) as a 3 Year Old. These horses can be shown in AQHA, NRHA or NRCHA events in order to receive the show seasoning required as part of the training process, as long as the added money and 3 Year Old Aged Event category restrictions are maintained. Horses are allowed to show in Aged Events as a 4 year old prior to the Wild Card event. “Our plans are to make the Wild Card Reining Challenge just as unique as its “sister shows”: the Cactus Classic, Arizona in March; the Reining By The Bay, California in July, and the Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic, Nevada in September,” says Amanda Brumley. “We have included two full slates (NRHA Category 1) of competition and a 7 & Up Non Pro SmartPak Maturity at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, and classes for our friends from the World Para Reining Organization. In addition the Wild Card is hosting two slates of National Arabian Reining Horse Association qualifiers for the fall NARHA World Championships.”

Andrea Fappani
Andrea Fappani

The educational seminars, sponsored by Horse & Rider Magazine, on training, horse health care and judging were a huge hit in 2016. NRHA Judges Chairman Jody Brainard hosted the “Inside the mind of a NRHA Judge” seminar. Samples of runs on video were reviewed to help spectators understand what judges are looking for in reining maneuvers, in addition to reasons for penalties. Dr Kris Crowe gave an extremely well detailed look into how to care for a performance horse prior to and after competition. Four Million Dollar NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani shared his insight into speed control and lead changes. Fappani pointed out what he sees exhibitors doing that sets them up for penalties and offered detailed instruction as to how to work with a horse to simplify cues so the horse can clearly understand what the rider is asking.

The Wild Card Reining Challenge has also joined forces with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USA Reining to offer a youth qualifier for the FEI Youth and Young Rider Reining World Championships August 9-12, 2017 at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. Another qualifier is being offered to Open riders interested in competing on the US Team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) September 10 – 23, 2018.

When asked about how the first year of the Wild Card Reining Challenge went, Brumley stated, “Fantastic! Of course I expected it to be small the first year and it was, but so was High Roller when it started ten years ago. The concept of the 4 Year Old Futurity needs time to evolve. Although I don’t think it’s going to take long. We are already expecting double the entries this year.”

For additional information contact Amanda Brumley (602) 677-3774. or visit the event website at

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.

Equine Businesses Welcomed to Register for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge

The 2017 Challenge features more winners and more ways to win! 

Georgetown, TX, March 9, 2017 – Time to Ride invites stables, clubs and all horse businesses nationwide to register now for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge, a grassroots competition offering $100,000 in cash and prizes!

In its fourth year of competition, the Challenge is the only industry-wide effort specifically designed to encourage entry-level participation in riding and other horse activities. Participating horse professionals will work to create engaging outreach events in Phase I, May 1st through August 31st, that connect with the general public and introduce families to the joy of horses. Then in Phase II, which occurs simultaneously and continues through September 30th, they will help these new horse enthusiasts get involved regularly through riding lessons or other ongoing horse experiences. The stables, clubs and businesses which introduce and convert the greatest number of newcomers will win their share of $100,000 cash and prizes across size-based divisions.

Past participants report enthusiastically about their experiences in the Challenge, including Susan Dudasik, owner of Misfit Farm in Salmon, Idaho: “Once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun and you come up with all kinds of new ideas. We had 55 [newcomers] last year [2015] and over 200 this year [2016] and really surprised ourselves!! Never thought we’d get that many. This is such a neat program and we’re already looking forward to next year!”

Tina Renison-Ambrose, owner and instructor at Cross Roads Stable in Elverta, California shared, “The Challenge helped me market my business, and I have picked up 30 more clients from all our events! Not too bad for sharing the love and passion we have for horses with new people every day!” Cross Roads Stable won $1,000 as fourth-place winners in the medium division.

Competing in the Challenge is free, and the contest takes place May 1st through September 30th. Time to Ride invites stables, clubs, businesses, instructors, veterinarians, and all other horse professionals to sign up now! For more information, please visit or contact

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. Since 2014, Time to Ride programs have introduced nearly 100,000 newcomers to horses and helped grow 78% of the participating horse businesses. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, The Right Horse Initiative, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, the National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council 

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Contact: Christie Schulte – or 512-591-7811

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.

Wildfire Relief Effort

NRHA Members & Supporters — Livestock Supply Donations are being accepted for those affected by the recent wildfires.

In the heart of horse country, NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation are asking for donations of livestock supplies (hay, feed, wound supplies, fencing, etc.) to assist Oklahoma and Texas ranchers impacted by the recent fires. We are offering to connect those in the horse industry with those who are in need through a series of drop-off locations.

Donation Locations for Hay, Feed, Wound Supplies, Fencing Supplies

  • NRHA Office – 3021 W. Reno, Oklahoma City 73107 – 405-946-7400 – Drop off on-site, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F. To help keep a sustained effort beyond the initial response, the NRHA Office plans to take donations until further notice, and coordinate delivery to those most-in need.
  • Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide – Tulsa Expo Square – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Visit the OkRHA show office for instructions for drop-off.
  • Southwest Reined Cow Horse Spring Into Spring Horse Show – Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044 – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Drop donations in Stall 110. Stop by Stall Office for questions.
  • Additionally, NRHA member and Texas AgriLife Extension agent Mike Jeffcoat is heading up donations for Gray, Wheeler and Roberts counties (806-669-8033, office). Hay donations can be made directly at Clyde Carruth Pavillion (301 Ball Park Drive, Pampa, TX).

Volunteers to Transport
If you are interested in donating your time/equipment to haul, please contact Christa Morris-Stone (405-946-7400 or This will be a huge help in the effort.

RHF Crisis Fund
NRHA members affected directly by these disasters are reminded that the Reining Horse Foundation Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund can stand in the gap to assist financially in the weeks and months ahead. Donations are always welcomed. More information and an application for aid can be found at​​

Question? Other Ways to Help?
Contact Christa Morris-Stone at NRHA if you have questions (405-946-7400), or other ideas that can help in the effort. We encourage everyone to share this information with their horse friends.

Donate directly to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Fire Relief Fund


Ranchers Organize a ‘Cattle Drive’ for Panhandle Ranchers Affected by Fire

Governor Abbott Grants Waiver To Hay Carriers In Texas Panhandle Due To Wildfires


We thank the Lazy E Arena, Oklahoma Reining Horse Association and the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association for their cooperation.





Youth Members Discovered Their Inner Strengths

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla., (March-06-2017) –  Held during the 2017 National Reining Horse Association’s Winter Meeting, youth members challenged themselves to learn more about their true self during the NRHyA’s Leadership Development Workshop. From February 10th through the 11th, youth members came out of the workshops with a better understanding of their strengths and how to use them to better themselves in the future.

Leading the workshops was Director of Marketing at The Western Integrity Agency, Katie Hollingsworth, of Stillwater, Okla. Hollingsworth is passionate about helping others discover their strengths, and this unique opportunity offered insight to the next generation of equine industry leaders.

“It was a genuine honor to be a part of the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development,” said Hollingsworth, “I could not have asked for a better group of young leaders to work with.”

Pre-registered youth members were given a personality assessment that asked questions revolving around 34 common themes. Each person’s individual themes lead them to five personal strengths. “Through our workshops, I learned what my strengths were and how to put them to use,” said NRHyA Historian Reagan Stephens, “It was fun learning that I had a unique set of strengths that defined me.”

As the workshops progressed, youth members continued to develop and build upon their personal strengths. Youth members were put to the test as three teams were formed with varying personal strengths. “I learned that being on a team you don’t necessarily want to have the same kind of people,” said NRHyA Vice President Kenleigh Wells. NRHyA Treasurer Liz Blaser agreed saying, “Each person naturally took a role on the team based on their strengths.”

Teams were given a task to complete to see how the teams managed to work together despite opposing strengths.

When asked if aspects from the team building exercise resonated with students and if they would use the skills they learned in other aspects of their life, NRHyA Secretary Taylor Masson said, “I believe, as officers, we can use our own strengths to make a stronger and more compassionate leadership team for others. We can use our strengths to get more regions and youth involved with the NRHyA.”

Youth members who attended the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development workshops came out with a better understanding of their strengths all while building lasting relationships with other youth members from across the nation.  “The workshops helped me become a stronger leader,” said NRHyA member Kate Lilley, “I learned things about myself that will help me in the future, I also made several new friends.”

“I would say that the NRHyA leadership symposium has helped me grow and expand my horizons in many ways that I am very thankful for,” said NRHyA Delegate Olivia Klug.