Cast Your Vote Now for the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Fan Favorite!

Cast Your Vote Now for the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Fan Favorite!

For immediate release – September 27, 2017- Oklahoma City, Okla. – Beautiful horses, talented riders, exciting music, and costumes – it’s easy to see why everyone loves Freestyle Reining. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that the Invitational Freestyle Reining is back again at the 2017 NRHA Futurity. But that is where we need your help!

NRHA has partnered with the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau so that you can help us choose four additional riders to compete in the 2017 NRHA Invitational Freestyle presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. Your votes will help NRHA determine who those four additinal riders will be!

NRHA will select five random voters to receive a NRHA Futurity prize pack, complete with a four pack of passes to the NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining so they can come see Freestyle riders and horses compete for $20,000 in prize money!

To place your vote, go to visitokc.com/nrha

The freestyle competition will take place Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena during the 2017 NRHA Futurity, which will be held November 23 – December 2 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, including ticket information and a complete schedule, can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.

The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want Oklahoma City, North America and the entire world to miss!

Reining Horse Foundation Reaches Out with Scholarship

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. –  September 22, 2017 –  High school rodeo and the reined cow horse competition are leading to a college scholarship for Zayle Davis of Blackfoot, Idaho, thanks to a partnership benefiting competitors at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). For the second consecutive year, the Reining Horse Foundation has joined with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) to provide a $2,500 scholarship to the student athlete marking the highest score in the reining during the NHSFR, held July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.

In her final year of high school competition, Davis scored a 151 in the rein work during the short go to capture the award. She also received a Morrison bronze courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). She was riding Reymanator (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory), a 2006 American Quarter Horse gelding. In a field of 107 reined cow horse contestants, Davis finished fourth overall with a total score of 874.5; the event champion is Daxon Buttars of Snowville, Utah.  Reymanator is owned by Sandy Semanik of Jacksonville, Fla., but is a full-time member of the Davis family.

Davis also had the high reining score in the preliminary round and knew she needed to perform a clean pattern in the finals. Of her winning run, she said, “I’ve been practicing a long time. Once I walked into the pen, I cued him right, and I’ve never had him stop like that before. He was being really good. It takes a lot of teamwork to have a run like that.”

Davis and Reymanator were the 2017 Idaho State High School Rodeo Champions in reined cow horse. A true example of versatility, the gelding is also her mount for barrel racing and pole bending and her brother Dawson’s horse for tie-down roping. He was the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, trained and shown by Zayle’s father, Zane Davis.

In late 2014, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) began offering reined cow horse as an event. It joined a lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping, and the queen contest for girls.

While reined cow horse might not be a traditional rodeo event, NHSRA, NRCHA and NRHA acknowledge that reined cow horse can elevate the riding ability of NHSRA members. As part of the reined cow horse competition, contestants must complete a reining pattern, commonly referred to as dry work.

“Providing youth scholarships is a core program of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said Mandy McCutcheon, a $2 million NRHA rider and Foundation Board member. “It is our hope that by reaching out to the youth contestants of high school rodeo, more students will be introduced to reining and reined cow horse and ensure these sports grow and succeed for generations to come.”

Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Reining Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association. Core programs for the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization include youth scholarships, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund and the NRHA Hall of Fame.

###

Photo Credit: Stephanie Duquette
Zayle Davis receives a scholarship certificate from the Reining Horse Foundation and bronze from the National Reining Horse Association presented by National Reined Cow Horse Association Executive Director Jay Winborn.

Riding Reymanator, a 2006 gelding, Zayle Davis of Idaho marked the high score in rein work in the reined cow horse competition at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo. The win earned Davis a $2,500 scholarship from the Reining Horse Foundation.

SmartPak Celebrates 18 Years of Healthy Horses

PLYMOUTH, MA – September 22, 2017 – Since 1999, SmartPak has been proud to be changing the world four hooves at a time. The company is celebrating 18 years of using its smarts to power healthy horses and happy riders. To this day, millions of supplements have been sold, and it all started with a horse named Westley.

SmartPak was inspired by its founder’s horse Westley. His story informed the obsession with supplements and led the company to create the SmartPak supplement feeding system. “Since the beginning, we’ve taken pride in the saying ‘we get you, because we are you’,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. “At SmartPak, we come into work every day, inspired not only by our own horses, but by our customer’s horses too. We continuously strive to bring you innovative products and solutions to make life in the barn easier, and help keep your horse happy and healthy.”

The stresses and health risks that today’s horses face are not the result of bad management – they’re unavoidable parts of modern horsekeeping. That’s why SmartPak believes that supplements are part of good horsemanship, and every horse deserves support from the right supplements to help him look and feel his best. After starting and stopping her horse’s supplement program recently, SmartPak customer Virginia A. from Pinon Hills, CA said “I’m amazed what a difference the supplement makes – I’m skeptical no more!”

SmartPaks were the idea that started it all, and all these years later, they’re still the smartest way to feed your horse’s supplements. They’ll save you time and stress, and give you the ultimate peace of mind that your horse is always getting the right supplements in the right amounts. You’ll love SmartPaks because they’re custom-packed, pre-measured, sealed & labeled, and recycled & recyclable. Like horse owners across the country, Jennifer G. from Henderson, NC is also a fan of the system, and she said “SmartPaks have made my life easier and less stressful.”

Consistency is key when it comes to supplements, and that’s why SmartPak always recommends putting your horse’s supplements on AutoShip. Whether you’re feeding your horse their supplements in SmartPaks or buckets, AutoShip is the smart choice.  The company knows that commitment can be scary, so they don’t ask for one! The AutoShip program is easy, hassle-free, and rewards you for taking great care of your horse.  You’ll love the AutoShip program because it’s focused on healthy horses, easy to snooze or cancel, totally flexible, and your VIP pass to free SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on anything, anytime.

Want to start your horse on a SmartPak? Visit www.SmartPak.com to get started today, or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak to a Supplement Expert who will help you develop the right supplement program for your horse’s individual needs.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

###

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.

NRHA Named in Lawsuit

On September 20, 2017, the National Reining Horse Association was served with a lawsuit filed by Shannon Rafacz against the Association. The lawsuit follows action taken pursuant to the NRHA Handbook’s protest and complaint filing procedures earlier this year. NRHA leadership believes it is important that its membership is aware of this pending legal matter.

Blanketing Done Right

It’s time to get ready for blanket season, and SmartPak is the smartest place to do that.

PLYMOUTH, MA – September 18, 2017 – Blanketing doesn’t have to be difficult, which is why SmartPak is here with their expert tips to get you and your horse through the colder season. SmartPak also has blankets from all your favorite brands – including the latest and greatest blankets that are new this season!

As your ultimate blanket destination, SmartPak has everything you need to know about blankets. “Blanketing your horse is an art and a science, and we know that there are many factors to consider,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience. “And we SmartPakers have all been there, in the dark and the cold, trying to figure out if a new blanket actually fits, or deciding what to put on your horse for the night. That’s why we’ve got everything from how-to articles and real-life video reviews on our website to help you shop. Plus, all our smarts are in your pocket when you download the handy SmartPak Blanketing App!”

Whether you need help deciding which blanket to use, fit suggestions, or tips and tricks for clipping, you’ll find it in SmartPak’s Horse Health Library, or on the SmartPak blog.  Along with expert advice, SmartPak has a quick and easy tool to help answer the common question: “What blanket should I put on my horse tonight?” Just download the SmartPak Blanketing App, answer a few questions about your horse, and you’ll get blanketing recommendations customized to your horse and your location.

When you’re ready to start adding to your horse’s wardrobe, SmartPak is pleased to offer an expanded selection of new blankets from the brands you know and love. From their own line of blankets to Pessoa, Horseware, Weatherbeeta, and Shires, they’ve added new styles so you can find the perfect one for your horse’s needs.

SmartPak’s most popular blanket, the Ultimate Turnout, is now available in a new color – Burgundy with Black Trim and Silver Piping. The SmartPak Ultimate Pony Turnout Sheet is also now available in the popular Midnight Blue with Royal Trim and Silver Piping. The Rockin’ SP Ultimate, which is designed to fit stockier breeds like Quarter Horses, is now available in a high-neck option. All Ultimate blankets are backed by SmartPak’s 10-Year Indestructible Guarantee.

The Pessoa Alpine 1200D Turnout Blanket Made Exclusively for SmartPak offers a variety of favorite features, including the patented Exceler closure system which allows for a perfect fit and is easily adjustable. This blanket is available in a Cerulean Blue/Red Plaid.

The Amigo 600D Hero 6 Turnout Blanket Made Exclusively For SmartPak offers Horseware’s renowned quality and style. The blanket has a shine enhancing polyester lining, yet remains breathable and waterproof, ensuring your horse stays dry and comfortable. This blanket is offered in Atlantic Blue w/ Grey and Red exclusively at SmartPak, and riders can also get a matching dog coat for their other four-legged friends!

The Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Navajo Pattern Turnout Blanket features strong classic style at an exceptional value. This blanket is durable and designed for an exceptional fit.

Finally, if you’re looking to add a little fun to your horse’s wardrobe, the Shires Tempest Patterned Rain Sheet offers waterproof protection that will keep your horse dry and comfortable, in a fun Horse Print pattern.

SmartPak offers free shipping on orders over $75 and free return shipping on sized items, like blankets, so you can shop confidently this season. Visit www.SmartPak.com to view the entire selection of blankets and to place a risk-free order.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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.