NRHA announces 2018 Hall of Fame Honoree

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – September 07, 2017 – Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Vaughn Zimmerman for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2018.

A lifetime member since 1994, NRHA Million Dollar Owner Vaughn Zimmerman of Rogersville, Missouri, served on the initial board of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) from 2001 through 2004 and is an RHF Gold Donor. He served several years as an NRHA Board member (2005-2009) and was a member of the NRHA Finance, Sale, Hall of Fame, and Sire & Dam Committees. His recommendation to the NRHA Board created the Million Dollar Owners award in an effort to recognize and encourage owners’ long-time involvement in the sport.

An NRHA Corporate Partner and National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Gold Sponsor, Zimmerman has provided sponsorships at many regional and major events such as the Tulsa Reining Classic and the High Roller Reining Classic. He has provided support to NRHA Affiliates through donations of his stallion breedings to many breeding program auctions.

In addition to owning top caliber performance horses, Zimmerman consistently brings highly sought-after consignments to the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. In 2011, he consigned the top seller, Commanders Lil Step, who sold for $200,000. The next year, he consigned Not Ruf At All. However, he made what can certainly be deemed now as a very wise decision and chose to keep the colt, who went on to win the 2013 NRHA Futurity, 2014 NRHA Derby, and 2016 NRBC.

Zimmerman is also involved in other areas of the horse industry including reined cow horse and Throroughbred race horses, but his passion is the reining horse. His contributions have made, and will continue to make, reining a great sport. He has paved the way for his grandchildren — Taylor and Jacob Zimmerman — to continue the Zimmerman reining legacy. Both are very active in aged events, and they also share the same passion Vaughn has for reining.

NRHA will proudly honor the 2018 inductee during the 2018 NRHA Winter Meeting to be held February in Oklahoma City.

Photo by Cappy Jackson

Southeast Affiliate Regional Championship RESCHEDULED


September 18, 2017 – As you are aware the Southeast Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. After having time to assess their options the Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association has decided to reschedule the event to run in Jacksonville, Fla. on November 2 – 5 in cooperation with the Florida Reining Horse Association. 

If you have any questions regarding the rescheduling of this event you can contact Affiliate Program Representative Lauren Rufo at (405)946-7400 ext. 128 or


September 10, 2017 – After continued conversation between the Dixie Reining Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), in addition to gaining more information about Hurricane Irma, the decision has been made to cancel the Southeast Affiliate Regional Championship scheduled to be held September 14 – 17 in Perry, Georgia.

NRHA will make an announcement later next week regarding the qualifier’s options.


September 7, 2017 – With the approach of Hurricane Irma, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association are in communication regarding the upcoming Affiliate Regional Championships to be held September 14 – 17 in Perry, Georgia.

At this time, the show is still scheduled to take place. However for the most current updates regarding the event, please click here or visit the Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association website at

Boehringer Ingelheim Unveils New Brand Platform: Unbridle Your Potential

DULUTH, GA – September 6, 2017

In early 2017, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) acquired Merial, becoming the leader in equine health. As we have begun work to create the new Boehringer Ingelheim, an opportunity to leverage the knowledge and expertise from both companies emerged, as did the responsibility to provide support and leadership for the entire equine industry. To illustrate that responsibility, BI is introducing its new brand platform: Unbridle Your Potential. In short, BI provides health care products that will help unlock the potential in each horse.

Every BI brand plays a role in helping horses reach their potential. As the leading equine health company in the United States, BI recognizes that the community that cares for horses day in and day out requires products that are trusted to perform, allowing each horse to achieve its potential. Unbridle Your Potential is about bringing out the best in everyone – veterinarians, horse owners, trainers and the horses we all love.

The Boehringer Ingelheim equine portfolio consists of:

·         GastroGard® (omeprazole) and UlcerGard® (omeprazole)

·         Vaccines including Vetera® and Calvenza®

·         A joint health portfolio that includes Legend® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution, Hyvisc® (hyaluronate sodium), Hyalovet® (hyaluronate sodium), Vetalog® Parenteral (triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension), Surpass®(1% diclofenac sodium) and Equioxx® (firocoxib)

·         Prascend® (pergolide tablets)

·         Marquis® (15% w/w ponazuril)

·         Zimecterin® Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel) and ZIMECTERIN (ivermectin)

“We’re excited about this new brand platform as it represents our leadership in the equine health industry and the understanding that everyone who cares for horses wants to see each animal do its best,” says Dave Gocken, species head of the U.S. Equine Business Unit, Boehringer Ingelheim.

“Whether it’s racing, performing, trail riding or any other number of activities, our products give everyone the opportunity to reach their potential. At its core, Unbridle Your Potential is about the passion people have in caring for their horses, and we’re pleased to help bring that passion to life with our leading product line-up.”

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, click here.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Innovative medicines for people and animals have for more than 130 years been what the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim stands for. Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the industry’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and to this day remains family-owned. Day by day, some 50,000 employees create value through innovation for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. In 2016, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around 15.9 billion euros. With more than three billion euros, R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.6 per cent of net sales.

Social responsibility comes naturally to Boehringer Ingelheim. That is why the company is involved in social projects, such as the “Making More Health” initiative. Boehringer Ingelheim also actively promotes workforce diversity and benefits from its employees’ different experiences and skills. Furthermore, the focus is on environmental protection and sustainability in everything the company does.

More information about Boehringer Ingelheim can be found on or in our annual report: 

Vetalog and Surpass are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Vetera, Calvenza and Prascend are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH.

GastroGard, UlcerGard, Legend, Equioxx, Marquis and Zimecterin are registered trademarks of Merial, Inc.

Hyalovet is a registered trademark of TRB Chemedica International S.A., Geneva Switzerland, used under license.

Hyvisc is a registered trademark of Anika Therapeutics, Inc., used under license.
©2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

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Stephanie Hoult

Rene Ward
U.S. Communications
Boehringer Ingelheim
Animal Health

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Non Pro Riders Win Big in Tulsa

Jack Medows
Jack Medows

Non Pro riders competed for championship honors Sunday at the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square.

A tie in the Non Pro saw Jack Medows riding Wimpys Show Stopper and Stephanie Nelson riding Custom Banjo share the championship with scores of 146.

Medows’ 2006 stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Pinesail is a horse he pulled from retirement for the Platinum Performance Young Rider Team in Switzwerland and has enjoyed riding the great mount since.

“He showed absolutely perfect today and it was really cool to get him out [and show],” Medows said.

Medows also won the AQHA Non Pro title with Wimpys Show Stopper.

Nelson rode a 2008 gelding by Banjo Whiz and out of Custom Bobbie to the co-championship, plus the Intermediate Non Pro title, Affiliate Regional Championship Non Pro and the ARC Intermediate Non Pro championship.

“I had a great week,” Nelson said. “I feel like I’m back in the saddle again – literally. Now I feel like I can do it again and I can see a future again.”

Nelson thanked her trainer Casey Hinton for his help and support in her success.

Laura Parker riding Shirley Your A Tag claimed the Limited Non Pro and ARC Limited Non Pro championships with a score of 142.5. Shirley Your A Tag is a 2011 mare by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Pines BH and has only been with Parker for a year. In fact, the 2016 Tulsa Reining Classic was their first show together.

“I wanted to hopefully go in and plus my spins, which are usually pretty good with her and try not to push too hard in my circles and stops, because we are taking her to Vegas next week, so I didn’t want to over do it this week, but we still wanted to try to qualify for [the NRHA Derby],” Parker said. “She felt really good. She and I have come together a lot over the past year. We have both improved a lot.”

Kathleen Armenta riding Notalotacrome (Cromed Out Mercedes x Dual Reys Jewel) claimed the Non Pro Prime Time and ARC Prime Time championships.

Armenta had a busy day on Sunday helping her daughter show in the youth classes as well as trying to focus on her own runs, but her mount handle the pressure well.

“He’s becoming a little soldier,” she said. “Even in a hurry-scurry situation he came through for me. Sometimes you have to go in there and hope your experience gets you through and I guess it did.”

Meg Johnson rode Timber Zak (Boggies Timber Jack x Honey Ofa Hollywood) to the USA Reining Non Pro win.

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Youth Reiners Shine in Tulsa

Owen Deary
Owen Deary

The Tulsa Reining Classic showcases some of the top reining horses and riders in the industry, but it also highlights the industry’s prospective champions – youth reiners. Sunday in the Mustang Arena Youth riders showed off their skills in classes for riders ages 10 & under all the way to 21.

took top honors in the 10 & Under Short Stirrup, plus the short stirrup Affiliate Regional Championship riding Reeboks Rerun, with a score of 144.

“It was really good,” he said of his run Sunday, adding that one maneuver was his favorite – Reebok’s stops.

The Youth 13 & Under champion was Raeanna Thayn riding Coded N Karma. Thayn and “Karma” also earned the ARC Youth 13 & Under, the American Quarter Horse Association 13 & Under and the USA 13 & Under win. They added the Unrestricted Youth title, as well. Coded N Karma is a 2011 gelding by Electric Code and out of Whiz N Snap.

“My horse just went out there and did I just sat up there,” she said with a laugh. “He’s really honest. My run was really good.”

The Youth 14-18 champion and ARC Youth 14-18 champ was Dani Latimer riding Sparklin Nite, a 2012 stallion by Gunners Special Nite and out of Getaway Spark.

“I’m excited for this guy, he’s come a long way in the past year,” Latimer said. “As a young horse he was a really slow learner. He’s still getting the hang of it, but he’s proven himself to be a really good show horse.”

The Rookie Youth winner was Justin Eddy riding Cloned By Whiz, a 2007 mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Princess Clone Chex. The pair turned in a score of 138 for the win. Eddy also claimed the AQHA 14-18 win.

Taylor Zimmerman rode Wimpys Little Jessie to the USA 14-18 championship with a score of 143.

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