Bertolani Crosses NRHA Milestone

For Immediate Release – December 13, 2017 – Oklahoma City – There were many shining moments at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, from the Hall of Fame Induction to the singing of Run for the Roses. One moment that will forever stand out in the NRHA history books is the addition of a new Million Dollar Rider—Franco Bertolani.

Bertolani is a Brazilian native and is currently the head trainer for Cardinal Reining Horses. During his reining career, Franco has had many significant accomplishments, including Reserve Champion in the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity. In 2016, he also won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Level 4 Open Futurity and the Tulsa Reining Classic Level 4 Open Futurity, all of which were done aboard Dun It For Whizkey (Topsail Whiz x Dun It for Chex), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC.

During the 2017 NRHA Futurity, Bertolani competed with two half-siblings owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC in the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals. Masked Gun (Gunner x Dun It For Chex) placed fifth and earned $45,062.63. Chex For Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex) placed twentieth and earned $10,540.92—bumping him across the coveted million dollar mark.

Congratulations to Franco Bertolani for achieving this huge accomplishment as an NRHA rider!

Electronic Logging Device News and Updates

DOT Waives Mandate for Livestock Haulers for 90 Days.

– January 3, 2018 – From The Equiery – The livestock industry (including which includes us!) was relieved to learn that, on Nov. 27, the United States Department of Transportation granted a 90-day waiver from the requirement that to install electronic logging devices in vehicles… Read the more of the story…

Take Action!

– Let your Senators and Representatives know the current Hours of Service (HOS) rules, having to stop and rest for 10 hours, will adversely impact the safety and welfare of the livestock being transported. You can find your members of Congress at https://www.congress.gov/members.

Confused About the ELD Mandate? We Can Help.

– On November 30th, the AHC sent out a Washington Update to our members on our efforts to address the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate. The AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS). Read more…

A Giant Step Backwards for Animal Welfare

– How the ELD Mandate and Hours of Service Impacts Agriculture

From Protect the Harvest – The livestock hauling and other live cargo industries are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to provide the industry with a longer-term extension to comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate than the initial 90-day extension that has been granted. They have asked for this longer extension because it is clear that both the ELD Mandate and the Hours of Service are not appropriate for the care and transportation of livestock. They believe, and we agree, that following the Hours of Service to the letter as is required with an ELD will be a giant step backwards for animal welfare and agriculture… Download the rest of the story from Protect the Harvest: ELD Mandate Impacts Animal Welfare Livestock Transportation.

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Fappani Earns Another Million

For Immediate Release – December 11, 2017 – Oklahoma City – Fappani and Futurity are two words that instantly come to mind when thinking about the reining industry. The combination of the two have always seemed to bring about great success, and this year was no different. During the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, Andrea Fappani became NRHA’s second Five Million Dollar Rider.

In 2006, Fappani crossed his first Million Dollar milestone. Since then, he has raced through the ranks as a top rider and has become a household name within the reining industry. At the early age of 33, he was the youngest rider to cross the $2 million mark.

Qualifying two horses for the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Finals, the milestone was within grasp. First in the arena was Coughi Reining Horses USA Inc’s, All American Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up). The run earned a 224 ½ and landed the pair in second place. Lil Patron (Lil Joe Cash x Miss Rey O Shine), owned by Tim Roper, placed 26th with a 216. The pair of horses earned Fappani more than $129,000—making him NRHA’s newest Five Million Dollar Rider.

NRHA is proud of Andrea Fappani’s accomplishments and excited to see what he has in store for the future.

Shawn Flarida Hits the Record Books Once Again

For Immediate Release – December 8, 2017 – Oklahoma City – After another successful year at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, Shawn Flarida has crossed yet another milestone in the NRHA history books—becoming NRHA’s first Six Million Dollar Rider.

Shawn earned his first million after a successful run at the 2003 All American Quarter Horse Congress, making his mark on the sport of reining. His successes continued as he achieved notoriety within the industry by surpassing earning records with NRHA year after year.

Flarida’s quest to become NRHA’s first Six Million Dollar Rider became reality during the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals. With two horses in the competition, his chances of crossing this historic milestone were high. Flarida’s first run on Garry Ray Smith’s Missin My Tinsel (Hollywoodstinseltown x Dont Miss This) scored a 220, earning him 9th place and $22,287.89. George and Carol Bell’s Mr. Masota Star (Wimpys Little Step x Cee Another Masota) was Flarida’s second ride. A score of 222 ½ fell in 3rd place and earned $73,554.10—pushing his earnings just over $6 million.

At just 48 years of age, Shawn Flarida has achieved many successes during his time as an NRHA rider. It is only a matter of time before the iconic green shirt hits his next record in the NRHA history books.

Tom McCutcheon Earns His First Owner Million

For Immediate Release – December 6, 2017 – Oklahoma City – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show featured thrilling competition and fabulous parties. Adding to the excitement were many great achievements earned over the course of the 10-day event—including the addition of a new Million Dollar Owner to the NRHA history books, Tom McCutcheon.

McCutcheon achieved Million Dollar Rider status in 2006 and is now making his mark once again. Over the course of his career, he has owned many successful reiners, including 2017 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non Pro Champion, Hollywood Starburst, by Hollywood Dun It and out of Chic Olena Starbuck (by Smart Starbuck).

McCutcheon owned five horses that competed in the Cinch Non Pro Futurity Finals at the 2017 Futurity. Collectively, the following horses earned him more than $78,000:

  • Best Nite Ever (Gunners Special Nite x Best By Benz) ridden by Mandy McCutcheon, placing first in the Level 4 Non Pro Division
  • One Stormy Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Whatta Royal Vintage) ridden by Cade McCutcheon, placing seventh in the Level 4 Non Pro Division and first in the Youth Non Pro Division
  • This Chics Nite (Gunners Special Nite x This Chic N Whiz) ridden by Mandy McCutcheon, placing ninth in the Level 4 Non Pro Division
  • A Special Sidekick (Gunners Special Nite x A Shining Sidekick) ridden by Carlee McCutcheon, placing twenty-first in the Level 4 Non Pro Division, twelfth in the Level 3 Non Pro Division, seventh in the Level 2 Non Pro Division, sixth in the Level 1 Non Pro Division, and fifth in the Youth Non Pro Division
  • Whizkey N Jewels (Whizkey N Diamonds x Starbucks Jewel) ridden by Cade McCutcheon, placing eighteenth in the Level 4 Non Pro Division and third in the Youth Non Pro Division

Congratulations to NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Owner, Tom McCutcheon.