FMCSA Responds to AHC Request

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with AHC staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification , by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License (CDL) regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry. The AHC is appreciative of the horse specific efforts that FMCSA have taken to quell the concerns of our recreational enthusiasts.

The guidance titled “Agricultural Exceptions and Exemptions to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service (HOS) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Rules” and “Non-Business Related Transportation of Horses ” explain how published FMCSA guidance provides an exception for the transportation of horses when the transportation in question is not business related (neither for compensation, nor where the driver is engaged in an underlying business related to the move). In these cases, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations do not apply, even if prize or scholarship money is offered. This includes the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations, requirements for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and CDL regulations, unless required by the driver’s home state. Both documents contain example scenarios that may help horse owners better understand the regulations as they exist today.

The documents can be found on the FMCSA website at:

The AHC will continue to pursue clarifications until the industry is satisfied that there are no unintended consequences from current CDL or ELD regulations. The AHC will take action where clarifications are not sufficient, including the continued collaboration with the entire livestock industry to get a delay in ELD enforcement.

AHC staff are still compiling the industry’s concerns and questions to forward to DOT and invite people to share their comments. Additionally, DOT has established a specific email address for agricultural specific questions at . This address will be used to generate a future F.A.Q. page.

The AHC encourages our members to share their questions to the DOT email as well to better highlight the existing concerns regarding the interpretation of CDL regulations. If clarifications and the F.A.Q. fail to address the concerns of our members, then the AHC will continue their efforts and pursue both legislative and regulatory solutions.

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2018 NRHA Convention & Awards Recap

2018 NRHA Convention & Awards Concludes in Oklahoma City 

For Immediate Release –- February 23, 2018 –  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The third annual National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Convention & Awards concluded February 10, and after four days of education, constructive discussion and networking, the event was clearly deemed a success. The convention started with NRHA Executive Committee and NRHA Board of Directors meetings, which set a productive tone for the rest of the week.

The NRHA Board of Directors had their first reading of 2019 proposed rule changes, received an update on the 2018 European Summit that was held earlier this year, approved the 2018 NRHA Derby schedule and also got a first-hand demonstration of the information technology rebuild project. NRHA Directors also had the opportunity to give an update on their region including successes and challenges they are currently facing. The board also approved for the well-received NRHA Pro Trainer magazine to move to a quarterly publication and allocated the necessary resources to ensure current NRHA Professionals receive the publication.

Other items of discussion included:

  • Dual entry options were added and a Prime Time payout clarification was made to the 2018 Futurity Conditions.
  • NRHA Luxembourg was approved as a new NRHA Affiliate.
  • 2018 Election Procedures – This year’s procedures and deadlines were approved with the following positions up for election: vice president, director-at-large on the executive committee and director for the Southwest, Southeast and Mountain regions.

Friday and Saturday morning were full of committee meetings, all of which were loaded with ideas and discussion on how to continue improving the sport of reining. NRHA Professionals attend the Professionals Summit on Saturday morning where they had guest speakers covering a variety of topics such as media training and an update on the Electronic Logging Devices mandate. Saturday night concluded with a star-studded celebration as NRHA World Champions and various other winners were presented with their awards.

The NRHA Judges Summit and Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting were also held Saturday prior to the awards banquet. Attendees of the AGM received updates on the Reining Horse Foundation, NRHA financials and the strategic plan and watched as Mike Deer was awarded his NRHA President’s buckle made by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths.

When asked about the event, NRHA President Mike Deer had this to say, “I always look forward to the NRHA Convention & Awards. It allows our membership, committees, board and staff to gather together and set the tone for all the great things we want to accomplish this year. Conversations among everyone were passionate and purposeful, making each meeting a true success. 2018 is going to be an outstanding year for NRHA.”

NRHyA Leadership Summit

The 2018 NRHA Youth Leadership Summit took place in conjunction with the NRHA Convention & Awards. Kelly Barnes served as the facilitator, where he challenged youth members to “amp up their leadership.”  The summit attendees participated in three sessions of workshops, each led by Barnes.  All five youth association officers were present, along with other NRHyA members. 

2019 Rule Change Proposals can be found under the members only section. Current NRHA members are encouraged to leave comments regarding the proposals. The commenting section will be open through April 16.

ApRHA Awards $10,000 Buy, Breed & Win Futurity Check

Daniel Schloemer and Wimpyneedsalilshandy Win Inaugural Futurity


Wadsworth, IL:  The Appaloosa Reining Horse Association’s (ApRHA) inaugural $10,000 Buy, Breed and Win Futurity Cup was held at the 2017 Appaloosa World Championship show in Ft. Worth TX on November 2nd, 2017.  This Futurity Cup, ran in conjunction with the M. Wade Smith $5,000 L4 Open Futurity and the Markel Insurance $2,500 L1 Open Futurity and had a total cash pay-out of $27,860.

Daniel Schloemer, riding Stephanie Webb’s filly Wimpyneedsalilshandy  (Wimpyneedsacocktail  x  Ima Little Bit High)  marked a 146.5 to take the coveted winner-take-all $10,000 prize purse plus the duo won the M. Wade Smith  $5,000 L4 Open Futurity, which added $3,156.32 to his winnings. But the money didn’t stop there. Owner Stephanie Webb was awarded an additional $2,000 as the nominator of sire Wimpyneedsacocktail in the ApRHA $10,000 Buy, Breed and Win Futurity Cup, bringing this filly’s total winnings to $15,156.32.

Taking the Reserve Champion spot in the M. Wade Smith $5,000 L4 Open Futurity was NRHA newcomer Austin Jewell, riding Jane and Rene Cairo’s Tattoos Comin N Hot.  (Tattoos Dun It x Mighty Little Step)  This hot new pair marked  a strong 144.5.  Jewell also secured the win in the Markel  Insurance $2,500 L1 Open Futurity. This pair brought home total winnings of $4,302.15. Although the Cairo’s were just out of reach of the $10,000 prize purse, they had a great showing with their stallion’s (Tattoos Dun It) get bringing home a total of $11,720.65.

Noel Matthais and her filly Hobbys Spotted Doll (Ima Bootscootin Lena x Miss Gay Bar Girl) took home the win in the Diversified Incomes LLC $1,000 L4 Non-Pro Futurity.

For more information about the ApRHA and how to participate in the $10,000 Buy, Breed & Win Futurity Cup, please visit

The following are the full futurity results:

$10,000 Buy, Breed and Win Futurity Cup    

Placing Horse Rider Owner Score Payout
1 Wimpyneedsalilshandy Daniel Schloemer Stephanie Webb 146.5 $10,000.00

2017 M. Wade Smith $5,000 L4 Open Futurity

Placing Horse Rider Owner Score Payout
1 Wimpyneedsalilshandy Daniel Schloemer Stephanie Webb 146.5 $3,156.32
2 Tattoos Comin N Hot Austin Jewell Rene Cairo 144.5 $2367.24
3 Tattooed Bya Vaquero Jorge Puente Jane Cairo 140.5 $1,183.62
4 RM Shining Star Robert Montgomery Elizabeth Montgomery 140.5 $1,183.62

2017 Markel Insurance $2,500 L1 Open Futurity

Placing Horse Rider Owner Score  Payout
1 Tattoos Comin N Hot Austin Jewell Rene Cairo 144.5 $1,934.88
2 Tattooed Bya Vaquero Jorge Puente Jane Cairo 140.5 $644.96
3 RM Shining Star Robert Montgomery Elizabeth Montgomery 140.5 $644.96

2017 Diversified Incomes LLC $1,000 L4 Non-Pro Futurity

Placing Horse Rider/Owner Score Payout
1 Hobbys Spotted Doll Noel Matthias 127.5 $,1000.00

About ApRHA:  Appaloosa Reining Horse Association LLC  an affiliate of the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), is dedicated to the promotion of the Appaloosa reining horse, its breeders, owners, and riders. The ApRHA is a proud NRHA alliance partner and holds one annual Futurity Open Derby, Non-Pro Derby and Non-Pro 7 & Up class at the ApHC World Championship show.  Founded in 1995, our association offers incentives to encourage the growth and popularity of Appaloosa Reining in open and breed competitions, with many of these events sanctioned by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

Contact:  Robin L. Broughton
Appaloosa Reining Horse Association

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2018 NRHA Rome Shoot In – Kronsteiner and Fontana tie to win the $23,400-added NRHA Rome Open Shoot In

2018 NRHA Rome Shoot In
Rome, Italy
February 16-18, 2018 

Kronsteiner and Fontana tie to win the $23,400-added NRHA Rome Open Shoot In
14-year-old Francesca Ferrarol sweeps the $13,200-added Rome Non Pro Shoot In

Rome, February 18 – Provided by Simona Diale – Once again the NRHA approved $55,560-added Shoot In in Rome attracted Europe’s best horses and riders as well as an enthusiastic crowd. Held during Cavalli a Roma, the annual three-day exhibition showcasing international horse show jumping, national pony show jumping as well as NRHA, NRCHA and AQHA approved competitions, counted over 25,000 visitors.

The NRHA Rome Open Shoot In


In a field of 59 entries, the $23,400-added NRHA Open Rome Shoot In, past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion Guglielmo Fontana set the bar early in the draw by posting a 228 aboard Luga Quarter Horses’ Whiz Wild West. Aboard the 5-year-old gelding, the Italian NRHA Professional had clinched the 2017 NRHA European Futurity Level (L)3 Open as well as the Italian Reining Horse Association 4-year-old L4 Open Futurity Championships. Following the winter break, the duo came back strong leaving their mark in the Italian capital’s show arena.


Fontana held on to the lead until NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner rode Jenny Nixdorf’s 2017 NRHA Open Reserve World Champion AB Peppy Diamond. With the talented stallion by OT Taris San Peppy out of Mare Made, who boasts over $80,000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), the Austrian NRHA Professional lay down a strong pattern paid back by the judges with a 228.

Both NRHA Professionals opted to share the highest step of the podium of the $23,400-added NRHA Rome Shoot In Open. “I don’t believe I have ever ridden a horse as talented as Whiz Wild West,” said Fontana about the gelding aka Mosé. “He was the first horse I rode when I moved in as head trainer for Luga Quarter Horses and we immediately clicked. He was awesome today and it truly would have been unfair to run off for the win.”

Kronsteiner agreed, adding that he had picked up his mount – aka Tony – from the breeding station three weeks prior to the show in Rome and had only ridden him a week before showing him. “He [AB Peppy Diamond] is an exceptional horse and proved his worth yet again,” he added. “The level of competition here was very high. Guglielmo and his horse were certainly my favorite here and, after setting the bar so early in the draw, we all knew we had to step it up. Tony was great and it truly did not make sense to run off, especially considering we’re at the beginning of the show season.”


NRHA Professional Angelo Benedusi riding Little Hancock (Docs Tivio Hancock x Little Bay Solano), owned by Rebecca Folcia, took home first place honors in both the $12,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open and $480-added Limited Open with a 219.5.

The NRHA Rome Non Pro Shoot In

Winning the $13,200-added NRHA Rome Non Pro Shoot In, as well as the $6,000-added Intermediate Non Pro and $480-added Limited Non Pro with an outstanding 223 — in a field of 59 entries — went to 14-year-old Francesca Ferrarol aboard Tarisnap (Snapper Cal Bar x Tari Badgekin) owned by her father, Maurizio Ferrarol. “I have no words to describe how special my horse is,” said Francesca. “I ride under the guidance of [NRHA Professional] Max Ruggeri who suggested we buy him. When we picked him up in January last year he was in the pasture with a couple of donkeys. We put him back in training – always respecting his age and knowledge – and he showed us all how patient and talented he is. Here he was spectacular and I am so proud of him. I knew he could do it but never expected to achieve this result – he is the best and I truly love him.” Plans for the oldest horse in the competition, ridden by the youngest rider entered, are now to qualify for the upcoming FEI European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.


Past NRHA Non Pro World Champions, Enrico Sciulli and Snips Gotta Bud (Nic It In The Bud x Snip O Chex), rode to second place in the Non Pro with a 219. Young Matteo Bonzano riding Highpoint Reiner, the gelding his father Manuel Bonzano rode to the NRHA Non Pro World Champion. Owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola S.S., the talented bay is by Sailin Ruf out of Scarlet High Listo.

Once again the sport of reining – showcased at its best in Rome – left its mark in the show arena and both on national TV and in national newspapers in Italy.

Images courtesy Dead Or Alive Photography

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Do You Need A CDL To Haul Horses?

Download the handy reference below, created by the American Horse Council, to find out if you need a CDL to haul horses.

Do You Need A CDL To Haul Horses? (PDF)

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