2018 WEG US Reining Team FEI Qualifying Criteria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Having begun January 1, 2017, the FEI qualifying period is in full swing until August 13, 2018. During this period, the FEI*3 reining athlete must complete three different CRI*3 competitions, scoring a minimum average of 70 at two, during the qualification period. One must be completed in 2018 (excluding the championships), and all must be completed with no elimination, disqualification, or withdrawal.

The rider must be at least 18 years old, and the horse must be at least 7. The rider must have current USEF and USA Reining memberships, and a current FEI registration. The horse must have current USEF Lifetime and USA Reining Recording, and have a valid FEI Passport with FEI Registration.

The US Team Selection Trial will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina on May 11-13, 2018 in conjunction with the WEG Reining Test Event. However, before the selection trial, riders must have completed the following:

–      Application of Intent (Due April 1, 2018)
–      A minimum score of 70 at one of two different CRI*3 competitions between January 1, 2017 and May 11, 2018

Director of Reining, Eventing Programs Bryn Wells said “We are looking forward to the 2018 World Equestrian Games coming back to our home turf at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. It’s going to be an exciting September with the action kicking off in May when the qualified US Reining Riders will compete at the US Team Selection Trial for the chance to represent the US, which will also be at Tryon.“

The World Equestrian Games will take place September 11-23, 2018 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina. The World Equestrian Games have been held every four years since 1990; however, WEG 2018 will only be the second to take place on American soil. The first time was in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010 which also marked the first time that the games were not held in Europe.

For more information, visit USEF.org/reining, or contact Bryn Wells at PBWells@usef.org.

USA Reining
Cheryl Magoteaux-Cody
(580) 759-2400
Cheryl@USA-Reining.us

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US Equestrian National and International 21 and Under Youth Reining Programs

A Chance to Compete for Larger Purses in 2018!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Spanning from January 1 – August 1, 2018, the US Equestrian Youth Championships Qualification period has begun.  Interested youth must earn a score above a zero in a USA/USEF Reining class during this qualification period to be eligible to compete at the 2018 US Equestrian Youth Championships held at the Tulsa Reining Classic on Friday, August 31 at 5:30p.m in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

US Equestrian Director of Reining Programs Bryn Wells stated, “The US Equestrian Reining programs are working hard in 2018 to support the 21 and under group of reiners as they are our future. We’re working to grow these national programs and introduce young reiners to the international opportunities available through US Equestrian while supporting their training and competing along the way.”

The rider, horse, and horse’s owner must have current USEF and USA Reining memberships in order to qualify. The 2018 Qualifying Competitions are as follows:

  • Winter Slide (Jan 30-Feb 4) – Ardmore, OK (USA Reining, USEF, FEI)
  • Cactus Reining Classic (March 21-25) – Scottsdale, AZ (USA Reining, USEF, FEI)
  • NRBC (April 12-23) – Katy, TX (USA Reining, USEF, FEI)
  • NRHA Derby (June 24-July 1) – Oklahoma City, OK (USA Reining, USEF, FEI)
  • Tulsa Reining Classic (Aug 27-Sept 2) – Tulsa, OK (USA Reining, USEF) USEF Championships

If the title isn’t enough, the prizes and increased prize money are. All competitors placing 1-10 at the USE Youth Championships will receive a ribbon. The reserve champion in each age group will be given a monogrammed cooler for their horse. The champions will receive a monogrammed cooler and a custom trophy belt buckle.   Each class also features added money: the 19-21 class has $7,500 added, ages 14-18 has $5,000 added, and the 13 & Under class features $2,500 added.

For more program information, visit USEF.org/reining or contact Bryn Wells at PBWells@usef.org.

USA Reining
Cheryl Cody
(580) 759-2400
Cheryl@USA-Reining.us

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National-bound teams and individuals determined at IHSA Western Semi-Finals

IHSA_LogoFairfield, Conn. ­­– March  20, 2018 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association held its Western Semi-Finals, sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), March 17-18. Hosting the events were Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois, West Virginia University in Reedsville, West Virginia, and Alfred University, held at the Hamburg Showplex in Hamburg, New York. Alumni Semi-Finals were held at Black Hawk College and West Virginia University.

Each IHSA region sent their two top Individual riders and the regional championship team. At each Western Semi-Finals Individual competition, the first through fourth-place finishers will progress to compete at the 2018 IHSA National Championship Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 3-6. In Team competition, the top three teams at each Semi-Final will qualify to compete at Nationals. In addition, all regional high-point riders earned the right to compete at Nationals.

Photo_1University of Nebraska-Lincoln “Husker” Equestrian Team won the overall Team championship at the Black Hawk College Semi-Finals. Coach Lori Jaixen Team is pictured with the team riders, including Selena Finn, Anna Heusinger, Sierra Nelson, Audrey Heusinger and Brooke Imm. Photo courtesy of the Husker Equestrian Team.

Semi-Finals Hosted at Black Hawk College
At Semi-Finals hosted at Black Hawk College the team from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln clinched the overall team win just edging out Black Hawk College by one point. In 2017, the “Husker” team finished fourth at Nationals. Middle Tennessee State University took the third spot and to round out the National Championship-bound teams.

“It was a fantastic experience and a fantastic group of horses,” said University of Nebraska – Lincoln Coach Lori Jaixen. “Everyone was really evenly matched.”

Contributing to the Team success was Anna Heusinger, a senior on the team for the second year, who won Team Advanced Horsemanship. She was regional and reserve national champion in Novice in 2017. Her sister Audrey Heusinger, a first-year student on the Husker Equestrian Team, won Team Intermediate Horsemanship. Coach Jaixen teaches both hunter seat and Western and has been with the Huskers for about ten years.

Photo_2Anna Heusinger from University of Nebraska – Lincoln won first place in the
Team Advanced Horsemanship at the Semi-Finals hosted by Black Hawk College.
Photo courtesy of the Husker Equestrian Team

“The whole team is hard-working and dedicated,” Jaixen said. “We’ve won the region every year since 2005. This is a group of riders that’s always advancing. I take great pride in the culture we’ve created.”

Carla Carford from Northeast Oklahoma A&M University nabbed the win in Individual Open Horsemanship. Second-place finisher Kendall Woeller from West Texas A&M University will join her to compete at Nationals along with Rachel Kanaziz from Adrian College and Kamryn Krutchen from Black Hawk College, who were third and fourth respectively.

In Individual Reining, the judges’ top pick was Alexandra Britt from the University of Tennessee. The second-place prize went to Travis Fortune from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Third-place competitor Woeller and fourth-place Kanaziz will compete at IHSA Nationals in both Individual Reining and Open Horsemanship.

Judges Pete McAlister, from Mitchell, Indiana, and Dawn Kreakie from Seville, Ohio, officiated.

Photo_3Audrey Heusinger from University of Nebraska – Lincoln won Team Intermediate Horsemanship at the Semi-Finals hosted at Black Hawk College. Photo courtesy of the Husker Equestrian Team

Semi-Finals at West Virginia University
West Virginia University hosted their first-ever Semi-Finals at their Ruby Research Farm. Judges Tyler Crouse of Kansas City, Missouri, and Lori Gordon of Washington, Pennsylvania, presided over the event.

The overall Team championship went to the University of Findlay earning a whopping 35 points. Reserve champions St. Andrews University will return to Nationals to defend their two-time national championship title. Ohio State University finished third and also punched their ticket to Harrisburg.

The Findlay “Oilers” also had seven individual riders qualify for Nationals and won six classes at the event. In 2017, Findlay was fourth in the overall Team standings at Nationals.

Photo_4Tyler Kirby from Ohio State University won the Individual Reining at the Semi-Finals hosted by West Virginia University. Kirby is pictured with Ohio State University coach Ollie Griffith.
Photo by Teresa Fischer

Miami University’s Lauren Martyn won the Individual Open Horsemanship Finals and will be joined by second-place finisher Conner Smith from St. Andrews University at Nationals. Third-place finisher Anna Rizi from the University of Findlay and fourth, Morgan Koontz from Ball State University will also make the trip to Harrisburg.

Ohio State University’s Tyler Kirby grabbed the win in Individual Reining with Aubrey Braham from Slippery Rock University in second. Hannah Hein from Saint Mary of the Woods and Morgan Knerr from the University of Findlay were third and fourth.

Photo_5Aubrey Braham from Slippery Rock University was the reserve champion of Individual Reining at the Semi-Finals hosted at West Virginia University. She is pictured with Ollie Griffith.
Photo by Teresa Fischer

Semi Finals at Alfred University
Alfred University in Alfred, New York, hosted Western Semi-Finals at the Hamburg Showplex in Hamburg, New York. Judges Joe Carter from Toronto, Ontario, and Gretchen Mathes from Harwinton, Connecticut, presided over the two-day event.

Oregon State University, Alfred University and the University of Wisconsin, River Falls finished in the top three spots respectively in the overall Team competition and will progress to the IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg.

Photo_6Oregon State University Equestrian Team and Coach Dawn Ross won the championship at the Semi-Finals hosted by Alfred University. Photo courtesy of Oregon State University

In the Individual Open Horsemanship division, Codi Uecker from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, clinched the win. Alfred University home-team rider Haley Ruffner took the second spot. In 2017, Ruffner was No. 2 in the AQHA High-Point Western Rider roster at Nationals. State University of New York Cobleskill’s Emily McLaughlin was third and Racheal Nordby from Oregon State University rounded out the top four that will all face-off with the eight other qualifiers. Nordby is the captain of the championship team.

In the hotly-contested Individual Reining division, Elizabeth Jones of Montana State University had the nod from the judges for the first-place prize. Danielle Paulson from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls earned the red ribbon and Courtney Slack from Alfred University and Morgan O’Sullivan from State University of New York at Cobleskill had the third and fourth slots to qualify for IHSA Nationals.

NRHA_LogoIHSA thanks the NRHA for their continued support and sponsorship.

“The NRHA sees the value in IHSA for many different reasons,” said Hayley Eberle, NRHA Manager of Marketing and Outreach. “However the two most notable are: how it keeps the college-aged individual involved in the equine industry while providing them an affordable way to continue showing and, how reining is positioned as the pinnacle event on the Western side. “NRHA knows that IHSA riders go on to be the leaders of tomorrow. Regardless of whether they stay in the equine or ag industry or select a different career path, we want them to remember the amazing memories, relationships and life skills they learned while riding in college. We can’t wait to see everyone at Nationals!”

Make sure to share your Semi-Finals photos on social media with #SlideOfYourLife and #rideihsa.

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Updated AAEP Biosecurity Guidelines Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published updated biosecurity guidelines to help minimize the occurrence and mitigate the spread of potential disease outbreaks.

 

The downloadable PDF file incorporates comprehensive information and step-by-step protocols in three distinct areas: identification of key personnel, important contacts and reference materials; routine biosecurity protocol; and outbreak response. The AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee updated the protocols.

 

The outbreak of an infectious disease can inflict significant economic hardship due to loss of horses, loss of use and shutdown of industry activity. To further reduce risk, the AAEP is assembling a companion worksheet that will serve as a practical resource for practitioners to use with their clients in planning for an outbreak. This fillable PDF worksheet is expected to be available in March.

 

View the updated guidelines or to save them to your phone or tablet for future reference here. Additional biosecurity information specific to common situations and locations such as breeding operations, events and travel are available from the Equine Disease Communication Center through the “Biosecurity” link at equinediseasecc.org.

 

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

 

Contact:  Sally J. Baker

sbaker@aaep.org or 859.233.0147

 

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Take Action! NRHA Elections and Rule Changes

Important Dates for NRHA Elections and Rule Changes

NRHA members have the opportunity to nominate members to represent their interests on the NRHA Board or Executive Committee. Members can also help guide the future of reining by giving input on 2019 rule change proposals. Read the following overview for more information on how you can get involved in the process!


2019 RULE CHANGE PROPOSAL SURVEY

Read through this year’s rule change proposals in the March NRHA Reiner magazine or online in the Members Only section of nrha.com!

Want to share your opinion? Take the member survey by April 16 to have your opinions shared with the NRHA Board of Directors! The board will vote in May and results will be posted online and in the NRHA Reiner for all members to see.


SEATS UP FOR ELECTION & NOMINATION DEADLINES

Vice President and Director-at-Large on the Executive Committee

  • August 5 – Deadline to submit write-in candidates for either seat

Director for North American Regions (One per region):

  • Mountain – Idaho*, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado
  • Southeast – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia
  • Southwest – Arizona, California*, Nevada* and New Mexico
  • July 5 – NRHA Affiliate nomination deadline for candidates
  • August 5 – Deadline to submit write-in candidates for any of these positions

VIEW THE ELECTION PROCEDURES FOR MORE DETAILS


NRHA COMMITTEE INTEREST FORM

If a director position isn’t quite your style, you might consider serving on an NRHA Committee. Complete and submit a Committee Interest Form to be considered for a 2019-2020 term. More details on NRHA Advisory and Standing Committees can be found in the Members Only section.

*If a member lives in this state and designates an affiliate for the Affiliate Regional Championships qualifying in that region, the member will be given voting privileges for that region. If the member lives in this state and does not designate an affiliate, voting privileges will be given as follows: California and Idaho – Northwest region; Nevada – Southwest region.