Our Loss – Rose Costantini

NRHA sends heartfelt condolences to NRHA Past President Frank Costantini on the passing of his dear mother Rose. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Rose was born February 19, 1927 in Neffs, Ohio, the daughter of Louis and Anna (Novy) Perunko. Rose was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. She had worked for Prudential Insurance Co. before marrying Frank L. Costantini Sr. on July 28, 1951. Rose was a devoted wife and mother to her family. She was a member of St. Rose Church, Mt. Carmel Society, the Catholic Women’s Society and Girard Senior Bocce league. She enjoyed reading, playing bocce and sewing, and was a seamstress for many years.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 30th, at St. Rose Church following a prayer service at Blackstone Funeral Home. More information on services and memorial contributions can be found at blackstonefuneralhome.com/notices/Rose-Costantini

US Equestrian Names U.S. Reining Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named five athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Reining Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018. Following the USEF Selection Trial, 10 athlete–and-horse combinations were recommended to the US Equestrian Board of Directors for consideration to be named to the Nominated Entry List, from which the following five horse-and-athlete combinations were selected for the U.S. Reining Squad, listed in alphabetical order:

Casey Deary (Weatherford, Texas) will ride Heavy Duty Chex, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Hilldale Farm

Dan Huss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) will ride Ms Dreamy, an eight-year-old Quarter Horse mare owned by Frederick R. Christen

Jordan Larson (Valley View, Texas) will ride ARC Gunnabeabigstar, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by HDC Quarter Horses USA LLC

Cade McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) will ride Custom Made Gun, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay

Tom McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) will ride The Wizster, an eight-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by Turnabout Farm, Inc.

The following are the reserve combinations, listed in alphabetical order: 

Emily Emerson (Elbert, Colo.) will ride Wind Er Up Wimp, a nine-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Susan Geiger

Jeremy Gates (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) will ride Lil Dreamin Magnum, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Kathy Biesecker

Gabe Hutchins (Joseph, Ore.) will ride FM Shine N Tag Chex, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Tamarack Ranch

Cameron Meissner (Manhattan, Mont.) will ride Gold Flash Whiz, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by Ardyce Swain

Matt Mills (Scottsdale, Ariz.) will ride Wimps Cool Breeze, an eight-year-old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Janice Dickson

For complete selection procedures for the U.S. Reining Squad for the 2018 WEG, click here.

Stay up to date on U.S. Reining by following US Equestrian on InstagramTwitter, and the USEF Reining Facebook page. Use #USAReining.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

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.

Opportunities for Youth at the 2018 NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – May 17, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby has a fantastic lineup of events for its youth members. From parties to specialty contests, there is an activity for everyone in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

Kicking off the 9-day event is the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) welcome party. Held at NRHA Headquarters, this fiesta-themed event is your chance to welcome IEA to the Horse Show Capital of the World. Join us at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and enjoy inflatables, food trucks and more!

Learn more about delegate and officer responsibilities at the NRHyA Delegate Retreat and Officer workshop will on Tuesday, June 26. All current NRHyA Delegates are invited to attend. Time and location are coming soon. Check the Derby schedule at nrhaderby.com for updates.

The CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest is an opportunity to make your voice heard. The contest begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, and has competition categories of: prepared public speaking (leadership or equine topics), community service presentations or “A: General” delivery from the NRHA Handbook. Entry forms can be found on nrhya.com and should be sent to Lerin Thomas, NRHA Youth Programs Advisor, by June 1.

June 1 is also the deadline for entering the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Put your paint, drawing, photography and other artistic skills on display by entering any of the following categories: photography, artwork and graphic artwork categories.

Ride some of the industry’s top equine athletes in the NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride on Friday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Submit your application to Lerin Thomas, NRHA Youth Programs Advisor, by May 18 for your chance to compete on the NRHA team.

Enjoy a hands-on experience with the equine industry at Hay Day Horse Day—an equine experience and community service project. Learn more about horses, equipment, tack and more while interacting with students from Oklahoma City’s public-school system. Date, time and location are coming soon. Check the Derby schedule at nrhaderby.com for updates.

Finally, all youth are invited to attend the NRHyA meeting on Thursday, June 28 at 3 p.m. in the Platinum Zone. It will be a fiesta, so bring your maracas and come mingle with your fellow NRHyA members and learn more about the youth programs NRHA offers.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the 2018 NRHA Derby! For more information on schedules, hotel accommodations, sponsors, and more visit nrhaderby.com.

Time To Ride® Announces 2018 Challenge


Time To Ride® is pleased to announce that the popular Time To Ride Challenge is on for 2018! The purpose of the Challenge is to support individual equine businesses and organizations in attracting newcomers to horses by hosting an event at their facility. This grassroots approach gives barn owners the opportunity to grow their business by introducing non-horsey people to the beauty and benefits horses bring to our lives, while simultaneously growing the horse industry overall.

Each Time To Ride participating barn and organization (host) is provided with direct marketing support to promote a one-day event for newcomers.  The support includes marketing materials that the host barn can use locally, and suggestions for holding a successful event.  New this year, Time to Ride will implement and pay for a personalized digital marketing campaign specific to the host’s event and location for the first 100 barns that register to hold Challenge events, investing $500 in each campaign.

Time To Ride will once again award cash and other prizes to participating barns who introduce the most newcomers to horses. There will be two phases to the Challenge again this year: Phase 1 – Acquisition; and Phase 2 – Activation; with prizes awarded for both phases.  During Phase 1, host barns hold one-day events for newcomers.  For Phase 2, hosts invite participants from the Phase 1 to return for a more in-depth horse experience, such as a riding lesson.

Host enrollment for the 2018 Time To Ride Challenge opened May 15.  The Phase 1 dates are June 1 – November 15, and the Phase 2 dates are June 15 – December 15.  The dates for both phases have been extended to take advantage of the opportunity to work with Scouts, faith-based and other groups that typically have a hiatus during the summer months, as well as accommodate the hotter climates in the southern tier of the country.

For more information, please visit TimeToRide.com, email info@timetoride.com, or call 512-591-7811.

About Time To Ride

Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance.  The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Horse Council, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farnam, Merck, Morris Media Network, The Right Horse Partnership, Platinum Performance, Purina, US Equestrian, and Zoetis.  Additional support is provided by Absorbine, American Paint Horse Association, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Colorado State University, Equibrand, Horse Illustrated and Young Rider, and National Reining Horse Association.

For more information contact Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager: molly@timetoride.com; 512-591-7811.

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.

New Opportunities for NRHA – Futurity and Derby Dates

New Opportunities for NRHA – Futurity and Derby Dates

For Immediate Release – May 15, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Board members discussed several topics related to NRHA-owned events during their May 2018 meeting. Among those topics was the opportunity to secure more dates for the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show starting in 2019, as well as to shift the NRHA Derby up one week in the calendar.

Futurity Discussion
The Barrel Futurities of America recently announced plans to move their December event, which has followed the NRHA Futurity since the 1980s, to the Lazy E Arena starting in 2019. This date cancellation opened up a very rare and time-sensitive opportunity to expand the dates for the NRHA Futurity.

Presented with an unusual offering, the board talked at length about many scenarios including pros and cons to the option. In the end, they were excited about the potential.
“Doors like this don’t open very often, so we took a good, hard look at how this could help us further solidify the event for the future. What could we do to help exhibitors, owners and fans have a better experience? What possibilities could we explore that we can’t today because we just don’t have enough days or hours in those days? Let’s take this opportunity and see what we can make of it for the sport and the horse,” said NRHA President Mike Deer.

NRHA Vice President Mike Hancock continued, “Since moving the Futurity to Oklahoma City, the schedule, number of entries, number horses and other needs have grown. We’ve not had the opportunity to expand the schedule based upon the fact that we were sandwiched in between two events. This opportunity allows us to have a clean canvas to develop the schedule that suits our expanded needs better than ever. Our aged events committee will now take this opportunity to fill in the blanks on what the schedule would look like.”

The date change can help NRHA address the following needs and maximize the event:

  • More time for general move-in
  • More time to settle in horses after travel
  • More time to familiarize horses with the facility prior to showing
  • Starting the show later (i.e. several days later, not on Thanksgiving)
  • More down time between go rounds
  • More flexibility to adjust the schedule to avoid over-booked, long days
  • Options to avoid class cross-over in the schedule
  • More alternatives for fun, social parties and events that are a part of the NRHA Futurity experience
  • More time for facility clean up before it is released to NRHA

The NRHA Aged Events Committee will consider these concerns and create a recommended schedule for the board to review at an upcoming meeting. The available 2019 dates, which include move-in days, are listed below.


  • Previous Available Dates (Including move-in days): Tues. Nov. 26 – Sat. Dec. 7
  • New Available Dates (Including move-in days): Fri. Nov. 29 – Sat. Dec. 14

NRHA Derby Dates
In a similar situation, the week prior to the NRHA Derby became available starting in 2019. The board agreed to shift since it will separate the show further from the July 4 holiday. In addition, July is historically the hottest month in Oklahoma, so a move earlier in the year may help in that regard. The shift also allows an extra day to be used as needed for the best schedule possible. 2019 show dates are provided below:

  • 2019 NRHA Derby: June 15 – 23

For the latest information on the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby, visit them online at: