IEA Holds First Annual Semi-Final Competitions with Sights Set on National Finals in Oklahoma City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Columbus, Ohio—June 19, 2018 — In 2017, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) adopted a new structure for their Western Program. This restructuring included new Regional assignments across the nation as well as a new Western Zone, headed-up by Zone Administrator, Todd Knerr. In addition, the IEA also adopted a new format for post-season competition that included a Semi-Finals format (much like the competition format used by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association – IHSA) that allowed more Western riders to compete in a finals-like setting. Using a two-judge system, each Semi-Finals included two days of competition and were held on May 25-26 in Harriman, Tennessee and June 2-3 in Findlay, Ohio.

Western riders competed in regular season shows in their respective regions throughout the season with each holding a Regional Finals. The top 3 riders and teams from each Regional Finals then were divided into the two Semi-Finals locations to vie for the chance to compete at IEA Western Finals at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 23-24 during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. Over 250 riders competed in the Semi-Finals with approximately 150 qualifying to go travel to Oklahoma. Senior riders in their final year of IEA were recognized at both Semi-Finals with special celebratory events that included decorating graduation caps, flower presentations, and sweet treats for everyone.

This weekend, riders, coaches, and parents will congregate in Oklahoma City for two days of exciting competition in Western Reining and Western Horsemanship to name the IEA National Champions. Judging the competition is the husband/wife team John and Betsy Tuckey from Liberty, Kentucky. Both Tuckeys are accredited American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), National Snaffle Bit Association and NRHA judges.

IEA Western National Finals will be broadcast on a live feed beginning at 8:00am CST on Saturday, June 23 with links at sponsors of the IEA Western National Finals include: NRHA (Title Sponsor), Bob’s Custom Saddles, NSBA, Rod’s Western Palace, and Cinch Jeans. Other sponsors include: BeneFab by Sore No-More, Barn Manager, BridlePlates, Equine Journal, Equine Office, Hobby Horse, Judy Goldthwait Equine Art & Pet Portraits, The Mindful Equestrian, Montana Silversmith, Southern Equestrian, SmartPak, and United States Pony Club.

“We are thrilled to again partner with NRHA in Oklahoma City”, said IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “The opportunity for our riders to rub shoulders with the best reining horses and trainers in the nation at the NRHA Derby is both exciting and educational and we look forward to another successful collaboration.”

The Western National Finals schedule can be found at

Above: Lauren Pursley (Sassy Senoritas Equestrian Team – Region 7) competes in the Future Intermediate Reining at IEA Western Semi-Finals A in Harriman, TN.

Above: Senior IEA Members show off their decorated graduation caps during the Parade of Teams at IEA Western Semi-Finals B in Findlay, OH.

About IEA:

Now entering its 17th year, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The non-profit (501(c)3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.

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Another Legend Gone – Custom Crome

For Immediate Release – June 19, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was saddened to learn about the passing of an NRHA legend, Custom Crome.

NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Custom Crome (Crome Plated Jac x Another Greyhound) was owned by Steve Simon of Marietta, Oklahoma. Inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2009, the American Quarter Horse stallion created a legacy within the sport that will transcend his lifetime.

During his competitive career, Custom Crome earned more than $106,489 within the NRHA show pen. His top win came during the 1993 NRHA Futurity where he earned top accolades with NRHA Hall of Famer Mike Flarida aboard. The pair also had a top 10 finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress that same year.

The 1990 stallion continued his impressive career within the breeding pen—with his offspring earning top 10 titles in the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and National Reining Breeders Classic. Together, his offspring have earned more than $4,124,730 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). His top progeny includes Custom Pistol (out of Hollywood Lady Jo) with over $233,230 NRHA LTE; Custom Cash Advance (by Cash In Roan) with over $228,443 NRHA LTE; and Custom Legend (by Dry Doc Bobbie) with over $228,364 NRHA LTE.

NRHA sends our deepest condolences to Steve and Iris Simon, and everyone involved with Custom Crome throughout his career.

Entry Deadline Approaching for Mooslargue

Provided by HorseAcademy (Ramona Billing) – Daniel Straumann‘s HorseAcademy in Mooslargue (France) will host another big reining event this year: the 2018 HorsesAcademy Trophy from August 15 to 19. The $ 60,000-added show includes a $ 24,000-added Open, a $12,000-added Non Pro, as well as the $15,000-added NRHA Swiss Derby.

The event is judged by Eugenio Latorre, Nicole Kubli, Uli Kofler, and Sylvia Katschker. Deadline for entries is July 27, 2018. Entry forms will be available on June 19: and

HorseAcademy is one of Europe’s most beautiful and modern reining facilities. It offers excellent conditions for high class reining events with its 40 x 80 m show arena, a 30 x 70 m warm-up arena, a 40 x 80 m outdoor arena as well as 140 box stalls. The facility gained international reputation with its $100,000 World Reining Trophy (2004-2006) which attracted international top reiners like Shawn Flarida. At the moment HorseAcademy hosts eight respectively nine shows each year including the NRHA Swiss Derby and the 3-Nations-Circuit.

The 2018 HorseAcademyTrophy starts on August 15 with the Any Horse Any Rider classes. The Intermediate and Limited will follow on Thursday, August 16. On Friday, August 17, there will be the Swiss Derby Open as well as the $12,000-added Non Pro. The Swiss Derby Non Pro is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, with the $24,000-added Open following. Of course, there will be paid warm ups.

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Reining Horse Foundation Awards $10,500 in Scholarships

For Immediate Release – June 11, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announces the recipients of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Nicholas Muir of Lynnwood, Washington; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Massachusetts; Morgan Knerr of Plain City, Ohio; Jarid Walton of Riverdale, Michigan; Terri-June Granger of Dothan, Alabama; David Gringeri of West Haven, Vermont; and Hope Hampton of Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia.

Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) submitted applications for the RHF scholarships. The recipients were chosen by an independent committee based upon their academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement in NRHyA and the reining horse industry.

“I have been associated with the Foundation’s scholarship program since its inception,” said RHF scholarship committee chairman Mike Hancock. “We are so pleased to help the next generation further their education. Donors make it possible to have a positive impact on these high-achieving young reiners.”

Muir, Edmonds and Knerr were each awarded $2,000 in RHF scholarship monies. Muir attends Washington State University—Pullman where he is a student in the Honors College seven-year veterinary program. He received an RHF scholarship in 2016 as a high school senior, making him eligible to reapply. Edmonds is in the Merrimack College Honors Program, majoring in elementary education and human development and intends to become an elementary school principal. She received an RHF scholarship in 2016. Knerr attends the University of Findlay with plans to become a pharmacist. She held multiple positions as a NRHyA officer, including president in 2017, vice president in 2016 and secretary in 2015 and received an RHF scholarship in 2017.

Walton and Granger each will receive $1,500 in scholarships. Originally a student at Mid Michigan Community College, Walton transferred to the University of Maine at Fort Kent last year, where he played varsity men’s basketball and was named a 2018 Academic All-American. He received RHF scholarships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is majoring in business management with plans to become a professional horse trainer. Granger is a member of the equestrian team at Auburn University, where she was named to the Dean’s List in 2017. She is pursuing a degree in exercise science, with the goal of becoming a chiropractor. She also received an RHF scholarship in 2017.

Earning $750 scholarships each are Gringeri and Hampton. Gringeri attends the University of Vermont. In high school, he had dual enrollment at the Community College of Vermont. He is majoring in business/finance with the goal of a career in agribusiness. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2017 and is a member of the student government. He received an RHF scholarship in 2017. Hampton is a new scholarship recipient who intends to get a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and then pursue a law degree. She was the Eastern Reining Canada Youth 14-18 champion in 2017.

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to or  You also can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to RHF or NHRyA staff about these programs. Watch these websites in early 2019 for updated application information.