Smart Spook Crosses the NRHA Five Million

For Immediate Release – July 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – After a successful weekend at a number of National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) approved events, another stallion has crossed a historic NRHA milestone. With offspring earning more than $22,000, Smart Spook is unofficially an NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire.

Smart Spook is a 17-year-old stallion by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook. Owned and bred by Rosanne Sternberg, the sorrel stallion stands at Sterling Ranch in Aubrey, Texas and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Before entering his career in the breeding shed, Smart Spook enjoyed a successful career within the show pen, earning more than $403,149 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). The stallion’s top finishes include:

  • 2004 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Futurity Champion ridden by Shawn Flarida
  • 2005 NRHA L4 Open Derby Champion ridden by Flarida
  • 2005 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion ridden by Flarida
  • 2007-2009 FEI World Reining Masters Gold Medalist ridden by Rudi Kronsteiner

The stallion’s first class of money earning offspring was foaled in 2006. Since then, the sire has produced eight foals with more than $100,000 in NRHA LTE in addition to five NRHA Futurity Champions and one NRHA Derby Champion. Helping the notable sire cross the five million dollar mark were great performances by his offspring at the 2018 NRHA European Futurity, the 2018 One HOT Reining – One HOT Summer Slide, and the 2018 Reining by the Bay, where Luca Fappani rode Spooks N Jewels (out of Whiz Jewels, owned by Andrea and Tish Fappani) to more than $22,500 in earnings.

Smart Spooks’ most notable offspring include:

  • Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC): NRHA LTE over $222,114
  • Shine N Spook (out of Ebony Shines, owned by Ubere Agropecuraria Eireli): NRHA LTE over $219,826
  • Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri, owned by Laurie Boaz): NRHA LTE over $179,766
  • Ebony Spook (out of Ebony Whiz, owned by Rosanne Sternberg): NRHA LTE over $160,634
  • Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks, owned by Silver Spurs Equine): NRHA LTE over $142,339

Photo by Cam Essick

Countdown to $ 80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018 is running – last Deadline: August 14, 2018

Provided by Ramona Billing – The 2018 Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) Futurity & NRHA Show should be a real success again this year as there is a huge demand both for the futurity and the ancillary classes. Obviously, Europe’s top open and non pro riders, as well as youth competitors enjoy the special atmosphere and great conditions for reining at Helmut Schulz’ facility in Wiener Neustadt. The final deadline for the Austrian Futurity classes is August 14, if horse and rider are to be published in No. 1 of the popular show magazine THE SCORE. Entries can be made online on

Preparations at the show grounds are well under way. Riders and owners can look forward to the event as well as lots of service around it. As always, there will be a Welcome Party and the hugely popular Country Night at the end. Videos are taken in HD quality, and show photographer Christian Kellner will be present to take pictures. As a welcome present, every competitor will receive a show pic sponsored by H&D Schulz QH.


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Shatner to Receive Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – July 27, 2018 – In 2007, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Committee initiated the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, supported by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Each year, the NRHA Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees vote to approve a worthy candidate for recognition. This year’s recipient is William Shatner.

William Shatner cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, director, producer, screenwriter, recording artist, author and horseman. He is one of pop culture’s most recognizable figures, and for his contributions as a horseman, horse industry promoter and philanthropist, NRHA is proud to honor him with the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shatner’s passions for horses and philanthropy were united through his involvement with AHEAD With Horses, a charity organization that gives physically and mentally challenged children the thrill of riding a horse—and boosts their confidence and self-esteem, often with life-changing results. For more than two decades, he has hosted the Hollywood Charity Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The event benefits AHEAD With Horses and other Los Angeles-based charities. Additionally, he has been a high-level promoter and fundraiser for the sport of reining, participating in a host of charity events for RHF. When the FEI World Equestrian Games™ came to U.S. soil, he and his wife, Elizabeth, supported the event at a high-level and cheered on reining teams from around the globe. Not only has he raised thousands of dollars for various charities, he has introduced reining to other celebrities, as well. Tim Allen, Willie Nelson, Sarah McLaughlin and Neal McCoy are just a few of the people who have performed at the reception with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show and have been exposed to reining, thanks to Shatner’s devotion to the sport.

Shatner also has been successful as a breeder and exhibitor. A longtime dedicated breeder of American Quarter Horses, he has had smashing success with the beautiful American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions “Sultan’s Great Day” and “Revival.” He has won numerous world championships in several equine events.

Shatner continues his involvement with film and television while still managing to find time to work with charities and further his passion for the equestrian sports. He and his wife and three adult children live in Los Angeles.


This award is named after the legendary reining horse trainer known as the “father of reining,” Dale Wilkinson, the first inductee into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Wilkinson is a multiple NRHA Futurity champion and one of the founding members of NRHA. In addition, during his lifetime, he was an educator, promoter and mentor to all reiners – professional and non pro – exemplifying how a rider should conduct themselves, train and exhibit a horse. Because of his unmatched lifetime of accomplishment in reining, it is entirely appropriate that the NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Dale Wilkinson.

William Shatner will be recognized with this year’s class of NRHA Hall of Fame inductees at Sliders’ Night Out on November 28 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity. RHF is creating a special night, recognizing new and previous NRHA Hall of Fame inductees. For details on how to become a Hall of Fame table host or major event donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at, (405) 946-7400.

NRHA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 26, 2018 – Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Dun It For Chex and Bill Bradley for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame. The NRHA Hall of Fame is a project of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF).

Bill Bradley

NRHA Lifetime Member Bill Bradley earned his first NRHA paycheck in 1994 and has been a successful non pro competitor ever since. His nomination celebrated how he spread his love for reining by supporting trainers such as Craig Schmersal, Dell Hendricks, Robin Schoeller, Fernando Salgado, Eduardo Salgado, Dany Tremblay, Barak Gibori, Shawn Flarida, and many others. Continuing his impact, Bradley was a catalyst in the creation of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, now known as the Reining Horse Foundation. In 2001, he became a founding donor of RHF and helped set the course for the future of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Later, he served in multiple officer positions, including president, for quite some time. Bradley has been instrumental in many fundraising campaigns fostered to support RHF’s core programs, either as an officer, organizer, or donor. His passion for RHF continues on today.

On a regional level, Bradley is known for being a leader. He served as president of the Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association (OVRHA) for many years. Following this involvement, he progressed to the NRHA Board of Directors and then advanced to serve as NRHA President in 2005. During his term, NRHA’s expansion into Europe vastly accelerated, bringing large, active reining associations under the NRHA umbrella. His enthusiasm for growth continues with his backing of young rider and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) equestrian programs.

Photo by Dawn Baxstrom

Dun It For Chex

Dun It For Chex, by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of Silver N Blue Chex, is currently owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, LLC. The exceptional mare has proven herself by producing some of today’s most recognizable reining horses. Although her career did not take her to the show pen, her offspring have earned more than $930,000 in NRHA competition, placing her third on the NRHA leading dams list.

Dun It For Chex has 20 NRHA money-earners with more foals nearing competition age. Her first produce in 2000 was the notable Starbucks Sidekick (by Smart Starbuck) who earned nearly $200,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) at the NRHA Futurity, two NRHA Derbies, two FEI World Equestrian Games™, and many other events. Since that time, she’s been matched with several different stallions and continues to deliver high-achievers. Those offspring include: Wranglin In Chex by Starlights Wrangler ($70,600 NRHA LTE), Masked Gun by Gunner ($67,855 NRHA LTE), Whizzen For Chex by Topsail Whiz ($65,160 NRHA LTE), and Hollywood Nites by Gunners Special Nite ($64,520 NRHA LTE). Dun It For Chex’s most successful son is Dun If For Whizkey (by Topsail Whiz), also owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, LLC. The 2013 stallion has earned nearly $215,000 including the 2016 NRHA Futurity Level (L)4 Open Reserve Championship.

Photo by John Brasseaux

Hall of Fame Inductions

The inductees and soon-to-be-announced Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be honored at Sliders’ Night Out on November 28th at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity. RHF is creating a special night recognizing new and previous NRHA Hall of Fame inductees. For details on how to become a Hall of Fame table host or major event donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at, (405) 946-7400.

Dispersal Sale of Legendary McQuay Stables

Dispersal Sale of Legendary McQuay Stables to be Hosted by 2018 Legacy Sale

Provided by McQuay Stables – September 28th, 2018, the Legacy Sale will host the Complete Dispersal Sale of the legendary McQuay Stables.

The McQuays

Both NRHA Hall of Fame members, Tim and Colleen McQuay have raised, trained and shown some of the best horses in the industry. The McQuays have helped to shape the sport of reining, through the breeding programs of Hollywood Dun It, Gunner, and now Yellow Jersey, along with major innovations in developing new classes and raising the standards in horse show management.

The McQuays said that this was not an easy decision to make, but that they felt it is time to slow down and enjoy their grandchildren. Colleen added, “We will not be closing our doors; we will remain very active in both the reining horse industry and the Hunter/Jumper world.”

The McQuay Stables brand will continue, only on a smaller scale. Tim and Colleen will be available for training lessons, horse sales, consulting, and clinics as usual.

They will remain involved in the production and management of both the National Reining Breeders Classic and The Tulsa Reining Classic. They will also continue to work with the National Reining Horse Association, US Equestrian, and the US Hunter Jumper Association.

This sale will offer weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, stallions, and broodmares in foal. For details and videos please contact Tim McQuay. Please check McQuay Stables and Legacy Sale Facebook pages for updates.

This sale is your chance to own part of the legacy of the most successful breeding and training program in the history of NRHA. The bloodlines and records of the horses offered are second to none.


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