New Supplements That Are Smart, Simple and In-Demand

SmartPak announces new supplement brand and expanded offering of third party brands

PLYMOUTH, MA – July 25, 2018 – SmartPak is proud to introduce its updated line of supplements now known as Smart & Simple™. In addition to the updated line of exclusive formulas, SmartPak has also added three new formulas from Equithrive® plus a product from Full Bucket®, in an ongoing effort to continue to offer a comprehensive selection of supplements.

Smart & Simple formulas offer single-ingredient solutions with the quality you expect from SmartPak. “While many riders are looking for comprehensive solutions, we know others are managing their horses’ programs closely, and want a little more control over what ingredients they provide,” said Casey Fleming, Senior Manager of Product Development at SmartPak. “We designed the Smart & Simple line to be just that – simple. Horses will still be receiving the highest quality of ingredients, and we are proud to offer a variety of options within this line! These formulas can also be a great addition to a current supplement program.”

This brand includes a variety of unique ingredients such as turmeric, aloe vera, chasteberry, and spirulina. These ingredients can sometimes be difficult to feed, which is why SmartPak created convenient and mess-free pelleted formulas, available exclusively at SmartPak. There are also high-quality, whole food ingredients such as ground flaxseed which provide multiple health benefits. Finally, this line includes pelleted versions of popular ingredients such as vitamin E, MSM, and vitamin B-1 for easy feeding. The Smart & Simple line offers a great value starting at just $10.92 per month in SmartPaks and also available in buckets and bags.

SmartPak is proud to be an industry leader in supplements, and they know a comprehensive offering of the best new supplements is a big part of that. That’s why the company recently added three new pelleted formulas from Equithrive®, which are currently available exclusively from SmartPak in daily-dose SmartPaks. Equithrive Original Joint Pellets provide the benefits of the popular Equithrive Joint Powder for horses in a convenient, pelleted form. This formula features the proprietary microencapsulated resveratrol, Resverasyn®.  Equithrive Essential Joint Pellets is a new formula that contains the core ingredients for healthy joints: glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM, and hyaluronic acid (HA). Finally, Equithrive Complete Joint Pellets combine Equithrive Original Joint with the added benefits of Equithrive Essential Joint to create a comprehensive joint supplement perfect for horses dealing with aging, training, or competition.

Lastly, SmartPak has added Full Bucket Probiotic Pellets to its lineup of supplements. This concentrated probiotic formula was formulated by equine veterinarians and helps support digestive health. Additionally, the purchase of Full Bucket supports their Giving Program, in which they match the amount of supplements purchased with a donation of nutritional supplements to working equines in need around the world.

“We are very excited to bring on new supplements from our existing partners, as well as welcome in some new brands,” said Carolyn Goudreau, Senior Buyer at SmartPak. “We thoroughly research each product that we bring on our website to make sure it’s going to meet the need of what our customers want as well as the quality of product they expect.”

To learn more about the Smart & Simple Brand, or to check out all of the new supplements available, visit today or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak with one of SmartPak’s renowned supplement experts who can help you develop the right supplement program for your horse.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award eight years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or

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.


August Marks New Chapter for NRHA Reiner Magazine

For Immediate Release – July 18, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Beginning with the August issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine, many will notice changes to the monthly publication. NRHA is in the process of writing a new, exciting chapter with the magazine after implementing new standards for its production, editorial, advertising sales and printing.

In this new chapter, NRHA develops an even stronger joint-publishing relationship with Active Interest Media (AIM) of Boulder, Colorado. AIM publishes 55 magazines, including several in the equine space; owns two associations and several trade shows; has approximately 500 employees; and offers many efficiencies in production, sales and printing. The company is also the publisher of the Pro Trainer magazine for NRHA Professionals, which has received rave reviews for nearly two years and is a highly valued benefit of an NRHA Professional membership.

For many years, NRHA has worked with contractors for several aspects of the Reiner. For example, all or part of printing, design, ad sales, and editorial have been contracted to outside resources. Given the size of AIM’s publication activities, the company has far greater resources and economies of scale, making them an excellent partner. Taking advantage of this efficiency should translate into maintaining NRHA’s profitability in the short term and should also improve profitability over time.

In an effort to support the needs identified in a recent survey, the NRHA Reiner’s editorial content will be more oriented to the lifestyle of the reining competitor with more training and educational components for the majority of the members who attend the average weekend NRHA event. Additionally, event coverage, NRHA program information, and tips ranging from fitness to a competitive mindset will be highlighted to meet the needs expressed in the survey. The magazine will provide better service to members and leverage the NRHA website to offer more event results and advertising opportunities.

The NRHA Reiner will arrive in member mailboxes at a consistent time each month to meet reader and advertiser expectations. As a continued benefit with applicable memberships, we felt this was important for our members. Additionally, readers will see a new, more forward design, along with many other improvements for an on-target, more desirable publication. Members and fans can also still expect to have access to the online Reiner each month.

See Commissioner Gary Carpenter’s letter in the July issue and Mike Deer’s letter in the August issue to see their perspective on the change.

Taking the lead in terms of content and production in August will be AIM Editorial Director Jennifer Paulson, NRHA Chief Communications Officer Christa Morris-Stone, and AIM Art Director Michelle Miller.

Additionally, NRHA’s Bucky Harris and AIM’s Mitch Miller will serve as advertising sales contacts. Harris will focus on breeder and member accounts while Miller will handle and pursue commercial advertisers.

Breeder & Member Advertising:
Bucky Harris • (405) 946-7400 •

Commercial Advertising:
Mitch Miller • (303) 644-3782 •

NRHA is excited to implement this change to the magazine to offer a new reading experience to members. Reflecting the ever-changing environment of the reining industry, the new look and feel of the NRHA Reiner will be suited to match the excitement of our beloved sport.

It’s Time to Make Your Plans and Register for the 2018 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference

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Contact: Christy Landwehr
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(July 2018) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) International Conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference will take place September 28-30, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado, at Colorado State University (CSU) and at the Hilton Fort Collins. CHA members and non-members alike have been registering and making their hotel plans. July 31st is the early bird registration deadline to save some money as you register for the conference.

The CHA International Conference offers something for everyone…with mounted clinics from top-level instructors and trainers using CSU horses, to lecture-style presentations from leading experts within the horse industry, to plenty of chances to network and socialize with other attendees. When you read up on the speakers and the sessions and check the schedule, it’s easy to see what a valuable conference this will be to improve horsemanship skills; to improve teaching skills, if you are an instructor of any kind; and to learn useful information on equine business management.

These are just some of the topics: horse safety meets barn design, understanding and supporting the fearful rider, how to breed for certain traits, how to incorporate CHA into your lesson programs, nutrition for the active older horse, transitions for all gaits, exercises to control and improve the posting trot, jumping, bit evasion, strength and balance exercises, creating and using PDF fillable forms, insurance, social media, science of equine behavior and learning, Ride a Reiner and much more.

The conference kicks off on Friday, September 28, with the opening of the trade show and silent auction and the radio and online TV show called Speaking of Horses with Wayne Williams. The CHA Annual Membership Meeting will be held later that day at 2 p.m. A welcome reception brings attendees together at 6 p.m. with dessert round table discussions to follow.

Both Saturday and Sunday are packed full of sessions, along with the ability of attendees to bid on silent auction items. Mounted sessions will be on a first-come first-serve basis, and full conference participants may ride in one mounted presentation. Training for those who want to become CHA Site Visitors will take place on Friday and Monday mornings as Colorado State University Equine Sciences is wanting to be a CHA Accredited Equine Facility.

One of the favorite parts of the conference includes the CHA Awards Banquet, which this year will be on Sunday night and will kick off with a keynote from Dr. Temple Grandin. During the awards banquet, everyone will find out who has won CHA Instructor of the Year, Clinic Instructor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Partner in Safety, Distinguished Service, and the CHA Stone School Horse of the Year Awards. It’s a fun night full of good food, friends, and a lot of celebrating for the amazing community that surrounds the largest certifying body in the equine industry in North America, the Certified Horsemanship Association.

For more information or to register online, please visit

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit

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.

NRHA Derby Hosts Successful Collegiate Reining Championship

Madison Steed

For Immediate Release – July 13, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is host to the Collegiate Reining Championship, an event allowing riders from colleges around the U.S. to represent their school while showcasing their reining abilities on a generously donated horse. The 2018 event was held between section one and two of the Non Pro Derby finals and was a great representation of the future of reining.

The competition consisted of 12 riders representing three organizations: NRHA, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Contestants ran NRHA Pattern 3 under the bright lights of the Jim Norick Coliseum.

Drawing up first was Auburn University’s Terri-June Granger (NCEA). Granger, unfortunately, had some bad luck and ended her run with a zero. Next to ride was Kendall Woellmer from West Texas A&M (IHSA). Kendal rode Sailin For Dreams to a 213 ½ which would ultimately put her in 11th place at the conclusion of the class.

Third in the draw was Kyndall Harper, University of Georgia, (NRHA) aboard Wimpys Lucky Girl. Together the duo earned a 213 ½ which earned them sixth place. Morgan Knerr from the University of Findlay (IHSA) piloted Malena Chic Olena to a final score of 210 and eighth place in the class. Also qualifying through the IHSA, Travis Fourtune from Murray State University drew fifth in the draw on The Boominator. Together they slid their way to a 211 ½ and seventh place.

Courtney Yohey was originally next in the draw however she was asked to trade horses by the judges. Yohey from Texas A&M University (NRHA) rode Check Out My Guns to a 216 ½ which earned her fourth place in the competition. Following Yohey was Madison Steed of Southern Methodist University (NRHA). Steed scored a 222 ½ aboard Kim Burnett’s San Juan Whiz, claiming the Championship.

Paige Barton drew up eighth in the event. Barton from California State University (NCEA), rode Hooked On Boon to a 208 ½ and ninth place in the class. Annabeth Payne, University of Georgia (NCEA), took the reins of Lite N Juicey and marked a 220 and earned third place. From Southern Methodist University, Holly Lansidel, (NCEA) rode CNF Garrison Champ earning a 206 ½ and tenth place overall.

Next in the working order was Caroline Gute from University of South Carolina (NRHA). Aboard Don’t Forget Baby, Gute earned a 220 and clinched the reserve championship for the class. Last to go was Danielle Paulson from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (NRHA). Riding Rio One Step Closer, Paulson slide to a 214 and fifth place.

NRHA would like to thank the following individuals for donating their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:

Patrick Schwatz
Jason Torpey
Shane Brown
Jessicah Keller
Nicole Deary
Melanie Wilhelm
Andrew Fox
Karen Shedluaskas
Jocelyn Knerr

Elections – July Update

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the Association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. Each year, NRHA opens nominations and hosts elections for these important leadership positions.

Members are encouraged to carefully consider the slate of candidates prior to voting in October. A current listing is provided below; however, write-in candidates can be submitted through August 5. A final listing, including biographies, will be posted at and emailed to eligible voters.

For details on the write-in process or questions about the elections, please visit the Elections page or contact Christa Morris-Stone ( or 405-946-7400).


(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

  • Rick Clark • Catlettsburg, Kentucky


(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

  • Shane Brown • Elbert, Colorado


(ONE PER REGION – Mountain, Southeast and Southwest) – Directors will serve two-year terms begin January 1, 2018. Affiliate nominations closed July 5. Write-in nominations close August 5. After these deadlines have passed, candidate information will be emailed to members, as well as posted on the Elections page at

  • Mountain – Bub Poplin of Fruita, Colorado
  • Southwest – Ginger Schmersal of Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Southeast – Jesse Chase of Wendell, North Carolina and Peter Defreitas of Leland, North Carolina


Need more info? Contact: Christa Morris-Stone at or (405) 946-7400, ext. 105.