A New Million Dollar Face – Pale Face Dunnit

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 29, 2018 – Members of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) enjoy welcoming new faces to the sport every day. From eager youth wanting to experience a sliding stop and breeders bringing new prospects to the show pen to the moments when NRHA honors a new Million Dollar Sire, all levels of accomplishment are celebrated. Today, NRHA recognizes Pale Face Dunnit as a new face in the NRHA Million Dollar Sires club with unofficial offspring earnings totaling more than $1 million.

Pale Face Dunnit is proudly owned by Schmersal Reining Horses and Silver Spurs Equine of Scottsdale, Arizona, where he stands at stud. The 2007 AQHA/APHA palomino/dunalino stallion has ties running deep in Arizona having been bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio, LLC also located in Scottsdale. “Gold Digger” is by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Lena Dun It ($48,600+ NRHA LTE) by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.

Pale Face Dunnit started his show career under the guidance of NRHA Million Dollar Rider Randy Paul and owner Shari Kay Jaster winning the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Level (L)4 Open Futurity Championship, tying for 3rd in Scottsdale L4 Open Futurity, and placing in the top ten at the NRHA L4 Open Futurity. Following those achievements, Craig and Ginger Schmersal (Hickory Creek Ranch, LLC) purchased Gold Digger in 2011. With NRHA Three Million Dollar Craig Schmersal in the saddle, he went on to be a two-time NRHA L4 Open Derby finalist, National Reining Breeders Classic L4 Open finalist, High Roller Reining Classic L4 Open Derby Reserve Champion (229 score), top ten finisher at the AQHA World Championship Show in Junior Reining, and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Open Reserve Champion. In all, Pale Face Dunnit earned more than $70,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings

The accomplished show horse switched gears breeding to a limited number of mares starting in 2011. The following seasons saw more and more breeders taking their mares to him looking for their next champion. Now with only four foals crops of competition age, Pale Face Dunnit has proven his worth in the breeding shed and earned the distinction of being an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. Pale Face Dunnit’s top performing offspring include:

  • Face The Attitude (out of Miss Lil Addy Tude) – $161,700 NRHA LTE
  • Phantom Face (out of Gorgeous Like A Star) – $94,800 NRHA LTE
  • Gold Digging Dunnit (out of Dun It Reining) – $91,700 NRHA LTE
  • Pale Black Gun (out of Blazing In Black) $89,700 NRHA LTE
  • Pale Face Gunslinger (out of Lost In Tinseltown) $61,500 NRHA LTE

Photo by John Brasseaux

NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire – Einsteins Revolution

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 23, 2018 – In June 2015, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) welcomed Einsteins Revolution to the elite NRHA Million Dollar Sire club. Today, NRHA congratulates him and his owners Silver Spurs Equine & Vandorp on surpassing $2 million in NRHA offspring earnings.

Einsteins Revolution is a 2002 stallion bred by Christian and Rosi Wagner of Germany. In 2005, Ruben Vandorp became a part owner and the Wagner & Vandorp partnership was listed as his official owner. Vandorp became the young prospect’s trainer and guided the young stallion’s budding career. His oversight involved having multiple NRHA Professionals show the dun dynamo.

  • Tim McQuay, NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee, showed the stallion to a Level (L) 4 Open finalist position at the 2005 NRHA Futurity.
  • Shawn Flarida, NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee, showed him at the 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), winning the L4 Open Champion title.
  • Vandorp and Einsteins Revolution collected the L3 Open division win and the L4 reserve title at the 2007 NRBC. At the following NRHA Derby, with Vandorp at the reins, the stallion earned the Level 3 Open Championship.

Einsteins Revolution, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve) and out of Fly Flashy Jac by Boggies Flashy Jac, was the first horse to earn more than $300,000 in NRHA events! All told he has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $352,720.

When he went to the breeding shed, Einsteins Revolution created much excitement based on his show pen success and quickly proved his worth as a sire, attracting some of the best mares in the performance horse industry. Currently, his total offspring earnings are $2,004,006.  Einsteins Revolution stands in Scottsdale, Arizona, at Silver Spurs Equine.
Einsteins Revolution’s top-earning offspring include:

  • Turn Down For What (out of My Way Marla) – $181,495 NRHA LTE
  • Revolution Is Dun (out of Miss Whiz Done Dunit) – $165,950 NRHA LTE
  • Footwork Revolution (out of Fancy Footwork) – $110,604 NRHE LTE
  • Snip O Lution (out of Snip O Chex) – $94,199 NRHA LTE
  • Relatively Sweet (out of Sweet Ginger Chic) – $67,448 NRHA LTE

Photo by John Brasseaux

Our Condolences – Bill Bradley

NRHA sends its deepest condolences to wife Gloria and the family of NRHA Past President and Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Bradley. William “Bill” Bradley lost his battle with cancer earlier this week. Known for his smile and willingness to help anyone his presence will be deeply missed within the reining community.

There will be a viewing Thursday, October 25 at 11:00 am followed by services at Noon at Taul Funeral Homes in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. A celebration of Mr. Bradley’s life will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Golf Course and Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Reining Horse Foundation, the foundation of which Mr. Bradley was a founding donor.

To make a donation visit: http://reiningfoundation.com/billbradley

NRHA Professional of the Year Nominations Open

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Nominations for 2018 NRHA Professional of the Year are now being accepted until November 1. This year marks the first year for the new nomination and selection process.

As a reminder, the new nomination and voting process will follow the procedures below.

  • NRHA Affiliates will submit one nomination for each of the five award categories. It will be up to each affiliate to determine how they select their nominees. Nominations for each category will need a separate form.
  • Nominations will remain at the current due date of November 1. Once the nomination period is complete, the NRHA Professionals Committee staff liaison will collect and compile all nominations for the committee to review.
  • The NRHA Professionals Committee will review all nominations, selecting the top five professionals for each category.
  • Once the top five are selected, an electronic vote will be sent to all current NRHA Professional members.
  • After the voting is closed, winners will be announced. Any ties will be broken by the NRHA Professionals Committee.

Affiliates are encouraged to send in nominations for each of the five categories which are:

  • NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Youth Coach of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Non Pro Coach of the Year
  • NRHA Professional Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year

However, they are not required to submit a nomination for every category. Winners will be honored at the NRHA Convention & Awards Banquet scheduled for February 6-9, 2019 in Oklahoma City.

The nomination form can be found by clicking here. For questions please contact Hayley Eberle, NRHA Professionals Committee staff liaison, at heberle@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 ext. 103.

2018 National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Induction Award Recipients

Mongol Derby horse racer and NRHA Member Brooke Wharton receives the Mitzi Lucas Riley Award

Breyer Horse designer Kathleen Moody receives the Mary Jane Colter Award

Brooke Wharton

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Oct. 9, 2018) The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will recognize two special award winners at the annual National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon and Ceremony this year. Brooke Wharton, NRHA member, breeding program manager and equestrian endurance racer of the Mongol Derby, is the recipient of the Mitzi Lucas Riley Award. Kathleen Moody, designer at Breyer Horse Models, is the recipient of the Mary Jane Colter Award.

Brooke Wharton, 2018 Mitzi Lucas Riley Award recipient, joins a renowned group of horsewomen who have previously received this honor.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen to receive any award that I would share with women as passionate and active as Adelaide Royer, Mary Margaret Richter, Missy Bonds, Amberley Snyder and Amy Doris Bell,” said Wharton. “The Mitzi Lucas Riley Award is especially humbling. She was an inspirational woman and a great ambassador of the cowgirl spirit; I hope to continue to follow in her footsteps.”

Patricia Riley said this award shines light on the modern day cowgirl and how Western heritage is still a value to strive for in this day and age.

“Brooke Wharton is so fitting as this year’s Mitzi Lucas Riley Award recipient as a sixth generation member of the W.T. Waggoner family, breeding manager and equestrian endurance racer of the Mongol Derby which is known as the world’s longest horse race,” said Riley. “She tied for sixth, making her the first American, and she tied as the first woman to cross the finish line that year.”

The Mary Jane Colter Award is named in honor of a 2009 Cowgirl Honoree and distinguishes those women who create, design, build and interpret the traditions of the American West.

National Cowgirl Museum Executive Director Patricia Riley said the museum pays tribute to the pioneer designer Mary Jane Colter by presenting an award in her name to a woman who has influenced the world through her Breyer Horse designs.

Kathleen Moody

“We cannot think of a more deserving 2018 Mary Jane Colter Award recipient than Kathleen Moody,” said Patricia Riley. “Through her life’s work creating artistically innovative and beautifully painted resin horses for Breyer and others, she has given girls and collectors around the world a lifetime of joy through these pieces of art that become treasured friends.”

Stephanie Macejko, vice president of marketing for Breyer Horses Reeves International, Inc., said during Kathleen Moody’s time at Breyer, she has brought to life all of the aspects of the horse.

“For over 25 years, Kathleen Moody has been capturing the beauty, power and spirit of the animal we’re so enthralled with: the horse,” said Macejko. “Her expressive, joyful sculptures have engaged and inspired horse lovers of all ages.”

The Mitzi Lucas Riley Award is named in honor of a 1996 Cowgirl Honoree and recognizes young adults who promote Western heritage in the community through education and volunteerism.

Please join us in celebrating these two special award recipients and five Cowgirl Inductees at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon and Ceremony on Nov. 1 at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex Roundup Inn in Fort Worth, TX. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Emmy Lou Prescott at emmylou@cowgirl.net or 817-509-8965.

About the Mitzi Lucas Riley Award

Established in honor of 1996 Hall of Fame Honoree Mitzi Lucas Riley, this award recognizes young adults who promote Western heritage in the community through education and volunteerism and encourages involvement in preserving the Western culture and legacy. Mitzi Lucas Riley has said the saddle was her playpen as a baby. Born into rodeo royalty, Mitzi made her professional trick riding debut at age 6 and performed in rodeos across the country. She served on the board of the Rodeo Historical Society, establishing the Tad Lucas Award to recognize outstanding women in rodeo. Mitzi has held fast to a life-long dedication to the Western heritage and to promoting cowgirls.

About the Mary Jane Colter Award

This award was named for 2009 Honoree Mary Jane Colter, and it distinguishes those women who create, design, build and interpret the traditions of the American West. She was one of the few female architects of her era. Colter has 11 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, five of which have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Past Mary Jane Colter Award recipients include Jan Barboglio and Double D Ranch.
About the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. Established in 1975, the Museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection and award-winning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is to preserve history, foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance.

For more news and information about the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, visit www.cowgirl.net and follow on Face-book at www.facebook.com/NCMHOF, Twitter at www.twitter.com/cowgirlmuseum, Instagram at www.instagram.com/cowgirlmuseum, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/cowgirlmuseum and YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/cowgirlmuseum.
Located at 1720 Gendy Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107, the Cowgirl hours and admission have adjusted during second floor renovations for the Kit Moncrief Galleries and It’s Never Just a Horse exhibition until spring 2019. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounted admission is $5 for adults (ages 13+) and senior citizens (60+), $3.50 for children (ages 3 to 12) and children 3 and under get in free with paid adult. For more information, please visit www.cowgirl.net or call 817-336-4475.

MEDIA CONTACT – Madison Ward – 817.509.8969 – mward@cowgirl.net


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