NRHA Video – Respect the horse. Respect the sport.

With the feedback of more than 1,000 members last year, the NRHA Board of Directors developed a mission statement and core strategies to guide the association’s work for the next several years: “To promote the reining horse worldwide, while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of western horsemanship.” Supporting this statement are six core strategies including “Respect the horse, respect the sport.”

Respect the horse. Respect the sport.

“Respect the horse, respect the sport” ties back directly to NRHA members’ devotion and commitment to doing what’s best for their horses. Survey responses were open and passionate that the welfare of our horses should always come first. NRHA leadership believes just as strongly in this ideal. For many years, they have overseen rules and processes, and guided officials to do what’s best for the horse and the future of the industry. Many of these tactics, like medications testing, and rules for judging and stewarding, run behind the scenes making it easy for an onlooker to not realize the steps being taken to ensure the welfare of the horse.

To recognize the efforts of so many riders, trainers, owners, and reining horse lovers, NRHA is proud to share the following video with you.

2018 German Breeders Futurity Results

2018 German Breeders Futurity Results
October 6-13 – Kreuth, Germany

Gennaro Lendi and Colonels Dancing Gun Outshine and Conquer the Open Breeders Futurity Championship 

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag top the Non Pro Futurity

Kreuth, Germany – Provided by Simona Diale / NRHA Germany – The NRHA Germany Breeders 4-year-old Open and Non Pro Futurity finals matched the weather in Kreuth: Beautiful.

Gennaro Lendi & Colonels Dancing Gun

A repeat of the 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Futurity, the 4-year-old Open Bit Futurity kept the [over 3,000] spectators glued to their seats until the very last horse-rider-combination: Gennaro Lendi and Colonels Dancing Gun. Aboard the stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Dance Little Spook, owned and bred by Quarter Dream Srl, the Italian professional, with a 228 score to beat, performed all the maneuvers outstandingly and, once he closed his run, a 231 appeared on the score board.

“I truly felt the pressure when I walked in the arena but tried to leave that feeling in the warm up pen,” said Lendi who in April also conquered the 2018 NRHA European Futurity Open Championship with his mount. “This is a great horse with a lot of potential. I tried to concentrate completely and when we concluded with his last incredible stop, I knew we had marked what we needed to top the competition. I would like to thank all my team and Pietro [Marseglia] for being such a phenomenal owner. In this moment, my thoughts go to the amazing horses who lost their lives on the road at the end of September. This victory is dedicated to them and to their owners.”

Reserve honors went to German Dominik Reminder who posted the 228 to beat riding Call Me Mr Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Arc Sassy Snapper), a stallion owned and bred by Elisabetta Zoccorato. “My horse was incredible tonight and I cannot hide the fact that although I am truly happy with this result and with the way he showed … I would have been happier had we won — it’s the name of the game!” said Reminder with a smile.

Rudi Kronsteiner & HA Handsome Harry

L3 – HA Handsome Harry and Kronsteiner

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner conquered the highest spot of the podium in the L3 division with HA Handsome Harry between the reins. The stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Chic Peas, owned by Bernice Engel and bred by Hillis Akin Family Partnership, and the Austrian rider in the saddle performed to a 226.5. “I got this horse in training at the beginning of the year and he’s been good from day one. Winning this title is great but what makes the outcome of this show even sweeter is the fact that Carlo [Ambrosini] took home both the level 4 and 3 Non Pro championships,” said Kronsteiner, head trainer for Ambrosini Quarter Horses, Italy. “We came here with 12 futurity horses and made the finals with 10 … I’m really happy!”

Oliver Stein & Shine Lil Whiz

L2 – Shine Lil Whiz and Oliver Stein

Taking the L3 reserve championship as well as the L2 championship with a 218.5 was German Oliver Stein who rode Shine Lil Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Lil Wanda), a stallion owned and bred by Silke Stein. “I’m really happy with the way this horse my wife and I bred went here tonight,” said Stein. “In the qualifier he stumbled but we managed to make the finals and this result is great; I trained and rode his mother, who was really an easy horse to show, and he has taken quite a few traits from her which is great!”

Fellow country man Alexander Ripper closed his ride a half-a-point behind aboard Will Work For Guns (Gunner x Fabulous Footwork). He took home the reserve championship aboard the stallion owned by Dalila Okbani-Machs and bred by David Silva Jr.

Petra Van Ede & Cee U In Tinseltown

L1 – Cee U In Tinseltown and Petra Van Ede

Dutch Petra Van Ede rode Cee U In Tinseltown (Hollywoodtinseltown x Miss Wimpy Hollywood) to the L1 Championship for owner and breeder Gisela Haas with an outstanding run worth 221. “I love this mare so much and, considering the fact that a bobble in the qualifier kept us out of the other levels, winning the level 1 is just great,” said Van Ede. “This is the last show of the year for us so closing with this results is special.” The reserve championship, with a 213, went to Elias Ernst of Germany riding Painted Star Partners’ Valentine Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), a mare bred by John Covington.

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag top the Non Pro Futurity

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag (Saturdaynight Custom x Kachina Tag), last to enter the Ostbayernhalle arena in the Non Pro Futurity seeded finals, captured both the L4 and L3 NRHA Germany 4-year-old Futurity Championships with an amazing run worth a 221 score. The gelding, bred by Ambrosini Quarter Horses, and his rid

Carlo Ambrosini & Saturdaynight Tag

er also have the 2018 NRHA European Futurity L4 and L3 Championship under their belts. “My parents gave this horse we bred for my 17th birthday so bringing home this second important title this year is pretty amazing,” said Ambrosini. “I really wanted to go in and win because I knew we could do it — when I heard our score I was thrilled. A special thank you goes to all the Ambrosini team, my girlfriend Francesca, my best friend Andrea Pedrotti, to my parents and to my trainer, Rudi Kronsteiner. I could not have done this without them all.”


Stephanie Blessing-Kuenzli & RB Lil Ruf Two

L2 & L1 – Stephanie Blessing-Kuenzli and RB Lil Ruf Two

Ambrosini had a score to beat; the 217 posted by Stephanie Blessing-Kuenzli aboard her RB Lil Ruf Two (Lil Ruf Poco Peppy x GP Amelia Pocodo), a stallion bred by Thomas Kühnel. The Swiss rider settled for reserve honors in both the L4 and L3 and celebrated her win in both the L2 and L1 divisions. “This is a pretty cool and special horse that I’ve had since the beginning of the year,” she said. “I came here with the goal of trying to bring home a championship because I knew he could do it. I am thrilled with these titles.”

Tying for reserve honors in the L2 with a 213.5 score were Germans Pia Borgwald and Sharpshiner (Sharp Dressed Shiner x Walla Wanda Whiz), a gelding bred by Pia Kalle, and Andreas Dick riding A Shining Gun (Shine My Gun x Lady Buena Freckles), a stallion bred by Maile/Ludwig. The latter also took reserve honors in the L1 division.

Youth – Georgia Wilk and ND Kit Kat Spark

Claiming the NRHA Germany Bit Futurity Youth Championship with a 210.5 was 16-year-old Georgia Wilk of Germany aboard her ND Kit Kat Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x ND Miss Sailor Jac), a mare bred by Nathalie Derua. The young rider purchased the mare as a yearling and broke and trained her herself. A few months prior to the Futurity, Wilk and her mount rode under the guidance of Guy Zemah, head trainer for La Mesa Performance Horses LLC. Reserve honors went to Julia Boppelar, also of Germany, who reined Helga Boppeler’s Hollywood Shiningboy (Sharp Dressed Shiner x Dun Spun Around), a gelding bred by La Mesa Performance Horses LLC., to a 205.5.

Bernard Fonck soars and reins Spook Sunburst to the NRHA Germany 3-year-old Open Breeders Snaffle Bit Futurity; 

Anita Ernst sweeps the Levels 4, 3and 2 Non Pro Championships

Bernard Fonck & Spook Sunburst

With a whopping 228 score, Bernard Fonck and Spook Sunburst (Great Sun Burst x All About Spook), a gelding owned by Koen Symoens, claimed the Level (L)4 Open NRHA Germany Breeders Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship. Last to enter the Ostbayernhalle arena, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider had to beat the 225.5 scored by Cira Baeck aboard David Perneel’s NF Shining Whiz (Colonels Shining Gun x Whowhizthispeppychic).

“My intention was not to lay down that kind of run, but he was there for me, he’s an incredible athlete, and I knew that I could ask and he would deliver,” said Fonck about the gelding bred by Manuel Bonzano. “He reminds me so much of his sire [Great Sun Burst] who I won so much on, and I know exactly what buttons to push!” Just as enthusiastic was owner, Symoens, who has been involved in Belgian western riding first, and then reining, since 1985.

Emanuel Ernst & I Am Charlie

Baeck, who qualified all three of her mounts for the finals, was enthusiastic about her evening. “I’m so happy with the way all three of my horses performed tonight,” she said. “They are all great and did so well for me. The level of competition here was really high and it’s great for our sport.”


L3 – I Am Charlie and Emanuel Ernst

In the L3 division Emanuel Ernst riding I Am Charlie (Gun Chic Nic x DP Nicatrash) took top honors after performing to a 224 score for owner Jacqueline Seger.

Levin Ludwig & Einsteins Resolve

L2 & L1 – Einsteins Resolve and Levin Ludwig

Winning the L2 and L1 divisions with a 221 was Levin Ludwig aboard Hans Isler’s Einsteins Resolve (Einsteins Revolution x Charlys Smart Miss).

Anita Ernst & BH Salin Withatwist

Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity – Anita Ernst BH Salin Withatwist

Anita Ernst and her own BH Salin Withatwist (Sailin Playboy x BH With A Twist) took top honors in the Levels 4, 3 and 2 NRHA Germany 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Breeders Futurity Championships. Draw 28 in a field of 29 finalists, the German rider thrilled the crowd and the judges with her run worth a 219. “Winning on a mare that we bred is the best thing that could ever happen. It was a tough final and I could not be any happier,” said Anita. Making the win even sweeter was the L3 Open Snaffle Bit Championship her husband, Emanuel Ernst, claimed in the Open the same day. Tying for the reserve championship in the L4 were Andrea Pedrotti riding Saturday Big (Saturday Night Custom x Kachina Tag) and Maria Otten aboard The Spook Coop (Best Spook x Kaliz Golden Happily). Both riders closed their run with a 213.

Kerstin Müller & Voodoowhiztictrick

L1 – Kerstin Müller and Voodoowhiztictrick

The Level 1 Championship, as well as the L3 and L2 reserve championships, went to Kerstin Müller and Voodoowhiztictrick (Shiners Voodoo Dr x MP Huggamuggawhiz), a stallion bred by Susanne Duiker.

The NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity offers a 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Futurity and a 4-year-old Open Futurity. Over 300 horses made their way to compete in the prestigious Futurity as well as the full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes, German Equestrian Federation (FN) Senior, Junior and Young Riders, and NRHA Germany Championship classes.

Media contact: Simona Diale, International Horse Press
Cell: +39 340 5454629
Photos courtesy Tom Hautmann • Photo & Design


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Paint Horse exhibitors walk away with more than $900,000 in cash and prizes at 2018 APHA World Show

More cash, more entries, more horses, more fun events spell success at #PaintWorld

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association is celebrating the successful conclusion of its 2018 World Championship Show, which was held September 17-30 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Over 1,120 horses were on display generating more than 16,000 entries, all vying for more than $900,000 in cash and prizes. The show saw an increase in both entries and horses over the 2017 World Show.

APHA named 205 world champions over the course of 14 days, and held a total of 299 classes. Forty-four U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, Denmark, Mexico and Sweden were represented.

The show saw an increase in several key areas over the 2017 Open/Amateur World Show including Amateur Walk-Trot classes (up 40%), Novice Amateur classes (up 8%), Amateur Solid Paint-Bred performance classes (up 15%), Amateur halter classes (up 47%), Breeders’ Futurity classes (up 12%) and added-money classes (up 42%).

The Breeders’ Trust Pleasure Stakes classes saw impressive payout increases with a total payout of $78,360—a 15.8% increase over 2017. The 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stakes alone paid over $35,000 with the winner taking home $10,526. The Breeders’ Trust Pleasure Stakes consist of Western pleasure and hunter under saddle classes in two age categories each—2-year-olds and 3- and 4-year-olds.

APHA once again welcomed cutters to Fort Worth for the American Cutting Horse Association (ACHA) Cowtown Cutting. The event drew 211 entries and 81 horses came from all around to compete for more than $23,000 in prize money.

In addition, APHA partnered with the World Conformation Horse Association (WCHA) to offer big money to halter enthusiasts through two premier halter events: the APHA World Championship Show and the (all-breed) WCHA Breeder’s Championship and Big Money Futurities. All in all, more than $500,000 was up for grabs for halter horses—that included more than $118,000 in APHA Platinum Breeders’ Futurity classes, over $31,000 in Gold Breeders’ Futurity payouts, $20,000 in the Breeders Halter Futurity bonus payouts, $18,750 from the Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity and $314,000 in the WCHA Breeder’s Championship and Big Money Futurities. The WCHA events alone drew 705 entries.

All in all, APHA show entries totaled 15,215 (3,043 x five judges) bringing the total entries for all combined events to 16,131.

In addition, the knowledge and skills of young judges were put to the test September 20 during the APHA HorseIQ World Championship Judging Contest, held in conjunction with the APHA World Show. Featuring both collegiate (junior and senior) and youth (18 & under) divisions, the contest presented both team and individual awards in halter, performance, reasons and overall. Black Hawk College Team A took home the top spot in collegiate teams overall while Hunt County 4-H captured the overall top youth team victory.

With the help of some dedicated APHA sponsors, two lucky Amateur competitors walked away with incredible prizes September 25 at the 2018 APHA World Championship Show, just by entering Amateur classes at the event. Through a random drawing of entrants in select Amateur classes, Scott Woodall of Edmond, Oklahoma, took home a custom APHA Western performance saddle with an estimated value of $15,000. The saddle was provided by APHA World Show sponsor Harris Leather & Silverworks. In addition, every entry into all Amateur classes at the show qualified exhibitors for a random drawing for a three-horse slant gooseneck trailer with an estimated value of $20,000. The trailer was provided by Platinum Trailers in conjunction with APHA corporate partner Cowboy Trailer Sales. Denise Vick of Taylorsville, North Carolina, was the lucky winner.

The American Paint Horse Foundation also held the inaugural Marked For Greatness Gala on September 26 in conjunction with the World Show. This free event—held at Whiskey Ranch just 15 minutes from the show grounds—drew over 150 attendees ranging from World Show exhibitors to business partners, and offered food, fun and spirits while educating guests on the association’s upcoming move to the world-famous Fort Worth Stockyards.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s show,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith. “The increase in participation has been outstanding, but the increase in prize money back to the competitors has been unbelievable to watch. All of this combined confirms our members like what we are doing and that is what it’s all about.”

Watch for more World Show wrap-up information in the December 2018 issue of APHA’s official publication, the Paint Horse Journal.

About APHA and the Open/Amateur World Championship Show

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. Its mission is to promote, preserve and provide meaningful experiences with Paint Horses. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at or on Twitter @APHANews.

The World Championship Paint Horse Show features the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners. The second in the series, the Open/Amateur World Championship Show takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district.

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NRHA Affiliate Regional Championship News

NRHA affiliates proudly participate in and host NRHA Affiliate Regional Championships each fall. Follow these links to keep up with this year’s series of qualifiers for the Adeqaun® North American Affiliate Championships!

– South Central: Show Website Facebook

– East Central: Show Website Facebook

– Eastern Canada: Show Website Facebook

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– Mountain: Show Website Facebook

– Western Canada: Show Website Facebook

– Northwest: Show Website Facebook

– Southwest: Show Website Facebook

– North Central: Show Website Facebook

Photo by Erin Anderson

Follow the All American Quarter Horse Congress

The month of October may make the masses crave the smell and taste of pumpkin spice, but for horsemen and women across North America, it is time to crave the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

This year’s NRHA Open Reining Futurity, presented by the Friends of Congress Reining, is estimated to award $220,000 with $40,000 to going to the level 4 winner. The level 4 and level 3 open finals are scheduled for Saturday, October 6.

The Non Pros take center stage on Friday, October 5 in the Non Pro Reining Stakes, while the fan favorite Freestyle Reining is slated for Saturday, October 13. Prior to the Freestyle at 3 p.m., NRHA Professional Robin Schoeller is scheduled to present the sport of reining in the 2018 Congress Demonstration Series in the Cooper Arena.

NRHA ancillary classes run through Monday, October 8 and include USA Para Reining classes. Check out these helpful links for more info on the All American Quarter Horse Congress:

Buy Freestyle Reining tickets

Look at the draw

Watch live

See the results

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