The Santa Hill Ranch IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity

Nogue and A Whiz N Cash take it all!

The CremonaFiere oval arena lit up on Friday night as the Euro100,000-added Santa Hill IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity finalists performed. Making history by being the first rider from Spain to conquer the prestigious title in Italy was Andreu Nogue Puig who took the Level (L)4, 3, 2, 1 Championships riding his A Whiz N Cash.  In a field of 40 riders across the four levels, Nogue laid down an amazing NRHA Pattern #12 paid back by the judges with a 218.5.

The young rider showed off his personality both at home and in the show arena with his positively aggressive attitude. “The most difficult moment for me was when I was home, just before flying to the Futurity. This is not an easy show: It is ‘the’ show. I kept thinking ‘it must work and I need to do well,’” said Nogue. “After all the sacrifices my family and myself did to come here, I felt it was my responsibility to do my best. In the qualifier, all went well and, on top of leading the level 1, I also qualified for the finals in all the levels so that gave me a boost and I relaxed a little bit. Tonight, before going in, I was as nervous as ever but, when the gate opened, the only thing I saw was the show pen and I thought to myself that there was no way back. I think that a competition should always be a positive experience; either you win, or you learn something important. If you don’t win, you learn; and if you do win, you also learn.”

Nogue took home four saddles, one for each level, offered by IRHA and Selleria Repetti; two bits offered by Donut Bits an Spurs for the L1 and L3 Championships; a custom-made Greg Darnall Bits & Spurs bit.

Nogue lives in Lloret de Mar, near Barcellona, and rides in a small private family-owned facility. In 2015 he started to ride reining horses under the guidance of Italian professional Eugenio Latorre, now based in Spain. In 2017 he was selected to be part of Team Spain taking part in the FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors in Givrins, Switzerland, but he could not find a suitable horse for the event. At that time, it was his present trainer Mirko Midili who saved the day. “I met Andreu and his family two years ago here in Cremona,” said Midili. “We started talking, and I understood that he was looking for a horse for the FEI World Championships. At that point, I offered him my black horse to ride; Arc Sparkle Magnetic, aka ‘Black Panther.’ Andreu and his family were thrilled and, since then, have been part of my heart.” Following the World Championships, the search for a prospect for Nogue to show in the ‘big Futurity’ began. «I saw A Whiz N Cash as a 2-year-old. He was broke and trained by Mattia Nadalini, and I loved his attitude,” added Midili. “He definitely turned out to be a great horse!”

A Whiz N Cash is by Custom Cash Advance out of A Whiz N Wranglers and was bred by Carlo Sala. His first and only show before the Futurity was the LR Prefuturity held in Manerbio where the pair won the Non Pro Futurity Championship. “Initially plans included Mirko showing him in the Open Futurity,” explained Nogue in his perfect Italian. “In the summer things changed: Mirko moved to Luga Quarter Horses and, since they gave him three horses to ride at the Futurity, he could not show any more. At that point I suggested that I could try to show him in the Non Pro Futurity and, since then, that was our new goal. In the beginning it was a disaster and I could not even lope him. He was strong but so sensitive … he as an open horse. Mirko always said that probably this was the best horse he had ever had. But it was not easy for me to build up a nice feeling with him. I just went back and forth from Spain to Italy to ride him in the weekends, up to the Futurity. I even changed my school program in order to have more time to dedicate to the preparation for this show. It didn’t take long to understand each other.”

“Andreu is a special guy,” states Midili. “He is polite, very intelligent and is an incredibly talented rider. I am certain a bright future in the show arena lies ahead of him.” Future plans for Andreu include a well-deserved Christmas vacation with his family and rest for him and his mate. Their plans for 2019 include the NRHA European Futurity and the IRHA Derby. There is no doubt that we will hear again about this special ‘Olé’ team!”

Taking the L4 and 3 Reserve Championship, a point behind Nogue, was Carlo Ambrosini and his mare Jac N Lime (Tinsel Jac x ARC Yellow N Lime) owned and by Ambrosini Quarter Horse ASD. In the quaifier, the pair claimed the fourth highest score (215.5) and they also boast the ARHA L4 and L3 Non Pro Futurity Championship.

The L2 Non Pro Reserve Championship goes to Sabine Schmid and All Niter (Gunners Special Night x Dun Made By Chic) with a 216 score. The stallion, bred by Susi Hutchins, was previously ridden and shown by Justin L. Michels in the U.S.

The L1 Co-Reserve Championship, with a 215 score, went to Mattia Cosio riding his White And Whizzy (Spat Split And White x Rooster Roohide), a stallion bred by Letizia Selvi, and Francesco Pedretti with his Could You Be The One (One Gun x Star Dun Its), an American Paint Horse Association mare bred by Claudio Carraro.

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Congress Clarifies That Horses are Not “Pets,” Advances Landmark Livestock Health Measures!

As the countdown to close the 115th Congress heads to the final stretch, on Wednesday, December 12, Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), sending the legislation to the president, who is expected to sign the bill into law this week. Horse industry highlights include a revised statutory definition that excludes equines from a blanket definition of “pets” and funding for key livestock and international market development programs through Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. In the wake of extensive horse industry outreach, lawmakers struck language in the senate version that defined horses as “pets” within the context of a “Pet and Women Safety” (PAWS) measure. Industry requested that lawmakers delete “horses” from the proposed statutory definition of “pets,” but retain “horses” as a stand-alone category. In response to industry messages communicated to congressional leaders during the past six months, the final conference report states that the bill “clarifies the definition of pet to include certain companion animals, while also providing protections for other animals such as horses, service animals, and emotional support animals.” The revised definition helps preserve the long-standing classification of horses as “livestock,” while allowing equines to fall within the scope of property damage subject to compensation within the parameters of the PAWS Act.

A preliminary review of the legislation shows that lawmakers are moving in the right direction with respect to funding important animal health programs. Unlike earlier versions of the bill, the legislation mandates rather than authorizes minimum appropriations totaling $150 million to fund the National Animal Vaccine Bank (NAVVCB), the National Animal Disaster Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) and National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), among other programs, for FY 2019 to 2023. Of the $150 million of mandated funding, the bill stipulates that Congress will appropriate $112 million “to be allocated among the NAHLN, the NADPRP and the NAVVCB.” With respect to the NAHLN, a major priority for the horse industry, the legislation further authorizes up to $30 million per year over the five-year span of the farm bill, matching industry’s authorization request. Additionally, the legislation provides “$255 million in annual mandatory funding” for Foreign Market Development, the Market Access Program, and other programs that support the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

To view a copy of the conference report to H.R. 2, please click here.

For more information related to legislative activity, please contact AHC’s Bryan Brendle at 202-296-4031.

Our Condolences – Bob Stinner

The reining world is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Bob Stinner. Mr. Stinner of Aubrey, Texas, had been a supporter of NRHA for nearly 40 years. He served on the NRHA Board of Directors from 1987-1994, was an NRHA Judge, served on various committees, and was active and instrumental in the success of the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association and the Florida Reining Horse Association. He helped produce, sponsor, and manage NRHA shows. Stinner was a large proponent of the sport of reining and NRHA, lending support to the careers of several trainers along the way, including Bill Horn, Sam Smith, Tom McCutcheon, Ruben Vandorp, and Shawn Flarida. In addition, he helped ensure the success of NRHA’s early horse sales.

Celebration of Life: January 26 at 6 p.m. – Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses: 3732 Shepard Rd, Aubrey TX

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Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity

The Italian Reining Horse Association is currently holding it 3-4-Year-Old IRHA-IRHBA-NRHA Futurity, the IRHA-FISE Italian Championship finals, the Reiner of the Future, and other NRHA-approved classes December 7-15 at the “CremonaFiere” – Piazza Ennio Zelioli Lanzini 1, 26100, Cremona (CR).

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Our Condolences – Butch Gardill

Charles “Butch” J. Gardill, age 76 of Union Township, Finleyville, Pennsylvania, rode his last horse to the Lord on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. He was born on March 19, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a son of Dr. John and Liebetha (Muschkey) Gardill.

Butch operated a 50 horse boarding and training facility for over 40 years, managed a thoroughbred breeding farm for over 20 years, and was a past president of the National Reining Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Roberta (Healy) Gardill, an accomplished equestrian; a stepson, Fred D. Gerace, a western horseman; one granddaughter, Toni Ann Gerace, also an accomplished equestrian; and his brother, John (Claudia) Gardill and their family, of Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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Photo from Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home