Madison Steed Wins Collegiate Reining Championship

The Collegiate Reining Championships were held Friday between the two sections of Non Pro finals, and in the end, it was reigning champion Madison Steed, of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada who won the title. Steed was competing on Spook N Sparkle, a 10-year-old by Smart Spook out of Setting Off Sparks, generously donated for use in the competition by Rosanne Sternberg.

“This was really cool. Last year I was fortunate to ride a great horse and I was this year, too. It’s a lot of fun to ride beneath the bright lights of Oklahoma City,” Steed said.

Steed qualified to compete through NRHA and was part of the 2019 Southern Methodist University team that earned the reserve championship at Nationals.

“This is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between NCEA and the NRHA, and an awesome opportunity to compete in a facility where so much history has been made. It’s awesome to showcase the best of collegiate reining,” Steed said.

Recently graduated, Steed is looking to start her career. “I just received notice my Visa came through, so I’m going to be working for CR Ranchwear full time,” she explained.

The Collegiate Reining Championships are challenging. Four representatives from the NRHA, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association compete on horses they’ve never ridden before. They are able to watch the horses show an example of each maneuver in a 15-minute warm-up under their owner or trainer. The collegiate exhibitors only get to ride the horses for five minutes before entering the show pen.

“The young athletes, their coaches, and their support have been such a joy to have at the NRHA Derby. It was incredible to watch them be so successful on a horse they were only on minutes prior to competing,” noted NRHA Youth Programs Coordinator Sara Honegger.

Horses are donated to the competition by generous individuals in support of the youth programs. Donors to the Collegiate Championships include Rosanne Sternberg, Kristina Picciotti, Patrick Swartz, Sierra Palacios, Bud Lyon, Maron Neff/Michelle Chapman, Sally Berg, Jessicah Keller, Ryan Rushing and Spence Bell.

“We are so appreciative of everyone who donated their equine athletes for these young individuals to use. It’s such a wonderful way to support the future of this sport, encourage these young people, and showcase their horse’s willingness and talent,” Honegger said.

 

Day 7 Ancillary Champions at the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

Ancillary action continued in the Adequan Arena at the National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance. The day kicked off with the green reiner classes, and contestants placing in the top three of both levels won great gifts from NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine, who joined as the sponsor of NRHA’s Green Reiner program for 2019.  

Green Reiner Level 2 [1] Champion – Marie Marsh & Chromed Olena

Marie Marsh hasn’t gotten to know her horse Chromed Olena too well. She only purchased the gelding in February of this year, but that didn’t stop her from riding him to a score of 141 to win the Green Reiner Level 2 [1]. “His circles were really good. We went a little slower, but his spins were great – he’s a great spinner! We also had some really good stops,” Marsh noted.

Marsh rides with Josiane Gauthier and had caught sight of Chromed Olena. “He’s been in Josiane’s barn a couple of years. He caught my eye because the girl that owned him had gone off to college, and I knew I wanted to buy him,” Marsh explained of the gelding by Chromed Out Mercedes out of FS Smart Dot Chic.

Hailing from North Carolina, this is the first year that Marsh has come to the NRHA Derby. She plans to show again on Sunday. “Between now and then we will just ride and practice,” she said. “Thank you to Josiane and my husband Michael.”

 

Green Reiner Level 1 [1] Co-Champion – Jada Mark & Wimpy Gata Shiner

Jada Mark tied for the win of the Green Reiner Level 1 [1] on her horse Wimpy Gata Shiner. “We bought her around August of last year for me to have a Derby horse. I tried her and we matched up just awesome. I love her,” the 16-year-old explained. “I’m trying to get a collegiate scholarship for reining.”

The pair marked a 140 in the Adequan arena, which also earned them reserve in the Green Reiner Level 2 [1]. “Today we were just trying to stay calm and be smooth and clean. She stayed with me, and I just trusted her,” Mark said of the mare, by Wimpys Little Step out of Shinin In Hollywood.

Mark has only been riding reiners a few years and rides with Steven Marbry and Jeromy Lipps. She added, “I thank my mom, Wendy Nichols because she buys me everything and is my number one fan.”

 

Green Reiner Level 1 [1] Co-Champion – Allison Thorson & Smart Cowboy Whiz

Riding Smart Cowboy Whiz, Allison Thorson claimed the Green Reiner Level 1 [1] co-championship. She’s only owned the flashy reiner, by Who Whiz It out of Little Smart Jac, for a month. “We’ve been practicing hard. I saw him before, but when it’s your first time to show a horse you don’t know what to expect,” Thorson said. “It was awesome to pull through everything. He’s a horse that helps me go step-by-step instead of getting overwhelmed.”

While she’s relatively new to reining, Thorson is an accomplished horsewoman. “I grew up showing Tennessee Walking Horses and competed all the time, but, you know, when you’re in a different discipline there is a lot to learn,” she explained.

Thorson rides with Craig Schmersal. “I thank the Schmersal team. Everyone is great, and I am appreciative of how first-class they run everything. I also thank my parents, Duke and Rhonda Thorson. They are very supportive every step of the way, and I couldn’t do it without them.”

Thorson plans to show both of her horses again in Sunday’s Green and Rookie classes.

 

Rookie Level 2 [1] Champion – Anna Clausen & Smart Tinseltown

With an incredible 145, Anna Clausen and Smart Tinseltown topped the Rookie Level 2 [1] class. It’s not the first class that the gelding, by Smart Spook out of Tinseltown Lil Step, has won this week. With Anna’s sister, Shelby, he also won high point buckles in the Non Pro divisions.

“Me and my sister have been trading off riding him a little bit. She showed him earlier this week, and then I wanted to try to qualify for the Run for A Million for the Rookie class they have out there, so I showed Chester (Smart Tinseltown) and my other horse here today,” Clausen said.

As always, Smart Tinseltown did his best. “He’s just amazing. He was good today. We had a little bobble slowing down to the right, but we moved through it,” she said.

Clausen, of Scottsdale, Arizona, has been riding reining horses for about three years. “I thank my parents for giving me these amazing horses, and my trainer Patrick Flaherty for helping us out, as well as everyone who helped get me ready to show,” she said.

 

Rookie Level 1 [1] Champion – Alexia Tordoff & Blue Collar Tag

It was only her second time to show Blue Collar Tag, but Alexia Tordoff piloted the veteran reiner to a 145, topping the Rookie Level 1 [1]. “He’s so special. He’s by far one of my favorite horses I’ve ever had, and he’s my first reiner, which is cool,” Tordoff explained. “This was a big leap for me. I’m used to doing the horsemanship which is really slow and precise. It’s awesome that I can learn on such an amazing horse.”

Blue Collar Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena, is a former National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion. “He fits our program so well and is amazing with me. He knows when he gets in the pen what he needs to do,” she said.

Tordoff, of Columbus, Ohio, rides with Kole Price. “I thank Kole and his wife Kelsey Huffman, and my parents for making this happen, and all my family and friends,” she said. “I might show in the Youth 14-18 here. I’m 15, so I have a few youth years left, and I’ll definitely show in the rookie again on Sunday.”

 

Rookie Prime Time [1] Champion – Stephanie Johnson & Sugarwhizngun

Although an over-spin cost her a spot in the Derby finals, Stephanie Johnson was determined to make a smooth run in the Adequan Arena on her horse Sugarwhizngun. “My plan was to get all my spins right, which we did, and our stops and rollbacks were great. I can’t think of anything he did bad. I was really happy with him,” Johnson said of her run, which resulted in a 143.5.

Johnson, of North Carolina, has only owned Sugarwhizngun, by Gunner out of Starlights Sugar Whiz, since December. “We were made for each other,” she said of the horse she calls Romeo. “We got him from Dan Huss. He had him here at the Futurity, and I was looking for a horse. I fell in love the minute I got on him.”

Johnson rides with Josiane Gautier. “I thank Josiane. She’s the best and is amazing. It was a great day for our team. I thank them all because everyone is so supportive,” she said. “I thank Romeo most of all.”

 

NRHA Para Reining Champions

Para Reining focuses on the development of reining programs designed for riders with mental and physical disabilities. These programs begin with grassroots competitions and work toward high performance competitions for riders with varied degrees of abilities.

For more information about Para Reining, visit www.WorldParaReining.org.

 

Para Reining Grade 4 – Melinda Davis & Royal Chexy Lady

Winning the Para Reining Grade 4 was Melinda Davis and Royal Chexy Lady. “We call her Reba, and she’s owned by Camille Taylor and her daughter Emma. My other horse, who I was riding last year, got sore, so I borrowed her back to use this year. She rallied and came to it,” Davis said of Royal Chexy Lady, by Nu Chex To Cash out of Shotoe Bobbi. “She’s a good, good mare. She’s just incredible.”

Davis, of Arkansas, noted her pattern was pretty good. “I kind of overspun, but that happens. My rollbacks felt pretty good. I had a great team here helping me. I have to give a shout out to Mr. Sam Schaffhauser and his wife Jeanna, to everyone who helps me, and the Taylors for letting me borrow their horse,” she said.

Davis actually used to own Reba. “I quit showing and sold her, and now, six years later, I’m back on her. I’ve had a lot of medical issues this year, so I haven’t done any practice runs or lessons. I’m thankful to USA Reining and the NRHA for including Para Reining here at the Derby. I just feel blessed they have this class.”

 

Para Reining Grade 6 – Tate Wynn & Coded 86

Tate Wynn topped the Para Reining Grade 6 on Coded 86. It’s one of his first shows on the gelding, who is by Electric Code and out of Hollywoods Mae West. “I don’t know how to describe him, but he’s pretty special. I started riding him this year. When you get to know him and hang out with him in the barn, he is sweet. Every show he gets a little better,” Wynn said.

Wynn, of Kentucky, noted that the day’s pattern made the class easier. “It was really easy to remember. Not too hard, not too complicated, not too easy. It was just right!” he said. “I showed in Para Reining with my old horse. Showing in this class makes it a lot easier to remember the pattern.”

Wynn is originally from Guatemala but came to live with his parents when he was just 13 months old. “We have horses and he grew up as a little tyke just riding with everyone. He was diagnosed with autism and has some cognitive disabilities, but for the most part he can get through a pattern,” his mother, Theresa Wynn, explained. “We thought he might excel in the para since he qualified. I talked to his doctors, and they said sure! He really enjoys it.”

Jennifer Neudorf and Shining In Town Win Non Pro Championship at NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

Winning a title at the National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance isn’t a small achievement. It’s a moment most people only get to dream of, and on Friday night a 16-year-old girl rode into the arena of the Jim Norick Coliseum, capturing the crowd’s attention from her very first stop.

Through flawless spins and expertly guided circles, building to a crescendo with the final stop, it was clear the run was special. When Jennifer Neudorf’s score – a 226.5 – was announced, the crowd voiced their approval.

Not only had she taken the lead in the Non Pro Level 4 finals, but Neudorf and her horse, Shining In Town, were competing in every division they were eligible for, from the Level 4 down to the Level 1, and the Youth. Their score held through 12 more runs, making Neudorf and Shining In Town the newest, and one of the youngest, NRHA Non Pro Derby Champions!

All totaled, Neudorf won $42,637, almost double her current lifetime earnings. She also won a year’s use of a gooseneck trailer courtesy of CINCH trailers, as well as saddles from Bob’s Custom Saddles, custom Montana Silversmiths’ buckles, Anderson Bean boots, product from Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, Bluebonnet Feeds, and gift cards to SmartPak and Shortys Caboy Hattery.

“I’m speechless. I’m over the moon excited. I still don’t know what I’m feeling. I was super happy for sure, but I just don’t know what to say,” Neudorf said.

Waiting for the final results was difficult. “It was really hard waiting because there were a lot of good horses and riders who went after me. I went over to the Adequan Arena to watch a friend of mine show. We watched the live feed, but I tried to not think about it too much,” she said.

Earlier in the year, Neudorf and Shining In Town, by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Shine Ann, won the Non Pro Level 1 at the National Reining Breeders Classic. “Well, at the NRBC we had a little trouble with our run in and stop, so here I just trusted him more. I just said whoa and it felt so cool,” she explained. “I thought, ‘Are we done sliding?’ and then I realized we still were. We kind of struggle with our backup usually, so I was a little worried about that, but it was good.”

While she thinks she ran to the stops a little fast, it still worked out. “I thank my trainer Craig Schmersal and his whole crew because they’re so supportive, and I wouldn’t be here without them. I also wouldn’t be here without my mom and dad. They’re big supporters. I also thank my friends, too, who make it so fun to come here.”

Neudorf only began showing Shining In Town in January. “Craig tried him out, and I wasn’t there because I was at home in Canada. I just trusted Craig that it would work out and it did,” she said.

Shining In Town’s nominator Sather Family Partnership will also receive a check for $2,176.

Tying with himself for second in the Non Pro Levels 4 – 2 and Non Pro Youth was another young gun. Luca Fappani piloted both his horses to identical scores of 223, earning more than $24,490 for each. Fappani rode Sharp Dressed Spook, by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Dolittle Lena, and Spooks N Jewels, by Smart Spook out of Whiz Jewels. Both horses are owned by Fappani’s parents Andrea and Tish.

Sharp Dressed Spook’s nominator Bobby Lewis, and Spooks N Jewels nominator Courtney Brockmueller, will each receive $1,241.

 

David McGee Wins Prime Time Title on Knaughtybyknature

Competing early in the second section of the Non Pro finals at draw 4 was David McGee and Knaughtybyknature, who marked a 221.5 to not only win the Non Pro Prime Time, but also finish fifth in the Non Pro Level 4. McGee’s earnings totaled $9,801, with $384 going to nominator Clinton Anderson. In addition to the money, McGee was also presented a Montana Silversmith’s buckle, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, product from CINCH, Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, and Bluebonnet Feed, and gift certificates from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and SmartPak.

“I don’t remember much. I ran through the gate, he stopped, he turned, he circled, and he stopped. I told the lady at the gate when we came out it was like Carrie Underwood’s song, ‘Jesus Take the Wheel,’” McGee explained. “I don’t know what we did!”

There was something McGee did know. “He did good, and it feels good to be here tonight. Usually, we have something go wrong, but tonight we didn’t. I finally got him ridden,” he said.

Part of their success might be contributed to the man who was giving advice. “I have to thank Shawn Flarida who helped me. He can be really annoying with all his little details, but apparently, if you listen to them, they work,” McGee said with a laugh. “He’s given me lots of advice, and he’s fun to ride with.”

McGee has owned Knaughtybyknature, by Magnum Chic Dream out of the blue hen mare Princess In Diamonds, since the six-year-old was a weanling. “We bought him because of his mom. We loved that mare’s babies, and he’s the last one we have,” he explained.

Sean Pulley and Spook In Sparks finished second in the Prime Time Non Pro and the Non Pro Level 1 with a 217. They were also competing in the finals for the Levels 4-2, so their earnings totaled $10,709. Spook In Sparks, by Smart Spook out of Setting Off Sparks, was nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, who will receive $460.

 

Michael Garnett Pilots Hollywood Nites to Non Pro Masters Championship

With a score of 217.5, Michael Garnett and Hollywood Nites claimed the Non Pro Masters championship, placed in the top 10 of the Non Pro Level 3, and finished 13th in the Non Pro Level 4. The night’s work paid $7,590, with $292 going to nominator Cardinal Hill Training Center. Garnett also collected a Montana Silversmiths’ buckle, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, product from CINCH, Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, and Bluebonnet Feed, as well as gift certificates for Shortys Caboy Hattery and SmartPak.

“I thought it was, up until the rollback, the best run we’ve had. We just missed the stop a little bit,” Garnett said. “I think I might have been running out of horse a bit because it was so hot and humid, but other than that he finished up big. He’s a very steady horse.”

That is a quality Garnett says Hollywood Nites possess in spades. “Probably the word that describes him best is consistent. Before this, we won almost $80,000 with him. He’s been a really good horse,” Garnett shared.

Garnett purchased Hollywood Nites, by Gunners Special Nite out of Dun It For Chex, as a three-year-old from Cardinal Hill Training Center. “Franco Bertolani had him, and then Pedro Baiao who works for Martin Muehlstaetter showed him at the (NRHA) Futurity and won the Level 1 and Level 2 on him. I started showing him in the aged events after that,” Garnett explained.

He added, “First I thank the sponsors of this horse show. If it weren’t for those sponsors we may not be able to have it. Also, I thank my wife for all her support and Martin Muehlstaetter who we train with. His whole crew is fantastic.”

The Open Derby finals will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday morning with the first section. The Open Level 4 finals will begin at 5 p.m.

Complete results from the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance can be found at www.NRHADerby.com.

Day 6 Ancillary Winners of the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

Ancillary action at the National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance continued in the Adequan Arena. Class winners received trophies and prizes, but those exhibitors competing in both slates of classes had the chance to win beautiful Montana Silversmith’s high point buckles.

Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 High Point Champion – Alicia Rapp & Loaded And Dancin

Alicia Rapp and Loaded And Dancin tied for the win of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 [1] earlier this week and returned to the Adequan Arena on Thursday to finish tied fourth. That finish was all that was needed to claim the Level 2 High Point Championship and the beautiful Montana Silversmith’s buckle.

“It’s so pretty. It’s beautiful. I love it,” Rapp exclaimed. “My horse did great today. He turned really, really sharp and got stopped huge and he circled up really nice, so I was really happy with him.”

Rapp noted that Loaded And Dancin, by Hes A Loaded Gun and out of One Dancin Diamond, was done showing for the week. “He gets a spa day tomorrow because I said if he was good, he would get a spa day,” she explained with a laugh.

She also gave props to her 13-week-old daughter Loretta. “She has been very good. She was a little hot today, but I’m still going to give her an A-plus for being such a great baby,” Rapp said.

Rapp, of Tampa, Florida, rides with Ted Chancey. “I definitely thank Ted. He takes me all over to every horse show I want to go to, and has got me where I am today,” she said.

Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 High Point Champion – Landon Augustin & Chics Dig My Shine

Winning the Non Pro Level 1 High Point Championship was Landon Augustin and Chics Dig My Shine. Chics Dig My Shine is by Shine Chic Shine out of Starlenas Joy. “He’s a four-year-old we bought as a weanling from Jim Bramblett, and then Rob Huddleston started him,” Augustin explained. “Then the last few weeks I’ve been riding with Shawn Flarida working on showmanship skills and everything is starting to come together. I’m getting more confident in him and am getting excited about our future.”

Flarida, the NRHA’s winningest rider, gave Augustin some good advice. “He told me to stay confident and trust the horse and has given me a lot of coaching on the training part,” he explained.

Augustin noted that Chics Dig My Shine has shown a lot of improvement. “He was good and stayed consistent. He’s getting a lot better, and I like how he progressed through the horse show,” the 21-year-old said.

Chics Dig My Shine is owned by Landon’s father, Greg. “I thank Shawn, my dad, my niece Allie for all the help this week, and Rob for doing such a good job starting this horse,” he said.

Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 [2] Co-Champion – Janet Bache & Cee My Smokin Pistol

Janet Bache and Cee My Smokin Pistol had some tough luck in the Derby, but a schooling run in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 [2] ended with a score of 144. That score was enough to tie for the class win and came with a check for $910.

Bache, of Arizona, purchased Cee My Smokin Pistol from Tim McQuay three years ago. The six-year-old gelding, by Gunner and out of Cee Dun It Do It, has been a really nice horse. “He did really well today. I missed the marker and would have been higher, but other than that he was perfect,” Bache explained. “We didn’t do well in the Derby, but I showed yesterday in the Prime Time Non Pro and he did well there, too.”

Bache, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is finished showing for the week. She added, “I thank my husband, Randy. He makes all this possible. I thank Dan and Wendy Huss. They’re wonderful and I’ve learned so much from them. Thank you also to everyone here with the NRHA. I have had a great time. It’s very fun.”

Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 [2] Co-Champion – Matthew Verser & Benjamin Banjo

With a 144, Matthew Verser claimed the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 [2] Co-Championship with his horse Benjamin Banjo, earning $910. “He did good on everything,” Verser said. “This was the first class to show him in here, and I’ll show him again tomorrow in the Rookie.”

Benjamin Banjo is by Banjo Whiz and out of Lil Ruf Jessie. “I have had him about four years now. He’s a little older, but he’s still pretty good,” Verser said of the 10-year-old reiner.

Verser, of Arkansas, has been showing reining horses for about nine years and rides with Randy Schaffhauser. “I thank my trainer, Randy, for all his help,” the 20-year-old said.

Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 [2] Champion – Maryjane Scruggs & Magnimous

Maryjane Scruggs topped the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 [2] with her horse Magnimous. The duo marked a 141, resulting in a $651 paycheck. Magnimous is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Roxana Chex.

Finishing second in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 [2] was Kaylene Cunningham, who piloted her horse Ambidextrous to a score of 140.5, winning $468. Ambidextrous is by Big Chex To Cash and out of Dexquisite.

Novice Horse Open Level 2 [2] and High Point Champion – Jared Leclair and Lime A Rita, owned by Susan Meyer

Jared Leclair and Lime A Rita had a clean-sweep of the Novice Horse Open Level 2 classes at the NRHA Derby, easily securing the High Point Championship after marking a 149 in Thursday’s class. The day’s work came with a check for $567.

“It has been a great experience at this show,” noted Lime A Rita’s owner Susan Meyer. “Jared has done a wonderful job training our horses and getting them where they need to be.”

Meyers purchased Lime A Rita, by Custom Legend out of She Slides Wright in 2018 from Arno Honstetter. “Susan and I have both shown her and done really well on her. We have gotten some embryos from her by my stud (Electric Code) and Gunnatrashya,” Leclair explained. “She’s been a really good mare for us to show. Susan will keep showing her.”

Randy Schaffhauser showed Magnum Sparkle to a score of 147 to finish second in the Novice Horse Open Level 2 [2], worth $425. Magnum Sparkle, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Smart Little Suzana, is owned by Penny Brinkley.

Novice Horse Open Level 1 [2] – Jared Leclair and Codes Whizard Merlin, owned by Susan Meyer

LeClair topped the Novice Horse Open Level 2 [2] and took home that class’s high point buckle on another of Meyer’s horses. This time he bested the class on Codes Whizard Merlin with a 146.5. It was only the four-year-old’s fifth time in the show pen. “Susan raised him and he’s by my stallion Electric Code. He wasn’t ready to be shown at that higher level, so my help showed him where he was comfortable until he was ready for me,” Leclair explained. “I’m glad we waited until now to push him.”

Codes Whizard Merlin, who won $605 in the class, is special to Meyers. “He’s the first baby I have raised. His mom, KR Freckledface Whiz, is a sweet, sweet mare. He takes after his momma. They look a lot alike,” she said. “Every year we’ve taken an embryo from her, so hopefully you’ll see us again with more of her babies.”

Leclair plans to continue seasoning Codes Whizard Merlin and hopes to show the colt in the derbies in 2020.

Meyers added, “Jared is the most awesome trainer in the world. If I ever stop riding with Jared, it’s because I’m not riding anymore.”

Taking second in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 [2] and winning $416 was Hava Vital and FM Cottonwood with a 146. FM Cottonwood, owned by Khris and Carlton Crowe, is by Gunner and out of Sonita Lena Chick.

Reagan Stephens Wins Cinch Youth Speech Contest

Youth member Reagan Stephens was a winner at the NRHA Derby, and she didn’t even have to compete on a horse. Reagan had a clean sweep of the Cinch Youth Speech Contest, winning the A General, Prepared Public Speaking, and Community Service divisions.

The contest was officiated by representatives of NRHA Corporate Partners, and included Reed Kyle of Bluebonnet Feed, Steve Miller of Montana Silversmiths, and Traci Nelson of Adequan. “It had to have been such a tough job for the judges to decide between the speeches they heard. Each young woman who participated was so passionate about their projects and their hard work showed through the entire speech,” noted Youth Programs Coordinator Sara Honegger.

For each division win, Cinch presented Stephens with a hat can, garment bag, and gift certificate.

“The NRHyA greatly appreciates the judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to give their feedback and scores to the participants. We know they will be able to take this feedback and continually improve their leadership skills because of these great Corporate Partners,” Honegger said.

For more information about the opportunities available to youth riders, visit ww.NRHyA.com.