NRHA and NRHA Reiner Earned Awards at 2019 AHP Equine Media Awards Banquet

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – June 10, 2019 – The annual American Horse Publications (AHP) three-day conference features the Equine Media Awards Banquet. Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this year, AHP’s Equine Media Awards competition featured nearly 600 entries for materials published in 2018. After the entries were reviewed and the judging was complete, the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) monthly publication, the NRHA Reiner, and the marketing department received multiple awards.

Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner, reflected on the awards received by NRHA. “As proud as I am of what our Reiner and marketing staff accomplished in this competition, the key to me is that competition helps us stay sharp and keep our edge. Ultimately, it’s the value we bring to NRHA members that matters.”

NRHA Placing Entries

3rd Place—Editorial Event Coverage Single Article Circulation or Users Under 20,000; 14 Entries
NRHA Reiner
—2018 NRHA Derby
By Megan Arszman

2nd Place—Business Equine-Related Single Print Advertisement; 19 Entries
National Reining Horse Association—2018 NRHA Derby
Jana Thomason, Designer
Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing & Outreach

2nd Place—Business Equine-Related Multimedia Ad Campaign; Five Entries
National Reining Horse Association—2018 NRHA Derby
Jana Thomason, Designer
Hayley Eberle, Designer/Manager of Marketing & Outreach

3rd Place—Business Equine-Related Long Video; 12 Entries
National Reining horse Association—Respect the Horse, Respect the Sport
AIM Equine Network, Production Team
Mariah Hammerschmidt, Producer

AZRHA announces increased added money at 2019 Best Of The West

The AZRHA Best Of The West is excited to announce the addition of added money to both their open and non pro futurities. Taking place October 1–6, 2019, at Westworld of Scottsdale, Arizona, the show will offer more than $165,000 in added money, two slates of ancillary classes, as well as lots of prizes, buckles, and saddles.

In the open division, $65,000 has been added for L4, $15,000 for L3, $10,000 for L2, and $5,000 for L1. For the non pros, $15,000 has been added for L4, $7,500 for L3, $4,000 for L2, and $2,500 for L1. As always, the AZRHA only retains 10%.

Additionally, AZRHA will allow 7-year-olds to enter the open and non pro derbies this year.

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Time To Ride Welcomes Pilot Program Participants

Over 60 Equine Facilities Accepted

For Immediate Release – June 6, 2019 – Washington, DC – Time To Ride®, a program of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, has accepted 62 lesson facilities for its 2019 pilot program.

The new Time To Ride program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment. The goal is to familiarize school-age children with horses through an initial series of six to eight lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding. The lesson series are offered through schools, local youth organizations and recreational leagues.

Equine facilities and instructors had to meet specific requirements to be considered for the pilot program, including SafeSport training and a criminal background check. All instructors either hold a current professional membership with one or more national breed or discipline associations, are certified as an instructor through a recognized program such as Certified Horsemanship Association or licensed as a riding instructor in the state in which they teach.

“We were expecting to get 20-30 qualified applicants for the pilot program,” said Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager. “To our delight, we received over 100 inquiries and applications, and narrowed it down to the 62 selected.”

The facilities participating in the pilot program represent a broad cross-section of the equine industry, with representatives ranging from Arabian horse farms to AQHA professionals, dressage, hunter/jumpers, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Paint Horses, Certified Horsemanship Association, United States Pony Clubs and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship instructors and more. O’Brien said, “It’s very encouraging to see the support we received promoting the program from so many breed and discipline organizations, and the response from their members. This points to the ongoing need for a program such as Time To Ride to help lesson barns bring new kids into the horse world in a structured, supported fashion.”

Barns and instructors accepted for the pilot program have been designated Time To Ride Program Facilities and are being given marketing tools, techniques and assistance to help with their local outreach. The Time To Ride program emulates the golf industry’s The First Tee, in which schools offer children a series of lessons at a local golf course. The First Tee has reached 15 million children since its start in 1997.

The pilot program will continue through the end of this year. The results and methods will be analyzed and adjustments made where necessary, with plans to roll the program out on a larger scale next year.

To learn more about Time To Ride, visit To view the list of selected facilities, visit

About Time To Ride

Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media/Equine Network, American Horse Council, Morris Media Network, Platinum Performance, Purina and Zoetis. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, Troxel Helmets and Weaver Leather. Educational support is provided by Certified Horsemanship Association, United States Equestrian Federation and United States Pony Clubs.

For more information contact Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager:; 202-891-7971.

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Washington Reining Horse Association Spring Fling & Derby

The Washington Reining Horse Association (WRHA) kicked off their reining season at the Appleatche Rider’s arena in Wenatchee, Washington, with their annual spring show, sponsored by David and Terri Stroud. This year the show was run April 11–14, and the classes were huge. According to Cathy Martin of the show committee, the show increased by 26 runs since 2018, which was a huge show itself. The 2019 event had 29 more entries and paid out over $4,500 more than in 2018. Reining in the Pacific Northwest is definitely alive and well! Part of the reason for the increase may be that this year we are awarding 5 year end high point saddles in non pro classes. We have a saddle for combined youth, rookie 2, limited non pro, prime time non pro and novice horse non pro Level 2. The judges, Dave Belson of Arizona and Johnette Burman of Montana, got to watch some very fine horses show their stuff.

Shawn Church and Dual Surprise won the Level 4 Open Derby

The highlight of the show was the open and non pro derbies. The open Level 4 derby was held Friday evening, and the crowd came to cheer. Dual Surprise (Mister Nicadual X Jerrys Surprise), owned by Steven Sandvig of Graham Washington and ridden by NRHA Professional Shawn Church, bested the pack to be named champion. Vicki Sandvig says they purchased “Dually” two years ago. They were impressed with his strength and good mind. He has been very consistent for them, and Church has only been out of the money on him twice.

NRHA Professional Jordan McBurney rode Chicsntheirdiamonds (Whizkey N Diamonds X Spark Chic Olena) for WRHA sponsor CDR Farms to the reserve champion title. The mare was raised at Rhodes River Ranch, and McBurney had a great deal of success with her at the High Roller Reining Classic and Reining By the Bay as a three-year-old, then Sean McBurney showed her as a four-year-old. Jordan is happy to be back to showing her again this year.

Jennifer Gilliam and Magnetized won the Level 4 Non Pro Derby

The non pro derby ran on Saturday and included Level 4 and prime time. Jennifer Gilliam won the Level 4 on her mother’s horse Magnetizde (Magnum Chic Dream X Dunnit N Continental). Magnetized was picked out by Sean and Jordan McBurney for Gilliam’s mother Janiene to show, but Gilliam is having a blast showing him in the derbies. Reserve champion in Level 4 went to Joanna Anstensen on Rides Like A Porche.

The prime time champion was Tim Beck on his Kat Two H Cashup (Nu Steps To Cash X Otoes Kit Kat). Beck has done his own training on Tinker with the help of NRHA professionals Tony Kirschner and Darren Stancik. Per Beck’s wife Charlene, he gets to have one project horse at a time. At the moment there seems to be a dispute on Tinker’s future as both Charlene and their son Conner think she is going to be their next horse. Reserve champion prime time went to Gloria Grove on her beautiful paint Smartacus (Colonels Smart Spook X Gotta Mark This).

Tim Beck and Kat Two H Cashup won the Prime Time Non Pro Derby

The open maturity had Jordan McBurney in the winner’s circle again, this time on Snip O Remedy (Very Smart Remedy X Snip O Chex) for owner Hilary Friesen. “Jlo” was started by NRHA professional Todd Bergen and the pair made the finals in the NRHA Open Derby. This was McBurney’s first chance to show Jlo, and she really had fun on her. Reserve in the open maturity was WRHA sponsor Matt McAuslan on Chicsdigthewestcoast (West Coast Whiz X Juanita Chic Oleana), who rode for owner Carla Spackman.

The non pro maturity had Gilliam back at the top, this time on her own horse, Darlin Get The Gun (Gunner X Darlins Not Painted.) They bought the mare in February from WRHA sponsor Rhodes River Ranch where she was a brood mare. The plan was for Gilliam’s daughter Naudia to show her in short stirrup, but “Shastika” has proved herself to be a very capable show horse while still being a wonderful teacher. Vicki Ann Sandvig took the reserve champion on the ever-steady Salt And Peppy Guy (SR Roosters Kid X Salt N Peppy Please).

Naudia Gilliam and Darlin Get The Gun won the Short Stirrup

Darlin Get The Gun continued her winning ways by carrying Naudia Gilliam to the top in short stirrup, and taking top honors in novice horse Level 1 and 2 as well as the non pro first and second slate for Naudia’s mom. She is definitely turning into an amazing family horse!

The youth classes are always strong at the WRHA shows. At this show, Airana DeJong on White Chocolat Chunk (Chocolate Chic Olena X Meadow Jac) won both the slate 1 and 2 youth 14 to 18. She is now leading the standing for a year-end saddle! Valerie Knight rode Starbucks Vaquero (Smart Starbuck X Paps Vaquero) to the win in slate 1 youth 13 & under, and Alyssa Rossmeier took slate 2 on Nics Tricky Chic (Smart Chic Olena X Stop N Dot).

The Green Reiner and Rookie classes 1 and 2 were gigantic, with Melissa Parson winning Level 1 green reiner on Wing N A Prayer and Bess Fairbank winning the Level 2 on Jacs Special Reserve (Jac Daniels Neat X Zee Mint Chablis). Rookie Level 1 was Kady Didtel on Dun Doin It Easy (Easy Otie Whiz X Okie Dun It Sooner) and Level 2 had Samantha Etsell leading the class and the run for the rookie Level 2 saddle on Devils Cut Whizkey (Whizkey N Diamonds X A Great Lena).

Two slates of non pro and limited non pro classes were run; Slate 1 limited non pro was won by Alex Hutchings aboard Designed to Shoot (Tinker With Guns X Taris Designer Genes). Taryn Baker won the limited non pro slate 2 on Love Playin Tag (Loveable Nic X Whiz N Tag Chic), while her mother Debbie Estrin won the prime time on Gotta Nu Gun (Spooks Gotta Gun X Ambers Holly Chex). Estrin is leading for the prime time saddle, and Tiffany McAuslan and Alex Hutchings are in a dead heat after two goes for the limited non pro saddle! The masters non pro was won by Janet Hurlburt on ARC Magnum PI (Magnum Chic Dream X Peppys Little Orphan), and the intermediate non pro had Kim Lansidel riding Maddmann (Maddox X Olen Starlight), owned by her parents Karl and Marjorie Eilers. Novice horse non pro Level 2 also has a saddle up for grabs, and Jennifer is leading that on her Darlin Get The Gun, having won both the Level 1 and the Level 2 classes.

The professional riders got to start and end the show. We had 2 slates of open with Jimmy Brown on his own horse Shiney Magnum Chic (Twice as Shiney X Little Cup A Joe TGE) winning the slate 1 open and Jordan McBurney back in the lead on Snip O Remedy for slate 2 open. Brown also won the intermediate open, while Jim Greendyk took the limited open on Cortney Vandepol’s Smokin Tinsel Mint (Smokin Ammo X Tinsel Mint). The rookie professional winner was Breanna Kelley riding HA Mobster Tears for owner David Stroud. Breanna has been riding for WRHA sponsor Stancik Quarter Horses, and the great work Darren has been doing with her showed in the arena. NRHA professional Nicole Hutchings won the novice horse Level1 on Gloria Grove’s beautiful gelding Baby Love (Spooks Gotta Whiz X Stylin Jac) and the Level 2 on Sally Sutherland’s Skeets Steppin Out (Wimpys Little Step X Smart Lady Skeet).

Finally, we held two classes just for the Arabians that come to our show. Weston Sage won the non pro on Wiley Quixote PGA and (Okie Paul Quixote X HJ Allelujah Bey) and Allison Mostowich won the open Arab/part Arab on Easy Dun It (Walla Walla Dun It X Basyna).

The WRHA appreciates the support of their wonderful sponsors for 2019! Diamond sponsors were: David and Terri Stroud, Maria Danieli, Sky River Equestrian Center, and Timberland Homes. Platinum Level were: Evergreen Equine Veterinary Practice, Presco Telecommunications Inc., Rhodes River Ranch, Stancik Non Pros, Tamarack Ranch, and 20 Corners Brewing Co. Gold Level included: Eric Carlson D.D.S., P.S., Red Pony Equine Insurance, Mike Stokes Non Pros, University of Washington Hematopathology, and Virginia Handbags. Our Silver sponsors were: McKinley Peters Equine Hospital, Pendleton Wollen Mills, Rocking “E” Feeds, Silver Aspen Ranch, and St Hilaire Non Pros. Thank you all for your help in making these shows succeed.

By Sally Sutherland

Photos by Elizabeth Knight

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South Point Arena and Equestrian Center Hosts The Run For a Million, World’s Richest Professional Reining Event

Thursday, Aug. 15 – Saturday, Aug. 17

Paramount Network is following the 12 Reining competitors for a mini-series, “The Last Cowboy,” leading up to The Run For A Million with the finale on Saturday, Aug. 17 at South Point Arena Tickets for the $1 million Reining Invitational and country concert on Saturday, Aug. 17 are available here 

TWEET IT: The world’s richest Reining event, The Run For a Million, brings the top Reining professionals to Las Vegas, Aug. 15 – 17, at @SouthPointLV. Tickets for the $1 Million event are on sale now:

LAS VEGAS – South Point Arena and Equestrian Center welcomes The Run For a Million, the richest event in the history of Reining featuring the top 12 competitors in the National Reining Horse Association, Thursday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Run For a Million will feature nine of the industry’s most successful reining professionals, plus three wild card professionals, as they compete for a purse of $1 million on Saturday, Aug. 17. In addition to the main invitational event, the three-day event will hold additional competitions including $100,000 Added Shoot Out, Rookie Championships, $50,000 Added Non Pro Championships and $50,000 Added Invitational Freestyle event.

Produced by Academy-Award nominee writer, director and creator Taylor Sheridan alongside Brumley Management Group, the producer behind three National Reining Horse Associations leading events, The Run For a Million offers a rare opportunity to showcase the sport of Reining to millions of viewers around the world. Paramount Network has been shadowing 12 of the Reining horse industry’s most successful professionals for a new mini-series, “The Last Cowboy,” scheduled to air weekly on Paramount Network and Country Music Television from Thursday, July 11 through Thursday, Aug. 29. “The Last Cowboy” series leads up to The Run For a Million with the season finale filmed on Saturday, Aug. 17 at South Point Arena.

Following the competition on Saturday, guests can enjoy a country western concert featuring Lainey Wilson and Jason Boland and the Stragglers. Tickets are now available for Saturday’s event for $25 (General Admission) or $75 (Reserved Seating) at South Point’s Ticketmaster website. The competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Lainey Wilson at 8 p.m. and Jason Boland and the Stragglers at 9 p.m. Find out more information by visiting

For more information on upcoming events, please visit the South Point website.


About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a separate race and sports book area, 11 restaurants, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room, the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon, a 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment, a 700-seat Bingo room, a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex, a state-of-the-art 64-lane bowling center, a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. South Point Hotel is also home to the Tournament Bowling Plaza, a multi-million dollar professional bowling tournament facility. In addition, South Point has the finest equestrian event facility in the country. The 240,000 square feet of event space features three climate-controlled arenas, vet clinic, feed store, more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events.  South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.

For more information or for room reservations, call (702) 796-7111 or visit the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa website. Connect with South Point on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

South Point Hotel Media Contact
Jaclyn Dadas / Summer Vieites
(702) 737-3100

Lynne Ravenscraft, Director of Marketing

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