Cardinal Reining Horses Continues to Help Reining Grow Globally Through Partnership With NRHA

For Immediate Release – August 12, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Cardinal Reining Horses has renewed its contract as an NRHA Corporate Partner. Through its partnership with NRHA, Cardinal Reining Horses strives to expand the sport of reining on a global scale.

Located on 200 lush acres in Aubrey, Texas, Cardinal Reining Horses is a premier operation, quickly moving to the forefront of the performance horse industry. Formerly known as Green Valley Ranch, the facility was purchased in the summer of 2013 by Brazilian native João Marcos, who currently serves on the NRHA Board of Directors.

“Becoming a Corporate Partner with NRHA was the best decision I’ve made for my business,” Marcos said. “It has helped me make Cardinal Reining Horses one of the most well-known ranches in the world. We’re excited to continue our relationship with NRHA to develop the sport of reining on a worldwide basis.”

Cardinal Reining Horses features a spacious covered arena, a first-class show barn, over 200 total stalls, and a state-of-the-art breeding facility. Cardinal Reining Horses produces top-level equine athletes thanks to an outstanding broodmare band, including:

  • Dun It For Chex (2018 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and second dam on the NRHA Million Dollar Dam list with over $1,003,100 in progeny earnings) by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.
  • Mifs Doll (NRHA Lifetime Earnings [LTE] of more than $25,000 and offspring earnings of more than $411,600) by 1994 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Mifillena.
  • Wind Her Up Chic (NRHA LTE of more than $102,700 and offspring earnings of more than $294,000) by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena.
  • Shining Survivor (NRHA offspring earnings of more than $146,500) by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark.
  • Madeof Pure Spangled (NRHA LTE of nearly $41,000) by Star Spangled Whiz.
  • Watch My Guns by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner.

Cardinal Reining Horses also promotes multiple accomplished stallions, including Inferno 66, Dun It For Whizkey, Gunner Dun It Again, Snap Dun The Bases, Tricked Out Spook, Yellow Jersey, and Custom Made Gun. Additionally, NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Franco Bertolani currently trains at Cardinal Reining Horses, riding leading horses such as Cardinal’s own Dun It For Whizkey and several up-and-coming performers.

“A renewed partnership with Cardinal Reining Horses and João Marcos is much to be celebrated,” said Sammi Miller, NRHA Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Communications. “João’s involvement with NRHA on a global level helps grow our sport internationally. We’re proud to continue working with João and everyone at Cardinal Reining Horses.”

Show Result Update – August

In July, we posted an update on the status of inputting show results in the NRHA office. In just the past few weeks, much progress has been made to attack the mountain of results coming in from the peak of show season. More than 50 shows have been entered in less than one month’s time, plus dozens of affiliate rosters were finalized to assist those looking toward their region’s NRHA Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC). Amidst this activity, positive indicators show NRHA is up 4% in year-to-date approved shows through the month of August.

As of August 1, all North American Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) qualifying slates held through June have been completed. Additionally, all have been completed for the first two ARCs (to be held August 29–September 1 for South Central and Eastern Canada Regions). For all remaining qualifying events, we have completed, or are completing, events held through July 14. All other events are being processed in the order received with a small number of June shows next in line.

While doing this, we have been maintaining a less than two-week turnaround on transactions submitted to the office for processing (e.g., memberships, transfers, nominations, etc.).

Did You Know?
Each horse, rider, placing, and score is hand-entered for every class. That’s about a half-million in one year, or about 2,000 data points entered and verified for every day the NRHA office is open. Additionally, all memberships, licenses, etc. submitted at an event must be processed before the results can be entered.

Ten Things You Can Do to Speed Up the Process

Want to help make sure this process goes smoothly (and quickly). It would be helpful to make sure:

  1. Your membership is current and is the correct type
    a. The owner’s membership is current and the correct type
  2. Your horse is licensed
  3. Your horse’s ownership is up to date on the license
  4. You haven’t entered a class for which you are not eligible
  5. You haven’t entered a class for which your horse is not eligible
  6. NRHA receives complete results—with tabulated placings/scores for all slates, and including accurate rider and horse IDs, plus the NRHA 5% retainage and medications fees
  7. NRHA receives complete, accurately calculated payouts
  8. NRHA receives complete affiliate rosters on a monthly basis
  9. Paperwork submitted at the event is complete, and correct payment is given

Gunners Special Nite’s Offspring Slide Him Onto the NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire List

For Immediate Release – August 8, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Gunners Special Nite does it again: He has unofficially become the newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Three Million Dollar Sire. He reached this milestone less than one year after joining the NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire list in September 2018.

Gunners Special Nite, by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Mifs Doll, was bred by Kim and Deborah Sloan. In 2010, Turnabout Farm, Inc., purchased the 2004 stallion and stood him at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Inc., in Aubrey, Texas, where he remains today.

Gunners Special Nite made a name for himself in the show pen before moving on to the breeding barn. With NRHA Professionals Tom McCutcheon and Marcy (Ver Meer) Starr at the reins, the stallion earned NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of nearly $220,000. His top finishes include:

  • 2007 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion and Intermediate Open Champion with Starr
  • 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level (L)4 Open Derby Finalist with Starr
  • 2010 NRBC L4 Open Derby top-10 finisher with Starr
  • 2010 World Equestrian Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist with McCutcheon

This sire has produced foals that have become NRBC champions as well as NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby finalists.

His most notable offspring include:

  • Modern Gun (out of Taris Modern Design): NRHA LTE more than $175,400
  • Baileys Not Painted (out of Darlins Not Painted): NRHA LTE more than $107,840
  • Lenas Shining Gun (out of SL Lenas Chick): NRHA LTE more than $90,440
  • Gunners Brite Nite (out of Stiletto Tag): NRHA LTE more than $86,650
  • Hollywood Nites (out of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Dam Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE more than $83,750

Congratulations to Gunners Special Nite and Turnabout Farm, Inc., on this outstanding achievement!

 Photo by Brasseaux

Tulsa Reining Classic Introduces the Emerging Horse Futurity

The always innovative Tulsa Reining Classic has just added a new event to its slate for 2019 – the Tulsa Reining Classic Emerging Horse Futurity. Set for August 28 in the air-conditioned Mustang Arena, the Open L4 event will offer $2,500 in added money.

According to Colleen McQuay of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the show, the idea for adding the new futurity was to create a three-tiered menu of options allowing trainers to choose the right level of competition for their 3-year-old reining horses. The show will now offer the Emerging Horse Futurity for horses not as far along in their training. Riders can show two-handed in this class in any bridle.

The next option for Tulsa exhibitors is the $20,000 added Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity, a step up for horses not quite ready to show in the more intense $61,000 added Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity.

Mcquay noted, “The Emerging Horse Futurity is simply adding another “tier” of a futurity to be able to answer all the questions for the right opportunities for 3-year-olds. In the Emerging Horse Futurity the riders may choose their bridle and use one or two hands thus helping the horse that might be a little more green.The addition of this class now completes a user-friendly menu of futurities to choose from!”

Although having three separate futurities to choose from at the same show is a departure from the norm, it follows the Tulsa Reining Classic mission of being exhibitor-friendly and of keeping the welfare of the horse at the forefront.

In less than two decades, the Tulsa Reining Classic has grown into one of the National Reining Horse Association’s top ten events in the world – one that stays on the yearly calendar of top reiners and reining programs throughout the country. It features three futurities and two derbies plus two full slates of horse show classes, as well as hosting the NRHA’s South Central Affiliate Regional Finals. The great location, facilities, show management and the growing support of the reiners in the South Central area and beyond, as well as to the innovative and “niche” events the show has created have all contributed to its success. For information on the Tulsa Reining Classic, visit

Tulsa Reining Classic Entry Deadline is August 7

We are excited for you to come to Tulsa! Remember that to avoid late fees we need to receive your entries, paid warm up requests and stalls by August 7. We also need your sponsorships!

It’s almost Tulsa Time!

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Bring Your 7-Year-Old Derby Horses 

Remember that the Tulsa Reining Classic SmartPak Non Pro Derby and Non Pro Novice Derby, the Elementa Open Derby and the Markel Open Novice Horse Derby are all open to 7-year-olds beginning this year!

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If you have a talent worth sharing, please let us know. We have a couple of slots left so contact us today and remember it all benefits the REINING HORSE FOUNDATION. If you are interested, please email to We want to hear from you!

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Wimpys Little Step Hits Another Million-Dollar Milestone: NRHA’s Newest Eleven Million Dollar Sire

For Immediate Release – August 5, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Thanks to the recent success of his offspring in both the U.S. and Europe, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Wimpys Little Step is unofficially the newest NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire. He’s only the third sire to reach this milestone, joining Topsail Whiz and Gunner.

Bred by Hilldale Farm, Wimpys Little Step is by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step. The 20-year-old stallion is owned by Silver Spurs Equine, LLC, and stands at Silver Spurs Equine-Oklahoma in Purcell.

Although he only competed for one year with NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida in the saddle, “Wimpy” earned great success in the show pen and boasts NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of more than $185,756. In 2002, the palomino stallion took reserve honors in The Tradition Open Futurity in Lexington, Virginia. The pair went on to claim the All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity and the NRHA Open Futurity Championships later that year.

Wimpy continues to further his legacy in the breeding barn. The stallion has produced 18 NRHA Open and Non Pro Futurity Champions and six NRHA Open Derby Champions. He also sired NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Wimpys Little Chic—currently NRHA’s all-time leading money earner, boasting $516,555 in NRHA LTE. In the 2019 show season, Wimpy’s offspring have already earned more than $40,000, helping to push the legendary stallion over the NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire mark.

His most notable offspring include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Collena Chic Olena): NRHA LTE over $516,555
  • RC Fancy Step (out of Sonita Wilson): NRHA LTE over $364,454
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (out of All Thats Dun): NRHA LTE over $285,340
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (out of Seven S Mimosa): NRHA LTE over $280,379
  • CFR Centenario Wimpy (out of Miss Hollywood Whiz): NRHA LTE over $173,740

Congratulations to Wimpys Little Step and Silver Spurs Equine, LLC, on this outstanding achievement!

Photo by Cappy Jackson