Your Reiner Is Coming Back In House

We’ve had an exciting 18 months with the NRHA Reiner experiencing many highs to celebrate and a few lows to learn from. We’re pleased to announce that the Reiner will come back in house for all production phases beginning with the March 2020 issue.

Bringing the magazine back to Oklahoma City allows us to offer member-friendly advertising deadlines, a larger trim size, and higher-quality paper for the product. This all helps the Reiner better serve the NRHA membership by telling the stories of the members and their horses, reporting on important industry activities, and helping members become the best horsemen and horsewomen they can be for their equine athletes.

For sales inquiries, please contact Bucky Harris at bharris@nrha.com or Chris Maedche at doubleoranch@hotmail.com. To share feedback about the Reiner, email reiner@nrha.com.

Auction Including Bob Avila’s NRHA Futurity Saddle to Benefit NRHyA

For Immediate Release – October 23, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) is set to auction a piece of history: National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional Bob Avila’s 1994 NRHA Futurity champion saddle.

Won riding Lenas Wright On, the saddle was donated by Avila to benefit NRHyA programming. It will be auctioned during the Reining Horse Foundation’s premier fundraising event, Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch, on December 4 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

“In the last couple of years, I have participated in a few things with youth programs and it got me thinking about this,” Avila said. “I have had the saddle for a long time, and I thought it would be a neat thing for the kids. I would rather help them than anyone else.”

Funds generated from the saddle will help provide scholarships, leadership opportunities, and programming to the youth members of NRHA. NRHyA is funded through RHF, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

“Winning the NRHA Futurity is incredibly special, and there are only 30 people in the world who have ever won it,” Avila said. “It is a dream that every trainer in the world, young or old, has. He [Lenas Wright On] was a special horse and a great athlete. You don’t get a lot of those in your lifetime. It is a very special saddle to me, and I want it to help the kids.”

Not only can spectators bid on this commemorative saddle and other items offered in the live auction, but they will also enjoy an event where RHF recognizes former and incoming NRHA Hall of Fame inductees, honors the 2019 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and presents the first-ever NRHA Reiner of the Year award. It is a night celebrating the sport’s legacy and bright future.

“I am getting older, and I would like to see the stuff I have end up with people who will appreciate it,” Avila said.

Advance reservations are encouraged to ensure a chance to attend Sliders’ Night Out and enjoy the steak dinner and celebration. The benefit is held in conjunction with the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show.

To make event reservations or bid by proxy on the saddle, contact Leslie Baker, RHF Executive Director, at (405) 946-7400 ext. 106, or email rhf@nrha.com.

Our Condolences: Pat Feuerstein

On October 18, 2019, the reining family lost a beloved member and longtime supporter of the industry, NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Pat Feuerstein. Pat first became involved with NRHA in 1972, competing as a non pro before she began assisting the East Coast Reiners Association with show administration and more. As an accomplished writer, Pat served as the feature editor of the NRHA Reiner at the magazine’s launch in 1980. She held that position until 1993 and continued to work closely with NRHA and contribute to the NRHA Reiner for many years. She also served as senior reining editor for NRHA Corporate Partner Quarter Horse News and was published in several other equine publications throughout her career. In 2004, Pat was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame as a tribute to her many contributions to the sport. Throughout her life, Pat remained dedicated to the reining industry, and her influence will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. Our deepest condolences to Pat’s husband of 54 years, Bob, and their two children, Jean and Paul.

Celebration of Life for Pat Feuerstein:
Sunday, November 17th, 1-4 pm
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company
1701 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474

SWRHA Futurity Celebrates 35 Years – Daily Updates

As the Oklahoma temperatures drop the pressure felt by horse trainers across the country builds. Reiners from across the country began to converge on the Hardy Murphy Coliseum today in preparation for the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Horse Show, which officially beings Oct. 22, and runs through Oct. 27. This year the SWRHA Futurity and Horse Show celebrates its 35th year of being, “Where the finest go first.”

It’s one of the last opportunities for National Reining Horse Association Futurity hopefuls to get competition exposure before the event that begins at the end of November.

Over the past three decades, many SWRHA Futurity graduates have gone on to win big at Oklahoma City. It has regularly been one of the association’s larger events, thanks to the support and success of its annual stallion auction.

In 2018, the SWRHA Futurity and Horse Show paid out more than $217,000, which included $135,000 in added money and 1,251 entries, placing it thirteenth on the list of 2018 NRHA leading events. As entries continue to pour into the SWRHA office, it’s clear 2019 will be another big year.

“We were at full capacity in 2018 so we were happy that the Hardy Murphy facility added 26 new permanent stalls and thought that would handle the demand,” Cheryl Cody of the SWRHA management team said. “It quickly became apparent that we needed more so we added 42 portable stalls. It seemed that should take care of the numbers but we currently are sold out and have a waiting list! We are at nearly 600 stalls and that’s the most, ever.”

The Custom Made Dunit Non Pro Futurity will be held on Friday, and the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity will run on Saturday. Throughout the week, NRHA ancillary classes will be held, featuring great prizes for participants.

Along with the futurity and NRHA ancillary classes, the “Southwest” as it is affectionally called, is known for being innovative and fun. That should be the case for Friday night, Oct. 25, when the Outta Dough Master’s Non Pro Challenge makes its debut. The winner of this event, only for riders age 60 and Over, will receive a trophy saddle and other special prizes. The Masters Challenge will follow the traditional Friday Fun activities of the Markel Pizza Party, the Rein in Cancer Dog Race and the Kid’s Halloween Costume Leadline and Walk-Trot classes.

Speaking of fun, earlier in the week on Thursday, participants can enjoy the Nutrena Exhibitor Party, which features the Pinnacle Equine Embryo Transfer Auction plus door prizes, including $1,000 Shorty’s Gift Certificate.

For complete results, make sure to “Like” the SWRHA Facebook page, or visit the website.

Contact: Southwest Reining Horse Association, 13181 Hwy 177, Byars, OK 74831

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

MS Diamonds TX Amps Up Involvement at the NRHA Futurity

For Immediate Release – October 10, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – MS Diamonds TX by Sleipnir has renewed its corporate partnership with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and added another level of dedication through a new sponsorship.

As NRHA’s official diamond jeweler, MS Diamonds TX has provided a uniquely crafted commemorative ring for both the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion and the owner of the winning horse since 2016. Now, they’ve increased their continued commitment by sponsoring the Level 4 Open Finals at the 2019 NRHA Futurity. Additionally, MS Diamonds TX will provide specially crafted pins for the owners of all the horses competing in the Level 4 Open Finals.

“The past three years have been a thrill,” said Oded Fein of MS Diamonds TX by Sleipnir. “Being able to create a Championship Ring for the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion and owner of the winning horse was a dream come true and has added even more prestige to the biggest reining event in the world.”

With the additional title sponsorship of the Level 4 Open Finals, MS Diamonds TX will now expand their impact in the reining realm even further.

“Oded Fein’s passion for the sport of reining shows through his sponsorship of the NRHA MS Diamonds TX Level 4 Open Futurity Finals and his creation of the NRHA Level 4 Open Champion Rings,” said Sammi Miller, NRHA Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Communications. “NRHA’s renewed partnership with MS Diamonds TX by Sleipnir is a proud moment for NRHA.”

“Joining the list of NRHA Corporate Partners made us proud and sponsoring the Level 4 Open Futurity Finals is an honor,” Fein said. “Our motto is ‘earning your trust, carat by carat,’ and I would like to thank NRHA for trusting us once again.”

The MS Diamonds TX Level 4 Open Futurity Finals will take place on the final evening of the 2019 NRHA Futurity, which runs November 28–December 7 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

MS Diamonds TX by Sleipnir is an international manufacturer that retains a vast inventory of diamonds cut and polished at the highest standards of craftsmanship. For more information about MS Diamonds TX, visit msdiamtx.com.

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