The Run For A Million To Host Raise a Million Auctions to Benefit Reining Horse Foundation

For Immediate Release – May 28, 2021 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Run For A Million, set for August 18-21, will feature two auctions to benefit the Reining Horse Foundation. The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas will welcome both a silent auction featuring items for bidding throughout the competition and a live auction that will precede the Gala Select Sale on August 21.

NRHA President and Foundation Board Member Rick Clark reached out to The Run For A Million team leaders Taylor Sheridan and Amanda Brumley about a fundraiser at the event. He said, “We were already set to have our volunteers run an RHF booth at the event to encourage people to be part of the Reiners Club, and I asked what we could do to raise money while we were there. Amanda suggested a silent and live auction and this grew from that. I ran the idea past the RHF Development Committee and Board and got their blessing, then challenged each of them to get donations for the auction.”

Clark continued, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation and we can’t thank Taylor and Amanda enough. This is really big and really appreciated.”   

Brumley agrees that the auctions will be massive – both in content and in result. “When Rick asked me what we could do, I thought this would be a perfect venue and a big moneymaker for the Foundation – considering the huge crowd.  The energy of the event will help the items sell.”

With Las Vegas opening completely on June 1, The Run For A Million event is expected to be a sellout, and the response to the auction should result in considerable benefit for the Foundation. She added, “We encourage people to get creative with what they can donate – with items in all price ranges. I urge everyone to take part and help the Reining Horse Foundation so it can help others. We are all paying it forward.”  

Reining Horse Foundation Executive Director Leslie Baker said, “The Run For A Million was developed to celebrate and grow the sport. Now, this new collaboration has resulted in the creation of The Raise A Million Auctions with the sole purpose of giving back to the reining community through NRHA’s charitable, nonprofit organization. This is especially meaningful given that we are celebrating the Reining Horse Foundation’s 20th anniversary throughout 2021. We are grateful that those attending The Run For A Million will have a chance to get to know more about our mission and programs.”

Already, the items donated for the auctions are indicative of the impact of the event and promise to create a fun event that raises money for an important cause.

  • 2022 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo VIP “Night at the Rodeo” donated by BMW Quarter Horses
  • 100X Custom J.W. Brooks Hat donated by J.W. Brooks
  • Custom Belt made and donated by Eclectic Beadwork
  • Headstall donated by Mullinax Custom Leather
  • Custom Headstall donated by Bob’s Custom Saddles
  • Show Pad by Golden West donated by Nancy Tague
  • Show Pad donated by Show Diva
  • Show Pad donated by Show Stoppin
  • Moody Chic Scrap Sketch Ink/Watercolor by artist Josey Butler, donated by Terri Mainey
  • Commissioned Drawing created by and donated by Kaci O’Rourke
  • A Breeding and Chute Fee for No Smoking Required, the co-champion of The Run For A Million 2019 donated by owners Schmersal/ThorSport Inc.

Other items are being received daily and there is still plenty of time to take part in the auctions! Donations of trips, unique experiences, services, training packages, artwork, jewelry, goods and more are all welcome. Donors should submit by August 1 to Brumley Management Group,

Attn: RHF Auction, 28150 N Alma School Pkwy #103-619, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. For information on the auction or RHF, contact Leslie Baker at lbaker@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 106.

The mission of the Reining Horse Foundation is to care for and honor the reining community. Core programs include the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund to benefit reiners enduring hardships such as major illness, accidents and disasters; youth leadership development and scholarships for members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association; and perpetuation of the sport’s history through the NRHA Hall of Fame. For information on the RHF auctions, visit reiningfoundation.com/auctions.

Transfers are Simple with ReinerSuite

The National Reining Horse Association’s phenomenally successful ReinerSuite program has changed the lives of reiners, trees, and landfills worldwide by making it easier to do “paperwork” online. Eighty percent of NRHA members are using ReinerSuite to do things like check eligibility, renew memberships, research records, and access member reports.

Angie Honeywell, NRHA Senior Manager of ReinerSuite and the Futurity Sale, wants to urge more members to take full advantage of the easy-to-use software. “Transferring a horse’s competition license is a top transaction, and it’s the first step to showing your new reining horse. We want more members to know how simple and convenient it is to process a transfer through ReinerSuite,” Honeywell shared.

NRHA member Cappy Dryden is delighted with the ease of use. She said, “ReinerSuite has made transferring horses so easy. I wasn’t sure how to start it, so I went to their Help section, and it walked me right through the easy process. I simply scanned the signed transfer, attached it, and submitted it. Within an hour I had my new papers!”

As Dryden said, the process is pretty self-explanatory. Users simply click on “Horses” on the sideboard on the left side of the screen, then click on the “Finder” tab, and enter any part or all of the horse’s info (depending on how the switch is toggled). When the search results come up at the bottom of the screen, click on either the horse’s name or the “Select” button. After the horse’s information appears, find “Transfer Competition License” on the bottom left of the screen. Specify the new owner(s) by typing in the name(s), then click “Browse” to upload the proof of purchase. All that’s left to do is click submit and pay.

To clarify, Honeywell said, “Ownership can be proven in several different ways: a signed transfer, a bill of sale, a breed association transfer or registration papers with the new owner’s name, a cash receipt, or insurance documentation for the horse that lists the owner. This feature is so easy for our members, that I want to encourage more to give it a try.”

To register for a ReinerSuite account or access the library of how-to videos, visit https://nrha.com/reinersuite. Questions can be submitted via email to memberships@NRHA.com.

2020 Arcese/MS Diamonds TX IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-year-old Open Futurity

It’s Dream of a Lifetime and a Lifetime of Dreams for Quarter Dream as Nico Sicuro and Dance Wimpy Spook Capture the IRHA Open Futurity Championship

Cremona, May 22— The 2020 Arcese / MS Diamonds TX €204.000,00-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity Finals closed the first major event held in Europe this year. Held in conjunction with the 2020 NRHA European Futurity and the ELEMENTA Italian Reining Championship Finals in Cremona, Italy, over 600 horses made their way to the city of violins vying for the prestigious titles.

Nico Sicuro

An Open Final full of emotion, first of all because of the long pause away from the show arena due to the pandemic, closed with 24-year-old Nico Sicuro claiming his first Futurity title: The

€138.750- added Level (L) 4 Open Championship. Sicuro and Dance Wimpy Spook, a mare by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Dance Little Spook (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook), owned and bred by Pietro Marseglia’s Quarter Dream, scored a 223 for the win which also earned Quarter Dream the International Reining Horse Breeder Association (IRHBA) 2020 Breeders Award. “This is incredible, it’s every professional’s dream, and it certainly has always been mine,” said Sicuro. “I am very happy and still can’t believe this happened. My mare was great and couldn’t give any more than she did. What makes this win even more special is that I started working for Quarter Dream in 2019, and this mare comes from the first string of horses that I trained from the start. I could not have done this without Pietro Marseglia and the team behind me, and of course my family.”

Tying for the Reserve honors were Giuseppe Prevosti aboard BH Walla Whiz On Top (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x ARC Jersey Lil BH), owned by Ambrosini Quarter Horses and bred by Hubert Bosin, and Francesco Barbagli on Jerzy Szumanski’s Lil Jo Gunner (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash x Designed By Gunner), bred by Green Valley Ranch, scoring 220.

Francesco Barbagli

On home turf, Barbagli laid down a great performance tonight that also earned him and the flashy palomino blue-eyed mare the €37.500- added L3 as well as the €18.750- added L2 Open Championships. “This has been a dream that I’ve had ever since I was a kid,” he said. “There are no words to describe how amazing this mare is. She has never said no: She’s always tried to do everything to the best of her ability putting her whole heart into what she’s doing. I’ve had her for a while now and she loves reining—I simply had to ride her. I didn’t train her…I found myself in her path, and I didn’t have to do anything other than respect her.”

Stefano Angelucci and Capitain Sparked (Frozen Sailor x Sparked In the Shade), a mare owned by Giulia Rossi and bred by Tiziana Rancitelli, closed with the Reserve Championship in the L3 Open with a score of 218. Pierluigi Chioldo & RTR Whizard Of Oak (My Showbiz Whiz x Hickory Penny Oak) bred and owned by Massimiliano Rossi scored 217 for their L2 Reserve Champion finish.

Fabio Russo

The €9.000- added L1 Open Futurity Champions were determined after the conclusion of the first section of the Open Finals. Draw #13, Fabio Russo and Valerie Zozin’s Great Gunna Whiz, a gelding by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of Great Dudes Whiz, posted a 215.5 which held and was enough to capture the L1 Open Futurity Championship. “The horse was really great today,” said Russo, Italian professional Pierluigi Chioldo’s assistant trainer. “He has been with us for almost a year and here his performance improved consistently from the first qualifying go round up to the finals. He is always willing to work at home and only needs to be ridden 15 minutes a day. He is a really special horse and I would like to thank the owners and Pierluigi [Chioldo] who has always been close to me helping me throughout this amazing journey.”

The titles and the reserve spots in the top three levels all went to Italian professionals. In the L1, Czech Jonáš Bujnoch rode Lucky Valley Ranch’s PL Not Trashy, a mare by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of Nu Chex Donna, to a 214.5 and Reserve honors. “I really like this mare and I’m happy with our run today. We plan to show her at other futurities in Europe this season, such as the Austrian Futurity, and then come back to Cremona for the European Futurity in the fall.” The long haul was well worth it!

Following strict COVID-19 and EHV-1 protocols, the first major show of the season was held behind closed doors. It could not have been done without the joint effort of IRHA, NRHA, CremonaFiere, the local authorities, the staff, and Giancarlo Doardo’s organizing committee, TfY.

A special thank you to Andrea Bonaga, the man behind Bonaga Communication. It is thanks to Bonaga and his team that reining fans worldwide could be part of the event thanks to the great images and videography!

For complete results:  https://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=1024

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6666 Ranch Becomes Naming Sponsor of NRHA Derby Presented by Markel

Important Title Sponsorship Raises Payouts in All Divisions!

The 2021 NRHA Derby welcomes a naming sponsor in 2021 as it becomes the 6666 Derby presented by Markel. The sponsorship brings an incredible new payout framework for both the Open and Non Pro Derby, thanks to 6666 Ranch and Taylor Sheridan.

Sheridan explained, “The 6666 Ranch and Bosque Ranch have joined Paramount TV’s Yellowstone to support the NRHA Derby.” Created to reward NRHA Derby Champions of every level – from Open to Non Pro – this sponsorship helps create excitement and rewards reiners of all levels. 

It raises the Open L4 Derby championship from paying $60,000 to paying $75,000 – while in many levels the money awarded to the champion more than doubles! These substantial increases extend to all the Non Pro divisions, including a guaranteed $30,000 to the L4 Champion.  

A quick look at these new benchmarks compared to 2020’s payments:

 Division2020  Derby Champion
Earnings
6666 Derby Champions
Guaranteed Payment
Open L4 Champion$60,000$75,000
Open L3 Champion$23,477$35,000
Open L2 Champion$9,596$20,000
Open L1 Champion$4,263$10,000
Open Prime Time Champion$2,205$5,000
Non Pro L4 Champion$18,800$30,000
Non Pro L3 Champion$14,351$20,000
Non Pro L2 Champion$8,690$15,000
Non Pro L1$3,220$5,000
Non Pro Prime Time Champion$2,602$5,000
Youth Champion$1,318$2,000
Non Pro Masters Champion$1,122$2,000

Sammi Miller, NRHA Sr. Director of Corporate Relations & Communications, noted, “We are thrilled to welcome Four Sixes Ranch as the naming sponsor of the NRHA Derby. This iconic ranch is a treasured part of our western heritage and we are honored to be associated with it, as well as with Bosque Ranch and Paramount TV’s Yellowstone, thanks to Taylor.”

Sheridan summarized, “Expanding both awareness and participation in equine events such as the NRHA Derby is vital not only to the sport of reining but all equine sports, just as it is vital to the preservation of the quarter horse and paint horse. The horse is a cowboy’s most precious tool and closest friend, and the cowboy is an irreplaceable gear in the engine of American agriculture. Events such as the NRHA Derby not only preserve the rich heritage of the horse, they preserve the heritage of the rider as well.”

Clearly, Sheridan is committed to the success of the 6666 NRHA Derby and his commitment to give back mirrors the dedication shown by long-time NRHA sponsor Markel Insurance. Miller added, “We thank Markel Insurance, which remains the presenting sponsor of the NRHA Derby. It is because of Frank Costantini and Markel Insurance’s commitment to the reining industry, and this event in particular, that the Derby has grown so much.”

Along with its rich history from its beginning in 1870, legendary American quarter horses and superior Angus cattle are hallmarks of the Four Sixes Ranch. The ranch not only offers state-of-the-art reproductive services and a full range of equine veterinary services but stands to the public some of the most well-respected AQHA stallions in the industry. Its exceptional broodmare band produces elite race, ranch, and performance horses.

Bosque Ranch, owned by Sheridan, is the premier livestock provider in the film and television industry, providing horses for the cast of ‘Yellowstone’ as well as films such as ‘Hell or High Water’, ‘Wind River’, and Warner Brother’s ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, along with the upcoming ‘Twelve Mighty Orphans’. It has also produced performance horses such as Walla Walla Starbuck: 2019 AQHA Senior Reining Reserve Champion, 2021 Run for a Million Non Pro qualifier; Setting Off To Town: 2020 NRHA L4 Open Futurity finalist, 2021 NRBC L4 Open finalist, 2021 Run for a Million Open Finalist;  and Kreyzy Horse, a six-year-old stallion with $97,000 in earnings.

Yellowstone is the highest-rated cable drama since its premiere in 2018. It returns to Paramount Network for its fourth season in 2021 as the chronicle of the Dutton Ranch continues.

For information on the 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel visit the website at NRHADerby.com.

2020 Quarter Dream IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity Finals: Fabio De Iulio Clinches the Level 4 and Valentina Monti Sweeps the Levels 3, 2, 1

Cremona, May 21—The 2020 Quarter Dream €96.000,00-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Non Pro Futurity provided tons of excitement on Friday night in Cremona, Italy. Second to last to go, Fabio De Iulio and his own Gunnaroostyah (NRHA Four Million Sire Gunnatrashya x Del Cielo Shining), bred by Carlo Orsi, scored a 214.5 to take the €51.000,00-added Level 4 Non Pro Championship.

Fabio De Iulio

“I purchased this horse from Rabboni Quarter Horses, who had purchased him in the U.S., after looking at quite a few prospects with [Italian professionals] Pierluigi Chioldo and Mirko Piazzi,” said a smiling De Iulio fresh off his win. “He was a little green but, thanks to his talent and big heart, he was quick to grow and learn. Tonight, I didn’t show him well at all, but this is truly the cherry on the cake: After 20 years of competing, I finally managed to win this title we all crave. In the first go, I rode him better, and aside from a stop, the rest went well and we made it to the Finals. Tonight, considering the scores before me, I tried to focus on his strong maneuvers—stops and spins— and to stay out of the penalty box. I have to thank my trainer Pierluigi Chioldo for the work done with him and for the help here during this Futurity.”

The L4 Reserve Championship, a point behind the winners, went to Gina Schumacher and Bubbles On Ice (SG Frozen Enterprise x Shining Bubbles), a gelding owned by CS Ranch Management SA, bred by Toyon Ranch LLC.

Valentina Monti

Sweeping the €26.250,00-added L3, €11.250,00-added L2, and the €7.500,00-added L2 was Valentina Monti with her Valentina Baby Pale (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit x OT Luky Highway Baby) between the reins. It was truly an emotional night for Monti who bred, raised, and trained her mare AKA “Peppina” and qualified her for all four levels. “It’s a dream come true after a life of sacrifice,” said Monti, a biologist. “She gave me all the energy she had; pattern 12 is a tough and long one. She was born at Roberto Cuoghi’s facility and is out of a mare I own and am actually showing here at the Italian Championship Finals. I raised Peppina and trained her until the three-month lockdown when, thankfully, [Italian professional] Pierluigi Chioldo had her in training and managed to keep her happy and fit. When things opened up she came back home and I continued the training with the Futurity being our goal. This result is a dream come true and I feel truly blessed.”

Taking the Reserve L3 and 2 Championships with a 213 was Martina Baldelli riding Frozen Taco (Elvis Peppys Taco x Docs Lil Sailor), owned and bred by Christian Baldelli.

Vittorio De Iulio and Mr Magic Chex (ARC Magic Enterprise x Miss America Chex) owned by Fabio De Iulio and bred by Angelucci QH, after winning the Non Pro qualifier, scored a 211.5 in the Finals settling for the L1 Reserve Championship.

 The 2020 Arcese/MS Diamonds TX €204.000,00-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity Finals will close the event which is held behind closed doors. Section 1 starts at 3 p.m. / Section 2 at 7 p.m. TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE ONLINE DRAW, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Competition will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, with the Matteo Bonzano FISE Non Pro Italian Championship Final, the NRHA Non Pro, and the 2020 Elementa FISE Italian Championship Finals.

For those that would like to follow the action live, see below:

Livescore and full results:  https://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=1024

Livestream: https://iframe.dacast.com/live/e2eec26b-7144-f2c7-b0df-0153dcd0c24b/700a9c79-2f1c-cf5b-44b3-6ba65280613c

For further information: www.itrha.com

Photos by Bonaga Communication

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Media Contact:
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