NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter Announces Planned Retirement

NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter has announced his plan to retire at the end of 2023, culminating a leadership role held since 2014. Carpenter made the announcement at the National Reining Horse Association Annual General Membership Meeting held on February 7 in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside the executive committee, board of directors, and staff, and I appreciate their support during this transition,” said Carpenter.

Carpenter was hired at the end of 2013 after a lengthy search for a new individual to lead the NRHA Office and work alongside the NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors to grow the association and expand its events and programs.

“I was a part of the search committee that hired Gary and have worked with him every day since,” said immediate Past President and current Director-at-Large Rick Clark. “Gary has exceeded all of our expectations, and we cannot thank him enough for everything that he has done for NRHA and for reining.

“More importantly, I appreciate his friendship, leadership, and guidance all of these years,” Clark added.

Prior to NRHA, Carpenter had extensive equine industry experience, including leadership positions with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), The Jockey Club, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and Colorado State University (CSU).

His start at NRHA was a breath of fresh air during a somewhat tumultuous time for the Association.

During Carpenter’s tenure at NRHA, the Association has seen explosive growth and widespread improvements, ensuring he will leave NRHA better than he found it.

“What is hardest to leave at NRHA are the relationships I have cultivated over the years with members and with our staff,” said Carpenter. “I am so incredibly proud of the team at NRHA. They are outstanding, passionate, and hard-working. I know I cannot work forever, but it does not make it any easier to leave.”

In an ode to his impeccable leadership and mentorship, the NRHA Office has seen its lowest turnover rates and boasts a well-tenured staff.

Notably, Carpenter was responsible for spearheading the highly successful development and launch of ReinerSuite, oversaw a much-needed relocation of the NRHA Headquarters, and helped make the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby record-setting events.

Additionally, he was the first to bring the idea of a formal strategic plan to the board of directors, allowing the Association to focus on developing goals, core strategies, and a mission statement to help guide the future of the association and strengthen its governing practices.

Carpenter remained steady during the global pandemic, having to make some hard decisions so NRHA did not succumb to the financial uncertainties many others faced. He was unwavering in his determination to ensure NRHA’s owned-events would continue to be held safely for staff and members.

“NRHA has been lucky to have Gary Carpenter for the past nine years, and we wish Gary nothing but the best in his retirement,” said NRHA President Mark Blake. “His knowledge, experience, and industry connections have proven invaluable.

“We know it will not be easy to replace him, but we are confident we have several qualified candidates for consideration,” Blake added. “NRHA will ensure a smooth transition and looks forward to beginning the process to find a replacement.”

An official search committee has been created to work alongside a professional executive recruiter in the coming months to find Carpenter’s replacement. A formal position description and details on applying are forthcoming.

Spooks Gotta Whiz and Magnum Chic Dream Cross Multi-Million Milestone

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) honors two sires for crossing their next million-dollar milestones — Spooks Gotta Whiz and Magnum Chic Dream. After the conclusion of the 2022 show season, Spooks Gotta Whiz reached $5 Million, Magnum Chic Dream hit the $9 Million mark.

A 2022 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee, Spooks Gotta Whiz reached $5 Million in offspring earnings just one year after reaching $4 Million.

Some of the most memorable wins during his career involve the 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Championship, ridden by NRHA $2 Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson, as well as the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Open Championship with NRHA Hall of Famer Shawn Flarida aboard.

The 16-year-old stallion is owned by Michell Anne Kimball, who purchased the horse from Duane Hicks in 2009. Bred by Clint Haverty, Spooks Gotta Whiz was sired by NRHA $2 Million Sire Spooks Gotta Gun and out of Prettywhizprettydoes, has lifetime earnings of more than $345,137.

Spooks Gotta Whiz’s top performers are:

Spooks Gotta Spark (out of Dolittle Lena) $215,585

Spooky Whiz (out of Myo Starlight) $186,042

Gotta Twist It Up (out of Make It With A Twist) $183,837

Spooks Show Time (out of Dolittle Lena) $176,091

Spooks Gotta Crush (out of Megas Sugar Baby) $150,528

Recently crossing the $9 million mark after reaching the $8 Million mark in the very same year is Magnum Chic Dream (out of Smart Chic Olena). His offspring have shown remarkable success, which is only capitalized by reaching multiple milestones in one year.

Magnum Chic Dream holds just over $44,000 in his show career and reached the Million Dollar Sire status in 2010. The 26-year-old stallion is owned by Jack and Viola Scott of Sherman, Texas, and was bred by Guy Du Ponchel.

Some of his accolades include 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion, shown by Casey Hinton, as well as NRHA Derby Level 3 Intermediate Open Reserve Champion, shown by Patti Brownshadel.

Magnum Chic Dream’s top offspring:

Msdreamy (out of A Gal With A Gun) $263,130

Chic Dreamin (out of Skeets Red Dunit) $247,272

Mr Farenheit (out of Wimpy Little Girl) $221,693

Taris Dreamer (out of Taris San Cutter) $194,311

Made By Magnum (out of Ready Make Cowboy) $193,791

2023 Kicks Off With Successful Judges’ Committee Workshop, School, and Inaugural Judges Monitor Session

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) held a workshop with the 2023 NRHA Judges Committee and Teaching Panel on January 11 & 12th, followed by the first NRHA Judges’ Monitors educational session for the first group of official monitors for the coming year. In total, 65 NRHA members made the trip to the office in Oklahoma City to start the year off by learning about advancements within the association to benefit members.

NRHA continues to grow rapidly, with new events introduced each year, breeding additional interest within the equine industry. Changes and ideas within the association are occurring to help members and events as the progression continues.

“As more NRHA events are requesting and asking NRHA for a list of judges’ monitors, the NRHA judges committee is working toward a unified and consistent Judges Monitor program,” said Patti Carter, NRHA’s Senior Director of Education & Officials. “The starting roster of Judges’ Monitors includes AAA judges who have experience in monitoring situations and who the judges’ committee is confident will have a unified and positive teaching approach when out in the field.”

The current Judges Monitor group will begin this new program, but the list is subject to grow based on judges’ experience. Judge Monitors are recommended for AA and A events. There are approximately 23 AA events and 16 A events planned for 2023.

The official inaugural group of Judges’ Monitors includes:

Ann Salmon Anderman
Bob Kail
Bub Poplin
Chele McGauly
Corey Hendrickson
Donnie Bricker
Drake Johnson
Edward Bricker
Ed Cridge
Kelly Sapp
Margaret Fuchs
Mark Turner
Matt Lantz
Michael McEntire
Ollie Griffith
Richard Pokluda
Sandy Jirkovsky
Terry Thompson
Van Luse
Reid Fady

Alessandro Meconi
Douglas G. Allen
Enrico Righetti
Eugenio Latorre
Jan Boogaerts
Lara Maiocchi
Maik Bartmann
Manuela Maiocchi
Rick Lemay
Ricky Bordignon

“Most of the domestic judges’ monitors assembled at the NRHA office on January 12, 2023, for formal education and direction from the NRHA Judges’ Committee. International Monitors will be assembled at the Italian judges’ school in February,” said Carter. “The Judges’ Committee is proud of this group and is looking forward to their positive effects on the NRHA reining industry.”