Successful Shows Continue to Slide into the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

62191899dfbe9c41d13d7002017b1cda2d7702b1Jacksonville, FL (March 24, 2017) – The sport of reining requires precision from horse and rider, impeccable footing, and safe, quality facilities, and that’s exactly what the Jacksonville Equestrian Center has to offer to the Florida Reining Horse Association (FHRA). In February, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center hosted the FRHA Florida Classic, and this coming weekend it will host a FRHA Florida Reining Horse Show. The FRHA has chosen to host all of their 2017 shows at the Jacksonville, Florida facility. After the most recent show held at the center, the FRHA couldn’t be happier with that decision.

“The recent FRHA show held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Award will go down as one of the most successful shows the club has put on, and we could not be more thrilled,” says Catherine Crandon, show manager for the FRHA. “The staff at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is terrific. We had over 450 horses on the show grounds and an equal number of participants at the February show.”

The FRHA Florida Reining Horse Show on Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will see more talented reiners competing for winning titles.

“We chose the Jacksonville Equestrian Center because of the wonderful indoor coliseum, and the footing is especially great for our discipline,” says Crandon. Crandon also stated that the facility’s location was convenient for exhibitors and spectators traveling from the west and the north, inviting more participation.

At the FRHA Florida Classic, six days of competition at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center included the FRHA’s inaugural 777 Non Pro Challenge for older horses and non-professional riders, Para Reining, and short stirrup classes for the youngest reiners. Some of the top horses in the country also came to compete for their share of $30,000 added money in the Santa Hill Ranch Open Derby, which was won by Robin Schoeller of London, Ohio. “We had lots of great times at that show,” says Crandon. “Our Open and Non Pro derbies were just amazing this year and the competition was tough.”

Outside of the arena, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere allows for exhibitors and owners to enjoy some shopping and concession stands between classes.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility on 80 acres, with a multi-purpose coliseum that features a 150’ x 300’ arena with plenty of seating for spectators. For exhibitors, the center features climate-controlled restrooms and showers, night security, many RV hook-up sites, well-kept footing, and close proximity to highways, hotels, and restaurants.

The FRHA is looking forward to hosting two more shows at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center this year, on March 25-26 and November 3-5. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no fee for spectators. To learn more about the sport of reining or the FRHA, please visit

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center always welcomes associations that are looking for top-quality care and amenities for their horse shows, educational seminars, sporting events, or community events. To learn more about what the facility has to offer, or to request more information, please visit

Photo: Mark Rafacz from Ocala, Florida, riding for owners Peter and Courtney Morgan, won the 7up Open Derby at the FRHA Florida Classic at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center (Photo courtesy of FRHA – no photo credit necessary)

For Immediate Release
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Debbie Stegner
(904) 255-4215
13611 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32221

Markel Insurance Sale Graduates at the 2017 NRHA European Futurity

Cremona, March 27 – Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Breeders Showcase Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

As the in-gate of the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity opens in Cremona, Italy with the qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity, amid the 100 plus horse-rider-combinations vying for the titles in the four levels, the following Markel sale graduates will be competing:

  • Shine N Dixie – 2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect sale graduate – owned by Georg Hildner and shown by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner of Austria
  • Whiz Little Star – 2014 NRHA/Markel Select Yearling sale graduate – owned by Isabeau Rohde and shown by NRHA Professional Stephan Rohde of Germany
  • Wimpy Margarita – 2015 NRHA/Markle Futurity Prospect sale graduate – owned by Maurizio Ferrarol and shown by NRHA Professional Massimiliano Ruggeri of Italy

2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospects consignments GH Smart Donna (owned by Domenico Gianniti and shown by NRHA Professional Roberta Dubini of Italy) and Whiz N Spook (owned by Margot Van Doorne and shown by NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig of Germany) will also be taking part in this ninth edition of the European Futurity.

Markel, official insurance partner of NRHA, has over 50 years of expertise in insuring horses and horse-related businesses. As a leader in the horse insurance industry, Markel pioneered many of the equine coverages available today. Their insurance products include: Horse Mortality, Private Horse Owner Liability, Farm/Ranch Property and Commercial Equine Liability.

For further information, visit

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The Las Vegas Wild Card Reining Challenge Returns in 2017 with over $115,000 in Added Money

WCRC_logoThe Time Has Come! The Competition Is Set! We’ve Broken Tradition!

The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016. Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.


“For years I have been listening to horsemen lament the fact that some very good horses are not ready for the extreme physical and mental stress that can come with three-year-old reining competition,” says Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, LLC., creator of the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “Horsemen say that some horses are not ready for it. They need a little extra time; some slower preparation. Talk about a Four-Year-Old Futurity has been floating around here for a lot of years. I think it’s an idea whose time had come.”

A lot of folks agree with Amanda. The concept not only allows for slower development of valuable, top quality equine athletes, it also precipitates longevity for the horse’s ultimate career in the show pen. The event dates for the Wild Card show in late May provide an additional nine months of training time past the three-year-old deadlines. Those nine months can be critical to the development of muscle, bone, strength and dexterity.


A big supporter of this concept and now the title sponsor of the Wild Card Reining Challenge Four-Year-Old Futurity is Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon. Owner Suzy Simar is a longtime supporter of the Brumley Management shows. “Without the financial support of sponsors like Tamarack Ranch, the shows I produce just wouldn’t happen,” states Brumley. “These premier events are very costly to produce. A facility like the South Point and all that it has to offer is a perfect location for a horse show, but comes at a high price. The folks at South Point are fantastic to work with and bend over backward to make my events a success so to me, every penny is worth it!”

In addition to the $65,000 Added Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity, the Wild Card Reining Challenge has added a $40,000 Added 4 Year Old Stakes. While the Futurity has eligibility requirements, the Stakes does not. It is open to all 4 year old horses. Also if Futurity exhibitors wish to cross enter into the Stakes as well, they have the opportunity to win even more money.

Jody Brainard
Jody Brainard

Eligibility for the Wild Card Four-Year-Old Futurity requires the entry to be a four-year-old at the beginning of the calendar year and cannot have been shown in ANY Age Event Competition/Futurities (NRHA Category 2) as a 3 Year Old. These horses can be shown in AQHA, NRHA or NRCHA events in order to receive the show seasoning required as part of the training process, as long as the added money and 3 Year Old Aged Event category restrictions are maintained. Horses are allowed to show in Aged Events as a 4 year old prior to the Wild Card event. “Our plans are to make the Wild Card Reining Challenge just as unique as its “sister shows”: the Cactus Classic, Arizona in March; the Reining By The Bay, California in July, and the Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic, Nevada in September,” says Amanda Brumley. “We have included two full slates (NRHA Category 1) of competition and a 7 & Up Non Pro SmartPak Maturity at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, and classes for our friends from the World Para Reining Organization. In addition the Wild Card is hosting two slates of National Arabian Reining Horse Association qualifiers for the fall NARHA World Championships.”

Andrea Fappani
Andrea Fappani

The educational seminars, sponsored by Horse & Rider Magazine, on training, horse health care and judging were a huge hit in 2016. NRHA Judges Chairman Jody Brainard hosted the “Inside the mind of a NRHA Judge” seminar. Samples of runs on video were reviewed to help spectators understand what judges are looking for in reining maneuvers, in addition to reasons for penalties. Dr Kris Crowe gave an extremely well detailed look into how to care for a performance horse prior to and after competition. Four Million Dollar NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani shared his insight into speed control and lead changes. Fappani pointed out what he sees exhibitors doing that sets them up for penalties and offered detailed instruction as to how to work with a horse to simplify cues so the horse can clearly understand what the rider is asking.

The Wild Card Reining Challenge has also joined forces with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USA Reining to offer a youth qualifier for the FEI Youth and Young Rider Reining World Championships August 9-12, 2017 at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. Another qualifier is being offered to Open riders interested in competing on the US Team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) September 10 – 23, 2018.

When asked about how the first year of the Wild Card Reining Challenge went, Brumley stated, “Fantastic! Of course I expected it to be small the first year and it was, but so was High Roller when it started ten years ago. The concept of the 4 Year Old Futurity needs time to evolve. Although I don’t think it’s going to take long. We are already expecting double the entries this year.”

For additional information contact Amanda Brumley (602) 677-3774. or visit the event website at

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.

Equine Businesses Welcomed to Register for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge

The 2017 Challenge features more winners and more ways to win! 

Georgetown, TX, March 9, 2017 – Time to Ride invites stables, clubs and all horse businesses nationwide to register now for the 2017 Time to Ride Challenge, a grassroots competition offering $100,000 in cash and prizes!

In its fourth year of competition, the Challenge is the only industry-wide effort specifically designed to encourage entry-level participation in riding and other horse activities. Participating horse professionals will work to create engaging outreach events in Phase I, May 1st through August 31st, that connect with the general public and introduce families to the joy of horses. Then in Phase II, which occurs simultaneously and continues through September 30th, they will help these new horse enthusiasts get involved regularly through riding lessons or other ongoing horse experiences. The stables, clubs and businesses which introduce and convert the greatest number of newcomers will win their share of $100,000 cash and prizes across size-based divisions.

Past participants report enthusiastically about their experiences in the Challenge, including Susan Dudasik, owner of Misfit Farm in Salmon, Idaho: “Once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun and you come up with all kinds of new ideas. We had 55 [newcomers] last year [2015] and over 200 this year [2016] and really surprised ourselves!! Never thought we’d get that many. This is such a neat program and we’re already looking forward to next year!”

Tina Renison-Ambrose, owner and instructor at Cross Roads Stable in Elverta, California shared, “The Challenge helped me market my business, and I have picked up 30 more clients from all our events! Not too bad for sharing the love and passion we have for horses with new people every day!” Cross Roads Stable won $1,000 as fourth-place winners in the medium division.

Competing in the Challenge is free, and the contest takes place May 1st through September 30th. Time to Ride invites stables, clubs, businesses, instructors, veterinarians, and all other horse professionals to sign up now! For more information, please visit or contact

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. Since 2014, Time to Ride programs have introduced nearly 100,000 newcomers to horses and helped grow 78% of the participating horse businesses. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, The Right Horse Initiative, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, the National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council 

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Contact: Christie Schulte – or 512-591-7811

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.

Wildfire Relief Effort

NRHA Members & Supporters — Livestock Supply Donations are being accepted for those affected by the recent wildfires.

In the heart of horse country, NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation are asking for donations of livestock supplies (hay, feed, wound supplies, fencing, etc.) to assist Oklahoma and Texas ranchers impacted by the recent fires. We are offering to connect those in the horse industry with those who are in need through a series of drop-off locations.

Donation Locations for Hay, Feed, Wound Supplies, Fencing Supplies

  • NRHA Office – 3021 W. Reno, Oklahoma City 73107 – 405-946-7400 – Drop off on-site, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F. To help keep a sustained effort beyond the initial response, the NRHA Office plans to take donations until further notice, and coordinate delivery to those most-in need.
  • Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide – Tulsa Expo Square – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Visit the OkRHA show office for instructions for drop-off.
  • Southwest Reined Cow Horse Spring Into Spring Horse Show – Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044 – Through Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Drop donations in Stall 110. Stop by Stall Office for questions.
  • Additionally, NRHA member and Texas AgriLife Extension agent Mike Jeffcoat is heading up donations for Gray, Wheeler and Roberts counties (806-669-8033, office). Hay donations can be made directly at Clyde Carruth Pavillion (301 Ball Park Drive, Pampa, TX).

Volunteers to Transport
If you are interested in donating your time/equipment to haul, please contact Christa Morris-Stone (405-946-7400 or This will be a huge help in the effort.

RHF Crisis Fund
NRHA members affected directly by these disasters are reminded that the Reining Horse Foundation Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund can stand in the gap to assist financially in the weeks and months ahead. Donations are always welcomed. More information and an application for aid can be found at​​

Question? Other Ways to Help?
Contact Christa Morris-Stone at NRHA if you have questions (405-946-7400), or other ideas that can help in the effort. We encourage everyone to share this information with their horse friends.

Donate directly to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Fire Relief Fund


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We thank the Lazy E Arena, Oklahoma Reining Horse Association and the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association for their cooperation.