NRHA Announces New Corporate Partnership with 7 Lakes Ranch

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) proudly announces its newest corporate partnership with 7 Lakes Ranch, a newly constructed 236-acre reining facility based in Purcell, Oklahoma.

Founders Janice Laney and Thiago Boechat spent the last three years building the 236-acre reining facility from the ground up. The vision began with the purchase of a majestic parcel of land overlooking the landscape, nearby towns, and seven natural bodies of water, hence the name 7 Lakes. Before building the ranch, the duo toured numerous facilities to create their list of “must-haves.” The result is clear-span buildings with lots of natural lighting, tall ceilings, cross ventilation, wide aisles, and a layout that allows horses to thrive in a social environment. For the humans, the layout features a 2,500 square-foot office/entertainment lounge with walls of windows overlooking the 150’ by 300’ indoor arena and the pastures filled with the ranch’s future performers.

With its first-class facilities in place, 7 Lakes aspires for excellence in both breeding and training the industry’s top performing reiners with an eye toward the future. This plan includes a commitment to outstanding stallions and mares. Laney owns two stallions–both standing at NRHA Corporate Partner Toyon Ranch. Jerseys Baby Driver, known affectionately as “Hercules,” was one of her first purchases at the 2017 Legacy Sale. The buckskin stallion, trained and shown by NRHA Professional Trevor Dare, won the 2021 NRHA Open Level 4 Derby and the 2022 National Reining Breeders Classic. Hercules is known for his huge stopping ability, as well as his kind demeanor and “forever bond” with Trevor’s son, Cavin.

In 2022, Laney purchased a stallion from Europe to be shipped to the USA. Maytheforcebewhizyou, known as “Obiwan,” garnered numerous championship titles in Europe under the guidance of elite trainer Mirko Midili. Obiwan is by NRHA $7 Million Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz, which gave him an athletic style and ideal conformation and allowed him to be an outstanding breeding stallion.

The 7 Lakes breeding program centers on a small but mighty group of exceptional mares. These mares bring bloodlines from some of the industry’s top performers and producers, including NRHA $2 Million Dam Wimpys Little Chic, Wind Her Up Chic, NRHA Hall of Famer Dun It For Chex, Chic Olena Starbuck, and Prettywhizprettydoes.

An elite ranch would not be complete without enlisting the industry’s top trainers. Boechat, an industry veteran with years of experience as a trainer, breeder, and manager, oversees the training operation. He secured Mirko Midili, a three-time NRHA European Futurity Champion, as the head trainer at 7 Lakes. Midili brings commitment, experience, and tremendous talent to the team. Notable wins for Midili include the 2012 IRHA Open Level 4 Futurity on SG Frozen Enterprise; the 2019 European Futurity; the 2019 IRHA 3-Year-Old Futurity; the 2021 IRHA Derby and the 2021 IRHA Elementa Maturity (both on Maytheforcebewhizyou); the 2021 NRHA European Futurity and the 2021 IRHA 3-Year-Old Futurity.

Associate trainer Leonardo Kellermann came to 7 Lakes after spending five years working for NRHA $8 Million Rider Andrea Fappani. Kellermann’s professionalism, talent, and dedication belie his age, and he has already proven to be a valued asset in his short time at 7 Lakes. He recently won the Level 1–2 Open Stakes at the 100X Stakes Cowtown Classic on Coat of Many Colors, a 4-year-old mare by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Lonely at the Top.

Together, Mirko and Kellermann are a team that ensures a strong and bright future for the 7 Lakes Ranch program and are currently accepting a limited number of outside horses for training.

“It’s great to welcome a facility as prestigious as 7 Lakes Ranch to our family of NRHA Corporate Partners,” said NRHA Commissioner Billy Smith.

“I’m excited to join as a Corporate Partner with NRHA as a natural next step in the evolution of 7 Lakes,” said Laney, a Reining Horse Foundation board member since 2023. “As an owner and breeder still new to the sport of reining, I have a sincere love and passion for the horse and talent in the industry and am committed to continuing to do my part through 7 Lakes in helping the sport grow and thrive.”

With 7 Lakes Ranch, NRHA is poised to reach new heights in promoting the reining horse industry. This partnership reflects a shared vision for the sport’s future, built on passion, dedication, and respect for the horse.

About 7 Lakes Ranch

7 Lakes Ranch, located in Purcell, Oklahoma, is a premier reining horse program dedicated to excellence in breeding and training. Founded by Janice Laney and Thiago Boechat, the ranch boasts state-of-the-art facilities and a team of top trainers and industry professionals. With a commitment to the highest standards, 7 Lakes Ranch continues to produce elite-caliber horses, driven by the belief that “If you dream it, you can achieve it.”

NRHA Professionals Take on the Adequan®

The first slate of National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open classes began in the Adequan® Arena today at 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel. NRHA Professionals who have earned less than $10,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) competed in the first slate of these classes. They will enter the show pen again on Monday, June 17, for their chance at earning a high-point buckle by Montana Silversmiths.

Arnaud Ferret rode Conquistadors Dun It to a 145 to win the first slate of the Intermediate Open. The 10-year-old gelding has $66,000 in NRHA LTE. 

“He is super fun,” said Ferret. “The owner is showing him in the rookie and the [Classic Equine] Green Reiner, and he has been a pleasure for her and takes care of her. I was supposed to school him, but he felt great, so I put my chaps on and just showed him. He was awesome for me!”

Conquistadors Dun It was bred by Double Run Farm and is owned by Garret Stevens. The gelding is by NRHA Hall of Famer Hollywood Dun It and out of Conquistadors Sandy.

Juan Robledo Coppiano and Alpha Sushi Chic earned the top spot in the Rookie Professional. The 8-year-old mare is owned, bred, and nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses LLC and has $6,000 NRHA LTE. By Wimpy Chic and out of Shiney Sushi.

“I started riding her this year, and she’s a really special mare because she taught me a lot,” said Coppiano. “She is just so athletic, so physical. She can do everything awesome. She has taught me a lot—how to feel what a great horse is.”

Twenty-three-year-old Coppiano joined NRHA a mere year ago, signing up as a professional. Before today, he had $255 in NRHA LTE.

“I am really fortunate to be riding her because she is just awesome and has taught me a lot,” said Coppiano.

Eduardo Giannasi showed a 7-year-old mare to the top of the first slate of the Limited Open with a 144.5.

Boujee is owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Thorsport Inc. and was bred and nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses LLC.

“This is the first time I showed this mare. I usually ride her at home,” Eduardo said. “Allison Thorson [with Thorsport Inc.] is the owner and usually shows her, but I had a lot of fun showing her today.”

Boujee has nearly $23,000 in NRHA LTE and is a cornerstone of the Thorson’s breeding program, bringing excellent bloodlines to pair with their own stallions, and others, to create up-and-coming prospects all while competing in the show pen.

“Of course I love to show, but having assistants like Eduardo show is also important so they can not only gain experience and a great show resume for his own respective career as a trainer, but also help coach me as a non pro in other events,” said Thorson.

The Toyon Ranch Rookie Free-For-All begins tomorrow, June 16, in the Adequan® Arena along with the second slate of the Classic Equine Green Reiner classes. If you are not in OKC to watch the action live, visit to view the free live feed.

Reining Heats Up on Opening Day of Open Competition at the 2024 6666 NRHA Derby Presented by Markel

The Oklahoma City Fairgrounds buzzed with excitement today as the first day of competition in the Open Derby at the 2024 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel kicked off. Top NRHA Professionals and their exceptional equine partners took center stage in the Jim Norick Arena, showcasing their talents and vying for a coveted spot in the prestigious Open Finals.

Level 4 Open and APHA Chrome Cash Leaders – Luca Fappani and Trashy Dreams

At the end of section one, Luca Fappani and Trashy Dreams, by Hall of Famer Gunnatrashya and out of This Chicsdundreamin, held the lead in the Level 4 after entering the show pen at draw number four and marking a 224. The pair also currently tops the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Chrome Cash division. The 6-year-old mare, owned and nominated by Neiberger Performance Horses LLC, first entered the show pen as a 4-year-old under NRHA Million Dollar Rider Fernando Salgado. Fappani took over the reins the following year. Together, the duo has more than $40,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE).

Level 3 Open Leaders – Arno Honstetter and McNastyy

Arno Honstetter and McNastyy lead the first section of the Level 3 Open Derby with a 223.5. They also lead the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Open Derby and the Tamarack Ranch 4-year-old Stakes. The Sarah Christen owned stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Miss Mcdreamy. Honstetter is the head trainer at Story Book Stables, the nominator of 4-year-old McNastyy, who is owned by Sarah Christen.

Level 2 and Level 1 Open Leaders – Gabriele Landi and Trashya N Hollywood / Leonardo Kellermann and Magoworthy

Two NRHA Professionals are tied to lead the Level 2 and Level 1 with a 218.5. Gabriele Landi rode Trashya N Hollywood, a 5-year-old stallion bred and owned by Marc and Kathy Gordon. The stallion is by Gunnatrashya and out of Sheza Hollywood Chic and has nearly $15,000 in NRHA LTE.

Leonardo Kellermann rode Magoworthy, a 5-year-old stallion is bred, nominated and owned by Terry Leffew. The stallion is by Hall of Famer Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Banjoes Shining Star.

Prime Time Open Leaders – Franco Bertolani and Blueyedgirl

The Open Derby Prime Time leader is Franco Bertolani and Blueyedgirl, who earned a 220.5 for owner Bruna Bertolani. The 7-year-old mare has more than $94,000 in NRHA LTE and was bred and nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC. Blueyedgirl is by Gunners Tinseltown and out of Shining Survivor.

With the first day of competition complete, anticipation continues to build for the remaining sections of the Open Derby. The fight for a spot in the lucrative Finals on June 22nd is wide open, promising a thrilling week of reining action ahead. The action continues tomorrow with section two of the 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel beginning at 8 a.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. While at the event, join us for the Buckle Ceremony to celebrate the 2023 World and Reserve World Champions; the 2023 Top 20 Professionals, Non Pros and Owners; and the 2023 NRHA Professionals of the Year.

Non Pro Competition Commences in the Adequan® Arena

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to announce the winners of the first slate of ancillary Non Pro classes at the 2024 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel. The competition showcased the remarkable skills and dedication of our non pro riders, underscoring the longevity of reining.

Kent Ray Taylor emerged as the champion in the first slate of the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, and Prime Time Non Pro with a stellar performance on Xtra Wimpys Catalyst scoring an impressive 145.5.

“I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to own such a perfect horse,” said Taylor. “He is a black unicorn! He goes in and delivers, and I have the best time.”

Xtra Wimpys Catalyst is a 9-year-old stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Im Not Blonde. Bred by Milholland Training Inc., Taylor has owned the stallion since 2021, and together, the duo has earned many titles.

“He takes care of me while I sit up there and act like I know what I am doing when I don’t,” said Taylor with a laugh. “He delivers big scores, and he is the best horse in the world.”

Riding her 10-year-old gelding Mega Mag, Nancy Murfin-Moxley won the first slate of the Masters Non Pro, a class created for riders older than 60.

“He is such a special individual. I feel blessed and honored to own a horse like him,” said Murfin-Moxley. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. He’s just so honest every time I ride him. He’s happy; It’s an honor to get to ride such a special horse.” 

Mega Mag is by NRHA Hall of Famer Magnum Chic Dream, out of Big Gold Chex, and was bred by Garth Hystad.

“I can’t give him enough accolades for what he deserves,” said Murfin-Moxley of the gelding she dreamed of owning while watching NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Hinton show him throughout his derby years.

Sherman Lauder took home top honors the Legends class, created for riders over 70, with a 137.5 on Gunner Magic.

“Tickled me to death to win,” said Lauder. “I was really pleased with the run. Our trainer works really hard and my wife and everyone supports me. I am lucky enough to win once and awhile.”

After the gelding didn’t work out as an open derby horse, his wife, Cheryl, tried him. As a former Quarter Horse jockey, she thought he felt too lazy to her, Sherman felt fortunate to get a chance to show him.

“He is so special to us because we raised him, and he is a great horse to have around,” said Lauder. “The legends class is a really good deal for people my age and gives us an advantage to keep showing. My kids are old enough to show in the prime time now, so this is a true opportunity. I told Cheryl, ‘If you can’t beat them, you have to outlive them.’”

Lauder also won the platinum class at the Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide this year on the 13-year-old gelding by NRHA Hall of Famer Gunner and out of Jacs Shining Fancy.

Green Reiners Take the Show Pen

At the end of the first slate of the Classic Equine Green Reiner, there was a three-way tie for first place in the Level 1 and 2 with a 140.5. The three women taking top honors proved there is a place for everyone in the Classic Equine Green Reiner classes as ages spanned from 15-59.

On June 17, Harper Kiseljack will have officially been an NRHA member for one year. Although the 15-year-old recently joined, she has already earned more than $400 in youth, rookie and green reiner classes on her own Smart Taz Olena, an 8-year-old gelding by $7 Million Sire Smart Chic Olena out of Smart Pep Chickasha.

“I’ve had ‘Cheeto’ for almost two years now,” she said. “I showed him in the cow horse, but he wasn’t very cow-y so he did a lot better in the reining. We’ve only started reining this year and it’s just fun!”

Elle Russel rode Magnums Half Moon, a 4-year old gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Barbies Half Moon. The 15-year-old said, “He’s an amazing horse, the best horse I’ve had!” 

Susan Fiely rode her own Cash Made Easy, an 8-year-old gelding by NRHA $2 Million Sire Lil Joe Cash and out of Easy Lil Lady.

“He is full of personality,” said Fiely. “He flaps his bottom lip when we run. It’s just a little thing he does that I find quite endearing because it keeps me relaxed.”

Join us tomorrow in the Adequan® Arena for the Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional.

First Competitors Set to Enter the Jim Norick Arena Tomorrow at the 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel

The anticipation is palpable as the first day of competition at the 6666 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby presented by Markel draws near. Tomorrow, the spotlight will shine on talented NRHA Professionals and their exceptional horses as they kick off the Open Derby.

Set against the backdrop of the OKC Fairgrounds, this year’s 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel promises to deliver thrilling performances and showcase the best in the sport. With competitors ranging from seasoned professionals to rising stars, the Derby is an opportunity to witness unparalleled horsemanship, precision, and artistry in reining.

Spectators can look forward to a week filled with high-energy performances, starting with the first run tomorrow and culminating in the highly anticipated Non Pro and Open finals on June 21 and 22, respectively.

In addition to competing for a spot in the Levels 1-4 Open finals, NRHA Professionals are also vying for top honors in the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Open Derby, the Tamarack Ranch 4-year-old Open Stakes, Prime Time Open, and APHA Chrome Cash. The champions of these classes will be awarded on Sunday, June 16, after the conclusion of section three. 

The aforementioned 4-year-old Stakes features the highest added money open-aged event, which is not restricted by nomination, stallion, etc.

To recognize the popularity of the 4-year-old Stakes division and to support its longevity, the NRHA Board added an additional $100,000 beginning in 2023, bringing the total added money of the Tamarack Ranch Open Stakes to $110,000.

The guaranteed payouts for Stakes champions are:

  • L4 Open – $100,000
  • L3 Open – $35,000
  • L2 Open – $20,000
  • L1 Open – $10,000
  • Prime Time Open – $5,000

Whether you’re a seasoned fan cheering on your favorites, or a newcomer to the electrifying world of reining, there’s something for everyone at the 2024 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the thrill of reining competition firsthand! Mark your calendars and join us tomorrow as we begin the journey of crowning the next generation of reining champions.

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