Online Bidding Offered for Horses Consigned in the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Markel Sales, held in December during the annual NRHA Futurity, will offer online bidding for the first time in recognition of concerns surrounding the coronavirus and its potential impact on travel and public gatherings.

“We want to be proactive and show that we’re aware that traditional bidding methods might not be practical due to the global pandemic,” said Doug Carpenter, Heritage Place representative and member of the NRHA Sale Selection Committee, which manages the sales. “We’re pleased to offer this additional mode of bidding for our live auctions come December.”

This also assures the best marketplace possible for sellers by expanding the bidding pool across the country and around the world.

Along with in-person and online bidding, the NRHA Sales will continue to offer phone bidding services.

“We support these creative innovations to keep the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales accessible to all buyers and sellers,” said NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter.

The NRHA/Markel Sales offer an outstanding group of two-year-old reining prospects, yearlings, broodmares, and show horses from leading breeders, owners, and trainers. All sales are managed by the NRHA office with the support and direction from the NRHA Sale Selection Committee. The quality and integrity of the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales is reflected in the graduates of the previous sales—they have won millions in NRHA earnings since the first 2-year olds sold in 1993.

For more information on the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales contact us at or call sale manager Angie Honeywell at (405) 946-7400, ext. 123.

Sliders’ Night Out Honors NRHA Elite

For immediate releaseDec. 5, 2019Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – It was a night of honor and tradition as the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) hosted the annual Sliders’ Night Out, presented by Toyon Ranch, during the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships. New members were added to the NRHA Hall of Fame and two outstanding individuals were recognized for their contributions to the sport of reining.

NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees

Snip O Gun

Snip O Gun, by One Gun and out of Miss Kim O Lena, was purchased by her current owner, Tammye Hutton of Hilldale Farm in Brashear, Texas, as a 4-year-old from Hill and Dollie Clements. While she has never shown in the arena, this exceptional mare has proven herself as a star dam from her first foal, producing some of today’s most recognizable reining horses.

Roberto Cuoghi

Roberto Cuoghi has been involved in the reining world for more than 30 years. Today, he’s one of NRHA’s most successful European owners, breeders, and nominators with offspring both on the top and bottom sides of well-known, performing reiners. Cuoghi was the first owner to enter an Italian-bred horse, Master Snapper, in the NRHA Derby. Master Snapper went on to win all three divisions of the 2006 NRHA Open Derby with Kelly Zweifel. Cuoghi paved the road for many European breeders who’ve followed in his footsteps. 

Claudio Risso

Claudio Risso’s name is synonymous with reining all over the world. His NRHA membership dates back to the early 90s and spans many categories—owner, exhibitor, breeder, nominator, and mentor. Risso is 14th on NRHA’s Leading Owner list by breeding money-earning offspring that have accumulated more than $912,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). Most recently, his horse Spat Olena made history as the first European horse to make NRHA’s Million Dollar Sire list

Find more information about these inductees here.


2019 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award: David Silva

David Silva and his wife, Bonnie, have both supported NRHA for well over 30 years as exhibitors, breeder, sponsors, and owners. Silva’s loyalty to the sport has encompassed all levels of reining, from grassroots all the way to elite competition. Silva has been a major donor to the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) as well as RHF. He’s also sponsored a variety of shows throughout the Northeast Region.

2019 NRHA Reiner of the Year: Taylor Sheridan

The NRHA Hall of Fame Committee developed a new award supported by RHF to recognize the NRHA Reiner of the Year. This new accolade allows NRHA to honor a person or entity who enacts a measurable, positive influence on the industry. The inaugural recipient of the Reiner of the Year award is Taylor Sheridan.

A horse enthusiast since childhood, Sheridan started reining after his Hollywood acting and directing career took off. He elevated his commitment to reining by producing The Last Cowboy, a reality-based TV program on Paramount Network, which tied to August’s Run for a Million event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Last Cowboy put reining center-stage by chronicling the journeys of eight reining professionals as they prepared elite horses for the Million Dollar Invitational, the marquee event of the Run for a Million. Both the television series and the event in Las Vegas brought reiners together in a unique way and exposed a new audience to the sport of reining.

Find more information about these honorees, here and here.

Sliders’ Night Out, presented by Toyon Ranch, benefits the non-profit branch of NRHA—the Reining Horse Foundation. Dinner and dancing are both staple elements of the evening, but the awards presentation and live auction get the blood pumping.

Thanks to the generous donors and bidders, RHF is able to support its philanthropic efforts. This includes the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, providing scholarships for NRHyA members, and perpetuating reining’s legacy.

Without members and sponsors, NRHA and RHF wouldn’t exist. Both entities are thankful for the support they continue to receive year after year for Sliders’ Night Out as well as their many other events and fundraising efforts. For details on how to become donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at or (405) 946-7400.

Annual NRHA Sire & Dam Auction Under Way

Not only does Nov. 29 mark the beginning of the NRHA Futurity, the annual Sire & Dam auction also starts on Thanksgiving. Running through 12 p.m. CST on Jan. 10, 2019, bidders can buy their lots through the online auction platform.

Starting bids for the auction are 60 percent of the originally advertised breeding fee or $500 (whichever is higher). Any unsold breedings in the auction are available afterward on a first-come, first-serve basis. All available breedings can be found here.

Created in 1966, the NRHA Sire & Dam program provides significant benefits to participants while helping support the NRHA. Featuring benefits for both stallion and mare owners, this program is the perfect addition to any breeding program. Mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings that they may not otherwise have access to at reduced rates.

Offspring resulting from the NRHA Sire & Dam program are automatically eligible to compete at both the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby without a nomination. Additionally, Sire & Dam offspring have reduced entry fees and later entry deadlines to the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby.

Stallion owners who wish to participate in this year’s auction can still donate to the program. For more information contact Lauren Loeliger, Sire & Dam Program Representative, at (405) 946-7400×133 or with any questions.

2019 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC – Daily Updates

The State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is bustling with activity in preparation for the reining industry’s largest and most prestigious event. Not only will the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships once again top $2 million in total payout, it promises to be a show full of extraordinary excitement. Visit for more.

12.7.19 – Cade McCutcheon and Super Marioo Claim Level 4 Open Championship

12.7.19 – Xtra Half N Half Tops NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale

12.7.19 – McKinnon Larcombe Claims Second Adequan® NAAC Title on Designed With Shine

12.7.19 – Custom Vintage Berry Tops Markel Futurity Prospect and Select Broodmare Sale

12.6.19 – Jesse Asmussen and Ruf Style Of Play Win NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity 

12.6.19 – Short Stirrup and Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under Champions Crowned in Oklahoma City

12.5.19 – Rookie Riders Take the Spotlight for the Adequan® NAAC 

12.5.19 – Emily Emerson Wins NRHA Invitational Freestyle on Give Me Starbucks

12.5.19 – Inferno On Ice Tops NRHA/Markel Futurity Select Yearling Sale

12.5.19 – Sliders’ Night Out Honors NRHA Elite

12.4.19 – Andrea Fappani and Guns In My Genes Top NRHA Open Futurity Semifinals 

12.4.19 – Josh Murphy and CBKtinseltownsparty Win NRHA Honorable Mention Futurity

12.4.19 – Riders Advance from CINCH Non Pro Futurity Consolation

12.3.19 – Larcombe & Kulmer Win Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Titles in Tuesday’s Competition

12.3.19 – Asmussen & Keller Top NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity Preliminary Round

12.2.19 – Current NRHA Futurity Preliminary Round Leaders

12.2.19 – Rafacz and Yarbrough Win Adequan® NAAC Nov. Horse Non Pro Titles

12.1.19 – Adequan® NAAC Competition Continues at State Fair Park

12.1.19 – Jessicah Keller and Snips Shining Gun Lead NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity Preliminaries

11.30.19 – Two New NRHA Adequan® NAAC Champions Crowned on Saturday

11.30.19 – NRHA Open Futurity Semi-Finalists Decided After First Round of Competition

11.29.19 – Madison Rafacz Wins NRHA Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro on Whizenboonsmal

11.29.19 – Tremblay & Muehlstaetter Lead NRHA Futurity Open Preliminaries First Go after Second Section

11.28.19 – Stillo and Boyes Win Adequan® NAAC Open & Int. Open Titles at NRHA Futurity

11.28.19 – McCutcheon and Schmersal Lead NRHA Open Futurity Preliminaries 

11.27.19 – 2019 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Begins Thursday

Gobble! Gobble! Make Buffet Reservations Now

Even though you are away from home during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, you can enjoy a meal with your reining family thanks to the Thanksgiving Buffet hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation. The buffet takes place Thanksgiving Day, November 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Sale Arena at State Fair Park.

Over the past decade, exhibitors have come to appreciate the meal as a relaxing way to mark the holiday without leaving State Fair Park or searching for another dining option. The delicious buffet prepared by Impact Catering features traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and desserts.

The Reining Horse Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the National Reining Horse Association, hosts the event as a goodwill gesture for the reining community. Annual fund donors to the Foundation’s Reiners Club receive buffet tickets at the Contributor, Partner and Champion levels of $1,000 and above.

You’re encouraged to make advance reservations on or before November 27 to take advantage of the lowest pricing: $30 per adult, $12 for children 4-12; and free for ages 3-and-under. With an advance reservation, you can pay online when making your reservation or at the door. Go to:

Advance reservations help make sure there is enough food and seating; pricing increases to $50 per adult at the door and $20 for children 4-12.