National Reining Horse Association Awards 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) acknowledges one outstanding volunteer for commitment to giving back to the sport of reining. At the NRHA Awards Banquet on February 9, the 2018 honoree learned she would be acknowledged moments before accepting her award, but her dedication to NRHA has stood a far longer test of time. Ask any one of the many reiners whose lives she has impacted—Ann Salmon-Anderman couldn’t be more deserving of this honor.

At just under 30 years with an NRHA membership to her name, Anderman has served the sport she loves in almost every role she could find, from NRHA board and committee member to judge and steward to competitor, and, of course, volunteer.  Through extensive involvement with her local affiliate, the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA), Anderman extends her passion for the sport to others, beginners and pros alike. After serving as president of SWRHA for three years, she continues to play an instrumental role in managing the SWRHA Futurity and Show as well as the SWRHA Reining Boot Camp. Her goal of giving every exhibitor a place to compete led her to introduce entry level classes to SWRHA shows.

Today, her desire to improve both her affiliate and the sport of reining as a whole has driven her to pursue innovative ways to increase communication between judges and exhibitors. As an NRHA Professional, Anderman and her husband train and host clinics at their facility in Pilot Point, Texas.

And her service to the sport of reining certainly won’t stop now. After 20 years of dedicating herself to volunteer work in the industry, Anderman is ready to continue giving back to the horses she loves and the people who love them.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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Gunner – NRHA’s Newest Eleven Million Dollar Sire

Thanks to the recent success of his offspring in both the U.S. and Europe, legendary stallion and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Inductee, Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun, APHA Colonels Smokingun), is the newest NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire. He is only the second sire to reach this milestone.

Owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, Texas, the 1993 stallion was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama. By Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun, Gunner was a stand-out in the show pen. Some of his accolades include 1996 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 1998 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, and 2001 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions National Reining Champion in Gladstone, New Jersey. His NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) total more than $173,700.

Gunner’s top-earning offspring are:

  • Tinker With Guns (by Tinker Nic): $344,117.65 NRHA LTE
  • Gunners Tinseltown (by Miss Tinseltown): $305,307.49 NRHA LTE
  • Americasnextgunmodel (by Cee Dun It Do It): $289,486.18 NRHA LTE
  • Gunners Special Nite (by Mifs Doll): $219,737.15 NRHA LTE
  • Gunnatrashya (by Natrasha): $218,046.65 NRHA LTE

Congratulations to Gunner and McQuay Stables Inc. on this outstanding achievement!

Photo: Magoteaux

2018 NRHA Professionals of the Year Named

For Immediate Release – January 24, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) affiliates are invited to nominate their favorite NRHA Professionals for top honors in one of the following categories: Professional Horseman of the Year, Professional Horsewoman of the Year, Non Pro Coach of the Year, Youth Coach of the Year, and Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year. Nominees must exemplify excellence in the reining community and are chosen based on their mastery and contribution to promoting the sport of reining and NRHA. Below are the winners for each category, who will receive their award at the 2019 NRHA Convention & Awards Banquet held February 6-9 in Oklahoma City.

NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year – Dan Huss

Dan Huss’ career in the saddle began over 30 years ago. Pursuing his passion, he double majored in science and equestrian studies at the University of Findlay, where he stayed to teach for 20 years. It was in the early 2000s when Huss and his wife, Wendy, decided to instead pursue the training process he had developed at Findlay (breaking down each maneuver into a few steps, allowing a client to master it, and then moving on to the next). Their first stop was Double Run Farms in North Carolina, where Huss trained Wimpys Little Step, a well-known sire in the reining industry who went on to win the 2002 NRHA Futurity. The adventure didn’t stop there; Chicago, Illinois was where they then spent the next three years, developing a successful training program for non pro rider, Jose Vasquez.

In 2006, Dan and Wendy Huss were able to set up Even Odd Farms, their own training facility. Here, they made a name for themselves before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona for its potential to grow their business in the reining industry. Huss continues to coach top level non pros and youth riders at Huss Performance Horses while also bringing home big NRHA titles himself. His NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) exceed $550,000 with many championship titles and finalist qualifications in the NRHA Derby, NRHA Futurity, All American Quarter Horse Congress, and many more. He also helped the U.S. Reining Team bring home a gold medal in the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2018 where he also took home an individual silver medal. To top off his accomplishments, not only a reiner but also as a horseman, was his crowd-wowing, bridleless run on Ms Dreamy at the AQHA World Championship Show in the Senior Reining. That moment will remain a part of reining history.

NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year – Abby Lengel

Abby Lengel’s passion for reining was sparked by a chance lesson taken on a reining horse with Drake Johnson, a Colorado NRHA Professional. Since 2007, when her reining career got its start in youth 14-18 and rookie competitions, the Colorado native has had great success in the show arena as an assistant trainer and as a non pro coach.

Lengel graduated with a degree in Equine Industry and Business at West Texas A&M University. Shortly after she started working as an assistant trainer for NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary. Between the trust Deary instilled in her early on with training high-end prospects and the passion she brings into the sport – from mucking stalls to training a horse off of the release of pressure – her talent is evident. She credits a great deal of success to the “corrective criticism” and encouragement Deary has provided since 2014. She continues to excel, placing high in the biggest NRHA competitions, all while keeping the trust of the horse as well as the horses’ mental health front of mind.

NRHA Non Pro Coach of the Year – Dave Moore

With over 20 years of experience and dedication to the sport of reining, Dave Moore has been said to “exemplify what NRHA stands for.” This is demonstrated through his promotion of reining from the local to national levels. Moore and his wife Kim live in Southwest Ranches, Florida where their ranch, Sheridan Oaks Stables, exists as a hub to many reining clinics and lessons.

Moore has coached numerous youth, open, and non pro circuit champions; however, he “does not place emphasis on winning, but being the best that you and your partner can be on any given day.” His nomination said, “He teaches his students to respect the sport and their partner.” His talents extend past teaching the skills needed to be a good horseman and successfully show in reining. The passion Moore holds for horses and reining show every time he is with a student as “he has no clue what a one-hour lesson is.” The time spent with his students always exceeds the allotted time; he even makes himself available on his days off from work. He “is very selfless and is always encouraging all exhibitors, not just the members in his barn, to be the best they can be.” During his involvement within NRHA, Moore has had much success in the show ring as an exhibitor, a judge, and most importantly, a coach.

NRHA Youth Coach of the Year – Dean Latimer

Dean Latimer of Marietta, Oklahoma first showed with NRHA in 1985. With over 30 years dedicated to the sport as an exhibitor, judge, and trainer, Latimer’s knowledge of NRHA Rules and Regulations accentuates his credibility in teaching youth reiners. As an “excellent, patient mentor,” the lessons taught in the arena by Latimer carry through to other parts of life for many. His ability to never miss a step on top of his “articulate and detailed” explanations cause him to be an impeccable coach. He is known to talk his students through each maneuver of the pattern they are about to run, provide encouragement before go-time, and end with “’now go have some fun.’”

Latimer not only excels in coaching, but also in being a skilled rider in the show pen. Boasting an NRHA LTE in excess of $160,000, he has worked for both Loomis Ranch and Arcese Quarter Horses as well as shown in the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby, and many more elite shows. Latimer has also had individual success at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and has had many students achieve accolades in prestigious events as well—an exhibition of his premier coaching abilities! His passion for the sport doesn’t stop there. He raises, trains, and sells his own horses, sits on the NRHA Judges Committee, assists with the NRHA Judges School, and has been a large advocate in NRHA’s Respect the Horse. Respect the Sport. campaign.

NRHA Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year – Trent Harvey

Trent Harvey became a member of NRHA in 2013 and has had much success within the industry as both a trainer and rider. Spending a combined five years working as an assistant trainer to NRHA Million Dollar Riders Casey Deary and Jordan Larson, he has learned from some of the best in the industry. Not only does his training combine the finest techniques from Deary and Larson, but his family’s longstanding roots in the sport ignite a separate passion altogether. Dale Harvey, Trent’s father, was an NRHA Member for over 20 years, and remains a big inspiration to the reining community as a whole, even after his passing in 2017. “Following the death of his father, [Trent] has easily stepped into his shoes.”

Beyond helping future generations of reiners in Marietta, Oklahoma, Harvey continues to make big marks in the show pen. He has won many awards and titles at NRHA events such as the NRHA Derby and NRHA Futurity with over $100,000 in NRHA LTE. There is no doubt that he is qualified to earn the Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year title as “a knowledgeable horseman and all-around good guy.”

For more information about the NRHA Professionals program or to find a Professional to help with training or lessons, visit nrha.com/professionals.

Cira Baeck Joins NRHA’s Million Dollar Rider List

For Immediate Release – December 20, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) welcomes NRHA Professional Cira Baeck as the second female, and first European female, to join the list of Million Dollar Riders. Baeck flew into the next level of her career with two top qualifying rides during the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Finals this past weekend atop NF Shining Whiz and Sailorsacrofpride BB.

Under Baeck, NF Shining Whiz, owned by Kim Windey and David Perneel, clinched the title of the L4 Open Reserve Championship with a score of 227. She also rode Sailorsarcofpride BB, owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen, and exited the arena with her total earnings amounting to about $50,000 throughout the 2018 IRHA Futurity that ran from December 7-15 in Cremona, Italy.

The Belgian trainer and NRHA Judge won her first NRHA paycheck in 2002 and has actively competed in European and North American NRHA events ever since. Beginning as a youth competitor, Baeck has received multiple honors during the past decade and a half, including the following:

  • Three-time NRHA Open World Champion Top Ten: 2013 on Whizasunnysailor BB (3rd), 2015 on Whizasunnysailor BB (2nd), and 2017 on Gunners Snappy Chic (3rd)
  • Two-time NRHA Non Pro World Champion, plus six other Top Ten placings in the same division: 2007 on Don Quixote Escapes (1st), 2008 on Peek A Boom (1st), 2008 on Whizashiningwalla BB (3rd), 2010 on Gumpy Grumpy BB (3rd), 2009 on Whizashiningwalla BB (4th), 2007 on Little Gump (6th), 2009 on Gumpy Grumpy BB (6th), and 2005 on Little Gump (7th).
  • Three-time FEI World Equestrian Games medalist: 2010, 2014, and 2018 Team Silver Medalist for Belgium
  • 2013 IRHA Derby L4 Open Champion on Whizasunnysailor BB
  • 2014 NRHA European Derby L4 Open Champion on Colonels Shining Gun

Cira Baeck credits NRHA legend and Hall of Fame Inductee, Bill Horn, for her drive and passion for the sport as he continues to be her biggest inspiration. Other NRHA Professionals, such as Brent Loseke and Bernard Fonck, NRHA’s first European based Two Million Dollar Rider, also have been influential in Baeck’s career.

Photo by Andrea Bonaga