2019 NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth Reining Cup

Cremona, Italy, unites youth from around the world! 

Cremona, May 17 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press —“Globalization” is certainly one of the most used words by Joao Marcos, owner of Cardinal Ranch in Texas and owner of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Dun It For Chex. After two successful events held in Brazil where the youth were in the limelight, Joao Marcos turned his attention to Europe in collaboration with IRHA and European Council president, Roberto Cuoghi. The idea of reuniting young riders from all over the world is about to become reality; the international competition is open to riders age 12-18 [run under NRHA Category 11] and each country is represented by one rider selected by their national affiliate. An amazing 19 countries will be represented in the inaugural National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) Global Youth Reining Cup: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Uruguay, and USA. Each country will be represented by one youth rider holding an NRHyA membership and competitors from outside Europe will ride horses generously made available by owners based in Italy.

 

“I am thrilled to see this dream come true for so many young riders around the world,” said Joao Marcos. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our sport and we look forward to hosting youth representing 19 countries. I would like to thank Roberto Cuoghi for his collaboration, NRHA, RHF, IRHA staff and International Horse Press for their support and hard work.”

 

Italy has been host to many an international competition organized by IRHA and, for Cuoghi, the Global Youth Reining Cup is yet another event that will make history. “It is an honor to be able to host the Global Youth Reining Cup in Italy and I look forward to welcoming youth from around the world to Cremona,” he said. “I have always believed in helping our youth grow and I would like to thank our sponsors, the owners that graciously provided the horses, and all those that contributed to the making of this event. I wish all the riders from around the globe the very best and, make sure you enjoy the ride. A special thank you goes to the parents of the youth riders: They are our Main Sponsors!”

The first edition of the NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth World Cup will be held on May 25 at 9 a.m. in Cremona during the Salone del Cavallo Americano prior to the IRHA Open Derby Finals take place.

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NRHA Board of Directors Vote to Create Category 13

For Immediate Release –- May 15, 2019 –  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors convened on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 to share and discuss the thoughts and concerns of the membership regarding how the Run for a Million Invitational will affect NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). The board unanimously voted in favor of creating a new category so that the earnings from the Run for a Million Invitational will not count towards LTE and NRHA Million Dollar status.

On Tuesday, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to rescind its previous motion and to recommend the creation of Category 13. This opened the way for the board of directors to also reassess its previous decision.

“The NRHA Board of Directors heard, listened, and took action to move in the direction that stakeholders felt was important,” said NRHA President Mike Hancock. “Members from around the world chimed in and spurred the decision to revisit the topic and take additional action.”

In order to recognize the class at the Run for a Million Invitational without counting the winnings toward the Million Dollar LTE acknowledgment, a new category had to be implemented by the board. The new category will read as follows:

Category 13

NRHA approved classes not corresponding to other NRHA Categories. Not for lifetime earnings, Million Dollar (sire/dam/owner/rider/breeder) status, rider/horse eligibility, Top 20 Program or World Champion and Top Ten Awards. Requires an NRHA Professionals, Non Pro, Youth, or Youth Non Pro membership in order to show.

“Given all additional information from the event’s promotor, Amanda Brumley, and the great amount of input that the board of directors received from stakeholders by emails, texts, calls, and social media outlets, the board has chosen to introduce Category 13 to recognize the earnings for the Run for a Million (Invitational),” said Hancock.

Related Board Action

Also in a letter to the board from Brumley, she shared her preference for the $100,000 Open Shootout to be deemed a Category 1 class. To do so, Brumley confirmed she would remove the stipulation excluding Run for a Million Invitational riders from entering the Shootout. The board approved. Therefore, the board approved the Shootout as a Category 1.

The Freestyle Invitational was approved as Category 9, and the Non Pro and Rookie Championships were approved as Category 11.

Best Little Derby in the West 2019 Rookie 2 Shootout

By Jan Anderson – Always innovative and full of surprises, the management of the Best Little Derby in the West put together an exciting program of classes at the 2019 event, held April 20–27 in Nampa, Idaho, at the Ford Idaho Center. New this year was the Rookie 2 Shootout! This special event was for all Rookie 2 entries who showed in the two slates. The classes were held on Tuesday and Thursday, and the top 10 (plus ties) combined scores were eligible to compete in the finals which was held on Saturday, right before the Open Derby. The excitement was evident as the contestants watched the bubble right up till the last of the over 50 entries came out of the pen. When it was over, there were 11 qualifiers with the bubble score at 139. Each of these rookie riders were winners of a finalist vest and buckle! But the big prize was a trophy saddle sponsored by Equine Oasis! The Shootout was seeded so that the highest score went last in the draw. There was a buzz all week as the class approached!

It was a privilege getting to know each of the finalists and their strategies.

Draw # 1 Jade Marie Whitmarsh from Cochrane, Alberta, is a 16-year-old who rides with Austin Seelhoff. She grew up around horses at her mom’s riding arena and boarding facility called Willow Acres. She also enjoys figure skating and basketball. She has been reining for about three years and used to barrel race and do other events, but she likes the reining because, “I like the community and family around it…the togetherness. It’s like a little family of support. And I like the thrill of it!”

Whitmarsh is working on becoming a team with her five-year-old palomino mare, Spook N Ebony (Stella) as it is their first show together. They are working out the kinks and trusting each other more. She admits to being nervous and thinks it’s great to give the rookies a chance to have “their moment.”

Draw #2 Nancy Brugato is a prime-timer who with her husband owns a wholesale produce company in Tigard, OR, just outside of Portland. She often rides with Matt McDowell and bought her cow-horse bred black nine-year-old gelding, Mister Black Magic from Robert Chown. She spent time in Texas last year with Billy Williams and was a Rookie Shootout Finalist at the 2018 NRBC. She says that she began doing reining because her daughter was taking lessons.

Brugato’s goals are to improve a little bit more every time she shows. “I want him to enjoy his job—I want consistency with a little improvement each time. My favorite thing about reining is that it is good for me and my mind, and the people are fun. I really respect what these horses can do and how well they’re trained; they are just dialed in, doing their jobs.”

Draw #3 Kathleen Cooney, another prime-timer, sells technology software and is from Portland, OR. She rides with Kyle Kellmer Performance Horses in Battleground, WA. She began riding about 10 years ago, doing breed shows, but after a break from it, came back and decided to do reining only. It is the challenge that she likes best about reining. “It’s unpredictable. When you’re in the pen, you correct something, and then there’s something else you need to work on. You don’t usually come out and say, ‘I did everything right!’ It just doesn’t happen.”

Cooney’s horse ARC King Snapper (Tritan) is a nine-year-old gelding that she is still in the process of getting to know. This is their third show together and Cooney confesses that she has terrible show nerves. “I’m an absolute nervous-wreck! I really get torqued up! I just have to keep focused on myself, the horse, and what we can do together. I am excited—just thrilled to be in the top 10!”

Draw # 4 Samantha Etsell is a 27-year-old from Arlington, WA, where she works in sales for Barn Pros. She has been riding since age 12 and started reining while at Kansas State. She shows her big black five-year-old gelding, Devils Cut Whizkey in the Rookie classes and is showing him in the non pro derby, so this is a real bonus for her. “We have been trying to get him show-broke and we’ve been growing as a team.”

This is her first time at this show and she thinks it is “awesome!” “The spotlight concept for the rookies is great and definitely gives you more incentive to be here and go for it. It grows the sport for the rookies. I love it!”

Draw #5 is the youngest of the finalists, 14-year-old Madison Wigen of Plain City, UT. She enjoys basketball and track when not riding. She has a new partner, Gee Whiz Ima Dunit, a six-year-old buckskin mare that has never been shown until this year. Lucky for Wigen, her dad is a reining trainer (Travis WIgen)! The mare, purchased last year, came with the nickname “Phoenix” because she was stuck and frozen in a water trough and managed to survive.

The goals for this team have been just to get to know each other and to get the mare “seasoned.” But the shootout has been an extra bonus, and she feels lucky and excited to be a part of it. Now she just wants to have a clean run. “The best thing about reining is all the people we get to meet and the relationship with your horse—going out there and getting to show them.”

Draw #6 is Kitrina Makin from Wallowa, OR, where she and her husband run an RV rental and diesel mechanic shop. Now that her daughter has gone off to college, she has decided it is her turn. She enjoyed watching her daughter rein and wants to give it a try. She rides her gelding KR Sweet Shine, who came from Darren Stancik’s barn, with help from her trainer Matt McDowell.

This is Makin’s first show and she says she has no idea how she got to be a finalist! She comes from a speed event background, so she likes the speed, but her challenge is to make it pretty. She credits McDowell for being a great teacher and her horse for being talented. “I want to get confident and consistent. My horse has definitely got it. I’m just trying to survive!”

Draw # 7 is Rochelle Zimmerman, a single business woman from Medford, OR. She began reining several years ago after western pleasure wasn’t fun anymore. She purchased her now six-year-old chestnut gelding Olenas Little Step (Wimpy) a few years ago through Todd Bergen where he stays in training and gets help from Bergen’s assistant Titus Covington.

Zimmerman says reining is way harder than it looks and that she was intimidated by the big class. “It’s a cool program to offer a saddle. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done. I get nervous beforehand but not once we get started. It’ll be fun!”

Draw #8 is Erick Sorenson, a 62-year-old full-time veterinarian from Townsend, MT. Sorenson rides his 12-year-old sorrel gelding, Wimpys Ritzy Bud, that he has had for two years. He started showing reining horses about 20 years ago, but only a few times; then he got too busy. He began again about five years ago, but never got to more than a couple of shows a year. He spent last year trying to figure out his horse. This is the first time he has ever gone to a show for so long. He says it has been fun to spend a week with his wife Jackie at a horse show. She is a successful non pro and according to Erick, his favorite thing about reining is to spend time with Jackie.

Sorenson likes reining and says, “In my career, I’ve just had to work with horses as a vet, which I enjoy, but I’ve never had the luxury to do the horsemanship. Most of the people I see (at the reinings) are really good to their horses and the horsemanship is inspiring. This rookie thing has really improved the interest!”

Draw #9 is Claudia J (CJ) Green from Idaho Falls, ID. She started riding at age 53 when she met her husband. She calls him her “horse enabler” because he supports her so fully. She found a good reiner at Jackson Porath’s when she was looking for “just a good horse to ride” and had no intentions of reining. But, when Porath “dared” her to show, she did and got hooked. The next year she bought Slj Custom Style, a 10-year-old chestnut gelding that she affectionately calls “a goofball.”

Green, who rides with Johnette Burman, claims that she is really a “greenie” playing with the rookies and credits her horse for being really consistent. “I’m not very good at stopping. That rundown thing… He’s great to get me here!”

Draw #10 is Sydney Weaver of Sandy, UT. She rides with her brother-in-law Mack Weaver and is married to Mack’s identical twin, Randy. She and her husband have a high-end custom car business and show cars from coast to coast. Although she has ridden her entire life and shown all-around and English horses, she is new to the reining. “Because I come from the all-around world, which is slow precision, this is a change of pace for me. Mack has to make me go faster than what I’m used to.”

Weaver bought her eight-year-old grulla gelding, Whizards Little Step, after riding him and falling in love with him last December. “This is our very first show together. If I focus on one maneuver at a time, it’s really helpful and I don’t get overwhelmed. And it’s nice that he knows his job, so I can focus on me. He’s teaching me a lot!”

Draw #11 is the final contestant, Heather Priddy of Deer Park, WA, riding her eight-year-old gelding, Gunnin For Wimps. This 40-year-old stay-at-home mom has ridden since she was little, but finally got back into it with an interest in reining last year. She was able to compete and make the top five at the 2018 Rookie of the Year competition. Priddy rides with Matt McDowell and purchased her horse from him as well. “His patience and positive words helped me keep at it when things were tough. He’s a great trainer and coach!”

Priddy believes that she is already a winner just by making it this far. She’s pretty excited and says it is a “cool deal” for the rookies. “The technicality of reining makes it a great challenge and the chance to improve yourself. I just want to go clean and have a nice ride. On the finals, we’re going for it. We’re going to run a little faster and stop a little bigger!”

AND SHE DID! She won the finals with a 215. Afterward she had this to say, “I appreciate the opportunity. It was a really nice program to do for the rookies. When I saw it on the premium, it was so exciting to see something for us rookies: to have a clean-slate finals and go for a saddle! I appreciate that they are thinking about the rookies!”

Images courtesy of Caleb Tipton Photography

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NRHA Governance and Consideration of the Run for a Million Invitational

Reining fans and participants around the world are aware of the Run for a Million Invitational, its magnitude, and the unique platform it brings to reining. The National Reining Horse Association Board of Directors understands and appreciates the opinions of all members and how they feel lifetime earnings should be recorded. The board of directors and executive committee took part in many discussions with members, and, as a decision-making body, fulfilled its responsibility to make a decision with the best interests of the organization in mind. The steps are outlined below.

The corporate organizational documents of the National Reining Horse Association relating to board action and conflicts of interest are consistent with best practices followed by other similar tax-exempt organizations. The board of directors and executive committee are obliged to act with duty of care and loyalty to the Association, which includes following its bylaws, rulebook, and policies while exercising reasonable judgment and good faith. When recently presented with the question of approving the Run for a Million Invitational, the process was followed—at both the executive committee and board level.

The event was discussed at the February executive committee meeting. In early April, the executive committee reviewed the application for approval as it was different from typical applications received by the NRHA office. After discussion of the possible benefits and disadvantages, the executive committee approved for the event to be recognized as a Category 11 event (NRHA-approved class not corresponding to other NRHA Categories. Not for horse/rider eligibility, Top 20 Program or World Champions or Top Ten Awards.). As with any other event not owned by NRHA, NRHA will not provide funding for the event, distribute payouts, or manage the event in any way. However, the venue’s potential to raise awareness of reining, create and engage fans, and distribute significant payouts within the industry surpasses anything on the horizon for NRHA.

Discussion continued about how the earnings would be counted for historic milestones. Therefore, the question was brought to the board in April to reconsider. The NRHA Bylaws state that the board can countermand any decision made by the executive committee. A 2/3-majority vote is required. A motion was made and seconded to handle the earnings in a different manner than previously approved by the executive committee. Following discussion, including disclosure of perceived conflicts, the directors disapproved the motion (by six votes in support of the motion and 11 votes in opposition). Therefore the board of directors did not overturn the executive committee’s decision. The event is still approved as a Category 11 show and the winnings count for lifetime earnings.

For any board, there may be potential conflicts of interest especially because boards are most often populated by leaders in the given sector. The presence of a conflict of interest does not violate the duty of loyalty, nor is it regarded as a reflection on the integrity of the board or the director. According to the NRHA’s governance documents, any director or officer who has a material direct or indirect financial interest shall disclose his or her financial interest in any proposed transaction or arrangement involving NRHA. An individual has a financial interest if he or she has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family: a material ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the Association has a transaction or arrangement; or a material compensation arrangement with the Association or with any entity or individual with which the Association has a transaction or arrangement.

In this instance, the president asked board members, prior to the vote, to disclose and discuss any potential conflicts. NRHA considers that disclosure important because it gives the board sufficient knowledge to evaluate the overall fairness and propriety of the transaction. With this in mind, the board then proceeded to deliberate and vote. Additionally, after the board’s consideration of the matter (including potential conflicts) and subsequent review of the bylaws with legal counsel, it was confirmed that the matter did not involve prohibited conflicts of interest.

Again, the NRHA Board of Directors keeps members’ opinions top-of-mind in all its deliberations. In this instance, and many others, the board went through an exhaustive process to properly deliberate before making decisions.

Founded in 1966, NRHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the reining horse worldwide while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of Western horsemanship. NRHA encourages the public interest in agriculture and ranching activities, provides for all levels of reining competition, and maintains the recognition of worthwhile purses.

IHSA 40th Anniversary National Championships Western Wrap Up

University of Findlay Repeats AQHA Team Victory and Julia Roshelli Earns the AQHA High-Point Western Rider Prize

For Immediate Release – May 7, 2019 – Syracuse, New York – The 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) hosted their National Championships at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse. It was the IHSA’s 40th anniversary of Western division competition and the Western and reining national championship classes were held May 3–5. The University of Findlay earned the AQHA Western Team title for the second consecutive year. The Findlay Oilers finished with an eight-point lead over the reserve champion University of Wisconsin–River Falls and 10 points over third-place finisher Ohio State University. Findlay’s Julia Roshelli took the podium as the 2019 AQHA High-Point Western Rider.

Friday Highlights

University of Findlay takes a win for the team in AQHA Team Open Reining

Morgan Knerr, a sophomore at University of Findlay from Plain City, Ohio and the 2018 NRHA Open Reining Champion, nabbed the first notch to help her team defend their 2018 national championship. She drew one of eight horses provided by the University of Findlay, Louise.

“She was a sweetheart,” Knerr said about Louise. “I rode her at Semis a few weeks ago and so she was really great. I loved her. The pattern went really well. I was really happy with it.”

The University of Findlay Head Coach Spencer Zimmerman was pleased with the outcome. “This venue does not look anything like our arena,” he said. “It’s a little bit more modern, a little bit bigger. We’ve just been soaking it up. They’re all excited to show here.”

Anna Woolsey, a 19-year-old freshman from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College earned the reserve championship. She and her parents, Morgan and Chris, made the drive from Oklahoma to Syracuse and spent some time at Niagara Falls before Nationals.

“I had a little bit of tough luck in the Individual Reining class but I pulled it together for the team reining and our team made it,” she said about qualifying to get to Nationals. According to Woolsey, it is the first time Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College has qualified for Nationals.

Kendall Woellmer wins Individual Open Western Horsemanship and Team Novice Over Fences
Kendall Woellmer is a junior from West Texas A&M University who excels in both the Western and hunter seat division. Thursday, Woellmer won the championship of the Team Novice Equitation. Today, she traded in her breeches and boots for chaps and a cowboy hat and bested the field of national qualifiers in the Individual Open Western Horsemanship. She was accompanied by West Texas A&M Assistant Coach Selena Finn. Head Coach Amanda Love cheered at home as the team ‘FaceTimed’ with her. Love is expecting her first child within the month.

“I drew Chester, and his nickname is Ham Sandwich (provided by SUNY Oswego),” Woellmer said. “He was perfect—a dream-come-true.”

This year, the IHSA celebrates 40 years of Western divisions. A presentation began when a hitch of six Belgian draft horses led by the Morrisville State College lapped the arena for a demonstration with Bob Cacchione aboard. Then, AQHA judging professional Joe Carter and Ohio State coach Ollie Griffith joined Cacchione to speak to the audience about the longtime relationship with the AQHA. Concluding the presentation, Cacchione presented a plaque to AQHA representatives.

Saturday Highlights

Julia Roshelli nabs the National Championship in the NRHA Individual Open Reining

Julia Roshelli, a senior at the University of Findlay from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, missed her graduation to compete at IHSA Nationals and it paid off. Roshelli was the 2018 national champion in the Individual Advanced Horsemanship and this year she took home the NRHA Individual Open Reining Championship.

“It was absolutely awesome,” she said. “The horse was Prince from Morrisville State College. I didn’t know him, but the horse holder gave me a lot of information and it was super helpful. I’d seen him go yesterday so I was excited to draw him. He just ran his heart out in there and he gave me everything he had. It was so much fun.”

University of Findlay Head Coach Spencer Zimmerman credits fellow coach Clark Bradley for the strong reining program they have developed at the school.

“He’s been working with Jules and the rest of our reiners,” Zimmerman said. “He’s there every time they need a practice. We are forever grateful for him.”

Next week, Roshelli starts a job with a top reining professional facility, Brandon Brant Performance Horses.

Carla Wennberg recognized

In special award presentations. Carla Wennberg, coach of the Saint Andrews University team and valued member of the board, was presented with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement award.

Sunday Highlights

The University of Findlay successfully defended their 2018 AQHA Western Team title and took home the trophy for the second consecutive year with 49 points. University of Wisconsin-River Falls was named reserve champion with 41 points, and Ohio State University came in a close third with 39 points. Spencer Zimmerman, who became the Findlay Oilers’ head coach for the 2017-2018 season, is now two-for-two.

“We have a lot of the same riders that we had last year, but it’s a horse show so anything can happen,” Zimmerman said. “They came in with their A-game. They had the mindset and the technique and the tools. It was a lot of fun to see.”

Three Findlay team seniors had their graduation day yesterday. The team will start back up in August and the riders will have to earn their spots on the team for next year.

“We won’t have a whole brand-new team, I’m sure, but they’ll all be fighting for their spot on the team again,” he said.

This is the University of Findlay’s seventh IHSA AQHA Team National Championship.

University of Findlay’s Julia Roshelli sweeps her divisions and earns the AQHA High Point Rider Award and AQHA Team Open Champion

Julia Roshelli won every class she qualified for at Nationals. She earned the championship honors in Individual Open Reining and AQHA Team Open Horsemanship, and was named the AQHA High Point Rider. Ironically, the University of Findlay senior’s photo graced this year’s IHSA 40th Anniversary of the Western Divisions graphic.

“It’s a little unreal,” Roshelli said. “This has just been a huge goal of mine, you know, for all four years.” This was Roshelli’s first full year starting in the open division. “From day-one I was going for this and I’ve worked hard and my coaches have helped me along the way. It’s a great way to end my senior year.”

Roshelli rode Louise, owned by University of Findlay in the AQHA High Point Rider Reining Phase and Sarah from Alfred University in the AQHA Open Horsemanship, which helped to seal the deal for the Findlay team.

Krista from University of Wisconsin–River Falls claims the AQHA Team Advanced Western Horsemanship National Championship title

Krista Schoenfelder, a University of Wisconsin-River Falls sophomore from Rochester, Minnesota, was thrilled with her draw for the AQHA Team Advanced class. Honey, owned by the University of Findlay, stepped up for Schoenfelder.

“She extends; she was a good draw,” she said. “That’s all I wanted.” Schoenfelder said that her coach Janie Huot and her team captain Danielle Paulson were instrumental in getting her mentally prepared for Nationals. ‘Don’t break, don’t use a lot of leg and hit your marks,’ was what Huot told Schoenfelder before she entered the ring.

Findlay’s Jaime Kittle pulls off the win in Individual Advanced Western Horsemanship
Last year, Jamie Kittle, a sophomore at the University of Findlay from Novinger, Missouri, was third in Individual Novice. This year, he earned the IHSA national championship of the Individual Advanced Horsemanship division aboard Buddy, provided by Brandy Sloan. He credits his success to the quality of coaching he’s received at Findlay.

“We have several professionals and instructors that do this every day,” Kittle said. “They’re all very personable. Anytime during the day when they aren’t teaching class, they’ll ride with you. We have a huge program and we have so many good horses. You really are working in the industry even though you’re still going to school.”

Kittle just received his associate’s degree from the University of Findlay and he will move to Collinsville, Texas, to work for CR Bradley, a much-admired coach at the University of Findlay.

IHSA Nationals Judge Bob Kail weighs in

“The neatest thing about this event to me is that it reaches the whole way down to kids that may not ever get a chance to ride a horse,” said respected judge Bob Kail, who officiated the Western divisions alongside Kim Meyers. “It’s not just a horse show, it’s a career-oriented event to bring people together, to be around horses. It’s a great competition.”

Kail explained that at an AQHA event or an NRHA event they judge the horse. For the IHSA, they judge the riders on how well they present those horses. They rarely ride the same horse and have no opportunity to warm those horses up or to know what they’re like.

“They go in there cold turkey,” he said. “That’s a tough thing to do.”

Kail said that the IHSA format helps to develop riders. “I’ve trained horses for 35-40 years,” he said. “Every time I rode a horse, it taught me something.”

Top horses recognized for their contributions
Honey, owned by the University of Findlay, was awarded the SmartPak Most Popular Western Horse and the Triple Crown High Point Horse award went to Chester (also known as Cheddar Biscuit and Ham Sandwich), from SUNY Oswego.

Special awards
The sportsmanship awards went to rider Anna Woolsey from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, coach Amanda Jones, also from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and volunteer Nicole Dempsey from SUNY Oswego.

The Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) award went to Violet Romanak from Miami University of Ohio.

The IHSA thanks all their generous sponsors, the competitors, teams, coaches, volunteers and horses for a successful National Championship Horse Show. We look forward to the 2020 season and next year’s Nationals returning to Syracuse, New York.

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