NRHA Announces Affiliate Ambassadors in New Program Sponsored by Toyon Ranch

For Immediate Release – January 11, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) recognized volunteers from 14 regions around the world as special guests during the Sliders’ Night Out event hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) on November 28. This new program is made possible by NRHA Heritage Partner Toyon Ranch, owned by John & Nancy Tague of Pilot Point, Texas.

The volunteers were selected for the special recognition which includes complimentary reserved seating at the fundraising banquet, a certificate, and free admission for the NRHA Futurity. Those who attended Sliders’ Night Out also received a travel award.

The inaugural program resulted in the names of 40 volunteers submitted for recognition and a person or couple was selected for each of eight U.S. and six international regions. The selection committee was impressed with the quality of volunteers. In 2018, every person who was submitted will receive a certificate acknowledging appreciation for their contributions. Among the group are NRHA Pros, Non Pros, judges, secretaries, and stewards.

“Reining at the grassroots is made possible through members who volunteer at our NRHA affiliates,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner. “The volunteers who joined us at Sliders’ Night Out and the NRHA Futurity are representative of our diverse NRHA members. We expect they will enjoy this experience and then turn around and go back to their affiliates and get to work, carrying with them many positives happening through the Reining Horse Foundation and NRHA.”

Toyon Ranch has a commitment to present Sliders’ Night Out and the Affiliate Ambassador program for three years. The event is a fundraiser for the 501(c)3 nonprofit Reining Horse Foundation, whose mission is caring is caring for the reining community and honoring the sport’s legacy. Core programs include the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund; youth scholarship and leadership development; and perpetuation of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

For more information or to make a donation, visit reiningfoundation.com or call (405) 946-7400.

2018 NRHA Affiliate Ambassadors
Sponsored by Toyon Ranch

Northwest Region
Stephanie Porath
Great Western RHA

Southwest
Kim Niven
Arizona RHA

Mountain
Guy & Valerie Vernon
Eastern Plains RHA

North Central
John & Lacy Zimmerman
North Central RHA

South Central
JD Badertscher
West Texas RHA

East Central
Kris Hansen
Michigan RHA

Southeast
Terri Mainey
Southeastern RHA

Northeast
Shawn Reynolds
Eastern Pennsylvania RHA

Europe
Paulus Beurskens

Western Canada
Bonna Jean Bateman
Central Canada RHA

Eastern Canada
Bob Gleeton and Marilou Paradis
Quebec RHA

Mexico
Mariano Pedrero
ANCR Mexico

South America
Debora Frisch
ACR Argentina

Australia
Lynda Gray
Reining Australia

The NRHA Affiliate Ambassadors were guests at the Reining Horse Foundation Sliders’ Night Out philanthropy event. Some were also on hand for arena introductions during the NRHA Futurity including: (left to right)


Kim Niven
John Zimmerman
Lacy Zimmerman
Kris Hansen
Terri Mainey
Bonna Jean Bateman


Paulus Beurskens
Marilou Paradis
Bob Gleeton
Debora Frisch
Nancy Tague and John Tague, owners of NRHA Heritage Partner Toyon Ranch and sponsor of Affiliate Ambassador recognition
Mike Deer, NRHA Board President
Mike Hancock, NRHA Board Vice President

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Bernard Fonck Secures First Reining Gold for Belgium at Tryon 2018

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Tryon, NC USA – September 15, 2018 – Belgian’s Bernard Fonck and What A Wave started a sliding development in the Johnson Control Reining of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Saturday. Scoring 227 at his fourth WEG, Fonck bested two of USA’s team gold medalists, with Daniel L. Huss taking the Silver medal and Cade McCutcheon securing Bronze. Fonck’s medal is the first Individual Gold for a Reining competitor from Europe.”I wanted to show what such a small country can do in the sport,” the 45-year old professional said.Daniel L, Huss premiered at the WEG-level to ride Ms Dreamy to Individual Silver, scoring 226.5. Reining is a “mind game” for the 58-year-old residing in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Daniel L. Huss and Ms Dreamy

“I visualize the pattern at least 20 times before I go in the arena”, he explained as he described his success over the course of the past week.While the top two medals were decided clearly, it took a nail-biting run-off to decide for third place.Brazil’s Joao Felipe Andrade CS Lacerda and Gunner Dun It Again had put in a score of 225.5 early on in the competition. As the last rider out, 18-year-old Cade McCutcheon rode Custom Made Gun to the tie. With amazing coolness, the third-generation youngster from the USA’s “first family of reining” kept his nerves to put in a pattern worth 228 points, pipping Lacerda by one point.The McCutcheon family, hailing from Aubrey, Texas, now hold eight WEG-medals after Cade took home Team Gold with the team on Wednesday.

Cade McCutheon and Custom Made Gun

Individual Gold tops the collection of three WEG Reining Team Silver medals for Belgium. Fonck had part in all of them, together with his wife, Ann Poels who placed 13th at Tryon 2018. A World Champion in 2016, Fonck used the opportunity to praise familial support.”She is very special. She is left and right from me and in front and behind me, supports me in every way. She is the best,” he said as he credited his wife of 16 years before the medal presentation.

Bernard Fonck, Daniel L. Huss, and Cade McCutcheon in their presentation ceremony after the Johnson Controls Reining Individual Final at Tryon 2018.

The run-off was a family affair of horse breeding as well since both stallions have the same father, Quarter Horse stallion Colonels Smoking Gun. Altogether five of his offspring qualified for the Individual Final, which hosted nearly 20 entries.For more information on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 and to view start lists and results, please visit www.Tryon2018.com.To purchase tickets or for more information about the WEG, please visit www.Tryon2018.com.

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For media inquiries about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit www.Tryon2018.com or contact one of the following press officers:

National Press Officer – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com or +1 (828) 863-1144

International Press Officer – Gayle Telford at gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0044(0) 203 176 0355

For more information from the FEI, please contact Shannon Gibbons at shannon.gibbons@fei.org or 0041-78-750-6146.

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U.S. Reining Goes Two-Three as Huss and Ms Dreamy Claim Silver, McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun Steal Bronze in Reining Individual Final at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

By US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 15, 2018, 9:39 PM EST

Photo by US Equestrian/Taylor Penced

Mill Spring, N.C. – An electrifying crowd and highly competitive runs from 22 combinations proved to be just the atmosphere needed for U.S. reiners Dan Huss and Cade McCutcheon as they fought for their spot on the podium Saturday evening in the Individual Reining Final at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018.

Fresh off their gold-medal finish with the U.S. Reining Team on Wednesday evening, Huss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) were the final U.S. runs of the night, going back-to-back as the home crowd waited in anticipation to see if the U.S. would claim not one, but two medals.

Huss and Ms Dreamy, Frederick R. Christen’s eight-year-old Quarter Horse mare, laid down a competitive run and the home crowd cheered them on. They needed a score better than 225.0 to land a spot on the podium. With easy precision and smoothly executed lead changes, the athletic, sorrel mare and Huss slid into a score of 226.5 to sit in the silver-medal position. With just McCutcheon to follow, Huss and Ms Dreamy had secured at least a medal in their first individual competition at a WEG.

Huss and Ms Dreamy (Photo by Erin Gilmore for Shannon Brinkman Photo)

“I loved the reining here,” said Huss about his first experience at the WEG. “The enthusiasm and support you get from the audience and your fellow countryman, and also your teammates, it’s a feeling you don’t get a lot of. Our team members, we make it easy for one another.”

McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun (Photo by Erin Gilmore for Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Eighteen-year-old McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun, Tim and Colleen McQuay’s seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, followed just behind Huss and his mare. Having led the team event with a score of 229.0, the combination loped into the show pen looking to lay down another flawless run. However, with a few small mistakes in the circles, McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun scored a 225.0, tying them with Brazil’s João Felipe Andrade C S Lacerda and Gunner Dun It Again for third. A run-off of the same pattern would determine the bronze medal.
McCutcheon was second to go after watching Lacerda lay down a clean run that earned them a score of 227.0. With the home crowd behind them, McCutcheon and the palomino stallion entered the covered arena to a thunderous applause from U.S. fans. The cheers of support seemed to propel the combination as they executed nearly a flawless pattern, tipping their hat as the crowd roared and a final score of 228.0 sealed the bronze-medal victory.

“I was a little disappointed in my first run, but I just had to flip the page, have a short-term memory, and go try again,” said McCutcheon. “I didn’t do anything different with [Custom Made Gun]. I just tried to let him catch his breath, head into the arena, and be safe in spots. I talked to my dad a lot, because he was in the same situation in 2002 and he helped me. Pretty much everyone around me had a word of advice for me. I took it all in and it helped me.”

Earlier in the evening fellow U.S. reiner Casey Deary (Weatherford, Texas) and Heavy Duty Chex, Hilldale Farm’s seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, would put in a solid performance, earning them a score of 219.0. Jordan Larson (Valley View, Texas) and ARC Gunnabeabigstar, HDC Quarter Horses USA LLC’s seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, put on a show for the home crowd with their last ride together before the stallion’s retirement, earning a score of 215.0.

Complete Results

Quotable
Huss on Ms Dreamy: “Your better mares, even though they are a little more sensitive, they’ll have some grit to them. They will step up there and compete with the boys. This mare, she does that. She has probably taught me more than I have taught her, so it has been a great experience.”

McCutcheon on turning professional: “I’m looking at it. It would have to be at the right time. I’m not really trying to plan it. I’m going to keep going and try to get better as a non-pro and when I feel ready, I’ll go to the open.”

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Reining Reigns Supreme at FEI WEG as the Johnson Controls Individual Reining Competition Finalists Are Determined

Tryon, North Carolina (USA), 13 September 2018

By Simona Diale

The Johnson Controls Reining Team Competition and first Individual Qualifier at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 today offered an amazingly high level of competition. The athletic ability of the great reining horses competing was superbly highlighted by riders representing 20 National Federations. Team USA clinched the gold, led by the talented 18-year-old Cade McCutcheon who posted a 229-top score on Custom Made Gun. It was silver for Team Belgium and bronze for Germany. In the first Individual Qualifier, the top 15 placed horse-rider-combinations officially claimed their spot in the finals which will be held on Saturday, September 15. Once the competition was over, an impressive 221 score, or higher, was needed to qualify.

Today, the second Individual Qualifier, presented by Johnson Controls, counted the 19 riders — representing 13 National Federations — who had posted a 217 or higher on Wednesday. The battle for the opportunity to compete in the Individual Competition was on as soon as the first competitor made his way into the TIEC Indoor Arena. Australia’s Warwick Schiller set the pace, and put the pressure on, by performing to a 220. The enthusiastic fans in the stands soon found out that the score would not be enough to make it to the finals as, six horses later, Italy’s Pierluigi Chioldo and Gun At The Gate (owned by Antonio Zagaria) raised the bar. After nailing all the maneuvers requested by pattern #5, the duo scored a 222.5 which was equaled by young Axel Pesek of France riding his mother’s Uncle Sparky. The two riders gained their spot to vie for the FEI individual medals and were joined by Mirko Midili of Italy aboard his ARC Sparkle Magnetic, who closed with a 221.5, as well as Uruguay’s Gabriel Diano riding Magnum Starlights (owned by Antler Ridge Ranch LLC), and Italy’s Mirjam Stillo riding Ruff Spook for owner Shannon Reid who both posted a 221.

Leaving the best for last was Martin Mühlstätter. The Austrian rider, last to perform, entered the show arena determined to post a 221 or higher, the score necessary to join his fellow-qualifiers. With Michael Garnett’s 2010 sorrel Amercian Quarter Horse stallion Blo Gun between the reins, he painted his circles, showed off his horse’s amazing ability to spin fast, and set the dirt flying in his stops. His performance was paid back by the judges with a 223, the top score of the day. “The humidity here was the biggest issue, but it was hard for everyone and without a doubt this is a great place to be,” said Mühlstätter who also represented his country in the Team Competition. “In the first qualifier my horse was good but I was not ‘on’. Things just didn’t click but today everything was flowing better. My horse has a big big heart; he gave me everything he had and I apologized to him that he had to give me one more run. I honestly did not expect such a high level of competition here and I am proud to be part of this great group of athletes that is showcasing our discipline at this level.”

On Saturday some of the world’s best reiners will be leaving their mark in Tryon fighting for a spot on the equestrian world’s most prestigious podium!

Austria’s Martin Mühlstätter congratulates his stallion Blo Gun after an amazing performance to qualify for the final of the Johnson Controls Individual Reining Competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 with top score of the day. (FEI / Liz Gregg)

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