Ann Fonck and Made In Walla lead the NRHA European Open Derby qualifier

Lyon, November 1 – Equita Lyon is host to the seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby. Open to 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the Open and Non Pro Derby is run in a qualifier and clean slate finals.

As the Salon du Cheval de Lyon opened the doors to the public, the reining arena in Hall 6 opened the gate to 75 professional riders taking part in the € 93,647.90-added European Derby Open qualifier. Vying for a spot in the finals, and show casing reining at its best, NRHA professionals representing nine European nations left their mark in the show pen. Multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck led the rankings riding Chuck Klipfel and Sabine Lisec’s Made In Walla to a 221.5, the top score of the qualifying go round. By Walla Walla Whiz and out of Hollywood Made (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It), Made In Walla boasts close to $70,000 LTE and is a past NRHA European Futurity Open Champion. “He is simply a fantastic horse and I love him to death,” said Fonck about the 6-year-old gelding.

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The Belgian professional also posted the second-highest score of the day – a 221 – riding Golden Paint Ranch’s Spook N Perla (Smart Spook x Shine On Ruff). The pair had already left their mark in Lyon in 2015 when they took the NRHA France 3 & 4-year-old Futurity Open Championship.

Once the last competitor left the arena, 38 open riders had secured a spot in the NRHA European Open Derby finals which will be held on Saturday 4.

The NRHA European Non Pro Derby qualifier will be held Thursday 2. The finals will be held on Sunday, November 5.

Reining Action: The 2017 Reining International de Lyon
Adding prestige to the event is the $35,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon and the $15,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon Non Pro. In the past editions, the two classes have determined more than one NRHA World Champion. The show schedule also includes the NRHA France Futurity with 4 classes open to 3 and 4-year-old horses which has attracted 36 entries.

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A VIP lounge located above the warm up arena will also be open on Saturday and Sunday. Renowned French chef, Mathieu Vionnay, will prepare two delicious meals for lunch on both days. For further informations and reservations, please contact Christine Rigollet
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NRHA Election Results

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole.

For this year’s elections ending November 1, two Director-At-Large seats and one Northeast Region Director seat was filled by a vote of members. The results of this election can be found by logging in to the Members Only section on

NRHA Markel Insurance Sales slated for 2017 Futurity

For Immediate Release – October 25, 2017 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is just around the corner. People from across the globe will come to Oklahoma City to get their fix on all things reining, including multiple horse sales. Sponsored by Markel Insurance, the Marketplace, Futurity Prospect, and Select Yearling Sales are premier sales taking place at the Futurity next month.

The NRHA Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale features an outstanding group of top producing broodmares with proven performance bloodlines in foal to the hottest sires in the reining industry. Also featured will be yearlings, 2-year-olds, and finished show horses. The event is set to begin at 10 a.m. on November 30 in Barn 3.

Back for its 25th Anniversary is the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. A sale preview will take place on November 30 at 3 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. This is your chance to get a sneak-peek of the industry’s most outstanding select 2-year-olds set to be sold in the Futurity Prospect Sale which is slated for December 1 in the Barn 3. The sale will kick-off with a dinner at 5 p.m., which is open for anyone to attend. At 6 p.m., the event will begin with a special stallion auction, where all proceeds benefit the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA).

Rounding out the 2017 Futurity Sales lineup is the NRHA Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on December 2 in Barn 3. Upwards of 80 of the industry’s highest quality select yearlings consigned by top breeders and trainers from around the world will be offered up for your consideration.

Pictures, videos, and catalog pages on all sale horses consigned can be seen on the NRHA website. Yearlings, two-year-olds, and show horses’ radiographs can be viewed in Barn 3 during the Futurity or accessed by a licensed veterinarian in the online Radiograph Repository. Interested buyers can complete buyer registration prior to the date of sale by visiting the NRHA Sales Office or by clicking here. Contact Tiffany Gonzales at with any questions.

With three opportunities to view top-quality reining horses, everyone has a chance to attend a sale and find a horse to fit their needs!

During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit

*The photo included is of the 2016 Futurity Prospect Sale High-Seller, Shine Dot Shine.

Gallo Del Cielo hits another Million Dollar milestone

Gallo Del Cielo hits another Million Dollar milestone

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2017 – Oklahoma City – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce a new Four Million Dollar Sire—Gallo Del Cielo. With offspring earnings totaling more than $4,001,770.00, Gallo Del Cielo is only the 10th horse to reach this historic milestone.

Gallo Del Cielo, commonly referred to as “Rooster,” was bred by Harold H. Stream III, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rooster stood at Polo Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma where he lived nearly all of his life. The 1989 Bay stallion was by Peppy San Badger and out of Docs Starlight (by Doc Bar). Rooster achieved NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2004.

Gallo Del Cielo’s top offspring include:

  • The Wizster (out of Miss Whizard Jac): NRHA LTE over $206,100
  • Lena Gallo (out of Heavenly Doc): NRHA LTE over $176,000
  • Chic N Roost (out of Dun Maid By Chic): NRHA LTE over $169,100
  • Ricochet Rooster (out of Tari What): NRHA LTE over $148,700
  • Roosters Wrangler (out of Hustlers Sugar): NRHA LTE over $125,600
  • Taka Ticket (out of Significant Shine): NRHA LTE over $123,800

Photo by John Brasseaux

Make Plans to Attend the Celebration of Champions Presented by Farnam®

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2017 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) has joined hands with a new event sponsor, bringing a new twist to a well-known event. Presented by Farnam®, this year’s Celebration of Champions will be held prior to the section two Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 2, from 4 to 6 pm in the Super Barn.

The Celebration of Champions presented by Farnam® will feature food and beverages in addition to a surprise thank you gift for attendees (while supplies last). When asked about the event and partnership Kevin Tompkins, Vice President of Farnam® Equine had this to say: “Farnam® is ecstatic to be able to help celebrate all of the champions throughout the NRHA Futurity. Holding this event prior to the crowning of the 2017 NRHA Futurity Champion could not be more fitting, and we can’t wait to experience the excitement and electricity of the exhibitors and spectators before the finals.”

“The accomplishments of the 2017 show season culminate in November in Oklahoma City. This special event is a celebration of all NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC champions. NRHA is excited to welcome Farnam® into our sponsor family and thank them for presenting the Celebration of Champions,” said Sammi Miller, Director of Corporate Relations.

All NRHA Futurity exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to attend the event to celebrate everyone’s success and kick off the excitement that comes along with the Open Finals performance.

During the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit

To learn more about the sport of reining, how to join an affiliate, or where to find a NRHA Professional near you, visit

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