Varsity Reining Club Scholarship Recipients Announced

Top National Reining Horse Youth Association members receive high honors through the Varsity Reining Club for their philanthropic, academic and leadership accomplishments.

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. (1-20-2017) – The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club ended 2016 by awarding scholarships totaling more than $5,000. The Varsity Reining Club encourages reining youth to become active in their communities, all while rewarding those participants for their scholastic accomplishments.

Point values in the Varsity Reining Club are awarded based on participation in four main categories: philanthropy, creativity, publicity, and academics. Within these primary areas of focus, participants may record such activities via photography, community service, report back, and fundraising. Participants are then awarded scholarships depending on their age as of Jan. 1, 2016: Varsity (ages 14-18) or Junior Varsity (13 years and younger).

Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients

Top Varsity Youth of the Year: Cyann Molengraaf from Simoshaven, Netherlands ended the year with 6,619 total points. Molengraaf has been awarded “Youth of the Year” and will receive a $1,000 scholarship for earning the most points in the Varsity Reining Club.

Second: Megan D’Andrea, 19, from Fowler, Ohio, with 6,359 total points.

Third: Grace Wilson, 16, from Smithfield, VA., with 5,500 total points.

Fourth: Reagan Stephens, 16, from Weatherford, Texas, with 3,150 total points.

Fifth: Holly Lansidel, 18, from Roy, WA., with 2,770 total points.

Sixth: Carlysle Salter, 17, from Mobile, AL., with 2,120 total points.

Seventh: Ally Jones, 15, from Franklin, KY., with 2,056 total points.

Eighth: Taylor Masson, 17, from Davie, FL., with 2,040 total points.

Junior Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients

Top Junior Varsity of the Year: Kalena Reynolds, 13, from Dennis, Texas earned 5,794 in total points and will receive a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Varsity Reining Club and NRHyA.

Second: Casey Abbo, 13, from Woodside, CA., with 5,729 total points.

Third: Raeanna Thayn, 12, from Oxford, NE., with 3,208 total points.

Fourth: Robin Foster, 11, from Strawberry Plains, TN., with 2,403 total points.

Fifth: Marissa Jones, 12, from Franklin, KY., with 1,888 total points

Cyann Molengraaf photo by Troullioud Fotografie.

The Varsity Reining Club is free for NRHyA members and serves as an innovative tool to help youth become more involved at a local level all while developing valuable life skills. Learn more and enroll online today at varsityreining.com.

The 2017 NRHA European Summit

Brussels, January 19 – The very first National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on January 16-17.

Thirty-two representatives, from thirteen European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands), met in the capital of the European Union and, once it was time to adjourn, ‘unity’ was the key word.

The summit brought together NRHA European Affiliate Council members, NRHA professionals, NRHA judges, non professional riders, owners, breeders, event sponsors and show organizers. Welcoming those taking part in this historical meeting was NRHA Vice President, Mike Hancock, along with NRHA Senior Director of Events, Shianne Megel, NRHA Manager of Competition and Education, Samantha Oldfield, and NRHA Senior Director of Publications, Simona Diale.

A long-term program for reining in Europe was the intent and thanks to the expertise and input of those present, it was possible to look at the sport in Europe from all angles with four main goals:  uniting the European reining affiliates, better communication at all levels, growth and promotion of the sport with a focus on youth activities, and the restructuring of the NRHA European Affiliate Council according to the NRHA Governance structure.

“I believe the outcome of the summit was very positive,” said Mike Hancock at the conclusion of the meeting. “An important number of projects are in the works, thanks to the enthusiasm and will to work of all those present. I am certain that the outcome will further promote our sport in Europe thanks to the foundation laid during this historical occasion.”

A special meeting of the NRHA European Affiliate Council was convened.  The agenda consisted of discussions regarding the Council structure and the European Federation of Reining Horse Associations (EFRHA).  At the conclusion of the meeting a new structure had been approved with a task force appointed to oversee the details of the transition, and a vote to not support any further work concerning EFRHA.

Gunnatrashya – NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., January 9, 2017- Thanks to the success of his offspring at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, we are excited to announce that Gunnatrashya is NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Gunnatrashya is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Eight Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Natrasha.

The 2006 Sorrel stallion has had just as successful a career in the show pen as he has in the breeding shed. With NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Shawn Flarida at the reins, Gunnatrashya was the 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity Champion, 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, and 2010 NRHA Open Derby Champion. Even with limited showing, his NRHA Lifetime Earnings are over $218,000.

Gunnatrashya had 22 offspring entered in the 2016 NRHA Futurity, and together they earned more than $82,496 at the event, giving him a lifetime total of $1,017,438 in offspring earnings. One of the most notable offspring was Loveya, owned by Cam Essick, who won more than $48,937 alone. Loveya was Level (L) 2 Open Reserve Champion, L3 Open fifth place, and a L4 finalist at the Futurity. Additionally, Bugattti, owned by Jay Prather, earned over $13,453 and Dontrashmystage, owned by Dale Harvey, won more than $12,764.

Gunnatrashya’s top earning offspring are:

  • ARC Gunnabeabigstar (NRHA LTE: $193,418)
  • Inferno Sixty Six (NRHA LTE: $161,993)
  • ARC Gunna Sparkya (NRHA LTE: $119,605)
  • Loveya (NRHA LTE: $75,732)
  • ARC Shesgunnasparkya (NRHA LTE: $59,151)

Congratulations to Gunnatrashya and Arcese Quarter Horses on this outstanding achievement!

Photo by Cam Essick