2017 NRHA Open Futurity Conditions Update

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – February 15, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met during their Winter Meeting and reviewed a recommendation from the Aged Events Committee. Based on this recommendation and much discussion, the Board approved the following updates to the conditions that involved late entries, semi-finals format, and the number to advance to the finals. To see the updated conditions, visit the forms page on nrhafuturity.com or get the PDF directly here.

“I’m really proud of the work that our Aged Events Committee and Board of Directors have done with our Futurity Semi Finals format. Horses that qualify for the Open Level 4 semi-finals will now be given more recognition through a new format at our pinnacle event,” said Mike Deer, NRHA President. “The Aged Event Committee continues to look for ways, like adjusting our deadlines, to make our event more exhibitor and owner friendly, while maintaining the core values of the Futurity that we all love.”

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE
The late entry deadlines for entries accepted after November 1 was extended 24 hours to give more opportunity for late entries. All previous deadlines stating two days prior are now extended to one-day prior at 5 p.m.

NUMBER OF OPEN SEMI-FINALISTS

Class:                          Number of Semi-finalists
L4O                              75 horses, plus ties
L3O                              75 horses, plus ties
L2O                              75 horses, plus ties
L1O                              75 horses, plus ties

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE L4 OPEN SEMI-FINALS SECTION
To create a special performance for spectators, the top 75 horses, plus ties, in the Level 4 Open division semi-finals will compete in a separate section prior to the finals. Just like previous years, levels 1 – 3 will compete in their own semi-finals section.

NUMBER TO ADVANCE TO THE FINALS
The number of horses advancing to the finals remains unchanged. However, every horse not making the finals through 75th place, plus ties, in the Level 4 Open will receive a guaranteed payout. It was also decided that scratched horses that qualify for the semi-finals will receive the guaranteed payout.

OPTIONS FOR THOSE ALREADY ENTERED
For those who wish to cancel their Futurity entry, they can do so without penalty by written notification to the NRHA office no later than February 28, 2017. Written notification can be sent to events@nrha.com, faxed to (405)946-8425, or mailed to the NRHA office at 3021 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, Ok 73107.

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 & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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Register for the February 13th American Horse Council Webinar

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Last Call- Register for our Upcoming Webinar February 13th! 

Don’t forget- register today for our upcoming webinar pn February 13th at 3:00 pm ET. The topic will be “Climate Change and Equines.”

David Herring, Director of Communication & Education at the NOAA Climate Program Office will be the featured speaker. Mr. Herring will discuss how they see changes in the weather affecting not only horses themselves, but also the areas in which they live, show, and are ridden. Dr. Karen Davison, Equine Nutritionist and Director of Purina Animal Nutrition’s Equine Technical Services team will also give an overview of how horses nutritional needs change with the weather.

In the AHC Member spotlight, Jim McGarvey, Executive Director of Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) will give an overview of the work that BCHA does- most importantly how they work to keep trails open for equestrians. Just last year, the AHC worked with BCHA toward the successful passing of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Finally, AHC’s Director of Health & Regulatory Affairs Cliff Williamson will give a short overview on regulatory issues that the AHC is currently working on.

The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members—we encourage everyone to attend!

To register for the webinar, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org . We look forward to having you join us!

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

Chocolate Chic Olena Hits One Sweet Milestone

 For Immediate Release -Oklahoma City, Okla., (02-06-2017) – There is something sweet about becoming a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Carter Smith, the 1993 Chestnut stallion Chocolate Chic Olena is by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Jae Bar Felcia.

Chocolate Chic Olena was ridden by owner Carter Smith, along with NRHA Professionals Darren Stancik and NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani. During his show career, Chocolate Chic Olena was the 2001 and 2002 United States Equestrian Federation Open Qualifier Champion, the 1997 NRHA Derby Non Pro and Limited Open Champion, and the 1999 AQHA World Champion in senior reining.

In addition to siring top reining horses, Chocolate Chic Olena’s offspring have proven themselves to be versatile performers, with some competing and earning top honors in working cow horse events.

Chocolate Chic Olena’s top NRHA offspring include:

  • Chic Magnetic (NRHA LTE: $139,507)
  • Ghiradelli Chic (NRHA LTE: $75,313)
  • Mr Chocoholic NRHA LTE: $65,889)
  • Mistresses Milky Way (NRHA LTE: $45,397)
  • Smart Coco Chic (NRHA LTE: $45,785)

NRHA congratulates Chocolate Chic Olena and his owner Carter Smith for achieving Million Dollar Sire status.

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 & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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Update: USEF Announces Qualification Information for the Inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by USEF Communications Department | Jan 30,2017, 10:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that U.S. reining athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders. This inaugural event will take place at the CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, August 9-12, 2017.

FEI Qualifying Criteria for the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

  • Qualification period begins January 1, 2017
  • A Junior is defined as any athlete from the beginning of the year in which they reach 14 years old until the end of the year in which they reach 18 years old.
  • A Young Rider is defined as any athlete from the beginning of the year they reach 16 years old until the end of the year they reach 21 years old.
  • The athlete must achieve a minimum average score of 67 at one CRI3* Junior or Young Rider competition during the qualifying period.
  • Horses must be seven years old or older.

U.S. Qualifying Competitions

  • Winter Slide (Ardmore, Okla.) February 3-5, 2017
  • NRBC (Katy, Texas) April 16-23, 2017
  • Wild Card Reining Challenge (Las Vegas, Nev.) May 23-27, 2017
  • CNYRHA (Syracuse, N.Y.) June 24, 2017

Additional competitions to be added as approved

For more information, contact USEF Director of Reining, Bryn Wells at pbwells@usef.org.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.