NRHA Board of Directors Concludes Another Successful Meeting This Year

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – August 25, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors converged together in Oklahoma City for two days to review committee recommendations and show conditions, as well as a variety of other items. This marked the third in person meeting held by both groups in 2017.

“I continue to be tremendously proud of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and staff,” said NRHA President Mike Deer after the conclusion of the meeting. “The amount of hours, dedication, and passion that each one of them pour into the association, day in and day out, to make the sport of reining the pinnacle of the western world is just astounding.”

NRHA Strategic Plan
In the Spring of 2017, more than 1,000 NRHA members participated in an electronic survey, and another group of members gave input via phone interviews. The results were shared with the board and an appointed planning group. After several months of work, their recommendations for a strategic, long-rang plan were presented to the board for their consideration. The NRHA Board of Directors approved the following Core Strategies to guide the association’s endeavors for the next several years. More background and details on these strategies will be shared in an upcoming issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine:

  • Respect the horse, respect the sport
  • Strengthen our affiliates
  • Improve member communications, education, and satisfaction
  • Re-evaluate eligibility and purse structures
  • Explore alternative business models, partnerships, and alliances

2017 NRHA Derby:
Board members also were supplied with statistical information and an update from the 2017 NRHA Derby. Upon conclusion of the event, the following was reported:

  • The total payout of the 2017 NRHA Derby reached nearly $1 million ($996,911)
    • $94,434 to ancillary classes
    • $317,174 to the Non Pro Derby
    • $585,303 to the Open Derby
  • The Open Derby was the second largest since the inception of the Nomination Program
  • The Youth Derby and Non Pro Derby were the largest in the history of the event
  • Ancillary entries were up 17% from the previous year

Preliminary results from the NRHA Derby exhibitor survey were also shared to the Board to assist with future planning.

NRHA Elections:
The group also received an update on the 2017 NRHA Elections. NRHA Board members voted unanimously to accept Brett Walters (East Central), Larry Handley (North Central), Jeanine Kern (Northwest), and Ann Salmon Anderman (South Central) by acclamation as North American Directors. They will serve a two-year term that starts January 1, 2018. Online elections for two Director-At-Large positions and for the Northeast Regional Director position are scheduled to open on October 1. Candidates are provided online at

2018 Event Conditions:
2018 Futurity Conditions were approved with changes brought forward from the Aged Events Committee. Those changes included moving the first payment for 2018 Futurity to January 15, 2018. Conditions for the 2018 North American Affiliate Championships were also approved with no changes from the previous year.

2018 Fee Changes:
As NRHA continues to invest in its judges and judging program, a fee increase of $50 for renewing judges was approved. Starting in 2018, renewing judges will now pay $200 to attend the judges school. No changes were made to fees for recertifying judges. The last price increase for NRHA Judges Schools was seen in 2008.

In order to meet customers’ needs for speedy service, the 2018 Fees Policy was approved with the following additions:

  • Nomination 3-day rush (per horse) – $50
  • Same-day phone rush – Membership renewals (confirmation not included) – $25
  • Faxed or emailed confirmations for Nominations – $25

2018 Eligibility Policy:
An updated eligibility policy from the Eligibility Committee was presented to the Board of Directors for approval. Changes for the 2018 show season were made to Category 1, 2, 6, and 10. The updated policy will be available online in the upcoming weeks.

2018 Rule Changes:
During the meeting, the Board of Directors approved refined and final language for 2018 rule change proposal 126-01-18 that was previously approved in May 2018. This rule states that “the act of a horse dropping to its knees or hocks” will result in a 5-point penalty.

Affiliate Regional Championships:
Two Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) locations were up for bid at this meeting. After reviewing the recommendations by the Affiliate Committee, the Board of Directors unanimously approved Eastern Plains Reining Horse Association as the 2018/2019 host for the Mountain Region ARC and Great Western Reining Horse Association as the 2018-2022 host for the Northwest Region ARC.

NRHA Reiner Advertiser Guidelines
The NRHA Executive Committee approved advertising guidelines for the NRHA Reiner magazine. These guidelines will be used when advertisements are submitted to the magazine and to determine if they are appropriate for the publication and its audience. These are the first set of written guidelines for the NRHA Reiner and come in response to member input regarding their expectations.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • 2017/2018 Budget Approval
  • Update from the Nomination/Payout Task Force
  • Update on the Animal Welfare and Medications Program
  • 2018 NRHA Winter Meeting tentative dates announced (February 7-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Candidates for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Discussion of European Nomination Program conditions and European Derby competition ages
  • Update from the Corporate Relations Department, Member & Show Services, and Reining Horse Foundation

Minutes from all NRHA Board of Directors meetings can be found in the Members Only section of Minutes are posted online shortly after being approved by the body at their next meeting. In addition, the NRHA Corporate Record Book, Annual Audit Reports, and Financial Overview can be found in Members Only.

AustrianRHA Futurity: Dominik Reminder takes lead in Open Futurity Go round 4-year-old Horses

43 horses had been nominated  for the Futurity Open Go round 4-year-old horses, and what a sight it proved to be! Scoring a 224 Dominik Reminder and Clemens Hefel‘s Selectively Whiz (Amendago Whiz x Selectively Done) took the lead in Level 4. The stallion bred by Jan Dirk Bodenstab, was ninth at the NRHA Breeders Futurity 2016! Dominik Reminder who is training in Italy, just earned individual and team silver for Germany at the FEI European Championship in Givrins. He is a multiple Bronze Trophy Open Champion and earned team silver at the 2016 FEI World Championship. He was NRHA Open World Reserve Champion 2013 and won the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open.

With a score of 223,  Davide Brighenti and Francesco Bonadeo’s Spooks Gotta Crome (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chics Love Crome) placed second. The mare was bred by Carlo Orsi.  Brighentiwho earned team gold at the 2008 FEI European Championship, rode this horse into the 2016 AustrianRHA Futurity finals.

Markus Gebert and Angelika Gerbert‘s Paint stallion Whiz A Lot  (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti vom Letter Berg) placed third scoring a 222. Angelika Gebert rode this horse bred by Monika Peterka to the 2016 ARHA Futurity Championship Non Pro Level 3 and 4.

Davide Brighenti leading in L3, Fabio Polesel in L2 and Alicja Kula in L1 Open

This also meant the lead in Level 3 Open for Davide Brighenti and Spooks Gotta Crome with Fabio Polesel and Black Gotta Gun (Dunit Gotta Gun x Be My Sweet Surprise) following on second place with a score of 221.5 scorten. The stallion which was bred by Arena Alessandro took the lead in Level 2 with Alicja Kula aboard Katarzyna Roleska’s mare Shining Whiz Olena (Shiner Olena x Shining Whiz) placing second (219.5). With this, Alicja Kula and Shining Whiz Olena also won the Level 1 Open with Mike Baloun and his Gotta Custom Turbo (Spooks Gotta Gun x Custom Gunners BH) placing second (217) and Nico Sicuro aboard Emma Villa’s AB Magnolia Taris (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made) placing third (215)

Third place honours in Level 3 Open went to Klaus Lechner aboard Astrid Eisendle’s mare Trashy (Gunnatrashya x ARC Martha Surprise, 221), in Level 2 to Verena Klein aboard Melanie Peter’s Gunners Dark Edition (Hollywood Gun Dunnit x Well Dun In Sparks, 219)

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545,

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Rudi Kronsteiner and Spook N Ruffles take lead in Open Futurity Go round 3-year-old Horses

Rudi_Kronsteiner_Spook_N_Ruffles_251 horse-rider-combinations had been nominated in the AustrianRHA Futurity Open go round 3-year-old horses. NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and the AQHA mare Spook N Ruffles (Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) highscored a 222.5 pretty early in the field – and this was to remain so until the end of the go round. Rudi won the Austrian Futurity four times already – the last time in 2016. Spook N Ruffles was bred by Greg Hill and is owned by Brigitte Steiner.

Lukas Brucek and Magico Gallo (Rize Rooster x Snappy My Magic) placed second scoring a 221 with their fine performance. The AQHA stallion was bred by his owner Andrea Parolari. Lukas Brucek operates his Lukas Brucek Performance horses at the Prosper Horse Ranch in the Czech Republic. His NRHA LTE exceed $ 108,000 NRHA LTE, his achievements including multiple Futurity and Derby finalist, multiple Bronze Trophy Champion as well as the 2010 European Futurity Reserve Championship Level 1 and 2, 2011 Reserve Championship Open Level 3, Belgium Futurity Championship and French Derby Championship Open.

Grischa Ludwig and A Shining Gun (Sine My Gun x Lady Buena Freckles) placed third in the L4 Open go round scoring a 219.5. The stallion which was bred by Grischa Ludwig and Silvia Maile and is owned by Andreas Dick, is a son of Shine My Gun, the stallion Grischa was 2015 FEI Reserve European Champion. Ludwig is  a multiple German Champion (FN) and multiple Bronze Trophy Champion, NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion and placed fourth at the FEI WEG in Normandy.

Adriano Meacci dominates L3, Roy Van Hoeven in L2 and Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas in L1
The Level 3 was dominated by Italian Adriano Meacci aboard Shenandoah Ranch’s AQHA stallion Topsail Chic Dunit (LMC Im Topsail Dunit x Topolena Pride). The two scored a 217.5. Roy Van Hoeven (NED) and This Dun Is Spaton (Spat Olena x The Jezelbell Dunit, owner Inanna Versteeg)  placed second in Level 3 which was also the lead in Level 2, The mare was bred by Piet Mestdagh gezüchtet.

Austrian Valentina Sagmeister and Sylvia Schützenhofer’s The Spacegun (Colonels Smokin Gun x Sterling Peppy San, Züchterin Ramona Levai) placed third in Level 3 scoring a 216.5 which was also second place in Level 2. Here, Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas and  Reto Erdin’s Gunworks Finest (Gunwork x BR China Rose) followed on third place scoring a 216.

For Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas and the Mare bred by Reto Erdin, this was the lead in Level 1 Open. FEI European Bronze Medal Winner Elias Ernst and his AQHA mare Big Lovely Shine (Just Gotta Shine x Cashing Big Chex) placed second (214) with Daniela Nicoletti and Anty Snappy Miki (ARC Antares Surprise x Oak Snippy Miki) following on third place (208.5). The gelding was bred by Andrea Bongiorni.

For further information please contact:
Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, phone +43-2238-8484 cell phone +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545,,,

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545,

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Gunners Special Nite Hits a Special Milestone

Gunners Special Nite Hits a Special Milestone

For Immediate Release-Oklahoma City, Okla., (August 18, 2017) – Following a successful show for his offspring at the Mid Atlantic Reining Classic, North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity & Derby show and a host of other events recorded this week, Gunners Special Nite officially became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Million Dollar Sire. The 2004 sorrel stallion is by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Mifs Doll (by Mifillena). Gunners Special Nite was bred by Kim and Debra Sloan of Newfoundland, N.J., and is currently owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.

Unknown-2Boasting an NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of more than $219,730, he has been just as successful in the show arena as in the breeding barn. Some of his major accomplishments include the 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Level 3 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist, 2008 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show Junior Reining Top Ten, 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Open finalist, and 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist, all with Marcy Ver Meer behind the reins. Tom McCutcheon piloted Gunners Special Nite to two Federation Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games gold medals, with one in the team competition and one in the individual competition. Gunners Special Nite was also the 2010 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year, making him the first western horse to receive this award.

Gunners Special Nite top NRHA offspring include:

  • Wham Bam Gunner Man (2012 stallion out of Super Olena Chic, owned by CS Ranch Management SA) – $51,710 NRHA LTE
  • Modern Gun (2013 stallion out of Taris Modern Design, owned by Ms Stables) – $49,491 NRHA LTE
  • Sunglasses At Nite LTE (2012 gelding out of Chexy Dun It, owned by Story Book Stables) – $46,642 NRHA LTE
  • Special Kinda Nite (2012 mare out of Cowgirl In A Benz, owned by 4 Lazy J Arizona, LLC) – $41,519 NRHA LTE
  • Hollywood Nites (2013 stallion out of Dun It For Chex, owned by Michael Garnett) – $41,281 NRHA LTE

NRHA congratulates Gunners Special Nite and his owner, Turnabout Farm, Inc., for achieving Million Dollar Sire status. Gunners Special Nite currently stands at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses in Aubrey, Texas.

Photo credit: Paige Olsen

NRHA Reiner Advertiser Guidelines Approved

The NRHA Executive Committee met on August 17, 2017 and among their business items they approved advertising guidelines for the NRHA Reiner magazine. These guidelines will be used when advertisements are submitted to the magazine and to determine if they are appropriate for the publication and its audience. These are the first set of written guidelines for the NRHA Reiner and come in response to member input regarding their expectations.


All advertisements submitted to the NRHA Reiner magazine shall be in support of the Association’s belief in family values, sportsmanship and proper care of the horse. All advertisements should be suitable for the target audience: NRHA members and their families which often include young children. As these pages are highly visible, the magazine cover pages, including the inside covers, must be suitable for that audience. Advertising shall not include violence, profanity or sexually explicit or provocative images.

Ads featuring partial nudity may be accepted if models are posed in an unprovocative way and are partially covered (ex. wearing modest swim suits or sports attire). Ads with sexual innuendo are discouraged. However, ads featuring human models with nudity or partial nudity along with any level of sexual innuendo will not be accepted under any circumstance.


Additional news from the August NRHA Board of Directors meeting will shared soon.