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
(405) 946-7400 x 103


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

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.

2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium

NRHyA members are invited to attend the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium held during the NRHA Winter Meeting Feb 10-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium is tailored with you in mind including:

  • Three educational and fun workshops
  • A special guest speaker
  • Door prizes for all who attend

Create long lasting relationships with fellow reiners from all across the nation while developing skills that will help you in and out of the show pen! One lucky symposium attendee will win a pair of boots courtesy of Anderson Bean Boot Company.

Become a leader and register today!

For questions pertaining to registration or the NRHyA Symposium, please contact Emily Schaefer at or (405)946-7400.

New Opportunity for NRHA Show Secretaries

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the opportunity for show secretaries to attend an in-person workshop at the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The event is open to all current NRHA secretaries, those needing to recertify, or those who are interested in becoming certified. Show managers interested in taking part in the seminar are welcomed to attend as well. For more information on the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting, click here.

The training seminar is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 10 from 8 a.m. until noon. During this seminar, participants can expect to discuss a variety of important topics for show secretaries including:

  • A look into the show manager’s responsibilities at an NRHA show and how the manager can make the event a fun-filled experience
  • A review and study on how affiliates tie into NRHA shows, what is needed, and how to qualify for the Affiliate Regional Championships and the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships
  • Certification to be an NRHA Show Secretary, including in-depth training on management and affiliate involvement
  • A chance to sit down with other secretaries, show managers, and affiliate contacts to share stories and ideas from past experiences

To register for this event, please contact Kristen Liesman at or by calling (405)946-7400.

If you are unable to attend the February seminar, NRHA is currently planning a fall seminar this October in Ohio. More information will be made available on at a later date.