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.

Training Opportunities for NRHA Show Secretaries Continue to Grow

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. (August 15, 2017) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the third opportunity this year for show secretaries to attend an in-person workshop at the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

Starting Saturday, October 7, and ending Sunday, October 8, participants can expect to expand their knowledge and skills as show secretaries while networking and trading ideas and tips with their peers. The two-day workshop will be held in the Ohio Expo Center. The first opportunity was held at the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, and received glowing reviews from both attendees and staff. The second was held in Cremona, Italy, during the 2017 European Futurity.

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.

The training seminar is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 pm and Sunday, October 8, from 9 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 and 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 and share stories and ideas from past experiences

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

The Candidates Are Set – NRHA Elections

Each year, NRHA members are given the opportunity to nominate and elect representatives to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The final deadline to nominate candidates passed on August 2, so a complete slate of candidates now can be presented to the membership for consideration.

Votes in this year’s election (October 1 – November 1) will determine the names of:

  • Two members to serve on the Executive Committee as a Director-At-Large
  • One member per region to serve as a North American Regional Director (On a rotational basis, approximately half of the regions have this opportunity each year)

Eligible voting members will receive voting information via email prior to October 1.


Each voting member will be given the opportunity to cast a vote for two Director-At-Large candidates. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes will have a two-year term, and the second-largest vote-getter will have a one-year term.

Four members were nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee: Shane Brown, George King, Brian Welman and Joe Wolfe. An additional candidate, Tom McCutcheon, was nominated via the write-in process. Therefore, a total of five candidates are campaigning for member votes.


North American Director elections will be held for the Northeast region featuring Kelly Hedges and Heather Powell. Only one candidate was nominated for the other four regions. Therefore, no elections will be held for these regions and these candidates will be elected by acclamation: East Central – Brett Walters, North Central – Larry Handley, Northwest – Jeanine Kern and South Central – Ann Salmon Anderman.


Shane Brown • Elbert, Colo.

SHANE image1 cropped“As a member of many NRHA committees and positions, currently and in the past, I am excited to be considered for an NRHA Executive Committee position. I look forward to becoming even more involved in programs that help to grow NRHA from the grass roots level at the Affiliates to my ongoing dedication to the Professional and non pro members at the trainer/ breeder/owner level. I am an active, dedicated NRHA non pro coach so it is important to me to continue the upward track that NRHA has established, taking all members into consideration. I would be honored to be a participant and pledge to be an active, productive member of the NRHA Executive Committee to help NRHA meet its goals for 2018.” ~READ MORE~

George King • Idaho Falls, Idaho

George King 2017 cropped“At the young age of 59, I have been a member of the NRHA for almost 30 years. I remember those early years when we gathered together at an outdoor arena in Montana for Dick Pieper clinics. In those days, a reining show only lasted one day. You would drive to the show in the morning and go home that evening (sometimes quite late). I’ve seen amazing growth in the NRHA and the reining horse industry; what an incredible journey it has been. You can see the results of our prosperity in that we now have 24 NRHA Million Dollar Riders, two of which are non pros; we have 36 NRHA Million Dollar Sires and several that have turned over nine million dollars. ~READ MORE~

Tom McCutcheon • Aubrey, Tex.

Tom McCutcheon copy croppedTom McCutcheon is one of the reining industry’s leading riders with lifetime earnings exceeding $1.7 million. His accolades include winning a National Reining Breeders Classic Open Championship, two NRHA Derby Reserve Championships, a Tradition Open Futurity Championship, a Southwest Reining Horse Association Open Futurity Championship, multiple North Central Reining Horse Association Open Futurity Championships and earning multiple NRHA Open Futurity finalist positions. On the International stage, Tom is a two-time United States Equestrian Team Reining Championship winner. As a member of the 2002 USA Reining Team at the Federation Equestre Internationale World (FEI) Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, Tom helped Team USA bring home the Gold Medal. Along with the Team Gold, Tom…” ~READ MORE~

Brian Welman • Hastings, Minn.brianwelman

“I have been an NRHA member for over 30 years and have been an NRHA Judge since 1990.  I attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and then I went on to work for a few of the NRHA Hall of Fame inducted trainers until I started my own training business Brian Welman Training Center in Minnesota. I have been an active board member of the North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) from the beginning and I have been a president of the NCRHA.  I have served on the NRHA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2011 through 2015, NRHA Judges Committee, Eligibility Committee and the NRHA Executive Committee since 2016. I am actively involved with all aspects of the reining horse industry.” ~READ MORE~

Joe Wolfe • Catlettsburg, Ky.

Joe Wolfe 2011 cropped“I have been married to my wife Emmy for 46 years. We have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. We live in Catlettsburg, Kentucky where we have been involved with horses and, at times, cattle. I attended Morehead State University where I earned my bachelors and masters degrees in math. I worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Kentucky for 26 years in sales and sales management.  I retired in December of 1999 and started my own small independent insurance agency in January of 2000 with my current partner George Arnold. My wife and I became involved with reining in the mid 1980s and became members of Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association (OVRHA) and NRHA at that time. Both of us continue to…” ~READ MORE~



Kelly Hedges • Perrysburg, N.Y.

Kelly Hedges Web cropped“I am 61-years-old and have been a professional in the equine industry for over 40 years. My wife Kim and I own and operate Hedges Reining Horses in western New York. I also own and operate Hedges Custom Carpentry which specializes in custom cabinetry and custom home interiors for over 30 years. I am currently the vice president of the Yankee Reining Horse Association (YRHA), and I am on the horse show committee, as well as the Bylaws Committee. I have been a judge for over 30 years. I hold cards with the National Snaffle Bit Association, Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) and NRHA. I have judged all the ApHC’s major events in The States, as well as the Aphc’s European Championship show three times. ~READ MORE~

Heather Powell • Chalfont, Penn.

Powell Heather HJP-2 cropped“In 1989, we bought a horse that we thought did tricks. A few weeks later we saw Richie Fisher giving a reining demonstration at Belmont Park Horse Fair and the “penny dropped.” I was introduced to trainer J.C. Daudelin from Quebec and started to learn about reining, ably assisted by our mare “April.” It has been a passion for me and the horses and people have kept me actively involved in the sport as an exhibitor (when the trainers let me have my horses back!), owner, breeder, judge, show secretary and steward since my first show at Willowbrook also in 1989. I have served as a director for Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association (EPRHA) for eight years. The past two years as NRHA Northeast Director have…” ~READ MORE~



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