2017 NRHA European Derby to be held in Lyon, France

For immediate release:

Equita Lyon, one of Europe’s premier events in the equestrian world, is host to the 2017 edition of the NRHA European Derby on November 1-5

Oklahoma City, April 19 – Following NRHA Germany’s decision not to host the 2017 edition of the NRHA European Derby in Kreuth, Germany on July 23-30, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee, alongside the NRHA European Affiliate Council Executive Board, has worked endless hours in order to best accommodate our European members, owners and riders.

After considering the generous availability to host and manage the event by Sandra Quade (ReadySteadyShow, Germany), Manuel Bonzano (23 Quarter Horses, Italy), Helmut Schulz (Westernstar HD Schulz, Austria), Corinna Schumacher (CS Ranch, Switzerland) and Kader Ikhllef (Parc Equestre Francilien, France) – who our heartfelt thank you goes to – the NRHA European Council Executive Board put forth a recommendation to the NRHA Executive Committee to move forward with Equita Lyon being the hosting venue. The latter was approved and, moving forward, details will be posted on the NRHA.com website.

“On behalf of Sylvie Robert, director of equestrian events for GL events and president of Equita – and myself – I would like you all to know that we are very happy to organize this beautiful event in cooperation with NRHA,” said Cristine Rigollet of GL events Exhibitions.

“I am excited about hosting the European Derby within Equita Lyon,” added NRHA President, Mike Deer. “It’s an exciting new venue and an opportunity for NRHA in Europe to expand and have an increased presence to a new audience. I’m glad it worked out for the show to be held in such a great venue and would personally like to thank all those that volunteered to host the event prior to the final decision being made.”

First held in 1995, Equita Lyon has become one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian world for both professionals and amateurs and provides over 100 hours of TV coverage worldwide. All levels of riding competitions are represented, from World Cup to club-level. The show attracts over 150,000 visitors and the Euroexpo trade-show boasts vendor space exceeding 130,000m².

The www.equitalyon.com website, created to adjust to smartphones and digital tablets, counts close to three million page visits from September to November yearly. Digital strategy is developed around this web site, as well as on social media, and over 20 newsletters are sent annually.

Update on the NRHA European Futurity and NRHA European Affiliate Championships:

The 2017 edition of the NRHA European Futurity was held in Cremona, Italy. This was the first year at this facility and proved to be very successful. The NRHA European Council met in Cremona and approved an additional 5-year contract between the Italian Reining Horse Association (ItRHA), who will manage the event, and CremonaFiere, the host venue for the European Futurity. During the meeting, the Council also approved the proposal that the NRHA European Affiliate Championships be held in conjunction with the European Futurity in 2018 and 2019.

Media Contact:
Simona Diale
NRHA Senior Director of Publications

Taylor Zimmerman Leads Level 4 Non Pro Classic Prelims on Wimpys Dolled Up

From Slide Street E Journal 

April 17, 2017 – The National Reining Breeders Classic kicked off its 20th anniversary show April 16, 2017, enjoying $20 million in pay out over the course of 20 years.

The NRBC began in 1997 when a group of distinguished reiners – Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay, Colleen McQuay, Pete Kyle, Dick Pieper, Carl Rose, Gary Putman and Robert Chown – came together and created the National Reining Breeders Cup. In its early success the show set precedents of excellence when it joined forces with the Lazy E Ride of Life Classic and became the largest added-money reining in history. In 1998 the organization’s name was changed to National Reining Breeders Classic to reflect the growing prominence and importance of the event.

The first NRBC in April of 1998 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, paid over $210,000 – the largest National Reining Horse Association-approved Open Reining at that time. In 2001 the event moved to Katy, Texas, where it still is today, and paid out a lucrative $646,000. The event has continued to grow in leaps and bounds – last year paying out $1.1 million – while still holding tight to its roots and mantra to provide excellence in the show pen.

Sunday, April 16, began with a church service, an Easter egg hunt, paid warm-ups and opening riding, and concluded with the annual SmartPak Texas Hold’em Tournament. Dan Kind won the pot and took home top honors when he became the poker champion.

Leading the Level 4 Non Pro Classic Prelims is Taylor Zimmerman riding Wimpys Dolled Up (Wimpys Little Step x Dolled Up Gunner) with a score of 220. The Levels 1, 2 and 3 leader is Jennifer Greenleaf riding Survivorman (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shining Survivor) with a score of 218. A three-way tie leads the Prime Time between Maurice Robinson riding Chics Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Wind Her Up Chic), Francesca Sternberg riding A Chic Surprize (Hang Ten Surprize x West Coast Chic) and Andre De Bellefeuille riding Little Gun (Rowdy Yankee x Snow Gun) all with a score of 216.5.

The second section of the preliminary round continues tomorrow inside the Coliseum Arena with the second section of the Non Pro Classic Prelims, followed by the Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional in the Tellepsen Arena, and the Rookie Levels 1 and 2 and Prime Time Rookie inside the Wheless Arena.

The Gunners Special Nite Platinum Anniversary Welcome Party is a perfect example of the exciting things offered this year at the NRBC. The party follows the completion of the second section of the Non Pro Classic preliminary round on Tuesday, April 18 and is held in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.

The Welcome Party has always been a favorite but this time there’s more on the schedule than ever before. The Gunners Special Nite Platinum Anniversary celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Twentieth Year Platinum Reception and social hour featuring cocktails, drinks and a Charcuterie Board furnished by Steve and Rita Harris. At 6:30 p.m., it’s time for a special champagne toast as champions and contributors are recognized, then at 7 p.m., the Platinum Anniversary dinner – also prepared by the Harrises – will be served.

Sarah Willeman, owner of Turnabout Farms and Gunners Special Nite, has been a part of the NRBC for years, as an exhibitor, sponsor and owner.

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.

Judges Announced for National IEA Finals

Columbus, OH – April 14, 2017 – From IEA Press Release: Following the Hunt Seat National Finals on June 30 through July 2 in Oklahoma City, OK, will be the 2017 IEA Western National Finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Nearly 200 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school western equestrians will have their chance to compete in team and individual competitions in western horsemanship and reining.

Judging the IEA Western Nationals will be Chele McGauly from Elm Grove, Louisiana and Gretchen Mathes from Harwinton, Connecticut. McGauly is the owner/operator of Three Rivers Performance Horses in Elm Grove, LA and has been a professional horse trainer for over 35 years. She has shown horses to numerous wins at all levels and has successfully coached students at many levels as well. McGauly holds judge’s cards with the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and The National Snaffle Bit Association. She has judged all over the world including AQHA World Championships, Youth World Championships, NRHA Futurity, Australian Nationals, European Nationals and the NRCHA Derby.

Gretchen Mathes will join McGauly in Oklahoma City. Mathes is the owner and manager of Powder Brook Farm, a large training facility located in Harwinton, Connecticut. She has been training, showing and raising Champion Quarter Horses at Powder Brook for 46 years.  Mathes has coached World and Congress Champions in both Youth and Amateur classes.  Mathes holds judge’s cards with AQHA, NRHA, NSBA, WCHA and has judged at every major show in the country. In 2007, she was named AQHA Horsewoman of the Year by the Professional Horseman’s Committee.  Mathes also serves on the Nominations and Credential Committee for AQHA and as the AQHA Director from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and is President of CQHA.

“These four judges bring an admirable level of expertise to the IEA Finals”, says IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “Our riders will appreciate what an honor it is to show in front of them.”

CONTACT:  Stephanie Keough, IEA National Finals Coordinator
440-547-8185 /stephanie@rideiea.org
Myron Leff, IEA Chief Marketing & Operating Officer
Kimber Whanger, Communications Coordinator

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.

Our Loss – Jaunita June Weaver

Jaunita Weaver
Photo from Newcomer Funeral Home

Juanita June Weaver, 93, passed away on April 9, 2017. She was the beloved mother of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Past President Rick Weaver.

Mrs. Weaver was born on June 27, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Weaver, parents, Chris and Stella Zigler, sister, Jane Turner. Surviving family includes brother, Chris Zigler, sons, Robert Weaver, Rick (April) Weaver, grandchildren, Megan Weaver.

Visitation will be held from 9-10am, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Newcomer Funeral Home and Crematory, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH, where a funeral service will begin at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.

Information on the services and gatherings, as well as the opportunity to share memories and view the memorial video can be found on the Newcomer Funeral Home website.