IEA Expands Membership to Include 4th and 5th Grade Riders

February 9, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Board of Directors recently voted to expand membership to include 4th and 5th grade riders in the middle-school division of Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage. For the past 17 seasons, IEA has been offered only to riders in grades 6 –12.

The recently adopted rule change which will take effect beginning with the 2019-2020 Season reads as follows: Any full-time student enrolled in grades four (4) through twelve (12) during the application year is eligible to be a rider member provided they are less than twenty (20) years of age on September 1st.

With the addition of younger aged riders, the Board of Directors is also considering some changes to class offerings, but those are not yet finalized and will be released at a later date.

“We are thrilled to add 4th and 5th graders into our riding programs for next year!” states IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “We started with an educational horsemanship program for these younger riders a few years ago, and there is so much demand that we are now opening our teams and competitions to them also. Giving students an earlier start to equine athletics is a great addition on every level. The earlier you find horses, the more years you will have to enjoy them!”

The 2019-2020 IEA season membership application process for new and returning teams will open in early June with competitions beginning September 1, 2019. For more information on starting a team, visit or contact Membership Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Eaton at

About IEA:
Now in its 17th year, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The non-profit (501(c)3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.

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Classic Equine Renews as NRHA Corporate Partner and Becomes Title Sponsor of Green Reiner Program

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce their 3-year contract renewal with Classic Equine as an official NRHA Corporate Partner. This year, Classic Equine put a new spin on their involvement by becoming the title sponsor of NRHA’s Green Reiner Program.

As a long-standing NRHA Corporate Partner, Classic Equine is synonymous with quality equine sports equipment in the eyes of many horse owners. The company has earned this respect through years of dedication to creating durable products that support the safety and well-being of performance horses. This year, Classic Equine has gone beyond renewing their commitment as an NRHA Corporate Partner to promote the growth of the sport through a new avenue. As the title sponsor of NRHA’s Green Reiner Program, Classic Equine will contribute to the education of new members and encourage continued involvement for competitors in the entry-level program.

“We are excited to partner with NRHA and be a part of the Green Reiner Program,” said Billie Bray, Director of Marketing for Classic Equine. “We look forward to meeting and supporting new members and beginners while being involved with the growth and expansion of this great sport.”

“Classic Equine’s passion for growing the sport of reining continues through their support of the Green Reiner Program,” said Sammi Miller, Director of Corporate Relations at NRHA. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Classic Equine, a leader in the equine industry and a champion for NRHA’s future!”

The Green Reiner Program is an entry-level class that allows reiners to grow as they learn various aspects of the sport. This educational program gives exhibitors an opportunity to gain more knowledge by talking to judges at the conclusion of classes. Other helpful components of this program include permitting riders to use two hands if needed and the option to perform either simple or flying lead changes.

Pro Management Joins NRHA Team to Manage NRHA Futurity and Derby

Change is on the horizon for the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Futurity and Derby. For the first time since their premiere, a management company will take on a broader scope of planning, preparation, and implementation of those events. The magnitude of these two events requires a team experienced with big shows and high stakes, which is why Pro Management, Inc. of Byars, Okla., will be taking the reins.

This collaboration combines NRHA’s already well-established, world-class events with Pro Management’s veteran staff and event production expertise. Pro Management currently manages three of the top 13 NRHA-approved shows each year, including the National Reining Breeders Classic, the Tulsa Reining Classic, and the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity. Owner Cheryl Cody, along with key staff members, also managed the reining at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.

“Pro Management brings a level of experience to our signature events that exhibitors have come to appreciate,” NRHA Executive Director Gary Carpenter said. “Our Strategic Plan identified the prospect of outsourcing our events two years ago. I’m confident that our members will enjoy the service they will provide.”

NRHA President Mike Hancock echoed those sentiments. “We wanted to put show management in the hands of people who do it every day, which would allow us to focus what we do best – running the NRHA and serving the needs of our 15,000 members.” He added, “We are confident in Pro Management’s ability to handle shows of this magnitude.”

The NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is the world’s largest reining event with nearly 4,000 entries in all classes. It includes the 3-year-old Futurity, with a guaranteed $150,000 to the champion, as well as the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships. The NRHA Derby features more than $600,000 in added money and hosts the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Championships.

“It’s truly an honor to be part of these events, and we are very excited about them,” Cheryl Cody said. “NRHA has done an incredible job of growing them over the years, and we are confident that our partnership with NRHA will continue that trend.”

NRHA and Pro Management staff members have spent countless hours working out the logistics of the transition, something that Cody notes will be advantageous moving forward. “Everyone on the NRHA staff has been amazing to work with, and together we are doing what is necessary to make this change as seamless as possible for the contestants and exhibitors,” she said.

Although first payments for the Futurity have already been sent to the NRHA Office, subsequent payments, entries, and questions will be handled by the Pro Management staff in the Byars office. Pro Management will also be handling the event media, trade shows, and stabling management, as well as stall sponsorships and placements. For information on the events, people can either call the NRHA number (405-946-7400) and the call will be transferred or call direct to the NRHA Events line at Pro Management at 580-759-2424.

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. 

SmartPak Renews as NRHA Corporate Partner

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is delighted to announce their continued partnership with SmartPak as an official NRHA Corporate Partner for the 11th consecutive year. Their involvement includes support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show, the NRHA Derby, and the North American Regional Affiliate Finals.

Since 1999, SmartPak has provided leading name-brand supplements in a convenient, customized package known as the ‘SmartPak.’ SmartPaks contain one day’s dosage of a horse’s selected supplements, individually sealed for freshness and labeled for ease of use. SmartPak has served over 150 million daily doses of various supplements. Eliminating the worry and hassle of separating individual supplements for each horse’s unique needs makes the convenience of SmartPak’s program unmatched.

“NRHA has always been a great partner for SmartPak, and we’re thrilled to once again be returning as the official equine health retailer and official supplement feeding system,” said Lissa Hines, Marketing Director at SmartPak. “We’re proud to continue our support of the reining industry by sponsoring classes at events like the Derby, Futurity, and all of the regional finals. The best part about our NRHA partnership is getting out there to meet the competitors and their horses, many of which we help to support.”

With over 300 supplements and a complete line of horse-care supplies, SmartPak has become the company to which horse owners turn for a wide selection of products with unparalleled service. SmartPak staff is dedicated to working hard as they bring innovative solutions to NRHA members to help make horse owners’ lives easier.

“SmartPak’s continued partnership is a win for NRHA membership! SmartPak is a loyal supporter of the award programs offered through NRHA owned events,” said Sammi Miller, Director of Corporate Relations. “As the Official Equine Health Care Retailer and the Official Supplement Feeding System of NRHA, SmartPak is able to help us ensure the best care for our exhibitors’ horses in the most convenient way.”

Horse owners can get customized daily-dose SmartPaks delivered automatically every month, with no shipping charges on orders over $40, and free shipping on all orders over $75. Anything from fly spray to blankets that is added to the monthly SmartPak order also ships for no additional cost, making SmartPak the only equine e-commerce retailer to offer a full selection of supplements, equipment, and supplies shipped for free regardless of weight.

AHP NEWSGROUP: The Right Horse Initiative Offers Three $10,000 Grants for Training

February 1, 2019

Media Contact: Christy Counts, President

The Right Horse Initiative Offers Three $10,000 Grants for Training

KATONAH, NEW YORK – The Right Horse Initiative is opening applications for the Be Mine Training Grant starting February 1st. The Be Mine Training Grant will award three 501(c)3 adoption organizations $10,000 each to fund training expenses associated with preparing their horses for adoption.

Training is an important piece that prepares a horse for an adopter to say, “be mine.” Adoption organizations and rescues carefully develop training and care plans for each horse that enters their program based on each horse’s individual needs. The goal is a healthy, happy horse that is ready to succeed with their new adopter.
Sometimes a horse may need training in a new discipline, while other times the horse may need to be started as a riding horse or improve ground manners for safe handling. As important as training is to the adoption process, organizations often face challenges in getting adequate training resources. Some of the possible uses of the grant funds might include improving training facilities, sending horses to training or hiring a trainer on-site.

“We recognize that training is an important factor in preparing horses for their new home. We are looking forward to rewarding three organizations for their dedication to helping horses in transition by helping them expand their work with training funds,” said The Right Horse Initiative President Christy Counts.

All United States based 501c3 adoption organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at and are due by February 14, 2019. The winners will be announced and receive funding in March.

About The Right Horse. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 50 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. To learn more, visit

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