National Reining Breeders Classic kicks off in Katy, Texas

Welcoming reiners from all over North America to compete at the Great South West Equestrian Center in Katy, TX, this year’s edition of the National Reining Breeders Classic runs April 14–21. With a full slate of classes including the Non Pro and Open Classics, the $25,000 NRHA Open, and USA Reining, the show offers over $598,300 in added money. This year, the event will also showcase a Yellowstone Rookie Shootout, which is one of several qualifiers for the Run for a Million, which will take place this August in Las Vegas.

Live streaming of the NRBC, provided by Equine Promotions, can be found here. Visit for more information and check out the NRBC Facebook page for additional updates.

Toyon Ranch Signs Multi-Year Corporate Partnership with NRHA, Becomes Title Sponsor of NRHA Rookie of the Year

For Immediate Release – April 15, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is delighted to introduce its newest corporate partner: Toyon Ranch. Additionally, Toyon Ranch, presenting donor of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF’s) Sliders’ Night Out and the NRHA Affiliate Ambassador program, has expanded its support of reining as the new title sponsor of the NRHA Rookie of the Year award.

Toyon Ranch of Pilot Point, Texas, is owned by John and Nancy Tague. The ranch focuses on breeding and bringing to market the highest-quality reining prospects, pairing a diverse and proven band of mares with the world’s leading stallions.

The Tagues will accelerate Toyon Ranch’s dedication to reining, beginning at the grassroots level, as the new title sponsor of the NRHA Rookie of the Year award. The top 10 horse-and-rider combinations, plus ties, from each of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Regional Championships (NAAC) will be eligible to compete in a clean-slate finals class for the Toyon Ranch NRHA Rookie of the Year title, saddle, trophy, buckle, and other awards at the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC. Refer to the NRHA Adequan® NAAC Conditions for complete details.

“Nancy and I are honored to partner with NRHA to support programs that symbolize the diversity of opportunities to become involved with reining, from those just starting to compete to the volunteers who make reining happen every weekend and even those that have reached a level of accomplishment to be recognized as Hall of Fame Members,” John Tague said. “Most importantly, we remain deeply committed to supporting the Foundation and its mission to provide care and support for the community and honor the sport’s legacy.”

Toyon Ranch partnered with RHF as the presenting donor of Sliders’ Night Out in 2018. Sliders’ Night Out takes place during the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC and welcomes NRHA members and affiliates of all ages from all over the world. This annual fundraiser supports RHF, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with core programs including the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, youth scholarship and leadership development, and perpetuation of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

“John and Nancy Tague’s passion for growing and promoting the sport of reining goes above and beyond.  We are excited to partner with Toyon Ranch, and we value their support of NRHA!” said Sammi Miller, NRHA Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Communications.

Toyon Ranch has also committed as a sponsor of the Affiliate Ambassador program, which brings together a diverse community of reiners and aims to connect the global reining community on multiple levels. Each year, NRHA reaches out to affiliates around the world to identify individuals making an impact on reining. Affiliate Ambassadors are chosen from each of eight U.S. affiliate regions, plus those in Eastern and Western Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, by a special selection committee. Those chosen are invited to attend, with a guest, Sliders’ Night Out during the world’s premier reining competition: the NRHA Futurity. These special Affiliate Ambassadors are eligible for reimbursement of a portion of their travel costs, receive two complimentary reserved seats for Sliders’ Night Out, have their affiliate recognized in the commemorative program, and receive two complimentary admission badges to the NRHA Futurity.

Speakers Set for AHC’s 2019 Annual Meeting June 9–12

From the American Horse Council:

For Immediate Release – April 11, 2019 – Washington, DC – The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that speakers for committee meetings and the upcoming National Issues Forum, sponsored by American Regent, have been set. The AHC’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place from June 9–12 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown.

“We are very excited with this year’s line-up of noted and exemplary speakers,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Additionally, it will be great to engage in a discussion with partners such as 4H and Farm Bureau about ways to collaborate within the agriculture and livestock industry.”

Guest speakers include:

  • Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE – Vice President, Public Policy at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Ms. Cunningham will provide an update regarding the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) Coalition and Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) and how these are affecting associations.
  • Greg Plotts, CPA – partner in Aronson LLC’s Nonprofit & Association Services Group. Mr. Plotts will provide suggested best practices on internal controls for associations.
  • Remi Bellocq – Executive Director of the North American Riding Academy. Given the growing workforce shortage in the equine industry, Mr. Bellocq will outline a proposed Equine Workforce Initiative (EWI) to create a national apprenticeship program to support the equine industry.
  • Cheryl Orr – Director at STAND Foundation. Ms. Orr will provide an overview of the Foundation’s equestrian experience program, for ages 6-16 years old, designed to teach youth about horseback riding and care for animals.
  • Gina Maiso Smith and Leslie Gomez of Cozen O’Connor P.C. Ms. Maiso Smith and Ms. Gomez will provide insights regarding the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act and the implications on organizations that have amateur athletic governing bodies and other amateur sports organizations.
  • Rick Mack- Assoc. of Chief Executives for Sports (ACES). Mr. Mack will share trends in the sports industry and ways the sport sectors can learn from one another.
  • Sports Betting Panel Discussion AHC Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle, will moderate a panel featuring representatives from the Sports Betting Coalition and Bill Knauf, VP Operations at Monmouth Park. The panel will share some insights on the roll out of sports betting and what they see on the horizon.
  • Jennifer Sirangelo – President and CEO National 4H Council. Ms. Sirangelo will focus on youth engagement and ways the equine industry and 4H can partner.
  • Brian Leaders – National Park Service (NPS). Mr. Leaders is a Landscape Architect at NPS with a focus on equestrian trails. He will speak about ways private and public sectors can work together.
  • Jeff Jensen – Olympic & Breeders Cup Horse Trainer. Mr. Jensen will speak on the use of Cannabis and CBD usage in Equines.
  • Immigration and Workforce Development Panel featuring Co-Chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus – Representative Andy Barr (KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (NY). AHC has also invited House Agriculture Committee Chair, Colin Peterson (MN) to share perspectives with AHC members.  This panel will discuss the workforce challenges facing the equine industry.
  • Zippy Duvall – CEO & President Farm Bureau. Mr. Duvall will speak to ways the equine industry and Farm Bureau can collaborate.

Sponsorships are now available for the AHC’s Annual Meeting. The American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting is the only meeting where every segment of the industry gets together to discuss issues of importance to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole. As such, your sponsorship dollars will be ensuring you receive outreach to every segment of the industry. Please visit the for more information about the sponsorships available or contact Emily Brockway at

For information about the Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, please visit the on the AHC website at Register today!


Time To Ride Launches 2019 Pilot Program

Applications Now Being Accepted for Time To Ride 2019 Pilot Program

For Immediate Release – April 10, 2019 – Washington, DC – Time To Ride®, a program of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, is now accepting applications for its 2019 pilot program.

The new Time To Ride program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment. The goal is to familiarize school-age children with horses through an initial series of lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding.

Equine facilities and instructors must meet specific requirements to be considered for the pilot program. All instructors must either hold a current professional membership with one or more national breed or discipline associations, be certified as an instructor through a recognized program such as Certified Horsemanship Association or licensed as a riding instructor in the state in which they teach.

Barns and instructors meeting the program’s standards will be designated Time To Ride Program Facilities and be given marketing tools, techniques and assistance to help in reaching out to their local schools, youth groups, recreational departments and similar organizations to provide a set of six to eight introductory lessons. The program emulates the golf industry’s The First Tee, in which school-age children are introduced to golf through a series of lessons at a local golf course. The First Tee has reached 15 million children since its start in 1997.

For 2019, Time To Ride will select 20–30 facilities from across the U.S. to participate in the pilot program, representing a cross-section of breeds and disciplines.

Facilities selected for the pilot program will receive gifts and discounts from Marketing Alliance member companies and organizations, including a free one-year Professional Membership from United States Pony Clubs, free Fan Memberships from US Equestrian, a coupon for a free bag of Purina horse feed, a complimentary copy of Platinum Performance magazine, as well as discounts on purchases from Certified Horsemanship Association, Troxel Helmets, Weaver Leather, and more.

To learn more about Time To Ride, review the requirements, and apply for the pilot program, visit Preference will be given to applications received by May 1, 2019. 

About Time To Ride

Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media/Equine Network, American Horse Council, Morris Media Network, Platinum Performance, Purina and Zoetis. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, Troxel Helmets and Weaver Leather. Educational support is provided by Certified Horsemanship Association, US Equestrian and United States Pony Clubs.

For more information contact Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager:; 202-891-7971.

Neurologic Form of EHV-1 Confirmed in Montgomery County Horse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2019 – AUSTIN – Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), was confirmed in a Montgomery County reining Quarter Horse on April 9, 2019.

The positive horse attended a reining event in Ardmore, Oklahoma the week of March 18. TAHC staff has been in contact with the Oklahoma State Veterinarian to ensure event participants were notified and enhanced biosecurity measures are taken.

Since the Oklahoma event, the horse has not traveled to any other event and is under the care of a Brazos County veterinary hospital. The horse was quarantined after showing signs of ataxia and other neurologic signs consistent with EHM.

While the risk of exposure to the virus was likely low at the event, owners of horses potentially exposed are encouraged to take precautions. Exposed horses should be isolated and have their temperatures monitored twice daily for at least 14 days after last known exposure. If an exposed horse develops a fever or other signs consistent with EHM, diagnostic tests may be performed. Owners should work with their veterinary practitioners to establish appropriate monitoring and diagnostic plans for any potentially exposed horse(s). For more information on biosecurity measures, you can take to keep your horses healthy, visit

One of the most common clinical signs of EHV-1 is fever, which often precedes the development of other signs. Respiratory signs include coughing and nasal discharge. Neurologic signs associated with EHM are highly variable, but often the hindquarters are most severely affected. Horses with EHM may appear weak and uncoordinated, urine dribbling and loss of tail tone may also be seen. Severely affected horses may become unable to rise. For more information on EHM please visit

It is important to remember these signs are not specific to EHM and diagnostic testing is required to confirm EHV-1 infection. Many horses exposed to EHV-1 never develop clinical signs. If you suspect your horse has been exposed to EHV-1, contact your local veterinarian. The equine industry is encouraged to obtain the latest information on this outbreak and other disease events across the country by visiting the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) website, Additional Texas EHM cases will be posted on the EDCC.

Texas Animal Health Commission Andy Schwartz, DVM ● Executive Director P.O. Box l2966 ● Austin, Texas 78711 ● (800) 550-8242

For more information contact the Public Information Dept. at 512-719-0750 or at