Reining Horse Foundation Announces New Reining Boot Camp to Benefit Crisis Fund

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – April 4, 2017 – The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), announces Reining Boot Camp, a new, nationwide clinic series designed to help rookies and Non Pro riders learn how to prepare for show pen. Presented by Classic Equine and various NRHA Affiliates, Reining Boot Camps are intended to be fun, low-stress, one-day clinics. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, which aids reiners enduring medical hardships, accidents and disasters—such as fires, flood and tornadoes.

“We are so excited about the opportunity to connect beginning and Non Pro reiners with NRHA Professionals and affiliates in this new clinic series,” said Becky Jordan, RHF Board Secretary/Treasurer and chairperson of the Reining Boot Camp committee. “There is nowhere else where you can meet others who are learning and growing in this sport while also supporting a cause like the Dale Wilkinson Crisis Fund.”

Reining Boot Camps will build on the success of the Foundation’s former Rookie Days, which for 15 years served as the primary fundraiser for the Crisis Fund. The new program relies on affiliate volunteers to secure a venue, conduct the clinic and recruit NRHA Professionals to serve as volunteer clinicians. Additionally, some events plan to incorporate volunteer NRHA Judges to evaluate attendees when they perform the maneuvers of a basic reining pattern.

The one-day clinics are open to youth and adults. In addition to instruction time, the advance registration fee of $225 per adult and $125 per youth (18 and under) covers lunch. Registrants also can expect to be eligible for various prizes and discount offers. Advance registration is encouraged, and prices do increase $25 per person at the events.

Reining Boot Camps already scheduled include:

  • Tennessee RHA, April 29, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • West Coast RHA, May 19, in Rancho Marieta, Calif.
  • Southwest RHA, May 27, Aubrey, Tex.
  • Arizona RHA, Skull Valley, Ariz., August 5.

Additional dates and locations are anticipated. A full schedule with details and registration information can be found at Affiliates interested in hosting a Reining Boot Camp event should contact the RHF office.

Media Contact:
Leslie Baker
Reining Horse Foundation
(405) 946-7400, x 106

Ann Fonck and Shiners Voodoo score big to win the NRHA European Open Futurity

Cremona, April 1 – As the lights went out in the CremonaFiere Arena, the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity finalists wrote yet another page of history. It took a 222 or higher to make it in the final top ten Level (L)4 rankings and a 231 to claim the L4 Open Futurity Championship.

Draw 21 in a field of 25 finalists in the second section of the European Futurity Open finals, multiple past NRHA Open and Reserve Open World Champion Ann Fonck kept the reining fans in Cremona glued to their seats from the moment she burst in the pen riding Shiners Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x BR China Rose) for owner Kimberly Wegner. The show went on as Fonck and the flashy palomino performed fast and precise spins and controlled circles. The duo closed their run with three deep stops that set the dirt – and the +1’s – flying!

“I am thrilled and cannot believe how good my horse was for me tonight,” said Ann about the stallion she won both the German Breeders and French 3-year-old Futurity on last year. “I know how talented he is and when I rode in the pen I knew that he was capable of winning but I never thought that we would earn such a big score! I have to give credit to my husband, Bernard (Fonck) for helping me out during this week and to our incredible team that worked endless hours behind the scenes…I don’t know how they did it!”

Shiners Voodoo was bred by Patricia Blankeney Creson and nominated by Reto Erdin. Prior to the European Futurity, the talented stallion had already collected $12,198 to his name with Ann Fonck in the saddle. On Saturday night, he added $17,551 to his LTE.

Early in the draw, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Bernard Fonck had set the bar aboard Missedouttinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Miss Sliding Peppy) owned by Golden Paint Ranch. The pair had set the stands on fire with their powerful run paid back by the judges with a 228.5 which earned them the reserve championship as well as $14.559. In the past edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity the sorrel stallion, with Fonck in the saddle, had tied for third place brining his earnings to $15,485.

Past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion Guglielmo Fontana topped both the L4 and L3 qualifiers riding Whiz Wild West (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak) owned by Luga Quarter Horses bred and nominated by Mattia Camisi. In the clean-slate finals, the bay gelding rode Fontana to a 226 and the L3 European Futurity Open title. “I don’t believe I’ve ever ridden a horse as talented as Whiz Wild West,” said the NRHA Professional following the awards presentation. “He was absolutely incredible tonight and it was an honor for me to place behind two incredible champions – Bernard and Ann Fonck – who I worked for for three years.” Fontana took home a paycheck worth $21,121 for his L3 win and for placing third in the L4.

Second place honors in this division with a 222.5 score went to Canadian NRHA Professional Morey Fisk, now based in Mooslargue France, riding Whiz My Freckles (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dun Lost My Freckles), a mare owned by Peter Arnet, bred and nominated by Lewisville Development, LP. Fisk, who is a three-time NRHA European L4 Open Futurity champion, added $11,880 to his LTE amounting to $337,000 prior to coming to Cremona.

Winning the title in the L2 divison was Italian NRHA Professional Silvia Venezia who posted a 220 riding Gunnerine (Hollywood Gun Dunnit x E Harmony Dot Com), a mare owned bred and nominated by Teresa Rosati. “I’ve had this sweet mare in training since she was a 2-year-old and I broke and trained her myself,” said Venezia. “I am thrilled with how she performed tonight and even though I knew we could achieve this result, until it’s over you never know.”

Co-reserve honors in the L2 – with a 217.5 went to NRHA Professional Nicola Cordioli of Italy riding Unwhizzjable (Star Spangled Whiz x Late Little Jaba), a mare owned by Andrea Pengo, bred and nominated by Silvia Sgaggio.

NRHA Professional Matteo Cuniglio rode RS Canaletto Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x RS Red Moon Olena), a mare owned bred and nominated by Claudio Risso, to first place honors in the L1 and to co-reserve honors in the L2 division. “I started riding this mare in December last year and immediately liked her,” said the Italian rider who won the L1 Open qualifier in Cremona. “We get along really well and she was good for me from day one. This is my first European Futurity title and I couldn’t be any happier.”

Earning the L1 European Open Futurity was German NRHA Professional Jeffrey-Thomas Touroute who made it back to the finals through the consolation riding Rowdys Smart Diamond (Hollywood Yankee Kid x GH Redskin Lady), a stallion owned bred and nominated by Hannes Kirchberger.

The NRHA European Futurity, held for the very first time in Italy after leaving the historical venue in Kreuth, Germany, after eight years, officially closed with the Open finals which showcased an incredibly high level of competition.

Though the competition in the arena is over and the 2017 champions are determined, the NRHA European Futurity Elite Stallion Auction will officially close on April 8 at 4 p.m. CEST.
Bid to breed to the industry’s best at

For complete information on the 2017 edition of the NRHA European Futurity visit

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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Edoardo Bernardelli and RS Gaudi Jac are European Non Pro Futurity Champions

Cremona, March 31 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Non Pro finals closed the day in Cremona, Italy. In a field of 32 finalists in the four levels, Anna Lisec of Austria had set the bar riding her Gunners Nite Slider (Gunners Special Nite x Wind Her Up Chic). Aboard the gelding bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC and nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC, Lisec closed her performance with a 217.5 to lead the Euro 36.000-added Level (L)4 Non Pro division. The young rider’s score held until the go-round leaders, Edoardo Bernardelli and RS Gaudi Jac, performed a penalty-free run and big stops closing their run with a 219. Bred and nominated by Claudio Risso, RS Gaudi Jac is by RS Great Jac Feona and out of RS Shadow Olena. “I got my horse when he was a yearling from Risso and I trained him myself,” said the young rider who was on the Italian team that took gold medal honors in the past FEI European Reining Championships held in Aachen, Germany. “I showed him last year at the German Breeders Futurity and at the Italian Futurity but we weren’t quite ready yet. In the last 6 months, he matured a lot and he was really easy to show here. I am very happy with this major win!”

Once the Non Pro finals were over, Anna Lisec – who boasts over $55,000 LTE – and Gunners Nite Slider settled for the L4 reserve championship.

It was truly a special evening for Suzanne Scharroo of the Netherlands. Aboard her mare, My Private Gun, bred by Henk Hendrikse and nominated by herself, Scharroo went on to win the Euro 16.000-added L3 division with a 215.5. “I purchased this sweet mare when she was 6-weeks-old and trained her myself. I don’t usually break and train my horses but she is such an easy horse to work with. Achieving this result is truly incredible,” said Scharroo about her mare by Gunner and out of Private Enterprise who also slid to fourth place in the L4 division.

The reserve championship in the L3 division – with a 214 score – went to Jennifer Nixdorf and her Hollysmartin (Hollywoodstinseltown x Tarismartin), a mare bred and nominated by Marino Pilotto. The duo made it back to the L3 finals through the consolation run.

Winning the Euro 9.000-added European Non Pro L2 division with a 212.5 was Alex Kubli of Switzerland aboard his Gunna Ruf Ya, a stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Lil Ruf Lady. “I have to give credit to my trainer, Morey Fisk, who I’ve been riding with for the past 6 years, for having trained both my horse and myself,” said Kubli who tied to win the L2 qualifying go-round with his mount. “Winning my major event here is pretty special and, I must admit, my horse was very good to me all the way!”

Winning the Euro 4.000-added Level 1 division of the NRHA European Non Pro Futurity with a 212 was Katharina Dejori with her Daicy between the reins. The mare, bred by Mauro Scotti and nominated by Filippo Masi, is by ARC Blueyed Redskin and out of Margaritaz. “I purchased her when she was a 2-year-old. I showed her a few times, with not much luck, and in the go-round here we weren’t that lucky but we were fortunate to make it to the finals,” said the rider from Sud Tirol. “I ride with Giovanni (Dido) Masi de Vargas, who has been riding my 9-year-old stallion for the past year, and who has helped me a great deal with Daicy. I am thrilled with this unexpected win!”

Earning the L1 co-reserve championship with a 206 were Alisa Maurer and her VK Gumps Little Time (Little Gump x Smart Little Time), bred and nominated by Nicole Gelbert-Hahn, and Luca Zago riding his Spatatrip (Spat Olena x Dark Blue River), bred by Matteo Gottardo and nominated by Zago.

Friday Ancillary Action:

€ 3,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open

1. Wimpy Step Surprise, 2010 buckskin QH stallion (Wimpys Little Step x Surprise Doc Topsail) and
Mattia Camisi (owned by Mattia Camisi) – score 217.5

2t. Gunners Chic Magnet, QH/PH 2011 stallion (Gunner x Wind Her Up Chic) and Markus Morawitz – owner Mag. Josef & Tamara Ahorner – score 217

2t. GP Great Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Lil Uss) and Tiara Van Dongen – owner Paul Verhulst – score 217

€ 350-added NRHA Limited Open

1. Wimpy Step Surprise, 2010 QH stallion (Wimpys Little Step x Surprise Doc Topsail)
Mattia Camisi (rider and owner) score 217.5

2. Little Hancock (Doc’s Tivio Hancock x Little Bay Solano)  and Angelo Benedusi – owner Arianna Aspersi – score 215

NRHA Rookie Level 2

1. No More Guns (I am Shotgunner x Lil More Rest) and Birgit Meier – score 212

2. Starlights Revy BB (Einsteins Revolution x Miss Starlight Jac) and Stephanie Kunzli – score 208.5

Saturday Schedule

10.30 a.m.
NRHA Youth 13 & Under – Youth 14-18
11.00 a.m.
Arcese Euro 4.000-added NRHA Non Pro
2.00 p.m.
NRHA European Open Futurity Finals – Section 1
5.30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
2016 NRHA World Champion Presentation
7:00 p.m.
NRHA European Open Futurity Finals – Section 2

** Online ticket sales for the European Open Futurity Finals is closed. Tickets may be purchased directly for the CremonaFiere box office**

Live score and live stream

For further information

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Reining Horse Foundation to Award Special High School Rodeo Scholarship

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – March 30, 2017 – The Reining Horse Foundation and the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) are partnering to offer a $2,500 college scholarship benefiting the competitor marking the highest reining score in reined cow horse at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyo.

Winning the inaugural Reining Horse Foundation scholarship presented at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo was Jayde Atkins. In 2017, a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded again to the contestant marking the highest score in reining during the reined cow horse event at the NHSFR. Photo by Stephanie Duquette
Winning the inaugural Reining Horse Foundation scholarship presented at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo was Jayde Atkins. In 2017, a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded again to the contestant marking the highest score in reining during the reined cow horse event at the NHSFR.
Photo by Stephanie Duquette

The collaboration led to the inaugural award presented in 2016 to Jayde Atkins of Broken Bow, Neb., riding the 2003 gelding Sonitas Last Dual (Dualin Jewels x Sonitas Ann x Sonitas Last). Atkins bested a field of 112 reined cow horse contestants to win the national championship. She also received the prestigious Morrison bronze courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

In late 2014, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) began offering reined cow horse as an event. It joined a lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping and the queen contest for girls. NHSRA, NRCHA and NRHA acknowledge that reined cow horse can elevate the riding ability of NHSRA members who choose to learn and take part in the event.

NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation anticipate the scholarship may entice more students to be introduced to reining through the reined cow horse event. As part of the reined cow horse competition, contestants complete a reining pattern, commonly referred to as dry work.

Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Reining Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association. Core programs for the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization include youth scholarships, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund and the NRHA Hall of Fame.

Reining Horse Foundation Scholarship Deadline is May 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oklahoma City, Okla. – March 27, 2017 – High school seniors who are members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association are encouraged to apply for scholarships made possible by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017, for consideration. Seven academic and need-based scholarships will be awarded by an independent committee based upon applicants’ academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement with horses and NRHyA.

The scholarships range from $750 to $2,000, with three awarded at the highest level. Recipients in 2016 included Megan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio; Amber Edmonds of Pepperell, Mass.; Holly Lansidel of McKenna, Wash.; Nicholas Muir of Lynnwood, Wash.; Shaelyn Vering of Scribner, Neb.; Jarid Walton of Coleman, Mich.; and Blair Willette of Haleiwa, Hawaii. Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.

Chairman of the foundation’s Scholarship Committee is NRHA Vice President and Foundation Board member Mike Hancock. He said, “The foundation is committed to this scholarship program and what it means to our youth and their future. We appreciate every donor who makes the program possible through their support of fundraising efforts.”

Additionally, scholarship opportunities are available to NRHyA members through Youth Team Tournaments and the Varsity Reining Club. For details, visit

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to or You can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to NRHyA and RHF representatives about these programs.

Media Contact:
Leslie Baker, Reining Horse Foundation
(405) 946-7400, x 106