Support Grows for Reining Boot Camps Benefiting the Crisis Fund

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 20, 2017 – Reining Boot Camps are a series of reining clinics that serve as the major fundraiser for the Reining Horse Foundation’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund. Classic Equine remains the presenting sponsor as it has been during the program’s 14-year run when it was called Rookie Days, and support for the Boot Camp program is growing.

In 2017, paid participants are eligible for discount certificates toward select saddles at Scottsdale Western World and end-of-season prize drawings that include a saddle made by AM Superior Saddlery and donated by Andreas Maschke and $1,000 toward a pair of custom chaps made and donated by Dave Hack Custom Chaps. Classic Equine provides a selection of products used as awards and gifts for participants.

To date, 2017 Reining Boot Camps have been hosted by the Tennessee, West Coast and Southwest Reining Horse Associations. The next clinic will be hosted by the Arizona Reining Horse Association and held at Ben Balow’s Training Stables at Skull Valley, Ariz. on August 5.

The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) is the charitable arm of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Reining Boot Camps, managed by the RHF, help rookies and Non Pro riders learn how to prepare for the show pen. They are intended to be fun, low-stress, one-day instructional clinics. Proceeds benefit the RHF Crisis Fund, which aids reiners enduring medical hardships, accidents and disasters—such as fires, flood and tornadoes.

“We appreciate Classic Equine for its longstanding support of this program,” said Becky Jordan, RHF Board Secretary/Treasurer and chairperson of the Reining Boot Camp committee. “And, we are thrilled to have Andreas Maschke with his Am Superior Saddlery, Dave Hack Custom Chaps and Scottsdale Western World come alongside us with these extra incentives to encourage beginning and Non Pro reiners to grow their skills while supporting a good cause.”

Reining Boot Camps rely on NRHA Affiliate volunteers to secure a venue, conduct the clinic and recruit NRHA Professionals to serve as volunteer clinicians. Additionally, some events 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. 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.

Non Pro Conditions Update from the Board

In May of this year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors approved a proposal to change its Non Pro Conditions starting January 1, 2018. After receiving a tremendous amount of comments and questions from the membership, the Board met on June 15 to revisit the topic. Following discussion, they approved to rescind the proposal (#27-01-18) so that it will not go into effect next year.

See the Updated Listing of 2018 Approved Rule Changes

Following the May Board meeting, a great amount of feedback was given to the Board and NRHA’s Non Pro Committee. Many members expressed concerns about how the rule would impact them as Non Pros and how it could be detrimental to the industry overall. In response, the topic was added to the June 15 Board meeting agenda and was reviewed. As a result, a motion was put forward and approved to rescind the rule change that, in effect, leaves the rule unchanged from what is currently listed in the 2017 NRHA Handbook.

The Board intends to continue discussions regarding Non Pro Conditions, and appreciates receiving member feedback on programs and rules that are important to them. For a digital copy of the 2017 NRHA Handbook, visit

This Father’s Day, We Applaud Show Dads

Duluth, Ga. – June 14, 2017 – Most every equestrian can agree – they wouldn’t be where they are today without the encouragement from key people in their lives. This Father’s Day, it’s time to #ShowDadLove, honoring the men who support equestrians through all of their accomplishments.

Last year, Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, prompted equestrians to #ShowDadLove throughout the month of June, and we received a great response. We loved seeing the enthusiasm around thanking Show Dads. On the heels of last year’s campaign, we are encouraging equestrians to join us again, showcasing their appreciation for the love and support given by the men who are part of their horse show families.

Join the fun on our Facebook page, The Ride to Win, by creating a new Facebook profile photo with a special Show Dad Love overlay to use around Father’s Day. Use the hashtag #ShowDadLove with your photo to honor the Show Dad in your life.

“Show Dads take a special place in the heart of equestrians,” says Kristopher Scott, Director of Equine Marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. “We can’t wait to see everyone’s #ShowDadLove photos all over social media.”

Show Dad Love is brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim, the largest equine health company worldwide.

Remember to #ShowDadLove on Facebook and Instagram in June, and visit our Facebook page, The Ride to Win. We are excited to see how much love equestrians have for their Show Dads.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, click here.

Boehringer Ingelheim
Innovative medicines for people and animals have for more than 130 years been what the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim stands for. Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the industry’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and to this day remains family-owned. Day by day, some 50,000 employees create value through innovation for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. In 2016, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around 15.9 billion euros. With more than three billion euros, R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.6 per cent of net sales.

Social responsibility comes naturally to Boehringer Ingelheim. That is why the company is involved in social projects, such as the “Making More Health” initiative. Boehringer Ingelheim also actively promotes workforce diversity and benefits from its employees’ different experiences and skills. Furthermore, the focus is on environmental protection and sustainability in everything the company does.

More information about Boehringer Ingelheim can be found on or in our annual report:

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.
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SmartPak Announces Five NEW Supplements Added to Its Lineup

PLYMOUTH, MA – June 13, 2017 – SmartPak is excited to announce that it has added five new products to its lineup of supplements, all of which are available in the SmartPaks™ supplement feeding system. Exclusive to the line of SmartSupplements are two improved formulas –  SmartGain® and SmartShine® Ultra, as well as the new product Flax by SmartPak. Customers can also now get Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength Plus Joint and EquiThrive® Joint at SmartPak!

“As a company that stands for healthy horses, we’re always looking for ways to develop new and innovative products to provide the best support for your horse,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “We’re really excited to be introducing new supplements to the market. Our team works hard to make sure we have something you’ll feel good giving to your horse and as always, we stand behind all of our products”

SmartPak’s popular weight gain supplement, SmartGain, now has a new and improved formula, and is also now available at a lower price! This best-seller now includes rice bran and coconut meal to provide additional calories from healthy fats, in addition to essential amino acids for lean muscle mass. Diamond V® yeast has also been added to help support feed efficiency and healthy digestion. SmartGain is available for just $24.86 per month in SmartPaks and is also available in three bucket sizes.

Just in time to help your horse shine in the summer sun, SmartShine Ultra also now has a new and improved formula, with a lower price. This popular pick for skin and coat health now includes ground flaxseed and chia seed for two quality sources of omega 3 fatty acids. SmartShine Ultra is now available for just $17.86 per month in SmartPaks and is also offered in three bucket sizes.

Flax by SmartPak is a new product designed to offer omega 3 fatty acids at an outstanding value! This formula provides ground stabilized flaxseed, an excellent source of omega fatty acids for skin and coat as well as overall health. This economical choice is offered in SmartPaks for just $10.92 per month in SmartPaks as well as three bucket sizes.

SmartPak has also added up two new products to its offerings, Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength Plus Joint and EquiThrive Joint, which are now available in SmartPak Supplement Feeding system.

Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength Plus Joint from Life Data Labs, the makers of the #1 farrier-recommended supplement, provides the original high-quality and trusted formula for hoof, skin and coat health with the additional benefit of ingredients for joint health. It contains the same nutrients at the same levels as original Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength with the addition of proline, ornithine, glucosamine and manganese for joint, tendon and ligament health.

EquiThrive Joint is a unique and innovative resveratrol-based formula that supports healthy joint function during aging, training, and competition. EquiThrive Joint has undergone extensive scientific testing at leading equine research institutions.

To learn more about all of the new supplements available, or to get your horse started on SmartPaks today, or call 1-800-461-8898 and talk to one of SmartPak’s renowned supplement experts.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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The Second Annual Wild Card Reining Challenge, Las Vegas

The 2017 Wild Card Reining Challenge and Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity at the incredible South Point Arena, Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada marked a successful second year when it increased an overall 85%. That large jump wasn’t quite expected, but was a huge blessing and an indication that this new event is being welcomed with open arms by the reining community. The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a game changer for reining horses and their riders. The focus on the 4 year old Reiner with huge payouts, educational seminars and a fun, family friendly environment drew participants from all over the U.S., Canada and even spectators from England and the Netherlands.

The show started out with two slates of NRHA Affiliate Qualifiers under the Desert Reining Horse Association. Dunit In Wranglers with rider owner Melissa Wigen from Plain City Utah won both slates of the Novice Horse Level 2 Non Pro and ultimately the High Point Championship. Melissa’s accomplishments in the show pen are remarkable considering that not long ago she had a devastating horse accident which has resulted in multiple surgeries. Just eight weeks prior to the Wild Card event Melissa was in surgery once again. Not only has she had to recover physically, but regain her self-confidence. Her horse Dunit In Wranglers has given Melissa that confidence and she is so very grateful. “I have a nice horse and I am thankful everything came together,” states Wigen. “I absolutely love Brumley shows. The staff treats their exhibitors so nicely. They put so much work into the ground and you can tell that they care about their exhibitors. The prizes are also over the top. Brumley events are by far my favorite shows.”

Rookie competition was tough. “The Rookie and Green divisions are some of my favorites,” commented Amanda Brumley, producer of the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “I love to see new faces in our sport, as the grass roots of our industry are vital to its success.” Newcomer to the Reining world is Wendy Claus from Scottsdale, Arizona. Wendy spent 30 years riding cutting horses. The Wild Card was Wendy’s fifth reining competition. Wendy and her horse Drag N Tail swept the DRHA Rookie division winning the High Point Championship custom trophy buckle and Bob’s Custom Trophy Saddle. Wendy was also Reserve High Point Champion DRHA Green As Grass and Green Reiner. “We bred and raised my horse Drag N Tail (a.k.a. Batman)” states Claus. “In fact I showed his dam and grand-dam in cuttings as far back as 1984. It’s incredibly rewarding to have this line of horses in my own family for more than 30 years. The only saddle I own is a cutting saddle, so it definitely was a dream come true to win my very own Bob’s Custom Reining saddle in Vegas!”

Another highlight of BMG Events is the Non Pro Maturity, sponsored by SmartPak. The Maturity offers horses 7 years of age and older, Arabian 6 years of age and older, a place to shine. Kevin Rosenbaum from Scottsdale, Arizona and his steady-Eddie gelding Rolex N Chex claimed the Championships in the Level 4, 3, and 2 divisions winning a total of $1,384.44, three trophy buckles, custom trophies, ribbons, and lots of horse cookies. “We really appreciate that these events run so smoothly,” states Rosenbaum. “I’d like to thank BMG Events for being the first to create a special event for the 4 year olds, while also making the maturity an important part of all your shows. Thank you to Brumley Management and the amazing sponsors that make these prizes possible.”

Friday, May 26th started at 9:00AM with two million dollar NRHA Professional Jordan Larson’s Reining Seminar. The focus was on correcting the problem often seen with horses in the run down to the stop. Jordan worked with two horses, generously donated by Muehlstaetter Performance Horses for use in the seminar. Jordan presented in detail the ways he works with horses that do not “rate” down to the stop and his training routine to teach the horse to listen to his legs and hands. The seminar was free to all who attended and broadcast live over the internet via, production by Classic Video.

Following the Jordan Larson Seminar the youth riders performed at their best impressing everyone with such young talent. Kaylee Naylor is a frequent face in the reining pen and a tough competitor winning both slates of Youth 14 – 18 and placing second and third on her other two horses. Kaylee’s success led to High Point Champion on Spookamatic, Reserve High Point on Spooks Dunit and third on Hezza Rowdy Whiz. Kaylee’s excitement was overflowing after her wins. “The show was amazing and I can’t wait for next year! My horses were amazing for me and I can’t wait for High Roller. I got the privilege to show both of my dad’s derby horses and they were so good (considering I was so nervous).”  “Kaylee is an exceptional athlete and person,” states Amanda Brumley. “I have watched her grow up from a little girl to an extraordinary young woman. I am happy for her success.”

The excitement grew with the approach of the Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Non Pro Futurity and 4 Year Old Stakes. Two time NRHA Level 4 Non Pro Futurity Champion Tish Fappani, Scottsdale, Arizona, and her gelding Fun Sized, Tinker With Guns x Brennas Dream, by Magnum Chic Dream entered the show pen looking cool and collected. When the dust settled the pair marked a 214.5 to win the Level 4 and 3 Futurity and Stakes divisions winning a total paycheck of $20,755. Tish was shocked by the payout and thrilled with her little horse. “Miles, (Fun Sized), was not shown as a 3 year old due to an injury. He has always been small. My son Luca named him Fun Sized, which is so appropriate,” Tish laughs. “I didn’t get to come last year. Miles is so kind minded, but green. Coming into this show I didn’t enter the Stakes divisions thinking he could not be competitive. I’m glad I was talked into it.” Tish continued to state “I love this 4 year old concept. The Futurity eligibility is so good to level the playing field for horses just like Miles, while the Stakes is open to all 4 year olds giving them their own showcase event. It’s great for our industry and our horses.” Tish went on to thank Tamarack Ranch for their support of the concept and the show. “On top of the prize money, I won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Custom Reiner Trophy, beautiful buckle, SmartPak horse cooler and lots of cookies for Miles. Down time was great too. We had time to spend hanging at the pool with the boys, go to dinner and even see a show. Great event!”

Tish Fappani wasn’t the only big winner. Janelle Flaherty from Scottsdale, Arizona entered her father-in-law’s home bred horse Walla Walla Lil Pep, Walla Walla Whiz x Juanita Chic Olena, and was reserve Level 4 and Level 3, champion Level 2 and Level 1 in the Futurity divisions winning $14,346.80. However, unlike Tish, Janelle didn’t cross enter into the Stakes, which if she had would have won approximately another $9,000. When asked about it Janelle simply stated, “I actually didn’t plan on showing him at all. Couple days prior to the competition, my husband Patrick and I were sitting in one of the bars here at South Point talking about it with my father in law Steve. We decided to go for it. I didn’t bring any of my show cloths so I borrowed hat, chaps, shirt from friends,” laughing. “I had a nice quiet ride which turned out to be quite the payday,” states Flaherty. She continues, “The 4 year old futurity option is so important for horses not ready as a 3 year old (to show) for whatever reason. This can only do good things for the industry.” The Prima Ballerina, Topsail Whiz x Dancer Nic, owned and ridden by Jennifer Gilliam from Pine Grove, California was reserve Champion in the Level 4 and 3 Stakes, and Champion Level 2. Jennifer and her mare added another $7,744.50 to their life time earnings.

Saturday morning the “Inside the Mind of An NRHA Judge” with Jody Brainard seminar on the South Point arena concourse had a standing room only crowd. Exhibitors got a chance to review video clips of runs, were presented with examples of how maneuvers are marked on the score sheet, and had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. “When I came up with the concept of this event I knew what my goals were. I wanted a showcase event for 4 year old reining horses, and learning opportunities for exhibitors. My plan is to have these seminars grow as the event grows. They are extremely valuable. I can’t thank Jordan and Jody enough for generously donating their time as presenters,” states Brumley.

Saturday afternoon’s showcase event, the Tamarack Ranch Open 4 Year Old Futurity and Open 4 Year Old Stakes was a reining and spectator experience to remember. The sizable number of entries and new faces to BMG events competed for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. Forty Six horses were set to compete, but the atmosphere was calm, cool and collected. Draw 21, Gabe Hutchins riding the Tamarack Ranch, Joseph Oregon, entry Ladi With A Gun, Gunner x Easy Lil Lady, hoped to repeat their 2016 Level 4 Futurity win. Hutchins had faith in the mare and that she could also be competitive in the Stakes. His faith paid off. The duo marked a 219.5 to tie for the championship with Andrea Fappani riding Legends West, Custom Legend x Western Whizzy, owned and raised by Scott Loughridge. Both horses earned checks for $6,692.76. But it doesn’t end there. Hutchins’ cross entry in the Stakes put him third in the Level 4 Open division adding another $1,800.17 for a total of $8,492.93 in prize money for the pretty bay mare. Hutchins showed another mount, Spookmon, Smart Spook x Brennas Red Dunit, marking a 221 to reserve champion Level 4 Open Stakes and additional paycheck of $2,769.50.

Level 3 Open Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity Champion, Hollywallawood, 2013 stallion, Walla Walla Whiz x Strike Like A Star, with rider Pierre-Luc Phaneuf from Whitesboro Texas for owner Guy Methot scored a 217 and a check for $4,923.40. As his friends affectionately call him ‘P-Luc’ was very pleased with his horse. “I couldn’t be happier with my run,” comments Phanueaf. “He was with me every step. I think the Wild Card Reining Challenge is a great concept for horses that weren’t ready their 3 year old year to have a chance to show their potential as 4 year olds. ‘Wally’ was a perfect candidate for this show. I am glad I was able to give him the chance to prove himself. He is a really nice horse. Definitely made my trip from Texas (to the event) worth every mile.” Benny Maddox rode Little Cannonball, Tinker With Guns x Chex Out The Cowgirl, bred and owned by Bill Coburn, Redding California, to win the Level 2 and 1 Open Futurity. Maddox’s wins earned him a check of $3,879.08. Patrick Flaherty brought Walla Walla Lil Pep back into the show pen after his wife’s big win the day prior to pick up another $5,675.59 which makes the Flaherty’s total win $20,022.39.

Andrea Fappani, Scottsdale Arizona, took the Level 4 Open Stakes Championship aboard Rancho Oso Rio’s entry Spooks Show Time, Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena, marking a 222.50 and earning $3,461.88. The Level 3 and 2 Open Stakes were dominated by assistant trainers of Martin Muehlstaetter, Muehlstaetter Performance Horses, Scottsdale Arizona. Lorinaldo Gomes, a native of Brazil, rode Gunners High Roller, Gunner x Yoplait Light, for owners Marc & Kathy Gordon to the Level 3 and 2 Championships receiving a check for $4,162.51. Marc and Kathy Gordon’s second entry piloted by Linde Von Koeding from Germany won both reserve titles and a check for $3,070.28. It was a great day in the Muehlstaetter barn!

Catching up with Four Million Dollar NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani after the event, he had this to say about the show. “Wild Card Reining Challenge is a great opportunity to showcase four year olds and build their confidence in the show pen. It’s a great facility and perfect time of year for young horses. The horse I Co-Championed on (Legends West) just wasn’t ready to take the pressure as a three year old. Waiting to show him proved to be the right decision. If I would have tried to show him too early I know it wouldn’t have been good for his confidence. Showing him at the Wild Card was the perfect start to his show career.”

Amanda Brumley, Event Producer, in summing things up said, “I want to thank our incredible sponsors who contribute to this event, South Point Arena, Tamarack Ranch, Markel, Lucas Oil, Silver Spurs Equine, Horse & Rider Magazine, SmartPak as well as the reining professionals and contestants for their continuous support BMG events. Most of all I want to thank my family for their endless support and faith in my sometimes scary ideas. Tracy and I have contributed over $80,000 in the past two years directly to this event. Why? We are not tremendously wealthy people, but we believe in this event and our industry enough to risk our own money. We love horses and this sport. We want positive growth, and to see the right things done for the industry’s participants. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity and with wonderful people in our lives.”

Requirement for eligibility to the Tamarack Ranch 4 Year Old Futurity at the Wild Card Reining Challenge is:

A horse cannot have shown in any NRHA Category 2 three year old event. This is the only restriction for participation.

*Payouts are not confirmed until approved by the National Reining Horse Association.

Provided by: BMG Events
Performance photos courtesy of Waltenberry Photography
Candid photos courtesy of BMG Events


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