Roberts Wins NRHA High School Reining Championship

By Mary Frances Flanders

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the High School Reining Championship for NRHA and Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) members. At the end of the class, Paisley Roberts won the championship with a score of 149.5 aboard Custom Made Pistol donated to the competition by Ashley Dunn and owner Sambambyr Farm.

Roberts, a high school senior from Plain City, Ohio, qualified to compete in the championship through her involvement with NRHA. After high school, she plans to attend The University of South Carolina and has received a scholarship to ride on the university’s equestrian team.

Alex Johnston, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, took second place on Commander Of Chics scoring 148.5 donated to the competition by Joel Pfisthner.

The championship class brought together the top four riders from the Individual Open Reining at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Western Championship (held during the NRHA Derby) and the top four riders from the 2013 NRHA 14-18 Youth World Championship standings. They competed in an exciting “catch ride” competition where riders show unfamiliar horses graciously donated by supporters.

Riders included:

Paisley Roberts, Alex Johnston, Shelby Derr, Kailen Kendall, Benjamin Beckett, Kaylan Marks, Luke Turner, Josh Shino, 


The NRHA and National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the High School Reining Championship:

Sambambyr Farm – Custom Made Pistol

Joel Pfisthner – Commander Of Chics

Chelsea Schneider – Dazzling Dry Cat

Paris Elton – Spook Goes Hollywood

Jeremiah Keller – Lil Jazzy Gun

Marlena Scott– Hesa Cupfull

Ashley Brand – TAMU Sweet Etta Rey

Jeremiah Keller – Skips Nu Delta

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.

IEA was formed, in 2002, and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and 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.