On Saturday night the curtain fell upon the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, the largest reining show held outside of North America. Closing the prestigious event was the €143,750-added Open Futurity. Counting 53 finalists in the four divisions, it was truly showtime in Cremona!
Oakdale, California professional Clayton Edsall qualified four horses for the 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open and Intermediate Open Finals, and won the Championship in both divisions riding Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), owned by Beverly Vaughn of Durango, Colorado, and bred by Gardiner Quarter Horses, of Ashland, Kansas.
In a field of 10 World's Greatest Horseman finalists that many reined cow horse industry veterans described as the toughest in recent memory, Scottsdale, Arizona, professional Kelby Phillips won the coveted title riding Hickory Holly Time, owned by DT Horses.
The record high number of 50 entries in the DT Horses World's Greatest Horseman took to the arena on Tuesday night, February 13, in Fort Wort, Texas, hoping to spin and slide their way to the high score in the second of four preliminary events, the rein work.
Reined cow horse derbies are specifically for 4- and 5-year-olds, shown two-handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore and judged in three events: herd work, rein work and cow work. At the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions on Monday, February 12 in Fort Worth, Texas, winners in five Open divisions of the NRCHA Cow Horse Classic Derby were determined as competitors went down the fence in the last, and most thrilling, phase of this cow horse triathlon.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions and DT Horses World's Greatest Horseman got underway Friday, February 9 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out the Rundown From Cowtown for a quick preview of what to expect over the next week's worth of exciting, action-packed cow horse competition:
The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club (VRC) encourages youth to positively impact their communities through the sport of reining and volunteerism. At the conclusion of 2017, VRC awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to students who were the highest point earners in their respective divisions.
Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) members are invited to nominate their favorite NRHA Professional for top honors in one of the following categories: Professional Horseman of the Year, Professional Horsewoman of the Year, Non Pro Coach Of the Year, Youth Coach of the Year and Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year. Below are the winners for each category, who will receive their award at the NRHA Convention & Awards in February.
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) champions opportunities to develop the future of the sport of reining. One great illustration of this is the return of the Collegiate Judging Contest at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show.
Many historic milestones were crossed at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. Adding to the list of accomplishments was Silver Spurs Equine.