IEA Wraps Up National Finals

autumn-roseAutumn Rose Farm Equestrian Team won the IEA Western Team Championship. • Courtesy of the IEADuring the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals, 549 of the nation's leading middle school and high school equestrians competed in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The finalists represented more than 1,300 teams and 11,000 student riders from eight zones throughout the country. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the regular season shows, regional finals and zone finals to qualify for the National Finals.

NRHA Professional of the Year Awards Announced

DellHendrickswebDell HendricksNRHA Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks was named the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Professional Horseman of the Year for 2015. With the highest number of nominations NRHA has ever had, Shane Brown, chair of the professionals committee, was elated. “It’s amazing the gratitude these professionals show when receiving these awards,” Brown said.

APHA Rewards Paints at the NRBC

gunner-dun-it-againRidden by Andrea Fappani, Gunner Dun It Again marked a 228 to tie for fifth in the Level 4 Open at the NRBC and picked up an extra trophy buckle as the highest-scoring Paint horse in the class. • Photo by Kristin PitzerFor the third consecutive year, the highest-scoring registered Paint Horses and their exhibitors took home beautiful Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), thanks to the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). The show, which took place April 17–24 in Katy, Texas, is one of the nation’s richest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)-approved events, boasting purses exceeding $1 million.

AZQHA Hires Doug Huls as CEO

doug-hulsDoug Huls is the new CEO of the AZQHA. • Photo by Shane RuxThe Arizona Quarter Horse Association (AZQHA) has taken a bold step to keep it positioned as an influential and innovative organization in the American Quarter Horse industry and created a CEO position, naming Doug Huls to take the reins.

The Start of Something New — With Shane Plummer

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Shane JaneShane and Jane PlummerToday I am starting something new. Today I am officially a blogger! I’ve never blogged in my life, so bear with me. In order for this blog to be of value to my readership, please feel free to let me know any topics or points of discussion you’d like me to write about.

Gina Schumacher & Whizzard Win Big in Germany

FUT-NP-FIN-L4-BON Gina-Schumacher WhizzardGina Schumacher and Whizzard marked a 216.5 to win the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro. • Photo by Andrea Bonaga

The 2016 National Reining Horse Assocation (NRHA) European Futurity crowned its Non-Pro champions on April 23 in the Ostbayerhalle in Kreuth, Germany. Claiming the €36,000-added Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro win was Gina Schumacher, of Germany, riding Whizzard (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Lil Miss x Shining Spark), owned by Chanay Sky Management, SA. The pair had already left their mark in the pen after winning the qualifying go-round with a 218.5.

NRHA European Futurity Features Fonck's Winning Attitude

Ann-Fonck-and-Rooster-Attitude-open-champion-L4-DOM 0290Ann Fonck and Roosters Attitude clinched the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Open Championship. • Photo by Andrea Bonaga

The Open finals of the NRHA European Futurity closed the eighth edition of the prestigious show in the Ostbayernhalle arena. Draw 46 in a field of 50 finalists, multiple NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck and Roosters Attitude, claimed the Futurity Level 4 Open Championship and a €20.135,03 paycheck.