Massignan, an NRHA European Futurity finalist and multiple Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity, Derby and Maturity finalist, recently relocated to the southwest U.S. with his wife, Ky. Their new operation is based in Belen, N.M. With lifetime earnings of nearly $200,000, it is no surprise that he was a member of the Italian bronze medal winning team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games last September. He was the head trainer for Arcese Quarter Horses in Italy for the past four years.
Training alongside Massignan will be a teammate from the 2010 WEG, Marco Ricotta. Ricotta is also an accomplished Italian native and NRHA Professional with over $300,000 in lifetime earnings. Among his achievements are the 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Reserve Championship aboard Hollywoodstinseltown, the Open Championship title at the 2003 NRHA European Affiliate Championships and multiple finalist finishes at the NRHA Futurity and Derby and IRHA Futurity and Maturity. Ricotta is currently an assistant trainer for McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas.
This is the sixth year the NRHA has organized the clinics to help raise funds for the National Reining Horse Youth Association. The clinics are designed to help anyone interested in learning more about reining horses, the reining business and the NRHA. The one-on-one training that attendees receive is tailored to each individual’s needs. Every clinic consists of two, one-day clinics giving participants the opportunity to attend either or both days as they prefer.