At the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s most recent board of directors’ meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Hall of Fame committee recommended several nominees for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and consideration for the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The board voted to induct Terry Thompson, Miss Tinseltown and Smart Spook into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner will each receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. These highly-coveted honors will be celebrated at the NRHA Annual Awards Banquet on June 20, 2015 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees:
Terry Thompson, of Aubrey, Texas, first earned an NRHA paycheck in 1977. He was the 1982 and 1985 NRHA Derby Open Champion and a perennial finalist in the NRHA Derby, NRHA Futurity and other major events. Thompson has also figured prominently in winning many regional futurities and derbies. Thompson has served on various NRHA committees and the NRHA board of directors. He has been a generous contributor in youth fundraising. Thompson is an NRHA judge and was instrumental in developing the current judging system. In addition to NRHA competition, Terry has actively participated in Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) events helping to promote the sport of reining, especially the Appaloosa reining horse.
Miss Tinseltown is a 1994 mare by Great Red Pine and out of Ms Holywood Showtime. Her NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) total $114,087. Miss Tinseltown is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner David Silva Sr., of Pilot Point, Texas. Miss Tinseltown was bred by Charles Vaughan and had a phenomenal show career, earning more than $114,000. The highlights of her show career include winning the 1997 The Tradition Futurity and 1998 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), reserve championships at the 1998 NRBC and 1999 NRHA Derby and a fourth-place finish in the 1997 NRHA Futurity.
In the breeding shed she has produced earners of $682,540. She is currently ranked No. 2 on the NRHA All-Time Leading Dams’ list (based on offspring earnings). Her highest-earning offspring include Gunners Tinseltown (by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]) LTE $265,383, Hollywoodstinseltown (by Hollywood Dun It) LTE $185,885, Hollywood Downtown (by Hollywood Dun It) LTE $111,094, and Dun It In Tinseltown (by Hollywood Dun It) LTE $62,378.
Smart Spook is the NRHA’s Highest Money-Earning Stallion with NRHA LTE $403,149. Smart Spook is by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook. His owner/breeder is NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg. In the show pen he was a dynamo. His achievements include winning the 2004 NRHA Futurity, 2005 NRHA Derby, 2005 AQHA Junior Reining World Championship and an unprecedented six Gold Medals as a 2007, 2008 and 2009 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Reining Masters Gold Medalist.
In the breeding shed, Smart Spook is an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire ($2,669,363). His highest money-earning offspring include Custom Spook, NRHA LTE $196,333, Red Stripe Spook, NRHA LTE $178,345, Shine N Spook NRHA LTE $151,430, and Spook Off Sparks NRHA LTE $142,339.
NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:
NRHA Professional Ken Eppers, of Krum, Texas, has been a mentor to many young trainers and non-pros including Justin Zimmerman, Matt Zimmerman, Adam Donahue, Jason Donahue, Jerry Moncada, Richie Greenberg, Mike Simmons, Jr. & Sr., Frankie Vasquez, Monte Strusiner, Valerie Kearns, Sarah Johnson, Jordan Larson, Nancy Eppers, Matt Wilson and Matt Armenta. He has a thriving training business and is a successful clinician and non-pro coach as well. In the show pen, Eppers has enjoyed much success, having trained and shown such standouts as Lil Peppys Sugar Bar, Smart Little Jewel, Smart Sugar Doc, Smart Like Juice, Skeets Peppy and Catomic. He is a perennial major event finalist with NRHA LTE of $262,411.
Bob Stinner, of Aubrey, Texas, has been a supporter of the NRHA for 35 years. He served on the NRHA board of directors from 1987-1994. Over the years, Stinner has been an NRHA judge, served on various committees and was active and instrumental in the success of the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association and the Florida Reining Horse Association. He has helped produce, sponsor and manage NRHA shows. Stinner has been a large supporter of the sport of reining and the NRHA, lending support to the careers of several trainers along the way, including Bill Horn, Sam Smith, Tom McCutcheon, Ruben Vandorp and Shawn Flarida. In addition, he helped ensure the success of the NRHA’s early horse sales.