What is an National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional? Is it a trainer who competes in reining, or is it something more? The NRHA prides itself in promoting a sport where family and fun are just as important as the competition itself.
Being an NRHA Professional is more than just signing up. It is encompassing the ideals of NRHA and setting the standard for the industry. There were a few who particularly stood out in 2014, and for their efforts, they are being recognized as Professionals of the Year.
Sebastian Petroll, of Whitesboro, Texas, has been said to “have a gift for coaching.” Petroll, an NRHA and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) judge, has been active in sharing his knowledge through coaching, clinics and lessons with clients. He actively participates in clinics in Germany, along with coaching up-and-coming trainers in the industry.
Petroll actively participates in NRHA programs like the Buy A Pro program, which is an online auction where buyers have a chance to ride with NRHA Professionals one-on-one. NRHA Professionals donate two training sessions per package to be auctioned off, with all of the proceeds benefitting the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) to help provide scholarships and opportunities for young reiners.
An NRHA Professional since 2003, Petroll has earned more than $174,000 in NRHA competition. Not only has he made the finals at every major NRHA competition, but he has also had non-pro clients consistently make it to the finals and win numerous awards under his guidance.
NRHA Horsewoman of the Year
Tanya Jenkins, a resident of Temecula, California, has been an NRHA member since 1996. Throughout her involvment with the association, she has earned more than $443,000 in lifetime earnings.
More important than her earnings total is her dedication to her clients and their success. Focusing on how she sets up her non-pro and youth clients with their mounts is a key part of her program. Jenkins makes sure they use the best equipment and understand how to effectively and efficiently communicate with their horses.
Jenkins has been an NRHA Professional since 2004. Along with her own impressive list of accomplishments in the show arena, she sets up her clients to be in the winner’s circle just as much in both local and major competitions.
NRHA Non-Pro Coach of the Year
Shane Brown, of Shane Brown Performance Horses, where family is one of the main ingredients to success, is based in Elbert, Colorado. His “desire to teach outshines his desire to win,” which is evident in his character both in and out of the arena.
Brown, an NRHA member since 1989, has quite the competition résumé, winning close to $306,000 in lifetime earnings. He has also been heavily active in various aspects of the NRHA, both on a local and national level, by volunteering his time on and leading committees, all with the goal of improving the association as a whole in every aspect.
Because of his drive, Brown has been in the finals at major events numerous times and was a USEF International Team alternate.
NRHA Youth Coach of the Year
Well known in the industry as a man of family and faith, it’s no surprise to see NRHA Professional Casey Deary’s name next to the title of Youth Coach of the Year. He’s described as “a great model for our youth riders.”
Based in Weatherford, Texas, the longtime cowboy has excelled in both the show pen and in teaching on a national and international level. Deary travels across the world to share his knowledge of reining.
In 2014, along with his own personal major accomplishments, he coached the Youth 14-18 World Champion, Savannah Grace Ostner, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Mr Crometastic.
An NRHA member since 1996, Deary has earned more than $826,000 throughout his show career so far. He rode Americasnextgunmodel to a 2012 NRHA Futurity Open Championship.
Up-And-Coming Professional of the Year
Fairly new to the reining community and making quite the splash is Kole Price, and for that, he has been named the Up-And-Coming Professional of the Year, a well-earned title. Price, an Illinois native and Texas resident, made his presence known with his most recent major accomplishment at the 2014 NRHA Futurity.
The 25-year-old trainer rode FM Shine N Tag Chex, then owned by Tricia Jaeger, an old friend of Price’s, to a Level 1 Open Championship title, along with a Reserve Champion title in the Levels 3 and 2 Open divisions, bringing home his biggest NRHA paycheck yet at more than $41,000.
For more information about the NRHA Professionals program, or to find a Professional to help with training or lessons, visit nrha.com/professionals.