Free Seminars and Clinics at the Wild Card Reining Challenge

AfappaniEqui-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Andrea Fappani will be one of the featured speakers at the Wild Card Reining Challenge. • Photo by Kristin PitzerThe Wild Card Reining Challenge debuts this spring in Las Vegas, bringing with it a 4-year-old futurity. The show, which runs over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, is the newest of four major reining competitions presented annually by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Brumley Management Group, LLC.

Several free seminars are scheduled to focus on topics like judging, training, breeding, sports medicine, shoeing and nutrition. The seminars will be conducted by experts such as Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Andrea Fappani; National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) judges committee chairman Jody Brainard, and veterinarian Dr. Khris Crowe.

Fappani will be going over training techniques, including circling and speed control, basic exercises for young horses and tips for fine-tuning the finished performer. Born and raised in Italy, Fappani has become one of reining’s all-time leading trainers and is an outstanding teacher, clinician and advocate of exceptional horsemanship.

“I enjoy hosting clinics,” Fappani said. “It’s rewarding, helping riders utilize exercises to improve their riding and better their horses.”

A well-respected judge, Brainard’s credentials include his world famous “Secrets of Judging” seminar, which he teaches four times annually – twice in America and twice in Europe. A third-generation horseman, Brainard has judged every major NRHA competition and will host “A Judge’s Perspective” at the Wild Card Reining Challenge.

A recipient of numerous awards during her 33 years of veterinary practice, Crowe, owns and operates the Red River Reproduction Center and Red River Equine Veterinary Services along with her husband, NRHA judge and competitor Carlton Crowe.

“I will present a specific and concise checklist that every reining horse owner or trainer should consider before attending a reining competition,” said Crowe, whose seminar is titled “Giving Your Horse the Edge for Top Reining Competition.” “Despite the thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours spent preparing for competition, I treat horses every year for competition-induced problems that are completely preventable.”

Crowe’s presentation includes detailed handouts as well as door prizes for attendees.

The 4-Year-Old Futurity is the spotlight event of a show that also offers a variety of ancillary classes, the $47,000-added 4- and 5-Year-Old Futurity for Arabian and Half-Arabians, sponsored by Cedar Ridge Arabians, and the World Para Reining Challenge.

“Whether you bring horses to show or just come to watch, this is going to be a not-to-be-missed exciting long weekend filled with great new ideas, innovative approaches and super show horses,” says Amanda Brumley, of Brumley Management LLC.

For additional information, contact Brumley at 602-677-3774 or [email protected].

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