Teton Ridge Donates $50,000 to Help Reiners in Need & Educational Programs

The Reining Horse Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association, recently received a $50,000 donation from the Teton Ridge Foundation. The donation will help fund programs designed to support youth leadership development, members who are enduring hardships, and both individuals and horses who have made valuable contributions to the sport of reining.

The Teton Ridge Foundation serves as the philanthropic wing of the newly created Western brand and horse owner, Teton Ridge.

The brainchild of entrepreneur Thomas Tull, Teton Ridge was formed to help preserve the values and traditions of America’s iconic Western culture, by investing in Western performance sports, sponsoring riders, trainers, and events, strategically breeding Quarter Horses, and focusing on long-term land conservation.

Building A Stable

Tull’s made several big horse purchases in the last several months, both at auction and privately. It bought Fults Ranch Absolute Reduction Sale sales topper Sweet On Stevie (Stevie Rey Von x Sweet Abra) for $725,000 on Thursday, Aug. 19, and also bought the second-high seller, weanling Stevies So Sweet (Stevie Rey Von x Sweet Abra) for $500,000.

Teton Ridge bought Metallic Cat son Metallic Cincin for $325,000 to top the Rocking P Production Sale at last month’s Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale, and also paid $180,000 for Metallic Star Guns (Metallic Cat x Playguns Star x Playgun) from the production sale.

Earlier this year, Teton Ridge confirmed to Quarter Horse News it had purchased National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion All Spice; NCHA Open Horse of the Year and young EquiStat Elite $1 Million Sire Smooth Talkin Style and another NCHA Open Horse of the Year, Twice in Santiago.

In reining, its ownership includes $96,709-winning reining horse Starjac Vintage (by A Sparkling Vintage) and North American Reining Stakes Invitational Open Reserve Champion Winding Inferno (Inferno Sixty Six x Wind Her Up Chic x Smart Chic Olena).

Teton Ridge has signed on a number of trainers to ride its horses.

Western Values

Officials said Thomas Tull’s appreciation for Western core values — integrity, hard work, and respect, inspired his support of the Reining Horse Foundation, an organization dedicated to hard-working individuals whose livelihoods depend on the Western way of life.

Reining Horse Foundation President Tim Anderson said in a statement that the mission of Teton Ridge aligns with the reining nonprofit’s vision in many important ways. 

“Certainly, the Reining Horse Foundation shares an interest in preserving the history of reining, which is widely recognized as one of the most exciting disciplines in all of Western performance sports,” Anderson said.

The contribution will strengthen multiple programs, including the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, which provides relief to NRHA members experiencing hardships caused by injury, illness, and natural disaster.

Additionally, Teton Ridge’s donation will support youth leadership development programs and educational scholarships for members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association.