Non-Pro Action Underway at Circle Y Derby

CelebrationofChampions_logoThe Non-Pro competition of the Circle Y Ranch Derby kicked off the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Celebration of Champions, held at the First Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, also features the NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere and the World's Greatest Horseman competition. The show continues through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Clint Allen Finishes First in Equi-Stat Open Awards

Clint Allen aboard Ducks Dux
At age 21, New Zealand native Clint Allen had already ridden everything from Thoroughbred horses to bucking bulls, so the fact he’d never ridden cutting horses didn’t faze him when he asked Matt Gaines for a job helping him train them in Texas.

Letter to National Reining Horse Association Members

nrhalogoDear NRHA members and reining supporters,

Each of us is drawn to this sport for common reasons – for the love and passion for Reining and the equines that serve as our partners in that pursuit. As we all embark on a new chapter in the history of this great Association, we want to suggest considering a few critical things that are paramount to our future success.

Billy Smith Hired As APHA Executive Director

Billy Smith
After a three-month national search that reviewed more than 40 candidates, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has named longtime equine association executive Billy Smith as its new executive director to lead APHA into its second 50 years of operation.

Equine Champions for Christ Hosts Free Cutting Clinic

champs_for_christInvesting in the youth of a sport is a strong step toward a powerful and productive future. Kenny and Jo Hague, the founders of Equine Champions For Christ, understand this concept and have dedicated hours of effort to teaching equestrian youth. Through their work teaching Christian leadership with free instructional clinics, they have helped youth from across the country to achieve their goals, to learn the skills of their discipline and to become future rodeo stars with a devotion to Christianity.

Youth Division Added to Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover

supremeextreme_logoThe Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover will add a new twist in 2012 as 100 yearlings will be offered for adoption for a new youth division. Yearlings will be adopted prior to the Supreme similar to the 200 older geldings that will be offered, too. In 2012, three adult divisions with combined purses and prizes estimated at $200,000 will again be held in addition to the new youth division. The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover competition will take place at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 13-15. Applications for potential adopters are due on Feb. 13. The adoption auction will take place March 31 through Superior Productions on RDF-TV.

New NRHyA Officers Ready for 2012

2012 NRHyA President Blair Willette
The National Reining Horse Youth Association is starting off the new year with a new group of dedicated youth officers. These five devoted and hard-working young women were elected by their peers to lead the NRHyA in 2012. They have high goals and are ready to get started.