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Smart Like Juice Inc. Named NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Owner

MoonshineJuice JVazquezSmart Like Juice Inc. owner Jose Vazquez aboard Moonshine Juice after winning the 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro. Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to add Jose Vazquez's Smart Like Juice Inc. to its exclusive Million Dollar Owner list. This outstanding achievement makes Smart Like Juice Inc. No. 7 on this list, placing them among greats like Lance Griffin, Tim McQuay, Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Rosanne Sternberg, Rancho Oso Rio LLC, and David Silva Sr.
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Tina Kuenstner-Mantl & Nu Chexomatic Win NRHA Italian Derby Non-Pro

NuChexomatic TinaMantlNu Chexomatic and Tina Kuenstner-Mantl. Photo by Andrea BonagaIt took a 222.5 to win the Euro16,000-added IRHA/NRHA Non Pro L 4 championship.  That was the score that appeared on the score board when Austrian Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena x Tejons Peppy Doc) walked through the out gate of the Salone del Cavallo Reining Arena in Reggio Emilia.

Gunner Claims NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Status In Nine Months

GunnerIn less than nine months after earning his Four Million Sire status, Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) fourth Five Million Dollar Sire. As of May 13, the NRHA Hall of Fame inductee has official offspring earnings of $5,096,543.

“We feel very lucky to have another great horse in our life, Hollywood Dun It being the first. No matter how great any horse is, it still takes all the people in his life to make him successful. We have so many people to thank for his success and we just want each of them to know how much we appreciate their investment in Gunner and our program,” said Tim and Colleen McQuay after learning of the achievement.

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Linda Pape Passes Away

LindaPape-nrhaLinda Pape in 1990After a short hospital stay, Linda Pape, 72, passed away on April 30 at the Hospice of Dayton. A celebration of life will be held at Stonewall Farm, Wilmington, Ohio from 5 to 8pm on Friday, May 10.

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Himes Named NRHA Interim Executive Director

bethhimes-nrhaBeth HimesThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has named an Interim NRHA Executive Director: Beth Himes of Millersport, Ohio. The Board of Directors voted unanimously for Himes to serve as interim executive director as provided for in the NRHA Bylaws. Himes also will uphold her current duties as president.

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Bob Dent Passes Away

BobDent webYou’re in Oklahoma City to show in an NRHA major event. You’re horse is ready and acting like he’d like to win a prize. You’re nervous, intense and trying to stay focused. You don’t want any distractions especially as you prepare to enter that Gateway of Champions to perform in the coliseum. No worries – Bob Dent is the paddock manager. He’ll do his best to keep you calm, informed and to make sure that everything runs smoothly. That was Bob’s gift to the reining community.

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NRHA Names Professional Award Winners

mike-mcentire-webMike McEntireThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional of the Year Awards recognizes and honors individuals who exemplify excellence in the NRHA community as an NRHA Professional.  These awards are presented in five different categories based on 2012 involvement. This distinction is reserved exclusively for the elite individuals who, in all aspects of their career, consistently excel in perpetuating the growth of the NRHA, both in and out of the show pen, while maintaining the ideals of good horsemanship, sportsmanship and welfare of the reining horse.