Arballo Pleads Guilty To Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

bella-gunnabe-giftedBella Gunnabe Gifted • photo by WaltenberryAt a felony readiness conference on Tuesday, March 24, reining trainer Mark Arballo pleaded guilty to one felony animal cruelty charge relating to the death of Bella Gunnabe Gifted in September 2013.

Arballo had originally entered a not-guilty plea in the San Diego Superior Court, South County Division, on Oct. 2, 2014. A felony jury trial was on the docket for Monday, May 18. Following the felony readiness conference, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office confirmed the felony jury trial had been vacated and that a sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.


Dell Hendricks Introduces Spin It Back Program

starlights-wranglerStarlights Wrangler and Dell HendricksFormer National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) President and long-time member of the NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Dell Hendricks introduced his new Spin It Back program in early March. The program, which begins during the 2015 breeding season, will benefit NRHA Affiliate Associations.

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NRHA Rule Change Proposals Due March 15

NRHA logo BWSuggested edits to the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Handbook are due to the NRHA office no later than March 15. NRHA members are encouraged to visit to download the official Rule Change Proposal form. Rule changes that are suggested by members will be reviewed at the NRHA Board of Directors meeting May 7-9, and will possibly be adopted for the 2016 rulebook later this summer during a second board meeting.


NRBC Introduces Reiner Kids Academy

NRBCEarly on, the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) began to offer kids' activities for various special occasions. By last year, these sessions were taking place daily and their popularity has resulted in an expanded program for 2015, the Reiner Kids Academy.

Quarter Horse News Sponsors NRBC Slide Street Journal

This year, Quarter Horse News remains a partner to the National Reining Breeders Classic as the exclusive sponsor of the NRBC Slide Street Journal. The Slide Street Journal is the voice of the NRBC, emailed periodically year-round with news of the program and the event. During the show, this year set for April 13-19, it is printed and hand-delivered to the stall area early each morning along with being emailed around the globe in digital form.


NRHA Announces Award Recipients

terry-thompsonTerry Thompson is one of the 2015 NRHA Hall of Fame inductees.At the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s most recent board of directors' meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Hall of Fame committee recommended several nominees for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and consideration for the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The board voted to induct Terry Thompson, Miss Tinseltown and Smart Spook into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner will each receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. These highly-coveted honors will be celebrated at the NRHA Annual Awards Banquet on June 20, 2015 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

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NRHA Concludes Winter Meeting

NRHA logo BWThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) concluded five days of productive meetings with NRHA’s top leaders this past week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Focusing on the association’s core business objectives for 2015, the NRHA’s board of directors also met to guide the future of the sport of reining.

Varsity Reining Club Awards Scholarships

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club awarded 13 scholarships in 2014, totaling more than $5,000. The Varsity Reining Club encourages reining youth to be more active in their communities, and rewards participants for their scholastic accomplishments.


The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

NRHyAEditedThe National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) members can apply for more than $10,500 in scholarships now through May 15, 2015.

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) awards nearly $50,000 in scholarships to members of the NRHyA annually, of which $10,500 is awarded through academic and need based scholarships. The application is available for download at Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2015.


Jordan Larson Reaches NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Status

JLarsonNRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Jordan LarsonJordan Larson, of Whitesboro, Texas, just became the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s newest Two Million Dollar Rider. This milestone caps off Larson’s 2014 achievements. Not only was the NRHA Professional the 2014 NRHA Futurity’s Level 4 Open Co-Champion riding HDC Quarter Horses’ ARC Gunnabeabigstar and banking $139,916, but he was also the 2014 NRHA Top 20 Professionals’ highest money-earner with $387,545, adding to his already robust earnings.