The arena lights dimmed as the second day of Non-Pro competition ended at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. With 663 entries across Levels 4-1, the Non-Pro featured many talented horse-and-rider combinations.
In 2017, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) adopted a new structure for their Western Program. This restructuring included new Regional assignments across the nation as well as a new Western Zone, headed-up by Zone Administrator Todd Knerr. In addition, the IEA also adopted a new format for post-season competition that included a Semifinals format (much like […]
The 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity might be getting a date shift that could move the finals to the same weekend as the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, which is tentatively planned for Nov. 21-Dec. 14, 2019. NRHA board members discussed several topics related to NRHA-owned events during their May 2018 meeting, and […]
That last horse will get you every time.
Peter DeFreitas didn’t plan to ride Sweet Daisy Surprise in Open at the Carolina Classic Derby, but changed his mind when he realized the entry box wasn’t as full as he’d anticipated. “I figured, you know, what the heck? I got her here,” he reasoned. “I might as well try and show her.”
Three horse-and-rider combinations shared championship honors in the Carolina Classic Derby Open Levels 2 and 1, but Tricia Tillman couldn’t have been any prouder of Boomin In Lace had the mare won it outright.
With one horse to go, Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Jose Vazquez had a 7.5-point lead in the Carolina Classic Derby Non-Pro. The win was so close. The last person with a chance to beat him: his daughter, Mariana Vazquez.
With a score of 226.5, one would never know Cannon Gun, nicknamed “Maverick,” has been out of the show pen for two years. The 6-year-old stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Tuckerette Command (by Fritz Command) had only been in the show pen a handful of times before winning the Best Little […]
Drawing slot 66 of 68 with Loveya in the Best Little Derby in the West’s Derby Non-Pro meant Cam Essick, of Clements, California, didn’t make her run until well after midnight for the Friday finals that spilled over into the early hours of Saturday. That came after several late nights watching the foaling cam waiting […]
With a rich tradition of athletic horses, talented riders and successful owners, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) celebrates each opportunity to highlight the hard work and accomplishments of its members. After a successful trip to the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas, Dr. Jim Morgan, DVM, crossed a monumental milestone and unofficially […]