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2015 Americana Offers Larger Purse

13AmBzOpenGR JFB Boy and Dominik Reminder • Photo By Art & LightFor many years, the Americana has been one of the most important shows for European reiners. In 1988, the Americana offered its first Bronze Trophy, and since then, the purse has helped decide the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) World Championship.

In 2015, the Americana will make another huge impact on the NRHA title with a $55,000-added purse in the NRHA World Reining Cup Open and $15,000-added in the Non-Pro.

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Andrea Fappani Cleans Up At AQHA World Show

sg-frozen-enterprizeSG Frozen Enterprize & Andrea Fappani at the 2013 High Roller Reining Classic • Waltenberry photoEqui-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Andrea Fappani dominated the Junior and Senior Reining at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show in Oklahoma City Nov. 15. Fappani won the Junior Reining with SG Frozen Enterprise, then took the top two spots in the Senior Reining with Smoking Whiz and Custom Spook.

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Xtra Electric Meter & Craig Schmersal Top Congress Futurity Open Reining

XtraElectricMeterXtra Electric Meter & Craig Schmersal • Photo by Shane RuxOn Sunday, Oct. 5, a new Futurity Open Champion was named at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. As the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Open finals came to a close, it was Xtra Electric Meter and Craig Schmersal, of Overbrook, Okla., who secured the championship with their score of 229 to win $31,378.

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Not Ruf At All Does It Again

notrufatall-hrrcNot Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham • QHN photo by Stacy PigottThe High Roller Reining Classic concluded on Sept. 20 with a large and contentious group of horses in the Lucas Oil Derby Open and Whizkey N Diamonds Stakes Open. When it was all said and done, Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham added two more major titles and substantial earnings to their records.

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U.S. “Dream Team” Dominates the WEG Podium

WEG-2014Left to right: Mandy McCutcheon, Shawn Flarida and Andrea Fappani - Photo by Andrea BonagaGreat horses, great riders, great horsemanship and an enthusiastic public are what made the Individual Reining Final Competition amazing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Last to enter the arena, which counted some of the world’s best horses and riders, was National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) $5 Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida. Aboard Michell Anne Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz, Shawn had posted the highest score – a 229.5 – in the individual qualifier, which put him last to go in the seeded finals.

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Meradas Shining and Eduardo Salgado earn top honors in Tulsa

meradas-shiningEduardo Salgado and his son aboard Meradas ShiningThe Tulsa Reining Classic, held Aug. 26-31, at the Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. had competitors coming from near and far for a chance to win top honors. There were 94 horse-and-rider teams striving to earn the championship in the Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity Open, but draw 50, Meradas Shining and Eduardo Salgado, set the bar highest at 221.5 and took home the title.