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.


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.


Not Ruf At All & Jason Vanlandingham Win Again

JVanNotRufAAJason Vanlandingham & Not Ruf At All • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby concluded Saturday, June 28, with the $428,000-added Open finals at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $961,000. At the end of the event, Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham were victorious in the Open.


Thompson & Jordan Split NRHA Derby Non-Pro Victory

RThompson14Ron ThompsonThe 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured the finals in Non-Pro competition on June 27: the $78,000-added Level 4, $60,000-added Level 3; $32,500-added Level 2, $15,000-added Level 1 and $5,000-added Prime Time divisions. Out of the original 217 horses and 650 entries, the top 56 horse-and-rider teams qualified to compete in the finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever, paying approximately $322,000 to owners and nominators.

Tulsa Reining Classic Enters Second Decade

TRC14logoNew sponsors, new activities and increased opportunities for growth and learning insure that the Tulsa Reining Classic, set for Aug. 26-31, will be another hallmark event. As it begins its second decade, the popular show continues to focus on the horses, the exhibitors and the show experience.


Husband & Wife Tie For IRHA/NRHA Derby Open Win

ebonyspookCo-Champions Ebony Spook and Ann Poels FonckThe Euro 83,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Open finals attracted a large crowd and the horses and riders showcased the sport of reining at its best. Making the finals all the more thrilling were the champions: sharing the Euro 32,000-added Derby Level 4 Open title were husband and wife team Ann Poels Fonck and Bernard Fonck, after posting dual scores of 228.


“Good Sports” Team Wins In Style At Kentucky Reining Cup

mandymccutcheon2013The Good Sports team, consisting of Mandy McCutcheon (pictured), Tom McCutcheon and Shannon Rafacz, won the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge.The Team Challenge is a unique competition in the sport of reining, but its biggest guns turn out to contest it at the Kentucky Reining Cup. This year victory went to the Good Sports team, consisting of Shannon Rafacz on Jan Pence's Wimpys Dun Twistin, Mandy McCutcheon on father Tim McQuay's Yellow Jersey, and Mandy's husband Tom McCutcheon on Turn About Farm Inc.'s Dun Got My Rest.