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Whizasunnysailor BB & Cira Baeck Win IRHA/NRHA Open

Cira Baeck WhizasunnysailorBBCira Baeck aboard IRHA/NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion WhizasunnysailorBB"I can't believe I actually won the Derby in Italy!" were the first words National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professional and past NRHA Non-Pro World Champion Cira Baeck said after posting the top score, a 224.5 in the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/NRHA Derby Level 4  Open.  Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Baeck was riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen and bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck of Beglium.

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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. 

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Equi-Stat Reining Open Rider Award Winner Shawn Flarida

SpooksGottaWhiz SFlaridaSpooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida – photo by WaltenberryWhen I was in seventh grade, I thought winning $100,000 would be a really neat thing,” Shawn Flarida said when asked about his earliest ambitions.

As an Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Reining Rider, it’s clear Flarida’s grade-school wish has come true many times over. And with the $456,671 earned in 2012, he can now add Equi-Stat Open Rider Award winner to his extensive list of achievements.

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Equi-Stat Reining Non-Pro Rider Award Winner Mandy McCutcheon

01 AlwaysGotyerGunsup MMcCutcheon 12WAlways Gotyer Gunsup was Mandy McCutcheon's top earner in 2012. Photo by WaltenberryA successful show year doesn’t come without hard work, dedication and a good partner in the arena. These are just a few things National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) rider Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, Texas, made use of in 2012. With earnings of $172,053, she is the recipient of the Equi-Stat Non-Pro Rider Award.

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2013 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced

Surprizentheprincess KSmithNRBC Non-Pro leaders Surprizentheprincess and Kelle Smith, shown winning the Gordyville Breeders Derby Non-Pro. Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Breeders Classic Non-Pro preliminaries concluded Tuesday, April 16, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Coming in as the third-to-last draw, Kelle Smith and Surprizentheprincess took the lead of the round with a 222.5, besting the other 174 entries.

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McEntire Flying High in Florida

MikeMcEntireFeb13Mike McEntireRiding Red Strip Spook (Smart Spook x Ms Red Capri x Jacs Aledo Bar) owned by David Evans, Mike McEntire, Selma, N.C., scored a 226.5 to win the $10,000 added Level 4 Open division of the Florida Reining Horse Association (FRHA) Florida Classic Derby, held during the FRHA Florida Classic, Feb. 19-24 in Tampa, Fla.