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The NRHA has changed qualification rules for the 2020 NAAC to mitigate the impact of coronavirus-related show cancellations. In 2019, Steppin Little Lena and Mirjam Stillo won the NAAC Open Championship. • Photo by Waltenberry.

NRHA Adds Options for NAAC Qualification

The NRHA this week took steps to make qualification easier for the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.
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Friends Ride to the Rescue of Pedro Baiao’s Reining Horses

In the midst of seemingly incessant bad news came this uplifting story from Cave Creek in Arizona. In late May, a wild fire raced across the desert and encroached on the stalls of reiner Pedro Baiao, who was feeling helpless as he tried to figure out how to rescue some 30 horses. “When we heard […]
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Lil Patron, Indy Roper the Boss at Mother’s Day Slide

Indiana reiner Indy Roper may not have been prepared for Arizona’s extremely hot temperatures during the belated Arizona Reining Horse Association Mother’s Day Slide, but luckily her two Derby horses, who are full-time residents at trainer Marco Ricotta’s Scottsdale facility, were fully acclimated. Roper’s first trip into the show pen was aboard Spooks Show Time […]
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NRHA Derby Entries Close 20% Higher Over 2019 Show

In months-long stretch mostly full of not-so-good news, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) had a piece of great news to share on Thursday morning. Entries for the NRHA Derby Open division are up almost 20% and the Non-Pro is up “substantially,” said Cheryl Cody, a member of the event management team. The Open division […]
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Sliding Back to the Show Pen in Belated Mother’s Day

Following months of quarantine, reiners were more than ready to get back in the show pen when they arrived at the Arizona Reining Horse Association’s Mother’s Day Slide May 28-31 at the Westworld of Scottsdale.  Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Craig Schmersal said he had been feeling a lot of pent-up energy and was raring […]
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Health Matters: Hidden Opportunities in the Current Times

A month ago, I could not have imagined the topic of this article. My inclination is to write about equine diseases that affect people in the horse industry, not the other way around. But, here we find ourselves dealing with a human health crisis that has had a profound effect within the horse industry. It […]
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Insights & Opinions: Catalyst for Growth

Where do good horses come from? What about great ones? I think most of us can agree it’s a careful balance of genetics, athleticism, conformation and trainability … all with at least a pinch of God-given talent. But what it takes to develop great horses into performers in our industry is a different matter. Along with […]
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Reining’s Colonels Lil Gun receives warm farewell

Colonels Lil Gun, the son of a distinctive and legendary sire in the reining industry, left his own sizable footprint before departing this world last week. “Lil Gun,” among the first foals of NRHA Hall of Famer and Equi-Stat Elite $12 Million Sire Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner), was a finalist in the National Reining Horse […]