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 […]
There will be no National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) World champions this year.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The National Reining Horse Association on Tuesday announced it will cut more than $500,000 from its budget through eliminating staff positions, cutting programs and restructuring programs.
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 […]
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 […]
With numerous horses from different areas around the country reportedly testing positive for equine herpesvirus type- 1 (EHV-1) this year, horse owners have been encouraged by officials to practice responsible biosecurity measures in order to stop the spread of the virus, which may present as a respiratory infection or a neurologic condition. The non-neurological respiratory form […]