Flashin Benjamins and Jacob Ballard
Flashin Benjamins and Jacob Ballard were pleasantly surprised winning newcomers. Photo by Lillian Kent

Triumphant Rider Adds ‘Benjamins’ to NRHA Lifetime Earnings

When Jacob Ballard decided to head out on his own as a trainer in the beginning of 2019, it’s a sure bet he didn’t think he would finish out the year with a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 1 Open Championship.  There was merely one horse in training at the beginning of the […]
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Dream Year Ends in Dream NRHA Futurity for Cade McCutcheon

The 53rd running of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity was history making, a young phenom from an acclaimed family of horsemen and horsewomen taking his place among the most prominent parts of the annals of the NRHA. A year ago, Cade McCutcheon sat among the spectators watching the Futurity open division, as he had […]

NRHA Success Part of Very Merry December with Mare

Suffice to say, December of 2019 won’t soon be forgotten by a bright young lady from Franklin, Tennessee, the town just south of Nashville on the Harpeth River. Next week, Blair McFarlin will graduate from Auburn University in Alabama with a bachelor’s in animal science.  On Saturday, she had her biggest moment in the National […]
Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds

Doggone! Luca Fappani, Gotta Get Diamonds Survive Bizarre NRHA Run-in

It was a fair question considering the Twilight Zone moment they had just encountered. Was this Friday the sixth of December or Friday the 13th? Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds, who just missed a sweep of levels before settling as Level 2 Non-Pro winners, wanted to know. On the first of what turned out to be […]
Give Me Starbucks and Emily Emerson

Give Me Starbucks Delivers Bit of Redemption For Emerson

Ten riders led reining enthusiasts into the National Reining Horse Association Futurity’s climactic final two days with an entertaining and, in some cases, enchanting evening of the Invitational Freestyle event on Thursday.  For Emily Emerson, in a raincoat the picture of a rider astride her steed in a driving rain storm, the show represented a […]
Drinkin Moonshine and Martin Larcombe

Drinkin Moonshine and Other Notes on Day 5 of the NRHA Futurity

Tuesday morning, we found ourselves that much closer to knowing the field of finalists for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity in Oklahoma City. After the first day of Open semifinals on Monday at the State Fair Park, Drinkin Moonshine and Martin Larcombe hold the top spot of the Level 3 Open with a […]
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KR Anniegityergun, Notable Broodmare, Passes Away

KR Anniegityergun, a mare who played a pivotal role in the legendary story of the life of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) with Tim and Colleen McQuay, passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 26. She was owned by Forzani Performance Horses of Gainesville, Texas, at the time of her death. A 1993 mare bred […]

2019 Lifetime Reining Statistics

The thrill of sliding stops and the rush of quick turnarounds are just two of the reasons reiners stay hooked. Each rider strives for the unmistakable finesse of a high-scoring run in the show pen, while breeders and owners work hard to build a foundation to help those in the arena succeed. Many of the horses, […]
Smart Chic Olena, used at the time of reaching Seven Million Sire status

Distinguished NRHA Sires Increase Their Good Cents

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), from its headquarters in Oklahoma City, recently recognized five sires who have recently achieved new multimillion-dollar milestones in offspring earnings. SMART CHIC OLENA (Smart Little Lena x Gay Sugar Chic), an NRHA Hall of Fame inductee who was humanely euthanized in 2012, is now an NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire.  Bred […]

American Horse Council Tax Handbook Available in December

The American Horse Council (AHC) will soon roll out the 2019 edition of the AHC Tax Handbook, an important reference book for informing members of the horse industry about major changes brought about by landmark tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) of 2017.  This statute rewrote key provisions of the U.S. […]