Jimmy van der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum
2019 NRHA Derby Open champions Guaranteed A Magnum and Jimmy van der Hoeven. Photo by Waltenberry

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 […]
Terry Stuart Forst and Seven S Indian Maid.

To the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Goes Terry Stuart Forst

As formal mission statements go, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is reserved for those few exceptional citizens who have distinguished themselves in their service to the Sooner State.   Terry Stuart Forst, admittedly flattered by the honor, will be taking her place there as a member of the Class of 2020, joking that, “I’m really not […]
Cade McCutcheon and Super Marioo at the NRHA 2019

NRHA Board Supports Resuming Approved Events, beginning May 1

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors announced on Tuesday that it supports resuming NRHA-approved events beginning on May 1, as long as show producers and exhibitors adhere to local and state regulations concerning COVID-19 as well as take measures to ensure the safety of all involved. However, the NRHA Board decided that […]
Nu Chex To Cash turned out

Top NRHA Stallion Nu Chex To Cash Dies at 30

National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Famer and Three Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash has died, his owners announced on social media on Saturday evening. The palomino stallion was 30. “Today we say goodbye to an old friend,” said Hilldale Farm, which had owned him for 25 years, from its Facebook account. […]
nrhya buy a pro

NRHyA Buy-A-Pro Auction The Very Definition Of Win-Win

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Buy-A-Pro Auction runs through noon (CST) on Jan. 16.  This online auction offers buyers a chance to purchase one-on-one lessons from their choice of more than 80 NRHA professionals. The all-star lineup includes several NRHA Million Dollar Riders, stars from “The Last Cowboy,” NRHA World Champions, NRHA horsemen […]
Flashin Benjamins and Jacob Ballard

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 […]
super marioo and cade mccutcheon

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 […]