5. 9. 20 - WRWS/NRHA - Zwei Top-NRHA-Sires übertreffen die Million-Dollar-Marke.
Two Top NRHA Sires Cross Million Dollar Milestones.
After a slow start to the 2020 show season, it was unclear if any sires or dams would cross milestones this year.
As COVID-19 restrictions were reduced in certain regions of the U.S. earlier this summer, shows resumed and entry numbers skyrocketed. As a result, sires and dams are making moves up the NRHA million-dollar ranks. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce two top NRHA sires have recently crossed major milestones.
Commonly known as Gunner by the Western performance horse industry, the influential sire is registered as Colonels Smoking Gun with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Colonels Smokinggun with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). Gunner recently made history when he became only the second NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire, just on the heels of Topsail Whiz who reached this accomplishment in 2018.
This legendary sire is by Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun. Before becoming a top sire for Tioga, Texas, owners Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc., Gunner saw his name in lights in the show pen. He was the 1996 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, the 1998 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, and the 2001 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions National Reining Champion.
First becoming an NRHA Million Dollar Sire in 2007, the snowball effect took over for Gunner in 2010 when he earned his two-million-dollar title. His offspring have annually earned a million dollars, subsequently moving Gunner to a new milestone each year.
Although Gunner boasts $173,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of his own, he’s also the sire of more than 1,500 reiners. Many of Gunner’s offspring join him in the NRHA Hall of Fame and in the ranks as million-dollar sires themselves.
Gunner’s top-earning offspring are:
• No Smoking Required (out of Icing Required): $490,714 NRHA LTE
• Custom Made Gun (out of Custom Made Dunit): $419,984 NRHA LTE
• Tinker With Guns (out of Tinker Nic): $344,117 NRHA LTE
• Gunners Tinseltown (out of Miss Tinseltown): $305,307 NRHA LTE
• Americasnextgunmodel (out of Cee Dun It Do It): $289,486 NRHA LTE
Walla Walla Whiz
Walla Walla Whiz’s reputation precedes him in the simple fact that he’s by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Shiney Walla Wanda. Walla Walla Whiz is building his own legacy as he recently became an NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire. He crossed his first million-dollar milestone in 2015.
The 2003 stallion boasts an impressive show record that puts his NRHA LTE just over $187,000. Ridden by NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Walla Walla Whiz raked in several top-notch finishes in a short amount of time. His show career started when he was 3 years old and wrapped by 2008.
Some of the most noteworthy placings Walla Walla Whiz earned include being crowned the 2007 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Derby Champion, the 2006 Tulsa Reining Classic L4 Open Futurity Champion, and taking third place in the 2007 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L4 Open Derby.
Owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Walla Walla Whiz is the sire of more than 600 NRHA offspring. He’s still standing in Weatherford, Texas, at Oswood Stallion Station alongside many other influential NRHA sires.
Walla Walla Whiz’s top-earning offspring are:
• Shesouttayourleague (out of Wimpys Little Chic): $252,470 NRHA LTE
• Isnt She Perfect (out of Miss Silver Gun): $170,109 NRHA LTE
• Americas Supermodel (out of Americasnextgunmodel): $135,755 NRHA LTE
• Made In Walla (out of Hollywood Made): $133,077 NRHA LTE
• ARC Walla Dun Did It (out of Dainty Dunit): $114,180 NRHA LTE
Congratulations to Walla Walla Whiz and Gunner on these outstanding achievements!
1. 9. 20 - WRWS (rb) - Spitzenfohlen präsentieren sich in Alsfeld: Bundes-Championat im Rahmen des „DQHA-Futurity-Cups 2020“ – 17./18. 10. 2020, Alsfeld.
Im Rahmen des „DQHA-Futurity-Cups“ am 17. und 18. Oktober 2020 in Alsfeld wird auch das Bundes-Championat der Fohlen ausgetragen. Hier stellen sich die besten Fohlen der Hof-Termine 2020 den Richtern. Die Besitzer werden hierzu persönlich von der DQHA eingeladen. Das Bundes-Championat ist für Samstag, den 17. Oktober, geplant. Weitere Infos und Zeitplan folgen.
DQHA-Bundes-Champion 2019 war die Stute „SQ Nu Day Arising“ („Little Chex To Cash“ x „Cee Topsail Cougaret“) aus der Zucht und im Besitz von Monika Hagen. Vize-Bundes-Champion wurde ein Hengstfohlen von „Best Spook“ aus der „Zappy Mayflower“, gezüchtet und im Besitz von Maike Künstler.
Weitere Informationen: www.dqha.de
1. 9. 20 - WRWS (rb) - Die Champions von morgen: „DQHA-Futurity-Cup 2020“ am 17./18. 10. in Alsfeld.
Das neue DQHA-Präsidium hat es tatsächlich geschafft: Nun haben die DQHA-Züchter noch in diesem Jahr die Chance, ihre Weanlings, Jährlinge, Zwei- und Dreijährigen vorzustellen. Der „DQHA-Futurity-Cup“ findet am 17. und 18. Oktober 2020 in Alsfeld statt. Geboten werden Halter-Klassen, „Longe-Line“ und „Trail in Hand“. Die Ausschreibung erfolgt gemäß den DQHA-Futurity-Regeln
„Es war harte Arbeit, in so kurzer Zeit eine Plattform für unsere Züchter zu schaffen, ohne das Budget unseres Verbandes zu strapazieren“, so DQHA-Vize-Präsident Thomas Reith. „Aber mit Alsfeld ist es uns gelungen. Die Kosten für die Anlage übernehmen Sponsoren. Unser Team arbeitet jetzt mit Hochdruck daran, dass unsere Züchter und Besitzer trotz Corona optimale Bedingungen für ihre Pferde vorfinden.“
Am Freitag, den 16. Oktober, werden „Paid-Warm-ups“ geboten. Die Klassen selbst finden am Samstag und Sonntag statt. Am Samstag Abend wird die „Stallion Service Auction“ durchgeführt. Da Besucher aufgrund der Corona-Auflagen nicht erlaubt sind, werden sowohl die Show als auch die SSA per Livestream übertragen.
Die Ausschreibung folgt in Kürze. Es wird kein Preisgeld aus dem SSA-Topf ausgeschüttet. Die Berechnung und Ausschüttung finden 2021 statt.
Weitere Informationen: www.dqha.de
31. 8. 20 - WRWS/NRHA - Die NRHA verleiht Mike Carrier den „NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award 2020“ für sein Lebenswerk.
NRHA to Recognize Mike Carrier with Lifetime Achievement Award.
OKC CVB head to receive honor from equine sport’s Oklahoma City-based organization.
Following the presentation of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve the late Sally Brown and the late Jerry Kimmel for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame, a project of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Also announced was selection of Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau President Mike Carrier as the 2020 NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
The Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people and horses who have contributed significantly to the sport or the NRHA. Nominees also must have a personal passion for the sport and have impacted reining in a positive way. They do not need to be NRHA members, active or former competitors, owners or breeders.
The award is named in honor of Dale Wilkinson, a multiple NRHA Futurity champion remembered as the “father of reining.” He was of the NRHA’s founding members, and an educator, promoter of the sport and mentor to reiners – professional and non pro – on how competitors should conduct themselves, and train and exhibit a horse.
The honorees will be recognized during the 2020 NRHA Futurity and then formally celebrated at a future banquet after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Impact on reining, passion for the sport, and a record for drawing people to the industry are all selection criteria for the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2020 recipient, Mike Carrier, checks all the boxes. It’s hard to imagine where NRHA would be in recent years had he not been an advocate for the sport.
Mike is not a reiner, doesn’t own horses, and only recently got a really great hat, but he has been a champion of the association as a whole. As President of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Mike promoted both NRHA and the reining horse. Over the years his face has become familiar to reiners from around the world and his ebullient spirit and engaging personality have endeared him to those who have come to know him.
Mike’s retirement in the fall of 2020 marks the end of an era, and he will long be remembered for understanding the importance and impact of reining, not only to Oklahoma City, but to the entire equine industry throughout his 13 years with the Oklahoma City CVB. Whether through a corporate partnership, the NRHA Futurity Freestyle sponsorship, assisting with the NRHA Convention, or simply advocating for the association and its members at the government level, Mike has always been loyal to the association.
He was instrumental in helping secure the new Coliseum to be built at State Fair Park, and several years ago, recognized NRHA as a “Hometown Hero,” an award proudly displayed in the NRHA Office. Most recently, Mike was vital in conversations with the city and Mayor David Holt regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and pushing for NRHA to be able to hold the 2020 NRHA Derby. That was not unusual – he has consistently been a resource to the association by sharing introductions and contacts to help position NRHA as a pillar of the business community.
On a personal level, Mike has supported the nonprofit RHF and is a member of its Reiners Club recognizing unrestricted gifts. He regularly attends reining meetings and events and loves introducing his staff, friends, and family to the sport.
His contributions will have a long-lasting impact after he steps away at the professional level.