If you’re a reiner in Canada, there’s a lot to look forward to this year! In case you haven’t heard yet, let me introduce some of the exciting things that are happening in 2011:
2011 Open Rider Clinic, February 12-13
It’s coming up fast, this weekend as a matter of fact, but if you’re in the Cochrane, Alberta, area, Prairie Mountain Ranch will play host to the 2011 Reining Alberta Open Rider Clinic. This year, the featured clinician will be NRHA million dollar rider, Brent Wright. Wright has been garnering titles since he first ventured into the NRHA show pen in 1989. His list of wins includes placing 3rd at the 1999 NRHA Open Futurity on Custom Red Berry, a mare he then rode to the 2001 NRHA Open Derby Championship. In 2001, Wright rode Custom Pistol to the Congress Open Futurity Co-Championship, and the NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Championship after tying to win. He also won the 2002 NRBC Open Reserve Championship and the 2002 NRHA Open Derby on Custom Pistol.
For more information on this clinic, check out: www.reiningalberta.net
Tanya Jenkins Clinic, May 7 & 8
In the newly renovated facility, Twin Valley Stables (Calgary, Alberta) & CR Equine have announced their inaugural event together as a team – they will host professional reining trainer, Tanya Jenkins of Temecula, CA, as she teaches a reining clinic May 7 & 8, 2011. The clinic is open to participants on a fist-come-first-serve basis. Spectators are also welcome for one or both days. Participant cost is $350 + GST and spectators will be charged $10 per day.
Jenkins has seen the winner’s circle numerous times in both NRHA competition and Arabian reining. She has additionally made the NRHA’s Top 20 list and has trained such notable horses as Las Cruces Whiz, Rest Our Case, Sir Reminic and most recently, Spooks Gotta Whiz – the 2010 NRHA Futurity Championship horse. Contact Christa Turel at [email protected] for more info.
Marcy Ver Meer Clinic, May 13-15
If you’ve ever met Marcy Ver Meer, you’ll realize right off the bat that she’s an absolute doll. The second thing you’ll realize is that she is very passionate about the sport of reining and a complete fanatic about rider body position in her non-pros. In 2007, Ver Meer became the first woman to mark 230 at the NRHA Futurity and earned the reserve championship aboard Gunners Special Nite, aka “Bailey.” And her long list of credentials doesn’t stop there.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ver Meer’s championship program, she will be conducting a clinic at the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society on May 13, 14 & 15th. Each group of 3 will have 2 1/2 hours of instruction and the cost is $575 per person. Spectators are also welcome for $10.00 per day. For more information, please contact Margaret Fraser 403-232-7193 (days) or 403-208-4130 (evenings).
Personal Performance Clinic with Barbra Schulte, May 14 & 15
Out in the Okanagan Valley, the Reinin’ In The Sun show crew is proud to announce their own educational event with a clinic conducted by Mentally Tough guru, Barbra Schulte. Held May 14 and 15 at the Armstrong Fair Grounds in Armstrong, BC, this event will offer a significant clinic opportunity for cutters and reiners alike to get ahead in their game!
Having successfully trained and shown cutting horses professionally, Schulte realized that her unique personal passion with horses involved two parts – to train and show cutting horses and a deep desire to understand and teach riders to reach peak performance levels under pressure. Schulte opted to give up her successful horse training business to become certified as an exclusive equestrian coach and has pioneered the integration of personal performance training into the equestrian world. For more info, check out: www.reinininthesun.com
Silver Slate Reining Classic Stallion Auction, Jan. 1-March 5
Founded in 2010, the Silver Slate Reining Classic held in Nanton, Alberta, found an immediate niche in the Canadian reining industry. Now into its second year, the Silver Slate Reining Classic will be NRHA approved this year (held August 11-14) with a full slate of futurity and ancillary classes. The ever-popular open futurity calcutta will be back and the show crew is also excited about their Silver Slate Stallion Service Auction. If you’re looking for a deal this breeding season, be sure to check out the auction as all starting bids for stud fees will begin at 40% of their advertised rates. Proceeds raised from this auction will be used for added monies in the Open and Non-Pro Futurities. Plus,the show committee has decided to offer another incentive: The the resulting foal of the winning bid for each stallion will be eligible for a FREE entry into the 2015 Futurities!
Check out: http://silverslatereiningclassic.com