Mane Event Wrap-Up

Trainer’s Challenge champion Kerry Kuhn (center) with Australia’s Paul Clarkson (left) and BC trainer Cayley Wilson.

The first decade of The Mane Event ended on a high note in Chilliwack, British Columbia, on Sunday, October 27th, after three successful days of non-stop activity at Heritage Park. Over 23,000 spectators, participants, attendees and shoppers came through the doors over the weekend.

Everything from the sunny skies, to the incredible clinicians, to our happy exhibitors, and all the spectators who attended, made this a wonderful show to celebrate our 10th anniversary,” said show organizer Gail Barker. “Everyone really enjoyed the little extras at this year’s event, including the door prizes provided by our very generous exhibitors.”

As usual, one of Sunday’s highlights was the Trainer’s Challenge final which ended with Kerry Kuhn of Kansas being named the champion after a count of the final scores revealed that they were extremely close.

Everything can change with this obstacle course, and it really did,” said judge Miles Kingdon. “This has been the toughest judged final session that we’ve ever done.” Judge Mark Grafton agreed, saying, “It was a real fun challenge because all three of those trainers really shone at different points.”

It was really about the horse and I’m just thankful that I didn’t get in his way any more than I did,” said Kuhn, after accepting the championship. “I don’t really want to say that I was competing against these guys, maybe just hanging out with them, learning from them,” he said, referring to Paul Clarkson of Australia and BC trainer Cayley Wilson.

The stands were filled to capacity for the reining and cow work clinics presented by Al Dunning, a major force within the AQHA as a competitor, a judge and as the 1996 Professional Horseman of the Year. “I had a great crowd here at The Mane Event,” he said. “I don’t remember a better crowd than I had here; it was really an educated crowd.”

Dressage clinician Anne Gribbons, who is one of a very small select group of FEI 5* judges, also commented on the knowledgeable audience. “They were very tuned in and they really listened,” she said.

Show jumping Olympic gold medallist and renowned trainer Joe Fargis talked about the focus of his training sessions. “If I had to narrow it down to one thing I would say it is to be clear to the horse about what you want. The horse is a very generous creature, and many of us riders / humans give conflicting signals to them,” he explained. “If every person agreed with just one thing I said over this weekend, and took it home and practiced it, I would be very, very happy.”

A presentation was made to the Barker family, recognizing their efforts over the past ten years, from the conception of The Mane Event as a comprehensive, equine specific educational event to the major horse expo that it is today with events in both Chilliwack and Red Deer, Alberta. “It is hard to believe that an event of this magnitude is put on by only the four members of the Barker family, with a very small core group brought in to help on event weekends,” said media consultant Jan Mansfield. “The Mane Event is so well run and such a great environment that the international clinicians they bring in regularly ask to be invited back, and exhibitors sign up as soon as the weekend is over to ensure they have a place in the trade fair for the next one.”

We are well underway with planning for next year’s events to begin our second decade,” said Gail Barker.

NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

The million dollar sire, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Photo by Cam Essick.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the newest member to its Million Dollar Sire line up, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Einstein is the 26th stallion to become an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, putting him alongside the likes of Smart Spook, Gunner, Nu Chex To Cash and many other greats.

Sired by Great Red Pine, out of Cow Patty (AQHA Silversnow Pinestep) by Greyhound Step, the 1997 AQHA stallion was bred by Randy Hamilton, owned by Bridgette Lanham. During his successful show career, he accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $139,000.

Highlights of his show career include:

2000 NRHA Futurity Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay

2001 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay

2002 NRBC Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

2002 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

His top earning offspring include:

Einsteins Revolution (out of Fly Flashy Jac): $352,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Wagner & Vandorp; 2005 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist and NRHA Futurity Open finalist; 2006 NRBC Open Champion and NRHA Derby finalist; 2007 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, Intermediate Open Champion and NRHA Derby Open Intermediate Reserve Champion. Einsteins Revolution was the first horse to go over the $300,000 NRHA earnings mark.

Great Sun Burst (out of Docs Sun Burst): $342,300 NRHA LTE, owned by 23 Quarter Horses; 2006 NRHA Futurity Open finalist; 2008 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist; 2009 NRBC Level 4 (L4) Open finalist and NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist; 2010 and 2011 NRHA Open World Champion; 2012 NRHA Non Pro World Champion.

Kaystein (out of Kays Freckles): $81,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Susa Sauer; 2009 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist; 2010 NRHA European Futurity L4 Open Champion and Americana NRHA Open finalist.

The Canadian Supreme

Expect to see plenty of cowboy hats and spurs right now in Red Deer, as the Canadian Supreme, the largest cutting, reining and working cow horse event in the Pacific Northwest has filled every inch at Westerner Park for a full week of top level competition.

With nearly 500 horses entered, the city of Red Deer gets a big business boost from the participants and fans taking in the exciting action. This fall, the Supreme marks its 30th year in Red Deer.

“It’s our biggest horse event by far,” states Westerner General Manager John Harms. “We’re delighted to have worked with the organizers and watched this show grow over the many years.”

Calgary’s Dave Robson has served as chairman of the Supreme for 30 years of the show’s 37 year history.

“We are really trying to show the elite of the Western horse world,” says Robson. “I think we do that well.”

Photo by Krista Kay

During the show, there are horses competing in both the Prairie Pavilion and the Agri-Centre. The featured Saturday night performance, the Cinch Night at the Supreme, is an ideal way to see a great variety of talented horses and riders in some of the most exciting classes. As well, there is the Western Lifestyle Marketplace, featuring all things equine, along with renowned western artists. It runs from the Thursday through the Saturday of the show. On the Friday night, the stands fill early for the Western Horse Sale, organized by Elaine Speight of Rocky Mountain House. The sale features select horses that range from prospects to competition-ready mounts.

With close to half a million dollars available in cash and prizes, the Supreme is the richest western horse event in Canada. It’s a reputation builder for superstar horses, but an important business event for horse trainers.

“A special treat this year will be an extra bonus for the twelve Canadian Supreme Futurity Class Champions,” said Robson. “They’ll each receive a limited edition framed Paul Van Ginkel giclee art print, valued at $950 along with the trophy buckles.”

Another distinctive feature this Supreme will be additions to the event’s Virtual Hall of Fame.

“We have a category for Founders of the event, and this year we’ll be honoring two of those founders, whom we’ve recently lost – Roger Heintz and John Miller.”

In 2012, the Canadian Supreme decided to open its doors and invite the public to attend free of charge. That proved to be a popular move, and so will be in affect again this year.

The 2013 Canadian Supreme began on Monday and concludes Sunday, October 6th at Red Deer’s Western Park. The exciting Cinch Night of the Supreme, goes 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 5th. The Western Lifestyle Marketplace opens at 10:00 am Thursday October 3rd, and runs through until Saturday night at 9:00 pm. Admission this year is free.

If you’re unable to attend, you can catch the live feed here.

Performance Horse Art

If you’re a regular attendee at Canada’s performance horse pinnacle event, the Canadian Supreme, you’ll already be familiar with the paintings renowned Western artist Paul Van Ginkel was commissioned to paint over the course of three years to depict the three events of the Supreme: cutting (2007), cow horse (2008) and reining (2009).

Each year, the originals were unveiled at the event, and auctioned off to a frenzied bidding crowd.

What you might not know is that each year, the images were also reproduced into a limited edition of 50 giclee art prints. Each print is signed by Paul, measures 30 x 20″, and sells for $950.

This year, buckles will still be the top honor, but accompanying them will be one of these gorgeous limited edition prints. It’s a fantastic way to hang the artwork of one of Canada’s greatest western artists on your wall, and celebrate the passion you have for the performance horse.

Remember, entries to the Canadian Supreme close September 1.

Note: I originally reported the limited edition prints were in lieu of buckles this year, which indeed was the case, but since then the Canadian Supreme has decided to award both buckles and a limited edition print to each of the 12 Canadian Supreme class champions. Savvy decision!

Reining Team Announced

Through a rigorous selection process, the team representing Alberta in the upcoming Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC September 13 – 15) and held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, Alberta, have been selected.

The CIEC is a sanctioned Equine Canada bronze competition and a collaborative event between the national and provincial/territorial sport organizations. It aims to develop the next generation of equestrian national and international champions and this year, Alberta is hosting the event.

The disciplines participating at the CIEC are dressage, jumping and reining – all Federation Equestre International (FEI) sports with both junior and senior participants.

”We are extremely proud of all our Team Alberta members that worked so hard over the past few months to secure a spot on Team Alberta,” says Les Oakes, Alberta Equestrian Federation President, “our selection committee had a difficult time reviewing all of the applications; everyone was very close to qualifying.” 

Back when teenager was jumping, we attended Rocky Mountain Show Jumping for the occasional show, and I can tell you it is an incredible venue. It was founded in 1997 by Canadian Equestrian Team member John Anderson, and just a few minutes south of Calgary, offers world-class facilities. Set against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, and all foothills and vibes of verdant, it is sure to be a magnificent stage for this prestigious competition.

While the jumping and dressage events are guaranteed to be an exciting watch, in the western world we’re most interested in the reining. And, most particularly, who made the team!

The Alberta Equestrian Federation has named the following team members.

Juniors are: Margaret Besuijen, Hythe, age 16 and Alexandra Hibberd, Calgary, age 14. Senior team members are: Nicole Flood, Whitecourt, age 27 and Janice Hepburn, Cochrane, age 53.

Alberta Reining Team coach Wendy Nelson. Photo by Cowgirl Creations.

Reining Coach, Wendy Nelson, Cochrane, is an award-winning certified Equine Canada High Performance Reining Coach under the new Equine Canada Competition Coach program and Master Evaluator for the Reining High Performance program. Nelson is also an accredited Equine Canada Reining Judge as well as a NRHA judge.

Chef d’Equipe for Team Alberta is Sharon Crawford. Sharon rides both western and english disciplines and has competed in dressage to 3rd Level. She currently rides at Kestrel Ridge Farm and was the groom for Jewels Vysniauska at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Sharon hosts and participates in Peter Campbell horsemanship clinics, including his ranch clinic in Wyoming every summer. Sharon is a Chartered Accountant.

That’s the Alberta roundup for you, but this event isn’t just about Alberta. Who made the team in your province? Let us know in the comment section below and good luck to all of the competitors!

NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire

NRHA’s newest Four Million Dollar Sire, Shining Spark.

Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen –The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark has become the associations sixth Four Million Dollar Sire. This historic milestone puts him among others such as Hollywood Dun It, Topsail Whiz, Smart Chic Olena, Gunner, and Wimpys Little Step. His offspring has won a total of $4,041,790 to date.

The 1989 stallion owned by Carol Rose is by Genuine Doc and out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Diamonds Sparkle. Not only has Shining Spark led a successful career as a sire but a successful show career as well, earning over $55,000 with riders like Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Loomis and Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Tim McQuay behind the reins. Some of his greatest achievements include:
  • 1992 NRHA Futurity Open Finalist, ridden by Bob Loomis
  • 1993 Lazy E Classic Open Reserve Champion, ridden by Bob Loomis
  • 1994 NRHA Derby Open Champion, ridden by Tim McQuay
  • 1994 Lazy E Classic Open Reserve Champion, ridden by Tim McQuay
Shining Spark’s owner, Carol Rose, was thrilled to hear about the honor and said, “I’m so proud for all of us and for Shining Spark. We don’t think about the milestones each day. We just keep raising foals, showing and trying to do the best we possibly can. We are so thankful to the owners, trainers and breeders that have Shining Spark offspring. We couldn’t have achieved this without their support.” She continued talking about the stallion, “Shining Spark is one of very few stallions that have reached this level with successful offspring in both NRHA and National Reined Cowhorse Association competition. I’m so very proud of him. I hope he knows the impact he’s made.”His top money- earning offspring include:

  • Shining N Sassy (Shining Spark x Sassy O Lena): $232,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Roxanne Koepsell; 2008 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC Level 4 Open and Open Mare finalist, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open and Open Mare finalist
  • Miss Rey O Shine (Shining Spark x Miss Rey O Lena): $159,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Bahn Quarter Horses; 2007 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist and Open Mare Reserve Champion, 2008 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finalist, 2009 NRBC Level4 Open finalist and Open Mare Reserve Champion
  • Shine On Line (Shining Spark x Oaks Little Diamond): $110,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Justin Mathison and Mary Jansma; 2009 SWRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and Level 4 Open finalist, 2010 NRBC Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist
  • Just Gotta Shine (Shining Spark x Zans Pretty Penny): $103,900 NRHA LTE, owned by Wolfgang Becker; 2001 NRHA Futurity Non Pro and Limited Non Pro finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby Intermediate Non Pro finalist, 2004 NRBC Non Pro Reserve Champion, 2004 NRHA Derby Non Pro Reserve Champion, 2006 World Reining Trophy Non Pro Reserve Champion, 2006 Mallorca Western Festival #1 Open Reserve Champion,
  • Sailing Spark (Shining Spark x Topsail Maid): $94,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2000 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2001 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist, 2001 NRHA Derby Open finalist

Gunner Succumbs to Laminitis

 

Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as “Gunner”, lost his battle with laminitis this morning. The National Reining Horse Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire, owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.

Simply, Gunner was a horse for the ages. When he made his center-stage debut at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in 1998, the reining world fell in love with the diminutive sorrel with the floppy ears and white tail. After tying for the NRHA Futurity Open Reserve title as a 3-year-old, he went on win the US Equestrian Team Reining Championship in 2001. He was immortalized as a Breyer Horse and finished his career with earnings over $177,000.

The McQuays have owned Gunner since 2005, and in those ensuing years, his record as a sire elevated him to legendary status. His outstanding offspring include 2009 NRHA Futurity and 2010 Derby Open Champion, Gunnatrashya. Gunner has sired numerous Futurity and Derby finalists and champions, in both the Open and Non Pro divisions, including 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, Americasnextgunmodel, 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Gunners Tinseltown, and 2012 NRHA Non Pro Co-Champion, Customized Gunner. Gunner has also sired Gunners Special Nite, winner of the individual Gold medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Attendees at the 2013 National Reining Horse Association Derby who watched Jordan Larson ride HF Mobster (Gunner X Dun Its Black Gold) to the Open Championship and Mandy McCutcheon ride Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner X Always A Dunit) to the Non Pro Championship had no knowledge that the great stallion had already begun to suffer from the first signs of laminitis.

As the word spread of Gunner’s demise, his owners immediately began to receive texts and calls from all over the globe, further evidence of the great stallion’s popularity and impact. Tim McQuay noted, “We appreciate everyone who supported Gunner through his career–he had a great team.  He will be laid to rest next to Hollywood Dun It on our farm.  We will truly miss him.”

Colleen McQuay added, Gunner was a sweet happy horse, and when I look at all he has given us I can only be grateful for the time we shared with him.  Losing him leaves another hole in our hearts.”

New Five Million Dollar Sire

Wimpys Little Step joins four other NRHA Five Million Dollar sires.

In less than a year after achieving the four million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Five Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fifth horse to earn this achievement and puts him in the ranks alongside Gunner, Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz and Hollywood Dun It.

The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002, ridden by NRHA’s only Four Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step racked up an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $185,000.

  • The Tradition Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion
  • All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion
  • NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion

His top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.; NRHA’s current lifetime earning leader and only horse to consecutively win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby; 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open third place, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open fourth place, 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $352,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern; 2007 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Finalist, 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2009 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2010 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Finalist, 2010 Alltech™ FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $255,800 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Madalyn Roberts; 2010 NRBC Level 4 Non Pro third place, 2011 NRBC Challenge Open Champion, 2011 Cactus Reining Classic Maturity Challenge Level 4 Open Champion, 2011 Reining By The Bay Maturity Level 4 Open Champion, 2011 Open World Championship Shootout Finalist, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse Finalist
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $227,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 4 finalist, Level 3 Open Finalist, and Level 2 Open Limited Champion, 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 NRBC Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Junior Horse Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC Level 4 Open Champion and Level 3 Open Champion
  • Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $126,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Michael Boyle, currently owned by Rebeca Martin; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion

NRHA's Latest Two Million Dollar Sire

Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – Magnum Chic Dream recently reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Assocation’s (NRHA) 12th Two Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, the 17 -year -old sorrel American Quarter Horse currently stands at Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.

Magnum Chic Dream is sired by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee (by NRHA Hall of Famer and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody). He also won the following major awards for Viola and her husband Jack:

* 1999 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, Intermediate Open finalist, and Limited Open Reserve Champion with NRHA Professional Patti Brownshadel
* 2000 NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Co-Reserve Champion with Patti Brownshadel
* 2001 NRHA Open Top Ten Fourth Place
* 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion with NRHA Professional Casey Hinton

Magnum Chic Dream’s top earning offspring include:

* Lil Magnum Jessie (out of Lil Ruf Jessie by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy): $166,000 NRHA LTE, owned by Casey Hinton. 2009 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Open finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist.

* Magnum With A Dream (out of Shine On Sayo by NRHA Hall of Famer and Three Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark): $127,000 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Professional Joshua Visser. 2008 NRHA Futurity Level 3 and 4 Open finalist, 2009 NRBC Level 3 and 4 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 3 and Level 4 Open finalist, 2011 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist, and 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist.

* Chicsdundreamin (out of Goody Goody Dun Drop by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It): $125,000 NRHA LTE, owned by Tim Roper. 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and Level 4 Open finalist, 2011 NRBC Prime Time Open finalist and Level 3 Open finalist, 2011 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion.

* This Chicsdundreamin (out of Hermosa Dun It by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It): $125,000 NRHA LTE, owned by George Lawrence.2008 NRBC Level 2 Non Pro Champion, Level 3 Non Pro Reserve Champion, and Level 2 Non Pro Finalist, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 2, 3, and 4 Non Pro

finalist, 2009 NRBC Level 3 Non Pro Champion, Non Pro Mare Reserve Champion and, Level 4 Non Pro finalist and, Level 3 Open finalist, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 3 Open finalist, 2010 NRBC Level 3 Non Pro Reserve Champion, Non Pro Mare Reserve Champion, Level 4 Non Pro finalist and, Level 3 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 3 and 4 Open finalist.
Stop Like A Dream (out of Best Stop by NRHA Hall of Famer and Three Million Dollar Sire Custom Crome): $101,000 NRHA LTE, owned by

* Gilberto Leal. 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2011 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist.