The March issue of The Way To Go is now online
The stallions of Seven Bar Quarter Horses, Marble Falls, TX, grace the March cover of The Way To Go. Learn how heritage, integrity and a love of horses drives this full service ranch in the heart of Texas hill country. Also in this issue, meet the four newest members of NSBA’s Quarter Million Dollar Club as well as the newest members of the Open and Non-Pro Western Pleasure Riders list. By The Numbers examines the top 20 highest lifetime NSBA earners in Open and Non-Pro Western Pleasure. See a roundup of futurity programs from around the country and see how horses bring a sense of community to our industry in this month’s article by Stephanie Lynn. View reports from the Sun Circuit and the National Western Stock Show as well as learn details about NSBA’s Breeders Championship Futurity and the NSBA Kaplow Insurance BCF Yearling Sale, all in the March issue of The Way To Go.
2015 NSBA Riders List Released
NSBA has released the 2015 Riders List for Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, and Longe Line.
Each year, the National Snaffle Bit Association compiles the NSBA Riders List, which represpents the acheivements of NSBA members as they relate to each division. When limits of eligibilty are surpassed during the show year, the exhibitor can compete the calendar year in the lowest class or division for which they were eligible on January 1.
Contact the NSBA office at 847-623-6722 or email@example.com for more information!
AQHA Names New Executive Vice President
The American Quarter Horse Association announced February 10th that Craig Huffhines has been selected to serve as the next executive vice president of the association. Huffhines currently serves as executive vice president of the American Hereford Association. He will begin his new position shortly after AQHA’s convention. Huffhines is pictured at left.Huffhines was selected following an extensive five-month search conducted by AQHA’s search committee, which received more than 40 applications for the position. In conjunction with the association’s Executive Committee, the search committee expressed confidence in Huffhines’ 17 years of experience in association management and strong leadership skills that will help move AQHA forward.
NSBA Announces Four New Members of Quarter Million Dollar Club
The National Snaffle Bit Association has announced a quartet of professional trainers who have become the newest members of the association’s Quarter Million Dollar Club.
Brian Baker, of Sunbury, OH; Angie Rigdon Cannizzaro, of Purcell, OK; Andy Cochran, of Roberts, GA; and Bret Parrish, of Pavo, GA, have become the newest members of the association to earn $250,000 in lifetime NSBA earnings, bringing the total number of riders in the distinguished group to 24. (The four are pictured above L-R: Brian Baker, Angie Rigdon Cannizzaro, Andy Cochran and Bret Parrish)
Remembering Stone Pope
NSBA joins the horse industry in mourning the sudden loss Tuesday, February 3, of Stone Pope, the 17 month old son of trainer Shane Pope and Holt Graham-Pope, of Conway, SC.
Donations can be made in memory of Stone Pope to:
The American Heart Association
In addition, a website and fundraiser called the Heart of Stone Fund has been set up for the Pope family where donors can purchase t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and hats with proceeds benefitting the Pope family. Visit www.heartofstonefund.com for additional information.
New Qualifying Classes!
The following classes have been added to the list of 2015 NSBA World Championship Show Qualifying Classes:
Amateur Showmanship At Halter
Amateur 50 & Over Showmanship At Halter
Youth Showmanship At Halter
Amateur Western Horsemanship
Amateur 50 & Over Western Horsemanship
Youth Western Horsemanship
Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation
Amateur 50 & Over Hunt Seat Equitation
Youth Hunt Seat Equitation
Qualifying for the NSBA World Championship Show is done through participation in each class at NSBA Dual Approved or Special Events. The horse and rider (or horse, in Open division classes), are required to participate in the corresponding class a minimum of two (2) times within the qualifying period. The qualifying period began May 1st, 2014, and ends April 30th, 2015. A World Championship Show Class Invitation will be sent to the owner for each class that fulfills the qualification requirement. Those who have not completed the qualification requirements may still enter the class with an additional $100.00 qualification fee.
Click here to see the World Championship Show Qualifying List.
If you have questions regarding qualifying or would like more information, please contact Kenneth Murray in the Show Department at 847-623-6722 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSBA Announces New Judges for 2015
NSBA congratulates the following newly approved NSBA Judges:
Scott Carmichael - Welland, Ontario, Canada
Fox Lea Winter Circuit Sees Increase as Circuit Wraps Up
The Fox Lea Winter Circuit AQHA and NSBA show wrapped up on Sunday with more than 6,500 total AQHA entries with sunny skies and many AQHA and NSBA points earned. "We were really pleased with this year's show, and we thank everyone who came and supported it," said Mark Harrell, whose show management company completed its second year managing the show. "David and I are already working on some suggestions with the Farrells to improve the show schedule for next year."
The circuit saw an increase of more than 1,300 entries over 2014. The final day of the six-day circuit included Western Riding, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, and over fence classes.
Saturday Was Showmanship, Halter And Hunter Day at Fox Lea Farm Winter Circuit
Saturday proved to be a busy day at the Fox Lea Farm Winter Circuit in Venice, Florida, as exhibitors competed in Showmanship, Halter, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation and over fence classes that included the Huntfield Trainer Medal, the $500 Huntfield Hunter Derby, the $500 Huntfield Low Hunter Derby and Huntfield Performance Hunter Under Saddle.
Friday’s A Full Day At Fox Lea Farm
Friday saw the conclusion of the second split-combined AQHA/NSBA horse show at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, FL, as the Fox Lea Winter Circuit continued. A morning rain shower didn’t dampen the show, which included a double round of Trail as well as Pleasure Driving, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship and Ranch Horse Pleasure, with exhibitor numbers that included 38 in Senior Trail and 15-20 in Open and Non-Pro classes. “We’re averaging about 1,200 a day,” said David Pardue, of Mark Harrell Horse Shows, which is completing the second year as the show’s manager.
Cool Temps, Hot Competition Highlight Thursday’s Classes at Fox Lea
While much of the country’s weather went into a deep freeze Thursday, exhibitors at Fox Lea Farm’s Winter Circuit in Venice, Florida, also bundled up as temperatures hit an unseasonable morning low in the 40’s. Sunshine and hot competition made up for the temperatures as the Fox Lea Winter Circuit began the second of its split-combined AQHA and NSBA shows with Trail, over fence, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation classes.
Fox Lea Winter Circuit Wraps First S/C Show
The final day of the Fox Lea Winter Circuit’s first split combined show of the week saw good numbers, especially in Western Pleasure classes, as the AQHA and NSBA dual-approved show continued under sunny skies in Venice, Florida.
Fox Lea's AQHA/NSBA Winter Circuit Gets Underway in Venice, Florida
The 2015 Fox Lea Winter Circuit AQHA and NSBA show got underway on Tuesday with three arenas offering over fence, Trail, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation classes. “Our entries are up over last year,” said Mark Harrell, whose show management company is in its second year managing the show. “And we expect the numbers to increase as the week goes on.”
Sun Sets on Fun In The Sun Extravaganza
When the sun set in Venice, Florida, on Sunday, the Fun In The Sun Extravaganza all-breed NSBA show closed with more than 300 entries and offered exhibitors $36,000 in cash and prizes. In the Maturity Hunter Under Saddle alone, exhibitors represented eight states and Canada.
"This is such a great event," said Cole Baker. "There's not many places to show in the winter, and this is a great place to be this time of year. I think it will grow."
"We needed a show like this," added Mitch Leckey, who has been coming to Florida from Indiana for the past 15 years. "I think it will become one of the largest NSBA shows in the country."
Fun in the Sun Lives Up to Its Name
The Fun In The Sun Extravaganza, a new all-breed NSBA show being held at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida, lived up to its name as the event started the 2015 show season on Saturday. "We're really pleased with the turnout for the first year," said show manager Mark Harrell. "We had 14 in the Senior Trail, 10 in the Maturity Non-Pro Western Pleasure and 11 in Maturity Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle. We feel it will only keep growing from here."
NSBA Resource Publishes Book on Affects of Facebook
In the April 2014 issue of The Way To Go, we discussed how comments in cyberspace impact the horse industry, and offered strategies to manage them. The article sparked a great deal of discussion when it first appeared. For those who are interested in learning more about Facebook-related issues, Dr. Suzana Flores, a clinical psychologist who participated in our article, recently published ‘Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships and Lives.’ To learn more about the book, visit http://drsuzanaflores.com.
Riders Cup Pays Nearly $50,000 Over Two Days, Almost $10,000 To Participating Trainers
The inaugural National Snaffle Bit Association Riders Cup horse show concluded Sunday with a second day paying in excess of $20,000 to NSBA trainers and exhibitors. The show paid a total of nearly $47,000 over two days.
The Riders Cup is designed to pay 20 percent of the earnings to the designated trainer and 80 percent to the horse owner.Over the two days, five trainers earned $9,300 with their 20 percent stake in their clients’ placings.
First Day of NSBA Rider’s Cup Show Pays Out!
Four trainers split more than $3,000 of a total payout of more than $18,000 during the first day of the National Snaffle Bit Association’s inaugural Riders Cup horse show at Roberts Arena in Wilmington, Ohio. The show, being held October 4-5, is designed to present 20 percent of class earnings to the designated trainer with the entry.
NSBA Stallion Incentive Fund Pays $47.84 Per 2013 Point
NSBA has announced the Stallion Incentive Fund payout of $47.84 per point earned in 2013. All licensed horses are eligible to earn incentive fund points in NSBA classes earning a cash value. NSBA points earned in Dual Approved and Special Event Open and Amateur classes will be paid out, excluding Green and Novice classes.
The stallion nominator benefits by receiving 10 percent of the earnings of the offspring, the horse nominator earns 10 percent and the owner of the horse earns 80 percent of the License payout.
Check the eligibility of your horse’s sire on the NSBA website, nsba.com, and become part of this exciting program. Horses may be licensed as a weanling for $100, and $200 as a yearling and older horses. Contact the NSBA office for more information about the SIF program.
The purpose of the National Snaffle Bit Association is to define, promote and improve the quality of the Pleasure horse; to promote exhibits, events and contests in expositions and shows; to promote the training of Pleasure horses; to promote interest in Pleasure horses among the younger horsemen and to use and encourage the use of the standard rules for holding and judging contests of the Pleasure horse.
For additional information, call 847-623-6722!
Smart Points Pays $48.40 Per 2013 NSBA Point
The NSBA Smart Points Program has announced a payout of $48.40 per point based on points earned in 2013. NSBA is taking a leadership role in rewarding youth for their participation in NSBA programs and encouraging youth to become lifelong learners. Smart Points is a program developed for youth members to earn money towards their future educational expenses.
Youth riders can apply to the Smart Points program by completing the enrollment form and submitting a one-time fee of $25. They must also be an NSBA member and ride a Licensed horse. Each NSBA point that the youth rider earns in a dual approved or other designated youth class will earn a money value, including novice youth and walk-trot classes. Each youth enrolled in the program will receive an annual print out of earnings.
Please contact the office at 847-623-6722 for more information regarding the Smart Points Program.