April Issue of The Way To Go is now online!
Twelve-year-old Giorgia Medows is making a name for herself in the horse show world, and is the third generation in her family to take the reins. She graces the cover of the April issue of The Way To Go and you can learn more about her in this month’s Cover Story. This issue also features the 2014 NSBA High Point Year-End Award winners, the newest members of the NSBA Open and Non Pro Hunters Under Saddle Riders Lists, the newest Non-Pro Longe Line list member, the top lifetime earners in Open and Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle and Longe Line classes, and reports from the Dixie National and the March To The Arch horse shows.
NSBA Ancillary Classes Approved
News from THE WAY TO GO magazine:
NSBA Board of Directors recently approved a rule change, effective in 2015 to approve “ancillary” classes. Ancillary classes are those classes which conform to NSBA’s list of approved categories but are not on NSBA’s list of approved classes.
We’ve already seen shows seeking approval for ancillary classes at Las Vegas Silver Dollar Circuit and Buckeye Classic. Spread the word and if you have a show that might have ancillary classes, contact the NSBA office today!
NSBA Announces 2014 Horse of the Year Recipient: Rock County Kid
NSBA Announces 2014 Horse of the Year Recipient: Rock County Kid
Rock County Kid, owned by Sharnai Thompson of Pilot Point, Texas was named NSBA’s 2014 Horse of the Year. “Rocky” was campaigned successfully by Sharnai and trainers Rusty and Katie Green and Maggie Grandquist in Open and Non-Pro Western Pleasure events.
Some of the highlights of his year include wins in three year old events at Show For Dough, the Little Futurity, Tom Powers Triple Challenge, NSBA World Championship Show, and All American Quarter Horse Congress. Rocky and Thompson finished out the year by bringing home a world championship title in Amateur Western Pleasure at the AQHA World Show.
In 2014 alone, Rocky amassed earnings of $50,818.15 and 68.25 points in NSBA events. “I hadn’t had a Western Pleasure horse for a long time, and I had started looking for one,” said Thompson. “He’s the one that got me excited about showing in Western Pleasure again. He’s such a good boy. He’s so great minded and such a good mover.”
When asked about Rocky, trainer Rusty Green says, “he is the type of horse that possesses the ‘intangibles’. He has a presence about him that separates him from the pack. There's no doubt he will go on to do great things in the all around arena as well.”
NSBA congratulates Thompson and Rock County Kid on their success in 2014. Look for their full story in the May issue of The Way To Go magazine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
NSBA Announces New Judges for 2015
NSBA congratulates the following newly approved NSBA Judges:
Scott Carmichael - Welland, Ontario, Canada
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.