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August 29th
Scottsdale, Arizona
$50.00 per 7 minute ride

Please contact:
Nancy Elton
to schedule your rides
**No shows will be billed**

Paid Warm Up Schedule

President’s Message:


The Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) would like to thank everyone who attended the 2014 Silver Spurs Mother’s Day Slide and made is a great success.  It was a fun show and the weather was wonderful this year.   Thanks again to Michael and Michelle Miola and Silver Spurs Equine LLC for sponsoring this show, and to their continued dedication to the sport of reining, here in Arizona and around the world. 


 Our club also has an amazing group of volunteers...  You may not always see them in action, but their efforts do not go unnoticed.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to get things started, and keep things running smoothly for the entire show.


We had three world class NRHA Judges – Donnie Bricker, Patrick Wickenhauser and Michelle Pearson.  They did a great job and we thank them for their expertise.  I also had a chance to work the back gate checking equipment with some fellow local NRHA judges…  thanks to  Andi Paul, Marc and Abby Cosenza, and Tina Riley for helping out… it makes things run much smoother.


 We also have a great staff -- A big thanks to Garrett Cooper and Shawn Martin for their expert show management!!  These two kept everything running well, in the show office and around the show grounds.  Also, thanks to Taffy Wolf and Becky Dunning for their professionalism in the announcers’ booths; George James and Teresa Buck for doing such a great job working the gates (and teaching the volunteer students from the SCC Equine Science Program the ropes); our wonderful scribes, Lynne Herman, the students from SCC and Tara Ihde (who stepped in at the last minute to help scribe on Sunday); Don McPhee Photography for getting some great shots in the show pens, as well as some great candids around the show; and, Blue Moon Studios for their hard work videotaping all the runs in both arenas, and offering a delayed feed at the back gates for everyone to review after their rides. 


We also want to thank AzRHA Board Members and Non Pro Reiners, Milan Eaton (who works in the telecommunications industry) for helping to set up the delayed feed system (it’s a great tool for all of our exhibitors and it was very much appreciated); and Barry Lynn Byron, who is in charge of all of the banners (which is a big job).  She always keeps them well organized and rallied a great group of youth kids and their parents to hang banners around the show.  This team got the arenas ready in no time!


The show started off on Wednesday with a full day of Paid Warm Ups in the Equidome.    Then our judges saw about 100 runs each day for the next four days! 

It was great having two show arenas and things moved along quite well.    


On Friday evening, the much anticipated AzRHA Barn Blast and Dog Races were a huge hit!!  Congratulations to Ashley Wilson’s barn for winning this years’ competition.  They went all out with their 007 themed dinner (complete with evening gowns, tuxedos and lots of martinis).  Also, thanks to all the dogs and their supporters who helped raise over $800.00 for the AzRHA Youth Club.   The youth club also raised another $400.00 at this show cleaning saddles and selling raffle tickets for some great prizes including a gift basket from the Scottsdale Princess Resort and Spa valued at over $400.00; Sunglasses donated by Tammy Tozer Wald; an autographed copy of the movie “Grown Ups 2” by Arizona boy David Spade and more!!   The youth club also had their popcorn and sno-cone machines cranking out some delicious treats for everyone during the show.  They accepted donations and our Arizona Reiners are always very generous with these hardworking youth kids… someone even paid $50.00 for a sno-cone!!  The kids are not sure who it was, but it was very much appreciated!!


All of our exhibitors had a chance to participate in another great fundraiser… this one for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) in honor of my daughter, Deni Austin.  Deni has been battling a brain tumor for the past nine years.  She’s had numerous surgeries and her therapy and treatment are a constant part of her life.  I want to personally thank all of the Arizona Reiners who participated in the “Deni Austin Ride for RHSF” class.  This class (held concurrently with the other classes) raised over $1000.00 in Deni’s honor!!


Saturday night, the AzRHA hosted a “Happy Hour” in the Equidome and served up some “Sliders”.   Spectators gathered to watch the $2000 Added Open and Intermediate Open riders do what they do best – and it was a great evening for everyone.  Congratulations to Dan Huss riding Tags Golden Star (owned by Robert Shearer), and Troy Heikes riding RSD One Hot Deal (owned by Denise Bixler)...  They were the co-champions in the $2000 Open after tying their runs with a score of 148!!   The $1000 Intermediate Open class was won by Wilfred Bosscha riding Driven in Hollywood (owned by Leah Luprypa).


Since this show has two slates, Circuit Awards were given out in each class.  Our amazing sponsors provided us with some great prizes including some fabulous gift baskets from Sami Fine Jewelry and Unique Gifts and Silver Spurs Equine!!  Other awesome circuit awards included gift certificates from our other generous sponsors including Cave Creek Cowboy Company, Pards Western Shop, Kimes Ranch Apparel, and Scottsdale Livestock.  Congratulations to all of the circuit champions and we hope you enjoy these wonderful gifts from our sponsors.


As our show season here in Arizona takes a break for the summer, we are still busy planning for the upcoming fall shows and the 2015 events.  We have two more chances to Fool’em & School’em at the Damn Hot Derby Daze in June, and the Mid-Summer Paid Warm Ups in August.  We also have the Classic Equine Rookie Day coming up August 2nd…. This year, the popular clinic will be held in the Equidome at WestWorld.  Our other shows include the Reining Extravaganza coming up in October and our Autumn Slide Show in November.   We have also secured the Carefree Inn Resort and Spa again for our Year End Awards Banquet which will be held on January 10th, 2015…. Make sure you save the date for this fun evening.


Our website and Facebook page are constantly being updated to provide current information about the club and events.  If you have any comments, questions or concerns about anything, we want to hear from you!!   Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!!


Ride Happy!!
Dave Belson



 Arizona Reining Horse Association

From days long ago when cowboys would casually compete with each other to determine whose horse was a better, more willing partner, the sport of Reining has exploded into a multi-million dollar industry world-wide. Reining is the only western discipline to be recognized by the IFE and it was a featured event in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. If you have not seen a Reining Horse run his pattern, you are missing out! Around the world, the premier Reining events are drawing larger and larger crowds. This is partly due to the excitement that Reining provides for the participant and spectator alike.

Reining is a judged event requiring competitors to complete one of 12 approved patterns in an arena. These precise patterns include small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, and “the hallmark” of the reining horse, the exciting sliding stops. Often called the "Dressage" of Western events, Reining is the ultimate blend of horse and rider, combining speed and maneuverability through this series of intricate patterns. Reining requires the horse to be responsive and completely in tune with its rider. Cues and commands should not be easily visible. The reining pattern is judged based on how willfully guided the horse responds and its ability to perform the required movements. 

The Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) was founded in 1984 as an Affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).  The AzRHA is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and growing the sport of Reining in the state of Arizona and beyond.  The AzRHA adheres to the rules and regulations of the NRHA and provides a forum for exhibitors, breeders, and anyone interested in the sport of Reining.

THE AzRHA ANNUAL MEETING will be held during the November Autumn Slide Show.
Plan on attending this quick meeting for an update about our Non-Profit Organization.
All AzRHA Members are encouraged to attend.

Photo credit: Cam Essik.

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