ARIZONA REININGHORSE ASSOCIATION
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Bits n Spurs/Past News News Articles  
Tribute to Gary Westphalen
News Articles 2016 Heaven has a new Reiner...... Mr. Bruzzy Cooke, a long time member and supporter of the AZRHA passed away on January 24th, after a brief battle with  Pancreatic Cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 6th at 11:30 am at Rancho Bar 7 in Wickenburg, AZ.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate the life of our wonderful friend.  
2016 YEAR END AWARDS BANQUET The AZRHA Year End Awards Banquet was held January 21st at the beautiful Carefree Inn Resort and Spa.  It was a great night celebrating the hard working reiners of our club and all of their successes of 2016!! Special thanks to our Club President, Mike Miola who was also the MC for the evening; and to our Banquet and Awards Committee  and volunteers.  Their hard work and  dedication to the club is much appreciated... it was a great night and fun was had by all!! We could not have this special night and special awards without our amazing sponsors.... Thanks again to all of our Show, Arena, Class and  Buckle Sponsors throughout the year.  We could not provide these wonderful awards without them and their support is always very much  appreciated!! A BIG THANKS TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS: Silver Spurs Equine - Stallion City USA Scottsdale Western World Sami Fine Jewelry and Unique Gifts Watson Hat Company Smoking Roosters Performance Horses Coffman Barns Cosenza Reining Horses World Class Equine Products Usher Brand Naylor Performance Horses Matt Mills Reining Horses Marcy Ver Meer Reining Horses Huss Performance Horses Creations in Thread Shorty’s Caboy Hattery Ben Balow Training Stables Chaparral Veterinary Hospital Markel Equine Insurance No Waste Grindings Ultra Smooth Skin Fappani Reining Horses Schmersal Reining Horses Rafter M Quarter Horses  The AZRHA awarded prizes to the Top Five winners in each class.... These beautiful awards included the following: Saddles from Scottsdale Western World Buckles and Headstalls from Usher Brand Big D Nylon Sheets from Estrella Blanket Company Halters, grooming totes and coolers from World Class Equine Products  AZRHA is one of the only affiliates in the country who present saddles to the year end winners..... This year, champions from eligible classes  were entered into a drawing within their divisions with a chance to win one of four gorgeous, custom-designed saddle from Scottsdale  Western World. Congratulations to our 2016 SADDLE WINNERS!! OPEN:  The Gun Collector, owned by Julianne Wilson, shown by Ashley Wilson Hammer NON PRO:  Chics Dream, owned and shown by Morris Kulmer ROOKIE – GREEN:  Sailin With Tejon, owned and shown by Janet Bache YOUTH:  Gangsters Wiseguy, owned and shown by Anna Clausen The AZRHA is proud to present the following special perpetual awards to the following: The Non Pro & the Joan Levine Limited Non Pro perpetual trophies were won this year by Coronas Best One Yet, owned and shown by Mackenzie Krajenke The Open Perpetual trophy was one by Blue Chocolate Kid, owned by Bar Double C Ranch and shown by Marcy Ver Meer and Marco Ricotta The Kyle Wood Youth Memorial Trophy was one by Spark Me Again, owned and shown by Caroline Buchanan The AZRHA Horse of the Year was Custom Legend Maker owned and Mackenzie Walker and shown by Mackenzie Walker and Marco Ricotta The AZRHA Arabian Horse of the Year was Al Marah Matt Dillon owned and shown by Linda Jacobs Each year, the AZRHA honors a special hard working reiner who has made vast improvements throughout the years with a special *Rising  Star* Award.  The 2016 Rising Star was Jenny Ricotta.  She was presented with a pair of beautiful custom spurs by Abby Cosenza, and many other prizes!!
AzRHA Spotlight
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Nancy Elton Hello Arizona Reiners! It’s been an interesting start to 2017 to say the least, but I am happy to report that we are moving forward and this year looks incredibly promising for our club.  We wanted to thank Mike and Michelle Miola and Silver Spurs Equine LLC… They’ve been a big part of our club for many years and we appreciate all of their dedication to this sport, right here in Arizona, and throughout the country.  We held an AZRHA Town Hall at Monterra of WestWorld on Tuesday, July 11th, and we had a great turnout.  We also received a lot of feedback, suggestions, and comments from those in attendance.  The support we’ve received has been incredible…. We are delighted to announce $20,000 in sponsorships for our October Best of the West Reining & Southwest Affiliate Regional Championships.  We are beyond thrilled to present the $10,000 Added WIMPY’S HIGH BID NON PRO DERBY, Sponsored by Brenda Joyce and Storybook Stables; and the $10,000 REINING HORSE FOUNDATION OPEN DERBY sponsored by Mark Blake and Tim Anderson.  AZRHA is also pleased to sponsor a $7500 OPEN FUTURITY and $2500 NON PRO FUTURITY!!  It’s going to be a great show in October and we look forward to seeing everyone there.  We are also super excited to announce the Reining Bootcamp during this show with proceeds benefitting the Reining Horse Foundation.  This is an excellent opportunity for non pros to work with some of the top local trainers as well as a few out of town trainers who will be joining us.  More details will be coming soon!!! We started the meeting with a very special guest speaker… Mr. Gary Carpenter, the NRHA Commissioner.  He talked about the importance of the affiliate programs, volunteering and leadership.  He also shared a favorite video about the importance of taking the initiative, regardless of how big or small the act may be, getting involved and making a difference.  I want to personally thank Gary for taking time out of his busy schedule to fly to Arizona, visit with us, and share his knowledge, vision and expertise. It was also my pleasure to introduce the appointed 2017 Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Volunteers.  I want to personally thank each, and every one of them for stepping into the arena at a time where when we truly needed it the most.  I’m completely amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support for our club and involvement by some of the region’s top Non Pros, Professionals and some very enthusiastic new reiners!    We are truly lucky to have their dedication, energy and experience….. It’s going to be a great year!!!   2017 is off to a financial sound start with approximately $60,000.00 in the bank.  We have $5,000 of that earmarked for the Youth Club and $20,000 budgeted for the 2017 Year End Awards. Our next event is the 2017 AZRHA INSIDE SLIDE – Coming up August 15-20th.  EVERYTHING IS INSIDE the climate-controlled Equidome!!  Show information is available online at www.azrha.com .  We have a great staff lead by Garrett Cooper and Kathy Gould, and we have Holly Hover and Iris Petchenig as our judges.  Get your horses out of the heat for a few days and enjoy WestWorld’s amazing facilities.  Also, don’t forget that August 1st is the deadline to designate your favorite affiliate with the NRHA.  Check out their website at www.nrha.com for the forms and more information.  The updated roster will be sent to NRHA soon so be sure to check your standings as well. In October, we have our BEST OF THE WEST REINING & SOUTHWEST AFFILIATE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.  We have over $30,000 in added money as well as some great prizes from NRHA corporate sponsors and local sponsors.  Once again, a big thanks to Story Book Stables for sponsoring the Wimpys High Bid Non Pro Derby; and, the Reining Horse Foundation for sponsoring the Open Derby!!  Our new show committee is working hard to make this show a success and they are gearing up for a great 2018! Please keep checking the website and Facebook page for the latest club information.  We will have complete Meeting Minutes available for everyone to read online soon.  Thanks again to those who attended the town hall…. In the meantime, ride happy, and enjoy your beautiful reining horses. Sincerely, Nancy Elton AZRHA President
Nancy Elton – President David Solum – Vice President Jenny Ricotta – Secretary Erin Rapp Concerella – Treasurer Dave Belson – Past AZRHA President, SW Regional NRHA Board of Directors Tim Anderson – Sponsorship, Fundrasing Ben Balow - Shows Anne Buchanan – Youth
Mark Blake – Insurance, Legal and Bylaws Milan Eaton – Insurance, Legal and Bylaws Lori Getweiller – Banquet and Shows Lynne Herman – Banquet and Awards Andy Maschke – Media and Advertising Kim Niven – Sponsorship and Fundraising Ginger Schmersal – Sponsorship and Fundraising Heather Smith – Media and Advertising
VOLUNTEERS:   Garrett Cooper- Shows Shawn Martin - Shows Marco Ricotta – Shows Patrick Flaherty – Shows Kim Friedman – Banquet and Awards
Kristin Titov – Media and Advertising Mary Anne Van Degna – Sponsorship and Fundraising Myra Belson – Banquet and Awards Ashley Wilson – Hammer – Shows Andi Paul – Shows, Banquet and Awards
ARIZONA REININGHORSE ASSOCIATION
©Copyright 2015 Arizona Reining Horse Association. All rights reserved
Tribute to Gary Westphalen
News Articles 2016 Heaven has a new Reiner...... Mr. Bruzzy Cooke, a long time member and supporter of the AZRHA passed away on January 24th, after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 6th at 11:30 am at Rancho Bar 7 in Wickenburg, AZ.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate the life of our wonderful friend.  
Bits n Spurs/Past News 2016 YEAR END AWARDS BANQUET The AZRHA Year End Awards Banquet was held January 21st at the beautiful Carefree Inn Resort and Spa.  It was a great night celebrating the hard working reiners of our club and all of their successes of 2016!! Special thanks to our Club President, Mike Miola who was also the MC for the evening; and to our Banquet and Awards Committee  and volunteers.  Their hard work and  dedication to the club is much appreciated... it was a great night and fun was had by all!! We could not have this special night and special awards without our amazing sponsors.... Thanks again to all of our Show, Arena, Class and  Buckle Sponsors throughout the year.  We could not provide these wonderful awards without them and their support is always very much  appreciated!! A BIG THANKS TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS: Silver Spurs Equine - Stallion City USA Scottsdale Western World Sami Fine Jewelry and Unique Gifts Watson Hat Company Smoking Roosters Performance Horses Coffman Barns Cosenza Reining Horses World Class Equine Products Usher Brand Naylor Performance Horses Matt Mills Reining Horses Marcy Ver Meer Reining Horses Huss Performance Horses Creations in Thread Shorty’s Caboy Hattery Ben Balow Training Stables Chaparral Veterinary Hospital Markel Equine Insurance No Waste Grindings Ultra Smooth Skin Fappani Reining Horses Schmersal Reining Horses Rafter M Quarter Horses  The AZRHA awarded prizes to the Top Five winners in each class.... These beautiful awards included the following: Saddles from Scottsdale Western World Buckles and Headstalls from Usher Brand Big D Nylon Sheets from Estrella Blanket Company Halters, grooming totes and coolers from World Class Equine Products  AZRHA is one of the only affiliates in the country who present saddles to the year end winners..... This year, champions from eligible classes  were entered into a drawing within their divisions with a chance to win one of four gorgeous, custom-designed saddle from Scottsdale  Western World. Congratulations to our 2016 SADDLE WINNERS!! OPEN:  The Gun Collector, owned by Julianne Wilson, shown by Ashley Wilson Hammer NON PRO:  Chics Dream, owned and shown by Morris Kulmer ROOKIE – GREEN:  Sailin With Tejon, owned and shown by Janet Bache YOUTH:  Gangsters Wiseguy, owned and shown by Anna Clausen The AZRHA is proud to present the following special perpetual awards to the following: The Non Pro & the Joan Levine Limited Non Pro perpetual trophies were won this year by Coronas Best One Yet, owned and shown by Mackenzie Krajenke The Open Perpetual trophy was one by Blue Chocolate Kid, owned by Bar Double C Ranch and shown by Marcy Ver Meer and Marco Ricotta The Kyle Wood Youth Memorial Trophy was one by Spark Me Again, owned and shown by Caroline Buchanan The AZRHA Horse of the Year was Custom Legend Maker owned and Mackenzie Walker and shown by Mackenzie Walker and Marco Ricotta The AZRHA Arabian Horse of the Year was Al Marah Matt Dillon owned and shown by Linda Jacobs Each year, the AZRHA honors a special hard working reiner who has made vast improvements throughout the years with a special *Rising  Star* Award.  The 2016 Rising Star was Jenny Ricotta.  She was presented with a pair of beautiful custom spurs by Abby Cosenza, and many other prizes!!