By Marie KlimovaNational Reining Horse AssociationJuly 15, 2013
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the High School Reining Championship for NRHA and Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) members. At the end of the class, Julia Purus won the championship with a score of 148.5 aboard Spook Goes Hollywood donated to the competition by Matthew Armenta.
Purus, a high school senior from Purcell, Okla., qualified to compete in the championship through her involvement with NRHA. After high school, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and be a member of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Team.
Benjamin Beckett, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, took second place on Crank Up The Band scoring 146.5 donated to the competition by Brett Walters.
The championship class brought together the top four riders from the Individual Open Reining at the IEA National Western Championship (held during the NRHA Derby) and the top four riders from the 2013 NRHA 14-18 Youth World Championship standings in an exciting “catch ride” competition where riders show unfamiliar horses graciously donated by supporters.
The NRHA and National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the High School Reining Championship:
Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere.
IEA was formed, in 2002, and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition, and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.
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