NRHA Names 2014 Professionals of the Year
AQHA Professional Horsemen Shane Brown and Tanya Jenkins are among the National Reining Horse Association's most valuable pros.
April 20, 2015
From the National Reining Horse Association
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Tanya Jenkins was named the National Reining Horse Association's Professional Horsewoman of 2014. She was in good company with AQHA Professional Horseman Shane Brown earning the NRHA Non-Pro Coach of the Year, plus Sebastian Petroll as the Professional of the Year, Casey Deary as the Youth Coach of the Year and Jordan "Kole" Price as the Up-and-Coming Professional of the Year.
Tanya Jenkins, a resident of Temecula, California, has been an NRHA member since 1996, and throughout her time being involved with NRHA has earned more than $443,000 in lifetime earnings.
But more important than her winnings total is her dedication to her clients and their success. Focusing on how she sets up her non-pro and youth clients with their mounts is a key part of her program. Jenkins makes sure they use the best equipment and understand how to effectively and efficiently communicate with their horse.
Jenkins has been an NRHA professional since 2004, and along with her own impressive list of accomplishments in the show arena, she sets up her clients to be in the winners circle just as much in both local and major competitions.
NRHA Non-Pro Coach of the Year
Shane Brown of Shane Brown Performance Horses, where family is one of the main ingredients to success, is based in Elbert, Colo. His “desire to teach outshines his desire to win,” which is evident in his character both in and out of the arena.
Brown, an NRHA member since 1989, has quite the competition resume winning close to $306,000 in lifetime earnings. He has also been heavily active in various aspects of NRHA both on a local and national level by volunteering his time on and/or leading committees, all with the goal of improving the association as a whole in every aspect.
Because of his drive, Brown has been in finals at major events numerous times and was an USEF International Team alternate.
NRHA Professional of the Year
Sebastian Petroll of Whitesboro, Texas, has been said to “have a gift for coaching.” Petroll, an NRHA and AQHA judge as well, has been active in sharing his knowledge through coaching, clinics, and lessons with clients. He actively participates in clinics in Germany along with coaching up and coming trainers in the industry.
Petroll actively participates in NRHA programs like the Buy A Pro program, which is an online auction where buyers have a chance to ride with NRHA Professionals one-on-one. NRHA Professionals donate two training sessions per package to be auctioned off with all of the proceeds benefitting the NRHyA to help provide scholarships and opportunities for young reiners.
An NRHA Professional since 2003, Petroll has earned more than $174,000 in NRHA competition. Not only has he made the finals at every major NRHA competition but he has also had non-pro clients consistently make it to the finals and win numerous awards under his guidance.
NRHA Youth Coach of the Year
Well known in the industry as a man of family and faith, it’s no surprise to see NRHA Professional Casey Deary’s name next to the title of Youth Coach of the Year. He’s described as “a great model for our youth riders.”
Based in Weatherford, Texas, the long time cowboy has excelled in both the show pen and in teaching on a national and international level. Deary travels across the world to share his knowledge of Reining.
In 2014, along with his own personal major accomplishments, he also coached the NRHA youth 14-18 world champion Savannah Grace Ostner and Mr Crometastic of Memphis, Tennessee.
An NRHA member since 1996, Deary has earned more than $826,000 throughout his show career so far. He rode Americasnextgunmodel to a 2012 NRHA Futurity champion title.
Up and Coming Professional of the Year
Fairly new to the reining community and making quite the splash is Jordan “Kole” Price, and for that he has been named the Up and Coming Professional of the Year, a well-earned title. Price, an Illinois native and Texas resident has been making his presence known with his most recent major accomplishment at the 2014 NRHA Futurity.
The 25-year-old trainer rode FM Shine N Tag Chex then owned by Tricia Jaeger, an old friend of Price’s, to a Level 1 open championship title along with a reserve champion title in the Level 2 and Level 3 open divisions bringing home his biggest NRHA paycheck yet at more than $41,000 in earnings.
For more information about the NRHA Professionals program, or to find a professional to help with training or lessons, visit www.nrha.com/professionals.