NRHA Celebrates Award Winners in Oklahoma City

The National Reining Horse Association tipped its hat June 20 to the 2014 NRHA world champions, plus the 2015 lifetime achievement and hall of fame inductees.

From the National Reining Horse Association

Jordan Larson earned the 2014 NRHA Open Futurity co-championship aboard ARC Gunnabeabigstar; all said, Larson earned $387,546, including the 2014 NRHA Top Professional title. (Credit: Journal)

The 2015 National Reining Horse Association Derby is off to an excellent start in Oklahoma City, with Sunday seeing the first day filled with great competition, children making special Father’s Day gifts for dad and wrapping up with the NRHA Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame inductions.

On Saturday night, more than 400 NRHA members, NRHA partners, family members and guests gathered at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to celebrate 2014 year-end award earners and introduce the 2015 lifetime achievement and hall of fame inductees.
Receiving awards Saturday night:

  • AQHA Leading NRHA Sire: Wimpys Little Step, sired by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC.
  • AQHA Leading NRHA Dam: Ebony Shines, sired by Shining Spark and out of Ebony Whiz, owned by Rosanne Sternberg.

Quarter Horse News Breeders Award
Petra Zeitler, breeder of Not Ruf At All sired by A Sparkling Vintage and out of All Ruffed Up.
NRHyA Awards
NRHyA Volunteer of the Year: Rick Ford
NRHyA Pro of the Year: Ashley Dunn
NRHA Volunteer of the Year
Jody Brainard

2014 10-&-Under Youth Incentive Awards
100 Points: Cadence Rose Eger, Emma Filiatreau, Reed Harris
200 Points: Raeanna Thayn
800 Points: Caroline Gute
2014 NRHA Top Professional
Jordan Larson – $387,546 

Top NRHA Non-Pro
Mandy McCutcheon - $157,757
Top NRHA Owner
HDC Quarter Horses – $167,862
NRHA Platinum Certificate Earners
Big Sky Whizard – Color Invest A & S Deredowscky
Broady BH Dunit – Jaime Nelson
Chicadero – Tessa Lindberg
Ebony Spook – Rosanne Sternberg
Gotta Magnum Dream – John Fletcher
GR Hug A Jewel – Vanety Korbus
Kickit In The Bud – Marcia Walker
Lil Joe Cash – Lil Joe Cash Inc
Lucky Star Gun – Denise Bixler
Pearls King Whiz – Jenny Hooper
Rooster Trip – Ingrid Vermeiren
RU Missin Diamonds – George & Cindy McKinzie
Smart Crystolena – Lindsay Baar
Sparkling Major – Torpey Performance Horses
The Whiz Way – Candace Rodriguez
Whiz Good To Go – Larry McCollough
All world champion standings are available at, the following recipients won world champion titles.
NRHA Youth 13-&-Under World Champion
Madeline R. Bomba, riding Brennas Sugarlena and owned by Marjorie L. Morris of Salem, Indiana
NRHA Youth 14-18 World Champion
Savannah Grace Ostner owner and rider of Mr Crometastic of Memphis, Tennessee
NRHA Novice Horse Non-Pro Level 1 World Champion
Rodney W. Bryson owner and rider of Whosdoctorwhizit of Wellington, Florida
NRHA Novice Horse Non-Pro Level 2 World Champion
Jenny Lynn Hooper owner and rider of Pearls King Whiz of Cullowhee, North Carolina
NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 1 World Champion
Smart Red Jackie, ridden by Bill Thomas, Jr. and owned by J.T. Howard of Freeland, Michigan
NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 World Champion
PS A Whizzen Chic, ridden by Robin Schoeller and owned by Patsy Shelton Schutz of Pottsboro, Texas
NRHA Prime-Time Non-Pro World Champion
Susan E. Kuryloski riding Squeaky Clean Genes and owned by Bruce and Susan Kuryloski of Elverson, Pennsylvania
NRHA Limited Non-Pro World Champion
Sarah Yu owner and rider of Lucky Little Seven of Dublin, Ohio
NRHA Intermediate Non-Pro World Champion
Shawn R. Reynolds owner and rider of This Ones A Chic of Bordentown, New Jersey
NRHA Non-Pro World Champion
Tina Kuenstner-Mantl riding Cashn Rooster owned by Jac Point QH of Lermoos from Austria
NRHA Rookie Professional World Champion
Playin In Paris ridden by Shannon Quinlan and owned by James J. Blumer, Jr. of Spring Brook Twp., Pennsylvania
NRHA Limited Open World Champion
Gotta Magnum Dream ridden by Hayley A. Stubbs and owned by John Fletcher of Waterford, Ontario
NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion
The Genuine Rooster ridden by Guglielmo Fontana and owned by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola S.S. from Incisa Scapaccino, Italy
NRHA Open World Champion
Ebony Spook ridden by Ann Fonck and owned by Rosanne Sternberg of Aubrey, Texas
Also recognized were the newest multi-million dollar sires: Two Million Dollar Sire, Jacs Electric Spark; Six Million Dollar Sires, Wimpys Little Step and Colonels Smoking Gun ("Gunner"); Seven Million Dollar Sire, Wimpys Little Step; and Ten Million Dollar sire, Topsail Whiz.  

Additionally the 2015 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement award recipients, Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner, as well as 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Miss Tinseltown, Smart Spook and Terry Thompson were recognized. Read more about these inductees

The 2014 NRHA Professionals of the Year were also recognized.
NRHA extends sincere congratulations to all award recipients recognized at the Saturday night awards banquet during the 2015 NRHA Derby. Make plans to come to the admission-free NRHA Derby where spectators can see some of the best horses and horsemen in the world compete for nearly $1 million in cash and prizes, but spectators can also go home big winners by signing up to win starting Monday, June 22, at the NRHA booth! As always, there is a not-to-be-missed tradeshow filled with items for even the most die-hard shopper.  A complete schedule and list of host hotels are available now at