The 2015 NRHA Futurity kicked off on Thanksgiving Day - Round 1

The 2015 NRHA Futurity kicked off on Thanksgiving Day with almost 500 entries in the Open Futurity Go Round. In honor of its 50th year running, I have compiled a list of 50 reining fun facts and historical achievements of horses and riders alike in the industry. Feel free to use these at your next barn Christmas party, or whenever really, because who doesn’t love trivia?

  1. The National Reining Horse Association was founded in 1966
  2. 1966 was also the year the first Futurity was held, in Columbus, Ohio
  3. 20 Years later it was held in OKC, Oklahoma, which is where it remains today
  4. In 1983 the Futurity purse was valued at over $100,000
  5. Hollywood Jac 86 named NRHA first million-dollar sire in 1994
  6. Bill Horn named first million-dollar rider in 1995
  7. Reining was the first accepted western discipline of United States Equestrian Team
  8. Tim McQuay was named the first two million dollar rider in 2005
  9. First woman to win NRHA major event is Kelly Zewifel
  10. Mandy McCutcheon is first woman to be NRHA million-dollar rider
  11. Shawn Flarida was the first rider to be named a three and five million-dollar rider for the NRHA
  12. There are a total of 10 NRHA approved patterns
  13. The 2015 Futurity promises a purse valued at over $2 Million dollars.
  14. Reining evolved from the everyday ranch horse
  15. NRHA shows pay out more than $13 million dollars annually
  16. First World Championship for reining was held in Spain in 2002
  17. Dale Wilkinson was the first NRHA Futurity winner riding POCOROCHIE BO
  18. Derby horses are ages four to six years of age
  19. Dale Wilkinson was also the first NRHA Hall of Fame inductee in 1986
  20. AQHA held official reining classes in 1950
  21. Judging of individual maneuvers did not occur until 1985
  22. NRHA has over 19,000 members as of 2015
  23. There are 55 local affiliate clubs
  24. Worldwide, there are 38 clubs abroad.
  25. Wimpys Little Step was the first open futurity champion to sire another open futurity champion (Wimpys Little Chic)
  26. Wimpys Little Chic is first horse in NRHA futurity to win NRHA Futurity, NRBC, and Derby consecutively
  27. 70 is considered an average score for a modern reining pattern
  28. 1,400 youth across the nation show at NRHA approved classes
  29. Americana (1988) was the first NRHA approved show held in Europe
  30. Generally between 30 and 40 3-year olds will advance to the finals in the Open Futurity Go Rounds
  31. Continental King was the first horse to be inducted to the Hall of Fame
  32. Quarter Horses are not the only breed used in reining, an annual Arabian and half Arabian futurity is held in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  33. Futurity horses are all three years of age
  34. There are 17 approved divisions to show in
  35. A reining pattern consists of only 7-8 maneuvers in any given order
  36. AQHA has 11 approved patterns for reining
  37. First European Championship was held in Italy in 2003
  38. Arcese Quarter Horses is NRHA’s only $2 Million dollar owner to date
  39. Mr Magnum Dun It sold for $300,000 in 2013, becoming the highest selling horse in NRHA history
  40. Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc. is the top futurity breeder
  41. First NRHA Derby held 1980
  42. Topsail Whiz is the first sire to reach $10 million dollars, as of 2014
  43. Shirley’s Folley is the highest earning Futurity dam
  44. Topsail Whiz is the highest earning Futurity sire
  45. 233 is the highest reining score ever recorded. Sean Flarida rode Wimpys Little Step to this achievement
  46. Mandy McCutcheon, to date, is the top non-pro rider, winning 8 non-pro futurities
  47. Miss Tinsel Town is the NRHA All-Time Leading Dam as of 2014
  48. NRHA Futurity had 534 entries in 1988 compared to 2,815 entries in 2014
  49. Freestyle reining is an NRHA and AQHA approved class
  50. Wimpys Little Step is the youngest NRHA sire to reach $6 Million dollar sire achievement, as of 2015 his foal crops have earned over $8 Million dollars

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December 7, 2015

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