The Run For A Million (TRFAM), reining’s hottest and richest event, is expanding overseas with the addition of a third qualifier for its Million Dollar Competition.
Traditionally, in order to gain entry to TRFAM’s Million Dollar Competition (MDC), riders had to qualify at one of two events: the Cactus Reining Classic, during which the top 10 riders were invited to the MDC; or TRFAM’s $100,000 Open Shootout, which called back the top six.Now, thanks to an agreement with Equita Lyon, the host of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby, European riders will get a shot at qualifying for the prestigious competition on their home turf. The qualifier, which will be the only one held outside the United States, will take place Nov. 4 during this year’s NRHA European Derby in Lyon, France.

The Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses 2023 came to a close yesterday at Ermelo in The Netherlands after four spectacular days of sport and the crowning of a whole new generation of champions. A total of 129 talented young horses lined out in the three age categories which were each hotly contested:  The DWB mare Quinn G. took the Five-Year-Old crown while the KWPN gelding My Toto topped the Six-Year-Olds and the Hannoverian gelding Danciero reigned supreme in the Seven-Year-Old division.

It’s been 13 years since the home side triumphed at Hickstead, but today at last the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain was won by Di Lampard’s British team of Ben Maher (Exit Remo), Tim Gredley (Medoc de Toxandria), John Whitaker (Equine America Unick du Francport) and Harry Charles (Casquo Blue), and it was a victory to be savoured. It was the living legend himself, Whitaker who will celebrate his 68th birthday in a weeks time, who clinched it with a foot-perfect performance when third to go for his country in the second round. Arguably the most popular athlete on the world circuit, the six-time Olympian summed it all up when he said, “today, after all these years competing, was probably the best day!”

Israel and Poland set themselves apart from a large field of Olympic hopefuls Friday in Prague (CZE), topping the Group C Designated Olympic Qualifier at the CSIO4* CET Prague Cup.

As champions were crowned at the 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel, two sires also reached a new milestone, with their offspring demonstrating extraordinary talent – continuing their legacies among NRHA’s leading sires.

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing association business and for representing the best interests of its members and NRHA as a whole. Each year, the association opens nominations and hosts elections for a variety of leadership positions.

Givrins, July 15 — Provided by Simona Diale — The NRHA European Affiliate Championships (EAC) held at CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, during the SVAG CS Classic Show ’23 closed on Saturday providing great competition from the younger athletes to the Million Dollar Riders. The 22nd edition of the EAC counted 115 riders, 150 horses, and a total of 450 entries making yet another CS Classic event go down in the history books.

Givrins, July 14 — Provided by Simona Diale — When the sun rose on CS Ranch where the 2023 edition of the NRHA European Affiliate Championships (EAC) is being held, riders were set and ready to perform vying for the prestigious titles. Open to European-qualified riders in ten classes, the EAC is celebrating its 22nd edition in Givrins. The very first edition was held in 2002 in Bolzano, Italy, and has been held in most European countries (for two consecutive years at each location) in the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, and Poland, and was previously also held in Switzerland in Givrins. Today, the first European Affiliate Champions were determined along with the winners of the $12,000-Added NRHA Open and $8,500 NRHA Non Pro ancillary classes.

As the second day of NRHA Ancillary Action took place at CS RANCH in the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Affiliate Championships, held during the SVAG CS Classic 2023, opening the competition were the NRHA Youth 13&Under and 14-18 youth classes.

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