Historic Milestones

Year Milestone
1966Formation of the National Reining Horse Association
1966National Reining Horse Association incorporated November 30
1966First NRHA Futurity held in Columbus, Ohio
1972NRHA Futurity held in Sedalia, Missouri
1966NRHA initiated the Sire & Dam Program
1980First REINER magazine published
1980First NRHA Maturity (Derby) held in Raleigh, NC
1983First NRHA Superstakes in Northbrook, IL
1983First $100,000 NRHA Futurity winner - Craig Johnson on Lucky Bay Glo
1985NRHA Derby moved to St. Paul, MN
1985Initiated the new Judging System, which began the scoring of maneuvers rather than the assessment of the overall run
1986Futurity moved from Columbus, OH to Oklahoma City, OK
1986Arbuckle Trophy first awarded
1986NRHA establishes Hall of Fame
1986Added Youth classes to NRHA competition
1986First Freestyle Reining held at NRHA Derby in St. Paul, MN
1987The International German Championship was the first Event in Europe to be NRHA Approved.
1988The first Americana Event was NRHA Approved.
1989NRHA introduced the first annual Intercollegiate Judging Contest
1989First Competition License Issued
1991Instituted Affiliate Championship competition
1993NRHA initiates Rookie of the Year Award to honor Rookie Reining competitors
1994 Hollywood Jac 86 named as NRHA's first Million Dollar Sire
1994Derby moved to Oklahoma City, OK
1995Initiated the first Youth Team Tournament at the Derby in Oklahoma City
1995Bill Horn was named as the first Million Dollar Rider at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, OK
1998Reining accepted as first western discipline of the United States Equestrian Team
1998NRHA office moved to new Oklahoma City location
2000Reining accepted by Federation Equestre International (FEI) for International Competition
2000First NRHA Futurity $150,000 winner - Todd Sommers on Von Reminic
2000First Derby Spotlight Sale
2000Membership topped 10,000
2000First Pfizer/NRHA Gelding Incentive (Open and Non Pro)
2000First NRHA approved Prime Time classes at Futurity
2001National Reining Horse Youth Association formed
2001Reining Horse Sports Foundation was approved as a charitable organization
2001First runoff in NRHA Open Futurity Finals; RR Star became the first APHA horse to win the NRHA Open Futurity; Andrea Fappani became first International rider to win the NRHA Open Futurity
2002Reining approved for the World Equestrian Games, Jerez, Spain
2002NRHA Intercollegiate Reining Championship debuted at NRHA Derby
2002First Rookie Day to benefit the RHSF Crisis Fund - Ardmore, OK
2002First European Affiliate Championship held in Balzano, Italy, Team winner-Italy
2002Hollywood Dun It becomes first Three Million Dollar Sire
2002First-ever Reining Team medalists at World Equestrian Games - US - Gold, Canada - Silver, Italy - Bronze
2002First-ever Reining Individual medalists at WEG - Shawn Flarida US - Gold, Tom McCutcheon US - Silver, Shawna Sapergia Canada - Bronze
2003RR Star becomes first horse to win the NRHA Futurity and the NRHA Derby
2003RR Star and Custom Pistol become the first horses to earn over $200,000
2003Topsail Whiz becomes Two Million Dollar Sire
2003NRHA Futurity Open Champion guaranteed $175,000
2003Duane Latimer rides The Great Whiz to first-ever $175,000 Open Futurity pay check
2004Prime Time Rookie debuts
2004Prime Time Open Division debuts
2004Rookie Youth class debuts
2004Gelding Incentive classes debut
2004Cowboy Central Saddle Series debuts
2004North American Affiliate Championships debut
2004North American Freestyle Championships debut
2004Eleuterio Arcese becomes first European member inducted into Hall of Fame
2005Electronic Reiner debuts to members and non members
2005NRHA Futurity marks 40th Anniversary
2005Tim McQuay becomes the first Two Million Dollar Rider at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, OK
2005Rookie Professional class debuts
2006 Kelly Zweifel, Italy, riding Master Snapper owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi, Italy, becomes the first woman to win one of NRHA's major events - the NRHA Derby
2006Kelly Zweifel, riding Master Snapper owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi, becomes the first entry to win the NRHA Derby Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open divisions at one Derby
2006 Impresa Agricola Cuoghi's Master Snapper, ridden by Kelly Zweifel, becomes the first European (Italy) bred, born, raised and trained horse to win the NRHA Derby
2006Italian Reining Horse Association Derby NRHA approved for the first time
2006ANCR Brazil holds first NRHA-approved show in Brazil
2006South African Reining Horse Association holds first NRHA approved show
2006 Team Medalists at 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, Aachen, Germany - Gold - US, Silver - Canada, Bronze - Italy
2006 Individual Medalists at 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, Aachen, Germany, (following a runoff for the Gold) - Gold - Duane Latimer (Canada), Silver - Tim McQuay (USA), Bronze - Aaron Ralston (USA)
2006First National Associate Affiliates are Reining Canada, Austrian RHA, Dutch RHA, NRHA Belgium, Italian RHA, NRHA of Israel, NRHA of Switzerland, Swedish RHA, UK Reining, ANCR Brazil, NRHA of Australia
2006First Affiliates to Join the International Affiliate Program are ANCR Brazil, Austrian Reining Horse Association, Dutch Reining Horse Association, Italian Reining Horse Association, NRHA Belgium, NRHA of Israel, NRHA of Switzerland and Reining Canada
2006Non Pro Futurity First Time Trainer Award Instituted
2006NRHA Futurity Youth Division Debuts
2007Prime Time Non Pro Division Becomes Eligible for NRHA Top Ten/World Championships
2007Youth (10 & Under Short Stirrup) class debuts
2007Unrestricted Youth class debuts
2007First NRHA-approved event in South Dakota. (Hosted by the Cowboy States Reining Horse Association)
2007Hollywood Dun It becomes first NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire
2007First NRHA approved show in Poland
2007 Mandy McCutcheon becomes first non pro and first woman to achieve Million Dollar Rider status, becoming NRHA's tenth Million Dollar Rider.
2007First Australian Affiliate Championship held in Gatton, Queensland, Australia
2007Online Show Approvals posted on website
2007First NRHA Australian Affiliate Championship held in Gatton, Queensland, Australia
2007First Board of Directors meeting webcast
2007Inaugural NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Sally Brown
2007First Mexico Affiliate Championship held in Monterrey, Mexico
2007Lance Griffin becomes first Million Dollar Owner
2008Wimpys Little Chic & Shawn Flarida become the 1st horse/rider combination to win the NRHA Open Futurity, NRBC Open, and NRHA Open Derby consecutively.
2008North American Junior Young Rider Championship includes Reining for the first time.
2008Inaugural FEI Reining World Championship held in Manerbio, Italy
2008Youth Non Pro Division added to the NRHA Derby
2008NRHA Futurity entries reached an all-time high with 945
2008NRHA Derby hosts the first USEF National Youth Reining Championship and U.S. NAYRC Selection Trial
2008The NRHA Reiner wins awards in five categories at the American Horse Publications Awards Banquet
200850,000 NRHA Competition license issued
2008NRHA Derby breaks the $600,000 purse mark
2008 Topsail Whiz becomes NRHA's #1 Leading Sire
2008Shawn Flarida is the first Three Million Dollar Rider
2008Peppys Superboom purchased for $240,000 to be the highest selling horse in NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale history
2008Father/Daughter Tim McQuay and Mandy McCutcheon won the Open and Non Pro Divisions of the NRHA Futurity
2008Nearly 3,000 foals are nominated to the inaugural year of the NRHA Futurity / Derby Nomination Program
2009NRHA holds the first NRHA European Futurity & Show in Kreuth, Germany
2009Topsail Whiz's accomplishment as the first horse to achieve 6 Million Dollar Sire
2009Wimpys Little Chic becomes first horse to break the $400,000 mark in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.
2009First NRHA Derby Youth Non Pro division initiated
2009Colleena Chic Olena is noted as NRHA's Leading Dam with $546,185 in offspring earnings
2009NRHA welcomes its 60,000th member
2009NRHA begins using a numbered level system for non pro and open divisions at Category 2 and 6 events (i.e. level 1, level 2, level 3 and level 4).
2010First European Programs Advisor position instituted
2010Wimpys Little Chic becomes the first horse to exceed $500,000 in NRHA earnings ridden by Shawn Flarida and owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA.
2010Entry Level Programs (Category 10) made its debut.
2010First-ever Green Reiner 1 Buckle winner announced – Steve Tyner
2010Wimpys Little Step becomes youngest Two Million Dollar Sire to date
2010Shawn Flarida becomes first NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider
2010Topsail Whiz becomes NRHA's first Seven Million Dollar Sire
2010Team Medalists at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington, Kentucky: Gold - USA, Silver - Belgium, Bronze - Italy
2010Individual Medalists at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington, Kentucky: Gold - Tom McCucheon & Gunners Special Nite (USA), Silver - Craig Schmersal & Mister Montana Nic (USA), Bronze - Duane Latimer & Dun Playin Tag (Canada)
2010NRHA hosts first "Ride a Reiner" at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington, Kentucky
2010First NRHA $100,000-added World Championship Open Shootout held at NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show
2011Conquistador Whiz becomes NRHA's 20th Million Dollar Sire and the first third generation Million Dollar Sire (both his sire Topsail Whiz and grandsire Topsail Cody also earned Million Dollar status)
2011First NRHA Cowtown Classic, including NRHA's first Novice Horse Derby, Pre Futurity, and Non Pro Shootout held in Fort Worth, Texas.
2011NRHA holds the first NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity in Manerbio, Italy
2011NRHA completes the Association’s 70,000th membership.
2011Topsail Whiz becomes NRHA’s first Eight Million Dollar Sire
2011Rudi Kronsteiner becomes the first European-based NRHA Million Dollar Rider
2012 Beth Himes serves as NRHA's first woman President
2012 NRHA is the first association to win the American Horse Publications Equine-Related Website category
2012 The NRHA Derby surpasses all previous marks and has the largest purse in its history ($889,000 for the Derby and $994,000 for the entire show)
2012 Spooks Gotta Whiz wins the Level 4 Open division at the National Reining Breeders Classic and NRHA Derby consecutively with Shawn Flarida. In 2010, he won the NRHA Futurity Open Championship with Jordan Larson. Spooks Gotta Whiz is the first stallion to win all three of NRHA's major North American events.
2012 Andrea Fappani becomes NRHA's second Three Million Dollar Rider at the NRHA Derby
2012 Wimpys Little Step - Youngest Four Million Dollar Sire
2012Topsail Whiz becomes first Nine Million Dollar Sire
2012Ann Fonck, a Belgian rider based in Italy, riding Spook A Little owned by Rosanne Sternberg, becomes the first woman to win the NRHA European Derby Open.
2013 NRHA begins offering Masters Non Pro for riders 60 or older (Category 5)
2013 Wimpys Little Step Becomes NRHA’s Newest Five Million Dollar Sire
2013Taris Little Vintage is NRHA’s All-Time Leading Dam
2013Shawn Flarida becomes NRHA's first Five Million Dollar Rider
2013Arcese Quarter Horses USA becomes the first Two Million Dollar Owner
2013Mr Magnum Dun It purchased for $300,000 to be the highest selling horse in NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale history
2013 NRHA Reiner magazine wins American Horse Publications General Excellence Association Publication award.
2014Adaptive Reining class debuts (Now called Para-Reining)
2014Topsail Whiz becomes NRHA’s first Ten Million Dollar Sire
2014Miss Tinseltown is NRHA’s All-Time Leading Dam
2015 NRHA, RHF, and the NRHA Hall of Fame move into new Oklahoma City headquarters at 3021 West Reno
2015NRHA received the Hometown Heroes Award from the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
2016NRHA celebrates 50th anniversary
2016NRHA’s charitable arm, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, celebrates 15 years and becomes the Reining Horse Foundation
2016Topsail Whiz Becomes NRHA's First 11 Million Dollar Sire
2017Flarida Becomes NRHA's First Six Million Dollar Rider