LEADERS LOOKING TO THE FUTURE...
Tim Anderson of Amani Reiners in Milbank, SD, offered an instant response to what most impresses him about the 2014 ARHA Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity Reining Classic. "The quality of the horses and the riders," he stated with no hesitation. "Two riders in this year's show boast NRHA lifetime winnings of two and three million dollars, Andres Fappani and Craig Schmersal."
Fappani, with lifetime earnings of three million, was the youngest of all one million dollar NRHA riders. Schmersal, a two million dollar rider, is one of the youngest trainers on the NRHA's top ten list, and the third Two Million Dollar rider.
As the new chair of the ARHA Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity, Anderson is rightly enthused about the future of the Futurity. He reports that the committee is exploring new revenue opportunities and fundraising plans.
"Future support may not come just from donations," he explains. "We have a lot of confidence in the popularity and growing potential of reining. The Futurity will continue to be a driving force in supporting reining. And as we look back over the accomplishments of the past decade, I see the future as equally bright."
FROM AHRA PRESIDENT
Arabian Reining Horse Association president Eleanor Hamilton of Eleanor's Arabian Farm in Rogers, MN has donated several of reining prospects as raffle prizes to benefit ARHA and the word is out this year. Friday afternoon people were knocking on the reining office locked door wanting to purchase more tickets for this year's filly donation. And no wonder, she's a full sister to the horse Eleanor is riding this year.
The first horse Eleanor donated, Sheaz Melody JAC, owned by Linda Jacobs of Hinsdale, IL went on to take National Championship honors and is a competitor at the Show. Makes a ten dollar raffle ticket a rather exciting investment.
Eleanor is most pleased by the quality of the entries in the tenth anniversary Show. "Our breeders have made huge strides in the past ten years," she explains. "I think people now truly appreciate how important it is to find the right bloodstock for reining and to stick with a good breeding program. The improvement in our purebred horses is really fantastic."
Looking to the future of Futurity, Eleanor, like Tim Anderson, sees opportunity. "Tim and his committee are already at work now. No doubt we will retool a little going forward, after all, we're ten years into this, we're more experienced now and we need a new vision for the next ten years."
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