NSBA Hall of Fame Horse Hes Just To Sharp passes
NSBA Hall of Fame Horse Hes Just To Sharp has passed away.
‘Travis’ was born on March 3, 1988 at BSB-R11 Quarter Horse Farm in Sturgis, Michigan.
The February The Way To Go Is Now Online!
AQHA and APHA Stallion Living Large gets your attention on this month’s cover. Learn how he is also part of a growing trend in which more horses hold multiple registrations and more horses of color are part of NSBA. Meet the newest Quarter Million Dollar Rider, Cole Baker, and also meet the 2017 NSBA officers and executive committee. Also in this issue, view the requirements each alliance association has for changing levels of competition as well as their lifetime achievement awards in “Beginning With A Plan.” We also look at the origin, and examples, of the “blue hen mare.” In addition we take one last look back at the Florida circuits. All this and more in the February issue of The Way To Go!
Vital Signs Are Good Laid To Rest
NSBA is sad to report that Vital Signs Are Good, NSBA’s 2007 Horse of the Year has been laid to rest at age 17.
‘Lucy’ was known for her excellence beginning in the Western Pleasure pen but also had some of her greatest accomplishments seen in Western Riding and all around events.
Cole Baker added to NSBA's Quarter Million Dollar Club
NSBA congratulates Cole Baker of Dunnellon, Florida as the most recent addition to NSBA’s Quarter Million Dollar Club. Cole crossed over the mark in 2016 taking his total lifetime NSBA earnings to $262,208.09 at the end of the year.
Final Fun In The Sun Champions Crowned
The third year of the Fun In The Sun NSBA All Breed horse show concluded with entries approximately even with 2016 numbers. “We had a great year,” said Tammy Schuster, who with Dean Bogart created the show.
Fun In The Sun Lives Up To Its Name
On a day when much of the country faced cold weather, the Fun In The Sun NSBA All Breed Show saw sunny skies and temperatures in the 60’s at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida. The Way To Go caught up with several of the first day's champions.
Riders Cup Pays Out More Than $46,087
The 2016 Riders Cup classes concluded on Friday, paying out more than $16,000 in purse money to participating NSBA members. Over the past three days, the program paid more than $46,087. Friday’s classes included Showmanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure events.
Riders Cup Exhibitors Earn Nearly $20,000 Thursday in Georgia
NSBA members who showed in the 2016 Riders Cup Western Riding, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure classes on Thursday at the Georgia Classic AQHA show competed for their share of nearly $20,000 in payouts on the second day of Riders Cup classes.
2016 Riders Cup Pays More Than $5,000 To Trail Exhibitors Wednesday
Trail exhibitors at the Georgia Classic AQHA Show earned more than $5,000 in earnings while competing in NSBA Riders Cup classes, which began Wednesday during the show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. Riders Cup classes joined more than 60 AQHA Trail entries on the first day of the show.
Rusty Green Reaches NSBA Million Dollar Milestone
When Rusty Green, of Pilot Point, Texas, was named reserve champion in the Congress Masters Two Year Old Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure Saturday night aboard Whatilikeaboutyou, his $5,880 earnings for Capital Quarter Horses LLC pushed him to a career milestone that only one other rider has achieved - winning one million dollars in lifetime earnings in National Snaffle Bit Association-sanctioned events. He joins Gil Galyean as the only other rider to achieve this career mark.
Masterful Finale to Congress NSBA Events
Saturday saw the final day of NSBA-sanctioned events at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, including the champions of the Masters Two Year Old Hunter Under Saddle and Masters Two Year Old Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure, as well as Equitation, Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle events.
NSBA Youth Hold Annual Meeting, Elections
The National Snaffle Bit Association Youth held their annual meeting and election of officers Monday evening at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
NSBA Hires Bill and Sue Ellen Kaven, Christopher Hernandez
The National Snaffle Bit Association announced today the hiring of two additional industry professionals as well as an IT professional. Bill Kaven, Sue Ellen Kaven and Christopher Hernandez will soon join the staff at NSBA fulfilling open positions in Gurnee, Illinois.
Bill Kaven (seen at left) has been a judge, breeder, trainer and clinician for over 30 years. Since 2009 he has been teaching full time at North Central Texas College in the Equine Science Department as well as the coach for the IHSA Western and Stock Horse Team.
Sue Ellen Kaven (pictured at right) has spent her life in the show ring as a trainer, coach and instructor and has most recently pursued judging credentials.
Christopher Hernandez is an information technology specialist who began working at NSBA part time as part of an IT service provider in northern Illinois. He will begin full time work as an employee of NSBA mid-September.
Sue Ellen Kaven will begin working for NSBA full time late September. Bill Kaven is set to begin his employment with NSBA later this year.
NSBA Honors Its Best
The National Snaffle Bit Association honored its brightest stars from the 2015 show year at its annual awards banquet held Wednesday, August 17, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity. (Photos courtesy of Larry Williams)
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The National Snaffle Bit Association is proud to announce its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees in three categories. Radical Rumors is named to the Show Horse division, Good Version is inducted in the Breeding Horse category and The Hannagan Family is honored in the Individual class.
Good Version leaves his legacy as a leading sire with a distinguished list of offspring. He sired more than 1,300 foals with 432 becoming AQHA point earnings. More notably, his get have earned $578,337.97 in NSBA earnings, $558,041.92 in AQHA Incentive Fund earnings and more than 37,000 AQHA points. Some of his offspring include Show Diva, Batt Mann, RV Won Good Version, Gypsys Little Image and RL Cocoas Version. Good Version Inc, co-owned by John Wainscott and Bill & Brenda Guffey, purchased the stallion in November 1993 as a three year old year and owned him for the duration of his career until his death in 2006.
The Hannagan Family is well known to many Midwesterners for their horse show facility and management team. Patriarch of the family, Gordon Hannagan, had a vision of creating a place to host auctions and equine events. Their facility, appropriately named ‘Gordyville’ has 160,000 square feet of space and has two 100 x 270 arenas and can hold up to 650 stalls. The Hannagan Family has hosted NSBA events since they opened their doors in 1988 including the Pleasure Jubilee and Breeders Classic Yearling Sale. They also held some of the first Equestrians With Disabilities classes in the country. Mary Hannagan has also served on the Show Management Committee for NSBA. The Hannagans continue to work together as a family from show management to announcing and even helping with the back gate, they continue to impact the horse industry and NSBA.
NSBA congratulates all of the Hall of Fame Inductees. They will each be honored at the annual Awards Banquet on August 17, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots of the pleasure horse to recognize various disciplines and eight breed associations in competition. NSBA’s programs uphold keeping the welfare of the horse as the primary consideration in all activities and encourage the use of standard rules for holding and judging events.
Equine Herpes Virus Update
The State of Oklahoma is home to countless horse owners and many large equine events. Due to the potentially serious consequences, news of an Equine Herpes Virus incident has caused questions and concerns throughout the horse industry.
Horse owners, event managers, and veterinarians should be aware of a recent outbreak of neurologic Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at a racetrack in New Mexico.
“A quarantine remains at Sunland Park Racetrack in New Mexico and Frontera, a local horse-training center,” said Dr. Rod Hall, state Veterinarian of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. (ODAFF)
Sunland has been under quarantine and racing has been suspended. Hopefully, we have seen the worst of this particular incident. There are no related cases of EHV-1 in Oklahoma.
New Certificate of Eligibility Requirements
Beginning January 1, 2016 horses entered in any NSBA class except for Dual Approved classes require a Certificate of Eligibility for competition.
What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
A Certificate of Eligibility is a new requirement for horses being shown in any NSBA class except for Dual Approved classes. If your horse is already enrolled in NSBA’s Breeders Championship Futurity or Stallion Incentive Fund License Program, you already have a Certificate of Eligibility. If your horse is not already enrolled, you can receive the required certificate by registering with NSBA.
2016 NSBA Rulebook
The 2016 NSBA Official Handbook is now available in a PDF version online or in print. Learn more about all of the changes by downloading the new book.
To request a printed copy, please contact the NSBA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-623-6722.
Disclaimer: Because the online version of the NSBA's rulebook can be updated throughout the year, it should be considered the most current version of the NSBA Official Handbook.