December 10, 2008 - Wednesday -

Jarvis Anderson - Highest Placing Open Futurity Finalist Ever from Montana!

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By Chandra Morris

Accompanied by the vociferous cheering of his exuberant fans, Jarvis Anderson of Wilsall, Montana, rode into the history pages at the 2008 NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City on Saturday, December 6.


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Competing in the Open finals, Anderson tied for 2nd in the Intermediate Open and placed 13th overall, entering territory no Montanan has tread before and taking his place beside the legends: Tim McQuay, Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani, Craig Schmersal, and the like. His was a ride the sport’s founding father, Bill Horn, would have appreciated – stylish, fast and clean – and his horse was clearly willing every step of the way.

December 10, 2008 - Wednesday -

Montanans Shine at NRHA Futurity

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By Chandra Morris

There is a distinct advantage to being a newcomer to the NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Finals – everyone is willing to share something with you about the facilities and the events – and there is much to share. From the moment you enter the massive 9,000-seat coliseum and watch a rider come through the Gateway of Champions, you realize that this is the big time. And then you go on to the barns and chat with trainers in the enclaves of the world’s top riders, visit a hundred or so vendor booths, preview the sales horses and follow the auctions in the sales barn and you realize why you strive all year to make the affiliate finals: so you have a chance at the big time.


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Stephanie Anderson sliding to a stop aboard A Girls Best Friend.

State Fair Park, where the finals are held, sits on Oklahoma City’s southwest side and is fed by Interstates 35, 40 and 44 and the Will Rogers World Airport, less than 10 miles away. In November and December, daytime temperatures hover in the 50s. Leaving Montana’s frigid temps and mantle of snow for Oklahoma City’s balmy clime was a great idea, but we reining enthusiasts were in for a much bigger treat than the weather.

December 01, 2008 - Monday -

2008 Green Rookie Buckle Winners

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By Wendy Deans

Elise Donohue graduated from the YRHA Green Rookie class in 2005, earning her 1st buckle ever on her stallion, Shiners Chex Olena. Since then she has enjoyed giving back to the class that helped open a door for her into the world of reining. Elise has been generously sponsoring the Green Rookie buckles ever since. This is in addition to being a YRHA Diamond level sponosor. Thank you, Elise, for caring so much about these riders and the YRHA!


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Green Rookie graduates come in all sizes, ages and walks of life. This year was a perfect example of the wide range of riders that have used this class as a stepping stone into the reining show pen. The 2008 YRHA Green Rookie class graduates were Doug Robinson and Quinn Sutherland.

November 20, 2008 - Thursday -

Survey Says...

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By Chandra Morris

Thanks to everyone who completed their surveys!

The results are in and here's a summary of what the majority chose:


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Q. How many shows should YRHA put on? 
A. 3

Q. How many shows should be approved for year-end awards? 
A. 3

Q. Should YRHA approve out-of-state shows for year-end awards? 
A. No

November 20, 2008 - Thursday -

Random Reiner: Becky Melzer

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By Wendy Deans

You know the feeling, dreaming of that perfect horse. That one special horse that you love, can’t wait to ride every day and tries so hard for you. You read about folks in the Reiner that have experienced it and dream of when that special mount will come your way.

For Becky Melzer that day came at the NRHA Futurity show in Oklahoma City in 2006.


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She had a lovely gelding (Bailey) by West Coast Whiz that she had been showing, but he took a long warm up. Becky has Lupus and that long warm up was wearing her out. She didn’t want to give up her favorite activity in life, reining, and felt it was time to look for a new partner.

November 10, 2008 - Monday -

2008 Sponsor Appreciation Day & Affiliate Awards Presentation

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association held its annual Sponsor Appreciation Day and Affiliate Awards Presentation at Anderson Training Stables on October 25th. We wanted to have a little more fun this year, so in addition to honoring our sponsors, watching reining demonstrations and awarding our affiliate champions, we had dog races and a best trick contest. We had a blast and every dog was thrilled to hang out with us all afternoon.

July 14, 2008 - Monday -

2008 Yellowstone Slide Champs

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Story & Photos by Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association held the Yellowstone Slide at Anderson Training Stables in Wilsall, Montana, on July 10 - 12. We had a great turn out (approx. 300 entries) from all over the state, Idaho and Wyoming. What’s not to like with a payout of $8300, tons of great prizes and more drawings than ever before!


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It was a bit hot on Thursday during the club classes and a tad breezy as a front was trying to move through the area. The cool-down that it brought even gave us a little frost on the lawn chairs in the morning. We’re all pretty broke to the weather though and no one comes to these shows without a heavy jacket in addition to sleeveless shirts and gallons of water.

May 08, 2008 - Thursday -

Anita Muri & Janice Mostoller

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By Wendy Deans

The Random Reiner picked for this month is Anita Muri. But when you talk about Anita, you must think of Anita and her sister Janice as they have never been seen apart west of Billings. So, this article is about the two of them.

Not all of YRHA’s members are riders that show their horses. Some are family members that come to shows and support their husband, wife or children. Some are folks that have a love of horses that enjoy owning a wonderful athlete and hire a trainer to handle all the showing.


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Miles City residents, Anita Muri and Janice Mostoller, are two of those YRHA members. They love horses and take great pride in seeing them become successful show horses. Anita doesn’t ride much herself, but her husband, Pete has owned horses and has ridden all of his life. Anita and Janice decided it would be a fun hobby to raise horses, purchasing their first paint mare “Easy Dice Cleggbar” in South Dakota. “Easy” was bred to “Strait from Texas”, who was a 7 time World and Reserve Champion Paint when they bought her. “Easy” had a black and white stud colt the spring of 2000. They named him “Strait N Easy”. They put “Strait” in training at Anderson Training Stables as a 2 year old and by the time he was 4 he had found his nitch as a Freestyle reiner. He won numerous Freestyle classes entertaining the crowds and his owners.

Anita and her husband, Pete, along with her sister Janice and her husband, Tom, love to travel to watch their horses show. They have sold Strait and now own a lovely sorrel Quarter Horse mare named Ju Ju Dot Chex and have already traveled as far as Denver to watch her show and win the Limited Open Futurity with trainer Ryan Anderson riding her.

Anita is a Personal Loan officer at the Stockman Bank in Miles City specializing in real estate and consumer loans. Her husband, Pete, is an insurance adjuster covering losses with the Montana Claims office. Anita and Pete have 2 grown children, a daughter, Lynnette, who works at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings and a son, Troy, who is a MT Highway patrolman, is married to Jackie and they have 2 sons, Logan and Bridger.

Be sure to help Anita and Janice cheer on “Ju Ju” at the shows this summer!

May 06, 2008 - Tuesday -

Great Clinic By Hall of Famer Charlie Smith

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By Chandra Morris

NRHA Hall of Famer Charlie Smith gave YRHA a run for its money and put on a super clinic for 12 riders at Sliders Arena in Manhattan May 2-3, 2008. Participants and spectators included rookies, non pros, a reined cow horse trainer, and a couple of green reiners.


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Kicking off the clinic by assessing the assembled riders’ knowledge of penalties (what they are, where they occur, and how many points), Smith offered insight into the judge’s perspective and made it a point to encourage riders to recognize penalties as they occur. Throughout the clinic, he drove the point home by inviting the riders to watch each other perform maneuvers and afterwards asking if anyone saw penalties.

April 08, 2008 - Tuesday -

Shelle Egbert

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By Wendy Deans

Bozeman reiner Shelle Egbert was encouraged by her trainer, Trish Purcell, to get involved in reining. At that time, she had only showed in western pleasure at some local schooling shows. So, three years ago she purchased a mare, Reys Daisy Doc, from Bill and Kelli Campbell. She started having fun and even got her daughter, Jessica, hooked on the sport. Shelle clicked with “Daisy” and earned her Green Rookie buckle in 2006.


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In 2007 she qualified for the Affiliate Championships in the NRHA Rookie class riding a Peppy Badger Chex gelding, Pepn To Hollywood. She plans to show a Junior Starlight gelding next year called JR Starlight Playboy that she purchased from Paul Hesselbacher. As if that’s not enough irons in the fire, she also has a two year old gelding by Smartest Chic Olena in training with Cameron Meissner.

Shelle’s day job is doing the books for the family business, Egbert Electric and Plumbing. Her husband Phil does the plumbing side of the business that he shares with his brother. In addition to their daughter, Jessica, Shelle and Phil have a son Dan and a granddaughter, Dakota. Be sure to watch for Shelle at the 2008 shows on JR Starlight Playboy.

April 05, 2008 - Saturday -

2007 Year-End Banquet

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association held its annual Year-End Awards banquet and fundraising auction April 5th at the Chico Hot Springs resort in Pray. The afternoon started with the general membership meeting and election of new officers and directors. The new president is George Stone, vice president is Jan Anderson, treasurer is Wendy Deans and Secretary is Chandra Morris. The new board of directors is Elise Donohue as immediate past president, Mike Carlson, Jean Keffeler, Nicole Mather, John Morris, Jackie Sorenson and Kurt Stabenau.


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After the meeting and election we were treated to a presentation about lameness issues in the reining horse by equine internal medicine specialist, Dr. Peter Heideman of Montana Equine Associates of Logan, Montana. Dr. Heideman has the special talent of not only being expert at this topic, but is unique in that he can relate the topic in layman’s terms for the general public to understand. It was a very informative talk and we thank Dr. Heideman for taking the time to speak to us.

March 31, 2008 - Monday -

Shawn Flarida Clinic - March 28-29, 2008

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association proudly presented a two day Shawn Flarida clinic on March 28 & 29 in Wilsall, Montana at Anderson Training Stables. The four time NRHA Futurity Champion shared his successful program with 12 attentive riders and many spectators from around the region.


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The majority of his focus over the two days was how to get your horse shown. How to fix various issues so that you can drop your hand, show a greater degree of difficulty and get your horse shown successfully.

Although he spent a lot of time working on the turn around with the riders and a fair amount of time on the circles, he himself spends 80% of his time on the stop. He says it’s a personal thing for him, it’s just something that he happens to focus on.

March 17, 2008 - Monday -

2008 Year-End Banquet

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association held its annual awards banquet and fundraising auction at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, Montana, on March 7. It was so good to get together after a long winter to relax, visit and get psyched up for the upcoming season.


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Before the festivities started, YRHA held the general membership meeting. Longtime board member, Kurt Stabenau, was leaving the board. He has been a huge asset to the board, lending his common sense approach to business decisions. He always kept the membership at the forefront of all his thinking. The board will miss his presence.

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