January 22, 2010 - Friday -

2009 Year-End Banquet

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Held on January 16, 2010, the year-end awards banquet was also YRHA's 25th anniversary celebration.


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January 22, 2010 - Friday -

YRHA 25th Anniversary Celebration

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association celebrated 25 years of reining January 16th at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Folks came from Wyoming, North Dakota and all over Montana to enjoy this gala event. The dining room was gorgeous with two tables covered with the most beautiful year end awards: show headstalls, Nettles stirrups, tons of belt buckles, show pads and two big bouquets of flowers to accent the awards. The dining tables were decorated with a trio of NRHA pewters mixed with red silk flowers and a 25th anniversary balloon floating above each table. At the front of the dining room was a large screen with Dan Browning running non-stop video and still shots of past YRHA events.


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Iola Mason (middle) receiving the Robert Broadbent Memorial Trophy from Joan Broadbent (right) and YRHA President Janis Anderson (left).

The silent auction was held in the foyer where everyone met to visit before the evening festivities. They enjoyed a host of scrumptious appetizers and listened to the delightful music of the band "Open Range." Supper was the diner's choice of mouth watering prime rib, salmon or chicken. The chef did an outstanding job! We topped off the meal with a choice of four different kinds of anniversary decorated cakes. Thank goodness we didn't have to ride after this meal.

November 10, 2009 - Tuesday -

2009 Sponsor Appreciation Day

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By Wendy Deans

Sponsors of the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association are a BIG deal to us. They make it possible for the YRHA to put on our shows in the summer. Without their generosity we couldn’t put on the shows. No shows, no reining, no fun! Hard to imagine. So we hold a special day to say thanks to sponsors and we mix in the affiliate awards presentation so they can see some of the accomplishments YRHA riders have achieved. Add in a reining demonstration, a few freestyles, dog races and a best dog trick contest and you’ve got a really fun afternoon. We topped it off with a delicious potluck dinner and lots of visiting.


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Fundraising chairman, Wendy Deans, started the afternoon by thanking the YRHA sponsors. She went through the names of members and businesses mentioning who they are, where they are from, what their business is and how they contribute so folks get a better idea of what they have done for the club.

October 30, 2009 - Friday -

2009 Affiliate Champion Awards & Sponsor Day

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The annual Sponsor Day event was held Oct 24, 2009 at Anderson Training Stables in Wilsall. Activities included dog races, dog tricks, reining demos, award presentations, a weekend getaway give-away to one of our sponsors, good food, and lots of laughs!


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September 04, 2009 - Friday -

2009 Affiliate Qualifiers

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By Chandra Morris

Twenty-five YRHA members qualified to represent the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association at the Mountain Region Affiliate Finals in South Jordan, Utah, September 9-13, 2009. These 25 individuals represent the top 10 riders in each of 15 NRHA-approved classes (placings based on earnings and tabulated by NRHA as points). YRHA qualified riders in 14 of the 15 NRHA affiliate classes. 


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Each qualifer received an embroidered jacket to wear at the finals (and anywhere else they would like to wear it!), courtesy of YRHA. The champion and reserve champion qualifier in each class will also receive a trophy and plaque, respectively, to be presented at YRHA Sponsor Day in October.

August 18, 2009 - Tuesday -

2009 Yellowstone Slide III

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By Chandra Morris

The arena walls echoed with cheers and whistles, laughter and pounding hooves at the third and final Yellowstone Reining Horse Association show, held July 30-Aug 1 at Anderson Training Stables in Wilsall, Mont., where the firsts and personal bests continued to accumulate for its participants.


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Green Reiner Champion Callie Roberts riding RX Freckles

To say that the horses and riders stepped it up over the course of the season from YS I to YS III is almost an understatement. By the third show, three-year-olds were showing some maturity in the show pen, rookies were stepping up their performances, and the non pros were resetting the bar higher and higher.

August 06, 2009 - Thursday -

2009 Yellowstone Slide II

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By Chandra Morris

Traditionally the biggest show of the season for the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association, the Yellowstone Slide II also produced a number of firsts and personal bests for its participants.


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Judged by Paige Stroud (Snohomish, WA) and Dan Mayer (Axtell, UT), YS II was an affiliate qualifying show for the YRHA, Montana Reining Horse Association and Cowboy States Reining Horse Association. All three clubs converged for some friendly rivalry (and a little revelry) around the show pen.

June 01, 2009 - Monday -

2009 Yellowstone Slide I Results

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By Chandra Morris

The season-opening $5,300 Yellowstone Slide I set the dirt a blazin’ at Anderson Training Stables in Wilsall, Mont., with some sizzling runs from open and non pro riders alike.


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Summer-like weather graced the three-day event put on by the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association, which started Thursday May 28 with a full slate of club classes followed by two days of NRHA and Ancillary classes. Judge Richard Pokluda of Whitesboro, Tex., presided over the event and riders from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the Dakotas strutted their stuff for a chance to win prizes, cash and bronzes – and to stake their claim to places in the standings for the Intermountain Regional Affiliate finals at summer’s end. More than 350 entries kept the judge, scribes and Show Secretary busy.

May 05, 2009 - Tuesday -

Jarvis Anderson Clinic - A Fantastic Weekend!

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By Wendy Deans

Sharing knowledge and experience is a unique aspect of the sport of reining. Reining trainers are well known for their willingness to help anyone concerned enough to ask for it. And that’s just what NRHA Top 20 Rider, Jarvis Anderson did for his attentive students for two days, April 25 & 26.


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March 17, 2009 - Tuesday -

2008 Green Reiner Graduates

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Congratulations to our newest Green Reiner graduates! Doug Robinson and Quinn Sutherland have each earned 30 points to graduate from the 2008 YRHA Green Reiner class.


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Quinn and Doug were awarded their Green Reiner belt buckles at the YRHA annual awards banquet held at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman in March 2009. The YRHA Green Reiner buckles are generously sponsored every year by Elise Donohue.

March 01, 2009 - Sunday -

The Affiliate Program: Everything You Need to Know!

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By Wendy Deans

Everything you ever need (or want) to know about an affiliate.

If you’ve never taken part in the regional championships or received a circuit champion or reserve champion pewter or plaque you may not be familiar with what the NRHA affiliate program is all about. So, just what is the purpose of an affiliate circuit?


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Every month in the Reiner magazine the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships & NRHA Affiliate Circuit Series is explained in detail. NRHA states that its aim is to increase the emphasis in ”grass roots” reining and continue to promote our sport at all levels.

The NRHA is the governing body of the sport of reining. Under its watch are the local or statewide affiliates. There are approximately 55 affiliates in the U.S.

January 01, 2009 - Thursday -

Jump Start the Show Season with a Clinic

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By Wendy Deans

Horsemanship is a lifelong journey evolving as the rider’s ability progresses and changes with the rider’s focus on their sport. To get the most out of true horsemanship, it should be a lifelong journey. The first thing a rider accepting this journey must do is realize that to improve and progress you have to have an open mind and be willing to learn from every horse, rider, trainer, book and video. It’s not always an easy journey. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone can create frustration. Having said that, it’s what I believe to be the most fun, rewarding and empowering thing a person can choose to do with their life.


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Learning to be a better rider will teach you patience. It will allow you to be a more confident person in every day life. It can open doors for you that you never thought possible.

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