New Year Exciting Events

Hello all

Its always exciting to start the new year.  We set goals, make plans for vacations, horse shows, and look forward to starting fresh.  Some have new horses, some are looking for new horses and most are staying with the great horse they already have.  No matter what your direction SRCHA wishes you much luck and happiness as you move through 2017.

SRCHA started off with our Year End Banquet in Crossroads, TX, hosting almost 80 people.  There was a comment made at the event I’d like to share.  The comment was from a great lady that has been around our association almost since the inception.  She said “I remember when the association was small and was like a family and you know what, its still feels like a big family”.  I don’t think we could have a better compliment than that.

At the Banquet each year we have our annual meeting and elect officers and board members.
We would like to welcome new president CJ Murphy and 2 new board members Jay McLaughlin and Patty Ralls.  It is so important for participation in making our association great, so thank you to all of our board members and officers for all you do.  For a complete list of our officers and board members go to our about us page.

Rode To Reno Recap

With the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity underway, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make Rode to Reno a huge success! It was a great first futurity for many three-year-olds, and the level of athleticism that they displayed was outstanding.  We have no doubt that the trainers, owners, horses, and non-pros will do an excellent job representing SRCHA in Reno.

We would like to give our members and sponsors some statistics that show a few of the benefits of sponsoring an event with SRCHA.  We had 20 sponsors this year: Santa Cruz Animal Health, Dawson Performance Horses & Travelin Jonez, Dry Creek Ranch, Serna Boots, Iconoclast Support Boots, Western Bloodstock, Oklahoma Equine Hospital & Dr. Joe Carter, Hat 6 Ranch, Kay Rankin Williams, Danny Poole (October Futurity Sponsor), The Ranch Equine, Oswood Stallion Station, Ron Ralls Performance Horses, Aaron Ranch, Lifeline, Clinton Anderson, Equine Salt Therapy, CB Trucking, CR Ranch Wear, and Bloomer Trailers.  Sponsors had an average of 5 posts before and during Rode to Reno, with an average post reach of 1,296.  That comes to an estimated 6,480 people reached per sponsor!  Additionally, we sent out 7 eblasts to an average of 2,600 people.  Each eblast was sent to email recipients and social media.  We expect these numbers to drastically increase in the coming years, as the Snaffle Bit Futurity comes to Fort Worth, Texas.

We would also like to thank our youth sponsors- Shawn & Tammy Hays and Jay & Wendy McLaughlin.  With their help we were able to provide free entry fees to all youth cowhorse classes.  The future of SRCHA depends on our youth, and entries doubled with this effort to make it financially easier to enter Rode to Reno.  We give a big thank you to Trey and Sandra Neal as well for graciously donating scholarships to our youth participants.

For more information on sponsoring SRCHA or an SRCHA event, feel free to contact us.  Good luck to all of our members in Reno!


SRCHA Rode to Reno Sponsors, Part 3

Rode to Reno is only 7 days away, but who’s counting?  Over the past several years, this event has become a huge success due to our generous sponsors.  We have a total of 20 sponsors this year and we can’t wait to see how the event and the SRCHA continue to grow.

Western Bloodstock is the official sale company of the National Cutting Horse Association, and they are the company to look up to when it comes to cowhorse sales.  At the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Sale alone, they brought in gross amount of $731,200, with a record breaking average of $19,762.  You can find the next Western Bloodstock sale during the NCHA Futurity on December 5-10.  For more information on their sales, visit them online at or on their Facebook page at

The Ranch Equine, Inc., located in Whitesboro, TX, is a full service equine facility that specializes in quality breeding care.  They offer numerous services including embryo transfer, recipient mares, year-round mare care, stallion station, and sale preparation.  They are currently standing several quality stallions; including SRCHA Rode to Reno sponsor Travelin Jonez.   Other stallions they stand are Surely A Pepto, Certainly A Vision, Dun It With A Twist, No Guns Please, Playdox, and Tellers Dash.  Visit them online at or on Facebook at

At Aaron Ranch, they strive to preserve the performance and versatility of the legendary Blue Valentine offspring.  Stallions, mares, and foals of Aaron Ranch have color, conformation, muscle, and bone that are needed to perform in any discipline.  They also own and stand notable stallions, including the great Peptoboonsmal, producer of over $25 million.  Other stallions include Funny B Blue Muchaman, A Shiner Named Souix,  Jasons Peptolena, Blind Sided, Duals Blue Boon, Leo Hancock Hayes, Stone Blue Valentine, Rojo Goose, and Funny B Bearcat.  To find more information on their stallions, facilities, or sale horses visit or on Facebook at

Kalpwar Quarter Horses, owned by Ellen and Larry Bell, strives to cross some of the best foundation bloodlines in the quarter horse industry with the top performance bloodlines in existence today. The produce of this program are a testimony to the wisdom and understanding that have been the foundation of this breeding program from day one.  The Bell Family comes from a long standing agricultural background, and we are honored to have them be a part of the SRCHA and Rode to Reno.  For more information visit their website at or on Facebook at

With futurity season right around the corner, it is important to ensure the soundness of your equine athletes.  Equine Salt Water Therapy, located in Pilot Point, specialize in full service rehabilitation for horses and dogs, preventative maintenance, and show and sale fitting.  The success of cold salt hydrotherapy is achieved via a combination of temperature, salt content, water depth, and aeration of the water. These factors combined have shown to increase the healing time in tendon injuries, skin disorders and infections, and bone fractures, just to name a few.  Equine Salt Water Therapy will be set up at Rode to Reno, so be sure to stop by and schedule an appointment for your three year olds.  For more information on their process, visit them online at or on Facebook at

Make your “Rode to Reno” more comfortable by riding in style with Bloomer Trailers. Bloomer Trailers is the world’s leading manufacturer of custom and state-of-the-art horse trailers.  Bloomer Trailers are sure to have something that will fit your need.  Whether you are in the market for new living quarters that will make the horse show feel more like home, or if you’re looking for something smaller and more compact.  Bloomer strives to use only the best components available and provides each trailer with a 10 year structural warranty. For more information on Bloomer Trailers, visit them online at or on Facebook at

Charles Bailey Trucking (CB Trucking) is located in Cookeville, TN.  They are committed to providing excellent services to their customers, as they believe their customer’s success is their success.  Each team member of CB Trucking is held to the highest possible standard in order to follow through on the promises made to customers.  They also offer a 40,000 square foot, climate controlled warehouse as part of their new facility.  For more information, visit them online at

See you all soon for Rode to Reno.

SRCHA Rode To Reno Sponsors, Part 2

Last week we highlighted several generous NRCHA professionals and companies that have helped make Rode to Reno possible through their sponsorship.  However, the generosity does not end there!  We are immensely grateful for our remaining patrons, and we hope you will consider them the next time you need a product or service that they provide. (more…)

SRCHA Rode to Reno Sponsors, Part 1

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With Rode to Reno 2016 quickly approaching, we would like to take the time to recognize some members of the Reined Cowhorse community and the equine industry that have made this event possible through their generosity.  We have an excellent variety of sponsorship this year ranging from NRCHA Professionals to companies dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our equine athletes.

We would like to start out by congratulating the 2015 Open Futurity Champion, Chris Dawson aboard Shiney Sparklette (owned by Carol Rose and Dickson and Tricia Varner).  Dawson Performance Horses is run by husband and wife team, Chris and Sarah Dawson.  They believe in a solid foundation for each horse that enters their program, which is evident in the sound, great minded and talented contenders that come out of their barn.  One such contender is the 2008 stallion, Travelin Jonez.  “TJ” is sired by the great Smart Chic Olena and out of Travelin With Sass (producer of over $180,000).  TJ himself is an earner of over $175,000, and took the NRCHA by storm in 2013.  In one year he won the NRCHA Stakes, NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby, NRCHA Jack & Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby, and was reserve champion at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Championship.  He is enrolled in NRBC, NRCHA Stakes, AQHA Incentive Fun, and is 5 panel negative.  For more information on Dawson Performance Horses visit their website at or Facebook pages at  For information on Travelin Jonez, visit his Facebook page at

Ron Ralls Performance Horses, located in Gainseville, TX, is dedicated to the training of quality reined cowhorses.  His success in the showpen is evident in his lifetime earnings that exceed $800,000.  Ron is a two time World’s Greatest Horseman (2003 and 2004), as well has holding numerous championships and reserve championships.  Ron and wife, Patti, run a superior operation.  For more information, visit them on Facebook at

World renowned clinician and trainer, Clinton Anderson, currently operates out of his facility in Stephenville, TX.  In addition to producing his television series and instructing horsemanship clinics and Walkabout Tours across the country, he also breeds, trains, and shows his own reining and cowhorses.  Clinton strives to create comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible.  For more information on Clinton and Downunder Horsemanship, visit his website at

Get prepared for Rode To Reno by updating your wardrobe with CR Ranch Wear gear.  This is an outstanding company that has everything you need to stand out in the showpen: men’s and women’s shirts, Yucca Flats show pads, and Kimes Ranch Jeans.  Each CR Ranch Wear show shirt is professionally sewn in Dallas, TX with hand-done details.  If you are an unusual size, skip the tailor and have the ladies at CR Ranch Wear custom make a shirt to your specifications.  They are currently in Fort Worth at the NCHA Summer Spectacular and will be with us at Rode To Reno.  To order your next show shirt, visit their website at or Facebook page at

Get the advantage in and out of the showpen with Santa Cruz Animal Health products.   They cater to a large variety of species ranging from livestock to companion animals.  Their equine products include antibiotics, antifungals, critical care products, dewormers, grooming supplies, hoof care products, fly sprays, high quality supplements and vaccines.  Their products are trusted by many competitors and professionals in SRCHA because they were designed by horse owners with the horseman in mind.  They are truly a one-stop-shop in terms of grooming and nutritional products, and will have many of their products offered for sale during Rode to Reno.  For more information on the products they offer, equine and otherwise, visit

Keeping the upcoming futurities in mind, it is important to ensure the health and soundness of our equine athletes.  Iconoclast Equine Support Boots feature a patented Orthopedic Wedge design that works in conjunction with their patented Double Sling Strap.  Combined, these features provide unparalleled 360 degree support of the leg.  Iconoclast Support Boots offer protection against flexion injuries, as well as being an effective tool during rehabilitation from a previous injury.  The beauty of Iconoclast products is that they were developed by equine professionals and leading veterinarians.   Be sure to follow them on Facebook at

While we’re on the subject of health and soundness, I would like to take a moment to recognize one more sponsor and long-time supporter of the SRCHA and Rode to Reno.  Dr. Joe Carter, DVM and Oklahoma Equine Hospital offer specialists in full service health, wellness, rehabilitation, and reproduction.  OEH utilizes state of the art resources and scientific services for horses across the country.  Surgical and lameness treatments are also backed by the latest technologies, so owners and professionals can place their trust in the skilled hands of the OEH veterinarians.  Dr. Joe Carter, DVM is an avid member of NRCHA, NRHA, and NCHA and can often be found at major events to attend to clients.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Oklahoma Equine Hospital, visit their website at  Be sure to follow them on Facebook as well at

Once again, we would like to take the time to thank our sponsors that make Rode to Reno a success.  Stay tuned for more information on our remaining sponsors, and we hope to see you all in Fort Worth on August 18-21 for Rode to Reno.

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