NRHA High School Reining Championship

Julia Purus wins the Interscholastic Equestrian Association reining title at the event hosted by the National Reining Horse Association Derby.

By Marie Klimova
National Reining Horse Association
July 15, 2013

Gulf Coast 2013

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the High School Reining Championship for NRHA and Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) members. At the end of the class, Julia Purus won the championship with a score of 148.5 aboard Spook Goes Hollywood donated to the competition by Matthew Armenta.

 Purus, a high school senior from Purcell, Okla., qualified to compete in the championship through her involvement with NRHA. After high school, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and be a member of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Team.

Benjamin Beckett, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, took second place on Crank Up The Band scoring 146.5 donated to the competition by Brett Walters.

The championship class brought together the top four riders from the Individual Open Reining at the IEA National Western Championship (held during the NRHA Derby) and the top four riders from the 2013 NRHA 14-18 Youth World Championship standings in an exciting “catch ride” competition where riders show unfamiliar horses graciously donated by supporters.

Riders included:

  • Ben Beckett
  • Monika Ernenwein
  • David “Ryan” May
  • Holly Phillips
  • Julia Purus
  • Caroline Robinson
  • Tristen J. Rowland
  • Morgan Sykes

The NRHA and National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the High School Reining Championship:

  • Kirk George - A Smokin Enterprise
  • Blair Thompson - Boggies Gun Phire
  • Brett Walters, Walters Equestrian Center - Crank Up The Band
  • Clark Reining Horses, LLC - Rowdys Pistol
  • Kim Oldham - San Juan Whiz
  • Matthew Armenta – Spook Goes Hollywood
  • Mindy Truex - Streakin Catalyst
  • Torpey Performance Horses - Wunder Bread

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere.
IEA was formed, in 2002, and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition, and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.