Save the Dates – 2014 NWHA National Championship Show

Save the dates!  The 2014 NWHA National Championship Show will be held on September 22 – 27, 2014 at the Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

More information will be posted to the dedicated Nationals site as it becomes available . . .  We are looking forward to another exciting competition year and awesome championship show.  See you there!

Allen All Around – 2013 TWHBEA Sire of the Year!

Congratulations to our very own ALLEN ALL AROUND! Allen has been named the 2013 TWHBEA Sire of the Year! Allen, who is proudly owned by Lee and Linda Ritter, began his career at MacGregor Stables where he earned many championship titles and stood at stud. As handsome as ever at age 16, Allen is actively showing with Vicki Ritter and his current trainer, Mikal Spooner, in both the Lite Shod English and Western divisions. At our 2013 Nationals, Allen captured five more championship titles. In 2010, he was one of NWHA’s breed ambassadors at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games!  He currently stands at Spoonerisms Training. Your NWHA family is SO proud of you all and are looking forward to seeing Allen (and his progeny, too) for many more years to come!  Allen is pictured with, from left to right, Mikal Spooner, Vicki Ritter (up), Lee Ritter, Linda Ritter, Butch Ritter.  (Photo by Ken Siems, PSD Photo)

2013 Nationals – Thank you & Congratulations!

It’s hard to believe that the 2013 NWHA National Championship Show is now a recent memory!  From the NWHA Board of Directors, Show and Office Staff, “thank you” to everyone who made our show a success and a most-terrific showcase of sound, naturally-gaited horses!  You are appreciated more than words can say. 

Show results are posted on the dedicated-show website (coming to soon).  And, you may view photos and order pictures of the show at 

In addition to the many equine winners, we had some other very special winners, too.  NWHA proudly congratulates: 

 -        Lucas Keller (TN) – our 2013 Greg Thoryk Sportsmanship Award recipient.  (And, it was his birthday, too!) 

-          Our Neil Clark Scholarship winners Megan Matula (NC) for her essay and Ashley Royer (MO) for her photo.  The scholarships were awarded to co-winners in the 13-17 division this year as there were no entries in the 12 and under group. 

-          Susan Fenner (MI) riding Justa Wise Heart – our Adult All-Around Versatility Champion.

-          Gabrielle Oddo (MI) riding Pride Heat of the Night – our Youth All-Around Versatility Champion. 

-          Elizabeth Conti (GA) riding Topper’s Beaucoup Delight – our Youth All-Around Versatility Reserve Champion. 

(There were no entries in the 11 & Under All Around.) 

-          NWHA’s Youth 4-H Achievement awardees:  Elizabeth Conti (GA) and Bogie; Megan Matula (NC) and Madame Double Spirit; Alexandra Oddo (MI) and Justa Wise Heart; Gabrielle Oddo (MI) and Heat; Ashley Royer (MO) and Elle; and Jenna Swinskowski (MI) and Nick. 

-          Stall decorating winners (as determined by our Youth members):  Champion – Hot Topic Gaited Stables, Magnolia, TX; Reserve Champion -  Joe London Stables, Rixeyville, VA.  

 For those of you who checked out a little early and have paybacks coming, they will be mailed this week.  We still have some official 2013 NWHA National t-shirts available ($12 plus shipping for S-XL; $14 plus shipping for XXL). Please contact Kathie in the office if you would like one!

 Hope you will plan to join us next year for the Nationals – stay tuned for the announcement of the show dates and location! 

2013 Nationals – Deadlines & Dressage Update

2013 Nationals . . . Quickly-approaching Deadlines and a Dressage Test Update!

September 4 – Nominations for the All-Around Championship must be mailed in (emailed, faxed, postmarked)

September 7 – Extended a few days (originally September 1) . . . Reserve your camper/RV site to get the best rate! All sites have water, electric, and sewage hookups; available in 30 and 50 amps. Contact Mag Ranft at or 614-946-7046 for reservations/information. Payments are made to the NWHA Office at 4059 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 4, Lexington, KY 40511 – checks payable to NWHA. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are also accepted by calling the office at 859-252-6942.

September 7 – Last day to pre-enter for the Nationals AND reserve your stalls at the lower pre-entry rate . . . save $25 per stall or tack stall! Pre-entering will also save you money and make the check-in process SO much easier for you at the show. You may always add/drop classes if needed at the show. Maria Redmond is available to help with your stall reservations . . . 513-608-7058 or Entry information (both online and mail-in) is on

Dressage Riders . . . Please note this showbill change! Class #4 (Dressage Second Level) will be using Test #2 instead of Test #3. Please go to to print the test from the NWHA Versatility Book or call the office for assistance.

Only 22 days and counting until we see you in Shelbyville!