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TNHRA Rock n’ Roll Classic


Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

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Beautiful, sunny fall weather welcomed the Tennessee Reining Horse Association’s (TNRHA) Rock n’ Roll Classic to the Show Place Arena in Cordova, Tenn. the first weekend in November (1-3). 2019. This was TNHRA’s first time to show in Memphis and it was definitely reining at the Show Place Arena. “We are enjoying the facility,” said show manager Julia Reece, and she complimented the amenities available.

Friday’s classes included Novice Horse, Rookie, and the first phases of the Open and Non Pro Futurities. Saturday’s classes began with NRHA Green horses, moved onto the Youth classes, and the Open Derby in the early afternoon.

Later in the afternoon was the Non Pro Derby. The show concluded on Sunday with Novice Open, NRHA Green, Youth Short Stirrup and Youth Rookie, Rookie, TNRHA Green, and Open Rookie Pro. They even had a division for Para Reiners. “We have something for everyone,” said show manager Julia Reece.

Judges Ed Cridge, Dout Milholland, and Charles Smith had the tough job of discerning the winners. Results of each day’s classes are posted on the organization’s website:

The show had a large number of entries from all over the U.S. and one from Canada. There were over 70+ entries in the Derby! Reiners came from Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan, and West Virginia. Some were there to earn points for TNRHA year end awards; some were there hoping to earn points toward NRHA world titles. Some were there with 3-year-olds because this was one of the last futurities of the year, and they hope to go to the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma, Nov. 28 – Dec. 7, 2019.

While the serious showing took place during the day, there was plenty of time for dining and socializing in the evenings.  Friday night was pizza party night for the Derby and Futurity draws, and Saturday night featured BBQ and Blues.

Sam and Jeanna Schaffhauser actually instigated having a TNRHA show in west Tennessee, and other board members thought it was a good idea, too. (Jeanna is TNRHA Secretary.) “It was our first time to host a show in Memphis and it worked out really well. The show was bigger than we expected and we tried to make it fun for everyone,” Sam said.

He said the arena was well worked, and Jamie White, Show Place Arena manager, said they brought in four loads of sand to make the footing just right. “The ground was perfect for reining,” Sam commended.

Sam brought 26 horses to the show, some of his own and some of his clients. He won the Open on Mister Customized and placed second with Little Brother Gun. His “Futurity horse was in the money,” he said; Cinderellas Lil Step placed sixth. For other horses he brought, this was their first time in the show pen and they did very well. “My clients all had good rides and everyone had a good time,” Sam said.

Photography services were provided by Kerry Riley, 18 year Waltenberry premiere photographer, and video services by National Sports Broadcasting. Find photos at and videos at

TNRHA will be back in Memphis again next year on the same “Halloween weekend.” Find out more about TNRHA and their show schedule at:

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