TNRHA Hall Of Fame
Congratulations to our 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Rick Walker has been a long-time member of the Tennessee Reining Horse Association. You might say that he is a ground level supporter. Having served many terms as a member of the Board of Directors, he brings a different perspective to the table based on his wide-spread experiences in the reining industry. These ideas have encouraged the members of the board to look at programs under consideration and develop those programs taking the best from his experiences. He came to Tennessee with years of active participation in an NRHA affiliate in another southern state. But he brought more to Tennessee than experience and ideas. He brought a passion for the sport and a desire to make the opportunities in Tennessee the best that could be offered.
As an exhibitor he has delivered some incredible runs and a most entertaining free-style presentation. As a spectator no one can compare to him when it comes to supporting and encouraging those in the pen. Rick is also one of the most dependable workers at the shows. He greets exhibitors, opens stalls, gets shavings—whatever is necessary to make them welcome.
Congratulations to our 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees …
Barbara Brookshire served as President of our club for four years and stepped up when no one else was willing to take that role. Barbara worked tirelessly as President and still serves as our Show Chairman. She has supported reining in Tennessee in the role of scribe, being chosen to scribe at premiere NRHA competitions, Regional Director of the East Center Region and member of the NRHA Board, serving on the Affiliate Committee. She is our go-to person regarding NRHA rules and continues to guide us regarding the guidelines and regulations. One of the most frequently heard comments at any TNRHA show is “Go ask Barbara”. After an absence from the show pen, Barbara returned with her mare “BH Whizin on a Melody” and she and Mel represented TNRHA this past year at the Regional Affiliate Finals in the Rookie class. Thank you, Barbara, for everything you have done – and continue to do for TNRHA – and congratulations on your induction into the TNRHA Hall of Fame.
Pearls King Whiz
Pearls King Whiz is, quite simply, an incredible show horse. This 1999 gelding is by Paprika Whiz, who is an own son of Top Sail Whiz, and out of a daughter of Easter Gentlemen is royally bred. His NRHA show report goes on for 10 full pages and, as you scan his history in the show pen, it is clear to see that his consistency and longevity are second to none. From Charlie Hutton and Mark Turner in the open to Jerry Montaque in a successful year of Rookie competition, from the beginning this horse never failed to show up, almost always taking home a check. At a clinic in 2011, Marco Formentin suggested that Jenny Lynn Hooper try Whiz, she bought him soon after. They competed together for the first time in NRHA Green classes in October of that year and an once-in-a-lifetime partnership was born. Pearls King Whiz has NRHA life time earnings of more than forty six thousand dollars and his many TNRHA year end titles, AQHA Registers of Merit and NRHA top 5 and top 10 finishes are literally too numerous to mention and they include 2014 NRHA Non Pro Novice Horse Level 2 world champion and 2012 NRHA limited non pro reserve world champion with Jenny Lynn on board. When interviewed for an article in The Reiner, Jenny Lynn said of Whiz, “I’ve never shown a horse with so much try and so much heart.” Congratulations to Pearls King Whiz and owner Jenny Lynn Hooper on his induction into the TNRHA Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to our 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Tuckers Lil Playboy
(2002; Sorrel; Elans Playboy x Pocita Senorita)
and to Michelle Grantham and Keith Tidmore.
With a show career that has spanned 10 years, Tuckers Lil Playboy has demonstrated the ability to maintain a very high level of performance at an age that many stallions have already been retired to the breeding barn. With over $84,000 in total NRHA earnings, he has successfully carried both Open and non Pro riders to a first place finish, repeatedly. In AQHA competition, “Playboy” has accumulated 53.5 open points and 7 amateur points in very limited showing, earning his ROM. He is the sire of 10 foals, 2 of which are money earners. Playboy set the standard for derby reining in Tennessee by winning both the inaugural VBC derby and the Smoky Mountain Reins Derby as a 4 year old. He repeated this feat as a five year old and again as a 6 year old, becoming the only horse to perform this three-peat.