Reining Horse Associations

A trial lawyer by trade, Marianne Howanitz is used to tough competition and hard work. She is also used to hearing a judge’s verdict. During the final National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Rookie of the Year competition at the 2009 NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, the verdict was in. Marianne and her sorrel gelding, Stingray Whiz, were declared the champions.When it came time to compete in Oklahoma City, Marianne had never competed for a national championship title against other qualifiers who were the toughest competitors in the world. This show brought together the best horse and rider teams from each of the 10 regions throughout the United States and Canada to go against each other for the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” title.  Howanitz was especially proud of Stingray since she and her husband raised him and Marianne once showed his mother, “A Lady in Hollywood”. Never one to rest on her laurels, Marianne is preparing to show a half-sister to Stingray next year. For now, she is satisfied to be 2009’s “Rookie of the Year.”

Reining Horse Associations
Reining Horse Associations
Reining Horse Associations
Reining Horse Associations