2023 NRHA World Champions Are Announced

After a rigorous season of competition spanning the globe, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) concluded 2023 by honoring the horses, riders, and owners who earned one of 16 NRHA World Championships.

“These riders demonstrated unwavering commitment to their equine athletes, the sport, and its rich traditions,” said NRHA Commissioner Billy Smith.

A ceremony to honor the 2023 NRHA Top Ten will be held at the 2024 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel June 11-26 in Oklahoma City. This event will also acknowledge the Top 20 Professionals, Top 20 Non Pros, and Top 20 Owners along with the Top 10 in the following divisions: Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Rookie Professional, Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Prime Time Non Pro, Novice Horse Open Level 1–3, Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1–3, Youth 13 & Under, and Youth 14–18. Members from around the globe are invited to join us in the celebration.

Congratulations to the following 2023 NRHA World Champions:


Horse: CSG Piggiemove

Rider: Lukasz Czechowicz

Owner: Katarzyna Roleska

Location: Zglobice, Poland

 Intermediate Open

Horse: Katies Whizzn Gun

Rider: Valerie Siegel

Owner: Sharon Gelhaus & Valerie A Siegel

Location: Wilsall, Montana

 Limited Open

Horse: Hope N A Prayer

Rider: Liam Sykes

Owner: Teddy & Summer Gerrald

Location: Horatio, Arkansas

 Rookie Professional

Horse: Big Niccy

Rider: Palmer Barnett

Owner: Celeste Elizabeth Golland

Location: Baroda, Michigan

 Non Pro

Rider: Nikolai Stiller

Horse: Hollywood Gunrunner

Location: Bergheim, Germany

 Intermediate Non Pro

Rider: Ashley Weaver

Horse: Platinum Per Se

Location: Morgan, Utah

 Limited Non Pro

Rider: Jeremy Zangl

Horse: Moonstone Princess

Location: Pilot Point, Texas

 Prime Time Non Pro

Rider: Lucinda Human

Horse: Made By Magnum

Location: Advance, North Carolina

Novice Horse Open Level 1, 2 & 3

Horse: Keep On Th Sunnyside

Rider: Peter DeFreitas

Owner: Carlton & Khris Crowe

Location: Gainsville, Texas

 Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1

Rider: Mason McDowell

Horse: Xtra Fugged About It

Location: Enterprise, Oregon

 Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2

Rider: Ashley Weaver

Horse: Platinum Per Se

Location: Morgan, Utah

 Novice Horse Non Pro Level 3

Rider: Stephanie Porath

Horse: Gunna Be Expensive

Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

 Youth 13 & Under

Rider: Lily Forzani

Horse: Annies Custom Pistol

Location: Crossroads, Texas

 Youth 14-18

Rider: Reed Selner

Horse: JL Pistol Pete

Location: Plymouth, Indiana

The full list of the 2023 NRHA Top 10 Standings are listed here.

This achievement is a testament to the dedication of these riders, the exceptional training of their equine partners, and the unwavering support of their teams. We look forward to celebrating with each of you in June.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse in a fun-filled, family atmosphere. NRHA’s mission is to promote the reining horse worldwide while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of Western horsemanship. To learn more about NRHA, how to join, or to become a fan, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Haley Carmen
Sr. Director of Communications
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 102