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May 2015
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The Atlantic Reined Cow
Horse Association is celebrating
ten years as an affiliate of the
National Reined Cow Horse
Association.
Founding members, including
Dick Rosell, Meg Rosell-Purcell,
Tom Iannotti and Kelly Byler,
were introduced by trainer Rich
Timmons to the Reined Cow
Horse. They found 20 members
to fill the quota set by NRCHA to
create an affiliate. The ARCHA
found a home at Peter Fuller’s
Willow Brook Farms in Catasau-
qua, PAwhich has a rich history
as a premier Reining facility.
Many ARCHAmembers have
found great success in Reined Cow
Horse events across the country.
ARCHA’s monthly shows, where
competitors range in age from 13
to 82, are known for their cama-
raderie and family environment.
ARCHAPresident Dominic Con-
icelli of Collegeville, PA, age 82,
recently returned from competing
in the 2015 NRCHSACelebrations
in Ft. Worth TX, where his trainer,
Mark Sigler, won over $10,300 on
Dom's 4 year old Rockys Surprize
CD. Dom has also won many top
awards, including the 2014 Non
Pro Limited Bridle Spectacular
Championship at the East Coast
Reined Cow Horse Classic in Mur-
freesboro, TN. In 2012 he was the
NRCHANon Pro Limited Reserve
World Champion in San Angelo,
TX along with being a three time
finalist at the AQHASelect World
Show in Amarillo, TX.
The Rosell family from Len-
hartsville, PA, founding members
of the ARCHA, were avid Team
Penners, winning numerous
championships. While competing
at AQHA shows, Meg entered a
reined cow horse class because
she liked the idea of competing
individually and was hooked!
Meg was the first competitor east
of the Mississippi to compete
at the World show in Reined
Cow Horse. Meg won the 2009
National Reserve Non Pro in the
bridle class and her dad Dick
won the 2009 National Title in
Non Pro Hackamore. Meg is cur-
rently on the National Non-Pro
Committee for the NRCHA.
Dom Conicelli, age 82 of Collegeville, PA is president of the Atlantic
Reined Cow Horse Association and an avid competitor. He recently
competed in the 2015 NRCHSA Celebration in Texas where his four
year old Rockys Surprize CD, won more than $10,000.
Atlantic Reined Cow Horse
Association Celebrates 10 Years
The ARCHAmembership
currently consists of members from
PA, NJ, NY, ME, MA and MD.
Competitors come from as far as
Canada, VT, OH, VA and WV.
Vice-President Kirk Druey,
fromAdamstown, MD, has been
competing for ten years. His
recent accomplishments include
2012 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity
Novice Non Pro Champion and
Intermediate Non Pro Reserve
Champion in Reno, NV. He
returned to Reno in 2013 and won
the NRCHANon Pro Hackamore
World Championship. Kirk said,
"The combination of finesse and
horsemanship combined with a bit
of rodeo is the reason I love reined
cow horse events. There's nothing
like going down the fence!"
Tom Iannotti from Monro-
eville, NJ also competed for years
in Team Penning events, and also
was a founding member of the
ARCHA. Tom and Judy have been
instrumental behind scenes with
Tom serving as the Secretary/Trea-
surer since the inception and Judy
keeping all the points and standings
for many years. Tom, 69, is also
a contender at all the shows and
has the awards to prove it. Asked
why he went to Reined Cow Horse
events, Tom answered, "Because it
is one of the most exciting western
classes that exists. There is nothing
more thrilling than going down the
fence at 35 MPH and turning the
cow. I really like working cattle
with horses. You are riding your
horses with a job in mind. I have
always enjoyed cutting and reining
and with Reined Cow Horses, you
do both."
All the shows are sanctioned
with the NRCHA and AQHA
but the shows also hold ARCHA
classes, which are ideal for be-
ginners. The Green classes have
been some of the largest over the
last few years and have given
many non-pros their start.
ARCHA also hosts many clin-
ics throughout the year, featuring
trainers such as Jay Holmes, Todd
Crawford, Mark Sigler, Joe Harper,
Bonnie Miller, Jake Telford, Re-
becca Lipka and Jeffrey Gettys.
Show secretary is Lashon Bus-
sell and Whip Hussman handles
stalls. Joanne Hatchen announces
shows and scribes for the judges
and Chris Walls handles the cattle.
Sponsors include Conicelli
Autoplex, The Loff Group, Merrill
Lynch, Tranquility Veterinary
Clinic, Rosell Trailer Sales, Anita
Flick, Skyline Silversmiths, Mark
Sigler, John Ciurczak, Lia Savas,
Lucky D Performance Horses,
LLC, Liz Parsons, Brenda Fessler,
Tom & Judy Iannotti, Lyndra
Bills, Willow Brook Farms, Edie
Petaccio, NRCHA, Deb Gastelu
and Tom Balding Bits & Spurs.
For more information, visit
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