It was announced in mid-July that Mark Rafacz will teach the Non Pro Clinic held on Friday, August 29, during the Tulsa Reining Classic. When a last-minute commitment caught previously-scheduled instructor Jackie Krshka by surprise and she was unable to attend, show management and the officers of the Global Reining Sport Group met and unanimously chose to ask Mark Rafacz to take her place.
“Mark is such a superstar when it comes to coaching riders,” noted Cheryl Magoteaux-Cody of the TRC Management Team. “He was a fitting first recipient of the NRHA Non Pro Trainer Award, which he received at the NRHA Hall of Fame Banquet in June, and we’re excited to be able to offer our show attendees the chance to work with him.”
Mark’s enthusiasm for what he does and for helping others achieve is palpable, “I am very excited to have to chance to work with the Non Pros attending the Tulsa Reining Classic. Any opportunity I get to give back to the NRHA and the sport is a good day! I look forward to meeting new people and having a great facility in Tulsa to help polish their skills. Let’s get busy!”
The personable trainer certainly keeps himself busy, and his accomplishments reflect his dedication. He has coached clients and his wife, Shannon, to multiple NRHA world and reserve world titles. In addition, he has trained and coached over 15 horse and rider teams to All American Quarter Horse Congress Championships and he has over 12 World and Reserve World Championships to his own credit.
Cody added, “Mark is known for his knack for helping riders compete and understand the sport of reining at their own level and in their own way and he might teach the same maneuver to ten different people but explain it in as many different ways. His customers’ combined NRHA earnings are near $1,000,000 mark!”
While Mark has been an NRHA professional for over 25 years, his roots are in the all around arena. With that background, he focuses not only on the development of horses but also takes riders that have no knowledge of the sport and turns them into Non Pros who are regularly seen in the winner’s circle.