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Mark Rafacz

Mark Rafacz

6 years with Arenus



An Illinois native, Mark Rafacz has been an NRHA professional for over 30 years. He has numerous wins throughout the country including a championship at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, a championship at the NRHA Futurity and a NRHA Open Reserve World Championship. While reining horses are his primary focus, he spends time showing within the AQHA and Appaloosa breed associations as well.

Mark is well known for his coaching abilities and hosts many successful non pros in his program that have gone one to win derby championships, Congress wins, world titles and top ten finishes. Mark, his wife, Shannon, and daughter, Madison, currently reside in Florida where they continue to show, train and foster their love of reining horses.


  • Aleira
  • Steadfast Equine


Tournament Championships:

  • 2014 – Named NRHA Non Pro Coach of the Year
  • 2014 – 1st place, Novice Open Level 1, Florida Classic
  • 2014 – 1st place, Novice Open Level 2, Florida Classic
  • 2014 – 1st place, Senior Reining, Florida Classic
  • 2013 – Champion, Senior Reining, All American Quarter Horse Congress
  • 2013 – Reserve Champion, Open Derby Level 2, Florida Classic
  • 2013 – Awarded the Bill Horn Memorial Trophy, Florida Classic
  • 2012 – Adequan NAAC Open Championship, National Reining Horse Futurity
  • 2012 – 3rd place, Level 2 Derby, Cowtown Derby
  • 2012 – Several wins in the FRHA Open throughout the year
  • 2012 – 1st place, Open Derby, Carolina Classic
  • 2012 – Honored as the #1 NRHA Open Rider
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