SmartPak is Now Just a Text Away!

SmartPak introduces a new level of stellar customer service experiences.

PLYMOUTH, MA – May 30, 2017 – SmartPak is once again revolutionizing customer service and making life in the barn easier than ever – the company is excited to announce that they are now offering texting for all customers! Have a supplement question? Ask SmartPak’s Supplement TEXTperts! Need to order more fly spray? SmartPak’s just a text away!

“Since the beginning, we’ve prided ourselves in providing knock-your-socks-off  customer services for both riders and their horses,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “As a company of riders, we know you want to spend your free time in the saddle, not on the computer. That’s why we’re thrilled to once again be offering our exceptional customer service in an even more convenient method of communication. Now our smarts are not just at your service, they’re in your pocket!”

SmartPak has always been known for providing world-class customer service. In addition to always exclusively hiring riders and horse owners who truly understand the joys and struggles of life in the barn, SmartPak is committed to providing a team of true Supplement Experts and Product Specialists.

“Every month, the Customer Care team undergoes hours of continuing education in horse health, nutrition, and supplements, as well as seasonal training on the latest tack, equipment, and supplies,” added Mann. “When you speak with one of our team members, you can rest assured that they are going to work with you to find the best solutions for you, your horse, and your budget.”

Now that valuable expertise is just a text away. Need more treats or want to snooze your next shipment? Help is literally in the palm of your hand. Customers can use SmartPak’s text line to ask questions, manage their account, and place orders from any mobile phone.

Since 1999, SmartPak has focused on exceptional customer service by expanding their hours, committing to one-day email response times, and adding on-site live chat, and they’re now the first equine company to offer text support for questions, orders, and account management.

To learn more about all of the great ways to communicate with SmartPak, visit www.SmartPak.com to learn more.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith
KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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American Youth Horse Council Invites Proposals for 2018 Symposium Presentations

AYHC_Symposium-finalistMcDonald, NM, May 24, 2017– The American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) invites proposals to speak at the 41st Annual AYHC Symposium, April 13-15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK. This event presents an opportunity for adult and student leaders in the youth horse industry to come together to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry. The event will include tours of the Oklahoma horse industry, live demonstrations, and workshops focused on kids and horses.

Proposals must be submitted electronically by email no later than September 15, 2017. Complete guidelines and form are available at AYHC.com. Speakers are responsible for their own registration fees, travel, lodging and other expenses.

Three audiences will be represented:

  • ž   Adult Leaders of Youth—mostly volunteers who work directly with youth in the field
  • ž   Youth Industry Professionals—those employed in the youth horse industry (such as Extension Specialists and breed association youth program coordinators)
  • ž   Teen Leaders—older teen leaders (age 14-18)

The non-breed / discipline specific curriculum throughout the symposium offers equine knowledge that transfers from the book to the barn, providing take-home tools to teach youth about safe and effective horsemanship. Above all, the Symposium connects participants with resources, referrals, and networking to help kids connect through horses. Workshops may be presented in a variety of formats including lecture, discussion, forum, panel, or hands on activity. Preference will be given to interactive workshops.

Symposium information, schedule and form are available at AYHC.com

Workshop Proposal guidelines

Workshop Proposal form

About the American Youth Horse Council
The American Youth Horse Council is a network of academic, breed, industry and other representatives interested in facilitating the flow of horse-related educational resources for youth. AYHC’s mission is to provide encouragement, communication, leadership & resources to serve and promote the youth horse industry. For complete presentation proposal instructions and/or more information about the association, please visit AYHC.com or contact the American Youth Horse Council at info@AYHC.com.

Contact:
Danette McGuire, AYHC Executive Director
P: 817.320.2005
www.ayhc.com
info@ayhc.com

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IEA Creates Zone for the Western Discipline

May 17, 2017, Columbus, Ohio – The Board of Directors of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) recently approved a proposal to re-organize the structure of the Western discipline beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Under the current structure, there are ten Western Zones across the United States that includes multiple regions within each Zone. Under the new format there will be one Western Zone splitting into eleven regions that will have more than 160 teams and 2,000 riders. In contrast to the Hunt Seat Zone structure, this unique, non-geographic, discipline-specific zone encompasses all of the United States with an effort to lead to a more successful and equally balanced IEA National Western Finals. The IEA will continue to hold the Western National Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in conjunction and affiliation with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

During the regular season, there will be no change to the process for qualifying for regional finals and all eleven regions will hold a regionals competition. The change happens in that there will not be Western Zone Finals as in previous years, but instead there will be two Semi-Finals held to determine which riders will move on to the National Finals competition.

“The ongoing, year-long effort by IEA Co-founder and Board Member, Ollie Griffith, along with his Western Committee, has launched a new and exciting endeavor for Western teams,” says IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “We hope that this re-structuring will allow riders to experience a more robust regional finals and semi-finals and ultimately help to inspire new Western Teams to form throughout the United States.”

In addition to Griffith, the IEA Western Committee members include: Jessica Bein(Zone 8, Arizona); Bobby Dean (Zone 2, Pennsylvania); Roger Elder (Zone 4, Tennessee); Ruth Finley (Zone 3, North Carolina); Lynlee Foster (Zone 5, Kentucky); Holly Hover (Zone 8, Arizona); Kevin Jewell (Zone 4, Georgia); Todd Knerr (Zone 5 Administrator); Katie Morehead (Zone 5, Ohio); Ashley Wilson(Zone 4, Georgia) and IEA staff members Roxane Durant (Executive Director), Jennifer Eaton (Membership Marketing Coordinator) and Myron Leff (Chief Operating Officer).

A Western Zone Administrator will be named in coming weeks. For more details and guidelines on the new Western Zone, please visit www.rideiea.org.

About IEA:
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams.  There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions.  Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.  The IEA is open to public schools, private schools, and barn teams.  For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org

Myron Leff
IEA Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
614-460-3532  |  myron@rideiea.org 

Kimber Whanger
IEA Communications Coordinator
614-542-9415  |  kimber@rideiea.org

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

2017 NRHA Election Information

2017 ELECTIONS

NRHA members have the opportunity to nominate members to represent their interests and to help guide the future of Reining. Read the following overview for more information on how you can get involved in the process. (European members: Please check your email in-box for additional details on European Executive Board Elections for the European Region) 

SEATS UP FOR ELECTION & NOMINATION DEADLINES

Director-at-Large on the Executive Committee (Two seats): Worldwide NRHA Members are given the opportunity to nominate and vote for members to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee. Write-in candidates can be submitted by the August 2 deadline. Please refer to the NRHA Elections Procedures for details.

Director for North American regions (One per region): Members from the following regions are also given the opportunity to nominate and vote for members to represent them on a regional level as an NRHA Director. 

  • East Central – Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee
  • North Central – North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska
  • South Central – Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana
  • Northeast – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and District of Columbia
  • Northwest – California*, Idaho*, Oregon, Washington

    *If a member lives in this state and designates an affiliate for Affiliate Regional Championships qualifying in that region, the member will be given voting privileges for that region. If the member lives in this state and does not designate an affiliate, voting privileges will be given as follows: California – Northwest region, Idaho – Northwest region and Nevada – Southwest region.

Elections will rotate to the other regions next year to continue with the alternating schedule.

NRHA Affiliates can nominate members to represent them as an NRHA Director. The deadline for Affiliate nominations is July 5. If a member wishes to be a write-in candidate, he/she may do so by the August 2 deadline. Please refer to the NRHA Elections Procedures for details on both of these options, and look in the Members Only section for helpful forms.

NRHA Election Procedures

NRHA Bylaws

Candidate Biography Template

Candidate Write-In Form

ELECTRONIC VOTING DATES

Open: October 1 at noon CDT
End: November 1 at noon CDT

ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Christa Morris-Stone, cmorris@nrha.com, (405) 946-7400, ext. 105
3012 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Voters must be at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2018 and a member in good-standing to participate in this election. Members whose memberships are maintained or recorded as joint, corporate, syndicate, associate, alliance, affiliate, or other type or category are not considered to be individual Members, and they are not eligible to vote.

NRHyA Welcome Cinch as the New Title Sponsor of the Speaking Contest

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) welcomes Cinch as the new title sponsor to the NRHyA Speaking Contest held annually at the NRHA Derby.

Formed in 2011, the speaking contest allows youth members an opportunity to polish and perfect their public speaking skills while competing for over $3,000 in scholarships and prizes. The contest is split into two age groups, and contestants can compete in their choice of the following divisions: Prepared Public Speaking, Community Service Presentation, and Delivering A: General.

nrhya300“Youth and the future of our western way of life are important to Cinch, and we love that NRHA and NRHyA have a strong commitment to develop our future leaders. We are excited to extend our partnership to support those youth making an active effort to grow their communication skills,Said Megan Scales, Social Media & Sponsorship Manager at Miller International.

When asked about the new sponsorship, Hayley Eberle, NRHA Manager of Marketing & Outreach, had this to say, “We believe that the youth are an important part of NRHA and the equestrian community as a whole. NRHA and NRHyA want to create not only good horsemen and women, but strong, well-spoken representatives that have the life skills to be productive members of society. Dedicated Corporate Partners like Cinch who see the value of our youth and partner with us on life skill building opportunities such as the speaking contest are invaluable, and we sincerely appreciate their support.”

Youth members interested in competing in this year’s Cinch NRHyA Speaking Contest can find more information, including the entry form at NRHyA.com or by clicking here. Entries must be postmarked or in the NRHA office by June 3rd.