2018 NRHA Convention & Awards Recap

2018 NRHA Convention & Awards Concludes in Oklahoma City 

For Immediate Release –- February 23, 2018 –  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The third annual National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Convention & Awards concluded February 10, and after four days of education, constructive discussion and networking, the event was clearly deemed a success. The convention started with NRHA Executive Committee and NRHA Board of Directors meetings, which set a productive tone for the rest of the week.

The NRHA Board of Directors had their first reading of 2019 proposed rule changes, received an update on the 2018 European Summit that was held earlier this year, approved the 2018 NRHA Derby schedule and also got a first-hand demonstration of the information technology rebuild project. NRHA Directors also had the opportunity to give an update on their region including successes and challenges they are currently facing. The board also approved for the well-received NRHA Pro Trainer magazine to move to a quarterly publication and allocated the necessary resources to ensure current NRHA Professionals receive the publication.

Other items of discussion included:

  • Dual entry options were added and a Prime Time payout clarification was made to the 2018 Futurity Conditions.
  • NRHA Luxembourg was approved as a new NRHA Affiliate.
  • 2018 Election Procedures – This year’s procedures and deadlines were approved with the following positions up for election: vice president, director-at-large on the executive committee and director for the Southwest, Southeast and Mountain regions.

Friday and Saturday morning were full of committee meetings, all of which were loaded with ideas and discussion on how to continue improving the sport of reining. NRHA Professionals attend the Professionals Summit on Saturday morning where they had guest speakers covering a variety of topics such as media training and an update on the Electronic Logging Devices mandate. Saturday night concluded with a star-studded celebration as NRHA World Champions and various other winners were presented with their awards.

The NRHA Judges Summit and Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting were also held Saturday prior to the awards banquet. Attendees of the AGM received updates on the Reining Horse Foundation, NRHA financials and the strategic plan and watched as Mike Deer was awarded his NRHA President’s buckle made by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths.

When asked about the event, NRHA President Mike Deer had this to say, “I always look forward to the NRHA Convention & Awards. It allows our membership, committees, board and staff to gather together and set the tone for all the great things we want to accomplish this year. Conversations among everyone were passionate and purposeful, making each meeting a true success. 2018 is going to be an outstanding year for NRHA.”

NRHyA Leadership Summit

The 2018 NRHA Youth Leadership Summit took place in conjunction with the NRHA Convention & Awards. Kelly Barnes served as the facilitator, where he challenged youth members to “amp up their leadership.”  The summit attendees participated in three sessions of workshops, each led by Barnes.  All five youth association officers were present, along with other NRHyA members. 

2019 Rule Change Proposals can be found under the members only section. Current NRHA members are encouraged to leave comments regarding the proposals. The commenting section will be open through April 16.