Internships Available for NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – March 9, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The application period is now open for 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby interns. Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within the horse industry, learn essential knowledge on event organization and be a part of the third-largest reining event in the world. Internships with NRHA also provide individuals with real-life experiences that create lifelong skill sets.

Many current NRHA employees began their career as a show intern at the NRHA Derby or Futurity. “I had already fallen in love with the sport of reining, which is what led me to apply for the internship with the NRHA,” said NRHA Member & Show Services Representative Riley Jordan. “Although the shows can be long and demanding, working alongside the NRHA employees truly caused me to fall in love with the company and the way they treat their employees and members. I had never worked in an environment where I loved and respected people that I barely knew so much. I never saw myself being one to move across the country for any reason. NRHA turned out to be the one exception.”

Internships are available in three categories: general, marketing and youth. All internships are based at NRHA headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and include participation at the NRHA Derby June 23-July 1, 2018*. Selected candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Able to assist with all functions of the departments listed, including early mornings and long days during the event
  • Willing to work closely with youth members, leaders and NRHA staff
  • Demonstrate an interest in the livestock or horse industry, and have the ability to work collaboratively
  • Creative, energetic, patient and reliable

To apply, complete the online application at Send the completed application, resume and references to the appropriate contact listed on the application.

*Interns will arrive for set up before the show begins and assist with tear-down at the conclusion of the event.

Reining Horses at Jacksonville Equestrian Center Compete for $130,000+ in cash prizes

For Immediate Release Jacksonville, FL (March 8, 2018) — The Jacksonville Equestrian Center hosted the Florida Reining Horse Association (FRHA) Classic February 20-25. The annual competition paid out more than $130,000 in added prize monies.

The multi-day reining competition offered 75 classes across multiple divisions from short stirrup and youth to amateur, non-pro, novice, green and open. The event also included US Para Reining Grades 1-4 and World Para Reining Grades 1-4, which are for athletes with a physical disability.

“We had roughly 450 horses here,” said Karen Randall, the show secretary from Lockport, New York. “We had more exhibitors from outside of Florida than from the state of Florida.” Riders hauled from as far west as Texas and Oklahoma and as far north as New York and Pennsylvania and points beyond. Each exhibitor had hopes of winning cash prizes, one of 35 championship buckles, a saddle or one of nearly 600 other prizes.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s facilities contribute to the event’s popularity. The facility offers more than 400 permanent stalls and a large indoor coliseum, which includes a 123,000 square foot arena with permanent seating for 3,700. “The Equestrian Center goes above and beyond for us,” Randall said. “The facility and staff are simply fabulous to work with.” FRHA will host another event at the facility March 23 -25 of this year and has already signed a contract for events in 2019.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a favorite destination for equestrian competitions, recreational events, and social events for the community. The 80-acre facility, which is easily accessible from major highways in Jacksonville, Florida, also features miles of hiking and riding trails and a picnic pavilion. For more information and to find out about other upcoming events, visit or call (904) 255-4215.

Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Tim Jones
13611 Normandy Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32221

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New Protocol for NRHA Professional of the Year Awards

In the fall of 2017, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professionals Committee unanimously voted to modify the nomination and voting procedures for their yearly awards. The intention of this modification is to gain more participation from NRHA Affiliates and broaden the pool of deserving nominees.

The new nomination and voting process will be implemented this year and will follow the procedures below.

  1. NRHA Affiliates will submit one nomination for each of the five award categories. It will be up to each affiliate to determine how they select their nominees. Nominations for each category will need a separate form.
  2. Nominations will remain at the current due date of November 1. Once the nomination period is complete, the NRHA Professionals Committee Staff Liaison will collect and compile all nominations for the committee to review.
  3. The NRHA Professionals Committee will review all nominations, selecting the top five professionals for each category.
  4. Once the top five are selected, an electronic vote will be sent to all current NRHA Professional members.
  5. After the voting is closed, winners will be announced. Any ties will be broken by the NRHA Professionals Committee.

The NRHA Professionals Committee strives to strengthen its current programs through constant evaluation. They hope this change will afford more of the industry’s best professionals the opportunity to receive the recognition they deserve through a more structured nomination and voting processes.

Forms and further instructions will be available on the NRHA website before nominations begin this fall. For questions, contact Hayley Eberle, NRHA Professionals Committee staff liaison, at or (405) 946-7400 ext. 103.


Tamarack Ranch Becomes NRHA’s Newest Ranch Partner

For Immediate Release – March 3, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – As a nonprofit organization, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) relies on partnerships and alliances to help promote and develop the sport of reining. NRHA is pleased to welcome Tamarack Ranch as a new Ranch Partner in 2018.

Tamarack Ranch, located in Joseph, Oregon, prides itself on raising reining horse prospects of sound mind and healthy body. Owned by Suzy Simar, the ranch breeds and houses elite reining horses of every age. Tamarack also serves as the training location for NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins who says, “Investing in the future of reining is a key initiative of Tamarack Ranch. In the past, we have sponsored many different shows and events. This year, we decided to use our resources to become an NRHA Ranch Partner in order to best help promote the reining horse industry.”

NRHA is equally excited about this decision. “We are proud to welcome Tamarack Ranch as a new NRHA Ranch Partner and Futurity Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsor,” said Sammi Miller, NRHA Director of Corporate Relations. “A partnership with Tamarack Ranch supports NRHA’s mission of promoting the sport of reining and producing great reining horses.”

NRHA looks forward to working with Tamarack Ranch in the future and is excited to see what opportunities this partnership will afford.

About Tamarack Ranch

Tamarack Ranch, located in Joseph, Oregon, is focused on raising, selling and showing elite reining horses. We pride in a very selective group of mares that are the focus of our program. Investing in the future of reining starts with quality horses of all ages available that will be the future of reining.

Besides raising exceptional quality horses, Tamarack Ranch also has a training program that is guided by NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins. Hutchins has over $560,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings and has been a multiple finalist in all major events.

Come visit us in beautiful Joseph, Oregon and find the reining horse that is just right for you! Our plentiful pastures, clean mountain air and rich soil are ideal for raising reining prospects of sound mind and healthy body.

For questions or to schedule a visit, please contact us at or give us a call at (260) 249-0158 or (260) 416-1377. Be sure to visit our website at