2018 NRHA Elections Update

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the Association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. Each year, NRHA opens nominations and hosts elections for these important leadership positions. A current listing of candidates is provided below; however, write-in candidates can be submitted through August 5. A final listing will be emailed to eligible voters and posted on the Elections page of nrha.com.

(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

Rick Clark • Catlettsburg, Kentucky

(ONE SEAT) Two-year term begins January 1, 2019. The following member was nominated by the NRHA Nominating / Governance Committee:

Shane Brown • Elbert, Colorado

(ONE PER REGION – Mountain, Southeast and Southwest) – Directors will serve two-year terms begin January 1, 2018. Affiliate nominations close July 5. Write-in nominations close August 5. After these deadlines have passed, candidate information will be emailed to members, as well as posted on the Elections page at nrha.com.

For more details on the write-in process or questions about the elections, contact Christa Morris-Stone (cmorris@nrha.com or 405-946-7400).

2018 NRHA Derby Entries Break Records

For Immediate Release – June 08, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Founded in 1980, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby features 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses competing for the prestigious titles of Open and Non Pro NRHA Derby Champions. Held in the late spring/early summer each year in Oklahoma City, the NRHA Derby is the richest added money Derby in North America. With its tradition and deep competition, the NRHA Derby is a top reining event each year.

In its 38th year, the 2018 NRHA Derby features an estimated $850,000 in added purse monies and is shaping up to be the largest ever. With the potential to grow until the show’s start, the event has already reached a record number of overall entries—topping the record-setting 2017 NRHA Derby. Non Pro Derby entries are also at an all-time high, solidifying the event as the premeir reining show of the summer!

“The NRHA Derby is an event that our aged events committee and staff have been working on diligently,” said NRHA President Mike Deer. “I believe the historically high entries we are seeing is a testament to the hard work and the dedication put into the event over the past few years.”

There is still time to be a part of this historic event! Entry forms can be found at nrhaderby.com/forms. Entries made before June 14, 2018 will only need to pay a $200 late fee. Entries received from June 15 to one day prior to the start of the show will pay a $500 late fee. For questions, contact the NRHA office at 405-946-7400 or events@nrha.com.

Visit nrhaderby.com to find hotel information, event forms, a map of the State Fair Park and the schedule.

NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support!

Corporate Partners
Adequan, Anderson Bean, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, CINCH, Classic Equine, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil, Markel Insurance, Montana Silversmiths, MS Diamonds TX, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Protect the Harvest, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Story Book Stables, Sandbur Productions, Tamarack Ranch, US Rider, World Wide Slide & Tom McCutcheon Virtual Horse Help.

Event Sponsors
Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Bob’s Custom Saddles, TX Whiskey, Scott Cleaners, RAM, McClintock Saloon & Chop House, Farnam, Schmersal Performance Horses, Boot Barn, Show Diva Designs, All American Quarter Horse Congress

Award Sponsors
Arcese Quarter Horses, USA, Brandt Blankets, Custom Bits & Spurs, Silver By Wanda, Sunburst Bits & Spurs, WhoaZone

Important Update for NRHA Members

For Immediate Release – June 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Last month, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met in Oklahoma City for their quarterly meeting. Amid the discussion of 2019 rule changes, event dates and other governance topics, the board conducted their annual review of all NRHA fees.

The last major NRHA fees update occurred nearly 12 years ago. Since then, the association has implemented a number of events and programs such as the North American Affiliate Regional Championships, the NRHA European Futurity and Derby, the Nomination Program, the International Affiliate Program, Para-Reining and the Stewards Program. These were necessary additions to provide more opportunities to members and to improve the sport of reining as a whole. The additions resulted in substantial growth in membership numbers, entries and number of horses competing in NRHA events.

The board carefully considered these NRHA events and programs before deciding to update current association fees. They also took into account the new, 12-month membership format that goes into effect January 1, 2019, which will allow members* to receive benefits such as the NRHA Reiner magazine for a true full year. The fees increase will also allow NRHA to maintain the current practice of managing the budget to provide approximately $500 per member for programs and activities. Over 70% of the budget is allocated to member programs, services and affiliate support, significantly more than most of its equine association counterparts.

“Although NRHA is built around one sport, we have a very diverse association with diverse needs. As a board, we strive to provide opportunity and recognition to all walks of our membership from youth reiners and para-reiners to nominators and aged event riders,” said NRHA President Mike Deer. “To meet ever-changing and ever-growing needs of our membership, the board has to carefully analyze our budget each year, and that includes fees updates from time to time.”

The following list of updated fees will go into effect January 1, 2019:

Associate Membership – $40 Confirmation – $35
General Membership** $115 Non-Member – Standard Reiner Postage – $75
Youth Membership – $50 Non-Member – 1st Class Reiner Postage – $150
3-Year Membership – $330 Non-Member – Canadian Reiner Postage – $110
Lifetime Membership – $2,400 Non-Member – International Reiner Postage – $120
Competition License – $60 Youth Member (Add-on*) – Standard Reiner Postage – $30
Non Pro Declaration – $40 Associate Member (Add-on*) – Standard Reiner Postage – $45
Transfer – $60 1st Class (Upgrade from Standard*) – Reiner Postage – $85
Rush Fees Same Day – $60 Canadian Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage – $60
Rush Fees 3-Day – $40 International Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage – $95

Opportunities for membership renewal incentives and discounts will be provided this fall, so be sure to look for them in upcoming news from NRHA.

*Current NRHA members (General, Non Pro and Professionals) will continue to receive the NRHA Reiner as a benefit of membership (one per household). There are additional shipping charges for Life, Associate and Youth members, as well as for Canadian, International or 1st Class delivery.

** The $50 NRHA Professionals fee will not increase. Renewing an NRHA Professionals membership = $50 Professionals membership + $115 General membership.


NRHA Welcomes Longtime Sponsor as a New Corporate Partner

For Immediate Release – June 06 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – It is impossible to think about the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Derby without picturing the Shorty’s Caboy Hattery booth in the main concourse. Each year, people flock to the booth to purchase new hats, get an old hat reshaped or even just to talk to Shorty, Bobbie and the team. After many years of supporting NRHA through event sponsorships, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery has joined hands with the association as a new NRHA Corporate Partner.

Established in Stockyards City, Oklahoma in 1990, Shorty Koger began building the Hattery by traveling to trade shows at rodeos, reinings and many other western horse events across the United States. Over the years, the brand has become known for its top-of-the-line quality and customization options with handcrafted stitching, fun designs/colors and impressive detail. The store has everything—from stock straws to fully customizable felts; there is a Shorty’s hat for everyone!

Shorty’s passion for the equine industry is evident in her support of the sport of reining and NRHA. “I consider this a big honor to be a corporate partner with NRHA. I appreciate the loyalty of the National Reining Horse Association for the past 25 years and look forward to many more!”

Sammi Miller, NRHA Director of Corporate Relations, is ecstatic to bring Shorty’s on as an NRHA Corporate Partner. “Welcoming Shorty’s Caboy Hattery to the NRHA Corporate Partner family is more than ‘fitting;’ it is a commitment to growing our sport and celebrating each individual that rides into the show pen. Aligning our brand with the Shorty’s brand is a win-win for NRHA.”

NRHA looks forward to continuing the great rapport established with Shorty’s Caboy Hattery over the years and welcomes them as a new corporate partner!

For additional information on Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, visit shortyshattery.com.

$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018: Inscription and Entry Form are online

Wiener Neustadt, August 22 until 25, 2018

June 5, 2018 – The inscription and entry form of the $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity and NRHA Ancillary Show 2018 (Wiener Neustadt, Austria, August 22 until 25, 2018) are online now. The first deadline of entries for Austria’s reining event No. 1 will be on July 2, 2018. Horses can be entered after that date but with additional fees. Horses can be entered online on www.showmanager.info.

This year, the AustrianRHA Futurity offers a guaranteed money of $10,000 each for the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion of the 3-year-old horses and the 4-year-old horses. The AustrianRHA Futurity is open to all 3- and 4-year-old horses. There are four Levels in the 3-year-old Futurity Open and three in the Non Pro. All classes are NRHA approved. Besides the Futurity, there is an NRHA Ancillary Show, the Ancillary classes also are ARHA Circuit qualifiers. There is a new video available of AustrianRHA Futurity 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyj9z6IBQfg.

For further information please contact:

Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, phone +43-2238-8484 cell phone +43-664-4534726, fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.at, www.nrha.at, www.futurity.at

GET THE FORMS HERE: westernstar.at/futurity/forms.shtml

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