National Reining Horse Association Awards 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) acknowledges one outstanding volunteer for commitment to giving back to the sport of reining. At the NRHA Awards Banquet on February 9, the 2018 honoree learned she would be acknowledged moments before accepting her award, but her dedication to NRHA has stood a far longer test of time. Ask any one of the many reiners whose lives she has impacted—Ann Salmon-Anderman couldn’t be more deserving of this honor.

At just under 30 years with an NRHA membership to her name, Anderman has served the sport she loves in almost every role she could find, from NRHA board and committee member to judge and steward to competitor, and, of course, volunteer.  Through extensive involvement with her local affiliate, the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA), Anderman extends her passion for the sport to others, beginners and pros alike. After serving as president of SWRHA for three years, she continues to play an instrumental role in managing the SWRHA Futurity and Show as well as the SWRHA Reining Boot Camp. Her goal of giving every exhibitor a place to compete led her to introduce entry level classes to SWRHA shows.

Today, her desire to improve both her affiliate and the sport of reining as a whole has driven her to pursue innovative ways to increase communication between judges and exhibitors. As an NRHA Professional, Anderman and her husband train and host clinics at their facility in Pilot Point, Texas.

And her service to the sport of reining certainly won’t stop now. After 20 years of dedicating herself to volunteer work in the industry, Anderman is ready to continue giving back to the horses she loves and the people who love them.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


Reining Horse Foundation Announces 2019 Reining Boot Camps to Benefit Crisis Fund

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – March 6, 2019 – The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), announces its 2019 Reining Boot Camps. Hosted by various NRHA affiliates, these one-day clinics help rookies and Non Pro riders learn how to prepare for the show pen in a fun, low-stress environment. Proceeds from this series benefit RHF’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, which aids reiners enduring medical hardships, accidents, and disasters such as fires, floods, and tornadoes.

Reining Boot Camps rely on affiliate volunteers to secure a venue, conduct the clinic, and recruit NRHA Professionals to serve as volunteer clinicians. Additionally, some events incorporate NRHA judges who contribute their time to evaluate attendees as they perform the maneuvers of a basic reining pattern. While all proceeds bolster the Crisis Fund, affiliates can also earn cash back through the NRHA Affiliate Incentive Program and receive a bonus from RHF.

“Reining Boot Camps are important entry points for reiners, and they raise funds essential to the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund,” said Becky Jordan, RHF Board Secretary/Treasurer and chair of the Reining Boot Camp committee. “We are excited about these 2019 events.”

The Yankee Reining Horse Association will kick off the 2019 season with a clinic on March 31 in Gerry, New York. Other currently scheduled events include:

  • West Coast RHA Mother’s Day Special, May 12, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Western States Horse Expo, Murieta Equestrian Center, Rancho Murieta, California
  • West Coast RHA, May 18 at Booth Ranch in Sanger, California
  • Southwest RHA, May 25 at Cardinal Ranch in Aubrey, Texas

All clinics are open to both youth and adult riders. In addition to instruction time, the registration fee of $225 per adult or $125 per youth (18 and under) includes lunch. This year, a special half-day clinic will be held on May 12 in conjunction with the Western States Horse Expo. Registration for this unique event will cost $150 for adults and $75 for youth.

Additional dates and locations may be added. Similar clinics are anticipated in South America to help spread international awareness of RHF and its core mission to serve the reining community. A full schedule including details and registration information can be found at Affiliates interested in hosting a Reining Boot Camp should contact the RHF office at (405) 946-7400, ext. 106 or

Photos by Ed Glavis

Montana Silversmiths Shines as Decade-Long NRHA Partner

Becomes presenting sponsor of inaugural NRHA Affiliate Summit

For Immediate Release – March 1, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is happy to announce their continued partnership with Montana Silversmiths. Not only will Montana Silversmiths remain aligned with NRHA as a corporate partner, but this year they will also serve as presenting sponsor of the first NRHA Affiliate Summit.

The NRHA Affiliate Summit will take place March 15 and 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Montana Silversmiths’ presenting sponsorship of the event will bring NRHA Affiliates together in one location to discuss plans for the successful fruition of the Affiliate Regional Championships (ARC) in 2019 and beyond.

“Montana Silversmiths is proud to continue our partnership with the National Reining Horse Association,” said Steve Miller, Montana Silversmiths’ Brand Ambassador. “This is a partnership that provides not only a great marketing opportunity for us, but the highest quality awards in the industry for our partners. We believe it is a perfect fit.”


With over 45 years’ experience, Montana Silversmiths takes pride in being the leading buckle and jewelry manufacturer in the western industry. As the “Official Silversmiths of NRHA” for the past decade, they provide buckles and trophies for all NRHA-owned events including the prestigious NRHA Futurity, NRHA European Futurity, NRHA Derby, and NRHA European Derby. In addition, they serve as an affordable and convenient resource for NRHA Affiliates to purchase quality awards with substantial savings thanks to NRHA’s buying power.


“Montana Silversmiths has created a successful, global award program for NRHA and our affiliates,” said Sammi Miller, NRHA’s Director of Corporate Relations. “NRHA is excited to continue a strong partnership with Montana Silversmiths – the Brand of Champions.”




The Right Horse Initiative Awards $30,000 to Train Adoptable Horses

Katonah, New York – The American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation, New Mexico Horse Rescue, and Oregon Horse Rescue have been selected to each receive a $10,000 Be Mine training grant from The Right Horse Initiative, a program of the WaterShed Animal Fund. At the beginning of February, The Right Horse Initiative announced an open invitation to all equine welfare organizations to apply for three $10,000 grants to be used for training of adoptable equines.

“Lack of training can be a major barrier to adoption for thousands of good horses each year. Adoption organizations often face challenges providing training due to inadequate funding,” says Christy Counts, President of The Right Horse Initiative.

The American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation has seen a rise in young, un-started horses falling at-risk and requiring transition assistance. With the grant, they will hire a part time trainer to give young horses a correct foundation to excel in any discipline, ultimately preparing them for their next homes.

The New Mexico Horse Rescue operates out of Walkin in Circles Ranch, Inc in Edgewood, NM. The Be Mine Training Grant will fund an assistant trainer to work with volunteers to culminate in a training competition. At the competition’s end they will graduate 20-25 confident, successful volunteer horse handlers to show 20-30 well-mannered, safe horses ready to find their right homes.

The Oregon Horse Rescue 
 will launch the Second Chance Seniors program, providing training to up to 14 horses currently considered sanctuary residents that require groundwork and in-hand skills to become ready for adoption. Many of these horses require special care due to physical limitations or age but could be excellent candidates for adoption into private homes with the right training.

About The Right Horse. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 50 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. To learn more, visit

Editor’s note: Read more about The Right Horse Initiative’s grants by clicking here.

Contact: Christy Counts, President

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