Our Loss – Carol Trimmer

It is with deep sadness that NRHA has learned that Hall of Fame Inductee and former staff member, Carol Trimmer, has passed away. Carol was such a well loved and respected member of the reining horse community and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to her husband Paul and the rest of the family.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm on Monday, April 22, at Abernathy Aaron Funeral Home (201 N Hickory St in Crescent, OK).

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 23,  at First Baptist Church (220 S Grand in Crescent, OK).

Graveside service to follow.

Carol’s family is requesting that, if desired, memorial gifts be made to the Reining Horse Foundation.


Full obituary:

Ruby Carol Trimmer
Crescent, Oklahoma
March 13, 1949 – April 16, 2019

Ruby Carol Trimmer, daughter of Adrie Lloyd Givens and Carol Joanne Alldredge-Givens, departed this world on April 16, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Trimmer and her husband Paul Trimmer made their home in Crescent, Oklahoma.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cherished friend, Trimmer will be more than missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Throughout her life, Trimmer went out of her way to make those around her feel like part of her family, and she will forever hold a special place in the hearts of many.

Trimmer developed a love for horses early in her life. Her father, Lloyd Givens, trained Saddlebreds, and Trimmer grew up riding Saddlebreds, hunters, and jumpers. When she met her husband Paul, she became interested in American Quarter Horses. Before their marriage in 1967, Paul showed reining horses in AQHA events, even before the formation of the National Reining Horse Association—the association in which Trimmer later became a major centerpiece.

The couple’s shared love of horses ensured they would always be a part of the equine realm. While Paul served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Idaho, they owned one Quarter Horse named Hay Valley Ruth. When Paul was discharged from the Air Force, they relocated to Paul’s hometown of Dennison, Ohio, with eight horses in tow. After the birth of their son Paul Lloyd Trimmer, the family found a new home in Fresno, Ohio, that better suited their growing needs.

The Trimmer’s new facility was conveniently located near Columbus, Ohio, where they often showed their horses at events including the All American Quarter Horse Congress. For more than 15 years, Trimmer began to foster her love of writing while working in the Congress press room. In 1993, one of Trimmer’s articles, which she titled “The 1993 Congress Formula,” was published in the NRHA Reiner magazine. This piece covering the Congress Reining Futurity was only the beginning of Trimmer’s enduring mark on the NRHA Reiner.

Three years later, Trimmer’s future daughter-in-law, Susie Reidenbach, who was working at the NRHA office in Coshocton, Ohio, told Trimmer they needed some extra help. Without hesitation, Trimmer took on a part time position, while still working her full-time job in the logistics department at Colgate-Palmolive.

In 1998, as NRHA prepared to relocate to Oklahoma City, Trimmer did not want to leave her family and horse farm in Ohio. However, the current NRHA Director Dan Wall persisted in asking her to stay with the association. Eventually, everything fell into place for the Trimmers to move. Paul Lloyd, who was a roper, wanted to be in Oklahoma close to his friends, so when NRHA offered Susie a job, the two families committed to take their 24 horses to Oklahoma.

Frank Costantini, who was president of NRHA at the time, recalls the instrumental role Trimmer played in making NRHA’s relocation an easy transition. “Not very many of the people that were involved with the office when we were still in Ohio planned to move with us to Oklahoma City. Trimmer and Susie were some of the few,” Costantini said.

Once settled in Oklahoma City, Trimmer took on a new role as NRHA Sire & Dam Coordinator and also served as staff liaison for the Hall of Fame Committee. This position came naturally to Trimmer, who found her passion in helping NRHA ensure the history of the association, its people, and their horses were never forgotten.

As the association continued to grow, so did the NRHA Reiner magazine—and that growth brought some growing pains. When the need arose for in-house assistance with the magazine, Trimmer’s experience writing articles and press releases in the Congress press room made her a perfect fit to help. However, the Sire & Dam Program and the NRHA Reiner were both full-time jobs, and Trimmer had to make a choice. In June of 2000, that choice allowed her to become the Associate Editor of the NRHA Reiner.

People quickly began to notice Trimmer’s dedication to fact-checking, making sure the magazine included only accurate information, and publishing a top-quality product. By March 2001, Trimmer was named the NRHA Reiner Production Coordinator. In January 2003, she shifted into the role of Managing Editor, and by June of the same year, Trimmer took on the position of Senior Director of Publications.

“Carol has that big-picture perspective and the sense of history that nobody else can bring to the table because of her years and experience with the association,” said Rick Weaver, past president of the NRHA and fellow Hall of Fame inductee. “For anybody that has ever sat in on a meeting with her, there is never a question about her integrity. Her intentions are always to better the association, especially the NRHA Reiner magazine.”

That same integrity and dedication helped the NRHA Reiner become an award-winning publication under Trimmer’s guidance. She wanted people outside NRHA to know about NRHA’s quality magazine, so she began submitting the NRHA Reiner to the American Horse Publications annual equine media competition. Trimmer’s efforts paid off, and the NRHA Reiner brought home plenty of awards to demonstrate the quality of work found within its covers.

Many recall Trimmer saying: “Nobody will ever do a job and not make mistakes, but I would like to be remembered in this industry as someone who took a lot of pride in the product we put out, the association, and the people.” Her love for NRHA and her pride in the NRHA Reiner showed in her staff’s close relationship and their dedication to the magazine’s excellence.

Amidst Trimmer’s great success with NRHA, the Trimmers suffered a devastating loss in 2006 when their son passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 33. Although nothing could possibly replace the loss of her child, Trimmer found solace in her NRHA family who supported her through the trying situation. This only affirmed Trimmer’s firm belief that NRHA functions like a family, and the help she received from fellow staff and NRHA members made a major impact on the Trimmers.

In 2013, Trimmer was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame. She was quoted as saying she was “absolutely flabbergasted” to learn of the news and cherished the chance to join so many of the people she looked up to in the NRHA Hall of Fame.

Rick Weaver, who was also a 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee, remains honored to have been inducted alongside Trimmer. “I can’t think of very many people that I would rather share the stage with other than Carol. She is such a good person, and she lives and breathes the NRHA,” he said. “She is just so much about her job and the NRHA; I think she is truly one of the most unselfish people that you will ever meet. She is just incredible that way.”

Trimmer is survived by her loving husband of 51 years; daughter-in-law Susie Reidenbach Eveland and husband Jeff; three grandchildren, Lincoln, Garret, and Anna Trimmer; her sister, Connie Murray; and her nephew and niece, David Murray and Heather Wojtkiewicz. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Lloyd Trimmer.

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Trimmer recognized her vibrant soul and her passion for life and the many things she loved. She loved her dogs, Max and Simon, who never left her side, and was an avid fan of professional bull riding and NASCAR.

Trimmer’s passing leaves many with tears in their eyes, pain in their hearts, and a void in their souls, and she will undoubtedly continue to be loved by many around the world. To an NRHA superstar who has turned in her plates, those left behind wish only the best as she spins her way into heaven. Until we meet again!

NRHA Partners with USA Reining

For Immediate Release – April 16, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and USA Reining, two individual, not-for-profit entities, have announced an alliance partnership.

USA Reining will serve as the official and only U.S. National Reining Alliance Partner, representing NRHA reiners who reside in the USA as well as reiners who participate in United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) competition.

“Many countries already have a national entity that provides support of their international competitions, the NRHA Board of Directors reached this alliance to now provide this voice for the reiners in the U.S.,” said Mike Hancock, NRHA President. “NRHA continues to focus on promoting the sport of reining both in the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

“USA Reining’s alliance partnership with NRHA strengthens the solid foundation on which the sport of reining is positioned,” said Rick Weaver, USA Reining Board of Directors President. “Promotion and growth of reining, both inside the U.S. and in a global capacity, is our strength and will be our success.”

This partnership is one of many ways NRHA is working toward building relationships within the reining community. USA Reining will also serve as the primary communication link among reiners who compete in the USA, USEF, U.S. National Federation for FEI, and the FEI.

For more information about USA Reining, visit their website at http://www.usareining.us.

National Reining Breeders Classic kicks off in Katy, Texas

Welcoming reiners from all over North America to compete at the Great South West Equestrian Center in Katy, TX, this year’s edition of the National Reining Breeders Classic runs April 14–21. With a full slate of classes including the Non Pro and Open Classics, the $25,000 NRHA Open, and USA Reining, the show offers over $598,300 in added money. This year, the event will also showcase a Yellowstone Rookie Shootout, which is one of several qualifiers for the Run for a Million, which will take place this August in Las Vegas.

Live streaming of the NRBC, provided by Equine Promotions, can be found here. Visit NRBC.com for more information and check out the NRBC Facebook page for additional updates.

Toyon Ranch Signs Multi-Year Corporate Partnership with NRHA, Becomes Title Sponsor of NRHA Rookie of the Year

For Immediate Release – April 15, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is delighted to introduce its newest corporate partner: Toyon Ranch. Additionally, Toyon Ranch, presenting donor of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF’s) Sliders’ Night Out and the NRHA Affiliate Ambassador program, has expanded its support of reining as the new title sponsor of the NRHA Rookie of the Year award.

Toyon Ranch of Pilot Point, Texas, is owned by John and Nancy Tague. The ranch focuses on breeding and bringing to market the highest-quality reining prospects, pairing a diverse and proven band of mares with the world’s leading stallions.

The Tagues will accelerate Toyon Ranch’s dedication to reining, beginning at the grassroots level, as the new title sponsor of the NRHA Rookie of the Year award. The top 10 horse-and-rider combinations, plus ties, from each of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Regional Championships (NAAC) will be eligible to compete in a clean-slate finals class for the Toyon Ranch NRHA Rookie of the Year title, saddle, trophy, buckle, and other awards at the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC. Refer to the NRHA Adequan® NAAC Conditions for complete details.

“Nancy and I are honored to partner with NRHA to support programs that symbolize the diversity of opportunities to become involved with reining, from those just starting to compete to the volunteers who make reining happen every weekend and even those that have reached a level of accomplishment to be recognized as Hall of Fame Members,” John Tague said. “Most importantly, we remain deeply committed to supporting the Foundation and its mission to provide care and support for the community and honor the sport’s legacy.”

Toyon Ranch partnered with RHF as the presenting donor of Sliders’ Night Out in 2018. Sliders’ Night Out takes place during the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC and welcomes NRHA members and affiliates of all ages from all over the world. This annual fundraiser supports RHF, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with core programs including the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, youth scholarship and leadership development, and perpetuation of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

“John and Nancy Tague’s passion for growing and promoting the sport of reining goes above and beyond.  We are excited to partner with Toyon Ranch, and we value their support of NRHA!” said Sammi Miller, NRHA Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Communications.

Toyon Ranch has also committed as a sponsor of the Affiliate Ambassador program, which brings together a diverse community of reiners and aims to connect the global reining community on multiple levels. Each year, NRHA reaches out to affiliates around the world to identify individuals making an impact on reining. Affiliate Ambassadors are chosen from each of eight U.S. affiliate regions, plus those in Eastern and Western Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, by a special selection committee. Those chosen are invited to attend, with a guest, Sliders’ Night Out during the world’s premier reining competition: the NRHA Futurity. These special Affiliate Ambassadors are eligible for reimbursement of a portion of their travel costs, receive two complimentary reserved seats for Sliders’ Night Out, have their affiliate recognized in the commemorative program, and receive two complimentary admission badges to the NRHA Futurity.

Speakers Set for AHC’s 2019 Annual Meeting June 9–12

From the American Horse Council:

For Immediate Release – April 11, 2019 – Washington, DC – The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that speakers for committee meetings and the upcoming National Issues Forum, sponsored by American Regent, have been set. The AHC’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place from June 9–12 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown.

“We are very excited with this year’s line-up of noted and exemplary speakers,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Additionally, it will be great to engage in a discussion with partners such as 4H and Farm Bureau about ways to collaborate within the agriculture and livestock industry.”

Guest speakers include:

  • Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE – Vice President, Public Policy at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Ms. Cunningham will provide an update regarding the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) Coalition and Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) and how these are affecting associations.
  • Greg Plotts, CPA – partner in Aronson LLC’s Nonprofit & Association Services Group. Mr. Plotts will provide suggested best practices on internal controls for associations.
  • Remi Bellocq – Executive Director of the North American Riding Academy. Given the growing workforce shortage in the equine industry, Mr. Bellocq will outline a proposed Equine Workforce Initiative (EWI) to create a national apprenticeship program to support the equine industry.
  • Cheryl Orr – Director at STAND Foundation. Ms. Orr will provide an overview of the Foundation’s equestrian experience program, for ages 6-16 years old, designed to teach youth about horseback riding and care for animals.
  • Gina Maiso Smith and Leslie Gomez of Cozen O’Connor P.C. Ms. Maiso Smith and Ms. Gomez will provide insights regarding the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act and the implications on organizations that have amateur athletic governing bodies and other amateur sports organizations.
  • Rick Mack- Assoc. of Chief Executives for Sports (ACES). Mr. Mack will share trends in the sports industry and ways the sport sectors can learn from one another.
  • Sports Betting Panel Discussion AHC Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle, will moderate a panel featuring representatives from the Sports Betting Coalition and Bill Knauf, VP Operations at Monmouth Park. The panel will share some insights on the roll out of sports betting and what they see on the horizon.
  • Jennifer Sirangelo – President and CEO National 4H Council. Ms. Sirangelo will focus on youth engagement and ways the equine industry and 4H can partner.
  • Brian Leaders – National Park Service (NPS). Mr. Leaders is a Landscape Architect at NPS with a focus on equestrian trails. He will speak about ways private and public sectors can work together.
  • Jeff Jensen – Olympic & Breeders Cup Horse Trainer. Mr. Jensen will speak on the use of Cannabis and CBD usage in Equines.
  • Immigration and Workforce Development Panel featuring Co-Chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus – Representative Andy Barr (KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (NY). AHC has also invited House Agriculture Committee Chair, Colin Peterson (MN) to share perspectives with AHC members.  This panel will discuss the workforce challenges facing the equine industry.
  • Zippy Duvall – CEO & President Farm Bureau. Mr. Duvall will speak to ways the equine industry and Farm Bureau can collaborate.

Sponsorships are now available for the AHC’s Annual Meeting. The American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting is the only meeting where every segment of the industry gets together to discuss issues of importance to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole. As such, your sponsorship dollars will be ensuring you receive outreach to every segment of the industry. Please visit the www.horsecouncil.org for more information about the sponsorships available or contact Emily Brockway at ebrockway@horsecouncil.org.

For information about the Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, please visit the on the AHC website at www.horsecouncil.org. Register today!