For Immediate Release – March 14, 2020 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Following President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) strongly recommends all producers of NRHA-approved shows consider postponing or canceling all reining events for the next 30 days, effective March 14–April 13, 2020.
This action takes into consideration the health and safety of all NRHA members and their horses, as well as spectators, grounds crews, facilities management, and show-production staff.
NRHA has already rescheduled the NRHA European Futurity from March to November due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, where citizens are still coping with the effects of the virus. Additionally, some NRHA-approved shows in the U.S. are being forced to cancel due to state or regional mandates.
“I’m not sure any of us has experienced times like these in our lifetime,” noted NRHA President Mike Hancock. “The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has been very scary to watch. It has accelerated and at a pace that no one could’ve imagined. Our international members are already suffering, and we all need to do our part to manage this situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been impacted by this outbreak.”
NRHA recommends that show managers make decisions as soon as possible to allow members and exhibitors to make plans to travel or stay home. The NRHA team is ready to assist show management with time-sensitive issues and will be as flexible as possible to reschedule events.
If you do plan to show in the next 30 days, please check with event management about possible cancelation or postponement.
>> Click here for the COVID-19 show cancellations and postponements list
For the latest updates on this evolving situation, visit nrha.com and follow National Reining Horse Association on Facebook.
>> Click here for the COVID-19 show cancellations and postponements list
March 30: Reining to Resume After April 30
March 28: NRHA Looks Forward to Returning to the Show Pen
March 27: A Message From The Equine Disease Communication Center
March 14: NRHA Strongly Recommends Postponement of Events for 30 Days
With news of COVID-19 at the forefront of everyone’s minds, NRHA will be closing the Oklahoma City office beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
The NRHA team is ready and available to assist show management and members addressing time-sensitive issues, following regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CT), while working remotely to implement social distancing. If you need to contact a team member directly, all NRHA staff email addresses can be found at nrha.com/staff. General membership and processing questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to text or email first to create a written follow-up record. NRHA services will continue to be provided, though the majority of the team is working remotely.
Here are suggestions for what you can do to help us better assist you with your needs.
- Use ReinerSuite™. This convenient option allows you to access information and conduct business 24/7.
- Email us. Access to phones will be limited.
- Avoid sending mail. With the NRHA office closed, distribution of mail among staff members will be limited. Especially avoid sending time-sensitive transactions (This does not impact NRHA Futurity payments which should be sent to ProManagement: 13181 US Highway 177, Byars, OK 74831).
- Go digital. Download digital membership cards and competition licenses from your ReinerSuite account.
To log in to ReinerSuite, click here. For first-time users, scroll to the bottom of the ReinerSuite page for registration instructions.
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Cremona, 03.11.2020 — Provided by Simona Diale/IHP — Thanks to the new-born partnership between the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) and Maria Cecilia Fiorucci’s Elementa, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Executive Board voted unanimously to run the NRHA European Futurity concurrently with the IRHA/IRHBA/Arcese Futurity & Italian Championship Finals in Cremona on November 20-28.
Due to the spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Northern Italy, particularly in Cremona where the 2020 NRHA European Futurity was to be held, last month the NRHA European Executive Board decided to postpone the show. In an effort to ensure that the event’s rescheduling was handled efficiently, the European Executive Board reviewed potential dates and venues. Roberto Cuoghi, president of the European Council and IRHA, sealed the deal — approved unanimously by the Board — to host the European Futurity in Cremona during the IRHA/IRHBA/Arcese Futurity & Elementa Italian Championship finals thanks to Elementa’s generous 200.000euro sponsorship for the Euro Futurity. On top of the NRHA Nomination Program money (200.000euro subject to change in nominations), the total added money rises to 400.000euro. “In this very difficult situation we are all facing, I took it upon myself to personally visit with Cecilia [Fiorucci] focusing on what is best for our NRHA members and our sport,” said NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Cuoghi. “Our passion is what moves us and this is the result of our passion. I would like to thank NRHA and our European Board for their trust and of course Cecilia for investing in our industry and our programs.” Fiorucci’s main goal has always been that of promoting the 4-year-old futurities and this is the perfect transition toward the Elementa Masters Circuit, added Cuoghi. The European Futurity will run concurrently with the IRHA 4-year-old Futurity [details to be determined].
This year Elementa will also be the presenting sponsor of the 150.000euro-added IRHA Italian Championship finals. By hosting the NRHA European Futurity, the 2020 IRHA/IRHBA/Arcese Futurity [which includes the 250.000euro-added 3-year-old Futurity] will once again make the headlines by offering a total purse of 800.000euros.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2019 – AUSTIN – Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), was confirmed in a Montgomery County reining Quarter Horse on April 9, 2019.
The positive horse attended a reining event in Ardmore, Oklahoma the week of March 18. TAHC staff has been in contact with the Oklahoma State Veterinarian to ensure event participants were notified and enhanced biosecurity measures are taken.
Since the Oklahoma event, the horse has not traveled to any other event and is under the care of a Brazos County veterinary hospital. The horse was quarantined after showing signs of ataxia and other neurologic signs consistent with EHM.
While the risk of exposure to the virus was likely low at the event, owners of horses potentially exposed are encouraged to take precautions. Exposed horses should be isolated and have their temperatures monitored twice daily for at least 14 days after last known exposure. If an exposed horse develops a fever or other signs consistent with EHM, diagnostic tests may be performed. Owners should work with their veterinary practitioners to establish appropriate monitoring and diagnostic plans for any potentially exposed horse(s). For more information on biosecurity measures, you can take to keep your horses healthy, visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/news/brochures/TAHCBrochure_BiosecurityEquine.pdf.
One of the most common clinical signs of EHV-1 is fever, which often precedes the development of other signs. Respiratory signs include coughing and nasal discharge. Neurologic signs associated with EHM are highly variable, but often the hindquarters are most severely affected. Horses with EHM may appear weak and uncoordinated, urine dribbling and loss of tail tone may also be seen. Severely affected horses may become unable to rise. For more information on EHM please visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/news/brochures/TAHCBrochure_EquineHerpesMyeloencephalopathy.pdf.
It is important to remember these signs are not specific to EHM and diagnostic testing is required to confirm EHV-1 infection. Many horses exposed to EHV-1 never develop clinical signs. If you suspect your horse has been exposed to EHV-1, contact your local veterinarian. The equine industry is encouraged to obtain the latest information on this outbreak and other disease events across the country by visiting the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) website, http://www.equinediseasecc.org/alerts/outbreaks. Additional Texas EHM cases will be posted on the EDCC.
Texas Animal Health Commission Andy Schwartz, DVM ● Executive Director P.O. Box l2966 ● Austin, Texas 78711 ● (800) 550-8242 http://www.tahc.texas.gov
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