Reining Horse Foundation Show-Entry Campaign Expands with Major Shows Coming on Board

The Florida Reining Horse Association hosted an exhibitor party at the Florida Reining Classic to raise awareness about the Reining Horse Foundation.

For Immediate Release – March 8, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – More affiliates and show managers for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) are participating in a fundraising and awareness campaign to support the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves as the charitable arm of NRHA. Based upon small donations that add up to make a big difference, the campaign encourages show entrants to make a $10 donation when they enter select shows.

The show-entry campaign was piloted by the Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) in 2017 and then by the Florida Reining Horse Association (FRHA) in 2018. These two affiliates have contributed nearly $10,000 to RHF since piloted.

In 2019, FRHA launched the program at the Florida Reining Classic February 19-24 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Adding the entry donation in 2019 is the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), April 14-21, in Katy, Texas. Also committing is the Tulsa Reining Classic and South Central Affiliate Regional Championship, August 26-September 1, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Tulsa Reining Classic is managed by Global Reining Sport Group.

Helping with the fundraising auction is Ronnie Wayne.

The Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) is offering the campaign at The Columbine Classic, May 15-19 in Pueblo, Colorado, and the RMRHA Summer Slide, July 28-August 4 in Denver, Colorado. Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) is participating in the campaign during its SWRHA Futurity Show, October 22-27, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Also taking part is the Western Slope Reining Horse Association at its three shows this year and the NRHA Derby, managed by Pro Management.

Fundraising is expected to continue at the 2019 AzRHA shows, including the AzRHA Mother’s Day Slide, May 14-19; AzRHA Inside Slide, August 13-18; and AzRHA Best of the West/Southwest Affiliate Regional Championships; October 1-6. All shows will be held at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Oklahoma Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide I/II shows in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 6-10, are offering a $5 donation option. Contributions will be matched by the organization. The Southeastern Reining Horse Association plans to offer a donation option, as well.

“We are thrilled to have these prominent shows represented through the show-entry campaign,” said Tim Anderson, RHF vice president “This represents significant new funding. Just as important is the opportunity to share information about the Reining Horse Foundation and its mission of caring for the reining community and honoring the sport’s legacy. It’s a feel-good story that reiners can be proud of.”

Catherine Crandon displays an auction item. Proceeds were added to the show-entry donation campaign supported by Florida Reining Classic exhibitors.

Exhibitors will find the option to donate or opt-out on their show-entry form, making it an easy way to demonstrate support for RHF. The most visible of the RHF core programs is the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund providing grants to reiners enduring hardships such as medical crises, accidents and natural disasters. Other core programs include youth scholarships and leadership development through the National Reining Horse Youth Association and perpetuation of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

“The show-entry program is an exciting step forward for the Reining Horse Foundation,” said Leslie Baker, RHF executive director. “We know that reiners will help us innovate new ideas around this opportunity. For example, in Arizona, donors Tim and Kim Anderson provided a matching contribution that doubled the show-entry donations. The power of these $10 donations can do great things.”

To notify the Reining Horse Foundation that you have an affiliate or show management group willing to participate in the show-entry campaign, contact Leslie Baker at rhf@nrha.com, (405) 946-7400, ext. 106.

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 reiningfoundation.com/bootcamp. Affiliates interested in hosting a Reining Boot Camp should contact the RHF office at (405) 946-7400, ext. 106 or rhf@nrha.com.

Photos by Ed Glavis

Reining Horse Foundation Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline is near for high school seniors to apply for this year’s Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) scholarship; applications must be postmarked by March 1 for consideration!

RHF aims to give back to the reining community/family and invest in the next generation of reiners. RHF is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to enable youth to further excel in their future careers. RHF is offering $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven deserving NRHyA members. Determination for a scholarship is based on financial need, academic achievement, career plans, NRHA and NRHyA involvement, other activities, and references. If selected as a scholarship recipient, portions of your essay may be used in print and internet promotion.

In addition to high school seniors, previous recipients of the scholarship may apply.

NRHA Announces Affiliate Ambassadors in New Program Sponsored by Toyon Ranch

For Immediate Release – January 11, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) recognized volunteers from 14 regions around the world as special guests during the Sliders’ Night Out event hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) on November 28. This new program is made possible by NRHA Heritage Partner Toyon Ranch, owned by John & Nancy Tague of Pilot Point, Texas.

The volunteers were selected for the special recognition which includes complimentary reserved seating at the fundraising banquet, a certificate, and free admission for the NRHA Futurity. Those who attended Sliders’ Night Out also received a travel award.

The inaugural program resulted in the names of 40 volunteers submitted for recognition and a person or couple was selected for each of eight U.S. and six international regions. The selection committee was impressed with the quality of volunteers. In 2018, every person who was submitted will receive a certificate acknowledging appreciation for their contributions. Among the group are NRHA Pros, Non Pros, judges, secretaries, and stewards.

“Reining at the grassroots is made possible through members who volunteer at our NRHA affiliates,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner. “The volunteers who joined us at Sliders’ Night Out and the NRHA Futurity are representative of our diverse NRHA members. We expect they will enjoy this experience and then turn around and go back to their affiliates and get to work, carrying with them many positives happening through the Reining Horse Foundation and NRHA.”

Toyon Ranch has a commitment to present Sliders’ Night Out and the Affiliate Ambassador program for three years. The event is a fundraiser for the 501(c)3 nonprofit Reining Horse Foundation, whose mission is caring is caring for the reining community and honoring the sport’s legacy. Core programs include the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund; youth scholarship and leadership development; and perpetuation of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

For more information or to make a donation, visit reiningfoundation.com or call (405) 946-7400.

2018 NRHA Affiliate Ambassadors
Sponsored by Toyon Ranch

Northwest Region
Stephanie Porath
Great Western RHA

Southwest
Kim Niven
Arizona RHA

Mountain
Guy & Valerie Vernon
Eastern Plains RHA

North Central
John & Lacy Zimmerman
North Central RHA

South Central
JD Badertscher
West Texas RHA

East Central
Kris Hansen
Michigan RHA

Southeast
Terri Mainey
Southeastern RHA

Northeast
Shawn Reynolds
Eastern Pennsylvania RHA

Europe
Paulus Beurskens

Western Canada
Bonna Jean Bateman
Central Canada RHA

Eastern Canada
Bob Gleeton and Marilou Paradis
Quebec RHA

Mexico
Mariano Pedrero
ANCR Mexico

South America
Debora Frisch
ACR Argentina

Australia
Lynda Gray
Reining Australia

The NRHA Affiliate Ambassadors were guests at the Reining Horse Foundation Sliders’ Night Out philanthropy event. Some were also on hand for arena introductions during the NRHA Futurity including: (left to right)


Kim Niven
John Zimmerman
Lacy Zimmerman
Kris Hansen
Terri Mainey
Bonna Jean Bateman


Paulus Beurskens
Marilou Paradis
Bob Gleeton
Debora Frisch
Nancy Tague and John Tague, owners of NRHA Heritage Partner Toyon Ranch and sponsor of Affiliate Ambassador recognition
Mike Deer, NRHA Board President
Mike Hancock, NRHA Board Vice President

Reiners Gather at Sliders’ Night Out in Support of Reining Horse Foundation

For Immediate Release – December 16, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The reining community turned out in force on November 28 to support the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) at Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch, owned by John and Nancy Tague of Pilot Point, Texas. Held in Oklahoma City in conjunction with the National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, the event was a benefit for RHF with the theme of celebrating the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame, one of the nonprofit organization’s three core programs. Additionally, RHF manages the Crisis Fund and supports youth scholarships/leadership development.

Sliders’ Night Out was held at the Oklahoma State Fair Park Centennial Building, with its enticing mid-century modern architecture. Purple and copper décor provided an appealing setting for the gathering of 330 reiners and supporters from around the world. On hand to receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award was actor, philanthropist, and equine industry/reining supporter William Shatner. Other highlights included Hall of Fame inductions for the mare Dun It For Chex and the late Bill Bradley (1951-2018). New medallions were presented to more than two dozen Hall of Fame members who were in attendance.

Special guests included a dozen Affiliate Ambassadors, representing NRHA regions around the globe. These attendees were selected for their volunteer service through a new NRHA program also sponsored by Toyon Ranch.

“Nancy and I are passionate about this sport and the mission of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said John Tague. “The support for Sliders’ Night Out 2018 shows we are not alone. From the Affiliate Ambassadors to the Hall of Fame honored guests, and many patrons, this met our vision to create an event celebrating some of the greatest things about reining. We are especially appreciative of the Gold and Silver Donors and table hosts. Nancy and I look forward to Sliders’ Night Out becoming even bigger in 2019 and invite others to commit their support now.”

Shatner attended with his wife, Elizabeth, to receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, named for a man considered the “father of reining.” Shatner has attended the NRHA Futurity previously, often for celebrity reining events in support of the RHF. A highlight of his awards presentation was a surprise congratulatory video from friend and fellow actor Henry Winkler.

Dun It For Chex was honored as an outstanding producer. What could have been a stellar show career turned into an even more remarkable broodmare career for the gray mare. By NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Hollywood Dun It and out of Silver N Blue Chex, she sits second on the NRHA leading dams list with a produce record nearing $1 million. Now 22, she is part of the broodmare band for Cardinal Hill Training Center in Aubrey, Texas, owned by Joao Marcos. Her offspring Dun It For Whizkey is a marquee stallion for Cardinal Ranch. Eight different stallions have sired her NRHA offspring, with nearly all 21 performing foals being NRHA money earners. In his acceptance remarks, Marcos expressed gratitude for Dun In For Chex and for the causes of the RHF.

A lifetime NRHA Non Pro member, Bradley earned his first paycheck in 1994. His ride across the reining industry resulted in countless connections. The Mount Sterling, Kentucky cowboy was instrumental in helping develop many of today’s talented trainers. He also knew how to be a leader and dedicated his life to leading in his affiliate and on the NRHA Board of Directors, serving as President in 2005. During his tenure, NRHA saw its expansion accelerate in Europe. He also played a key role in establishing the RHF. He died just weeks before his Hall of Fame induction. His award was accepted by his wife, Gloria, and stepdaughter Gabriella “Boo” Kammerer.

The medallions for Hall of Fame inductees were provided with support from Frank and Susan Costantini, Markel Insurance, and Rick Clark with the goal of establishing a new tradition. Inductees are invited and encouraged to wear the medallions at future Hall of Fame ceremonies. Some of the inductees wore the medallions for their introduction during the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals on November 30.

Gold Donors supporting the event include Tim and Kim Anderson, Booth Ranches LLC, Rick Clark, and Jack and Viola Scott. Silver Donors are Mark and Julie Blake, Double Run Farm, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Santa Hill Ranch, and an anonymous donor.

Hall of Fame inductees were able to attend through the support of Gold and Silver Donors and Hall of Fame Table Hosts. Attending or represented were: Bob Loomis, Bill Horn, Dick Pieper, Tim McQuay, Frank Costantini, Dick and Barb Waltenberry, Clint Haverty, Rocky Dare, Doug Milholland, Jim Morgan, DVM, American Quarter Horse Association, Mandy McCutcheon, Bob Kiser, Shawn Flarida, Carol Trimmer, Colleen McQuay, Don Motsenbocker, Rosanne Sternberg, and Vaughn Zimmerman. Hall of Fame horses represented during the ceremony included: Miss White Trash, Be Aech Enterprise, Hollywood Dun It, Gunner, Miss Okie Too, Topsail Whiz, Taris Little Vintage, Rest Stop, Collena Chic Olena, Smart Spook, Princess In Diamonds, Ebony Shines, and Magnum Chic Dream.

To make a donation to the Reining Horse Foundation and commit support for the next Sliders’ Night Out, visit reiningfoundation.com or call (405) 946-7400.