Medications update on the use Cannabinoids (CBD)

With “Respect the horse. Respect the sport.” being a foundational piece of NRHA’s mission, the National Reining Horse Association tasks itself with monitoring trends in competition, as well as new products presented to owners and riders. From time to time, new products appear on the equine supplement market claiming to enhance a horse’s performance. Over the last several years, cannabinoids have gained increased attention and have become nearly mainstream.

In 2018 Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the “Farm Bill.” The passage of this bill has created some potential confusion with respect to the use of “hemp” and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in competing horses. The bill defines “hemp” as both the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any derivatives of cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. With the enactment of this bill, “hemp” is no longer considered a controlled substance under federal law, but THC remains a Schedule I drug with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications Rules prohibit cannabidiols (CBD) and their metabolites. While hemp does not contain more than 0.3% THC, it does contain CBD. CBD, both natural and synthetic forms, are likely to affect the performance of a horse due to its reported anxiolytic effects. This substance is no different than legitimate therapeutics that effect mentation and behavior in horses. Horses competing at NRHA events and under NRHA rules who test positive for natural cannabinoids, synthetic cannabinoids, and other cannabimimetics will be considered in violation of the rules.

It is important to note that analytical methods are being implemented to detect CBD and similar cannabinoids. Caution is important when using these products as their composition widely varies and may not be representative of their label claims as there is no regulatory oversight from the FDA, nor guarantee of their safety in horses. It is always best to consult your veterinarian before administering any new substance to your horse.

If you have questions on NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications Rules regarding medications, dosages, withdrawal times, etc., please contact the hotline at 1-800-733-2472.

NRHA Welcomes Back NRHA Reiner Magazine Asset

For Immediate Release – September 5, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to welcome back Chris Maedche, an experienced advertising executive, to the NRHA Reiner team.

Maedche brings more than 25 years of equine and Western lifestyle advertising sales experience, 11 of which were previously with the NRHA Reiner. His expertise in commercial advertising combined with his passion for working with NRHA members and fans makes this partnership a great fit.

“I am happy and honored to be back with the NRHA Reiner and excited for the bright future of the sport of reining,” Maedche said. “I look forward to working with new and old friends.”

Contact Chris Maedche at (505) 681-3595 or doubleoranch@hotmail.com to discuss your 2020 NRHA and NRHA Reiner advertising and marketing plans.

2019 NRHA Fall Board of Directors Meeting Wraps Up

For Immediate Release – August 28, 2019 –  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors met at the conclusion of The Run for a Million, which featured the Million Dollar Invitational—the focus of Paramount Network’s “The Last Cowboy”—in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss topics surrounding the goal of growing reining worldwide.

One highlight was unanimous approval of the 2020 NRHA Worldwide Eligibility Policy with changes that were supported by members who participated in a recent survey about the topic. The Eligibility Committee dedicated significant time and effort to developing the policy throughout the year, convening for numerous meetings and conference calls, developing and deploying the survey, interpreting the survey’s results, and processing feedback on the draft of the policy.

Other accomplishments during the meeting included:

  • 2020 Dues & Fee Policy was approved with no changes from the 2019 policy.
  • 2020 NRHA Derby, 2020 NRHA Futurity, and 2020 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships conditions were approved. Additionally, the inclusion of 7-year-old horses in the 2020 NRHA Derby conditions was also approved.
  • Approved changes to the NRHA Nomination Program, including the addition of 7-year-old horses to the North American program, new European program money splits, and a $10 handling fee for European program nominations not submitted online.
  • Addition of one executive committee seat starting in 2020 was approved. This member will be elected by the board for a one-year term. In addition to the qualifications outlined in the NRHA Election Procedures, all candidates for this seat must have served at least one year on the NRHA Board or two years on an NRHA Committee.
  • Affiliate applications were approved for the Japan Reining Horse Association (RHA), Southern New South Wales RHA, and Israel RHA.
  • Developing affiliate applications were approved for NRHA Chile, NRHA Thailand, and NRHA South Africa.
  • A gradual increase to the North American nomination fee was approved to ensure that future NRHA Futurity and Derby purses stay in line with inflation. The change will start with 2020 weanling nominations ($320), followed by $20 annual increases over the next five years. The current $300 nomination fee has remained unchanged since the program’s inception in 2008.
  • NRHA’s medications program was discussed. No positive medications test results have been received year to date. It was approved for staff to develop procedure for accommodating show management inquiries to test at specific events. Additionally, the board supported that NRHA rules prohibit the use of cannabidiols (CBD) and their metabolites.
  • Term limits for members of the NRHA Judges and Stewards Committees were extended to improve education and teaching structure.
  • A proposal to build purses in the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships was discussed.
  • NRHyA Officer election revisions were discussed with a proposal to be submitted for approval in 2020.
  • The board agreed to move forward with a rule-change proposal to add a fee for classes that do not charge an entry fee (similar to the current 5% NRHA fee based on entry fees, excluding those classes required to have an entry fee of $0).
  • Organization of the NRHA Handbook was updated, placing related sections in a more logical order and moving some items to the NRHA Record Book as online policy.
  • The Finance Committee’s recommendation to pass on a price increase from NRHA’s trophy supplier for one year in order to allow time for other avenues to be researched was approved.

“As you can see from the above summary, we had a very productive meeting,” said NRHA President Mike Hancock. “Thanks to the NRHA staff for preparing all the material and distributing it well in advance so the board could be well-informed. As always, I was impressed with the dedication and deliberation of your board. I would also like to thank all the members who provided input and feedback on the Eligibility policy. Your involvement in the process was essential; remember we are all in this together!”

Show Result Update – August

In July, we posted an update on the status of inputting show results in the NRHA office. In just the past few weeks, much progress has been made to attack the mountain of results coming in from the peak of show season. More than 50 shows have been entered in less than one month’s time, plus dozens of affiliate rosters were finalized to assist those looking toward their region’s NRHA Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC). Amidst this activity, positive indicators show NRHA is up 4% in year-to-date approved shows through the month of August.

As of August 1, all North American Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) qualifying slates held through June have been completed. Additionally, all have been completed for the first two ARCs (to be held August 29–September 1 for South Central and Eastern Canada Regions). For all remaining qualifying events, we have completed, or are completing, events held through July 14. All other events are being processed in the order received with a small number of June shows next in line.

While doing this, we have been maintaining a less than two-week turnaround on transactions submitted to the office for processing (e.g., memberships, transfers, nominations, etc.).

Did You Know?
Each horse, rider, placing, and score is hand-entered for every class. That’s about a half-million in one year, or about 2,000 data points entered and verified for every day the NRHA office is open. Additionally, all memberships, licenses, etc. submitted at an event must be processed before the results can be entered.

Ten Things You Can Do to Speed Up the Process

Want to help make sure this process goes smoothly (and quickly). It would be helpful to make sure:

  1. Your membership is current and is the correct type
    a. The owner’s membership is current and the correct type
  2. Your horse is licensed
  3. Your horse’s ownership is up to date on the license
  4. You haven’t entered a class for which you are not eligible
  5. You haven’t entered a class for which your horse is not eligible
  6. NRHA receives complete results—with tabulated placings/scores for all slates, and including accurate rider and horse IDs, plus the NRHA 5% retainage and medications fees
  7. NRHA receives complete, accurately calculated payouts
  8. NRHA receives complete affiliate rosters on a monthly basis
  9. Paperwork submitted at the event is complete, and correct payment is given

Show Result Progress

We understand and share your frustration with the posting of show results and updating NRHA standings. We apologize for any problems that this backlog has presented.

Christa Morris-Stone, NRHA’s Assistant Commissioner, recognizes the processing time and the steps staff is taking to enhance member services: “We acknowledge that we need to improve the level of service to our members when it comes to our current turnaround time. We have a dedicated and compassionate staff who are taking on this goal head-on, and the results of their efforts will be more apparent over the next few weeks.”

We have cross-trained several members of our Member & Show Services Team in recent weeks and also are training additional staff—those already employed elsewhere in NRHA. The training process is extensive because team members entering the results must be fully educated in the rules associated with the input process. Each placing in every class is hand-entered with membership, ownership, and eligibility verified.

At this time of year, we have deadlines for both European and North American affiliate regional standings. Those qualifying shows are being processed as a priority. One key component to producing timely standings is for affiliates to send their membership rosters to NRHA on a monthly basis or immediately following their circuit shows. Delays in sending rosters to NRHA delays the office staff and causes a backlog—especially at a peak time of year when 300 to 400 shows are held over a period of 60 days.

More shows are being inputted daily, and NRHA management is implementing a plan to enter the vast majority of circuit show results before the end of July. Thank you for your understanding, and we will work to get the results posted as soon as we can!