Secure and Protected: Your NRHA Records

Over the past week, we have received several inquiries pertaining to NRHA data and how it is secured. Serving as the standard-setting and recordkeeping body for the sport of reining, ensuring the safety and integrity of data is at the forefront of NRHA’s responsibilities. Although efforts aren’t seen by members on a daily basis, a strong line of defenses is in place to ensure that our history is protected.

NRHA maintains three separate, distinct databases: an internal production database for data pertaining to members, horses, shows, etc.; an external website database for pushing data to be viewed on; and an accounting database. NRHA backs up all databases on an hourly basis and then a redundant backup is saved offsite every 24 hours. Archives of these backups also are saved for an extended period. There also are other layers of security such as edge routers, firewalls, intrusion detection, encryption, physical and credential authentication, etc. to control access to the databases.

This process ensures the integrity of NRHA’s data so that:

  • Backups are available if the NRHA office was destroyed or another disaster recovery was needed
  • Denial of service (DoS) attacks cannot affect internal processing
  • If the website was compromised, the internal production database and accounting database would remain isolated and inaccessible from outside entities
  • Heavy website traffic cannot impact internal processing

The process of populating data on is always to refresh the website database and all of the data displayed on the website. This ensures that the most recent and accurate data is displayed at

Populating the website database inserts the newest data first. Occasionally, this process can get interrupted and leave the website only partially updated. This is what occurred during last week’s storms. Even though both databases are hosted offsite, the program that populates one to the other runs locally from NRHA. Thus, any interruptions in power can interrupt the update.

“I am sure that many of you are much more technical than I am. Your questions are probably much more involved than the ones that I could formulate. However, it appears to me that our data is safe and the loss of power in our part of Oklahoma City did not cause any loss of information,” said NRHA President Mike Hancock. “NRHA holds the integrity of our sport’s records as a key component that’s core to our mission.”

If you have further questions about NRHA’s recordkeeping processes, please contact NRHA Assistant Commissioner Christa Morris-Stone at (405) 946-7400. Founded in 1966, NRHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the reining horse worldwide while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of Western horsemanship. NRHA encourages the public interest in agriculture and ranching activities, provides for all levels of reining competition, and maintains the recognition of worthwhile purses.

Hall of Fame Nominations Due

Many individuals—human and equine—have contributed to the growth of reining and NRHA. Exceptional contributors are recognized through the NRHA Hall of Fame, a standing tribute to people and horses who’ve made a major impact in the reining community. Chances are you know someone deserving of this distinction, but have you submitted an application on their behalf? Nominations must be in the office by May 31, 2019 for the next review.

The perpetuation of the NRHA Hall of Fame is a project of the Reining Horse Foundation, which honors the sport’s legacy as part of its mission, but selection of inductees is handled through a special NRHA committee. Any NRHA member can nominate a deserving human or equine who meets the criteria, then NRHA Board and Hall of Fame members consider and vote on those nominees.

“Hall of Fame induction is considered the most prestigious award in reining, and we count on NRHA members to submit deserving people and horses for consideration,” said Rick Clark, chair of the NRHA Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “It is important, however, that people realize this honor requires more than success in the show pen. I encourage reiners to give thought to those who fulfill the requirements. Also, do not assume that your peers have submitted an application.”

Nominations for NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipients follow the same process, so don’t delay if you know someone who should be recognized. Criteria and applications for the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award are available here.

National Reining Horse Association Shares Eligibility Survey Results

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) appreciated the great survey turnout from interested reiners. Feedback from those who live and breathe the sport help our committees and board of directors make effective changes for the betterment of reining.

The recent NRHA Eligibility Survey received more than 1,100 responses from passionate North American members. The NRHA Eligibility Committee will be reviewing this feedback, along with historical data, as they review the current eligibility policy. A similar survey will also be sent out soon for European members. This input will be very helpful to the sport as it will be used to provide future recommendations for the board of directors.

Thank you to all who took their time to fill out the survey and leave comments.

Check out the survey results here!

UPDATED – Category 2 & 6 Worldwide Eligibility Clarification

Each year in August, the NRHA Board of Directors approves eligibility for the following year and this policy is made available for members a At the beginning of the year, rider lists are posted to inform members of who can compete in certain levels. Since the 2019 lists have been posted, members have expressed confusion over the ambiguity in wording pertaining to Category 2 & 6 events. In response to this, the NRHA Executive Committee met to clarify the topic, removing the words “after factoring.” Revised ineligibility lists will be posted on in the next few days.

1/21/19 UPDATE – LISTS NOW AVAILABLE: After taking additional time to address members’ questions about wording in the 2019 eligibility policy and related NRHA rules, the executive committee has now completed its discussions on implementation of the policy. Worldwide Category 2 & 6 lists are now available at