Opportunities for Youth at the 2018 NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – May 17, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby has a fantastic lineup of events for its youth members. From parties to specialty contests, there is an activity for everyone in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

Kicking off the 9-day event is the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) welcome party. Held at NRHA Headquarters, this fiesta-themed event is your chance to welcome IEA to the Horse Show Capital of the World. Join us at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and enjoy inflatables, food trucks and more!

Learn more about delegate and officer responsibilities at the NRHyA Delegate Retreat and Officer workshop will on Tuesday, June 26. All current NRHyA Delegates are invited to attend. Time and location are coming soon. Check the Derby schedule at nrhaderby.com for updates.

The CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest is an opportunity to make your voice heard. The contest begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, and has competition categories of: prepared public speaking (leadership or equine topics), community service presentations or “A: General” delivery from the NRHA Handbook. Entry forms can be found on nrhya.com and should be sent to Lerin Thomas, NRHA Youth Programs Advisor, by June 1.

June 1 is also the deadline for entering the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Put your paint, drawing, photography and other artistic skills on display by entering any of the following categories: photography, artwork and graphic artwork categories.

Ride some of the industry’s top equine athletes in the NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride on Friday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Submit your application to Lerin Thomas, NRHA Youth Programs Advisor, by May 18 for your chance to compete on the NRHA team.

Enjoy a hands-on experience with the equine industry at Hay Day Horse Day—an equine experience and community service project. Learn more about horses, equipment, tack and more while interacting with students from Oklahoma City’s public-school system. Date, time and location are coming soon. Check the Derby schedule at nrhaderby.com for updates.

Finally, all youth are invited to attend the NRHyA meeting on Thursday, June 28 at 3 p.m. in the Platinum Zone. It will be a fiesta, so bring your maracas and come mingle with your fellow NRHyA members and learn more about the youth programs NRHA offers.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the 2018 NRHA Derby! For more information on schedules, hotel accommodations, sponsors, and more visit nrhaderby.com.