Online Bidding Offered for Horses Consigned in the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Markel Sales, held in December during the annual NRHA Futurity, will offer online bidding for the first time in recognition of concerns surrounding the coronavirus and its potential impact on travel and public gatherings.

“We want to be proactive and show that we’re aware that traditional bidding methods might not be practical due to the global pandemic,” said Doug Carpenter, Heritage Place representative and member of the NRHA Sale Selection Committee, which manages the sales. “We’re pleased to offer this additional mode of bidding for our live auctions come December.”

This also assures the best marketplace possible for sellers by expanding the bidding pool across the country and around the world.

Along with in-person and online bidding, the NRHA Sales will continue to offer phone bidding services.

“We support these creative innovations to keep the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales accessible to all buyers and sellers,” said NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter.

The NRHA/Markel Sales offer an outstanding group of two-year-old reining prospects, yearlings, broodmares, and show horses from leading breeders, owners, and trainers. All sales are managed by the NRHA office with the support and direction from the NRHA Sale Selection Committee. The quality and integrity of the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales is reflected in the graduates of the previous sales—they have won millions in NRHA earnings since the first 2-year olds sold in 1993.

For more information on the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales contact us at or call sale manager Angie Honeywell at (405) 946-7400, ext. 123.

2020 NRHA European Affiliate Championships Canceled

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Executive Board met to discuss the 2020 NRHA European Affiliate Championships in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to governmental restrictions surrounding the pandemic, the European Affiliate Championships can’t be held in Denmark in July. Considering this fact, the safety of our members, and the unknown conclusion of the pandemic, the 2020 NRHA European Affiliate Championships are canceled.

Thanks to the camaraderie and collaboration of our affiliates and event teams, we’re happy to announce the 2021 European Affiliate Championships will be held in Denmark, hosted by NRHA’s Danish and Norwegian Affiliates. The 2022 and 2023 Championships will be held at CS Ranch in Switzerland. NRHA thanks our hosts for working together to make the best of the situation.

We’re thankful for all NRHA members and affiliates who have pulled together to make these decisions for the best welfare of our members and horses, and we know that we will come back stronger than ever for an exciting event in 2021.

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Reiners Care

The Reining Horse Foundation is here to help NRHA Professionals, members, and corporate partners by disseminating valuable information to help your business during this crisis.

Coming together during a crisis is what keeps us together on the other side, when we’re back to more traditional life and business. All the information involved in the CARES Act might overwhelm you to the point that you don’t bother taking advantage of it for your business. We’re here to help, because Reiners Care.

We’re sharing links to valuable information that can help you keep your business moving forward. But the responsibility lies in your hands to put it in action.

Here are a few first steps to initiate.

  1. Contact your banker. The first stop should be their website. Though that branch might not be able to help you directly, your bank should be able to point you in the right direction to get started with an SBA-approved bank that can help. Your financial planner or attorney also may be good resources.
  2. Make an appointment. This isn’t a time to make a drop-in visit. Respect social distancing guidelines and save time by scheduling a meeting with a qualified financial expert who can offer you the advice you need.
  3. Gather necessary paperwork. The resources we provide will help outline what you need to bring with you.
  4. Don’t get overwhelmed. Remember when you first started your business? That was probably exceptionally overwhelming, but you made it this far. Fight to keep what you’ve worked for, and advocate for yourself and your business.


This list of resources is a small sampling of those available. Explore additional resources available that may be specific to your geographic area and business operation. (Section 3, item 2 addresses self-employed and contractor laborers.)

Our Condolences: Jerry Kimmel

The Reining Horse Foundation and NRHA mourn the passing of Jerry Kimmel on April 3, 2020. Jerry was honored with the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, a fitting tribute to his passion for and commitment to the reining community.

Success does not define a person. However, success seemed to follow Jerry Kimmel wherever he went. From the CEO chair to the saddle, Jerry’s hard work, perseverance, and welcoming demeanor allowed for an adventure that lasted a lifetime.

​Jerry Kimmel passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, at the age of 82.

​Gerald Kimmel was born June 23, 1937, to Gerald and Edna Kimmel in Marshall, Michigan. He was a loving sibling to his younger brother, Jim, and his half-brother, Rick. He was an avid sports player and the class president at Marshall High School, graduating with the class of 1955. He married his wife, Carmen, on March 29, 1958. Together they have two daughters, Christine and Amy, and one son, Gregory.

​In Marshall, Jerry began his business, Kevco Inc. with his partner and longtime friend Bill Everett in 1964. Over three decades, Jerry, Bill, and hundreds of their employees expanded the business across the country and moved its headquarters to Fort Worth, Texas. In becoming one of the nation’s leading distributors of plumbing and building materials to the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle industries, Jerry and Kevco were awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest region from the Dallas Business Journal in 1995. Jerry’s success continued when he took the company public in the 1990s. At one point he had more than 30 branches across the country and 16 manufacturing plants. Jerry thrived in the corporate world, but after decades of hard work, dedication, and passion, he retired and settled down with his wife on a 225-acre ranch in Granbury, Texas.

​Even in retirement, Jerry found success. What began as a harmless hobby turned into Jerry’s second calling. Carmen had always been a horse enthusiast and their daughters also enjoyed horses. Not long after his retirement years began, Jerry immersed himself into the horse world of western pleasure, with much thanks to friend and horseman Cleve Wells. Jerry started from scratch and was proud to admit that he was learning new things every day, even into his seventies. He brought this positive attitude into the arena and treated his time as a horseman less as a business than as a sense of pure enjoyment. He once stated, “I retired totally from business. For me, horses are just fun.” Anyone who ever saw Jerry in the saddle could easily witness the man’s love for horses. After making his mark in the western pleasure pen, Jerry poured his heart, soul, and wallet into the reining world.

What started with one reining horse, Indy Star Dun It, soon turned Jerry and Kimmel Reining Horses into a household name. Jerry’s biggest dream for reining was to have full stands and engaged fans. Jerry’s home base, J Bar C Ranch, worked in tandem with McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, to produce some of the world’s top reining horses. Jerry’s own granddaughter, Lindsey Raymond, oversaw much of the breeding and fitting operations in Granbury. Kimmel Reining Horses is still in operation thanks to Jerry’s eldest daughter, Chris, who relocated the business and its horses to her ranch in Weatherford, Texas, in 2018. Gone but not forgotten, Jerry left an indelible mark on the horse world. In 2014, Jerry was awarded the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

​One of the most remarkable things about Jerry was his inability to know a stranger. That smile and those big, blue eyes welcomed anyone in. Whether it be at the grocery store, a horse show, or Trinity Terrace—where he and Carmen moved in 2018—Jerry locked eyes with and waved to everyone that passed by. He lived by the motto: “keep your friends and make new ones every day.” He radiated warmth and a good laugh. He seemed to always have a lighthearted joke in his back pocket. Jerry leaves behind his wife Carmen, his three children, Christine and David Pearce, Amy and David Mueller, and Gregory and Jennifer Kimmel, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Charlie. He will be greatly missed.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts in Jerry’s memory be made to the NRHyA—Youth Unrestricted fund of the Reining Horse Foundation to benefit youth reiners. Donations can be made online at or mailed to RHF, 3021 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73107

With permission: Written by Courtney Kimmel and Meredith Kimmel

Reiners Should Apply

The U.S. Government has pledged $349 billion in forgivable loans to help people like you—NRHA Professionals, small-business owners, and more. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available to small businesses, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and others. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020, but don’t treat it like stall reservations or entry fees—apply as soon as you can, because the PPP is first come, first served, and when the money is gone, it’s gone.

How Much May I Receive?

  • 2.5x your average monthly payroll costs, up to $10 million.
  • Calculate your average monthly payroll using calendar year 2019. For example, if your average monthly payroll for 2019 was $5,000, multiply $5,000 by 2.5, which is $12,500 in PPP relief. For sole proprietors or independent contractors, payroll costs are net earnings from self-employment (limited to $100,000).
  • You may not include compensation to any one individual in excess of $100,000 or any compensation to an employee whose principal residence is outside the United States.

How Does It Work?

The PPP is structured as a forgivable loan. Generally, if you:

(1) use at least 75% of the loan amount for payroll and the remainder for rent, utilities, or mortgage interest within eight weeks after getting the loan; and

(2) don’t decrease your full-time staff or your wages by more than 25% for any employee that made less than $100,000, or if do, you restore your employment and salary levels by June 30, 2020, then your entire loan will be forgiven (i.e., you don’t have to repay it).

Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines or if salaries and wages decrease.

Any amounts you don’t use for those purposes within eight weeks become a two-year loan at a 1% interest rate.

What Counts as Payroll?

  • Payroll costs include gross wages (limited to $100,000/employee), employer cost of group health plans (including insurance premiums), and employer cost of retirement plan benefits.
  • For sole proprietors or independent contractors, payroll costs are net earnings from self-employment (limited to $100,000).

Is It Hard to Apply for PPP?

Not at all. Several of your reiner friends have already done it.

  • Apply at an SBA-approved bank. It’s best to contact your lender to confirm that the entity is an SBA lender and begin with their online application process. Be careful of scams. This program is only available through SBA-approved banks.
  • The forms are pretty simple. Generally, the bank will ask you to provide the PPP borrower form (found at, a few bank-specific forms, and evidence of payroll.
  • The application process for businesses opened April 3; independent contractors can apply beginning April 10.

The CARES Act also includes Economic Injury Disaster Loans and other programs, including payroll-tax deferral. Your situation will determine which you qualify for and what may be best. Consult your advisers or go to

When your business remains viable during the COVID-19 response, the reining industry remains stronger and poised for recovery when public safety is no longer in crisis. You are caring for your business and the reining community, because #ReinersCare.

The above is a summary of the CARES Act and the PPP. NRHA and RHF are not providing legal, accounting or financial advice. Please consult your professional advisors for a full understanding of your eligibility and the benefits and requirements of the Cares Act and the PPP.