American Youth Horse Council Invites Proposals for 2018 Symposium Presentations

AYHC_Symposium-finalistMcDonald, NM, May 24, 2017– The American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) invites proposals to speak at the 41st Annual AYHC Symposium, April 13-15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK. This event presents an opportunity for adult and student leaders in the youth horse industry to come together to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry. The event will include tours of the Oklahoma horse industry, live demonstrations, and workshops focused on kids and horses.

Proposals must be submitted electronically by email no later than September 15, 2017. Complete guidelines and form are available at AYHC.com. Speakers are responsible for their own registration fees, travel, lodging and other expenses.

Three audiences will be represented:

  • ž   Adult Leaders of Youth—mostly volunteers who work directly with youth in the field
  • ž   Youth Industry Professionals—those employed in the youth horse industry (such as Extension Specialists and breed association youth program coordinators)
  • ž   Teen Leaders—older teen leaders (age 14-18)

The non-breed / discipline specific curriculum throughout the symposium offers equine knowledge that transfers from the book to the barn, providing take-home tools to teach youth about safe and effective horsemanship. Above all, the Symposium connects participants with resources, referrals, and networking to help kids connect through horses. Workshops may be presented in a variety of formats including lecture, discussion, forum, panel, or hands on activity. Preference will be given to interactive workshops.

Symposium information, schedule and form are available at AYHC.com

Workshop Proposal guidelines

Workshop Proposal form

About the American Youth Horse Council
The American Youth Horse Council is a network of academic, breed, industry and other representatives interested in facilitating the flow of horse-related educational resources for youth. AYHC’s mission is to provide encouragement, communication, leadership & resources to serve and promote the youth horse industry. For complete presentation proposal instructions and/or more information about the association, please visit AYHC.com or contact the American Youth Horse Council at info@AYHC.com.

Contact:
Danette McGuire, AYHC Executive Director
P: 817.320.2005
www.ayhc.com
info@ayhc.com

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IEA Creates Zone for the Western Discipline

May 17, 2017, Columbus, Ohio – The Board of Directors of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) recently approved a proposal to re-organize the structure of the Western discipline beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Under the current structure, there are ten Western Zones across the United States that includes multiple regions within each Zone. Under the new format there will be one Western Zone splitting into eleven regions that will have more than 160 teams and 2,000 riders. In contrast to the Hunt Seat Zone structure, this unique, non-geographic, discipline-specific zone encompasses all of the United States with an effort to lead to a more successful and equally balanced IEA National Western Finals. The IEA will continue to hold the Western National Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in conjunction and affiliation with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

During the regular season, there will be no change to the process for qualifying for regional finals and all eleven regions will hold a regionals competition. The change happens in that there will not be Western Zone Finals as in previous years, but instead there will be two Semi-Finals held to determine which riders will move on to the National Finals competition.

“The ongoing, year-long effort by IEA Co-founder and Board Member, Ollie Griffith, along with his Western Committee, has launched a new and exciting endeavor for Western teams,” says IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “We hope that this re-structuring will allow riders to experience a more robust regional finals and semi-finals and ultimately help to inspire new Western Teams to form throughout the United States.”

In addition to Griffith, the IEA Western Committee members include: Jessica Bein(Zone 8, Arizona); Bobby Dean (Zone 2, Pennsylvania); Roger Elder (Zone 4, Tennessee); Ruth Finley (Zone 3, North Carolina); Lynlee Foster (Zone 5, Kentucky); Holly Hover (Zone 8, Arizona); Kevin Jewell (Zone 4, Georgia); Todd Knerr (Zone 5 Administrator); Katie Morehead (Zone 5, Ohio); Ashley Wilson(Zone 4, Georgia) and IEA staff members Roxane Durant (Executive Director), Jennifer Eaton (Membership Marketing Coordinator) and Myron Leff (Chief Operating Officer).

A Western Zone Administrator will be named in coming weeks. For more details and guidelines on the new Western Zone, please visit www.rideiea.org.

About IEA:
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams.  There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions.  Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.  The IEA is open to public schools, private schools, and barn teams.  For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org

Myron Leff
IEA Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
614-460-3532  |  myron@rideiea.org 

Kimber Whanger
IEA Communications Coordinator
614-542-9415  |  kimber@rideiea.org

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

2017 NRHA Election Information

2017 ELECTIONS

NRHA members have the opportunity to nominate members to represent their interests and to help guide the future of Reining. Read the following overview for more information on how you can get involved in the process. (European members: Please check your email in-box for additional details on European Executive Board Elections for the European Region) 

SEATS UP FOR ELECTION & NOMINATION DEADLINES

Director-at-Large on the Executive Committee (Two seats): Worldwide NRHA Members are given the opportunity to nominate and vote for members to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee. Write-in candidates can be submitted by the August 2 deadline. Please refer to the NRHA Elections Procedures for details.

Director for North American regions (One per region): Members from the following regions are also given the opportunity to nominate and vote for members to represent them on a regional level as an NRHA Director. 

  • East Central – Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee
  • North Central – North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska
  • South Central – Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana
  • Northeast – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and District of Columbia
  • Northwest – California*, Idaho*, Oregon, Washington

    *If a member lives in this state and designates an affiliate for Affiliate Regional Championships qualifying in that region, the member will be given voting privileges for that region. If the member lives in this state and does not designate an affiliate, voting privileges will be given as follows: California – Northwest region, Idaho – Northwest region and Nevada – Southwest region.

Elections will rotate to the other regions next year to continue with the alternating schedule.

NRHA Affiliates can nominate members to represent them as an NRHA Director. The deadline for Affiliate nominations is July 5. If a member wishes to be a write-in candidate, he/she may do so by the August 2 deadline. Please refer to the NRHA Elections Procedures for details on both of these options, and look in the Members Only section for helpful forms.

NRHA Election Procedures

NRHA Bylaws

Candidate Biography Template

Candidate Write-In Form

ELECTRONIC VOTING DATES

Open: October 1 at noon CDT
End: November 1 at noon CDT

ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Christa Morris-Stone, cmorris@nrha.com, (405) 946-7400, ext. 105
3012 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Voters must be at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2018 and a member in good-standing to participate in this election. Members whose memberships are maintained or recorded as joint, corporate, syndicate, associate, alliance, affiliate, or other type or category are not considered to be individual Members, and they are not eligible to vote.

NRHyA Welcome Cinch as the New Title Sponsor of the Speaking Contest

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) welcomes Cinch as the new title sponsor to the NRHyA Speaking Contest held annually at the NRHA Derby.

Formed in 2011, the speaking contest allows youth members an opportunity to polish and perfect their public speaking skills while competing for over $3,000 in scholarships and prizes. The contest is split into two age groups, and contestants can compete in their choice of the following divisions: Prepared Public Speaking, Community Service Presentation, and Delivering A: General.

nrhya300“Youth and the future of our western way of life are important to Cinch, and we love that NRHA and NRHyA have a strong commitment to develop our future leaders. We are excited to extend our partnership to support those youth making an active effort to grow their communication skills,Said Megan Scales, Social Media & Sponsorship Manager at Miller International.

When asked about the new sponsorship, Hayley Eberle, NRHA Manager of Marketing & Outreach, had this to say, “We believe that the youth are an important part of NRHA and the equestrian community as a whole. NRHA and NRHyA want to create not only good horsemen and women, but strong, well-spoken representatives that have the life skills to be productive members of society. Dedicated Corporate Partners like Cinch who see the value of our youth and partner with us on life skill building opportunities such as the speaking contest are invaluable, and we sincerely appreciate their support.”

Youth members interested in competing in this year’s Cinch NRHyA Speaking Contest can find more information, including the entry form at NRHyA.com or by clicking here. Entries must be postmarked or in the NRHA office by June 3rd.

NRHA Board of Directors May Meeting Recap

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosted meetings for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors in Oklahoma City on May 1-2. The members, elected by the membership annually, reviewed and prepared for discussion of agenda items; raised issues and spoke of opportunities; and voted to make decisions to guide the progress of the Association. In total, the Board members committed nearly 250 hours of effort to NRHA over the course of two days. The largest topic on the agenda was 2018 rule change proposals. A brief overview is provided below along with information on other important discussions.

2017 Handbook cover2018 Rule Change Proposals – The Board of Directors reviewed 37 rule change proposals submitted by members, committees and staff. Prior to their vote, they considered feedback from NRHA Committees and from members via the online survey. Unless otherwise noted, approved rule changes become effective January 1, 2018. More details on what was approved, along with the new rule verbiage, can be found in the Members Only area of nrha.com.

Some of the most significant changes include the following changes or additions to NRHA rules:

  • Beginning in 2019, memberships will last for a complete 12-month or 36-month period, and will no longer expire on December 31.
  • Non Pro Conditions were changed with the approval of 27-01-18. The largest change came from the addition of this text:
    • Even without remuneration, a Non Pro may not train or participate in mounted preparation of a horse not owned or leased by the non pro or the non pro’s immediate family, at or for, a show. It is the intent of the NRHA to limit the ability of a non pro to assist a trainer or other person in the training or preparation of the horse while mounted for a show if that horse is not owned or leased by the non pro or the non pro’s immediate family.
  • World Para-Reining, USA Reining and approved breed restricted para-reining classes were added for Category 4 approval.
  • Event approval deadlines for BB and Top Ten Events changed to 60 days prior to the entry closing date.
  • Added money limits were removed from Category 7 Affiliate Championship classes.
  • The Single Purse Payout structure was approved for optional use in aged and closed aged shows.
  • NRHA Lawson bronzes must be presented when $2,000 or more in added money is offered and other special NRHA Lawson Bronze qualifications are met.
  • Show results now can be sent electronically as long as some requirements are met.
  • Guidelines were added for breaking first place ties.
  • Allowances for touching the horse with the freehand and holding the saddle horn in Freestyle Reining, Entry Level and Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup classes.
  • Additional guidelines were added to determine when judges may judge an unapproved reining class.
  • Random equipment checks in classes with added money of $500 or less are allowed.
  • A 5-point penalty was added for a horse that loses forward motion and falls to knees or hocks while showing signs of disobedience, intimidation, exhaustion and/or distress.

Equipment clarification – The NRHA Executive Committee recently made a clarification to Rules for Judging. B.(4)(b) and (i) concerning belly bands and belly wraps. This type of equipment, or other materials wrapped around the belly, can cover abuse prior to and during exhibition, and can give an unfair advantage. Therefore, the use of this type of equipment in pre-check or in the show pen is not allowed and will result in a no score.

Fappani Spooky Whiz2017 NRHA Futurity Updates –

  • Addition of the new Level 4 Open Semi-Finals (approved in February).
  • Open Futurity horses will not show on Sunday, November 26. This gives one-day off between the 1st go round and the semi-finals.
  • Sunday’s Non Pro 1st go, 1st section will be longer than the other sections. This allows the go round to end one day earlier and helps manage the overall length of days.
  • The Non Pro Consolation will be held one day earlier than usual on Wednesday, November 29.
  • Freestyle Reining will be held on Thursday, November 30.
  • Adequan North American Affiliate Championship and ancillary classes have been rearranged to avoid conflicts and to move the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year to later in the schedule.

Affiliate Regional Championship Trophies – If a class at an Affiliate Regional Championships does not offer the level of added money required to award an NRHA Morrison trophy ($1,000), the host can award an NRHA Morrison trophy for that class.

Collegiate Judging Contest – NRHA will work with the Horse Judging Team Coaches Association to implement a collegiate contest during the 2017 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Semi-Finals.

European Council Bylaws – Bylaws for the European Region were presented and approved. They consisted of definitions and guiding principles for the council and its executive board. It also included a list of responsibilities specific to the European Region.

IT Project – The Board was given an update on the IT project. Testing on tools for joining and renewing memberships has begun. These tools will become available to members when testing is complete.

Member Survey and Long-Range Planning – Approximately 1,000 members participate in the online survey. Results of the survey have been shared with the Long-Range Planning group and the Board of Directors. A plan, based on those responses and the group’s discussion, is being finalized at this time. It will be presented to the Board at a later date for review and approval.

Regions and Elections Procedures – The procedures were updated to better clarify voting regions for California, Nevada and Idaho residents. The voting region will be based on a member’s affiliate designation. If an affiliate if not designated, it will be based on the member’s state of residence. See the NRHA Regions and Elections Procedures for details.

Task Force Appointment – A task force was appointed to optimize the benefit of International Affiliate Program funds for affiliates and NRHA. The previously appointed Nomination/Payout Task Force will meet in Oklahoma City in the coming weeks.