Lifelong horsewoman Shannon Rafacz and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) have settled the lawsuit Rafacz filed against the Association in September 2017. The lawsuit sought reinstatement of her membership and Non Pro status and damages in excess of $75,000. As a result of the settlement, Rafacz is eligible for NRHA membership (as a Professional) and participation in Open competition after a 90-day suspension (August 17 – November 15, 2017). Rafacz’s membership is subject to a probation period following payment of a fine to the Association.
Rafacz submitted a letter of apology to NRHA President Mike Deer and agreed that the letter could be shared with the membership so a link has been provided below.
NRHA President Mike Deer said, “We are pleased to have come to an agreement. We wish Mrs. Rafacz the best in the future as an NRHA Professional.” He continued, “Non pro competition is a cornerstone to NRHA. It is vitally important that we stand strong to uphold those conditions set forth in our Handbook.”