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NRHA Concludes Winter Meeting

NRHA logo BWThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) concluded five days of productive meetings with NRHA’s top leaders this past week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Focusing on the association’s core business objectives for 2015, the NRHA’s board of directors also met to guide the future of the sport of reining.

Among several items discussed included revisions to the 2015 NRHA Derby and NRHA Futurity conditions, the 2015 NRHA Derby schedule and the NRHA nomination conditions. In addition, the association made tremendous advances in the sport of reining by approving a further defined penalty chart for the NRHA animal welfare and medications policy (11-07-27, not including Europe).

Prior to the board of directors meeting, members representing the affiliate, bylaws, eligibility, non-pro, past presidents, professionals, sale selection, sire and dam, and youth committees convened to discuss member programs, fee structures, NRHA events, and NRHA governance, and made decisions on opportunities available now that continue to grow the popularity of the sport. Committee chairpersons presented their report to the NRHA board of directors for further discussion.  In addition, the medications and global governance task forces met to address topics requested by the board of directors.

“Overall, this was a tremendously productive meeting of NRHA’s leaders, members and staff. This meeting was truly a testament to the passion and eagerness our members have in advancing the sport of Reining, as well as the love and dedication they have for the welfare of their horses,” NRHA President Rick Clark said.

NRHA members are encouraged to log in with their member ID and PIN to review all the committee reports at nrha.com. 2015 NRHA Derby and 2015 NRHA Futurity Conditions as well as the 2015 NRHA Derby schedule are also available for public review at nrhafuturity.com and nrhaderby.com.

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) also met to discuss the organization’s annual fundraising plans, as well as review a presentation showcasing the plans for a new NRHA Hall of Fame and Museum.

“We are extremely pleased by the number of donors our organization has received not only over the past year, but also in the last couple of days,” RHSF President Frank Costantini said. “The new NRHA Office and Hall of Fame will provide many exciting opportunities for our donors not only this year, but for future years as well.”

Reining fans are encouraged to visit rhsf.com to learn more about how the foundation continues to make a positive impact on people wanting to compete in reining, as well as memorializing the legacies of those who have left a lasting impression on the history of the NRHA, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of reining. The NRHA, with international headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.