The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has three open positions on its executive committee, with five candidates vying for the spots. Online voting opens Aug. 10 and closes Sept. 9.
The five candidates are Jim Blumer, Mike Hancock, Casey Hinton, Rick Ramsey and Brian Welman. In addition to voting on the executive committee positions, NRHA members can vote on the proposed bylaw amendments. The members only area of the NRHA website lists the proposed changes. For more information regarding voting, please refer to the NRHA bylaws (article II, membership, section 7).
Jim Blumer • Spring Brook Township, Pennsylvania
Jim Blumer, of Spring Brook Township, Pennsylvania, was raised in Moscow, Pennsylvania. In addition to working as a tax accountant, he has spent more than 20 years as a horse breeder. He also employs trainers at his ranches located in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.Executive committee hopeful
“We have raised and trained horses to compete in both NRHA weekend and aged events since 1992,” Blumer said. “Utilizing this experience will be helpful when serving on the NRHA board.”
Blumer was chairman of the finance committee for five years and served as a NRHA director for three years. He served as an executive committee member for two years and is currently chairman of the judging working environment task force.
“My involvement came about because, like many of you, I love the sport of reining,” he said. “If elected to the executive committee, I will utilize and apply my experience in show management, breeding reining horses and coaching youth to guide my votes and decisions.”
Blumer said his goals would include always protecting the NRHA brand, as well as striving for open communication between the NRHA board, staff and members. He would also like to suggest new rule changes to protect the longevity of reining horses.
“I will always do my utmost to maintain and improve the quality judging system already in place at NRHA,” Blumer said. “I will work to empower the NRHA staff to do the best job they are able, and promote futurity, derby and weekend shows. In addition, I will continue to strengthen NRHA through strong local affiliates. Thanks for considering me as a candidate!”