The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) board of directors met on Aug. 16 to continue guiding the future of the sport of reining as the association looks toward its next 50 years. Conducting a successful and productive meeting, board members discussed numerous items including event conditions, eligibility, budget, and the information technology (IT) project.
Following is a summary on the action taken:
- Adding additional money in the 2016 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship classes in Oklahoma City was approved. A final class allocation will be made in the coming weeks.
- Hosts for the 2017 Affiliate Regional Championships that were open for bid were approved. These include: Northeast – Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association; Southeast – Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association; Southwest – Arizona Reining Horse Association; and Western Canada – Central Canada Reining Horse Association.
- 2017 Adequan North American Affiliate Program conditions were approved.
- A new initiative for the NRHA Professionals program was approved. In the coming year, NRHA Professionals will receive three publications with articles, tips and how-tos, all targeted to help support their role in the industry.
- Spain is now an approved NRHA Affiliate.
- 2017 NRHA Futurity & Derby conditions were approved.
- 2017 NRHA Nomination Conditions were approved.
- The presented budget for 2016-2017 was approved.
- The fees policy for 2017 was approved. Gelding status updates and name change fees were added. There were no increases to any existing fees.
- 2017 eligibility policy was approved and will be made available online in the coming weeks.
- With the design phase for the IT project complete, the board approved to enter the programming and development phase.
- New NRHA Bylaws were unanimously voted into place. The bylaws will be available in the Members Only section of nrha.com and will be effective immediately. In a related action, the 2017 NRHA Handbook will only contain the rules most relevant to showing and the bylaws and other non-competition policies and procedures will be available online for members.
- The board also discussed several potential 2018 rule change proposals. The deadline for member submissions is Dec. 15.
NRHA President Rick Clark shared his thoughts on the meeting: “I left the meeting extremely happy about what we had achieved. I’m proud of the NRHA board of directors for approving new bylaws that will support the governance structure that was approved earlier this year. This gives us a more modern and efficient structure to serve our members and the sport of reining.”
“Another big step for us was approving to add more money to the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. We will announce the specifics in the next week, but this year’s contestants will be running at approximately $40,000 in added money this year. That’s about a $15,000 increase over the last year. We’ve had to make some tough decisions to stay on budget this year, and we are thrilled to be able to allocate more funds to such a vital part of our industry,” Clark added.
The board’s next face-to-face meeting will be held during the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8-12 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. It will include the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, annual awards banquet, NRHA executive committee meeting, NRHA board of directors meeting, Reining Horse Foundation board meeting, professionals summit, annual general membership meeting and several NRHA committee meetings.