Updates to the 2017 NRHA Candidates

The final deadline to nominate candidates to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors passed on Aug. 2, so a complete slate of candidates is now presented to the membership for consideration.

Votes in this year’s election (Oct. 1 – Nov. 1) will determine the names of:

  • Two members to serve on the Executive Committee as a Director-At-Large
  • One member per region to serve as a North American Regional Director (on a rotational basis; approximately half of the regions have this opportunity each year)

Eligible voting members will receive voting information via email prior to Oct. 1.

Director-At-Large Candidates

Each voting member will be given the opportunity to cast a vote for two Director-At-Large candidates. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes will have a two-year term, and the second-largest vote-getter will have a one-year term.

Four members were nominated by the NRHA Nominating/Governance Committee: Shane Brown, George King, Brian Welman and Joe Wolfe. An additional candidate, Tom McCutcheon, was nominated via the write-in process. Therefore, a total of five candidates are campaigning for member votes.

North American Director Candidates

North American Director elections will be held for the Northeast region featuring Kelly Hedges and Heather Powell. Only one candidate was nominated for the other four regions. Therefore, no elections will be held for these regions, and these candidates will be elected by acclamation: East Central: Brett Walters; North Central: Larry Handley; Northwest: Jeanine Kern; and South Central: Ann Salmon Anderman.

For descriptions of other candidates, please see previous press release.

Tom McCutcheon • Aubrey, Texas

Tom McCutcheon is one of the reining industry’s leading riders with lifetime earnings exceeding $1.7 million. His accolades include winning a National Reining Breeders Classic Open Championship, two NRHA Derby Reserve Championships, a Tradition Futurity Open Championship, a Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Open Championship, multiple North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Open Championships, and multiple NRHA Futurity Open finalist positions. On the international stage, McCutcheon is a two-time United States Equestrian Team Reining Championship winner. As a member of the 2002 USA Reining Team at the Fédération Equestre Internationale World (FEI) Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, he helped Team USA bring home the Gold Medal. Along with the Team Gold, McCutchton…” READ MORE