NRHA Board Meeting: Deer Concludes Tenure As President

Outgoing National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) President Mike Deer had high praised for the association’s staff at the August Executive Committee and Board of Directors meeting, his final as its president.

He said that being NRHA president was one of the most meaningful and rewarding things he’s ever done.

“It has been an honor to work alongside such dedicated executive committee and board members as well as committee members and staff the past two years,” Deer said of the conclusion of his presidency and the Aug. 21 meeting.

Several information items were covering during the meeting, including:

* Financial update from Chief Financial Officer John Foy 

* Commissioner’s report 

* Reining Horse Foundation update including details on Sliders’ Night Out to be held during the 2018 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show 

* Review of Safe Sport Code of Practice adopted by the American Horse Council 

* Recap on marketing activities for the 2018 NRHA Derby 

* Update on the success of European major events 

* Update and demonstration on NRHA’s information technology rebuild, ReinerSuite 

* Preview of a redesigned to be launched within the coming months 

* Judges selection process for the NRHA-owned events 

Action Items Included: 

* Establishing a Sponsorship Task Force to help identify more non-endemic sponsorship opportunities 

* Clarification on rule change 56-04-19 – To limit the use of riding two-handed in a bridle to 3-year-olds in Category 2 and 6 shows with less than $5,000 added in total prize money. 

* Approval of the candidates elected by acclamation – Vice President Rick Clark, Director-At-Large Shane Brown, Mountain Region Director Bub Poplin, and Southwest Region Director Ginger Schmersal 

* Corrected Futurity Patterns: 2018 NRHA Futurity patterns were changed to 12, 8, and 10 for the Open and patterns 8 and 12 for the non pro

* 2019 Eligibility –Major changes are listed below with the policy to be published soon. Additionally, the European Council was granted an extension (December 20) to present their recommendations on the 2019 European Eligibility Policy 

+ Category 2 and 6 – Level 1 Open and Non Pro eligibility will based on previous year’s rankings only 

+ Category 2 and 6 – Added “factor up” so that riders only can factor back or up one level per year 

+ Category 10 – Adjusted earnings caps in Ride & Slide to establish more levels of eligibility in these entry level classes 

* International trophies – The board reviewed specific stipulations regarding Canadian shows and voted to uphold Board Resolution #03-09 International Exchange Rates 

* 2019 NAAC Conditions approved 

* Affiliate Regional Championship bids were reviewed and host approved 

* Supporting an affiliate compliance review to ensure all policy, rules, and procedures best serve the membership