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Ann Salmon-Anderman was recently honored as the National Reining Horse Association Volunteer Of The Year. • Photo courtesy of NRHA.

Texan Named NRHA Volunteer of the Year

A horsewoman lauded for her passion and dedication to reining has been chosen as the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Volunteer of the Year.

Ann Salmon-Anderman, of Pilot Point, Texas, was honored on Feb. 9 at the NRHA Convention in Oklahoma City. The annual award honors those who show outstanding volunteer involvement and commitment to the sport of reining.

With nearly 30 years of NRHA membership to her name, Salmon-Anderman has served the sport she loves in almost every role she could find, from NRHA board and committee member to judge and steward to competitor and volunteer. 

Through extensive involvement with her local affiliate, the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA), Salmon-Anderman has extended her passion for the sport to others, beginners and pros alike. After serving as president of the SWRHA for three years, Salmon-Anderman continues to play an instrumental role in managing the SWRHA Futurity, as well as the SWRHA Reining Boot Camp. Her goal of giving every exhibitor a place to compete led her to introduce entry level classes to SWRHA shows.

Woman riding a horse.
Ann Salmon-Anderman rode Tinseltown Joe to the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity Level 2 Open Championship. Salmon-Anderman, the newest NRHA Volunteer of the Year, was lauded for her service to the SWRHA affiliate as well as her commitment to the entire sport of reining. • Photo by Waltenberry.

An NRHA Professional, Salmon-Anderman and her husband train and host clinics at their facility in Pilot Point. She has been active in the show pen, accumulating an Equi-Stat record of $165,693 as a rider. Last year, she won the SWRHA Futurity Level 2 Open with John McCarroll’s stallion Tinseltown Joe (Hollywoodstinseltown x Joe Cat Jac x El Ricky Joe).

In addition, Salmon-Anderman has bred the winners of $231,557, including 2018 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Senior Reining World Champion Ruf Lil Magnum (by Magnum Chic Dream). Her nearly $100,000 owner record includes Ruf Lil Magnum’s dam, Dunit A Lil Ruf, a Lil Ruf Peppy mare she rode to the 2013 NRHA Derby Level 2 Open Championship.

In announcing her distinction as Volunteer of the Year, the NRHA said it is clear that Salmon-Anderman’s desire to improve both her affiliate and the sport of reining as a whole has driven her to pursue innovative ways to increase communication between judges and exhibitors.  

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