NRHA Hall of Fame & Dale Wilkinson Nominations Due

The deadline to nominate outstanding individuals for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame is coming up fast. In addition to the NRHA Hall of Fame, the association is accepting nominations for the prestigious Dale Wilkinson award.

Since NRHA’s inception, many humans and horses have contributed to its growth and have left a profound impact on the sport of reining.

In recognition of these individuals, association instituted the Hall as a continuing acknowledgment of their exceptional achievements and dedication and service to the sport of reining. 

In 2007, the NRHA Hall of Fame Committee initiated the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, named after Dale Wilkinson, known as the “father of modern-day reining,” and among the original innovators in the sport who had an unmatched lifetime of accomplishment in reining.

Last year, the Dale Wilkinson award went to David Silva, Jr. Other previous winners include actor and rider William Shatner (2018) and singer-songwriter and horse owner Lyle Lovet (2017)

The Hall of Fame is a project of the Reining Horse Foundation, which honors the sport’s legacy as part of its mission, but selection of inductees is handled through the NRHA Hall of Fame Committee. Nominees who meet the criteria for are put forward for consideration and voted on by NRHA Board members and Hall of Fame members.

The same process is followed for recognition of the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, which is also supported by the Reining Horse Foundation.

Do you know someone who should be in the Hall or is deserving of the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award? If so, nominations must be received by the NRHA by Sunday, May 31.

Criteria and applications for the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award are available at A listing of inductees can be found at

For more details, contact NRHA Executive Assistant & Governance Coordinator Liz Kelsey at [email protected].

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