Past participants of the NRHyA Speaking Contest celebrate their acheivement. Entries are open now for this year's event. * Photo courtesy of NRHA.

NRHyA Speaking Contest Details Released

Entries are open for the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Speaking Contest.

Officials announced that this year’s event is planned again for this year’s 6666 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby presented by Markel. It aims to cultivate and encourage leadership and life skills amongst reining’s talented youth.

In the CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest, participants will be divided into two age groups, 13 & Under and 14-18. Members compete for not only bragging rights, but also impressive $500 scholarships in three different categories: Delivering A: General, Prepared Public Speaking and Community Service Presentation. 

In the Delivering A: General, contestants recite A: General, which is a guide to judging reining horses and a hallmark of the NRHA Handbook. Prepared Public Speaking involves contestants delivering a five-to-eight-minute speech on either a leadership or equestrian topic. Lastly, the Community Service Presentation allows participants to create an eight-to-10-minute presentation that showcases a community service project they have completed.

The competition will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 22. The location for the contest will be announced closer to the event.

“The CINCH NRHyA speaking contest is a wonderful opportunity for our youth kids to pick a topic and speak publicly about it,” said NRHA President Rick Clark. “Many times, it is the first time they have attempted public speaking. This experience educates our youth for the career choices they make in the future!”

2021 NRHyA CINCH Speaking Contest Winners:

  • Becca Schaffhauser: 13 & Under Delivering A: General
  • McKylie Ivie: 13 & Under Prepared Public Speaking
  • Justin Eddy: 14-18 Prepared Public Speaking

Youth members interested in competing in this year’s CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest can find more information, including the entry form at The entry deadline is June 1. Please email entries to [email protected].