Each of us is drawn to this sport for common reasons – for the love and passion for Reining and the equines that serve as our partners in that pursuit. As we all embark on a new chapter in the history of this great Association, we want to suggest considering a few critical things that are paramount to our future success.
The Non-Pro competition of the Circle Y Ranch Derby kicked off the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Celebration of Champions, held at the First Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, also features the NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere and the World's Greatest Horseman competition. The show continues through Sunday, Feb. 5.
Dear NRHA members and reining supporters,
On Jan. 21, 2012, at the National Reining Horse Association board meeting held in Oklahoma City, NRHA President Allen Mitchels, Michigan City, Ind., was removed from office. The process began Dec. 19, 2011, when an anonymous letter was sent to the NRHA board by “NRHA Concerned Members.”
Investing in the youth of a sport is a strong step toward a powerful and productive future. Kenny and Jo Hague, the founders of Equine Champions For Christ, understand this concept and have dedicated hours of effort to teaching equestrian youth. Through their work teaching Christian leadership with free instructional clinics, they have helped youth from across the country to achieve their goals, to learn the skills of their discipline and to become future rodeo stars with a devotion to Christianity.
The American Quarter Horse Association recently announced the point ranges that will determine a rider’s or horse’s competition level for two 2012 test pilot shows per the new AQHA leveling program. Full leveling will go into effect in 2013.
The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover will add a new twist in 2012 as 100 yearlings will be offered for adoption for a new youth division. Yearlings will be adopted prior to the Supreme similar to the 200 older geldings that will be offered, too. In 2012, three adult divisions with combined purses and prizes estimated at $200,000 will again be held in addition to the new youth division. The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover competition will take place at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 13-15. Applications for potential adopters are due on Feb. 13. The adoption auction will take place March 31 through Superior Productions on RDF-TV.