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Non Pro Conditions Update from the Board

In May of this year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors approved a proposal to change its Non Pro Conditions starting January 1, 2018. After receiving a tremendous amount of comments and questions from the membership, the Board met on June 15 to revisit the topic. Following discussion, they approved to rescind the proposal (#27-01-18) so that it will not go into effect next year.

See the Updated Listing of 2018 Approved Rule Changes

Following the May Board meeting, a great amount of feedback was given to the Board and NRHA’s Non Pro Committee. Many members expressed concerns about how the rule would impact them as Non Pros and how it could be detrimental to the industry overall. In response, the topic was added to the June 15 Board meeting agenda and was reviewed. As a result, a motion was put forward and approved to rescind the rule change that, in effect, leaves the rule unchanged from what is currently listed in the 2017 NRHA Handbook.

The Board intends to continue discussions regarding Non Pro Conditions, and appreciates receiving member feedback on programs and rules that are important to them. For a digital copy of the 2017 NRHA Handbook, visit nrha.com.

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NRHA Board of Directors May Meeting Recap

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosted meetings for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors in Oklahoma City on May 1-2. The members, elected by the membership annually, reviewed and prepared for discussion of agenda items; raised issues and spoke of opportunities; and voted to make decisions to guide the progress of the Association. In total, the Board members committed nearly 250 hours of effort to NRHA over the course of two days. The largest topic on the agenda was 2018 rule change proposals. A brief overview is provided below along with information on other important discussions.

2017 Handbook cover2018 Rule Change Proposals – The Board of Directors reviewed 37 rule change proposals submitted by members, committees and staff. Prior to their vote, they considered feedback from NRHA Committees and from members via the online survey. Unless otherwise noted, approved rule changes become effective January 1, 2018. More details on what was approved, along with the new rule verbiage, can be found in the Members Only area of nrha.com.

Some of the most significant changes include the following changes or additions to NRHA rules:

  • Beginning in 2019, memberships will last for a complete 12-month or 36-month period, and will no longer expire on December 31.
  • Non Pro Conditions were changed with the approval of 27-01-18. The largest change came from the addition of this text:
    • Even without remuneration, a Non Pro may not train or participate in mounted preparation of a horse not owned or leased by the non pro or the non pro’s immediate family, at or for, a show. It is the intent of the NRHA to limit the ability of a non pro to assist a trainer or other person in the training or preparation of the horse while mounted for a show if that horse is not owned or leased by the non pro or the non pro’s immediate family.
  • World Para-Reining, USA Reining and approved breed restricted para-reining classes were added for Category 4 approval.
  • Event approval deadlines for BB and Top Ten Events changed to 60 days prior to the entry closing date.
  • Added money limits were removed from Category 7 Affiliate Championship classes.
  • The Single Purse Payout structure was approved for optional use in aged and closed aged shows.
  • NRHA Lawson bronzes must be presented when $2,000 or more in added money is offered and other special NRHA Lawson Bronze qualifications are met.
  • Show results now can be sent electronically as long as some requirements are met.
  • Guidelines were added for breaking first place ties.
  • Allowances for touching the horse with the freehand and holding the saddle horn in Freestyle Reining, Entry Level and Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup classes.
  • Additional guidelines were added to determine when judges may judge an unapproved reining class.
  • Random equipment checks in classes with added money of $500 or less are allowed.
  • A 5-point penalty was added for a horse that loses forward motion and falls to knees or hocks while showing signs of disobedience, intimidation, exhaustion and/or distress.

Equipment clarification – The NRHA Executive Committee recently made a clarification to Rules for Judging. B.(4)(b) and (i) concerning belly bands and belly wraps. This type of equipment, or other materials wrapped around the belly, can cover abuse prior to and during exhibition, and can give an unfair advantage. Therefore, the use of this type of equipment in pre-check or in the show pen is not allowed and will result in a no score.

Fappani Spooky Whiz2017 NRHA Futurity Updates –

  • Addition of the new Level 4 Open Semi-Finals (approved in February).
  • Open Futurity horses will not show on Sunday, November 26. This gives one-day off between the 1st go round and the semi-finals.
  • Sunday’s Non Pro 1st go, 1st section will be longer than the other sections. This allows the go round to end one day earlier and helps manage the overall length of days.
  • The Non Pro Consolation will be held one day earlier than usual on Wednesday, November 29.
  • Freestyle Reining will be held on Thursday, November 30.
  • Adequan North American Affiliate Championship and ancillary classes have been rearranged to avoid conflicts and to move the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year to later in the schedule.

Affiliate Regional Championship Trophies – If a class at an Affiliate Regional Championships does not offer the level of added money required to award an NRHA Morrison trophy ($1,000), the host can award an NRHA Morrison trophy for that class.

Collegiate Judging Contest – NRHA will work with the Horse Judging Team Coaches Association to implement a collegiate contest during the 2017 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Semi-Finals.

European Council Bylaws – Bylaws for the European Region were presented and approved. They consisted of definitions and guiding principles for the council and its executive board. It also included a list of responsibilities specific to the European Region.

IT Project – The Board was given an update on the IT project. Testing on tools for joining and renewing memberships has begun. These tools will become available to members when testing is complete.

Member Survey and Long-Range Planning – Approximately 1,000 members participate in the online survey. Results of the survey have been shared with the Long-Range Planning group and the Board of Directors. A plan, based on those responses and the group’s discussion, is being finalized at this time. It will be presented to the Board at a later date for review and approval.

Regions and Elections Procedures – The procedures were updated to better clarify voting regions for California, Nevada and Idaho residents. The voting region will be based on a member’s affiliate designation. If an affiliate if not designated, it will be based on the member’s state of residence. See the NRHA Regions and Elections Procedures for details.

Task Force Appointment – A task force was appointed to optimize the benefit of International Affiliate Program funds for affiliates and NRHA. The previously appointed Nomination/Payout Task Force will meet in Oklahoma City in the coming weeks.

 

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Equipment Clarification – Belly Bands

The NRHA Executive Committee recently made a clarification to Rules for Judging. B.(4)(b) and (i) concerning belly bands and belly wraps. This type of equipment, or other materials wrapped around the belly, can cover abuse prior to and during exhibition, and can give an unfair advantage. Therefore, the use of this type of equipment in pre-check or in the show pen is not allowed and will result in a no score.

NRHA’s equipment rules can be found starting on page 79 of the NRHA Handbook in the Rules for Judging Section.

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Our Loss – John Hoyt

NRHA is saddened to hear of the passing of John Hoyt on the morning of December 20, 2016. He was surrounded by family and friends in his cabin in Texas. Hoyt was loved and admired by many in the reining community and his presence truly will be missed.

John-hoyt-in-Germany-smallHoyt was a wonderful man and legendary horseman that influenced many of today’s top riders. Al Dunning summed up Hoyt’s influence on reining and other western disciplines by saying, “John is the Dale Wilkinson of the West!” NRHA Judge and long-time friend Greg Darnall added to that opinion by saying, “He’s the John Wayne of the horse training business. He backs away from nothing.” Hoyt was well-known for his ability to mentor others with blunt honesty and to get extraordinary performances out of ordinary horses.

Hoyt, a native Californian, was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2010 after a decade-spanning and award-winning career. His accomplishments include more than $49,300 in NRHA earnings and multiple AQHA World Championships. Hoyt qualified for 21 AQHA World Championship Shows in a row. He was the 1986 NRHA Futurity Limited Open Reserve Champion on Okies Sure Bet. In 1988, he rode Lady Kiper to win the Intermediate and Limited Open ancillary classes at the NRHA Derby.

More information regarding John Hoyt’s celebration of life will be posted here when it becomes available.

 

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2017 NRHA Handbook Available Online

The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Handbook is available online for worldwide Reining enthusiasts. The 2017 NRHA Handbook includes the Association’s rules, regulations and judges’ guide along with NRHA Patterns.

HOW DO I GET A COPY?2017 Handbook cover

  • Online version – Visit www.nrha.com and click on the Membership tab to find the Handbook in a PDF form. This version is available to anyone free of charge.
  • In print – When joining or renewing your membership, be sure to indicate that you’d like to receive a copy of the 2017 NRHA Handbook. If you already are a member and need to request a Handbook, call 405-946-7400 to speak a Member Services representative.
  • Free iPhone app – The 2017 NRHA Handbook will become available on the existing app and via download in the coming weeks. The app is available to anyone free of charge.
  • Save to iBooks – Go to the Handbook in NRHA’s website, click to download the entire 2017 NRHA Handbook pdf, tap the screen and click on “Open in iBooks.” This will save the Handbook in iBooks.

Members interested in viewing the NRHA Bylaws or the Corporate Record Book can find them online in the Members Only section of the NRHA website.

HOW DO I PROPOSE A RULE CHANGE?

Any NRHA member in good standing can submit a proposed change or addition for the NRHA Board of Directors to consider. It is recommended that the merits of the change, as well as specific wording for the rule be submitted. The deadline to propose rule changes for the 2018 NRHA Handbook is December 15, 2016. A form to submit a proposal can be found in the Members Only section of the NRHA website.

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Southeast Election Results

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole.

For this year’s elections, one 2017-2018 Southeast Regional Director seat was filled by a vote of Southeast region members ending November 1. The results of this election can be found by logging in to the Members Only section on nrha.com. 

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Southeast Region Voting Starts October 1

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole.

For this year’s elections, one 2017-2018 Southeast Regional Director seat is set to be filled by a vote of members to be held October 1 – November 1. The two members nominated by affiliates for this year’s elections are Jesse Chase and Shannon Rafacz. More information on these candidates can be found below to help you determine how to cast your vote.

How do I vote? Who can vote?

Eligible voting members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina are encouraged to look in the Members Only section of nrha.com or to page 140 of the September NRHA Reiner magazine for voting details. Additionally, Southeast region members have either received an email or postcard reminder, depending on what contact information they have provided to NRHA. NRHA PIN information as of September 1, 2016 will be needed to access online voting. To retrieve this information or to get more information on voting, please contact Christa Morris-Stone (cmorris@nrha.com or 405-946-7400, ext. 105).

SOUTHEAST MEMBERS – VOTE NOW

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Please note that Associate, Youth and joint/corporate members are not eligible to vote.

Southeast Regional Director (Seats Open for Election: 1  /  Term: 2017-2018)

Jesse Chase • Wendell, North Carolina

jesse2 PREFERREDJesse Chase is a lifetime member of the NRHA and has also been an NRHA judge for the last thirteen years. Jesse earned a degree in 1994 in Equine Science and Management from Morrisville State College in New York and since then has been building himself a solid business and reputation along the east coast within the reining industry.

He owns and operates his farm with his wife and three sons, Jesse Chase Performance Horses, just outside of Raleigh in Wendell, North Carolina.  Jesse has close to twenty years of experience in training, colt breaking and coaching people of all levels in the reining discipline. (READ MORE HERE)

Shannon Rafacz • Citra, Florida

Shannon-Rafacz_0396SMHello, fellow members. Like many of you, I started in NRHA as a competitor and fell in love with the challenge, the horse, the people and the competition. It has always been “For the Love of the Game.” I am seeking re-election to my Southeast Regional Director seat for 2017 and 2018. I LOVE my role within the NRHA board and I am asking that you vote to let me continue my work with committees, task forces and board representation! As many of you know, our board structure has changed and the regions only have space for one representative. I want to be your representative!

I rode my first reiner in 1987, which means I have grown up in NRHA. I tend to speak about NRHA and family in the same sentence because for me it really has been. (READ MORE HERE)

The elections timeline and procedures can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com or by clicking HERE.

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Southeast Region Elections Start October 1

The NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole.

For this year’s elections, one 2017-2018 Southeast Regional Director seat is set to be filled by a vote of members to be held October 1 – November 1. The two members nominated by affiliates for this year’s elections are Jesse Chase and Shannon Rafacz. More information on these candidates can be found below to help you determine how to cast your vote.

How do I vote? Who can vote?

Eligible voting members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina are encouraged to look in the Members Only section of nrha.com or to page 140 of the September NRHA Reiner magazine for voting details. Additionally, Southeast region members will receive an email reminder later this month, or will receive a post card reminder if NRHA does not have an email on file for a member. NRHA PIN information as of September 1, 2016 will be needed to access online voting. To retrieve this information so you may vote, please contact Christa Morris-Stone (cmorris@nrha.com or 405-946-7400, ext. 105).

Please note that Associate, Youth and joint/corporate members are not eligible to vote.

Southeast Regional Director (Seats Open for Election: 1  /  Term: 2017-2018)

Jesse Chase • Wendell, North Carolina

jesse2 PREFERREDJesse Chase is a lifetime member of the NRHA and has also been an NRHA judge for the last thirteen years. Jesse earned a degree in 1994 in Equine Science and Management from Morrisville State College in New York and since then has been building himself a solid business and reputation along the east coast within the reining industry.

He owns and operates his farm with his wife and three sons, Jesse Chase Performance Horses, just outside of Raleigh in Wendell, North Carolina.  Jesse has close to twenty years of experience in training, colt breaking and coaching people of all levels in the reining discipline. (READ MORE HERE)

Shannon Rafacz • Citra, Florida

Shannon-Rafacz_0396SMHello, fellow members. Like many of you, I started in NRHA as a competitor and fell in love with the challenge, the horse, the people and the competition. It has always been “For the Love of the Game.” I am seeking re-election to my Southeast Regional Director seat for 2017 and 2018. I LOVE my role within the NRHA board and I am asking that you vote to let me continue my work with committees, task forces and board representation! As many of you know, our board structure has changed and the regions only have space for one representative. I want to be your representative!

I rode my first reiner in 1987, which means I have grown up in NRHA. I tend to speak about NRHA and family in the same sentence because for me it really has been. (READ MORE HERE)

The elections timeline and procedures can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com or by clicking HERE.

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Call for Candidates and Nominations

Deadlines to nominate Regional Director and Vice President candidates are approaching.

All regional director online elections for the Mountain, Southeast, Southwest and South Central regions will be held concurrently with Vice President elections October 1 through November 1, 2016.

Please make note of the following important deadlines:

July 1 – Affiliate nomination deadline for regional directors. Elections will be for one director from the Mountain, Southeast and Southwest regions for a 2017-2018 term. The South Central region will elect two directors for a 2017 term. Find out how these numbers were determined.

August 1 – The write-in deadline nominations for regional directors and Vice President is August 1, 2016. This process involves obtaining a minimum of ten member signatures from within the region.

More details on the Nomination Process and Elections can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com.

Questions? Please contact Elections Administrator Christa Morris-Stone at cmorris@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 ext. 105.

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New Governance Structure and Bylaws Approved

On May 10 and 11, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors came together in Oklahoma City to discuss business and identify opportunities to advance the sport of Reining. Among those business discussions was a follow-up item related to the Association’s Certificate of Incorporation (COI), in addition to changes to the bylaw amendment process and governance structure.

Changes to Bylaw Amendment Process

On May 10, the board reviewed and unanimously approved proposed changes to NRHA Bylaws (Article XV. Amendments.). The approved changes kept in place member’s ability to submit bylaw amendment proposals. The approval process for bylaw amendment proposals was modified to comply with Oklahoma state statutes officially giving the board the authority to adopt, amend or repeal the bylaws of the Association. Click here for information on NRHA’s Certificate of Incorporation.

Governance Structure Changes

In June of 2014, NRHA convened its first Long Range Planning Committee in Columbus, Ohio, The group agreed on four areas of NRHA that needed considerable effort and focus. One of those was NRHA’s governance structure. Subsequently in May 2016, the board received and approved a proposal to streamline the structure including the creation of regional councils, adjustment of regional director allocations and establishment of term limits.

President Rick Clark commented, “NRHA governance has unique challenges. These include a complex, far-flung operation with a global board; maintaining engagement of a board separated by geography, local issues, language, culture and customs; communicating in a timely manner with a large group that cannot meet face-to-face; and finally, volunteer time commitment. Many boards face some of these challenges, NRHA faces them all.”

He continued, “In August of 2014, the NRHA Board of Directors approved a Global Governance Task Force to tackle these issues and to create a global governance structure and process that optimizes growth of the sport. Since that time, this task force has had several conference calls and at least four in person meetings. All of these issues received considerable attention and deliberation.”

More Details on the Changes

On May 10, 2016, the task force presented two options to the board. These options tackled the previously mentioned topics, as well as addressing board size to have a structure to have board members that are fully engaged, well-qualified, effective and focused on the strategy and direction of NRHA. As noted above, the board approved (27 to 1 vote) one of the options. Furthermore, they instructed the Bylaw Committee to develop proposed bylaws to implement this structure. The board will review and vote on proposed bylaws in August 2016.

Following a transition year in 2017, the 2018 board will include:

  • 20 total board members
    • 15 Directors to represent global membership*
      • 11 North American directors, two European Council directors, one South American Council director, one Oceana Council (ex. Australia and Japan) director and one Reining Horse Sports Foundation President (ex-officio)
      • These will be elected by the membership
      • *One of these directors will be elected to the Executive Committee
    • 5 Executive Committee members
      • President (2-year term), Vice President (2-year-term), two members elected by the membership (2-year terms) and one member elected from the board to the executive committee (1-year term)
      • Members can be re-elected to three consecutive, 2-year terms, and may be re-elected after a one-year hiatus.

2017 Transition Year

The task force presented a bylaw amendment proposal to add a provision to allow for a special transition term of one year through 12/31/17. The board approved the proposal unanimously. Therefore, NRHA will follow the new guidelines that will result in an overall reduction of the board from 38 to 27 for the transition year in 2017:

  • 22 Regional Directors
    • Western Canada (1), Eastern Canada (1), Mexico (1), Mountain (1), North Central (1), Southeast (1), Southwest (1), South Central (2), Northeast (2), Northwest (2), East Central (3), European Council (3), South American Council (1), Oceana Council (1), Reining Horse Sports Foundation (1)
    • Regional directors with terms expiring 12/31/17 will serve the remainder of their term
    • 5 Executive Committee
      • President (Mike Deer) and Vice President (to be elected in October), as well as three directors at large (Mike Hancock, Brian Welman and Casey Hinton to serve the remainder of their terms)

President Rick Clark commented after the meeting, “I am proud of our directors for thinking of our future, and excited to see how these changes will move us forward globally. This work was done with the membership and our future in mind. The past 50 years of our association have been great, and the next 50 promise to be even better.”

Elections of directors and Vice President will be held in October as approved at the 2016 Winter Meeting. The deadline for nominations and specifics on the voting period will be published in the NRHA Reiner and on NRHA.com. The board will review and vote on proposed bylaws in August 2016. Following their approval, the updated bylaws also will be published online.

 

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