The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to unveil online renewals for previous NRHA members!
How to renew online:
- Log on to the NRHA Members Only section with your NRHA ID and PIN. The log in area is located in the top right corner of nrha.com.
- Click on “Renew Membership” at the top of the screen, next to your name.
- Supply information as requested to complete the process.
Great benefits of renewing online:
- No rush fee
- No confirmation fee
- Instant access to Members Only contents
- Email confirmation to take to the show
- Can make donations to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation
- Can upgrade NRHA Reiner magazine subscription
The renewal wizard is optimized for desktops and laptops. Compatibility for mobile devices and tablets will be coming soon.
This issue is full of articles ranging from detailed profiles of Brent Loseke and Kenny Corder to reviewing the top NRHA approved shows for 2013 and everything in between. Want to know about the 2013 Open World and Reserve Champions and how they made their way to the top? Be sure to look at their stories as motivation for your next title run.
John S. Lewis of Hampshire, Ill., 58, died peacefully, February 26 2014 at his home. A celebration of John’s life will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home (10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, Ill.) with a time of sharing at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund (3000 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 or 405-946-7400 X 125).
John was born October 31, 1959 in Chicago, the son of Glenn and Dawn Lewis. He married Susan K. Anthony on April 6, 1991. John’s hallmark quality was his commitment to a job well done. He took great pride in his horse farm, Creekside Quarter Horses. Often as you drove into the farm with the manicured lawn and three board white fence you would see him hard at work. He was a member of the NRHA and had a great love of horses.
He was liked and respected by everyone in the circuit board business. His hard work and dedication were apparent in his 34 years.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, brother, Chuck Lewis, Sisters, Tammy (George) Weber, and Holly (Robert) Rice. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Glen, Lindsey, Rebecca, Sean, Emily, Allison, Tracie and Andrew.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences may be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com.
By Carol Trimmer – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors approved the induction of Colleen McQuay into the NRHA Hall of Fame at their February meeting in Oklahoma. Colleen will join her husband, Tim, and daughter, Mandy McCutcheon, who preceded her into the elite group. As the matriarch of one of Reining’s first families, she has supported her husband and daughter to many accomplishments.
The NRHA Hall of Fame is reserved for those people and horses who have impacted NRHA and the sport of Reining in a positive and profound way with emphasis placed on their unselfish contribution(s) to the Association rather than on their personal accomplishments. It goes without saying that Colleen’s contributions have been industry changing and involved horse show production and management as well as conception or implementation of many programs that changed the face and scope of NRHA.
Her touch is evident in many of today’s shows. She is one of the most respected show managers in the reining industry, bringing her enthusiasm, knowledge, work ethic, and energy to many major events. In addition, Colleen has unselfishly served on the NRHA Executive Board and many committees. She is currently a Distinguished Director for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, NRHA’s supporting charitable organization established specifically for enthusiasts in an effort to develop and enhance the sport of Reining worldwide.
Induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame is a means of honoring the members whose efforts NRHA could not exist without, and is not intended to merely congratulate people for being successful competitors, breeders, etc.
NRHA is extremely proud to introduce and congratulate the 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Colleen McQuay. The NRHA Hall of Fame is one of the five core programs under the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of Reining worldwide. The RHSF is committed to carrying the sport onward through five core programs: Youth, Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, Hall of Fame, International Development, and Research & Education. For further information about the Foundation, contact email@example.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 137, or visit the RHSF website at rhsf.com.
Photo by John Brasseaux.
We’ve just received word of the passing of a long-time NRHA member Mickey Deaton of Middletown, Ohio. He was active in NRHA for decades and was a familiar face to those reining in the Ohio River Valley. He will be missed. When more details become available on services, we will post an update here.
Sit down and catch up on all the 2013 NRHA Futurity excitement in this month’s Digital Reiner. This issue is packed full of competition highlights and sale results.
Along with Futurity coverage, this month also features tips and tricks on grooming your horse to perfection, getting to know non pro competitor Denise Bixler and some inside knowledge of showing your horse to its maximum potential from NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani. Enjoy!
Nominations Due March 1
Nominate an NRHA Professional who exemplified excellence in the NRHA community in 2013. This distinction is reserved exclusively for the elite individuals who, in all aspects of their career, consistently excel in perpetuating the growth of the NRHA, both in and out of the show pen, while maintaining the ideals of the reining horse.
Any current NRHA member can nominate a 2013 NRHA Professional.
Recognition Categories for 2013 NRHA Professional of the Year include:
- NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year
- NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year
- NRHA Professional Non Pro Coach of the Year
- NRHA Professional Youth Coach of the Year
- NRHA Professional Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year
Selection will be based upon the candidate’s mastery of and contributions to:
- Promoting NRHA Professionals and NRHA
- Exemplifying integrity and sincerity within the industry and to the public
- Insuring the welfare of the reining horse
The NRHA Professional of the Year in each category will be awarded a custom pair of Montana Silversmiths Trophy Spurs. Each NRHA Professional of the Year award recipient will also receive recognition on the NRHA website, recognition at the NRHA awards banquet and recognition in the NRHA Reiner.
One nomination form per NRHA member per category. Nominator must be a current NRHA member and nominee must be an NRHA Professional in 2013 for final review by the Professionals Committee.
For any additional information, please contact Christina Brezack at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-946-7400.
NRHA Professionals: An open rider’s earnings begin to count for Top 20 purposes from the date and time they join NRHA Professionals. So now is the time to ask yourself: “Have I renewed?”
2014 NRHA Professionals Membership Form
For any additional information on the NRHA Professionals program, please contact Association Services at email@example.com or call 405-946-7400.
By Shianne Megel - The National Reining Horse Association, partnering with their supporting entity, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, is proud to implement an Adaptive Reining Program beginning in 2014. As the standard setting-body for the sport of Reining, NRHA now will approve and recognize Adaptive Reining classes and bring the sport to reining enthusiasts of all ability levels. The program’s standards, rules and policies will ensure NRHA’s ability to offer an inclusive, safe and fun environment for para-equestrians worldwide. RHSF will support the program in the form of scholarships and NRHA Affiliate grants that may be used to award prizes for Adaptive Reining classes.
“I’m very excited to be able to expand the access to the sport of Reining. The thrill of experiencing Reining is amazing. NRHA is very happy to provide an avenue in which we can welcome para-equestrians with the Adaptive Reining Program,” said Beth Himes, NRHA President.
The inaugural Adaptive Reining classes will be held Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 during the 2014 Florida Reining Classic hosted by the Florida Reining Horse Association (FRHA).
On Tuesday, February 25 prior to the Bill Horn Shootout, an Adaptive Reining Demonstration is scheduled with Pat and Caton Parelli. Pat’s son Caton was born with a condition known as hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. After going into a coma, doctors doubted his survival and predicted if he did, he may never walk or talk and would need constant care for the rest of his life. Caton is now almost 30 years old and a seasoned competitor in NRHA, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association events. The combination of Pat’s natural horsemanship concepts and the newly recognized Adaptive Reining Program promises to be an educational and enjoyable event for all.
A benefit auction will be held Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29. The FRHA is looking for items to benefit the NRHA Adaptive Riding Program. Items may be sent to FRHA at 2330 NW 140th St., Citra, FL 32113.
For more information on the NRHA Adaptive Reining Program, contact NRHA (405) 946-7400.
2014 NRHA European Futurity – Kreuth, March 30 – April 05
From Simona Diale - On March 29 in Kreuth, Germany, the NRHA will host the only NRHA Steward School offered in Europe. The school will be hosted the day before the start of the NRHA European Futurity, and the starting time will be 8.30 a.m. Participants will be able to take the test at the end of the day. To apply, download the Show Steward Application for the European school and contact Nick Cornelissens with any questions (+32(0)477 572 589 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are interested in becoming an NRHA Steward, please review the information found in the NRHA Handbook on pages 105-106. Additional information can be found on the Show Stewards page on the NRHA website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick Cornelissens:
Phone: +32(0)477 572 589