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RHSF Youth Scholarship Deadline – MAY 15

 By Chris Dennis  Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are valued assets to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and to the future of the horse industry. The Reining Horse Sports Foundation  (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for these valued youth members. Each year, the RHSF awards more than $44,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members.  At this time, the RHSF is excited to offer $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members.

“The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of Reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school, is an honor,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on academic achievement, future goals, involvement in the NRHyA and NRHA, and financial need.  Applicants must be a senior in high school planning to pursue an undergraduate degree from a two or four year institution or a trade and technical school and current NRHA member for at least two years.

Applications are now being accepted for the RHSF scholarships. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old. The scholarship application may be downloaded at nrhya.com.

For more information about RHSF scholarships, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com. You may also contact Chris Dennis at cdennis@nrha.com or at (405) 946-7400.

Photo by Mary Frances Flanders. 

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NRHA Hall of Fame Welcomes Colleen McQuay

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. Colleen McQuay by John Brasseaux
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 rhsf@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 137, or visit the RHSF website at rhsf.com.

Photo by John Brasseaux.

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Yurman to slide into OKC for the RHSF “Slide to Remember”

By Chris Dennis - For the last 30 years David Yurman has used his talents as a luxury jewelry and timepiece designer to help others accentuate their style but on December 6th he will slide into Oklahoma State Fair Park for his chance to shine. Yurman will compete in the Reining Horse Sports Foundation’s “Slide to Remember” benefiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The event will be held with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show which runs November 28 – December 7.

Yurman will join seven-time Formula One™ Yurmanracing World Champion Michael Schumacher, singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett and actor Ted Levine as they compete in front of judges for the highest score. David, along with the other celebrity reiners will face off as team captains as they compete with NRHA Hall of Fame representatives, freestyle reiners, cross-over riders from other equestrian disciplines, as well as Oklahoma City area firefighters and police officers.

David Yurman  is an artist and jewelry designer with a lifelong passion for design and innovation. He and his wife, Sybil, founded the David Yurman brand in 1980, which has become America’s premier jewelry company, with stores throughout the US and abroad. Yurman’s designs capture the essence of relaxed American luxury. His collections are inspired by classical art and architecture, nature, and equestrian motifs—his Buckle Collection and Thoroughbred designs takes their cue from his love of horses. Yurman has received multiple awards in recognition of his commitment to excellence and innovation in jewelry design, and has been lauded for his charitable and humanitarian efforts.

Both David and Sybil have always held a commitment to giving back. This unwavering dedication was formalized in 2001 with the establishment of The David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian Foundation. David’s passion for horses and philanthropy has led to the brand’s support of many equine charities. Organizations including the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Palm Beach County, Florida and the Equicenter in Mendon, New York both of which provide individuals with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to enjoy horse therapy and recreation to enhance their lives. The physical activity involved in riding horses has proven to be a very effective tool for improving muscle stimulation, strength, coordination, flexibility, posture and balance. Additionally, the Yurman’s have supported Bedford Riding Lanes Association that maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads in upstate New York used for trail riding.

Today, riding has become an essential part of David Yurman’s life whose career as an artist, designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist has been further enriched by his experience riding horses. Twice a week, David takes time out to ride with his ex-reining, now trail horse, Scooter. David Yurman lives and works in the New York City neighborhood of Tribeca with his wife Sybil and around the corner from his son, Evan, and his family.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND GET TICKETS

The RHSF “A Slide to Remember” is Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fair Park’s Jim Norick Arena (Coliseum). General admission ($11) and box seat ($21) tickets are available online at www.okstatefair.com. Members of the military receive buy-one, get-one-free admission with valid Military ID, and children age 10 and under get in free.

Avid fans who want a chance to meet their favorite celebrities “up close and personal” can attend the RHSF After Party at the conclusion of the competition. Admission to the party  is free and American Idol Finalist Kristy Lee Cook will be performing. There’ll be opportunities for autographs and photographs, so come prepared.

RHSF

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of reining worldwide. The RHSF accomplishes this through their five core programs: NRHA Hall of Fame, Crisis Fund, Research, Development & Education, Youth Programs and International Development. For further information about the Foundation, contact rhsf@nrha.com or 405-946-7400, ext. 125, or visit rhsf.com.

OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive learning museum that tells the story of those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. By the use of more than a dozen computers and two hours of video, and more than 300 artifacts the Memorial Museum tells the story of one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil. Since opening, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial has hosted more than 4.4 million visitors and the Memorial Museum has had more than two million visitors.

About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show

 It’s the most elite reining event in the world with more than 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses will compete and visitors from nearly 20 countries will attend to watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy. Go to nrhafuturity.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show Supporters

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and World Development Group International.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Soft Ride
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone
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Para-Reining to be Featured at AQHA World Show

From USA Reining Release – By Brad Ettleman - USA Reining, the official sport affiliate for the western discipline of Reining within the international structure of horse sport, announces together with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) as well as partners: the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the introduction of Reining into the Para-Equestrian movement.

To be featured at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK, Para-Reining will include a clinic and educational seminar on Thursday, November 14th and a first-ever Para-Reining demonstration class on Friday, November 15th – marking the maiden Para-Reining ever to be held within the US Para-Equestrian system and a launching of efforts to bring the discipline online as a fully recognized sport in 2014.

Both affiliates of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), which serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in the United States, USA Reining and USPEA are striving to ensure Para-Reining rules and competitions are in line with events hosted at stakeholder shows. Those stakeholders are chiefly USA Reining founding partners AQHA and NRHA. AQHA will add Para-Reining into its existing and thriving Equestrians with Disabilities Program, and NRHA will work to do the same with a newly launched Adaptive Reining program. Once complete, the integration will allow any Para-Reining event to be multi-approved by any or all of the interested groups, allowing athletes a virtual smorgasbord of options for competitive development.

The role of USA Reining and USPEA are vital as they provide the key pipeline to high performance competition at the international level.  A main goal of the effort, Para-Reining athletes could one day earn a spot to represent their nation at international Para-Reining championships.

The goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian disciplines.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide Para-Equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), USA Reining and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

National Reining Horse Association’s Involvement
The National Reining Horse Association, partnering with their supporting entity, the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF), is proud to implement an Adaptive Reining Program beginning in 2014. As the standard setting-body for the sport of Reining world-wide, NRHA 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.

NRHA is proud to partner with the American Quarter Horse Association, the United States Para-Equestrian Association and USA Reining to champion the cause of para-equestrians. “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 NRHA President Beth Himes.

For more information about attending the USA Reining/USPEA Para-Reining Clinic and Demonstration Class at the AQHA World Championship Show, including schedule, entry form and more, email: Brad@HPowerInc.com.

For more information about USA Reining, click on www.USA-Reining.com.

For more information about the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show: http://www.aqha.com/Showing/World-Show/Schedule.aspx.

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2013 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees: Rick Weaver and Carol Trimmer

At the most recent NRHA Board of Directors meeting, February 9, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the NRHA Hall of Fame Committee recommended nominees for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame. The Board approved to honor NRHA past President Rick Weaver and NRHA Senior Director of Publications Carol Trimmer as the Hall of Fame’s newest inductees.

 

Rick Weaver began earning money in NRHA competition in 1977 in Waverly, W.Va.  Rick’s list of accomplishments include: 1982 Open Futurity Champion on Misty May Morning; 1982 Open Derby Reserve Champion on Sanditch; 1982 Limited Open Top Ten; 1984, 1990 1992, 1993 Novice Horse Open Top Ten; 1989 Open World Champion on Gunners Rambo; 1989 Open Superstakes Reserve Champion on Fairhill Enterprise; 1989, 1990 Open Top Ten; and 1991 Open World Champion riding Electric Coffee; 1991 Novice Horse Open World Champion riding Berrys Lark; 1991 Open Saddle Series winner; and 1992 Open Top Ten. Weaver served on the NRHA Board of Directors for many years as 1st and 2nd vice president, as president elect, as chair of the NRHA Judges Committee, as NRHA President in 2009/2010 and has been instrumental in maintaining the Judges Program and in development of the NRHA Animal Welfare & Medications Policy.  He is an NRHA Judge and life member. Weaver’s NRHA Lifetime Earnings are $471,667.

 

Carol Trimmer has been a member of the horse industry her whole life.  A native Ohioan, Carol was introduced to the performance horse industry by her husband, Paul, whom she credits with getting her involved in Reining. Beginning her career at NRHA when the office was still located in Ohio, Carol originally worked as a filer, folder, and collator for the office. In 1998, Carol moved with the NRHA to the international headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla. From there, she has worn just about every hat within the organization from running the NRHA Sire & Dam Program to working in Association Services. Carol found her niche within the organization working as production coordinator for the NRHA Reinera role which led to her becoming the Senior Director of Publications. For over 17 years, Carol Trimmer has worked for the NRHA and her dedication to the association embodies a Hall of Fame member.

 

Congratulations to Rick Weaver and Carol Trimmer as they join others who have made a difference to the sport in the NRHA Hall of Fame!

 

The NRHA Hall of Fame is one of the five core programs under the Reining Horse Sports Foundation. Through your support, RHSF recognizes the icons of our industry each year. To learn how to make a donation, contact Shianne Megel at smegel@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, extension 122.
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Schumacher to Drive a Reining Horse for the 4R Performance Horses Hometown Heroes Slide

By Christina Brezack – German seven-time Formula One™ racing World Champion Michael Schumacher will make an appearance in Oklahoma City, Okla. for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF)’s 4R Performance Horses Hometown Heroes Slide & Freestyle Reining during the 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

 

Hometown heroes from local police and fire stations will embark in quite the experience aboard some of NRHA’s fast-spinning and smooth–sliding reining horses – all to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Spectators will be encouraged to cheer on their favorite team in a friendly “firefighters vs. police officers” competition! Freestyle Reining, a crowd favorite where riders are free to express their “style” by performing their own reining pattern to music while both horse and rider are dressed to play the part, also will be part of the competition. At the end of the event, the team with the most points will win the competition and take home bragging rights.

 

During this year’s Speed Edition, Michael Schumacher will climb in behind the steering wheel of an agile reining horse to take it for a spin as the Master of Ceremonies welcoming Team Fire and Team Police to the competition arena. Schumacher currently drives for the Mercedes team and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time.  He tops many of Formula One’s driver records: most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored, most races won in a single season, earliest world champion, podium places and leading laps. According to the official Formula One™ website he is “Statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.” Intuitive ability to adapt instantly to changing conditions and keen perception on the track will help this gifted athlete to master a reining horse in the arena.

 

Off the track, Schumacher is involved with several charities especially those for underprivileged children. He and his wife along with their two children live in Switzerland.

 

DETAILS
Mark your calendars for Nov. 30 and make sure to be in your seat by 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fair Park to cheer for your hometown heroes. General admission is $11 and box seats are $21 – all to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. Members of the military receive buy one, get one free admission with valid Military ID, and children age 10 and under get in free.

 

Plan on attending the Chili Cook-Off at 4 p.m. as firemen and police officers battle it out to see who has the most scrumptious dish and you get to be the judge. The winner will be announced during the performance.

 

REINING HORSE SPORTS FOUNDATION
The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of Reining worldwide. The RHSF accomplishes this through their five core programs: NRHA Hall of Fame, Crisis Fund, Research, Development & Education, Youth Programs and International Development. For further information about the Foundation, contact rhsf@nrha.com or 405-946-7400, ext. 122, or visit the RHSF website at rhsf.com.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive learning museum that tells the story of those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. By the use of more than a dozen computers and two hours of video, and more than 300 artifacts the Memorial Museum tells the story of one of the largest terrorist attack on American soil. Since opening, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial has hosted more than 4.4 million visitors and the Memorial Museum has had more than 1.6 million visitors.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum does not receive annual operating funds from the federal, state or local government. Museum admissions, store sales, the OKC Memorial Marathon, earnings from an endowment and private fundraising allow the Memorial and Museum to be self-sustaining.

 

The Memorial staff is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., housed in offices in the Memorial Museum Building, a restored historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. The building, which is adjacent to the Alfred P. Murrah site, also received severe bomb damage on April 19, 1995. Visit the museum online at oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.

 

4R PERFORMANCE HORSES
The RHSF is grateful to event sponsor 4R Performance Horses and the many volunteers who’ve given their time and resources so generously to make this fund-raiser come true. 4R Performance Horses is owned and operated by Dwaine and Judith Rivers, together with their two daughters. They are located just minutes north of San Antonio in Boerne, Texas and specialize in raising, showing and selling reining horses. They have paid special attention to selecting top-quality broodmares with NRHA show records and earnings and stallions that are proven performers with some of the best bloodlines the industry has to offer. 4R Performance Horses can be found on the web at 4rperformancehorses.com.

 

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.
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More than $10,000 Awarded to Young Reiners

Oklahoma City, Okla.  – July 13, 2012 – Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are the future of the reining industry, and the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to youth members. The RHSF is proud to announce the recipients of more than $10,000 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Christine Gordon, Helen Lauth, Justine Peters, Holy Lauth, Samantha Belcher, Alexis Daggit and Haiden De Jane. The scholarships these youth members received are a very important sector of the more than $40,000 that RHSF awards annually.

 

Twenty youth members from the United States and Canada submitted applications for the RHSF Scholarships. Recipients, chosen by a committee, were based on academic achievement, involvement in NRHyA and NRHA, future goals and financial need.

 

“The increase in scholarship applicants over last year is encouraging because it shows our members are becoming more involved in NRHA and in their community,” said Manager of the RHSF and NRHA Youth Programs Shianne Megel. “It’s an honor to recognize the hard work of these outstanding members.”

 

Christine Gordon from Colorado, Helen Lauth from Minnesota, and Justine Peters from Nebraska were each awarded $2,000 in RHSF scholarship monies. Gordon currently attends Colorado Christian University majoring in Business Administration. Lauth is a student at South Dakota State University where she majors in Park & Recreation Management and competes on the equestrian team. Peters is planning to attend the Oklahoma State University where she will be a member of the equestrian team and study Health Sciences.

 


Christine Gordon                    Helen Lauth                  Justine Peters

 

Holly Lauth and Samantha Belcher will each receive $1,500 in scholarship awards from the RHSF. Lauth is currently attending Rochester Community and Technical College majoring in Radiology. Belcher is a Pre-Veterinary student at the University of Georgia and a member of the Lady Bulldog Equestrian Team.

 


Holly Lauth                     Samantha Belcher

 

Alexis Daggett and Haiden De Jane will be awarded $750 in scholarships from the RHSF. Daggett will be majoring in Biology or Chemistry at Trinity University. De Jane plans to attend Front Range Community College and Colorado University, Denver majoring in International Business.

 


Alexis Daggett                Haiden De Jane

 

“The NRHyA is a great organization because of the outstanding individuals involved. The youth program plays a huge part in our sport. I hope the scholarship program will continue to help recognize our youth members for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Mike Hancock, President of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

 

For more information about the RHSF Scholarship program, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com.  You may also contact the RHSF & NRHA Youth Programs at (405) 946-7400.

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RHSF Youth Scholarship Deadline is May 15

Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are valued assets to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and to the future of the horse industry. The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for these valued youth members. Each year, the RHSF awards more than $44,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members.  At this time, the RHSF is excited to offer $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members.

 

“The RHSF is proud to award these scholarships to such outstanding individuals. NRHA’s youth program has made a huge leap forward to promote the sport to young competitors throughout the world. We hope the scholarship program will help recognize our youth members and increase awareness all the youth programs NRHA as to offer,” said Mike Hancock, President of the RHSF.

 

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on academic achievement, future goals, involvement in the NRHyA and NRHA, as well as financial need.  Applicants must be a senior in high school planning to pursue an undergraduate degree from a two or four year institution or a trade and technical school and current NRHA member for at least two years.

 

Applications are now being accepted for the RHSF scholarships. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2012. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old. The scholarship application may be downloaded at nrhya.com.

 

For more information about RHSF scholarships, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com. You may also contact the Manager of RHSF & Youth Programs, Shianne Megel at smegel@nrha.com or at (405) 946-7400, ext. 122.

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