By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has seen new hires, restructuring and promotions within its staff over the past several months. The Events, Show and Membership Departments have been combined into Association Services in hopes of a more unified department to better serve the membership. Within the NRHA staff, promotions went to Krissy Colbath, Bucky Harris, Jana Thomason and Michelle Wrigley. With NRHA’s continuing expansion and changes, Mikaya Boge, Lindsey Forshee, Tiffany Gonzales, Kristen Liesman, Alex Losurdo, Rosaland Rathbun, Lindsey Stier and Megan Yarber joined as new staff at the international headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla. since mid-2012.
- Krissy Colbath is now Supervisor of Association Services and is involved with eligibility, show secretary program and the NRHA Professionals Program.
- Bucky Harris is now Director of Art, Advertising & Design and is involved with NRHA’s graphics and NRHA Reiner advertising.
- Jana Thomason is now Manager of Editorial Productions & Designs and is involved with NRHA’s graphics and NRHA Reiner advertising.
- Michelle Wrigley is now Sr. Director of Association Services and oversees the Judges & Steward Program.
2012 NEW HIRES
Mikayla Boge joined NRHA as Association Services Coordinator. The Fort Scott, Kan., native will be involved in processing entries for the NRHA Nomination Program as well as entries for the NRHA Derby. Boge graduated with an associate degree from Fort Scott Community College and was involved in the Aggie Club Committee, the livestock judging team and President Ambassadors. She attended Kansas State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Before connecting with NRHA, Boge interned at the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla. and held a job as a sales representative for veterinary compound medications in the Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska territory.
Lindsey Forshee, Marketing & Affiliate Coordinator, will be overseeing the Affiliate Program in addition to working with the Reining Horse Sports Foundation and the Youth Department. Forshee interned for NRHA and the National Cutting Horse Association for two years before being permanently added as an NRHA staff member. She has been involved in equine insurance, western retail and the cutting horse industry. Originally from Pratt, Kan., Forshee received an associate’s degree in Animal Science from Pratt Community College. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agribusiness and a minor in Animal Science.
Association Services’ new addition, Tiffany Gonzales, will be a Representative for the department and will process and proof memberships and competition licenses, handle address changes and oversee the Non Pro Program. The Rogersville, Mo. native attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with an option in production. While at OSU, she was on the horse judging team, inducted into Alpha Zeta, served two years as an officer for OSU Horseman’s Association and worked at the OSU Equine Center. Gonzales acquired additional experience in the equestrian world by showing all-around horses, working for several horse trainers, scribing and ring stewarding for AQHA and NSBA shows. Gonzales currently judges open and 4-H horse shows and gives youth all-around lessons.
Kristen Liesman, Association Services Representative, will be entering show results and processing Top 10 and 20 standings. She is originally from San Antonio, Tex. and graduated in May 2012 from West Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Industry and Business and a minor in Animal Science and Math. Liesman rode for the college’s Varsity Equestrian team in reining and horsemanship. This past summer, Liesman spent time promoting the reining horse industry in China by participating in reining demonstrations in festivals in Inner Mongolia. About 100 horses were imported from the U.S along with 50 people from all different countries to ride.
Alex Losurdo has joined the Association Services’ team as a Representative and will be processing memberships and competition licenses for the International Affiliate Program. Originally from Plano, Tex., Losurdo attended Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), where she earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science with an equine emphasis in May 2012. While attending SFASU, Losurdo held an officer position in SFASU Horseman’s Association, competed on the ranch horse team and participated in rodeo club, agriculture honor society and the agriculture sorority. Losurdo also worked for the University’s equine barn and S&J Farms in Woden, Tex.
Rosaland Rathbun has been hired as the Accounting Coordinator. The Moore, Okla. native and mother of three grown-children previously worked for Premium Beers of Oklahoma/Anheuser-Busch for 11 and a half years where she was a Cash Management Supervisor. Rathbun has her associate’s degree and is currently attending St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee to obtain her Bachelors in Accounting and Human Resources. There are three Rathbun family members attending college presently. In Rosaland’s spare time, she loves to travel and watch her son Ryan play baseball for Mid-America Christian University.
Lindsey Stier originally hails from Portland, Ore. and moved to Oklahoma to join the NRHA Reiner magazine as Assistant Editor. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with degrees in English and Classical Culture. During that time, she also rode for the University’s NCAA Equestrian team in Reining and horsemanship and showed on the APHA circuit, earning several world titles. Before coming to the NRHA Reiner, she coached AQHA all-around competitors and an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team to the 2011 Western National Championship.
Mustang, Okla. native Megan Yarber is also an addition to the Association Services as a Representative. Her duties include processing show approvals and trophy orders along with overseeing the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. Outside of her responsibilities in the office, Yarber is currently working to finish up her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a business option. She found her passion for politics after the 2008 elections and enjoys being active in policy issues, especially agriculture policy. Having gained vast hands-on experience working as a veterinarian technician for five years, Yarber is enthusiastic to learn more about the reining horse industry and the inner workings of an established and globally recognized association such as NRHA.