The National Reining Horse Association has made its home and international headquarters in Oklahoma City since 1998. We are deeply committed to the local community and proud to consider all reiners honorary Oklahomans. The connection between NRHA and the Oklahoma community has been made even more evident since the tragic events in our great state during the month of May.
The devastating tornadoes caused loss of life in both our human and equestrian neighbors. The physical, emotional and property damage will take much time to heal. The National Reining Horse Association in cooperation with our membership and corporate, alliance and industry partners stand ready to assist in fulfilling the needs of all victims.
We are currently coordinating with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to identify the most immediate needs. As more details are obtained we will share these and coordinate the efforts to assist with the recovery and reconstruction. Assistance will be needed for an extended amount of time after the immediate phase of disaster relief has been completed. NRHA stands ready to help throughout the entire process.
NRHA Corporate Partners Stepping Up to Help
Included in NRHA’s reining family are our NRHA Corporate Partners. Without them, NRHA would not be able to produce the shows that reiners around the world have come to love. After the destructive tornado hit the home state of our international headquarters, Oklahoma, many of these partners have stepped up to help out victims in ways they could.
Anderson Bean Boots and Rios of Mercedes sent approximately 200 pairs of boots to Langston’s in Oklahoma City for distribution through the Salvation Army and other charities for silent auctions and fundraisers for tornado victims. They are also working with OSU, Oklahoma Department of Ag, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, TSCRA, NCHA, NRHA, NRCHA, Texas 4H and several of their music endorsers for fundraising events and information distribution.
Arenus is collecting donations for direct assistance to American Red Cross relief efforts. For those who donate more than $25 to relief efforts, Arenus will be offering a free Arenus hat and mug. Donations may be made any time through Arenus, via PayPal on either Arenus’ Facebook page or www.arenus.com. Read the official news release.
Horse&Rider is working with their friends at Equine Network to get the word out about the various companies, associations and networks helping those needing it in Oklahoma. A simple way to help victims is by simply taking care of your own horse. Many companies are donating a potion of their sales to relief funds. To see a complete list, click here to see how you can help.
Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau is keeping a list of hotel availability for anyone looking or needing a place to stay whether you are tornado victim or a volunteer. You can call them at 405-297-8938 and they will let you know the best options. See what President of the OKC C&VB Mike Carrier had to say regarding this tragedy. The American Red Cross, Feed the Children, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Salvation Army have ways to accept donations online.
Purina Animal Nutrition and its dealers are donating feed to local clinics that are caring for displaced horses and other animals. If you’d like to make a donation that directly impacts horses and owners affected by severe weather you can donate to the AAEP’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund to help equine and veterinary communities impacted by storms and natural disasters. To make a donation, visit the AAEP Foundation website at aaepfoundation.org.
NRHA is proud to call them our partners!
Other Ways to Help
A “Horse Hotline” has been set up to assist the Orr Family Farm and Celestial Acres at (405) 283-2258. If you would like to offer help or clean-up services, please leave your name and number. When they have a better assessment of their needs, they will contact you.
Monetary donations may be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or STORM to 80888 to make a contribution to the Red Cross or Salvation Army.
AAEP Foundation Aids Horses Affected by Severe Weather
Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma