The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Board of Directors met on August 16, 2016, to continue guiding the future of the sport of reining as the association looks toward its next fifty years. Conducting a very successful and productive meeting, they discussed numerous items including event conditions, eligibility, budget, and the IT project. Below is a summary on the action taken at this year’s August Board of Directors Meeting.
- Adding additional money in the 2016 Adequan North American Affiliate Championship classes in Oklahoma City was approved. A final class allocation will be made in the coming weeks. Check back at nrha.com for an update.
- Hosts for the 2017 Affiliate Regional Championships that were open for bid were approved. These include: Northeast – Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association, Southeast – Heart of Dixie Reining Horse Association, Southwest – Arizona Reining Horse Association, and Western Canada – Central Canada Reining Horse Association.
- 2017 Adequan North American Affiliate Program conditions were approved.
- A new initiative for the NRHA Professionals was approved. In the coming year, NRHA Professionals will receive three publications with articles, tips and how-to’s all targeted to help support their role in the industry.
- Spain is now an approved NRHA Affiliate.
- 2017 NRHA Futurity & Derby conditions were approved.
- 2017 NRHA Nomination Conditions were approved.
- The presented budget for 2016 – 2017 was approved.
- The fees policy for 2017 was also approved. Gelding status updates and name change fees were added. There were no increases to any existing fees.
- 2017 eligibility policy was approved and will be made available online in the coming weeks.
- With the design phase for the IT project complete, the Board approved to enter the programming and development phase. Be sure to attend the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting so you can catch a sneak peek!
- New NRHA Bylaws were unanimously voted into place. The bylaws will be available in the Members Only section of nrha.com and will be effective immediately. In a related action, the 2017 NRHA Handbook will only contain the rules most relevant to showing and the bylaws and other non-competition policies and procedures will be available online for members.
- The Board also discussed several potential 2018 rule change proposals. The deadline for member submissions is December 15, 2016.
NRHA President, Rick Clark, shared his thoughts on the meeting: “I left the meeting extremely happy about what we had achieved. I’m proud of the NRHA Board of Directors for approving new bylaws that will support the governance structure that was approved earlier this year. This gives us a more modern and efficient structure to serve our members and the sport of reining.”
“Another big step for us was approving to add more money to the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. We will announce the specifics in the next week, but this year’s contestants will be running at approximately $40,000 in added money this year. That’s about a $15,000 increase over the last year. We’ve had to make some tough decisions to stay on budget this year, and we are thrilled to be able to allocate more funds to such a vital part of our industry,” stated Clark.
The board’s next face-to-face meeting will be held during the 2017 NRHA Winter Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting is scheduled for February 8-12, 2017 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. It will include the Hall of Fame Inductions, Annual Awards Banquet, NRHA Executive Committee meeting, NRHA Board of Directors meeting, RHF Board meeting, Professionals Summit, Annual General Membership Meeting and several NRHA Committee meetings.
Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.