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Get Ready for the NRCHYA Snaffle Bit Futurity Two-On-Two Basketball Tourney

The National Reined Cow Horse Association has announced that

the Youth members of the reined cow horse industry will soon have their own


Proposed bylaws for the National Reined Cow Horse Youth

Association have been sent to the NRCHA Rules Committee and will be

forwarded to the NRCHA Board for approval in August. The Youth association

will become part of the NRCHA in 2009, with the bylaws becoming part of the

NRCHA Rulebook and having the first NRCHYA officer elections at the 2008

NRCHA World Show in San Angelo, Texas. The fledgling organization has

already received tremendous support.

At the 2008 NRCHA Derby, the Youth held a Hoop-Shoot contest, raising money

for the club. NRCHA Youth Committee organizers Dave and Loke Allen were on

hand to help officiate and keep up with entries and were thrilled with the

success of the event. "This is the most attention we have gotten so far,"

said Loke. "It's great to have everyone out here participating and

supporting the kids!"

She added, "The Hoop-Shoot was a great opportunity for the youth

to get together and get to know each other." She also complimented the

trainers, owners, and parents who participated.

"Boyd Rice donated cash for the first twenty kids to enter.

Everyone really got into the game - both adults and kids. In the end, the

youth contestants were the ones who won!"

Carol Rose, of Gainesville, Texas, added to the money earned

from the Hoop Shoot after winning the Calcutta for the NRCHA Derby Celebrity

Cow Horse Competition Sponsored by Snaffle Bit Ranch. Rose had bought the

two winning teams the night before, and after her teams won, she immediately

donated her Calcutta winnings to the youth.

"Without our youth members, we don't have a future," she noted

later. "It is very important that we support this part of the reined cow

horse world."

In 2007, the NRCHA Youth enjoyed several get-togethers during

the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno and this year it will be more of the

same, with a Youth Stall for meetings and snacks, some special meetings, and

the first-ever NRCHYA Two-On-Two tournament will be a highlight of the


Any two-person team can enter by signing up at the NRCHA Media Office at the

Reno Livestock Events Center and when entries close, a bracket will be

created that will finally come down to the final four teams on Thursday,

October 2. Those final four teams will be auctioned off during the annual

NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet.

The final four round will take place on Friday, October 3 and the final,

championship match will be held on Saturday, October 4. Winners will receive

cash. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NRCHA Youth Program.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the governing body of

cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high

standards of competition and educating members and the public about the

history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate

Partner family that includes Adequan(r), Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and

Outlaw Conversions, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist

Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse

News & Performance Horse magazine, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge

West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and

GASTROGARD, Great American Insurance Company and the Silver Legacy Hotel,

the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine

industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call

580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at http://www.nrcha.com

<http://www.nrcha.com/> .


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