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National Reined Cow Horse Association Announces Revolutionary Program for Affiliates

Byars, Oklahoma - March 6, 2008 - The National Reined Cow Horse Association has announced that every NRCHA Affiliate is eligible to receive two Youth Scholarships funded by the National Reined Cow Horse Foundation.

The Youth Affiliate Scholarships will go to the year-end Youth Bridle and Youth Limited Champions of each NRCHA Affiliate, according to NRCH Foundation President and Chairman, John W. Hyde. Each Youth Champion in those two events, beginning in 2008, will be eligible for a $500 and $250 scholarship, respectively.

“The National Reined Cow Horse Foundation is committed to supporting the youth in our industry,” said Hyde. “By investing in the youth programs of NRCHA Affiliates across the country, the NRCH Foundation is helping build the next generation of talented riders and competitors which in turn will strengthen the NRCHA and help it continue to grow as the leading national association for reined cow horses and reined cow horse competitions.”

With 33 affiliates around the world, the benefits of this new program will reach and assist youth around the globe. “Plus,” added Hyde, “it is a way to support the National Reined Cow Horse Association Affiliates in their role of promoting this industry and the National Reined Cow Horse Foundation was formed to support, build and promote the tradition of the reined cow horse.”

The NRCHA’s new attention to assisting its affiliates came following the NRCHA’s Fort Dodge Celebration of Champions, where an Affiliate Meeting brought regional concerns to the attention of the NRCHA’s Affiliate Committee members. That committee then relayed those concerns to the NRCHA Executive Committee and NRCH Foundation.

“This new Affiliate Youth Scholarship program is the first response to the feedback we received at that meeting,” said Howard Erenberg, NRCHA Vice President and NRCH Foundation Board Member. “The NRCHA Executive Committee and NRCHA Board of Directors are also looking at further ideas to benefit and support our affiliates and we hope to make more announcements soon.”

According to Erenberg and Hyde, the NRCH Foundation Board has considered some sort of expanded youth scholarship but wanted to make sure that existing funding and support would allow this to become an ongoing program. “We didn’t want to do it for just one year,” noted Erenberg. “We are making a long-term commitment to our Affiliates and to the youth of the reined cow horse world.”

NRCHA President Lyn Anderson said, “I, personally, talked to several affiliate representatives before and since the affiliate meeting, and, like the result of the board, want to be responsive to their needs. I think is a good first step.”

Carri Warren, NRCHA Records Coordinator, works closely with the various affiliates and she was excited about the new program. “This is very innovative and will, no doubt, be welcomed by the Affiliates as a way to benefit the youth of their area.”

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 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.


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