2003 NRHA Vaquero Media Awards

The National Reining Horse Association and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum have again partnered to present the 2003 NRHA Vaquero Media Awards at the NRHA Futurity & Championship Show.The National Reining Horse Association and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum have again partnered to present the 2003 NRHA Vaquero Media Awards at the NRHA Futurity & Championship Show.

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The National Reining Horse Association and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum have again partnered to present the 2003 NRHA Vaquero Media Awards at the NRHA Futurity & Championship Show.

The Vaquero Media Awards were created to recognize those who have contributed substantially to the reining horse industry through the media. There are four categories: Media Publication, Editorial, Electronic and Behind the Scenes.

The Vaquero "Media Publication" Award goes to Performance Horse Magazine. Their coverage of Reining events and educational pieces continue to be outstanding. The enthusiasm that the publication’s staff, especially Publisher Jason Pierce and Editor Betsy Lynch, has for Reining can be felt throughout the publication, undoubtedly sparking interest in the sport of Reining to the magazine’s entire readership.

The "Editorial" Award goes to Kathy Kadash Swan whose name is synonymous with accurate, knowledgeable and detailed coverage of the sport of Reining. Kathy’s talents however, have not been restricted to event coverage. Her expertise reaches across the board and her association with such well-known publications as Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News and Horse & Rider magazine is indicative of the respect she enjoys among her peers and readers. Her comprehensive book, Reining: The Art of Performance In Horses, written with NRHA Hall of Famer Bob Loomis and first published in 1991, still enjoys immense popularity today. Currently, Kathy is the Book Editor for the Western Horseman.

In the "Electronic" category, the Vaquero Media Award winner is Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship, which airs on RFD TV and the Dish Network. In the episode titled "Intro to Reining," Anderson demonstrated beginner exercises for the reining horse, rules for NRHA competition and just why Reining can be so much fun, causing interest in NRHA and the sport. Downunder Horsemanship consistently promotes Reining and the western lifestyle enjoyed by NRHA members to its audience.

Finally, in the "Behind The Scenes" category, the Vaquero Media award goes to Jenifer Reynolds. Jenifer has been instrumental behind the scenes and in front of the camera in promoting the sport of Reining. Jenifer has a genuine enthusiasm and appreciation for the sport of Reining and the western lifestyle and she projects that in her work. You will find Jenifer’s touch on NRHA videos, commercials, and in front of the camera as a co-host of the NRHA Futurity Championship television program scheduled to air in December on OLN.

Vaquero Media Award recipients will receive a National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum commissioned Bristol pewter reproduction of Charles Russell’s "Bronco Twister" during the National Reining Horse Association’s ‘Gathering of Legends’ reception to be held on Friday, December 5th at noon at the NRHA office in Oklahoma City. The Open and Non Pro Freestyle Champions will each receive one of the distinctive pewters during NRHA Futurity week, as well.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the American west while reining celebrates the traditional western riding skills of the cowboy and his working horse. The Museum and the NRHA have joined to reward those who, through the use of media, inform, celebrate and educate about the partnership between horse and rider.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is one of the most unique museums in the world, dedicated to the history and art of the American West. A variety of galleries and exhibits represent an unparalleled range of western art and memorabilia. Special exhibits feature outstanding western individuals from rodeo stars to Hollywood actors. The museum regularly attracts a national audience through events such as the Western Heritage Awards and Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, as well as special events like the Chuck Wagon Gathering and National Children’s Cowboy Festival.

The National Reining Horse Association is the governing body of reining, responsible for promoting the sport, working to insure the highest standards of competition. With corporate support NRHA continues to educate its members and the public about reining. For information on the NRHA visit www.nrha.com or call 405-946-7400.