Youth at NRHA Derby

Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) from around the country participated in events held just for them during the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby.

The events kicked off with the youth daily activities. Youth members met each day to create a craft, play bingo, make new friends, and even compete in a scavenger hunt.

NRHyA members put their speaking skills to the test on Wednesday, June 28, as competitors came to talk their way to the top in the NRHyA Cinch Speaking Contest. Competitors had the choice of entering three different categories including A. General, Prepared Public Speaking, and a Community Service Presentation. Categories are divided in to two different age groups. The placings were:

A: General – 13 & Under
Bailey Hatfield
Reed Harris

A: General – 14 to 18
Reagan Stephens
Grace Wilson
Amber Edmonds

Prepared Public Speaking – 13 & Under:
Reed Harris
Bailey Hatfield

Prepared Public Speaking – 14 to 18:
Reagan Stephens
Amber Edmonds

Community Service Presentation – 13 & Under:
Reed Harris

Community Service Presentation – 14 to 18:
Reagan Stephens

All week-long exhibitors and fans could stop by and vote for their favorite entries in the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Much like the speaking contest, youth members could enter in three different categories which are divided in to two different age groups. The results are as follows:

Photography 13 & Under Champion: ‘Horseshoe’ by Reis Navaro

13 & Under Artwork Champion: ‘Western Horse’ by Campbell McLeod

14 – 18 Artwork Champion: ‘Wild Hearts’ by Tori Lynn Cline

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.