Behind the scenes at WRHA The WRHA show season may be over, but planning for the Show and Sponsorship Committees is ramping up for 2016.   The Show Committee must submit a tentative slate of shows to NRHA by January 31 in order for WRHA members to be eligible for  the Regional Affiliate Championships.  In addition, for WRHA shows to count towards horse or rider NRHA Top Ten earnings, the individual show approval forms must be received by NRHA no less than ninety days prior to the pre-entry date of the show.   For next year’s Spring Fling, this means the show details such as classes offered and corresponding added money must be finalized before the end of the current calendar year to meet the Top Ten deadline.   This means the Show Committee relies on the Sponsorship Committee to have sponsorship commitments and revenue estimates for the upcoming show season by the end of the calendar year of the current show season.   For sponsors, when members of the Sponsorship Committee approach you at year end about renewing for the next year, its not just a matter of convenience.  Significant budget decisions must be made long before the current calendar year is over.   By the time we enter the show pen in April, Show Committee Co-Chairs Janet Hurlburt and Cathy Martin, Sponsorship Committee Chair Dave McKim and Sponsorship Committee Member Eric Carlson have been hard at work for months behind the scenes at WRHA.

News from WRHA

Reminder regarding Year End awards: Points for Year End awards will be calculated by adding the scores from each of the qualifying classes for a year end composite score to determine winners.   Rules for Year End Awards can be found here:  WRHA Class and Year End Award Rules  .
After nine years on the WRHA Communications Committee, Jeanine Kern is stepping down as Communications Committee Chair, Newsletter Editor, and Northwest Horse Source Correspondent.  If you are interested in joining the Communications Committee and helping out in any of these areas, please contact Jeanine Kern at or any Board Member.

News from NRHA

Here’s the new eligibility for 2016. Only the classes highlighted in red are impacted — if your class isn’t on the list, then there has been no change. Basically, Aged Events eligibility will now be calculated on only the prior year’s earnings and will no longer include category 1 money. Both open and non pro L1 caps have been increased in addition to the removal of the category 1 earnings. For category 1 classes, intermediate open and non pro are now calculated on only the prior year’s earnings and are 1/2 of the current two year value. The lifetime cap for rookie pro was increased from $2500 to $5000.

Category 1

Class Name                         Class #          Earnings Cap          Categories Included          Years

Intermediate Open         1200                      $7,500                                   1,2,4,5,6,8                           1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Limited Open                     1301                     $10,000                                 1,2,4,5,6,8                           Lifetime

Rookie Professional        1350                       $5,000                                   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9        Lifetime

Int.  Non Pro                      1500                     $5,000                                   1,2,4,5,6,8                           1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Limited Non Pro               1600                     $10,000                                 1,2,4,5,6,8                           Lifetime

Novice Horse Level 1      1700/1800           $5,000                                   1,2,4,5,6,8                           Lifetime

Novice Horse Level 2      1750/1850           $25,000                                 1,2,4,5,6,8                           Lifetime


Category 2 & 6

Class Name               Class #           Earnings Cap            Categories Included             Years

Level 4 Open*                   2100                      Top 30 Riders                    2,6,8                                      1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Level 3 Open*                   2200                     Top 80 Riders                    2,6,8                                      1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Level 2 Open*                   2300                     Top 130 Riders                  2,6,8                                      1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Level 1 Open*                   2325                      $50,000                              2,4,5,6,7,8,9                           Lifetime

Level 4 Non Pro*              2400                     Top 25 Riders                   2,6,8                                      1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Level 3 Non Pro*              2500                     Top 85 Riders                   2,6,8                                      1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Level 2 Non Pro*              2600                     Top 160 Riders                 2,6,8                                      1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Level 1 Non Pro*              2625                      $25,000                             2,4,5,6,7,8,9                            Lifetime

(*-Riders can only factor back 1 division per year)

Member News

Congratulations to WRHA Silver Sponsors Cory Hutchings and Nicole Renick on their marriage.   With Dean McCann as Best Man, Tanya Jenkins as Maid of Honor, Trent and Whitney Vanhulle as attendants, and Alex and Bella Hutchings as flower girls, Cory and Nicole were married July 3rd at Rhodes River Ranch.   Residing in Arlington, Cory and Nicole train out of Lucky 13 in Arlington as Hutchings Performance Horses.

Danielle Cory and her husband Dave welcome daughter Aleigha Nicole, born September 13, 2015, weighing 9lb 8 oz and 21 inches long.  Congratulations Danielle and Dave! Danielle Cory and her husband Dave welcome daughter Aleigha Nicole, born September 13, 2015, weighing 9lb 8 oz and 21 inches long.  Congratulations Danielle and Dave!

Thank you Kari Klingenberg for your many years of support of WRHA as a competitor and sponsor.  Kari is moving to Wolf Springs Ranch in Scottsdale AZ.  Best wishes to Kari, but we ll miss you here in the Pacific Northwest!

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors

On behalf of the Washington Reining Horse Association I would like to take a moment and thank our great 2015 Sponsors.  Our sponsors are the backbone of our organization.  They contribute the vital financial resources that make it possible to provide a fun and exciting show experience to all our dedicated competitors, trainers and horse owners.  Our sponsor programs are an amazing way to support our NRHA sanctioned shows and allow us to provide great prizes and prize money to our members. The forms for signing up as a sponsor for anyone that would like to consider supporting our Club can be found on the WRHA website here: WRHA Sponsorship.  Interested parties may also contact our Sponsor Chair-Dave McKim at 253-740-4114 or .