Fun, Friends & Future Leaders of Reining 

Since 2001, young Reiners in the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) have benefited from their membership through college scholarships, learning experiences from some of the top Reining trainers, life-long friendships and a whole lot of FUN along the way.

NRHyA fosters leadership qualities and provides our young members with a roadmap for success they can use to guide them through their future career plans. 

Reining Competition for All Ages

The NRHyA offers young Reiners of all ages and experience levels the opportunities they need to get started in the sport of Reining. Competition points are earned throughout the year according to their placings in the following youth classes.

Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup
A great way to get the youngest Reiners involved in the sport. 
The Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup class features a modified pattern.

Youth 13 & Under
Open to any NRHyA member 13 years old or younger.
The horse must be owned by the youth or an immediate family member.

Youth 14-18
Open to any NRHyA member 14-18 years old. 
The horse must be owned by the youth or an immediate family member.

Youth Rookie
Open to any NRHyA member that has not earned more than 25 points in NRHA youth classes at the start of the year.
No ownership restrictions apply.

Unrestricted Youth
Open to any NRHyA member.
No ownership restrictions apply.

Youth Awards & Incentives

Competing in selected Youth Classes permits NRHyA member eligibility for year-end awards – Competition points are earned throughout the year according to their placings. These year-end awards are presented at the NRHA Convention.

*Youth members with the highest number of points in the Youth 13 & Under and Youth 14-18 are awarded World Championship titles.

*The Lawson Bronze, the most prestigious trophy awarded by the NRHA is presented to the year-end champion of each class. A custom belt buckle also is awarded.

*The Morrison Bronze, just below the Lawson Bronze in importance, is presented to the year-end reserve champion of each class along with acustom belt buckle.

*Third through tenth point earners receive pewter trophies.

NRHyA members also can earn Youth Incentive Program awards – These are determined by the number of points a youth rider earns.

*Points are awarded instead of dollars in youth classes.

*The points incentive awards are presented when a youth rider reaches the following levels: 50, 200, 400, 600, and 800 points earned.

*A custom belt buckle is awarded when a youth rider reaches 800 points.

More details about the NRHyA points system is available by calling the NRHA office at 405.946.7400.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Over $40,000 Youth Scholarships Awarded Annually

We’re proud to award our top NRHyA Reiners each year with college scholarships to help with their future careers and competitions.

RHSF – The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is a separate, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting the education of our youth members. It offers five annual $1,000 scholarships to individuals based on financial need, academic achievement, career choice, and both NRHA and NRHyA involvement. 

Youth Team Tournament – NRHyA members also can participate in the Youth Team Tournament Programs that are held at each NRHA Regional Affiliate Finals. The NRHA awards over $25,000 annually in scholarship opportunities and other prizes.

NRHyA’s Paul Horn Memorial Scholarship – The NRHyA awards the Paul Horn Memorial Scholarship and perpetual trophy with the winner’s name engraved on it to the highest scoring youth in either the 13 & Under or 14-18 classes. It’s awarded at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship show. The award is dedicated to excellence in the reining horse industry as exemplified by the late Paul Horn, an NRHA Hall of Fame member and past Futurity Champion.

John McQuay Memorial Scholarship – The NRHyA awards a $250 John McQuay Memorial Scholarship to the highest scoring youth in combined Youth 13 & Under and Youth 14-18 classes at the NRHA Derby. This scholarship is awarded in memory of John McQuay the father of NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay.   

Anderson Bean Speaking Contest - NRHyA members can participate in the Anderson Bean Speaking Contest at the NRHA Derby. Contestants are broken into 2 age divisions and can compete in Prepared Public Speaking, Community Service Presentation and Delivering A:General.

All Content 2014 National Reining Horse Youth Association
3000 NW 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73107-5302 405.946.7400
For more information on the NRHyA, email youth@nrha.com