TheseIN THE ZONE QUOTES are gathered from public statements, letters, and emails concerning

the NRHA and current events.  ALL information is from 2008 unless otherwise noted.

 

 

QUOTES 2008

REVISED NRHA FUTURITY AND DERBY NOMINATION PLAN  (FROM THE REINER, AUGUST 2008, pg 35)

  • "What is the nominator incentive?"

    "The nominator incentive is a tremendous perk of the program that gives money back to the person who nominates the horse.  5% of all the money that the horse earns at the Futurity and/or Derby is paid back tot he nominator of the horse even if that person no longer owns the horse"

    • WHOAZONE NOTE: to put it in real terms see the following payback examples based on recent show results...

      • 2007 OPEN NRHA FUTURITY:

        1st place pays nominator $6250

        10th place pays nominator $930

        last place in finals pays nominator $312

      • 2007 LIMITED OPEN NRHA FUTURITY:

        1st place pays nominator $372

        10th place pays nominator $56

        last place in finals pays nominator $20

      • 2007 NON PRO NRHA FUTURITY:

        1st place pays nominator $1672

        10th place pays nominator $230

        last place in finals pays nominator $69

      • 2007 LIMITED NON PRO NRHA FUTURITY:

        1st place pays nominator $440

        10th place pays nominator $65

        last place in finals pays nominator $21

      • 2008 OPEN NRHA DERBY:

        1st place pays nominator $2500

        10th place pays nominator $395

        last place in finals pays nominator $55

      • 2008 LIMITED OPEN NRHA DERBY:

        1st place pays nominator $117

        10th place pays nominator $18

        last place in finals pays nominator $5

      • 2008 NON PRO NRHA DERBY:

        1st place pays nominator $802

        10th place pays nominator $146

        last place in finals pays nominator $30

      • 2008 LIMITED NON PRO NRHA DERBY:

        1st place pays nominator $312

        10th place pays nominator $39

        last place in finals pays nominator $12

NRHA MEMBERS' RESPONSE TO RULE AND BYLAW CHANGE PROPOSALS  (FROM NRHA PRESIDENT KIM SLOAN'S LETTER, JULY 2008)

  • "For the first time I feel ashamed of the NRHA membership. For years I’ve heard that the membership wants more input into the running of the NRHA. I agree with that concept. The proposed rule changes have been on the NRHA Web site for over six weeks. We had less than 30 responses to any of the rule changes. I cannot even tell you the number of individuals responding, but the number is also less than 30.  This is less than .2 percent of our membership! I also am bothered by the fact that less than 2 percent of our affiliates commented on the proposed rule changes. Please, if you want to be part of the decision-making process, you must participate. Being part of a “silent majority” does not help the organization."

REGARDING THE NRHA DERBY, 2008 (FROM THE NRHA E-NEWSLETTER, JULY 2008)

  • In 2007, the NRHA Derby offered $575,800 in purse money, including ancillary classes. This year’s purse broke the $600,000 mark for a 4% increase over last year. The total number of derby and ancillary entries rose from 920 in 2007 to 1,017 in 2008 for an 11% increase. In addition, youth entries in ancillary classes tripled from 31 in 2007 to 100 in 2008.

  • The Non Pro Derby showed the most significant expansion in purses and entries. The Non Pro division purse increased from $75,300 in 2007 to nearly $100,000 at this year’s event for a 31% increase. The entries in this division grew from 131 to 162 equaling a considerable increase of 24%. The Intermediate Non Pro purse also increased 15% for a total of $47,000 and a 24% increase in entries. In addition, the Limited Non Pro saw a 17% increase with a purse of $28,700 and an astounding 37% increase in entries this year.

FROM THE REINER ARTICLE BY KATHY SWAN ENTITLED "STATE OF THE NRHA"  (AS QUOTED IN THE APRIL 08 REINER PG 73)

  • "Last year, there were 724 approved shows; 64 more than in 2006.  In the United States, there were 460 shows or 11 more than in 2006."

  • Thus U.S. shows increased by 2.5%, foreign shows increased 9.7%

FIGURES BASED ON THE REINER ARTICLE BY KATHY SWAN ENTITLED "STATE OF THE NRHA"  (AS QUOTED IN THE APRIL 08 REINER PG 73)

  • United States NRHA Members account for 69.4% of total members

  • Canadian NRHA Members account for 7.3% of total members

  • International NRHA Members account for 21.8% of total members

  • According to numbers published, 242 members, or 1.5%, are unaccounted for

KIM SLOAN, NRHA PRESIDENT REFERRING TO THE 2008 NRHA ELECTED BOARD  (AS QUOTED IN THE PRESIDENT'S LETTER IN THE APRIL 08 REINER PG 8)

  • "We have a common goal - to improve the NRHA.  We do have discussions and differences of opinions, all of which are good, and we work as a group."

DAVE BARRY, (AS QUOTED BY GALA NETTLES IN THE 3-1-08 ISSUE OF QUARTER HORSE NEWS PG 28)

  • "A lone Amateur (Noah) built the ark.  A large group of professionals built the Titanic."

FROM THE NRHA FUTURITY AND DERBY NOMINATION PROGRAM  (AS QUOTED FROM THE NRHA WEB SITE AS OF 3-08)

  • Article 8. The National Reining Horse association reserves the right to cancel this program without notice at any time, without liability. But in such an event, all the nomination program’s funds are the property of NRHA and will be used for programs promoting the reining horse.

VAUGHN ZIMMERMAN, EXPLAINING THE NEW NRHA FUTURITY NOMINATION PROGRAM (AS QUOTED IN THE 3-1-08 ISSUE OF QUARTER HORSE NEWS PG 112)

  • "This is not going to be received well by everyone in our membership, but not everybody in our membership is doing the Futurity and the Derby.  But everybody who is riding a reining horse is probably riding a horse that may be a result of the Futurity and Derby."

CAROL ROSE, PERTAINING TO THE NEW NRHA FUTURITY NOMINATION PROGRAM (AS QUOTED IN THE 3-1-08 ISSUE OF QUARTER HORSE NEWS PG 6)

  • "I think this is one of the worst things they (NRHA) can do to the industry.  This cuts the little guy out, and when you do that, you cut everybody out"

FRANK COSTANTINI, TELLING THE REASONS BEHIND THE NEW NRHA FUTURITY AND DERBY NOMINATION PROGRAM (AS QUOTED IN THE 3-1-08 ISSUE OF QUARTER HORSE NEWS PG 112)

  • "Without the horses being trained up for the Futurity, the grass roots (reiners) would not have the opportunity to buy a horse that was trained by Tom McCutcheon or Tim McQuay or Shawn Flarida, when it was 7 or 8, to start participating.  If we don't allow growth at all ends of our business, to provide product for the people at the entry level, we'll never get them involved. 

  • "The whole problem is providing horses from the top all the way down to the bottom.  The more horses we provide for the base, the broader base we can create.  We need to take care of the NRHA from that end, and also take care of the top end to drive the industry to make sure these horses bring what they're worth."

A MEMBER COMMENT ON A WHOAZONE POLL RE: NRHA'S FUTURITY & DERBY, FEBRUARY 08

  • "I think as members we have the right to see what everyone else in the country is thinking. Not what the board is telling us they are thinking. Come on NRHA...open it up. At least here on Whoazone you can see the truth."

NRHA STAFF ON THE ANNUAL NUMBER OF REINING HORSES LICENSED

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  • (Yes, this quote is blank - but Whoazone is anxiously awaiting a response from NRHA regarding our Jan 08 inquiry as to how many horses are licensed each year.)

 

 

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