Tennessee Reining Horse Association
Welcome to TNRHA
The Tennessee Reining Horse Association (TNRHA) was founded in 2003 as an affiliate of NRHA. Since its inception it has built a reputation for quality reining horse shows and clinics, consistently attracting participants from more than fifteen states.
Bobbie Parsons Memorial Sportsmanship Award
All GREEN REINERS entered in the Tennessee Green 1 class: This is a reminder to you to be sure to cast your votes for the fellow green 1 rider who, in your opinion, demonstrates the best sportsmanship. The person who receives the most votes throughout the season will receive the Bobbie Parsons Memorial Sportsmanship Award and a beautiful belt buckle. Send your votes to Janet Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may cast a vote at each show so if you missed voting at the first two shows, send your votes to Janet. You will have to identify yourself and tell who you are voting for. You may also cast a paper ballot at the show. Don’t know who the green 1 riders are? Go to the the show results or the year end points to see who is listed.
to our 2017 Continental Saddle Series Winners
BEFORE YOU SHOW! Please read…
2018 Event Calendar
Midwinter Slip & Slide
Celebration of Green
Spinning in the Rein
incl. 4 YR Old Futurity & 7-Up Derby
Smoky Mountain Reins
incl. VBC & SMR Derby
General Guidelines & Class Eligibility
What you need to know before you show…
Non Pro Classes
If showing in Non Pro classes (including Rookie) you must obtain NRHA Non Pro status prior to showing – this can now be taken care of in the show office, but you MUST come file paperwork prior to showing. If you already have your Non Pro status, that card MUST be current and therefore shown to the show secretary at time of making entries.
If showing in Youth classes you must have a current Youth NRHA membership card. Note that NRHA requires Youth member birthdates to be on file. Youth entries MAY NOT compete on stallions this will result in disqualification. Youth may compete in Rookie, however they must apply for Non Pro status in addition to having a current Youth card.
Note that if you plan to show in any NRHA approved classes, and the owner is different from the rider, you MUST also have proof of the owner’s NRHA membership being current. This may be a copy of the actual card or a faxed document from NRHA. In accordance with NRHA guidelines, no one is allowed to compete in approved classes without showing proof of both current rider and owner membership cards.
All horses planning to enter in NRHA approved competitions are required to have a competition license. This license must be shown to the show secretary at the time of making entries into NRHA approved classes. This application process may only take place only through the NRHA Office. If you have recently purchased a horse, please check with the previous owner or the NRHA Office. Your horse may already have a competition license and then a transfer must occur (only through the NRHA Office) prior to showing. Please note: Normal processing time for membership and competition license applications or competition license transfers is approximately two weeks. Call NRHA for availability and fees for our rush service.
NRHA Eligibility for the various classes and divisions is updated at the end of each show year for both horses and riders and remains in force for the balance of the current show year. You can check current eligibility of individual horses (Novice class eligibility) and riders (Division eligibility) by clicking on the Earnings selection or the Members Only icon on the NRHA Home page or by calling the NRHA Office. — see www.nrha.com
TNRHA Green Classes
If you wish to compete in Green classes (not NRHA approved) at TNRHA shows, you are not required to have a competition license on your horse, or a current NRHA membership. While we encourage both, we want to allow anyone wishing to show the opportunity to take part in our events.
Show & Award Rules
TNRHA Show & Award Rules
Year End Awards and Circuit Awards
Riders and at least one owner must be current TNRHA members to be eligible for year-end or circuit awards. Riders must show at least 1 more than half of the times a class is offered to be eligible for a year end award or a circuit award. Year end points will be awarded based on placing in the class. First place in a class of 20 horses would receive 20 points; other place values will be in descending order; points for ties are split and no points are awarded for a zero score (although this will count as one of the qualifying runs). Classes with 3 or less entries will not be eligible for a circuit award. High point earners will receive awards at the annual awards banquet in the spring following end of the qualifying year.
Rookie Saddle Series Conditions
- The saddle will always be awarded to the Rookie 1 Class. No rotation between Rookie 1 & 2.
- The saddle may not be won more than one time per rider, in the event the same rider should win the Rookie saddle a second (or subsequent) time the saddle will not be awarded that year. Effective date 2016.
- Youth 14-18 Saddle Series Conditions – see youth page for details
Tennessee Green Reiner 1 and 2
This program is designed to allow individuals who are new to reining to progress toward NRHA competition based on a points system. Eligibility points are earned based on a rider’s individual score. Points will be awarded equal to the number of points scored above a 60 (60 or less receives 0 points). Points are cumulative and will carry over from year to year as long as the rider remains eligible for the program.
ELIGIBILITY – A rider may not have any NRHA monies prior to entry into the program. If monies are earned, the rider may finish out the year but will be ineligible for TNRHA Green classes in subsequent years. A rider must be eligible for NRHA non pro status although an NRHA membership is not required to show in Tennessee Green classes.
When a rider has earned 60 points in any combination of green 1 and/or green 2, that individual will no longer be eligible to compete in green 1 in subsequent years and will receive an achievement award at the awards banquet. Upon attaining 120 points the individual will receive a graduation award at the awards banquet and will no longer be eligible for competition in TNRHA Green Reiner classes. Rider and at least one owner must be members of TNRHA to qualify for awards. This includes youth riders whose horse is owned by a parent.
TNRHA Green 1 will run concurrently with the NRHA Green classes and will follow NRHA rules. Green 1 riders may use either 1 or 2 hands at any time throughout the run. Horse may be shown in any NRHA approved bit. Riders may accomplish the lead change in any of the following manners: come to a complete stop, break to a walk, break to a trot or execute a flying change. NRHA patterns will be used.
TNRHA Green 2 will run as a separate class. Riders may show 1 or 2 handed but must remain consistent throughout the pattern. Riders will be required to execute a flying lead change. NRHA patterns will be used without modifications.
Both Green 1 and Green 2 will be eligible for year end and circuit awards providing membership requirements are met. These awards will be calculated the same as for all other classes.
If a horse becomes unable to show due to illness, injury or death, and this is certified in writing by a veterinarian, a one time substitution may be made. Points for the two horses will be combined for purposes of year end awards. If the original horse returns to competition, points will start over at that time. This applies to green reiner classes only.
The following classes will be offered when time constraints permit.
GREEN HORSE – Horse may not have earned NRHA monies prior to beginning of the year. Approved NRHA patterns and rules will be used with the following exceptions: Horse may be ridden one or two handed providing the rider remains consistent throughout the run. Horse may be ridden in any NRHA approved bit. NRHA membership, competition license, or rider ownership are not required. Class will be jackpot as announced. A horse may stay in this class throughout the year regardless of earnings in NRHA classes. This class is not eligible for year end awards or circuit awards.
LADIES & MEN’S – These classes will be run concurrently but will be placed separately by gender of the rider. These classes are open to all ages. All NRHA rules and patterns apply. Neither a TNRHA membership, an NRHA membership, nor a competition license are required. Class will be jackpot. This class is not eligible for year end or circuit awards.
For additional questions about competing in NRHA & TNRHA approved events please also see “General Guidelines& Class Eligibility”
You can find a current copy of the NRHA Handbook for rules and event guidelines at www.nrha.com
Year End Standings
Showgrounds & Host Hotels
We offer 4 different levels of membership
TNRHA memberships are based on the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st
- Individual – $25.00 per year
- Lifetime Individual – $150.00
- Family (incl. spouse & children under the age of 19) – $35.00 per year
- Lifetime for 2 Individuals (from same family only) – $250.00
IMPORTANT: Your membership to TNRHA must be current in order for you to be eligible for year end awards. Renewals or new membership may be paid in advance or at the first show.
Attention: Be sure to renew your NRHA memberships before you go to your first show of the year. Renewals made at the shows will be charged a rush fee by NRHA. For your convenience you can now sign up or renew your NRHA membership online
TNRHA Lifetime Members
|TNRHA Lifetime Members|
|Johathan Lucas Ayers|
|Darling 888 Ranch|
|Kyle W. Hancock|
|Jenny Lynn Hooper|
|Nina K Kominiak|