NRHA Announces Collegiate Reining Championship Competitors

These riders from IHSA, NCEA and NRHA will vie for honors at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association Derby.

From the National Reining Horse Association

2015 NRHA Collegiate Reining Champion Holly Phillips will defend her title at this year's show. (Courtesy of NRHA)

The National Reining Horse Association will host the annual NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship during the 2016 NRHA Derby. Twelve of the most notable collegiate riders will represent their association to compete for the slide of their lives: four riders selected by NRHA, four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and four from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA).
Holly Phillips took home the title of 2015 NRHA Collegiate Reining Champion aboard Olenas ChocolaChic donated by Maurice Robinson and Buchanan Performance Horses. Phillips from Fremont, Ohio, will defend her championship title this year representing the NRHA again alongside three other members.
Riders chosen to represent NRHA went through an application process to in order to compete. The riders chosen are Danielle Cohen from Stillwater, Oklahoma, Blair McFarlin from Franklin, Tennessee, and Kyndall Harper from St. Augustine, Florida.
Four riders chosen to represent IHSA from the 2015-2016 show season are: Leah Piper (Middle Tennessee State), Kelsey Wilson (West Texas A&M), Dylan Dombrowski (Cazenovia College), and Sarah Yu (Ohio State University).
The four riders selected to represent the NCEA from the 2015-2016 show season are as follows: Taylor Brown (Fresno State), Chantz Stewart (Texas Christian University), Hannah Jechow (Texas A&M), and Ebba Lange (Oklahoma State).
These 12 collegiate riders will experience the ultimate catch ride as they compete aboard horses donated by generous supporters of the program. Riders will participate in a random draw before the event to decided which horse they will ride. A true testimony to the skill set of these competitors, they only have five minutes of warm up time before they walk down the gateway of champions and compete for the title of NRHA Collegiate Catch Ride Champion. Watch the live runs in real time thanks to Equine Promotions, official videographer of the 2016 NRHA Derby.
The ultimate catch ride competition will be on June 30, 2016 in the Jim Norick Coliseum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, following the Open Derby first go, section two.  For more information on the competition or to have your horse participate, please contact Sara Jensen at
NRHA Derby Show Supporters

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support:  Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.
To watch all the live feeds during 2016 NRHA Derby, check out and visit NRHA on Facebook and Twitter. Complete results for the NRHA Derby and ancillary classes can also be found at
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. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.