NRHA to Hold High School Competition During the 2016 Derby

Eight talented high school riders are invited to the annual National Reining Horse Association High School Championship.

From the National Reining Horse Association

Caroline Gute, the 2015 NRHA High School Champion, aboard KR Ima Selfish. Photo courtesy of the NRHA.

The National Reining Horse Association will host the NRHA High School Reining Championship during the 2016 NRHA Derby. Eight of the most talented high school riders will represent their association to compete for the "Slide of their Lives": four riders from the 2015 NRHA Youth 14-18 Top Ten and four from the 2015 14-18 North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) class.
Caroline Gute from Dublin, Ohio took home the title of 2015 NRHA High School Champion aboard KR Ima Selfish donated by Linda Lily.
It’s well-known how competitive the world champion race is, resulting in a list of riders who are seasoned athletes and highly driven. The youth riders from the NRHA Youth 14-18 Top Ten are Terri June Granger, Emily Morris, Emily Sitzman and Claire Streeter.
The four riders from the 2015 Youth 14-18 NAAC class have already secured a championship after working all of the 2015 show season to qualify for the 2015 NAAC class. These riders are Annabeth Payne, Kenleigh Wells, Kaitlyn Baker and McKenzie Duncan.
These eight high school riders will draw a horse at random donated by supporters, and only have five minutes of warm-up time before they compete. Watch the live runs in real time on thanks to Equine Promotions, official videographer of the 2016 NRHA Derby.
The ultimate high school catch ride competition will be on July 2, 2016 in the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City at 8:30 a.m. For more information on the competition or to have your horse participate, please contact Sara Jensen at
To watch all the live feeds during the 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 once the derby starts.
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.

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.