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A message from Travis Chapman, the President of RMRHA to our membership:

Dear RMRHA Members,

As I write this letter near the end of October, I had hoped that I would be writing to you and recapping a fantastic, high-octane show season while informing you about the upcoming year-end awards banquet/celebration. I was also hopeful that 2020 would have calmed a bit by this point. Unfortunately none of those hopes have materialized. While the shows that have been held have been fantastic and many of our members have experienced great success, unfortunately opportunities to throw down some big plus maneuvers have been few.

At our final scheduled board meeting we made the difficult decision to not hold our annual banquet. We’ve all known for awhile now that we would not be handing out year-end awards this December, but we had remained hopeful that we could gather for dinner, gambling, and good conversation. With the continued restrictions and concerns over COVID-19, we did not feel this was a viable or responsible option.

The RMRHA bylaws do require an annual membership meeting and the banquet usually serves as that meeting. So in consideration of the bylaw requirement, we will be holding our annual membership meeting via Zoom. The meeting will be held on December 17th at 6:30 PM. A Zoom link will be distributed to the membership as the meeting date nears. During this meeting we will recap the RMRHA year, discuss the horse show plans for 2021, and announce the directors for 2021.

Members should have received their ballots by now. Please send your ballots in as soon as you can. You will notice some new candidates this election and I am excited about the interest in RMRHA as well as the continued growth of our affiliate. I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to our outgoing directors. Devin Warren, Teena (Barnett) Foushee, Sue Glenn, and MJ Scruggs have worked countless hours and will be dearly missed. I can’t thank them enough for their time on the board and their selfless contributions to RMRHA over the past several years. None of the things we do would be possible without the service and support of everyone who works to make this affiliate great. I am proud of our club and excited to be part of the team working to promote the amazing reining horses in Colorado.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of you. We have an amazing membership and I am staying optimistic in looking forward to 2021! We are working on facility arrangements, show plans, and preparing for the upcoming RMRHA Stallion Stakes auction; yes that auction and breeding season are only weeks away!

Please join us for the annual meeting on December 17th and bring any ideas, questions, or concerns. I would also ask everyone to please keep our State and those affected by the wildfires, and all the challenges this year has held, in your thoughts and prayers. 2020 has been full of challenges and one thing that I will say without question is that the reining community is tight. I have no doubt that we are all looking forward to normalcy and better times ahead!

Good luck and safe travels to everyone in the remaining shows this year! Go get’em gang!



Thank you for stopping by the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association web site. RMRHA is a thriving NRHA affiliate based in Colorado, with members throughout the Mountain States region.

Our primary mission is to promote the breeding, training and exhibition of the reining horse. In accomplishing this we have established the RMRHA Stallion Stakes program, and we produce the annual RMRHA Summer Slide and Columbine Classic. We invite your participation in one of our successful horse shows and stallion incentive program. The Summer Slide has historically been one of the top reining shows held in the U.S. and offers the Stallion Stakes Futurity, a 7-up class and full slate of ancillary classes. The Columbine Classic features a derby, the Stallion Stakes Derby and a full slate of ancillary classes.

You’re invited to join us as an exhibitor, sponsor, or reining horse fan! For more information, please visit Membership, Sponsorship, or simply contact an Officer/Board Member or Committee Chairperson.


Whether you are new to the sport of reining or a seasoned competitor, you will find the RMRHA there supporting you. Come on out and rein with us –
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RMRHA Year End
NRHA Affiliate
April 30 - May 3CANCELED WSRHA Western Slope Spring Spectacular
Slate 1 Classes count as Affiliate Qualifier and RMRHA Year-End Awards
Grand Junction, COShow Information
May 20 - 24CANCELED The Columbine ClassicPueblo, COShow Information
June 24 - 28CANCELED East Slope Slide
Slate 1 Classes count as Affiliate Qualifier and RMRHA Year-End Awards
Castle Rock, COShow Information
July 11 - 12CANCELED WSRHA Columbine Ford Summer ClassicRifle, COShow Information
July 18 - 26RMRHA Summer SlideDenver, COShow Information
TBACANCELED Colorado State FairPueblo, COShow Information
August 19-23Mountain Region Affiliate FinalsKapispell, Montana
Nov 26 - Dec 5NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate ChampionshipsOklahoma City, OKShow Information
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Steve Schwartzenberger with RMRHA President Travis Chapman
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Steve Schwartzenberger with RMRHA President Travis Chapman

It has been an honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the RMRHA. Promoting and expanding the sport of Reining has been my passion. The RMRHA is one of the largest and most influential affiliates in the NRHA. It has been my privilege to serve the membership and have the opportunity to make a living doing what I so dearly love. Also, I’d like to thank Dori for allowing me to follow my passion. Thank You to all of you for enabling me to do this profession.

Steve Schwartzenberger

Volunteer of the Year

Janice Symchych

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Jessica Chapman

CONGRATULATIONS 2019 Year End Awards and Achievements