Over the past couple of years, Visser has donated his time working with firefighters and police officers who competed during the NRHA Futurity in the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation benefit. Recently he volunteered to assist a reining para-athlete during the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show. In addition, Visser donated his expertise to countless clinics and other fundraising events to benefit the youth of NRHA and National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA).
Find our more about Josh Visser at www.visserreining.com.
According to Metcalf, “Every student has his or her own individual qualities. We appreciate the good qualities, but focus on the weaknesses and try to bring them up to the same level as their best qualities. Then, it all balances out.”
Carol operates Metcalf Quarter Horses with her husband Steve and their son Carter.
One nominator said, “Mark is truly unlike any other non pro coach in the country. He is kind, determined, competitive and he has a special talent for riding reining horses and coaching non pro clients.”
Find out more about Mark Rafacz at markrafacz.com.
“The experience Kyle cultivated was much more than just winning gold medals and representing Team U.S.A. on the podium. The youth were given the opportunity to interact with the international equestrian community, cultivate an appreciation for the diverse equestrian disciplines, become skilled with the usage of media and communication skills to promote the sport of Reining and become part of all the ‘team spirit’ that grew from the experience,” expressed one nominator.
Find out more about Pete Kyle at www.petekyle.com.
A nominator said, “He has a great work ethic, he works until the job is done no matter how long it takes. I feel that it will not be very long before we see him among the ranks of million dollar riders.”
Find out more about Jimmy Van Der Hoeven at www.cedarridgestallions.com.
NRHA Professionals Award Program
The NRHA Professionals Award Program was established by the NRHA Professionals Committee to recognize outstanding individuals in their profession. To be eligible, each individual had to be a member of the NRHA Professionals Program during 2013. With a deadline of March 1, NRHA members nominated candidates in all five categories, including information regarding the nominee’s character, professionalism and the reason(s) he/she deserved the award. The committee then reviewed the nominations and selected the award winners.
Award winners will be honored at the NRHA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on June 26, 2014. NRHA Professionals of the Year will receive custom Montana Silversmiths spurs. The banquet will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Banquet tickets may be purchased at nrhaderby.com or 405-946-7400.
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.