Rookie Days to Offer Introduction to Reining

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is offering several Rookie Days around the U.S. in 2009 to introduce riders to the ins and outs of reining.
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The Reining Horse Sports Foundation is offering several Rookie Days around the U.S. in 2009 to introduce riders to the ins and outs of reining.

March 25, 2009 -- One of the most popular programs to benefit the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF), RHSF Rookie Days presented by Classic Equine, makes its way across the nation this spring.

Seven locations are currently on the 2009 schedule with more dates anticipated. Visit www.reininghorsesportsfoundation.org for a current list of locations, dates and contacts. The first Rookie Day will be held on April 4 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and will be hosted by the Western Slope Reining Horse Association.

Rookie Day presented by Classic Equine is a one-day event that gives rookies a chance to learn from reining horse trainers including many National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professionals. The rookie riders are then given the chance to compete against the other rookies in a fun and friendly atmosphere. During Rookie Day, beginning reiners learn the ins and outs of reining in a comfortable, relaxed setting that focuses on having fun. It's designed for reining at the beginner level and encourages new members to become more familiar with NRHA competition.

There will be prizes awarded such as trophy belt buckles for the champion and reserve champion and other awards from NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine, as well as many donated by local businesses. There will also be special drawings throughout the day for all Rookie Day riders and, at some locations, a special class and awards for youth riders.

Each Rookie Day costs $225 for adults and $125 for youth riders. All proceeds from the RHSF Rookie Day presented by Classic Equine benefit the RHSF Crisis Fund and host NRHA affiliates. The Crisis Fund helps any NRHA member who has suffered a tragedy get back on their feet.

Affiliates interested in hosting a Rookie Day will be given support and incentives including a planning guide, model news releases, template advertisements, and much more. If your affiliate is interested in hosting a Rookie Day and reaching out to prospective members, make plans to attend the April 9 webinar. The webinar starts at 3 p.m. CST and will feature Rookie Day coordinator Tracy Lynch. The registration deadline is April 6. Email rhsf@nrha.com to sign up today.

The RHSF is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of reining worldwide. For more information on the NRHA or the sport of reining, visit www.nrha.com.