2023 NRHyA Art & Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

One of the National Reining Horse Youth Association’s most unique opportunities is the annual Art & Photo Contest sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This partnership allows the first-place piece in each category to be displayed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum during the 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance.

“It has been incredible to see so many NRHyA members’ work on the walls of the museum alongside professional artists,” said Sara Honegger, NRHA Director of Marketing, who oversees the Youth and Affiliate programs. “This partnership is so special, and we have even had youth sell their artwork because of it being displayed.”

Last year there were nearly 50 entries in the contest.

Already on board as judges for this year’s contest are NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Other judges will be announced.

“Youth members already frequently send in artwork to the Varsity Reining Club, so sending it into the contest should be a no-brainer!” said Honegger. “Talk to your friends and participate together; you never know what opportunity can come from putting yourself out there!”

The categories for the competition will be Photography and Mixed Media in the following age categories: 14-18, 13 & Under, and 10 & Under based on their age as of January 1.

Last year’s winners were:

Photography 14-18: Kalena Reynolds

Mixed Medium 14-18: Sofía Carreño Becerra

 Mixed Medium 13 & Under: Pip Brown

Mixed Media 10 & Under: Lynleigh Jo Durbin

Entry forms for the 2023 NRHyA Art & Photo Contest can be found on nrhya.com. Entries will be accepted until May 10.

For information on the NRHyA, visit the website at nrhya.com

 About National Reining Horse Association (NRHA): 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 on providing a fun-filled, family-oriented atmosphere.

 Promoting the reining horse worldwide while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of western horsemanship.

For more information on NRHA and how to be involved, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Haley Carmen
Sr. Director of Communications
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 102

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