Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund

When a member of the National Reining Horse Association experiences catastrophe and demonstrates financial need, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund stands in the gap to assist. The nature of a qualifying catastrophe may be medical, accident or illness, or natural (fires, flood, tornado, etc.)

The Reining Horse Foundation is proud to be able to help ease the burden. Since 2000, the RHSF Crisis Fund has awarded more than $150,000 and helped 50 families during their time of need.

One of the key fundraisers for this program is RHF Rookie Days presented by Classic Equine. NRHA Affiliates conduct Rookie Day events to attract beginner reiners for a workshop with area professionals followed by an all-rookie schooling show. Of course, donations are always welcome, and this is a terrific program with which to honor or memorialize someone dear to you.

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Photo: Rookie Day participants are introduced to Reining while helping one of the Foundation causes, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund.

Youth Scholarships

The Reining Horse Foundation is proud to award $10,500 annually in academic, need-based scholarships, but we want to do more. Contributions toward scholarships can greatly help expand the program, and the need is great. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, between 2002–03 and 2012–13, prices for undergraduate tuition and room and board at public institutions rose 39 percent, and prices at private nonprofit institutions rose 27 percent, after adjustment for inflation.

Applicants for RHF Scholarships typically demonstrate the strong work ethic honed through owning and exhibiting horses. Most are well-rounded students, active in their schools and communities and are striving to build a solid future through continuing education.

In addition, the Foundation manages scholarships available to members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association and its incentive leadership program, the Varsity Reining Club. Your contribution can help put a young adult on the path toward success.

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NRHA Hall of Fame

In 1986, legendary reining horse trainer Dale Wilkinson became the first inductee into the NRHA Hall of Fame. In the three decades since, Reining’s iconic people and horses have been duly honored.

Today, the Hall of Fame is located at the NRHA headquarters adjacent to State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and most years new inductees are added.

The Foundation seeks to perpetuate the sport’s history through the Hall of Fame. The first exhibition installation paying tribute to the Hall of Fame is in place, but there is much work to accomplish to capture and share the stories through publications, video archives and digital resources now and into the future.

View the complete list of inductees or download a nomination form. Pay homage to the sport’s legendary horses and people with your donation.