Our Loss – Guy Vernon

It is with incredible sadness that I write to let you all know that Guy Vernon has died.

Photo by Performance Horse Photography
Guy was an incredible person, husband, father, family member, leader, mentor, and friend. His influence on the equine industry, NRHA, RMRHA, and EPRHA has been remarkable. And his influence on all of us as fellow equine enthusiasts, and more importantly friends and family will never be forgotten. I can’t possibly put all my thoughts regarding his impact on all of us in this message. I cannot imagine that everyone reading this doesn’t have some positive, funny experience with Guy that will forever stick with you.

Please keep Val, Lacey, and all of Guy’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

RMRHA President

A message from Valerie Vernon

“I am forever grateful for the outreaching to myself and Lacey during this heartbreaking time. Words cannot express how thankful we are for everyone. The service yesterday would not have been possible without Jolene Warren and Carey Clausen please tell them thank you when you see them. Kenzie Hammers you knocked it outta the ballpark with the slide show, we are forever grateful. Sazon thank you for the amazing food it was so delicious. Thank you to every single person who helped make yesterday happen. To the hundreds of people who came to say farewell to GuyGuy your presence was incredible.

We love all of you and thank you a million times over for being there for us.

Valerie, Lacey and Shane”

Activities and options to support Valerie, Lacey, and Shane and honor our friend, Guy Vernon are listed below. Thank you, Jolene Warren for organizing all of these activities.

Food train

President’s Letter

Hello RMRHA Members and Friends,

I hope this letter finds all of you doing well and getting prepared for the 2022 RMRHA show season! With the first show rapidly approaching, there are some items that we wanted to share with all of you.

The first is that we are excited to announce that we have added a new show to our year-end series for 2022. We have partnered with the Central Plains Reining Horse Association this year and the CPRHA Midwest Classic Derby, April 7 – 10 in Lincoln, will count as a year-end show for RMRHA. Summer Slide will in turn be counted as a CPRHA year-end awards program. The other RMRHA shows that will complete the 2022 slate are the Columbine Classic, Summer Slide, and State Fair. We will count the top 3 shows for each exhibitor. We do anticipate that, if EPRHA is able to hold the East Slope Slide, that show will be added to our slate as well. We will still drop one show in the event that happens.

With year-end awards in mind, we’d like to remind everyone of the membership and volunteer requirements to be eligible for awards. You must have a current RMRHA membership before you show for points earned to count towards final standings. You also will need to fulfill the volunteer work requirement of 4 hours to be eligible. While there is an opportunity to pay a fee in lieu of working the hours, we always appreciate our volunteers as they are essential to our horse shows operating effectively and efficiently. We work hard to keep the costs of showing affordable and we would not be able to do so without all of you helping to keep things running smoothly!

There are volunteer opportunities at our shows or you can fulfill your requirement by serving on a RMRHA committee or assisting with an RMRHA event like Rookie Day or the Secrets of Judging seminar. If you would like to serve on a committee, check out our website and contact the chairperson of the committee you would like to serve on. Opportunities are available on the Audit, Media, Member Services, Non-Show Activities, and Youth committees.

Speaking of Rookie Day and Secrets of Judging, we are finalizing the plans for both events. Rookie Day will be held on June 4th. The Secrets of Judging seminar will be held on May 14 with NRHA Judge and Professional Bub Poplin instructing. NRHA has put together new information and videos for 2022 and this event will be educational for anyone who wants to learn more about what the judges are looking for as we all work to improve our scores! Locations and other details for both events will be announced soon. Watch our Facebook page and website for additional information.

Another note about Facebook for 2022 and RMRHA is going to be the addition of a “RMRHA Show” Facebook page. This will be a page to announce important show information, updates, draws, and results at Columbine and Summer Slide. We want to make it easier for all of you to stay connected to show information during the events and communicate more effectively. Look for the page on Facebook as showtime nears.

The RMRHA website is also getting a facelift right now. Again, we want to do what we can to improve communication with our membership and anyone who wants additional information about our club. I am excited to see the new look and hear any feedback any of may have to further improve. Please let me or a Media committee member know if you have ideas.

Before I wrap this up, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who helped with the RMRHA Stallion Stakes auction this year. There are still a few stallions available but 2022 has already been a record year as sales are nearing $85,000! We are so thankful for all the people who make the auction happen, all the stallion owners and donors, and all the people who purchased services. The Summer Slide Stallion Stakes Futurity class for 2026 is going to be amazing with our largest purse yet!

Finally, I want to thank all of you for being members and supporting reining in our region. The Board and all the amazing people who work countless hours to make our affiliate great are looking forward to 2022! We are always seeking opportunities to grow and improve RMRHA while providing a great experience for everyone who attends our events. Thank you for being part of our reining family!

See you all soon!

Thanks again,
Travis Chapman
RMRHA President


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 –
We’ve got what you’re looking for!


RENEW Today!



RMRHA Year End
NRHA Affiliate
April 7 - 10CPRHA Midwest Classic DerbyLincoln, NEShow Information
May 18-22The Columbine ClassicPueblo, COShow Information
July 17 - 24RMRHA Summer SlideDenver, COShow Information
TBAColorado State FairPueblo, COShow Information
Nov 24 - Dec 3NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate ChampionshipsOklahoma City, OKShow Information