2019 RMRHA Elections
Meet the Candidates

Ballots have been mailed to current RMRHA members in good standing (excluding Youth). Please contact Patti Lee if you have not received your ballot by November 1. Returned ballots must be postmarked November 25 or earlier.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chuck Nesmith

Chuck’s training barn is located in Kersey. He has over 35 years of training experience with an emphasis on reining for 24 years. He’s been an RMRHA member for close to 25 years and an NRHA judge for 10 years. He’s very passionate about reining and our reining community. He is currently serving as a board member and has served several times previously. Chuck has been a vital member of committees such as Summer Slide, Columbine Classic, Awards, Rookie Roundup to name a few and never fails to volunteer his time when the Board and RMRHA need him. He would be happy to continue to help RMRHA and its members

 
 

Susan Harding

I am running for a second term on the RMRHA Board of Directors.  During my first term, I was on the committee for volunteers.  Recognizing that the success of our shows, Columbine Classic and Summer Slide, strongly depend on volunteers, I implemented the daily raffle for the volunteers in which I found sponsors in Equine Oasis, Kyle Tack, Blue Dog Threads Embroidery and Chilis that graciously donated items and gift certificates to the daily raffles.  Also, Equine Oasis, partnered with me and has included a custom saddle blanket which is awarded to the volunteer with the most volunteer hours at the end of our show season.  I plan on continuing this program with the hopes of expanding it and finding other ways to recognize our volunteer members.

I have experience working on other boards in the past.  Prior to my retirement in 2019, I was a senior partner at South Metro OB-GYN.  In addition to caring for patients, I managed a busy medical office.  I sat on the board for OBGA from 2012-2017.  OBGA is an affiliation of several OB -GYN physician groups in south Denver that organized to cost share and reduce overhead.  In addition, I helped implement current guidelines for obstetrical and gynecological care that was passed on to the physicians.  Also, I am currently the Vice President of Allis Ranch Conservancy, my HOA.  I live in a community that has over 700 acres of open space which includes a riparian corridor for wildlife.  Over the past 15+ years I have managed this land for weed control.  Colorado Open Lands, a Colorado nonprofit, has conservation easements on this land and I work closely with them to comply with the easement and our bylaws.

I have been a member of RMRHA since 1997 and have seen our association change and grow over the past 22 years.  I have made lasting friendships through my association with RMRHA.  We all know that reiners are the friendliest competitors in the horse industry!  I feel that the most effective board should have a blend of both professionals and non professionals that bring their varied knowledge and experiences to our association.  I feel that my experience as a small business owner and board member in my HOA and OBGA, brings another perspective to RMRHA.  I greatly appreciate all of our members and your consideration of voting me on to a second term.  Thank you.

 

Dori Schwartzenberger 
I have been a member and promoter of NRHA/RMRHA since 1985 (founding member). For over 30 years, Steve and I have been raising, training and showing top performance horses and have been breeding, training and showing top level performance horses and coaching Youth and Non Pro riders. As the chairperson and member of the NRHA Judges Committee, I worked to improve communication between all NRHA committees and the members who support the organization as well as championing the needs of the “grass-roots” reiners.

I am acutely aware of the need to introduce new people to the sport of reining in order to sustain the industry. I have actively sought numerous opportunities to hold clinics, exhibitions and other horse-related events to bring in ‘new blood’. To that end, I have have regularly organized and taught “Secrets of Judging” clinics, reining and ranch riding clinics.

Supporting and nurturing grassroots reining through the affiliate program is essential for the continued success of the sport of reining. I look forward to serving RMRHA as a new Director and hope to develop a dialogue with our membership on how to better serve the members.

Other factoids:
Education:
BS Colorado State University,
MS Montana State University
PhD Colorado State University, Natural Resources, Range Beef cattle, Biochemistry minor.

Occupation: Horse (and people trainer)- nutrition specialist; Schwartzenberger Equine

Applicable experience:
NRHA Judges Committee Chairperson and Member

Other:
NRHA Worldwide judge
AQHA Reining Judge
FEI Level 3 Reining Judge

 

Steve Schwartzenberger

For over 30 years, Dori and I have been raising, training and showing top performance horses and have been breeding, training and showing top level performance horses and coaching Youth and Non Pro riders. I worked my way through college as a horse trainer and realized after graduation that training horses was my true passion.
I have been an active organizer and supporter of RMRHA since its inception. I have served as Director, Vice President and President for numerous years and as show chair for Summer Slide (20 consecutive years), Sagebrush Slide, Columbine Classic and State Fair Reining.

Supporting and nurturing grassroots reining through the affiliate program is essential for the continued success of the sport of reining. I look forward to continuing to serve RMRHA as Director and hope to develop a dialogue with our membership on how to better serve the members.

Other factoids:
Education:
BS, Biology, Colorado State University
DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University

Occupation: Veterinarian and horse (and people) trainer; Schwartzenberger Equine

Applicable experience:
Member, NRHA Medications Committee
NRHA Affiliate Committee member- helped develop the Affiliate program
NRHA Judges Committee Member
NRHA Non Pro Committee Member
President, RMRHA
Vice President, RMRHA
Director, RMRHA
Director, RMRHA 2016-current

Other:
NRHA judge

 

Parker Slavin

Located in Conifer, Colorado I am the owner and operator of Parker Slavin Performance Horses, LLC. Here we specialize in aged event horses, 2 year old prospects, and have a large sales program. I grew up in Westfield, Indiana where I developed my passion for horses at a young age. Since I was 13 years old, I knew I wanted to be a reining horse trainer with high goals in mind. Devoting myself into my business does not allow for much spare time. However, I do enjoy riding my dirt bike, and playing outside with my 12 year old brother, Braden. I am committed to not only achieving the riding goals I have set, but determined to give back to this industry!

 

Holly Tracy

TRH is owned and run by Holly Tracy and her husband, Steve Cure.  Holly grew up on a ranch with cattle and horses and knew at an early age she wanted to be a horse trainer. In 2007, she started TRH.  Steve and Holly were married in 2011.  They bought the facility TRH now calls home in 2015, and the new indoor and show barn was completed in 2017.  Daughter, Payton, was born in 2014 and they have a new a baby joining the family December, 2018.

 

Drake Johnson

Drake Johnson has had a passion for horses his entire life and began training horses professionally in 1988. As a youth Drake competed in the Appaloosa circuit, followed by earning an associate degree in horse management from Lamar Community College. Upon graduation, he spent five years working for hall of famer, Doug Milhouland. In 1995, Drake moved back to Wray and opened up his own training business. The ranch sits on 135 acres and includes a 100 x 225 indoor arena, heated barn, mare motel, cutting pen, turn-outs, track, and dog boarding facility.
Drake has trained, shown, and coached regional, national, and world champions. Although Drake specializes in reining, working cow-horse, and versatility ranch horse, he trains horses of all disciplines including barrel, roping, and all-around horses. Drake is well known as an excellent non-pro and youth coach. He has had students who were derby and futurity winners, NRHA Non-Pro Futurity finalist, High Point AQHA Youth, and AQHA Youth World top-ten.

Drake also holds judging cards with the NRHA, NRCHA, and AQHA special events: reining, ranch riding, and versatility ranch horse. He has judged the AQHA World Show, Ohio Quarter Horse Congress, and the major NHRA shows. He is a member of the NRHA Professionals and Stewards committee as well as a board member of the Central Plains Reining Horse Association. In addition to training, Drake acts as an agent brokering horses. He both markets and sells and helps riders find a horse that will match their abilities to help them reach their goals.