The NRHA Professionals is a program of the NRHA. 

To become a member, professional trainers are required to sign the following statement.

We, the members of the National Reining Horse Association Professionals in carrying out our role of providing service to the Reining horse industry, recognize the need to do so in a professional manner, and to deal with the public and our colleagues with the highest degree of integrity. Therefore, we have set forth the following code of ethics which shall govern our endeavors to fulfill our obligations. By signing this application, I agree to be bound by the rules of the NRHA Professional Code of Ethics. I understand that in order to participate in this program, I must maintain a continuous individual membership with NRHA. As a member of the NRHA Professionals, I will:

  • Adhere to the professional standards of the NRHA and work to further its goals and objectives.
  • Ensure that the welfare of the Reining horse is paramount and that every horse shall at all times be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion
  • Conduct all business affairs with integrity, sincerity, and accuracy in an open and forthright manner.
  • Act with integrity in dealings with clients, other professionals, and the public. In this regard, any horse shown by my spouse, client, or child will be economically owned as prescribed by applicable NRHA rules.
  • Handle our business operations in a manner in which promotes the image of the Reining horse industry.
  • Instill confidence among clients and the public in the Reining horse industry, avoiding any action conducive to discrediting it or membership in the NRHA.

In 2013 and following years, the NRHA program known as Professional Reining Trainers, membership form included their Code of Ethics.

On or after March 13th 2016 a noticeable change was made to the form and their Code of Ethics .  The inclusion was made “The NRHA does not endorse or recommend any trainer or professional and is not responsible for action or inaction of any trainer or professional.”

The Questions:

  • Who is governing their members to fulfill their obligations?
  • Who is setting the checks and balances for animal welfare within the NRHA?
  • How are they governinging to fulfill their obligations under the Code of Ethics?
  • What is the impact on the public that read this document in their decision-making to use NRHA Professional trainers?