NRHA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, July 27, 2018
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Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley to be inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame ©Dawn Baxstrom

Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 26, 2018 - Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Dun It For Chex and Bill Bradley for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame. The NRHA Hall of Fame is a project of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF).

NRHA Lifetime Member Bill Bradley earned his first NRHA paycheck in 1994 and has been a successful non pro competitor ever since. His nomination celebrated how he spread his love for reining by supporting trainers such as Craig Schmersal, Dell Hendricks, Robin Schoeller, Fernando Salgado, Eduardo Salgado, Dany Tremblay, Barak Gibori, Shawn Flarida, and many others. Continuing his impact, Bradley was a catalyst in the creation of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, now known as the Reining Horse Foundation. In 2001, he became a founding donor of RHF and helped set the course for the future of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Later, he served in multiple officer positions, including president, for quite some time. Bradley has been instrumental in many fundraising campaigns fostered to support RHF’s core programs, either as an officer, organizer, or donor. His passion for RHF continues on today.

On a regional level, Bradley is known for being a leader. He served as president of the Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association (OVRHA) for many years. Following this involvement, he progressed to the NRHA Board of Directors and then advanced to serve as NRHA President in 2005. During his term, NRHA’s expansion into Europe vastly accelerated, bringing large, active reining associations under the NRHA umbrella. His enthusiasm for growth continues with his backing of young rider and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) equestrian programs.

Dun It For Chex

Dun It For Chex ©John Brasseaux

Dun It For Chex to be inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame ©John Brasseaux

Dun It For Chex, by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of Silver N Blue Chex, is currently owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, LLC. The exceptional mare has proven herself by producing some of today’s most recognizable reining horses. Although her career did not take her to the show pen, her offspring have earned more than $930,000 in NRHA competition, placing her third on the NRHA leading dams list.

Dun It For Chex has 20 NRHA money-earners with more foals nearing competition age. Her first produce in 2000 was the notable Starbucks Sidekick (by Smart Starbuck) who earned nearly $200,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) at the NRHA Futurity, two NRHA Derbies, two FEI World Equestrian Games™, and many other events. Since that time, she’s been matched with several different stallions and continues to deliver high-achievers. Those offspring include: Wranglin In Chex by Starlights Wrangler ($70,600 NRHA LTE), Masked Gun by Gunner ($67,855 NRHA LTE), Whizzen For Chex by Topsail Whiz ($65,160 NRHA LTE), and Hollywood Nites by Gunners Special Nite ($64,520 NRHA LTE). Dun It For Chex’s most successful son is Dun If For Whizkey (by Topsail Whiz), also owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, LLC. The 2013 stallion has earned nearly $215,000 including the 2016 NRHA Futurity Level (L)4 Open Reserve Championship.

Hall of Fame Inductions

The 2018 inductees and soon-to-be-announced Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be honored at Sliders’ Night Out on November 28th at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity. RHF is creating a special night recognizing new and previous NRHA Hall of Fame inductees. For details on how to become a Hall of Fame table host or major event donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at lbaker@nrha.com, (405) 946-7400.