NRHyA Derby Activities Off to a Great Start in Oklahoma City!

Sunday, June 21, 2015


June 20, 2015 – Crayons, markers, paper and a special dose of love was present today at the 2015 NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City. Children of all ages stopped by to put their creative juices to work and make a special picture frame for dad, complete with a Happy Father’s Day card and their picture for him to display proudly at home or at work! Hosted today by NRHyA from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., kids got crafty and made a special gift just for dad since Fathers Day is tomorrow, the first Sunday of the Derby.

NRHA wishes all fathers around the globe and here in Oklahoma City a great Father’s Day tomorrow.  For those here at the NRHA Derby, it was NRHA’s goal to make sure these fathers received a special gift from their little ones this special weekend.

"This is the first time in several years that Father’s Day has fallen during the NRHA Derby,” said Hayley Lewallen, Senior Coordinator of Marketing. “Considering this was the first time we have done an activity like this, I am very pleased with the turn out. Kids from all ages came to make something special for their dad, many of which are horse owners and competitors at this event, and may have to show or practice with their horses on Fathers Day. Families are a huge part of NRHA and anything we can do to encourage that brings me great joy and this was personally viewed as a success." NRHyA will be hosting several other activities throughout the week including an art & photo contest, a leadership adventure, youth meeting, and the Anderson Bean speaking contest. For more information about these youth events, other special activities and the action in the arena here at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, visit

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit