OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The application period is now open for 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby interns. Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within the horse industry, learn essential knowledge on event organization and be a part of the third-largest reining event in the world. Internships with NRHA also provide individuals with real-life experiences that create lifelong skill sets.

Many current NRHA employees began their career as a show intern at the NRHA Derby or Futurity. “I had already fallen in love with the sport of reining, which is what led me to apply for the internship with the NRHA,” said NRHA Member & Show Services Representative Riley Jordan. “Although the shows can be long and demanding, working alongside the NRHA employees truly caused me to fall in love with the company and the way they treat their employees and members. I had never worked in an environment where I loved and respected people that I barely knew so much. I never saw myself being one to move across the country for any reason. NRHA turned out to be the one exception.”

Internships are available in three categories: general, marketing and youth. All internships are based at NRHA headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla., and include participation at the NRHA Derby June 23 to July 1, 2018*. Selected candidates should meet the following criteria:

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  • Able to assist with all functions of the departments listed, including early mornings and long days during the event
  • Willing to work closely with youth members, leaders and NRHA staff
  • Demonstrate an interest in the livestock or horse industry, and have the ability to work collaboratively
  • Creative, energetic, patient and reliable

To apply, complete the online application at www.nrha.com/careers. Send the completed application, resume and references to the appropriate contact listed on the application.

*Interns will arrive for set up before the show begins and assist with tear-down at the conclusion of the event.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere.