CoVRHA 2021 Winter E-Newsletter Come ride with us!

Letter from the President:

Dear Members - Motto for 2020: DO. NOT. QUIT. A pandemic could NOT stop CoVRHA from making history in 2020! This time last year we were wondering how we could carry on a show season with COVID making its ugly and heart-breaking entrance. We had to cancel our highly attended April Kickoff - with confidence that our Memorial Day show would be open. In fact, the May show was going to be our largest show in attendance we'd ever had. The DAY BEFORE our May Memorial show - we had to cancel due to events beyond our control. At that moment, our board was disheartened, tears were shed, hands were wrung. BUT - we DID.NOT.QUIT. We made COVID precautions part of every show - and with the rest of our season - we had record entries and record fun. Our June shows built with momentum. Then... our July show attendance was the LARGEST in NVRHA history! Our season wrapped up with records - record attendance, more youth participating that ever, more entries in all the divisions than we've ever had, we added AQHA events to enhance the FUN. We could not have done this without a board who knew how to work together, show managers who MADE IT HAPPEN, LATIGO and other event ground staff who worked with us and the exhibitors who believed in us and DID.NOT.QUIT. A HUGE thank you to all who helped put CoVRHA 2020 into the record books! But....this is history. May the rollercoaster of emotions it caused never be repeated.

Welcome to the 2021 Show Season!

We are building on the success of last year, have incredible enthusiasm to put together clinics and shows that will be first rate quality - for YOU - our members! This newsletter is to give you some updates, provide inspiration, celebrate achievements of our amazing exhibitors and inspire YOU as we start the new year. The Chinese Calendar says this is the year of the OX - let's all learn how to use our skills and horses to dominate that OX in 2021! Our slogan is: "COME RIDE WITH US!" .....Welcome to 2021!!! From the CoVRHA Board of Directors

CoVRHA is an affiliate of NVRHA, proud member of NRSHA

Come Ride with us! The first event of 2021 is the Colorado Kick-off April 17 & 18, and entries will be open March 8!!

We have exciting news!!! Our Mid-Summer Rendezvous show July 11, 12 at Latigo will also be an AQHA VRH and double-judged Ranch Riding special event!!!

Also new this year - We will be able to take credit-card payment at the time of check-in at the show. This is an added convenience for you.

Our National Finals qualification only requires participation in any TWO CoVRHA or NVRHA events across the country. See the full schedule here and visit the NVRHA website for updates

What are the NVRHA Amateur-level divisions? Youth Novice, Youth Limited, Youth Amateur, in the Non-Pro: Novice, Limited, Amateur, and Open. You can also enter Open a la carte if you just want to try one or some of our classes, but not yet ready to go in all 5 of the classes.

We want riders to learn and compete at a pace they are comfortable with.

CoVRHA offers great prizes for all divisions. We also have a ton of fun!

Here's a checklist of what to prepare for to get ready to start the new CoVRHA show year:

Renew your memberships in CoVRHA and NVRHA: You must show your card as proof of membership when you pick up your entry packet at each show

Are you and your horse brand new to CoVRHA and NVRHA events? If so, at the first event you MUST ride in the clinic in order to be classified by the clinicians before you can enter a division in the competition!

Enter clinics early! Clinic spots in particular fill up fast. We keep the ratio of spots/clinician low so quality of learning is high. We typically have entries open 30 days prior to the event and this can be done online at:

Also - there are exciting things going on with our national organization: NVRHA and NRSHA!

NVRHA updates:

Look for the 2021 Rundown Magazine coming to you in the Spring of 2021. This issue will be jam-packed with highlights from the 2020 show season.

Be sure to renew your membership now for the 2020 show season. Renew early and receive updates throughout the year!

Listen Up! 2021 NVRHA Rule Change Update and Education corner....

Novice riders - check your scoresheets after your first two shows! Find a board member, veteran rider or trainer to help you understand the importance of this. In a nutshell - Novice riders- if your average performance score after 2 shows is 230 or higher - you will be automatically bumped up to Limited division. National award placement points don't transfer! To help with this- we are providing an education sheet on this rule attached to all Novice rider scoresheets at the end of the show.

National Year End Awards tie breaker notice for 2021:

In the event of a tie in placement points for year-end awards, the tie breaker will be determined as follows - the 5 scores earned in Working Ranch will be noted, the highest and the lowest score will be eliminated, and the 3 remaining scores will be averaged to determine the winner. If less than 5 events are required for Year End Awards - all scores earned in Working Ranch will be totaled and average score will determine the winner.

Fortunately we have a great mix of seasoned riders, trainers and staff at CoVRHA to help explain rules, points, year-end awards. Come grab one of us - we're a friendly bunch and all started out by having lots of questions too.


To be eligible to compete in the 2021 NRSHA National Championship Show: THERE ARE NONE!! Yep - that's right - any member of CoVRHA/NVRHA can show at this years' National Championship show.

Now is the time to qualify for the 2022 NRSHA Championship shows - riding in 3 CoVRHA events this year will qualify your horse/rider team for 2022

Announcing our 2020 Buckle Series Champions!!!

2020 Novice Division

1st Emily Lappegaard /Golden H Mister T

2nd Connie Brase/ Smart Chic Magnet

3rd Barbara Fillmore / Wise Rooster

4th Kelly Preisser / Skyehawk Gladdis

Youth Novice Division

1st Emma Alvey / Gallos Smokin Tari

2nd Tori Dinan / Mighty Effie

3rd Caleb Dinan/ Kidd

Limited Division

1st Cindy Abshire / El Rey Conquistador

2nd Michael Beakley / Doc's Shiney Pistol

Amateur Division

1st Kay Cornelius / HR Playin Dori

Our 2021 Buckle Series is underway (and we want you!)

To be eligible:

4 shows

4 hours of volunteering

Our shows are entirely dependent on great volunteer help. Make sure that you select times, dates and activities where you can help. This makes our shows run smoothly. This will get you on your way to a 2020 Buckle Series award this year

Road trip anyone? You can also use one NVRHA event (Wyoming, South Central or Northern Lights) as a qualifying show. So check out our neighbor's events!

CoVRHA members shine bright at the NVRHA 2021 National Finals!

Congratulations to these riders and their outstanding horses!

Youth Novice:

  • Champion: Isabel Gaines / A Classic Page

Youth Amateur:

  • Megan Newlon / Langtrees CD

Novice Division:

  • Champion: Emily Lappegaard / Golden H Mr T
  • Reserve Champion: Connie Brase / Mr Made Wright
  • Tim Telinde / HB Sportin Cowboy

Limited Division:

  • Champion: Cindy Abshire / El Rey Conquistador

World's Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse Open:

  • Megan Newlon / Langtree's CD

CoVRHA Members WIN NVRHA National YEAR-End Champion Awards!! congratulations go to:

Youth Novice: 1st. Place Tori Dinan - Mighty Effie, 2nd Place: Isabel Gaines - A Classic Page, 3rd Place: Caleb Dinan - Kidd

Youth Limited: 1st Place: Emma Alvey - Gallos Smokin Tari, 2nd Place: Kaylee Sefkovic - Smoke N Wright On, 3rd Place: Morgan Eskam - Bets Smart Lena

Novice: 1st: Emily Lappgaard - Golden H Mister T; 2nd Place: Kelli Gaines - Dixons Got a Big Gun

Limited: 1st: Debbie Raymond - Chexy Bar West; 2nd: Cindy Abshire - El Rey Conquistador; 3rd: Michael Beakley / Docs Shiney Pistol

Open Division: 1st: Judy Parsons / Pistol Packin Picasso; 2nd: Megan Newlon / Langtree's CD

New 2021 Board of Directors:

This is an all-volunteer board of directors. Please feel free to reach out to any of them with comments or suggestions or offer to help. They appreciate the support and feedback from our members.

President: Kay Cornelius

Vice President: Connie Brase

Secretary: Emily Lappegaard

Treasurer: Sandy Perry

Other Directors: NEW: Melissa Rohn, Cori Atteberry (Number cruncher extraordinaire), Tim Telinde.

Serving another term: Annie Eitel (Latigo Show Manager), Michael Beakley (Sponsorships), Paulette Marshall ("Rule Maven")

We want to thank Janel Opeka and Kelly Preisser for their time on the board . They will be missed!

We welcome people interested in being on the board or as a project coordinator or as part of the show management team! If you are interested in being on the board - we'd love to have you join us! We are always looking for new perspectives!

2021 CoVRHA Event Sponsorships - we need you!

We want to thank our 2020 Sponsors: Paulette Marshal, Broker ReMax

Kelly Preisser/Preisser Family for donating flowers for decoration as well as prizes at our July show

Sponsorships can be done to fit any level. We can customize a something special for you - with a range from a title sponsor for the whole season to helping out with an individual event or division. Our larger sponsors can display a banner at events, logo on show flyers and even provide a display or educational opportunity at one of our events. There's a package and recognition available for all levels!

We are still seeking 2021 Sponsorships from individuals or companies that are interested in supporting Colorado Versatility Ranch Horse Events!

If you are interested or know of a business who would be interested, please reach out to a board member. We're seeking sponsorships as big as a title sponsor for the whole season to individual buckle and event prize sponsors. You can call Michael Beakley 281-908-9180 or contact any board member for more information on what is available.


Memberships are the lifeblood of CoVRHA. Your annual membership covers insurance at events, Buckle Series awards and communication such as websites, social media, and newsletters like this. Please renew today!

2020 Memberships: Individual: $20, Youth: $10, Couple: $30, Family: $50

Lifetime memberships also available

Be sure to "like" our Facebook page - that is where we post our updates, let you know when event entries are open, show results, and recognize our member's accomplishments.

We're not standing still - we're thinking about how to improve our events and activities for exhibitors! This year we've added not only AQHA VRH but AQHA double-judged Ranch Riding to our show in July! This will allow our riders more options for their VRH competitions.

Most importantly - CoVRHA are a FUN, INVITING place for riders of all skill levels and horses of all breeds and levels of experience to learn new skills through our clinics and schooling shows where judging feedback is always provided with individualized score sheets. For our members there are always socials on event Saturday evenings where you can put your boots up and meet fellow riders.

CoVRHA is an all-volunteer organization. Have a great idea or want to provide feedback? Here's are some key contacts:

  • Email: CoVRHA@gmail.com
  • Mailing address: PO Box 41, Peyton CO 80831
  • President: Kay Cornelius cell: 970-396-9131, kay.cornelius@nimanranch.com
  • Show Manager for Events at Latigo: Annie Eitel cell: 719-510-1030
CoVRHA is a member of NVRHA and an affiliate of NRSHA.