On Friday, November 1, 2019, Jay Winborn submitted his resignation as NRCHA Executive Director.
“I am resigning from my position as National Reined Cow Horse Association Executive Director. My last day will be November 27, 2019,” stated Winborn. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with a dynamic Board of Directors and the best staff in the business. I feel that I am leaving the NRCHA in the best shape it has ever been in and with a competent staff that will continue to make the NRCHA the best in the industry. I am planning on a smooth transition. Thank you all for this great opportunity and I wish the entire NRCHA the best.”
Winborn assumed the role as the association’s Executive Director in June of 2012. Over the past seven years, he was at the helm of the sponsorships and several successful programs, including the free ride membership and National High School Rodeo Association partnership, as well as premier event production. He shared his expertise in marketing and brought the association up to modern-day branding standards.
“I was on the Board of Directors when Jay Winborn joined the NRCHA, and have been by his side every step of the way”, stated NRCHA Vice President Paul Bailey. “He was exactly the type of leader we needed at the time. He has brought the association a long way in our marketing and branding. He also had a vision for our premier events, which came to a successful fruition.”
Bailey complimented Winborn’s achievements stating, “Jay was instrumental in our growth and success. He and I have worked closely together for many years on creating and maintaining financial stability for the NRCHA. The Board of Directors appreciate his hard work and dedication over the past seven years. He has become a friend and family to many of us inside the reined cow horse industry and will be greatly missed.”
NRCHA President Corey Cushing applauded Winborn’s commitment to the association. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Jay Winborn. He has made a tremendous impact on the NRCHA. Jay really set the bar high in the NRCHA in countless ways. We are honored to have him serve as our Executive Director for seven years.”
Cushing reminds the association that while change can be intimidating for some, the membership has no reason to worry. “The association is in the best position it’s ever been in. The cow horse industry is booming and every aspect of the NRCHA is working really well. We have the most dedicated board members and best staff in the industry. We will continue to move forward with all of our plans for 2020 and are excited to continue the growth of the most thrilling sport on dirt.”
The entire NRCHA Board of Directors and staff would like to thank Jay Winborn for his service over the years and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.