Glenwood’s Deer new leader of national equine group |

Glenwood’s Deer new leader of national equine group

Mike Deer

Mike Deer of Glenwood Springs is the new president of the National Reining Horse Association.

Deer has held several seats in NRHA over nine years, including being a member of the executive committee, board of directors and several advisory committees.

Deer helped bring the sport of reining to Colorado, where he developed the Western Slope Reining Horse Association, serving as president. Deer and his wife, Rita, have been active members of NRHA for more than 15 years, as active buyers and sellers at the NRHA Markel Futurity Sales and periodically as competitors at NRHA events.

Deer is a Kansas native who attended the University of Kansas on a football scholarship. After graduation, he pursued a real estate career and went to work at an agency created by his grandfather before moving to Colorado to continue in real estate and commercial insurance.

Deer is associated with HUB International Insurance and is an associate broker for Sotheby’s International Realty.

Deer accepted his newly elected position at the NRHA Winter Meeting held in Fort Worth on Feb. 11.

Founded in 1966, NRHA is a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting the reining horse, encouraging all levels of reining competition and providing worthwhile purses. More information on its shows and programs can be found at

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