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LIFETIME MEMBER OF NRHA SUES FOR REVOKING HIS LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

KIT COSPER CLAIMS NRHA HAS NOT GIVEN HIM A REASON WHY HIS MEMBERSHIP WAS REVOKED

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 30, 2016

On Oct. 17, 2016, James Kitchen (Kit) Cosper, Brunswick County, N.C., filed a lawsut against the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) for revoking his lifetime membership.

 

According to the six-page lawsuit filed in District Court of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, demanding a jury trial.

 

ABOUT KIT COSPER:

Cosper, the son of Monica Watson of Double Run Farm, who breed the famous reining sire Wimpys Little Step, has been a life member of the NRHA since 1999, has served the NRHA in several different significant capacities, including but not limited to: (a) member of the NRHA’s Executive Committee, (b) Vice President of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation and (c) a member of the NRHA Bylaw committee.

 

ABOUT WIMPYS LITTLE STEP:

Wimpys Little Step, a 1999 palomino Quarter Horse Stallion, bred by Hilldale Farm, was shown by Shawn Flarida only three times  and placed second in The Tradition Futurity, held in Lexington, Va., first in the Futurity at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio, and in December 2002 won the NRHA Futurity Champion in Oklahoma City, scoring a 223. He is also in the NRHA Hall of Fame and has lifetime earnings of $185,757. Also in 2008 he became the youngest $8 million sire.

 

According to a Nov. 17, 2010 article in Quarter Horse News,  “A major and controlling share of Wimpys Little Step, owned by Mark Schols, Ocala, Fla., sold to Xtra Quarter Horses LLC., owned in partnership by Thiago Boechat and Lorenzo Vargas, Purcell, Okla./Cancun, Mexico.

 

COSPER’S CLAIMS:

Cosper claims he received a letter dated May 25, 2016 from Terry Weins, the General Counsel for the NRHA stating that his membership had been revoked at the discretion of the Executive Committee pursuant to Article 2, Section 1 of the NRHA Bylaws.

 

According to the lawsuit, the letter did not state any reasons or allege any misconduct as the basis for his membership revocation. Cosper asked Mr. Weins for the reasoning for the actions of the Executive Committee; however, Mr. Weins has refused or failed to provide the answer to that question.

 

Cosper claims the revocation of his membership and involvement with the NRHA has had a negative and harmful impact on Mr. Cosper’s reputation,and his ongoing and future business interests in the reining horse industry. According to sources, Cosper has been vocal about the governance changes within the NRHA and hosts a forum called “Take NRHA Back.”

 

Cosper claims that by revoking his membership, the NRHA has failed to comply with its own Disciplinary Procedures as laid out in Section D of the NRHA’s 2012 General Rules and Regulations. Article II of the NRHA bylaws say, “members are to be admitted and retained in accordance with the rules and regulations of the NRHA.”

 

The suit claimed the NRAHA failed to comply with Section 1 of the Rules and Regulations related to disciplinary procedure, as it says “membership can be revoked or suspended for good cause.” Section 4 and 5 of the Rules and Regulations exempts the Executive Committee’s action against Cosper from the requirements of Section D (disciplinary Procedures) of the General Rules and Regulations. Likewise nothing within Section D exempts the Executive Committee’s action against Mr. Cosper from the Section’s coverage.

 

Cosper is petitioning the court to enter a declaratory judgment addressing the NRHA’s conduct and to determine and declare that his membership was revoked by the Executive Committee without good cause as the revocation of his membership was not in compliance with the 2016 NRHA handbook: Bylaws, Rules and Regulations; Judges’ Guide and that the his membership be reinstated in full. No financial relief is requested.

 

Cosper is represented by his lawyer Kevin R. Donelson of Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C. of Oklahoma City, Okla.

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