Legacy of the Plains, local politicians and producers of the documentary Born to Rein celebrated a day of honor for John Nerud with the public this weekend.
On Saturday, a ribbon was cut officially opening the Horses in the Valley exhibit, which includes memorabilia donated by Nerud’s family on a 99 year lease, along with other horse-related exhibits from our area.
The day was proclaimed John Nerud day by the Governor and mayors from Scottsbluff and Gering, with Mayor Tony Kaufman reading the local proclamation highlighting some of Nerud’s accomplishments. “John saddled more than 1,000 winners, including 27 stake winners, as inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1972”, said Kaufman, “and whose national and international acclaims are highlighted in the John Nerud Collection.”
Jody Lamp with the American Doorstop Project read a letter from officials at the National Museum of Racing offering congratulations to the film producers and the local museum. “We regret that we cannot be there in person but are excited that a National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee and legend like John Nerud is being recognized in his hometown area and state,” read Lamp.
The Born to Rein documentary will become part of the exhibit later in the year after being shown at locations across the country.
Saturday marked the 106th anniversary of Nerud’s birthday, and 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the first triple crown winner.