NRCHA Derby Entry Deadlines & Information

The National Reined Cow Horse Association board of directors and staff hope this email finds you well and healthy. After six weeks of trying times and uncertainty, we are pleased to announce more definite plans are finalized for the upcoming premier events. Careful consideration and thoughtful discussions were held at great lengths before decisions were made. We strive to serve the membership, sanctioned events, sponsors and all cow horse enthusiasts to the best of our availability. Our hearts go out to those affected by the nation’s current situation.

The NRCHA board and staff understand the importance of safely getting the equine industry up and running again. The association is working diligently to produce events that meet state and local guidelines. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during these times. Together, the association, its members, sponsors and all involved will come out stronger and more successful.


NRCHA Derby June 7 – 14 /// Scottsdale, Arizona
The NRCHA Derby, historically held in Paso Robles, California, has been relocated to WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, for 2020. The decision to move forward, safely, with the Derby was not taken lightly. When it became apparent the state of California’s re-opening timeline would most likely affect the Derby, we began to seek alternative options. After much planning, reviewing and deliberating over multiple venues in multiple states, the board of directors decided to host the Derby in Scottsdale, Arizona.

WestWorld had the same show dates available and the facility size accommodates social distancing guidelines. We are working on a plan that conforms to official guidelines for the benefit of all attendees. The event will be closed to the public.

The entry deadline has been extended to May 20th. Additional information regarding hotels, entry forms, etc. will be available in the upcoming days.

We would like to send a big thank you to all the various venue staff who worked so hard to make the Derby happen. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding in these trying times. We felt it was in the best interest of our owners, riders, members and sponsors to hold this premier event. Please remember, it is everyone’s own decision to enter the show. We look forward to safely seeing our friends and family next month!

The NRCHA Derby is home to the Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby and the Holy Cow Performance Horses CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular. A full slate of horse show classes run along side these two prestigious events, bringing the total added money to more than $160,000.
Click here for the show schedule and exhibitor’s packet.


NRCHA Eastern Derby July 14 – 19 /// Memphis, Tennessee
The National Reined Cow Horse Association is proud to debut its first premier event east of the Mississippi. The Dom Conicelli Memorial Eastern Derby, presented by MARS Equestrian™, has been added to the 2020 premier event schedule. Added money of $64,450 will be dispersed among a Pre Futurity, Derby, two full slates of horse show classes and several spectaculars.

In April, the Tennessee Miller Coliseum, where the event was previously scheduled, exercised their 90-day cancellation policy and cancelled all events that were scheduled at the facility through July 31, 2020. The Agricenter ShowPlace Arena, located in Cordova, just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, will be home of the inaugural Eastern Derby this year.
Show schedule and exhibitor packet will be posted soon.


NRCHA Stallion Stakes August 22 – 30 /// Las Vegas, Nevada
The NRCHA Stallion Stakes has been rescheduled. Previously scheduled in March in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NRCHA Stakes will return to the South Point Hotel and Casino August 22 – 30. Normally, these August dates are held by the National Stock Horse Association and in 2021, NSHA will return to their original dates.

The NRCHA Stakes features 4-and 5-year-old horses who are sired by Subscribed Stallions. The rescheduled Stakes will also feature the highly-anticipated Pre Futurity. In addition to these robust limited age events, the Stakes offers a complete set of horse show classes and several three-event spectaculars.

With more than $199,000 in added money up for grabs, exhibitors and horses of all levels will load up and head to the South Point Casino, a state of the art equestrian facility, to vie for cash, prizes and championship titles. Viva Las Vegas!
Show schedule and exhibitor packet will be posted soon.


NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity October 9 – 24 /// Fort Worth, Texas
The 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity ®, presented by Metallic Cat, returns to the famed Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas, with more excitement and added money. If you have a 3-year-old, you won’t want to miss out on being a part of history and participating in one of Western performance industry’s most respected event.

While the Snaffle Bit Futurity may not start for several months, the entry process is well underway. Below you will find a nomination schedule for your futurity entry. Don’t let today’s situation deter you from continued pursuit of your dream and $725,500 in added money.

The NRCHA board of directors and staff are continuing plans to run the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and Hackamore Classic as scheduled. Progressive and slot payments should continue to be postmarked on time.

Friday, May 15
Open slot #2 – $1,425
Open progressive #4 – $500
Non Pro slot #2 – $900
Non Pro progressive #4 – $300
Level One Limited Open progressive #2 – $250
Amateur progressive #2 – $250
Non Pro Limited progressive #2 – $250
Click here for the terms and conditions, entry form and complete payment schedule.


NRCHA Office Update On Monday, May 4, the NRCHA staff returned to the office. We are thrilled to be back in front of two computer monitors, using blazing fast internet and typing away from real office chairs!