NRCHA Board of Directors 2021 Election Notice

Nominations are now being accepted for the next election cycle for the National Reined Cow Horse Association Board of Directors.

Positions for nomination currently held by:
Corey Cushing, Todd Crawford, Amanda Gardiner and Boyd Rice.

Positions that will remain in office for 2021: Paul Bailey, Todd Bergen, Dr. Joe Carter, Diane Edwards,
Dan Roeser, Jon Roeser, Jake Telford and Cayley Wilson.
Click here for details about the nomination process, including deadlines & a printable nomination form.

2020 NRCHA World Show Qualification
The 2020 National Reined Cow Horse Association horse show season has been anything but typical due to the fact that affiliate groups, show producers and exhibitors have all had to navigate coronavirus related uncertainties. After carefully evaluating the unique trials faced by competitors in NRCHA’s eight regions this year, the NRCHA Board of Directors has instituted modified World Show qualification requirements for the 2020 show season. While the show season will end as it typically does on November 15, two major standards to compete in Fort Worth at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions February 11-20, 2021 at Will Rogers Memorial Center have been waived. The “top twenty” and “in the same region” requirements are not applicable this year.

“If one thing is certain in 2020 it’s that our members are excited about showing and anxious to pursue their goals,” said NRCHA President Corey Cushing. “It’s probably more important now than ever that the NRCHA remain committed to ensuring the best show experience possible despite these trying times. I think I speak for all of us when I say we can’t wait to cheer each other on at the Celebration of Champions in February.”

The Celebration of Champions is scheduled to take place at the iconic Will Rogers Memorial Center where NRCHA World and National standings will be awarded the same as in previous years. The association’s first premier event of the year will include the highly anticipated World’s Greatest Horseman, World’s Greatest Youth Horseman, Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby and World Championship classes.

Going into its 18th year in 2021, the NRCHA Celebration of Champions is three shows rolled into 10 days of competition. The World Championship portion of the Celebration of Champions marks the official conclusion of the 2020 season by determining World and National Champions in 15 different Open and Non Pro divisions. The World Championship contestants will show in a preliminary round, with the top 10 in each division advancing to a clean-slate finals for a shot at the title.

Just as fall represents the culmination of futurity season, so too will the regular horse show season wind down. If you have not secured your qualification to compete at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, take the opportunity to review this year’s modified parameters so you can be among those making the trip to Fort Worth for NRCHA premier event action at its finest.

The 2020 Open and Non Pro class qualification parameters are as follows: 1) Compete at least three times in a given class in at least three NRCHA-approved shows in any region, and 2) Earn at least 1/2 point; OR be a Finalist at the AQHA or APHA World Shows.

The 2020 Youth classes qualification parameters have not changed, but are as follows: 1) Compete at least three times in a given class in at least three NRCHA-approved shows in any region; OR be a Finalist at the AQHA or APHA World Shows.

Members are encouraged to contact the NRCHA staff with any questions or clarification regarding eligibility. The Celebration of Champions is a do-not-miss event!

Tentative 2021 NRCHA Premier Event Schedule
While 2020 undoubtedly posed unorthodox challenges that none in the Western industry could have predicted, the NRCHA Board of Directors and staff worked steadfastly to deliver NRCHA show opportunities in an ever-changing landscape. We all look forward with great optimism to what the 2021 season holds in store and commend NRCHA members for their determination in 2020.

As excitement mounts for 2021, NRCHA members are encouraged to keep the following modifications to the premier event schedule in mind:

The 2020 Eastern Derby was very well-received and the NRCHA Board of Directors are proud to announce that this show will remain on the premier event schedule in 2021. Hosted near the city of Memphis, Tennessee, the Eastern Derby will once again find its home at the Agri-Center ShowPlace Arena. A Pre-Futurity, Derby, horse show classes and several spectaculars are once again planned to highlight the Eastern Derby schedule.

The board is pleased to announce that WestWorld of Scottsdale will host the 2021 NRCHA Derby, presented by DT Horses LLC. A multi-year agreement between the world-renowned equestrian facility and NRCHA makes Scottsdale, Arizona, home to the NRCHA Derby, which features 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses, beginning in June 2021 through 2023. This move presents unique opportunities to grow and expand the popularity of the show while reaching new fans and increasing sponsor participation.

NRCHA Celebration of Champions February 11-20 /// Fort Worth, TX
NRCHA Stallion Stakes March 26 – April 3 /// las Vegas, NV
NRCHA Derby, presented by DT Horses June 2 – 12 /// Scottsdale, AZ
NRCHA Eastern Derby, presented by MARS Equestrian™ July 10 – 17 /// Memphis, TN
NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® October 8 – 23 /// Fort Worth, TX

2021 NRCHA Rule Changes
As the 2020 show season draws to a close November 15, the NRCHA Board of Directors have implemented changes and clarified rules taking effect in 2021 that members should be aware of. Most noted rule changes are as follows:

The Intermediate Non Pro Bridle and Novice Non Pro Bridle classes, which in the past have run concurrent with the Non Pro Bridle, can be run separately in 2021. (Rules 3.5.4, 3.5.5)

Also new for 2021 is that the Open Novice Horse limit will be raised from $5,000 to $12,500 in Limited Age Event earnings. (Rule

Members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all NRCHA rules regularly, particularly those changes coming to the 2021 rule book.

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