National Reined Cow Horse Association

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) is an equestrian organization in Pilot Point, Texas, United States, that began by promoting and staging Working cow horse events.

National Reined Cow Horse Association
National Reined Cow Horse Association Logo.jpg
SportWorking cow horse
Founded1949
Countries United States
Most recent
champion(s)
United States 2018 Snaffle Bit Champion
SJR Diamond Mist
Official websiteNRCHA

HistoryEdit

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (formerly known as the California Reined Cow Horse Association) was founded in 1949. Its purpose is to continue the centuries long tradition process of training used by the vaqueros of California. The reined cow horse was a necessity in the 18th to 19th century on ranches. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, the need for this type of horse dissipated, especially during the Great Depression. Later, it was revived as a luxury sport, and the NRCHA now is the association that promotes and educates competitors about the sport.[1][2]

OrganizationEdit

EventsEdit

  • Celebration of Champions – the World Championship Show features the top ranked horses and riders.[3]
  • NRCHA Stakes – Four and five-year-olds by subscribed stallions compete in snaffle bit and hackamore events.[4]
  • NRCHA Derby – Four and five-year-old horses compete in several events, many had competed in snaffle bit futurities at age three.[5]
  • Hackamore Classic – For five year old horses. Must not have been shown in a bridle down the fence previously at a judged reined cow horse event.[6]
  • Snaffle Bit Futurity – Three year old horses compete in three separate events. The most popular event.[7][8]
  • The NRCHA also sanctions events by other associations, holds clinics, holds special events, and holds premium media events.[9][10][11]

Hall of FameEdit

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame includes a hall of fame for horses and people, as well as a hall of merit for people who have contributed outside the show pen. These inductees are tracked in a separate article.

ChampionsEdit

The National Reined Cow Horse Association awards their members yearly and those awards are tracked in a separate article.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Reined Cow Horse Association". History and Tradition. nrcha.com. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Carrying on Horsemanship Heritage". The Last Word. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "Celebration of Champions". National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "NRCHA Stakes". National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "NRCHA Derby". National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hackamore Classic". National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Snaffle Bit Futurity". National Reined Cow Horse Futurity. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Woodward News". Local horsewoman wins title at national Reined Cow Horse event. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sanctioned Events". National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Clinics & Special Events". National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Media Policy" (PDF). National Reined Cow Horse Association. Retrieved September 15, 2019.

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