NARHA Replaces ARBC for Arabian Reiners

Half-Arabian-TS-Mae-Gossip-and-Andrea-Fappani-won-the-Scottsdale-HA-Reining-Futurity-in-FebruaryTS Mae Gossip and Andrea Fappani were the Scottsdale Half-Arabian Reining Futurity Open Champions. • Photo by Walterberry

Originally created as an incentive program that would inspire breeders of reining horses to seriously consider the talent, athletic ability and heart of Arabian and Half-Arabians, the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) has been offering large cash prize incentives at major National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) events since 2014.

Since then, ARBC futurities have paid out more than $250,000 in prize money. At the beginning of 2016, ARBC founders opted to turn over the program to the newly founded National Arabian Reining Horse Association (NARHA), knowing that a national association could grow a broader, sounder base with the sort of longevity that helps these programs thrive and survive.

The major change will be a new name – the NARHA Incentive Program. Current ARBC members will simply pay their current dues to the new organization. Previous enrollments will not have to re-register with the NARHA. The structure of the ARBC has been working well and will remain much the same.

The new organization means new program certificates, which will be sent on receipt of current dues. A much larger assortment of NARHA classes will soon be available at NRHA shows that apply to have them. The NARHA will provide these events with champion prizes in each division at no charge to the events.

On the marketing side, the NARHA has formed a liaison with National Horseman Arabian, so that NARHA members and their horses can be advertised and editorialized in the Working Western section of that magazine. Along with advertising options for Arabian reiners, the magazine offers seven issues annually, both print and digital, featuring up-to-date news, editorial, event coverage and beautiful photos of the Arabian horse.

Involvement in the NARHA begins with breeders enrolling their stallions in the program. Stallion owners pay a nomination fee and then an annual enrollment fee. Stallions are invited to participate in any NARHA promotion at shows where classes are held by bringing their promotional materials to those shows. The NARHA is currently on a stallion enrollment campaign and has agreed to sign up aged stallions (and those deceased or over the age of 20 with frozen semen) for a $750 lifetime enrollment fee.

The NARHA will be a part of the inaugural Wild Card Reining Challenge, which debuts May 25-29 in Las Vegas. This new event at the South Point Equestrian Center does not require nominations or enrollments, though horses must have an NRHA Competition License to compete. The 4-Year-Old Futurity is the spotlight event of the show which also offers two full slates of ancillary reining classes, the NARHA $47,000-added Futurity for 4- and 5-year-old Arabians and Half-Arabians, a $10,000-aded SmartPak Maturity Non-Pro, which includes Arabian divisions, and the popular World Para Reining Challenge.

For more information, contact Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group at [email protected] or 602-677-3774.

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