The National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA) National Finals and World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse Open competition will be held this year at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Qualification for the NVRHA National Finals, which will be held Sept. 20-22, is simple — become an NVRHA member and compete in any two NVRHA-sanctioned affiliate events by Sept. 19. The invitation to compete will be sent to that rider/horse. Qualifying affiliate events held throughout the year can be found online and posted on affiliates’ social media locations, including Facebook.
The World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse (WGVRH) competition, always held at the NVRHA’s National Finals, is open to any rider and there are no pre-qualification requirements.
“This competition is always a crowd favorite, and we see the best professional riders, as well as the best amateur VRH [versatility ranch horse] riders compete head-to-head in five events,” said 2019 NVRHA National Finals event co-chair Channing Hawks. “The prizes are prestigious and include an original WGVRH Champion buckle.”
Past winners have included noted riders Lavert Avent, Sara Gugelmeyer, Katie Kirsch and Donna Stewart. Each of these riders has gone on to claim top honors at American Quarter Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association and other noted ranch horse and cow horse events.
Founded in 2007, the NVRHA has set the standard for offering educational clinics and competitions that focus on the skills a typical horse on the ranch would be expected to perform while providing an educational, fun and safe opportunity for riders to improve their horsemanship at all levels.
The NVRHA is the place for anyone interested — at any level and with any breed of horse — in competing in multiple ranch horse classes and honing their skills at clinics. Divisions are available for youth, novice, limited, amateur (non-pro) and open riders. Riders can learn about and compete in Ranch Cutting, Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Working Ranch Horse (a combination class of reining and fence work) and Ranch Horse Conformation.
For more information, visit nvrha.org.
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