Chicks Smokingun was last year's NRHA Open World Champion with rider Morey Fisk. • Photo by Bonaga Communication

NRHA Suspends World Title Race

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors has decided to suspend the world title race through next month.

Any money won from March 14th — April 30th, 2020 will not count towards World Title standing, according to the NRHA.

“NRHA-approved events may occur during this time, but the earnings won’t count toward the titles, a NRHA press release states, “[the Executive Committee and Board] made the following decisions to ease pressure on members and even the playing field for the entire international membership.”

The NRHA Derby presented by Markel is still on track to occur June 13-21 in Oklahoma City. The association has, however, canceled the 2019 awards banquet set to occur at the NRHA Derby.

“Awards will be mailed to all recipients, and winners will be recognized during the 2020 NRHA Futurity,” the association said in a press release, citing the need to reduce uncertainty and handle the event differently this year.

“One of our main focuses is the NRHA Derby presented by Markel,” stated NRHA President Mike Hancock. “We’re excited for that event to happen in June. As we’re all becoming increasingly aware, there are many unknowns and things can change, but the NRHA Board and office team are exploring all avenues to keep this event on track. Rest assured that all entries will be refunded if the Derby must be canceled or postponed.”

Other noteworthy announcements the NRHA has made include:

  • Qualification for 2020 Affiliate Regional Championships (ARCs) will be waived.
  • The European Affiliate Championship qualification requirements have been altered. “There will be no qualification restriction upon entry,” an NRHA press release said, “all European members are welcome to enter the event.”
  • Important event dates:NRHA Derby presented by Markel June 13–21, Oklahoma City
  • NRHA European Affiliate Championship, July 6-11 Regstrup, Denmark
  • NRHA European Derby October 28–November 1, Lyon, France
  • NRHA European Futurity November 20–28, Cremona, Italy
  • For a complete list of postponed and canceled events, visit Quarter Horse New’s list here.  
  • NRHA team members will continue to work remotely until at least April 10th, and are available during regular business hours, 8am-5pm CST. NRHA requests that members contact via email to maintain written documentation and ensure “all needs are met.” Members can find contact information here.
  • The ReinerSuite™ system is available for members to conduct business transactions online 24/7.

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