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The NRCHA Derby will not be held in California this year. It has, however, found a new location for the 2020 event. • Photo by Primo Morales.

NRCHA Derby Moves to New Venue in 2020

This year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby has been moved to a new venue. It will now be held June 7-14 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona.

In an announcement Friday on the association’s Facebook page, NRCHA officials said they did not make the decision to switch venues lightly. Originally slated to be held on California’s Central Coast in Paso Robles, the show would have likely been affected by the Golden State’s timeline for reopening after shutting down businesses and large gatherings due to the coronavirus, officials said.

After much planning, reviewing and deliberating over multiple venues in multiple states, the NRCHA Board of Directors decided to move the show from California to Scottsdale, Arizona.

The new venue, WestWorld, had the same show dates available and the facility size accommodates social distancing guidelines. 

The NRCHA said it is working on a plan that conforms to official guidelines for the benefit of all attendees. The event will be closed to the public.

The entry deadline has been extended to May 20. Additional information regarding hotels, entry forms, etc. will be available in the upcoming days.

The NRCHA said it felt it was best for owners, riders, association members and sponsors to find a way to hold the premier event. It stressed that whether or not to enter the show is up to each individual, but it looks forward was safely seeing the association’s friends and family next month at the show.

“We would like to send a big thank you to all the various venue staff who worked so hard to make the Derby happen,” the NRCHA said in its announcement. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding in these trying times.”

Last year, Clayton Edsall won the NRCHA Derby Open Championship aboard Bet He Sparks.

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