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UPDATE: NRCHA Eastern Derby Finds Home

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) has found a home for the Dom Conicelli Memorial Eastern Derby, presented by Mars Equestrian™.

The show, which was originally planned at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, has moved to the Agricenter ShowPlace Arena in Cordova, Tennessee, about 20 miles outside of Memphis.

There was only a minor adjustment to the show dates, the NRCHA said in a statement Monday. The event expanded by one day, now to be held July 14-19.

According to the NRCHA’s announcement, the show will include more than $63,000 in added money, including a pre-futurity, derby, spectaculars and two slates of horse show classes.

NRCHA Eastern Derby Needs New Venue

Published April 14, 2020

Officials with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) are searching for a new date and place to hold the first-ever NRCHA Eastern Derby. They made the move because the previous host venue canceled its summer events due to COVID-19.

News the Dom Conicelli Memorial Eastern Derby, presented by MARS Equestrian™, would have to be move was announced Tuesday, April 14, in an email sent to members. The email also contained an update on the association’s efforts to reschedule the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, which was postponed due to COVID-19.

NRCHA Eastern Derby

The NRCHA Eastern Derby, a new premier event, was originally scheduled for July 15-19 at Tennessee Miller Coliseum on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Like schools across the nation, the college in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, canceled all on-campus activities in an effort to protect students and staff from coronavirus.

Originally, campus officials hoped to be able to hold events at after May 10. However, the decision was later made to cancel all on-campus for the rest of the summer and have staff work remotely.

The NRCHA said its staff was working to quickly find a new venue in the Eastern United States to host the new show.

NRCHA Stallion Stakes

The NRCHA said it has secured a new date and venue for another show that needs rescheduling, the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. The show for 4-and 5-year-old horses who are sired by subscribed stallions was scheduled for March 27-April 4 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. 

“The rescheduled dates, location and other details will be made as soon as all the pieces are finalized,” the NRCHA said in its email.

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