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The NRHA announced Friday it was extending the entry deadline for the 2020 Derby, which could see added money adjustments if there is a significant drop in entries. * Photo by Waltenberry

NRHA Derby Gets Green Light

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has extended the entry deadline for the 2020 NRHA Derby, which it says will be held as planned next month in Oklahoma City.

The decision to hold the annual event was made after Oklahoma City David Holt’s proclamation on Thursday regarding the city’s coronavirus-related regulations. 

The NRHA said Friday, May 15, that it extended the entry deadline to May 20, which is the same deadline date for the stabling reservations. Ancillary entries are still due on June 1.

The show will be held June 13–21 at State Fair Park.

“What a great opportunity to get back to what we love,” NRHA President Mike Hancock said in a statement. “The NRHA team has been working hard getting ready for this event. It may be somewhat different with new guidelines and restrictions, but I think all of us are ready to get out and go horse-show. I hope to see many of you there!”

Possible Added Money Adjustment

In the event of a reduction in entries, the added-money portion of the purse will be adjusted. Depending on entries, the added money in the purse could vary from the projected $225,000 added down to no less than $125,000 added, in the case of a 25% decrease in entries. The nomination funds in the purse remain unchanged. 

The NRHA said anyone who’s entered as of May 15 may withdraw based upon the condition change. As of Friday’s announcement, officials said they expect entry numbers will support the larger purse as the 2020 NRHA Derby Presented by Markel will be the first major event of 2020 and one of the first opportunities to show.

Last year, Jimmy van der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum took home a $60,000 paycheck for owners Chad and Molly Cherry for their win in the NRHA Derby Level 4 Open.

New Show Guidelines

Due to the effects of the pandemic, this year’s NRHA Derby Presented by Markel will have a different look and feel than those in the past. The association said participants should expect a modified horse show with strict protocols to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Those guidelines will incorporate the state and city ordinances, along with the processes put in place by the Oklahoma State Fair and best practices being developed by NRHA, which will be shared prior to the event.

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