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NRHA Announces Changes For Early 2021 Events

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has extended some deadlines of its show-approval process for events early in 2021. The changes were made due to COVID-19.

Officials announced that because COVID remains a concern through the winter/spring months, NRHA will offer an extension of the deadline for all events starting now through May 31.


  • Any size event received 30 days prior to the start of the event will be considered a Top Ten event.

Approval requirements:

  • Must be submitted with required information – retainage, fees, patterns, judges, general conditions (ex. ages and equipment) for aged events.
  • Membership for secretary must be current; not needing to be renewed.
  • The NRHA says if officials wish to order trophies, it needs the completed order with a form of payment no later than 45 days prior to the event.

On request, the NRHA can wait until approximately 30 days out to order trophies. In this case, officials recommend using a shipping address that is acceptable should the trophies arrive after the event. It says that in most cases, this is not an issue and something they would work hard to avoid, but if there is a spike in orders or other issues with shipping channels, this could create delays. NRHA cannot reimburse additional shipping expense for any order placed less than 45 days prior to the event.

Officials will continue to work with events that place an order, but later have to cancel.

This will apply to any event submitted thus far for 2021.

The NRHA is not alone in making changes to its show-approval process or deadlines due to COVID-19. This month, the National Cutting Horse Association announced it would offer show producers greater flexibility to deal with the uncertainty during the pandemic.