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The 2020 NRHA European Futurity has again been postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus. In 2019, SG Icetopman and Marko Midili were the event's Level 4 Open Champions. • Photo by Andrea Bonaga.

2020 NRHA European Futurity Postponed Again, But Still Planned

It’s a month into 2021, and officials are still trying to find a time to have the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity. The event has been rescheduled again.

The NRHA announced Tuesday the show will now be held April 17-24 in Cremona, Italy. The event previously had been rescheduled for this March, which was a postponement from its original show dates in November, 2020.

The last NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Open Championship was awarded back in 2019, when  SG Icetopman and Italian Mirko Midili took the prize.

The European Futurity will run concurrently with the also-rescheduled 2020 Italian Reining Horse Association/Italian Reining Horse Breeders Association Futurity and Italian Championship Finals.

The NRHA said in a statement that as with every other industry, those involved with reining learned to evolve and adapt, evidenced by canceled and postponed shows. While many hoped the pandemic would slow in 2021, the association said there are places still unsafe for people to safely travel.

“The European Executive Board and NRHA staff feel this is the best decision to move forward at this time,” NRHA Director of Competition and Education Sam Oldfield said in a statement. “Our management team for the event had been monitoring the situation closely and was prepared with dates should the March dates not prove possible. With the pandemic continuing worldwide, we felt it would be difficult for our European riders to travel across borders for the Futurity.”

While the statement said Oldfield is optimistic about the upcoming European Futurity, noting COVID-19 protocols that will be in place at the event, it cautioned that the situation is still a fluid one. 

“As the pandemic is still prevalent in many areas, these new dates could still change,” Oldfield said. “We will do our best to make decisions and notify our members as soon as possible should this be the case.”

The 2021 European Futurity is currently scheduled for Nov. 13-20, 2021, in Cremona, Italy during the 2021 Italian Reining Horse Association/Italian Reining Horse Breeders Association Futurity and Italian Championship Finals.