NVRHA Announces Date & Venue for National Finals

The National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA) has chosen a date and location for its 2021 National Finals.

Officials announced this weekend that the NVRHA National Finals will be Sept. 24-26 at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Founded in 2007, NVRHA offers educational clinics and competitions which focus on the skills a typical horse on the ranch would be expected to perform while providing an educational, fun and safe opportunity for riders to improve their horsemanship at all levels. 


Officials with the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based association say its shows are a place for anyone  – at any level and with any breed of horse – to compete in multiple ranch horse classes and hone their skills at clinics. Divisions are available for Youth Novice, Youth Limited, Youth Amateur, Novice, Limited, Amateur (non-pro) and Open riders. 

Classes include Ranch Cutting, Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Working Ranch Horse (a combination class of reining and cow fence work) and Ranch Horse Conformation.

“VRH events are one of the fastest growing segments of the Western horse culture. Thus, it is no surprise that in our 15th year of hosting a National Finals and ‘World’s Greatest VRH’ competition that we will see National Finals riders from over 10 states qualify at regional or state affiliate competitions held across the country” NVRHA Executive Vice President Jay Henson, said in a statement. 

NVRHA National Finals

Qualification for the NVRHA National Finals is simple – become an NVRHA member and compete in any two NVRHA sanctioned affiliate events between October 1, 2020 and September 23, 2021 and the invitation to compete will be sent to that rider/horse. 

Officials say it’s easy to find where qualifying affiliate events are being held throughout the year: NVRHA affiliate events 2021. Also, NVRHA and the state affiliates have all events posted on social media locations including Facebook.

The prestigious World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse Open competition, always held at association’s National Finals, is open to any rider and there are no pre-qualification requirements. “This competition is always a crowd favorite and we see the best professional riders as well as the best amateur VRH riders compete head-to-head in 5 events” said Channing Hawks, 2021 NVRHA National Finals event co-chair, “The prizes are prestigious and include an original WGVRH Champion buckle.” 

Past winners have included noted riders Lavert Avent (twice), Sara Gugelmeyer, Katie Kirsch, and Donna Stewart.  

For more details, visit nvrha.org.