Riders will be shooting for a big chunk of added money at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRHCA) Celebration of Champions, which kicked off today at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
The Pilot Point, Texas-based association announced it was added an extra $50,000 at this year’s show. The money will fund the DT Horses and Hashtags World’s Greatest Horseman and the Tres Osos Derby.
In the Tres Osos Derby, the added money will increase from $50,000 to $60,000 in the Open and riders will now have $5,000-added in the Open Novice Horse. The Non-Pro will now have $20,000 added money, and the Non-Pro Limited will have $3,500 added.
The World’s Greatest Horseman will increase to $100,000 in added money.
Last year, World’s Greatest Horseman Champions John Swales and Metallic Cat Rose took home a $42,000 paycheck for owner Spring Haven Ranches.
Other Added Money
The increased payout also will raise the total purse at the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas and the NRCHA Derby in Scottsdale, Arizona. Both events will feature $100,000 added-money in the Open divisions.
Non-Pro Limited Riders will compete for $10,000-added at the Derby, and also at the 2021 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in October.
“To those who have considered coming to a premier event, but have been held back by intimidation or feel you are not competitive enough, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong,” NRCHA President Corey Cushing said in a statement. “I am personally inviting you to come to your first premier event this year! You and your horse are good enough and you do belong there with us. I promise you it will be a welcoming, fun and enjoyable experience.”