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NRHA Modifies Event Approval Deadlines

With difficulties still being seen by show management teams due to COVID restrictions, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has amended its approval deadlines for events to be considered as “Top Ten.” The first accommodation involved events from Jan. 1 through May 31 and allowed them to be submitted up to 30 days prior to the start of the event. This extension is now available for all 2021 events.

Depending on the size of the event, these are typically due 90 or 60 days prior to its start. The NRHA recommends approvals be sent in according to typical deadlines if possible. This will allow events to be approved and listed online as soon as possible for members. However, NRHA hopes this later deadline accommodation will help those events that are struggling to secure dates and help members have more showing opportunities.

Any size event received 30 days prior to the start of the event will be considered a 2021 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
  • If an event wishes to order trophies, NRHA needs the completed order with a form of payment no later than 45 days prior to the event.

On request, NRHA can wait until approximately 30 days out to order trophies. In this case, it is recommended to use a shipping address that is acceptable should the trophies arrive after the event. In most cases, this is not an issue and something we 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 expenses for any order placed less than 45 days prior to the event.

NRHA officials say they will continue to work with events that place an order, but later have to cancel.

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

In addition to the NRHA, other associations in the Western performance horse industry also have relaxed deadlines or made other moves to help show producers and competitors during the pandemic.