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NRCHA Announces New Partners

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) announced two industry partners for its upcoming Snaffle Bit Futurity®.It also announced a partnership with the Stock Horse of Texas.

Officials said Wednesday that the NRCHA Hackamore Classic gained a presenting sponsor in Oswood Stallion Station, the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Gelding Incentive receives added-money support from Adequan®.

The Hackamore Classic is held in conjunction with the Snaffle Bit Futurity, but is its own premier showcase of traditional Vaquero style training for reined cow horse. With each year, the number of 3-year-old horses in reined cow horse grows, also increasing the number competing in the Derby age events and moving from the snaffle bit to the hackamore.   

“The Hackamore Classic features our Derby-aged horses in one of the most recognized and traditional phases of training. Celebrating and rewarding our hackamore horses is an important part of ensuring that we are building through all phases of training toward the ultimate goal of competing on a bridle horse,” NRCHA Executive Director Anna Morrison said in a statement. “We’re grateful to Oswood Stallion Station for their recognition of and commitment to supporting this important event.”

The Hackamore Classic was first held in 2012. It has steadily grown in entries and this year boasts $50,000 in added money in the Open and $15,000 for the Non-Pro division. The event runs Oct. 9- 19 during with the Snaffle Bit Futurity show in Fort Worth, Texas.

Supporting the reined cow horse industry through growth in purses as well as growth in all member groups is one of the cornerstones of NRCHA’s mission. To that end, the association and the Stock Horse of Texas agreed on an alliance to support each other’s member bases. The Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX) caters to versatile competitors with a focus on fundamental cow work. It began as a grassroots organization that now includes affiliate groups in multiple states and members that reach across the country. Together, the NRCHA and SHTX pledged to work together to develop programs to attract enthusiasts to compete in reined cow horse. 

“Stock Horse of Texas is excited to partner with NRCHA. There are some members that show in both associations and we are excited to watch the growth in the Western performance industry through this alliance,” SHTX Executive Director Jill Dunkel said in the statement released by the NRCHA. “Ranching and cow horse go hand-in-hand, and our membership has a solid footing in both. The NRCHA and SHTX complement each other and we can’t wait to see where this partnership goes in the future.”

SHTX will work to align with NRCHA’s Rule Book in order to allow concurrent class entry at events. Competitor cross-over between associations will be highlighted when SHTX World Champions are invited to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

At the 2021 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat, the Open Gelding Incentive will receive support from Adequan, an American Regent company. Adequan is pledging $7,500 in added money. This Gelding-only incentive kicked off in 2020. The gelding must be registered with its breed association as a gelding in order to qualify. 

The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat, begins Oct. 7 at the Will Rogers Memorial Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and runs through the Futurity Finals held October 23. Officials say more than $478,000 will be added to the Open Futurity, including the CINCH-sponsored Intermediate Open division, and the $7,500 added Level 1 Limited Open division. In 2021, the Non-Pro competitors will ride for $126,000 in added money.