Next year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes has a new naming sponsor.
The NRCHA announced Wednesday that new Western brand Teton Ridge, which recently entered the performance horse breeding business with several high-profile purchases, has joined the Pilot Point, Texas-based association as a corporate sponsor. The package includes naming the second premier event of the 2022 show season the Teton Ridge Stallion Stakes.
An event for 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses annually held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Stallion Stakes Derby is an event where eligibility to enter is restricted to offspring of stallions enrolled in the NRCHA’s Subscribed Stallion Program. Officials with the NRCHA say that as the owner of EquiStat Elite $1 Million Sire and subscribed stallion Smooth Talkin Style (by Smooth As A Cat), Teton Ridge is positioned to support this ever-growing event that shines a light on the reined cow horse breeding industry.
“Teton Ridge has made a significant impact on the equine industry in a short time,” NRCHA Executive Director Anna Morrison said in a statement. “This partnership with NRCHA links the momentum behind Teton Ridge with one of the fastest growing, most adrenaline-filled horse sports today.”
Teton Ridge, owned by entrepreneur Thomas Tull, has made its presence felt in the Western equine world of late as the multi-platform brand has stepped into the rodeo and Western performance horse arenas. With the title sponsorship of the NRCHA’s Stallion Stakes, Teton Ridge invests in the most traditional of all Western performance events, as reined cow horse traces its roots to vaquero horsemen who originally settled the West.
The Teton Ridge Stallion Stakes will be held March 25 through April 2, 2022, at the South Point Hotel & Casino’s Equestrian Center. In addition to supporting the Derby Open, Teton Ridge’s title sponsorship helps showcase all ages and levels of the NRCHA membership competing in horse show classes. Additionally, 2022 will be the first year that the NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held during the Stallion Stakes.