The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) has voted and approved implementing rules for the Cowboy Class for the 2022 Snaffle Bit Futurity ® and in the 2023 NRCHA Rule Book.
Officials say the Cowboy Class introduces working ranch cowboys to the reined cow horse. Beginning in 2023, the Cowboy Class will be a recognized class, and local affiliates and show producers will be allowed to host these classes at their approved NRCHA events. It will be recognized as a sanctioned Category 1 special event, similar to the all-around and spectacular classes.
“Reined cow horse grew from training methods used on ranches by the vaqueros. NRCHA has continued to support cross over from working ranch horses and cowboys into our arenas through the Cowboy Clinics and Cowboy Invitational for several years now,” NRCHA Executive Director Anna Morrison said in a statement. “Establishing the Cowboy Class as an official class in our rulebook was the natural next step to honor and grow our sport’s connection with ranching.”
Eligibility for this class will be limited to individuals working on ranching and livestock operations, and who have earned less than $15,000 in NRCHA open and non-pro monies outside of the Cowboy Class.
The rules for the Cowboy Class can be found online at nrcha.com/snaffle-bit-futurity and will be listed in the 2023 rule book. The NRCHA will welcome working ranch cowboys to the Cowboy Invitational presented by XIT Ranch during The Run For A Million, which is scheduled for Aug. 17-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Cowboy Class held at the Snaffle Bit Futurity ® presented by Metallic Cat, Oct. 6-22 in Fort Worth Texas.
For more information, visit nrcha.com.