Guaranteed A Magnum & Jimmy van der Hoeven • Photo by Kristin Pitzer

EVENT RECAP: 2018 NRHA Derby

Held June 23-July 1 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured more than a half-million dollars in added money. Derby Open Guaranteed A Magnum and van der Hoeven Reign Supreme at NRHA Derby Derby Non-Pro NRHA Derby Non-Pro Ends with a Twist   For more news and […]

Guaranteed A Magnum and van der Hoeven Reign Supreme at NRHA Derby

At Friday morning’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Open draw party, the crowd empathized with Jimmy van der Hoeven when he drew the No. 1 spot for the 2018 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finals – a position the superstitious consider difficult to overcome. For van der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum, however, No. […]
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2018 NRHA Derby Non-Pro Ends with a Twist

Under the bright lights of the Jim Norick Arena awaited an arena full of good dirt, excited spectators and eager competitors. All were ready to begin section two of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro finals, which had the highest amount of entries and purse payout in the history of the event. […]
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McCutcheon Tops NRHA Derby Non-Pro Go-Round

The arena lights dimmed as the second day of Non-Pro competition ended at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. With 663 entries across Levels 4-1, the Non-Pro  featured many talented horse-and-rider combinations.

IEA Holds First Annual Semifinal Competitions Prior to the National Finals

In 2017, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) adopted a new structure for their Western Program. This restructuring included new Regional assignments across the nation as well as a new Western Zone, headed-up by Zone Administrator Todd Knerr. In addition, the IEA also adopted a new format for post-season competition that included a Semifinals format (much like […]

New NRHA Futurity and Derby Dates to be Decided

The 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity might be getting a date shift that could move the finals to the same weekend as the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, which is tentatively planned for Nov. 21-Dec. 14, 2019. NRHA board members discussed several topics related to NRHA-owned events during their May 2018 meeting, and […]

Last-Minute Entry Lands Peter DeFreitas Carolina Classic Championship

Peter DeFreitas didn’t plan to ride Sweet Daisy Surprise in Open at the Carolina Classic Derby, but changed his mind when he realized the entry box wasn’t as full as he’d anticipated. “I figured, you know, what the heck? I got her here,” he reasoned. “I might as well try and show her.”