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NRCHA Derby Begins Tomorrow in Paso Robles, California

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby begins tomorrow, June 16, and entries for the NRCHA Derby and concurrent horse show are up substantially. The most dramatic increase in entries comes in the Open division of the Derby. Sixteen more Open horses have brought the total to 117 entries, all competing for a Championship paycheck that last year exceeded $42,000. A staggering half-million dollars will be paid out during the show, which will be held through the 21st at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California.

Entries in the accompanying horse show are already up almost 10%, and show management predicts that those numbers will grow with the normal amount of late entries. "Some people are still waiting for horses to get over injuries, or to see if they are ready by Derby time," noted NRCHA Show Manager Chris Potter. "There are many reasons that people wait to enter - but that means that the Derby will have a larger payout."

The unexpected growth of the show in this recession economy necessitated an eleventh hour schedule change - but most feedback about that change has been positive, noted Potter. "We didn't want to have 16 hour days. That is very hard on the judges, and we want them to be sharp. All the entries were called and notified, and everyone seems to understand this change," he said.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2009, is the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Markel Insurance Company, John Deere, Adequan(r), Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, and the Silver Legacy Hotel, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at http://www.nrcha.com <http://www.nrcha.com/> .


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