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2008 NRCHA Derby Boasts Record Number of Entries

As National Reined Cow Horse Association staff began the draw for the 2008 NRCHA Derby, they quickly realized that something was a little different from previous years. The change? Every Derby division either had the same or more entries for 2008.

“We’re always excited to see growth at our shows,” noted Chris Potter of the NRCHA management team. “It’s especially impressive at a time when fuel and other costs are so high.”

In 2007, there were 223 total Derby entries. For 2008, that number increased to 242. The estimated payout, based on the same entry numbers as 2007, was $359,350. With more entries, that total payout is sure to increase. Potter noted, “Last year, the NRCHA Derby awarded over $40,000 to the Open Champion, with the Non Pro Champion taking home $12,500. This year’s payout should certainly equal, if not exceed, those amounts.”

The draw for all divisions of the 2008 NRCHA Derby has been finalized, and is posted on the NRCHA web site, http://www.nrcha.com.

Unlike other events that use a computer generated draw, the NRCHA staff prides itself for doing the tedious task of a hand draw. Potter noted the importance of that distinction, “There are still people who believe an electronic draw is not random. We do our best to make sure that it is fair for everyone.”

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, 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 Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and Outlaw Conversions, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD, Great American Insurance Company 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.


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