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NVRHA Announces First-Ever National Finals Competition

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, August 28, 2008: The National Versatility Ranch Horse Association caps off its inaugural year with the first-ever NVRHA National Finals competition and celebration September 26-28, 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 West Rio Grande Street).

All riders who competed in at least one other NVRHA event in 2008 are eligible to compete in the official NVRHA Finals September 27 and 28 may win trophy saddles, buckles, and blankets. The Finals Weekend also includes breed approved competitions and an open Stakes Competition to identify “The Worlds Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse. Sunday’s classes are open to any rider on any horse of any breed who would like to claim “braggin’ rights” as “The World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse.” A $5,000 purse will be awarded to the top horses/riders. On Friday, September 26 competition is open to AQHA, APHA, PtHA and ApHC riders.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the versatility competition or you’re ready to compete, join the NVRHA members at the Norris-Penrose Event Center for an Ice Breaker party. You’ll get to know the people of NVRHA and have fun in a relaxed setting. Then watch or join in the competition first thing Friday morning when judge John Abrams critiques riders on mounts from various breeds as they compete in the five NVRHA events. Competitors begin by showing off their Ranch Cutting skills then move on to Ranch Working, Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail and Ranch Conformation event classes. In the early afternoon, the NVRHA Yearling Futurity class competitors show off their young prospects. At 6:30 pm, NVRHA members and competitors head to the Flying W Ranch for dinner and entertainment ($20 tickets required and available at the door).

On Saturday, September 27, John Abrams & Terry Wegener begin the NVRHA Finals by judging members who have qualified by competing in other NVRHA events held during the inaugural year. The day starts with Ranch Conformation, Ranch Riding and Ranch Cutting then Ranch Trail and Working Ranch Horse after lunch. After the competition day ends (approximately 4:00 pm), the festivities begin with a 5:30 pm Cocktail Party at the Norris-Penrose Event Center Banquet Room and the NVRHA Inaugural Banquet, Awards Ceremony and Live Auction at 7:00 pm. An original oil painting by Rudl Mergellman and many other items such as NVRHA Buckles, lesson packages, training DVDs, dinners, and gift baskets will be at auction during the celebration.

On Sunday, the NVRHA Competitions will be completed concurrently with the Open Competition for the “World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse.” The day will end with an award ceremony for NVRHA Finals winners and the crowning of the “World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse”.

NVRHA President Dave Currin is thrilled with the association’s fast growth during the inaugural year. “We already have near 200 members—and events scheduled or being planned in 17 states,” he says. “Our first-ever National Finals will be a world class event built to ensure the future of the greatest horse on earth—the American ranch horse, the legend.”

Entry fees range from $200 to $300 depending upon the competition. Friday’s dinner at the Flying W Ranch is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Guests may also attend the NVRHA Inaugural Banquet on Saturday Night. Find out more information by downloading event fliers at http://nvrha.org —click on the “Regional/National Finals” link.

About the NVRHA

NVRHA combines the excitement of five events in one sport: working ranch horse (combining reining, working cow horse and roping disciplines), ranch riding, ranch cutting, ranch trail, and ranch conformation. While seeking excitement and fun with horses and education and friendliness among horsemen, the association seeks to promote the all-around, ranch horse. This is the horse of western legend—the horse that can do any job and be a trusted partner in the cowboy way of life.

If you’re ready to get off the rail and see what you and your horse can do, check out the NVRHA clinics near you. Before each NVRHA competition, you’ll be guided through the competition events by qualified clinicians—helping you understand each of the 5 different sports that make up NVRHA competitions. Whether you’re a new rider and new to any ranch-horse work or you and your horse have competed in events such as reining or competitive trail, you’ll find challenge and fun at NVRHA events.

The NVRHA’s involvement with ranches and ranch-horse breeding programs ensures that the sport’s focus will stay true to traditional ranching culture. It’s time to ride the legend. Find the NVRHA event closest to you at http://nvrha.org


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