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Prizes and Paychecks at the NRCHA Derby

An old cowboy once said, “I enter to have fun. But the more I win, the more fun I have.” If that’s the case, entries at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, held June 17-22 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California, will have a grand time.

This year, the Derby limited age event, alone, boasts added money of $162,500, and is expected to pay out nearly $360,000! That, added to the horse show, which includes the $50,000 Added Open Bridle Spectacular, will bring the total payout of the show to over $544,000!

But the money is only a part of the fun formula at the Derby. A bevy of prizes awaits the Champions at the NRCHA premier event.

The Open Derby Champion will receive a Bob’s Custom Saddle, courtesy of Centennial Cattle Company. Another Bob’s Custom Saddle will be awarded to the Non Pro Champion, sponsored by Dave Archer and Target Constructors.

Derby champions in each division receive a Tom Balding Silver Engraved Handmade Bit from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs; a pair of Rios of Mercedes Boots, from Rios of Mercedes; a CR Morrison Trophy and a Commemorative Medallion, sponsored by the NRCHA.

Division reserve champions will receive a Tom Balding Silver Accented Snaffle Bit, and a C.R. Morrison Commemorative Medallion from the NRCHA.

The owner of the Open Champion will be awarded the Jack & Phoebe Cooke Perpetual Trophy, and a replica trophy to keep, thanks to the support of Carol Rose and John & Brenda Stephenson.

All horse show champions will receive a C.R. Morrison NRCHA Trophy, sponsored by the NRCHA.

And all the booty is available at the show. While most horse shows wait to mail out checks after the event, the NRCHA Derby staff will have checks available for pick up soon after the results are finalized. Although paying out over a half-million dollars at a show causes a little extra work for the NRCHA staff, most agree the benefits greatly outweigh the cost.

Cheri Johnson, NRCHA Bookkeeper, explained the importance of a quick payout, “It’s great to see how pleased people are to be able to pick up their prize money at the show. In these tough economic times, knowing that we might have given them a financial cushion when they would have been waiting up to a month is very rewarding.”

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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