National Reined Cow Horse AssociationFebruary 26, 2013
Kelly Valdez and Smart Tic Tack make a scorching fence run. The new Run To Reno competition rewards the top cow-work scores in all non-pro, youth and non-pro limited classes at NRCHA premiere events. (Photo courtesy NRCHA)
Run To Reno, an exciting new fence work- and boxing only competition for youth and non-pro riders, joins the lineup at the National Reined Cow Horse Association's premiere events in 2013.
Run To Reno is open to all non-pro and youth riders who compete in any of the horse show class divisions – bridle, hackamore, two-rein or limited – at the NRCHA Stakes, Hackamore Classic Show No. 1, Derby or Snaffle Bit Futurity. At the Stakes, Hackamore Classic and Derby, riders with the top eight fence work scores and top eight boxing scores will be invited back for a special cow-work-only Run To Reno qualifying competition at these shows. There will be no additional fees for the top eight competitors to show in each qualifying event and participation is optional.
When the qualifier is complete, the high-scoring run in each division – fence work and boxing – will receive a $500 payout, and the top four fence work and top four boxing riders will be invited to compete in the Run To Reno Shootout during the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada. The top four fence work and boxing scores in the non-pro and youth horse show classes at the Snaffle Bit Futurity also will qualify for the Run To Reno Shootout.
Run To Reno Shootout contestants will not be charged entry or cattle fees, although regular stall fees will apply. The Run To Reno Shootout will offer a significant purse and other prizes – those details will be finalized and announced soon. The Run To Reno Shootout will be held in a showcase setting as part of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity finals week in October, providing competitors with the unmatched thrill of running at a big prize in front of a capacity crowd.
"Run To Reno provides non-pro and limited competitors a well-deserved moment in the spotlight when they show in the Run To Reno Shootout at the Snaffle Bit Futurity," said Jerry Peters, the NRCHA board member who helped devise this program. "We are excited about offering this new competition to these riders and we hope everyone will take part!"
To be eligible for Run To Reno," competitors must show in at least one horse show class at one or more of the NRCHA's premier events. The next opportunity is coming up at the NRCHA Stakes, March 26-30 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. Stakes entries are due March 1. Visit www.NRCHA.com for complete entry materials and schedule details.
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