The Rundown: Cow Horse Cancelations

Get the latest scoop on the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby and the rescheduling of the Mercuria-National Cutting Horse Association World Series of Cutting event originally scheduled in conjunction with the Breeders’ Invitational.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
June 3, 2011

Smart Luck and Todd Bergen

Todd Bergen and Smart Luck won the 2010 NRCHA Derby. Due to the concern over the EHV-1 virus, the 2011 NRCHA Derby was canceled. Primo Morales photo.

2011 NRCHA Derby Canceled

The NRCHA board of directors elected this week to cancel the 2011 NRCHA Derby.

“The NRCHA’s main concern in any situation is the welfare of our equine partners,” says NRCHA President Kathy Gould. “Canceling our third-largest premier event is not a decision that was made lightly. The NRCHA board is currently reviewing options for rescheduling the event. Those options will be considered during the board meeting on June 14.”

Earlier, the NRCHA Board of Directors adopted a full-refund policy for entries that opted not to attend due to the concern over the EHV-1 virus. Because of the ensuing substantial reduction in entries, along with the challenge involved in complying with California guidelines as a result of the EHV-1 outbreak, the NRCHA board of directors elected to cancel the Derby for 2011.

All Derby and Derby horse show entries will be refunded. If checks have not been deposited, they will be returned. If the checks have already gone to the bank, a refund will be issued.

Another modification that resulted from the EHV-1 outbreak is that the number of shows needed to qualify for the 2011 NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere was reduced from three to two.

For more information, contact the NRCHA office at (580) 759-4949.


The following NRCHA shows have either been postponed or rescheduled due the outbreak of the EHV-1.

  • June 1-5 - CRCA Sagebrush Slide (Postponed to August 10-14)
  • June 3-5 - NWRCHA Paul Dice Memorial (Postponed TBD)
  • June 4-5 - Gulf Coast Western Events (Postponed to July 23-24)
  • June 12 – AFRCHA Jammin in June (Postponed to July 30-31)

Mercuria-NCHA World Series of Cutting

The finals of the open division of the Mercuria-NCHA World Series of Cutting, originally scheduled for May 15 in conjunction with the Breeders’ Invitational in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will now be held on Saturday, July 23, in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth, Texas. The finals will take place in the Will Rogers Coliseum immediately following the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Amateur Finals.

The open-division finals will feature the 13 qualifiers from the go-round held May 14 in Tulsa. The open finals were rescheduled due to the potential threat of equine herpesvirus-1 during the Breeders’ Invitational. Breeders’ Invitational management decided to cancel the entire event after the open go-round had concluded.

The purse for the open division finals is a reported $42,664.

The Breeders’ Invitational will be issuing refunds of all entry fees to contestants who had entered the non-professional division of the Mercuria-NCHA World Series event in Tulsa. No go-round activity of the non-pro division had commenced when the decision was made to cancel the event in Tulsa.

The Mercuria-NCHA World Series of Cutting is a series of nine shows across the United States, with events also scheduled in 2011 for Calgary, Alberta, and Lyon, France.

Each show features a $25,000-added purse in both the open and non-pro divisions, showcasing many of the nation’s top seasoned cutting horses.

For more information, visit www.nchacutting.com or call (817) 244-6188.