NVRHA National Finals

NVRHA National Finals

National Versatility Ranch Horse Association will host its national finals in September.

2018 AQHA VRH youth limited world champion Maisen Avent (Credit: Journal)

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The National Versatility Ranch Horse Association, the pioneering national association in introducing ranch horse enthusiasts to clinics and competitive events across the United States, announces that their National Finals and World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse Open competition will be held this year at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, on September 24 - 26.

Founded in 2007, NVRHA has set the standard for offering educational clinics and competitions which focus on the skills a typical horse on the ranch would be expected to perform while providing an educational, fun and safe opportunity for riders to improve their horsemanship at all levels. NVRHA is a place for anyone interested – at any level and with any breed of horse – to compete in multiple ranch horse classes and hone their skills at clinics. Divisions are available for Youth Novice, Youth Limited, Youth Amateur, Novice, Limited, Amateur (non-pro) and Open riders. The classes that riders learn about and can compete in include Ranch Cutting, Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Working Ranch Horse (a combination class of reining and cow fence work) and Ranch Horse Conformation.

“VRH events are one of the fastest growing segments of the western horse culture. Thus, it is no surprise that in our 15th year of hosting a National Finals and ‘World’s Greatest VRH’ competition that we will see National Finals riders from over 10 states qualify at regional or state affiliate competitions held across the country,” says Jay Henson, executive president of the NVRHA. 

Qualification for the NVRHA National Finals is quite simple – become an NVRHA member and compete in any two NVRHA sanctioned affiliate events between October 1, 2020, and September 23, 2021, and the invitation to compete will be sent to that rider/horse.

It’s easy to find where qualifying affiliate events are being held throughout the year: NVRHA affiliate events 2021. Also, NVRHA and the state affiliates have all events posted on social media locations, including Facebook.

The prestigious World’s Greatest Versatility Ranch Horse open competition, always held at NVRHA’s National Finals, is open to any rider and there are no pre-qualification requirements. 

“This competition is always a crowd favorite and we see the best professional riders as well as the best amateur VRH riders compete head-to-head in five events,” says Channing Hawks, 2021 NVRHA National Finals event co-chair. “The prizes are prestigious and include an original WGVRH Champion buckle.”

Past winners have included noted riders Lavert Avent (twice), Sara Gugelmeyer, Katie Kirsch, and Donna Stewart. Each of these riders have gone on to claim top honors at AQHA, NRCHA, NCHA and other noted ranch horse and cowhorse events.

Founded in 2007, National Versatility Ranch Horse Association, a 501c3 organization, is a leading nationwide VRH association and is a founding affiliate of the National Ranching and Stock Horse Alliance. Its primary purpose is to provide support for state affiliate VRH organizations who host events throughout the year, to provide year-end and lifetime achievement recognition and rewards for horse and rider including the LEGEND award for horses that have competed at the highest levels of NVRHA competition, and to give back to the community by hosting the annual Ranch Horse Roundup to benefit injured military veterans through equine therapy programs.

Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, is a centrally located premier equine event facility. Their vision is to be a leading event center not only regionally, but also nationally. The Center’s mission is threefold: 1. Provide a wonderful, welcoming and fun experience at a great value. 2. Share experiences in a unique venue that showcases the agricultural nature of Lancaster County. 3. Contribute greatly to the county's youth, culture and economy.

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