The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) proudly presented the 2010 NRHA Derby Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park at the end of June. Reiners from around the world converged in the show pen and testified to the strength of the Reining industry. At the show’s end, Open and Non Pro Derby total entries leaped 27% from 880 in 2009 to 1,119 this year. The NRHA Derby Show, including ancillary, FEI and USEF classes, brought the total to 1,955 entries (1,544 in 2009). In all, the NRHA Derby Show has grown more than 107% since 2005.
Several major changes were made to the Non Pro Derby including more added money, lower entry fee and an exhibitor-friendly schedule. Non pro competitors gave their endorsement to those changes and grew their piece of the Derby more than 47% for a total of 596 entries and more than $168,000 in total purse money. In addition, the Open Derby divisions increased substantially to 523 entries (10% increase) and more than $398,000 in total purse money.
Ancillary entries skyrocketed 31% to a total of 787 thanks to additional added money and Montana Silversmiths overall champion belt buckles. Ancillary exhibitors took home more than $73,000 from the NRHA Derby Show in 2010.
NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support: Adequan®; Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cimarron Trailers; Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center; Classic Equine; Horse&Rider; John Deere; Kiser Arena Specialists; Markel Insurance Company; MD Barns; Montana Silversmiths; Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; Pard’s Western Shop; Platinum Performance; Purina Mills; Quarter Horse News; Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company; Rocky Mountain Clothing Company; SmartPak and Wimpys Little Step, plus Event Sponsor Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Flair Equine Nasal Strips and Metro Golf Cars.
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the governing body of the sport of reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit www.nrha.com.