AMERICANA 2019, scheduled for September 4-8 in Messe Augsburg, Germany, offers €40,000-added Bronze Trophy Open Reining

For immediate release: February 25, 2019

Attractive purse in Bronze Trophies and Maturities

For many years, the decision of the NRHA World Champion was made in the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy, and this event is still a must for those who are fighting for the World Championship. In 2017, NRHA 2 Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck claimed the Open Trophy aboard What A Wave – those who watched his spectacular performance, which earned a 231, during the evening show will certainly not forget it. And the two finished the year as NRHA Open World Champion. In 2019, the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open will offer a purse of €40,000-added – plus a €7,000-added Intermediate Open. The final will be during the Friady evening show – another reason why top reiners love AMERICANA. Where else in Europe can you ride in front of 5,000 spectators?

This year, there will also be a €10,000-added Non Pro and a €7,000-added Intermediate Non Pro plus a €5,000-added Maturity Open and a €4,000-added Maturity Non Pro.

European Championship Cutting and ERCHA Futurity

Another main attraction of AMERICANA are the cattle classes. There is the European Championship Cutting Open with a purse of €12,000-added plus the €6,000-added Non Pro European Championship. In 2017, it was Italian cutter Martina Annovazzi who claimed the Open title aboard Highbrow Time scoring a 154 in the final.

Another fine discipline which is seldom seen at a show in Germany is the Reined Cow Horse – a discipline which has always been inseparable from AMERICANA. Here, the first ERCHA European Reined Cow Horse Futurity was organized. And ever since, the ERCHA Futurity has been part of AMERICANA every two years. This year, the Futurity offers a purse of €17,000-added. Also, there will be a €9,000-added ERCHA Nations Cup (team and individual ranking).

€5,000-added each in Trail and Ranch Riding Open, for the first time with Ranch Riding Non Pro

AMERICANA also offers top class sport in Trail and Ranch Riding with a €5,000-added European Championship Trail and a €5,000-added European Championship Ranch Riding Open. Also, there will be a €3,000-added Ranch Riding Non Pro. The European Championship Ranch Riding will be held in a go-round plus a final which will be part of the Friday evening show.

For riders, AMERICANA will start on September 1. The competition schedule will be online starting mid-March. In May, entry forms will be available on

Order your tickets for the evening shows now

Tickets for the AMERICANA evening shows and events are available on or by calling -49 (0)1806 – 999 000. Tickets for the evening shows should be ordered well in advance – they will sell out quickly! Tickets for the Friday and the Saturday evening shows include entry during the day as well. Tickets for Wednesday and Thursday night are available either with or without day entry. Also, there is a whole show pass which includes all evening shows plus the events on Wednesday and Thursday and entry to the fair during all days.

Contact: AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Winfried Forster
phone. +49 (0) 821 – 5 89 82 – 143 / fax +49 (0) 821 – 5 89 82– 243 /

As Europe’s premier western event offering a considerable purse, AMERICANA has long been the meeting point of top riders of all disciplines. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this prestigious event, and compete to earn your share of the winnings this year!

Photos by Dead or Alive Photography
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2019 NRHA Futurity Dates Finalized

In consideration of members’ needs for making travel plans, the NRHA Board of Directors finalized its decision regarding 2019 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show dates. The board held a discussion at the 2019 NRHA Convention & Awards earlier this month and reconvened on February 25 to address the topic again. Members also discussed this topic widely at the NRHA Convention expressing a variety of opinions, concerns, and benefits.

With a majority in favor, the NRHA Board of Directors voted to approve moving the 2019 NRHA Futurity dates back to November 28-December 7. The Aged Events Committee will be considering the detailed show schedule in the near future with their recommendation to go to the board at their April meeting. More details will be shared on as they become available.

2019 NRHA Convention & Awards Recap

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2019 NRHA Convention & Awards Concludes in Oklahoma City

For Immediate Release – February 25, 2018 –  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The fourth annual National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Convention & Awards Banquet concluded February 9. After four days of education, constructive discussions, and networking, the event was deemed a success. The convention started with meetings of the NRHA Executive Committee and NRHA Board of Directors, which set a productive precedent for the remainder of the week.

The NRHA Board of Directors conducted their first review of the proposed rule changes for 2020, received an update on the 2019 European Summit held earlier this year, and enjoyed a presentation about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). NRHA Directors approved new deadlines for both Hall of Fame nominations, now May 31, and elections, more about which can be found here.

Other items of discussion included:

  • Approval of a change in the Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) open class which will base qualification on horse/owner combination and designation rather than horse/rider combination and designation.
  • Addition of Prime Time Rookie to the ARC and North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) class list.
  • Alterations to the European Nomination Program conditions were endorsed, changing the monies allocated in the European Futurity and Derby to a 40/30/20/10 (L4/L3/L2/L1) ratio starting with 2020 events.
  • Sanctioning of 2019 Election procedures and deadlines, with the following positions up for election: director-at-large on the executive committee and director for the South Central, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, and East Central regions. The first affiliate nomination deadline is July 1.
  • Authorization of updates to the Youth Incentive Award Program to allow correspondence with the current NRHA Youth age splits of 14-18, 13 & Under, and 10 & Under.

The Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting on Friday morning allowed NRHA President Mike Hancock, Commissioner Gary Carpenter, and other members of NRHA’s staff to share their outlook for the future in light of 2018’s successes. After watching Hancock receive the president’s gavel from NRHA Past President Mike Deer, attendees received updates on the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), NRHA financials, and the strategic plan.

“We had a great Board of Directors meeting! The Committee meetings were well attended and there were good discussions among all that were present,” Hancock said. “To end it all, we were able to celebrate a successful year with exhibitors, owners, and breeders.”

Friday and Saturday also included many committee meetings which facilitated productive discussions and contribution of ideas to continue improving the sport of reining. Well-attended Eligibility and Aged Events Committee meetings, both held on Friday, included constructive dialogue regarding a recent eligibility survey, eligibility levels, and the 2019 NRHA Futurity dates.

Proposed rule changes were discussed in each committee meeting separately. Each committee can send recommendations to the board of directors who will review and vote on these rule changes at their next meeting in April.

On Saturday morning, NRHA Professionals attended the Professionals Summit where guest speaker Jamie Samples of Yellow Barn Media outlined some ways reining trainers and other equine professionals can boost their marketing efforts. The professionals also discussed new ways to raise money for the RHF Crisis Fund and give back to the reining community.

Saturday’s schedule also included the NRHA Judges Summit where committee members reviewed Futurity judge statistics, watched several runs from the 2018 Futurity, and boosted their education by judging one run together.

Saturday night concluded with a star-studded celebration as the 2018 NRHA world champions and other award recipients were honored for their achievements during the 2018 season.

NRHyA Leadership Summit
The 2018 NRHA Youth Leadership Summit took place in conjunction with the NRHA Convention & Awards Banquet. Kelly Barnes served as the facilitator, where he challenged youth members to grow as leaders in the reining industry. Summit attendees, including all five 2019 NRHyA Officers and several other members, participated in three sessions of workshops where they gained skills to help them grow in not just reining, but outside of horses in all aspects of life.

2020 Rule Change Proposals can be found under the Members Only section on Current NRHA members are encouraged to leave comments regarding the proposals. The commenting section will be open through April 1.

NRHA and Markel Insurance Saddle Up for 2019 NRHA Derby

Markel Insurance Renews Corporate Partnership as the Presenting Sponsor of NRHA Derby.

For Immediate Release – February 22, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Anticipation builds for the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby as NRHA and Markel Insurance, a long-standing NRHA Corporate Partner, gear up for one of the largest reining events of the year. Coming to Oklahoma City, June 15-23, the NRHA Derby boasts a total purse and cash prize amount exceeding an estimated $1 million.

Running for one week each summer, the NRHA Derby showcases the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and their riders. Thousands of exhibitors, horses, and spectators travel to Oklahoma City each year to compete, watch, and shop to their hearts’ content.

Hosting an event of this caliber requires support from a remarkable organization, and Markel Insurance, a dedicated NRHA Corporate Partner for over 25 years, has stepped up to the task. With over 50 years of expertise insuring horses and horse-related businesses, Markel pioneered many of the equine coverage options available today. Their insurance products include horse mortality, private horse owner liability, farm/ranch property, and commercial equine liability. Customers can even purchase equine insurance 24 hours a day through the company’s online platform. Markel’s cutting-edge offerings and unparalleled service to the horse industry makes their partnership with NRHA natural.

“We remain committed to NRHA and the equine industry. We value our partnership and look forward to continuing to provide insurance solutions and exceptional service to NRHA members,” says Don Faison, Markel’s Managing Director.

“It seems like only yesterday when the partnership began with Markel and NRHA,” added Frank Costantini, Markel’s Director of Western Disciplines. “Twenty-five years speaks to the strength and commitment of both organizations, and most importantly the loyalty of the members, whose support has allowed the relationship to grow to where it is today.”

Undoubtedly, Markel’s impact on NRHA membership goes far beyond the NRHA Derby. As a provider of immediate “fall of the hammer” mortality coverage for sale consignments, Markel also proudly sponsors the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Sales which include the Select Yearling, Marketplace, and Futurity Prospect sales.

“Markel’s extended partnership and deeper level of commitment as the NRHA Derby Presenting Sponsor is another reason why Markel is very dear to NRHA. We are excited to continue working side-by-side with the team at Markel for many years to come,” says Sammi Miller, Director of Corporate Relations for NRHA.

Markel is the official provider of NRHA Equine Insurance not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Their Global Partner status includes sponsorship of the NRHA European Futurity, Derby, and Affiliate Championships. This stands as a testament of Markel’s firm commitment to staying in the horse industry for the long haul.

Learn more about the services offered by Markel at For additional information on the NRHA Derby schedule, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors, and more, visit