EHV-1 Update

April 26, 2023 – On Monday and Tuesday of this week, NRHA made contact with events being held through May 8 to ensure they were aware one horse tested positive for EHV-1 at the National Reining Breeders Classic, and the other horses identified to have direct exposure tested negative and were isolated/quarantined.

NRHA strongly encouraged event teams to seek out guidance from their state veterinarians on protocols for the health of the horses attending the event, including the risks, possible paperwork requirements, preparing for quarantine facilities, postponement options, etc. The most cautious, safest recommendation we received is any horses who were at the NRBC should remain isolated and not attend any events until May 8 (3 weeks following exposure). Otherwise, horses who were NOT stabled in the same barn at NRBC could begin a week sooner (May 1) if they have been properly monitored with no temperatures over 101.50 and no symptoms.

NRHA informed events that should they decide to cancel or postpone, we recommend making the decision and informing us as soon as possible to allow exhibitors time to make plans. The NRHA team extended its assistance to be as accommodating as possible in rescheduling or canceling events. The safety of the reining horse is our paramount concern so we are here to help maintain that priority!

Current EHM Incident Guidelines…

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Equine Disease Communication Center – More details by clicking on Oklahoma

For further questions regarding your horse’s health care, we encourage you to seek the advice of your veterinarian since they can address specific questions knowing those horses who have been in their care.

IRHA Futurity & NRHA Euro Futurity Postponed Due to EHV-1 Outbreak

Considering the high number of horses and riders entered in the event and the necessary priority of preserving the health of athletes and horses, as well as respecting and applying the protocols imposed by International and National Federations with the aim to contain the EHV-1 (Equine Herpes Virus) contagion, IRHA and NRHA European Executive Boards, together with the Italian Equestrian Sport Federation (FISE), have made the decision to move the IRHA and NRHA European Futurity to May 1-8 2021 (horses may arrive on April 29).

The postponement was deemed necessary in order to facilitate the organizers in putting in place protocol procedures for the prevention of the contagion so as to safeguard the high number of horses and riders entered in the most important national sporting event.

Upon arrival, as requested by the Protocol, it will be MANDATORY TO PRESENT A NEGATIVE EHV-1 NASAL PCR SWAB (taken no more than 4 days before arrival to the event). All procedures specified in previous communication will be followed.

Until May 9, IRHA has suspended all reining competitions on the Italian territory which will regularly resume only following the Italian and Euro Futurity.

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November 20: NRHA Futurity Health Protocols

June 10: NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Health Protocols

May 27: NRHA Suggestions for Safe Competitions

May 7: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Resources

April 28: NRHA Board Supports Approved Events Resuming on May 1

April 10: Reiners Care

April 5: Reiners Should Apply

March 31: Explore Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Other Forms of Assistance

March 30: Reining to Resume After April 30

March 28: NRHA Looks Forward to Returning to the Show Pen

March 27: A Message From The Equine Disease Communication Center

March 14: NRHA Strongly Recommends Postponement of Events for 30 Days

With the continuing COVID-19 situation, the NRHA team is available to assist show management and members, following regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CT), while primarily working remotely to implement social distancing. If you need to contact a team member directly, all NRHA staff email addresses can be found at General membership and processing questions should be emailed to For NRHA Futurity business, the Event Management team is available in the NRHA Events office at Byars from 8 am to 4:30 pm CT at 580-759-2424 or email to

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Elementa and IRHA Team Up to Host the NRHA European Futurity in November

Cremona, 03.11.2020 — Provided by Simona Diale/IHP — Thanks to the new-born partnership between the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) and Maria Cecilia Fiorucci’s Elementa, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Executive Board voted unanimously to run the NRHA European Futurity concurrently with the IRHA/IRHBA/Arcese Futurity & Italian Championship Finals in Cremona on November 20-28.

Due to the spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Northern Italy, particularly in Cremona where the 2020 NRHA European Futurity was to be held, last month the NRHA European Executive Board decided to postpone the show. In an effort to ensure that the event’s rescheduling was handled efficiently, the European Executive Board reviewed potential dates and venues. Roberto Cuoghi, president of the European Council and IRHA, sealed the deal — approved unanimously by the Board — to host the European Futurity in Cremona during the IRHA/IRHBA/Arcese Futurity & Elementa Italian Championship finals thanks to Elementa’s generous 200.000euro sponsorship for the Euro Futurity. On top of the NRHA Nomination Program money (200.000euro subject to change in nominations), the total added money rises to 400.000euro. “In this very difficult situation we are all facing, I took it upon myself to personally visit with Cecilia [Fiorucci] focusing on what is best for our NRHA members and our sport,” said NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Cuoghi. “Our passion is what moves us and this is the result of our passion. I would like to thank NRHA and our European Board for their trust and of course Cecilia for investing in our industry and our programs.” Fiorucci’s main goal has always been that of promoting the 4-year-old futurities and this is the perfect transition toward the Elementa Masters Circuit, added Cuoghi. The European Futurity will run concurrently with the IRHA 4-year-old Futurity [details to be determined].

This year Elementa will also be the presenting sponsor of the 150.000euro-added IRHA Italian Championship finals. By hosting the NRHA European Futurity, the 2020 IRHA/IRHBA/Arcese Futurity [which includes the 250.000euro-added 3-year-old Futurity] will once again make the headlines by offering a total purse of 800.000euros.