First Competitors Set to Enter the Jim Norick Arena Tomorrow at the 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel

The anticipation is palpable as the first day of competition at the 6666 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby presented by Markel draws near. Tomorrow, the spotlight will shine on talented NRHA Professionals and their exceptional horses as they kick off the Open Derby.

Set against the backdrop of the OKC Fairgrounds, this year’s 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel promises to deliver thrilling performances and showcase the best in the sport. With competitors ranging from seasoned professionals to rising stars, the Derby is an opportunity to witness unparalleled horsemanship, precision, and artistry in reining.

Spectators can look forward to a week filled with high-energy performances, starting with the first run tomorrow and culminating in the highly anticipated Non Pro and Open finals on June 21 and 22, respectively.

In addition to competing for a spot in the Levels 1-4 Open finals, NRHA Professionals are also vying for top honors in the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Open Derby, the Tamarack Ranch 4-year-old Open Stakes, Prime Time Open, and APHA Chrome Cash. The champions of these classes will be awarded on Sunday, June 16, after the conclusion of section three. 

The aforementioned 4-year-old Stakes features the highest added money open-aged event, which is not restricted by nomination, stallion, etc.

To recognize the popularity of the 4-year-old Stakes division and to support its longevity, the NRHA Board added an additional $100,000 beginning in 2023, bringing the total added money of the Tamarack Ranch Open Stakes to $110,000.

The guaranteed payouts for Stakes champions are:

  • L4 Open – $100,000
  • L3 Open – $35,000
  • L2 Open – $20,000
  • L1 Open – $10,000
  • Prime Time Open – $5,000

Whether you’re a seasoned fan cheering on your favorites, or a newcomer to the electrifying world of reining, there’s something for everyone at the 2024 6666 NRHA Derby presented by Markel. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the thrill of reining competition firsthand! Mark your calendars and join us tomorrow as we begin the journey of crowning the next generation of reining champions.

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