More Chances to Win at the NRHA Derby

The National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance officially kicked off on Saturday, June 15. Earlier this year, the NRHA Board of Directors voted to increase the number of finalists for the event. Not only that but, as in previous years, every finalist in every level will receive a check.

That means that, at a minimum, 60 more checks will find their way into finalists’ hands. “More exhibitors will take home a paycheck this year, a 27 percent increase in total. That increase is the equivalent of adding two levels each with 30 placings,” noted NRHA Chief Financial Officer John Foy. “The NRHA Board approved these conditions and did so with the intention of putting more checks in the hands of exhibitors.”

The Level 4 for both the Open and Non Pro Finals already have the top 30 plus advancing to the finals, but now there will be 30 plus ties advancing to the finals of the Levels 3 – 1 as well. In addition, the top 20, plus ties, in both the Non Pro Prime Time and Non Pro Youth will also make the finals.

“We are excited for exhibitors to have the opportunity to compete for more money this year. By virtue of making their finals, they are guaranteed money,” noted Show Manager Cheryl Cody. “It’s an incredible change and a great opportunity for our contestants.”

Nominators for horses in the NRHA Derby also benefit, as five percent of the earnings go back to the original nominator.

The NRHA Derby is the association’s second largest event and features not only the Derby but also the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Reining Finals and a full slate of NRHA approved classes. For more information, visit


Running for one week each summer, the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance 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. Learn more about the event at