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