For Immediate Release – August 27, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby will feature a new class in 2019 – the Silver Spurs Equine Novice Horse Open Derby! Thanks to the continued and expanded support of Silver Spurs Equine, this new class will offer $25,000 in added money. It is slated to run concurrently with the NRHA Open Derby class; however, entering the Open Derby will not be required.
“The NRHA strives daily to promote the sport of reining and encourage growth within the industry. Today, with the support of long-time NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Equine, and owners Michael and Michelle Miola, NRHA has an outstanding opportunity to accomplish this goal,” said Mike Deer, president of NRHA.
“The welfare of the reining horse is our top priority,” the Miolas stated. “Therefore, Silver Spurs Equine is proud to sponsor the Novice Horse Derby. This class offers a venue that will enable trainers and owners to give the horses who need additional time an opportunity to compete at high-level events with outstanding added money. The Novice Horse Derby gives those trainers and owners another event in which to compete when their horses are both mentally and physically ready to perform at the top levels.”
Sammi Miller, NRHA’s director of corporate relations, added, “The Silver Spurs Equine Novice Horse Derby, beginning in 2019, supports NRHA’s strategic plan to grow entries. Thank you to Michael and Michelle Miola for being strong advocates of breeding sound reining horses and for expanding the level of Silver Spurs Equine’s corporate partnership that promotes the growth of reining.”
More information about this new and exciting opportunity at the 2019 NRHA Derby will be made available in the coming months. The 2019 NRHA Derby will run June 13–23 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Visit nrha.com to find out more information on the NRHA Derby, NRHA Futurity, and other great programs supporting the reining industry.