2017 NRHA Open Futurity Conditions Update

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – February 15, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met during their Winter Meeting and reviewed a recommendation from the Aged Events Committee. Based on this recommendation and much discussion, the Board approved the following updates to the conditions that involved late entries, semi-finals format, and the number to advance to the finals. To see the updated conditions, visit the forms page on nrhafuturity.com or get the PDF directly here.

“I’m really proud of the work that our Aged Events Committee and Board of Directors have done with our Futurity Semi Finals format. Horses that qualify for the Open Level 4 semi-finals will now be given more recognition through a new format at our pinnacle event,” said Mike Deer, NRHA President. “The Aged Event Committee continues to look for ways, like adjusting our deadlines, to make our event more exhibitor and owner friendly, while maintaining the core values of the Futurity that we all love.”

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE
The late entry deadlines for entries accepted after November 1 was extended 24 hours to give more opportunity for late entries. All previous deadlines stating two days prior are now extended to one-day prior at 5 p.m.

NUMBER OF OPEN SEMI-FINALISTS

Class:                          Number of Semi-finalists
L4O                              75 horses, plus ties
L3O                              75 horses, plus ties
L2O                              75 horses, plus ties
L1O                              75 horses, plus ties

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE L4 OPEN SEMI-FINALS SECTION
To create a special performance for spectators, the top 75 horses, plus ties, in the Level 4 Open division semi-finals will compete in a separate section prior to the finals. Just like previous years, levels 1 – 3 will compete in their own semi-finals section.

NUMBER TO ADVANCE TO THE FINALS
The number of horses advancing to the finals remains unchanged. However, every horse not making the finals through 75th place, plus ties, in the Level 4 Open will receive a guaranteed payout. It was also decided that scratched horses that qualify for the semi-finals will receive the guaranteed payout.

OPTIONS FOR THOSE ALREADY ENTERED
For those who wish to cancel their Futurity entry, they can do so without penalty by written notification to the NRHA office no later than February 28, 2017. Written notification can be sent to events@nrha.com, faxed to (405)946-8425, or mailed to the NRHA office at 3021 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, Ok 73107.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Communications
National Reining Horse Association
heberle@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400 x 103

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