NRHA Derby Added Money More Than Doubles to $615,000

Nomination Program brings nearly $375,000 more to the Derby!


The NRHA Board of Directors recently discussed major changes to the 2012 NRHA Derby (June 25-30 in Oklahoma City, Okla.). These changes and enhancements for 2012 include massive increases in added money due to the nomination program, an increase in the number of Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro finalists and granting five- and six-year-olds the ability to compete for Nomination Program added money (excluding Nominator Incentives). Find more details on these and other items below.


March 1 Entry Deadline Approaching

The entry deadline for the NRHA Derby is March 1. Conditions and entry forms can be found at


Added Money More than Doubles Thanks to Nomination Program

*Note – All added monies (except Prime Time) are estimated and are subject to change due to the Nomination Program. Nomination Program money allocations were predetermined by the program’s conditions.


Open Derby Total – $435,000 Est. Added (Increase of $280,000)

  • Level 4 Open – $215,000 (Increase of $135,000)
  • Level 3 Open – $135,000 (Increase of $85,000)
  • Level 2 Open – $55,000 (Increase of $40,000)
  • Level 1 Open – $25,000 (Increase of $20,000)
  • Prime Time Open – $5,000 (No change)


Non Pro Derby Total – $180,000 Est. Added (Increase of $92,500)

  • Level 4 Non Pro – $75,000 (Increase of $35,000)
  • Level 3 Non Pro – $55,000 (Increase of $32,500)
  • Level 2 Non Pro – $30,000 (Increase of $17,500)
  • Level 1 Non Pro – $15,000 (Increase of $7,500)
  • Prime Time Non Pro – $5,000 (No change)
  • Youth Non Pro – Jackpot (No change)


Other Changes and Enhancements

  • Increase in the number of finalists in the Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro.
    • Level 4 Non Pro finalists increased from 25 to 30 horses. Level 3 Non Pro finalists increased from 20 to 25 horses.
  • Five- and six-year-olds do not need to be nominated to the NRHA Nomination Program – but they will run at all of the added money (excluding Nominator Incentives).
    • Four-year-olds must be nominated to the program to enter.
  • 2012 brings the first phase of the NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications rule (see item 20 in the NRHA Derby conditions and page 48 of the NRHA Handbook).
    • The first phase includes an anonymous research project with no penalties imposed.
    • There will be a testing fee of $10 due with the May 1st payment.
    • All aged event entries (ancillary entries not included) are subject to examination/medications testing for research purposes.
  • Increase in Non Pro entry fee from $770 to $900 (this includes all fees except stall fees).
    • This change is due to the increase in added money available in 2012.
    • The 2011 entry fee was only 0.4% of the added money. In 2012, the entry fee is still a small percentage (only 0.5% of the added money).
  • Increase in Judges fee by $10 to subsidize the cost of the Show Stewards Program at the event.
  • Starting in 2012, NRHA Sire & Dam entries no longer need to enter each division. They can make one payment and are automatically entered into all eligible divisions.


Upcoming NRHA Derby Deadlines

  • March 1 - First payment due (Postmarks are accepted)
  • May 1 – Second payment due (Postmarks NOT accepted)
  • May 1 – NRHA Sire & Dam payment due (Postmarks NOT accepted)
  • June 15 – Rider designations due (Postmarks NOT accepted)

More about the NRHA Derby

With $615,000 in estimated added money, the NRHA Derby runs for one week each summer in Oklahoma City and showcases the world’s best four-, five- and six-year-old reining horses. Thousands of spectators, exhibitors and horses attend the event each year. The Derby is one of two major events presented by NRHA each year in Oklahoma City and includes two full slates of ancillary reining classes in addition to the aged-event action. NRHA will host the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western National Championships for the first time at this year’s NRHA Derby. For more information on the NRHA Derby, visit


Thanks to NRHA Corporate Partners

The NRHA would like to thank the following Corporate Partners for their support of the NRHA Derby: Adequan, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina Mills, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak and Twister Trailer. NRHA also appreciates the contributions of Event Sponsors Scott Cleaners and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.


For more information on the NRHA, or the sport of Reining, please visit or call (405) 946-7400.



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