The 2017 NRCHA Derby Open Champion was Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California. He rode Lil Bay Hawk (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun), a gelding owned by Stephen Silva, to the title. Primo Morales photo.
At the NRCHA Derby, juicy paychecks await four and five-year-old horses, many of which competed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity when they were three. Horses may be shown in either a snaffle bit or a hackamore. They are judged in three challenging events: herd work, rein work and cow work, with a preliminary round of competition to determine who will return for the clean-slate finals. The Derby features nine divisions to suit all levels, from million-dollar riders in the Open, entry-level competitors in the Amateur and Non-Pro Limited, and everyone in between. Another NRCHA Derby highlight is the $50,000 added Holy Cow Performance Horses Bridle Spectacular. The Derby is held in Paso Robles, a charming city on the central California coast, the heart of reined cow horse country.
Limited Age Event Added Money totaling $122,500 includes $90,000 added to the Open and $25,000 added to the Non Pro.
The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular has $25,000 added money. Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular has $5,000 added.
Horse Show Added Money totals $32,750 and includes Open and Non Pro Two Rein Spectaculars, Non Pro Bridle Spectacular, Non Pro Limited spectacular and two Youth Spectaculars.
Schedule – as of February 8
!! SCHEDULE IS NEW this year. Show starts on Sunday prior and has Horse Show classes on that Sunday – including all the YOUTH – so they don’t conflict with the California High School Rodeo Finals.
!! Check the schedule CAREFULLY.
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2019 Tentative Dates: TBD