They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions is no exception! The event will be held Feb. 14 - 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Compared with 2013, entry numbers are up in every one of the Celebration of Champions events this year: the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby; the NRCHA World Championship classes and the World's Greatest Horseman!
The Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby, the kickoff event at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, has experienced a tremendous increase in entries over last year.
Non Pro Derby entries are up nearly 90% compared with 2013. Even though the Non Pro entry fee was reduced by $200, the purse has grown nearly 70% over last year, with the total payout estimated at more than $27,000!
In the Open divisions of the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby, entries have skyrocketed by almost 80% compared with 2013. The Open payout is expected to be nearly $130,000!
The World's Greatest Horseman entries have grown approximately 50% over 2013, and the robust entry trend has also extended to the NRCHA World Championship classes. The winners of the 2013 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman Championship were Ron Emmons, riding Olena Oak (Smart Chic Olena x Fritzs Oak E Doakie x Doc's Oak), owned by Nichole Scott and LaDona Emmons.
When compared to the 2013 show, Open entries in the Bridle, Hackamore and Two Rein classes are up nearly 25%. The Non Pro classes have an overall increase of almost 15%, highlighted by an approximately 25% jump in the Non Pro Limited entries. Youth Limited and Youth Bridle classes have positively exploded – a 150% increase over last year!
Overall, entries in the NRCHA World Championship classes show a total growth of nearly 30% compared to 2013.
Click here for detailed information about the 2014 NRCHA Celebration of Champions.
We can't wait to see you in Fort Worth!