Las Vegas, Nevada is famous for its bright lights, non-stop excitement and world class entertainment. This week, it is also home to some of the best reined cow horses and competitors in the country, as the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26, at the South Point Equestrian Center.
The 2013 event is breaking records before the first horse even walks into the arena – entries are up 47% across the board over last year. The competition gets underway at 8:00 a.m. (PDT), starting with the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro, Novice Non-Pro and Amateur Stakes preliminary herd work competition.
The NRCHA's official videographer, Galloping Video, will once again be providing a live webcast of all the action from the South Point.
The NRCHA Stakes, one of the five NRCHA Premier Events, annually boasts a payout of approximately $300,000. Last year's Stakes Open Champion, Heart Of A Remedy (Heart Of A Fox x SPD Remedys Response x Smart Peppy Doc), shown by Jon Roeser for Sprig Haven Farms, earned more than $25,000 for the win! Part of the event's success is its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion owners pay a fee every year, and their 4- and 5-year-old offspring are the only horses eligible to show at the Stakes.
Stakes entries are shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore, competing in herd work, reined work and cow work. The event attracts many top Snaffle Bit Futurity horses from the past two years, as well as those who might have missed the Futurity but are now ready to perform competitively. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents a monetary award to the nominator of the Stakes Champion's sire in each division.
The event continues through Saturday, March 30, and also features a full slate of NRCHA horse show classes, a Bridle Spectacular, and American Quarter Horse Association approved classes. For detailed information about the NRCHA Stakes, visit www.NRCHA.com.