NRCHA Hackamore Classic and NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Held Together in 2016

Two National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Events will be held simultaneously next year, as the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Board of Directors voted to schedule the 2016 Hackamore Classic in conjunction with the reined cow horse industry's largest and most prestigious event, the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

The 2016 Hackamore Classic will be held September 18 – 25, 2016, at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The Hackamore Classic herd work, rein work and cow work will be incorporated with the 2016 Snaffle Bit Futurity schedule. Detailed information will be released as it becomes available. 

The annual Hackamore Classic showcases the second stage of the years-long vaquero horsemanship process unique to the reined cow horse. Four- and 5-year-old horses are shown in the hackamore, the traditional bitless bridle consisting of a bosal noseband and a closed mecate rein. Hackamore Classic entries are judged in three events: herd work, rein work and cow work.

The Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado, hosted the Hackamore Classic from 2012-2015. The event has also been held in Paso Robles, California (2004-2011); Winnemucca, Nevada (2002-2003); and Rancho Murieta, California (2000-2001).

“Our biggest audience, both competitors and spectators, is at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno. I am excited about presenting our hackamore horses there. Reined cow horse fans really like the hackamore, and the Futurity is a perfect showcase for that phase of our traditional training process. For competitors, it should be a better experience all the way around. We expect the entries to go up quite a bit, which means a larger payout. The Livestock Events Center is a excellent facility, and everyone will have more time to prepare their horses, which can be a big deal when you’re showing in the hackamore,” said NRCHA President Todd Bergen.

2016 NRCHA Premier Event Schedule:

Celebration of Champions/World’s Greatest Horseman

February 12-20, 2016

Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Texas


NRCHA Stallion Stakes

Date TBD, 2016

South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nevada



Date TBD, 2016

Paso Robles Event Center, Paso Robles, California


NRCHA Hackamore Classic

September 18-25, 2016

Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Reno, Nevada


NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

September 19-October 1, 2016 (tentative)

Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Reno, Nevada


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