NRCHA Celebration of Champions Kicks Off Friday, Feb. 12th

The NRCHA Celebration of Champions is THREE shows rolled into one fabulous eight-day event at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas. All the thrilling reined cow horse action kicks off Friday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m. Central.

Although the calendar says 2016, the World Championship portion of the Celebration of Champions marks the official conclusion of the 2015 show season by naming World and National Champions in 14 different Open and Non Pro competitive divisions. World Championship qualifiers from all across the United States and Canada have traveled to the Will Roger Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, for their shot at the prestigious title of NRCHA World Champion. They earned an invitation to compete here by qualifying at NRCHA-approved shows during the 2015 competitive season. The World Championship contestants will show in a preliminary round, with the top 10 in each division advancing to the clean slate finals for a shot at the title.

Other action at the Celebration of Champions includes the Aaron Ranch Derby for 4- and 5-year-old horses; and the crowd-pleasing World’s Greatest Horseman, a grueling four-event test of the ultimate cowboy and cow horse, sponsored by new NRCHA Corporate Partner, DT Horses.

Admission is FREE to the public until the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals on Saturday, February 20, when tickets are $20/each for general admission.

Visit for the live, free webcast from NRCHA Official Videographer Equine Promotion, starting at 8:00 a.m. Central on Friday, February 12!

All World Championship Finalists Get A Paycheck

In 2016, all the riders who advance to the World Championship finals will receive a paycheck! The NRCHA payout rules have, in years past, left the lowest-scoring finalists – usually three riders or less – going home empty-handed. No one felt good about that!

The NRCHA Board of Directors voted to kick in extra funds for Finalist Checks at the 2016 Celebration of Champions, to guarantee all World Championship finalists walk away with something for their accomplishment.

These Finalist Checks will not affect the amount of any other finalist’s check; nor will it alter the payout percentages for the World Championship classes. All payouts are calculated according to Rule 7.2 in the NRCHA Rule Book.