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National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Show Kicks off This Week

Press Release

Stephenville, Texas - The National Reined Cow Horse Association's first-ever World Championship Show begins on Wednesday and trucks and trailers from all over the country are already arriving at the Lone Star Arena in Stephenville, Texas for this horse show.

The event features the top qualifiers from each of the association's five geographic regions. Exhibitors will compete in the first round of competition in the eleven sanctioned classes and the top ten scorers from the first round in each class will advance to the second and final round. At the conclusion of the NRCHA World Show competition, the composite high scorers in each event will become the 2003 NRCHA World Champions and will be honored at the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Banquet on Saturday evening. Slated to begin at 7:30 pm, the banquet will be held at City Hall Restaurant in Stephenville.

Also recognized at the Year-end Banquet will be the NRCHA National Champions, as well as the new NRCHA Merit Award and American Quarter Horse Association award recipients. Hosted by the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association and sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses of Midland and Weatherford, Texas, the world championship show also features a western trade show.

The reined cow horse discipline has its roots in the traditional California Vaquero style of riding, and it represents the ultimate combination of reining and cow work. The combination of precise reining patterns coupled with edge-of-your-seat action as horse and rider turn a cow on the fence have made the association's premiere event, the annual NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, one of the most visible and best attended events in the western horse world.

Nearly 150 exhibitors from across the United States - from California to Florida - have qualified for the Stephenville event. The NRCHA World Show is being held concurrently with the Circle Y Ranch Derby for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses. Sponsored by the Circle Y Ranch of Aubrey, Texas, the Derby features a $25,000 added purse.

The NRCHA's annual Non Pro and Membership meetings will be held on Friday at City Hall Restaurant, followed by the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association's year-end banquet. Admission to the world show performances is free and banquet tickets are available in the NRCHA Show Office at the Lone Star Arena during show week.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the 55-year-old governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bayer Corporation, Bailey Hat Company, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, EQ Solutions, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Skyline Silversmiths, Sundowner Trailers, National Ropers Supply, Quarter Horse News & Western Horseman magazine, the Reno Hilton, Dan Gamel's RV Centers and Coachmen RV's,, Rios of Mercedes and the Silver Legacy, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at