World's Greatest Horseman Competition Begins on Thursday, June 3!
NRCHA Press Release
Produced by the National Reined Cow Horse Association, the World's Greatest event celebrates the skills and training methods of the traditional California Vaquero and represents the most highly schooled cow horses in the world. Each entry is shown by one rider in cutting, reining, steer roping and cow work and the same bridle is used throughout.
Former winners Ted Robinson, Bob Avila and Ron Ralls lead a field of thirty horsemen who will vie for the opportunity to become one of the top ten finalists. Those finalists will compete in all four events on Saturday for a first place purse of $30,000.
The action begins on Thursday morning at 9 am with the Herd Work preliminaries.
For the second year, the elite All Around competition is being held in conjunction with the Coors Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Roundup. There will be no admission charge to the World's Greatest Horseman until the Saturday night cow work finals, which is included in the Coors Ranch Rodeo ticket for the evening.
A special division of the World's Greatest Horseman competition features ranch cowboys in three of the four World's Greatest Events (they do not do the rein work). Points earned in World's Greatest ranch cowboy competition and the other Ranch Rodeo events will determine the World Champion Ranch Cowboy.
World's Greatest Horseman Schedule
Thursday, June 3:
9:00 am World's Greatest Horseman Herd Work Preliminaries, ANC Building
World's Greatest Horseman Rein Work Preliminaries, ANC Building
Friday, June 4:
9:00 am World's Greatest Horseman Steer Stopping followed by World's Greatest Horseman Cow Work, ANC Building
Saturday, June 5:
9:00 am World's Greatest Horseman Herd Work Finals, ANC Building
2:00 pm World's Greatest Horseman Rein Work Finals, ANC Building
World's Greatest Horseman Rein Work Finals, ANC Building
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm COORS Ranch Rodeo featuring World's Greatest Horseman Cow Work Finals followed by World's Greatest Horseman & Ranch Rodeo Awards, ANC Building
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the 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, horsecentral.com, 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 www.nrcha.com.