NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Finalist Field Expands in 2021

The 2021 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity® will be the largest entry field for the 3-year-old event in recent history, and with those added numbers comes an increase in the cap on the total number of finalists brought back in the Open division.

As of August 1, there are 300 Open entries in the premier 3-year-old event in the Western performance horse industry. In 2019, the field hit a decade-high of 274 entries. The event will be held again in Fort Worth, Texas, October 7 through 23, and will also feature an increase in the number of Finalist horse and rider teams showing under the lights in the Will Rogers Coliseum.

“The Board is in tune with the changes we are experiencing as our events grow, and they feel the way we approach our finals should be responsive to that growth, too,” said Anna Morrison, NRCHA executive director. “When discussing changes to the finalist structure for the 2022 Derbies and Snaffle Bit Futurity®, it became clear that the time to make the change for the Futurity was now.”

The NRCHA Board of Directors voted to increase the finalist cap to 30 in the Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open divisions at this year’s Snaffle Bit Futurity. There will be a maximum of 30 finalist contestants, plus ties, showing in the Finals, which are scheduled to run October 21-23. All other aspects of the Snaffle Bit Futurity finalist calculation detailed in the NRCHA Rule Book, rule 10.6.4, will remain the same.

“We’re pleased to be able to recognize additional horses in the finals, and even happier to say that despite the change happening so late in the season the Board is able to commit that 26-30th place in the Open Finals will receive a $5,000 payout,” explained Morrison.

Adding horse and rider pairs to the Finals will only increase the thrill of watching the best in the reined cow horse industry compete. The NRCHA membership has increased in 2021, reflecting in increased entries at all premier NRCHA events: 15% at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes and 20% at the DT Horses Western Derby and 33% at the Dom Conicelli Memorial Eastern Derby, presented by MARS Equestrian™.

Tickets for the 2021 event will go on sale in September. Visit to access information.

Based in Pilot Point, Texas, the National Reined Cow Horse Association was formed in 1949 in California, with the goal of preserving and educating the public about the rich history of this traditional horsemanship. The NRCHA is responsible for promoting the sport and ensuring high standards of competition and continuing to work to keep the Vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. The NRCHA also supports numerous affiliate clubs across the United States, Europe and abroad. These groups serve as the association’s backbone, holding many NRCHA-sanctioned competitions and events each year.

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