The National Reined Cow Horse Association is excited to announce new corporate sponsor Teton Ridge. As part of their sponsorship, the second premier event of the 2022 show season is now the Teton Ridge Stallion Stakes. An event for 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses annually held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Stallion Stakes Derby is an event where eligibility to enter is restricted to offspring of stallions enrolled in the NRCHA’s Subscribed Stallion Program. As the owner of NRCHA Breeder Sponsor stallion Smooth Talkin Style (sired by Smooth As A Cat), Teton Ridge is positioned to support this ever-growing event that shines a light on the reined cow horse breeding industry.
“Teton Ridge has made a significant impact on the equine industry in a short time,” said Anna Morrison, NRCHA executive director. “This partnership with NRCHA links the momentum behind Teton Ridge with one of the fastest growing, most adrenaline-filled horse sports today.”
Teton Ridge, owned by visionary entrepreneur Thomas Tull, has made its presence felt in the Western equine world of late as the multi-platform brand has stepped into the rodeo and performance horse arenas. The brand’s focus on classic Western sports could not have found a better home than with NRCHA. With the title sponsorship of the NRCHA’s Stallion Stakes, Teton Ridge invests in the most traditional of all Western performance events, as reined cow horse traces its roots to Vaquero horsemen who originally settled the West.
The Teton Ridge Stallion Stakes will be held at the South Point Hotel & Casino’s Equestrian Center March 25 through April 2, 2022. In addition to supporting the Open Derby event, Teton Ridge’s title sponsorship helps showcase all ages and levels of the NRCHA membership competing in horse show classes. Additionally, 2022 will be the first year that the NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held during the Stallion Stakes.
“A high energy brand that is focused on highlighting the way of life our members honor and live daily is a natural fit for our association,” Morrison said. “Shared values make for a powerful partnership, and we’re grateful to Thomas Tull and Teton Ridge for putting their support behind NRCHA and the Stallion Stakes.”
With the Teton Ridge title sponsorship of the Stallion Stakes, the NRCHA has a full slate of premier events supported by outstanding brands and companies invested in the growth and sustainability of the NRCHA. Entries at all premier events in 2021 were between 15 and 30 percent higher than previous years, proving that reined cow horse is drawing members interested in having fun horseback while competing in events that require horse and rider to bring plenty of skill, courage, and grit.
About Teton Ridge
Teton Ridge is a multi-platform brand devoted to the iconic American Western way of life and western equine sports. Teton Ridge was created with the singular focus of elevating Classic Western Sports and America’s Western Culture on the world stage, while broadening audiences around the globe as well as at home. Additionally, Teton Ridge operates a philanthropic foundation which provides invaluable funding for land stewardship; fosters community by preserving the cultural heritage of America’s western culture; and ensures the future of ranching and riding sports. For more information about Teton Ridge, please visit tetonridge.com or @tetonridge on Instagram @tetonridgeusa on Facebook.
About the National Reined Cow Horse Association
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. For more information on these events and reined cow horse, visit www.nrcha.com.