NSBA Approves Ranch Division For Breeders Championship Futurity

The National Snaffle Bit Association’s board of directors has approved the creation of a Ranch Horse division to its popular Breeders Championship Futurity (BCF) program.

The Ranch Breeders Championship Futurity division will host its first classes at the 2026 NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity. The program will start with a Three Year Old Open Ranch Riding class. In 2027, Four Year Old Open Ranch Riding, Four Year Old Open Ranch Rail, Four Year Old Non-Pro Ranch Riding and Four Year Old Non-Pro Ranch Rail will be added. During the 2028 NSBA World Championship Show, Five Year Old Open Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail and Ranch Trail as well as Five Year Old Non-Pro Ranch Riding, Non-Pro Ranch Rail and Non-Pro Ranch Trail will be added, and in 2029, the Five Year Old classes will become Five and Six Year Old events to complete the division.

To be eligible to participate in the Ranch Breeders Championship Futurity division classes, the sire of a foal must be nominated into the program the year the foal is born and that foal must be enrolled in the BCF Ranch program. Stallion owners will have the opportunity to nominate their stallions into the new division in 2025 for an introductory nomination fee, which will make their 2023 and 2024 foal crops eligible for the new Ranch Breeders Championship Futurity division. Breeders and foal owners can begin enrolling their 2023 and 2024 foals beginning in 2025 for an introductory enrollment fee. Following the introductory year, stallion nomination and foal enrollment will follow an annual schedule. Nominated BCF Ranch stallions will be listed on the NSBA website and will specify each year of participation.

A Ranch Horse Task Force consisting of several NSBA Ranch exhibitors developed recommendations that were presented to the NSBA board of directors regarding the creation of the Ranch BCF program.

To learn more about NSBA’s new Ranch Horse Breeders Championship Futurity division, please visit https://bit.ly/3UeCbHj.

NSBA’s Breeders Championship Futurity program began in 2001, and added a Color Breeders Championship division in 2018. In 2023, the BCF paid a total of $467,190 to exhibitors who competed in the program’s classes. Since its inception, the Breeders Championship Futurity has paid out more than $6.1 million in earnings to NSBA members.

The Breeders Championship Futurity program offers classes for horses sired by BCF-nominated stallions who have been enrolled in the program, and includes classes from yearling to six years old. The current BCF and Color BCF classes include Yearling Longe Line, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Trail and Western Riding. Breeders Championship Futurity classes are presented during the NSBA World Championship Show, which is held at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, each August.

Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots in the Western Pleasure discipline to recognize various disciplines and eight breed associations in competition. NSBA’s mission is to grow the show horse community through various equine programs and events where every activity benefits horses, breeders, owners and exhibitors alike.

The National Snaffle Bit Association has more than 20,000 active members and more than 44,000 registered horses across its eight alliance breed organizations. NSBA members earn more than $13.5 million in monetary awards at NSBA-sanctioned horse shows annually, and the association sanctions nearly 600 horse show events and close to 200,000 horse show entries each year.

To learn more about the NSBA, please visit nsba.com.

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