The 2024 American Performance Horseman Athletes Announced

Five of the National Reining Horse Association’s most accomplished professionals will compete for $1 million in prize money at The American Performance Horseman (TAPH) presented by Teton Ridge.

The top five riders who qualified to represent the reining community are NRHA $8 Million Rider Andrea Fappani, NRHA $2 Million Rider Brian Bell, NRHA $4 Million Rider Casey Deary, NRHA $2 Million Rider Cade McCutcheon, and NRHA $3 Million Rider Jason Vanlandingham.

These NRHA Professionals will join the top five riders from the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) to compete for a $1 million payout in a first-of-its-kind competitive exhibition format.

“This is an event that’s showcased in the same venue as Major League Baseball’s World Series. Let that soak in,” said Billy Smith, NRHA Commissioner. “It’s a rare and splendid opportunity to tell our story to a worldwide audience.”

The American Performance Horseman debuted in 2023 and was the largest event of its kind. In 2024, TAPH will again join The American Western Weekend on Friday, March 8th, 2024, at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

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Notes related to other year-end standings and rankings lists:

  • The reiners selected will be the top five NRHA Professionals determined by total 2023 earnings in NRHA Categories 1-10 and does not include nominator incentives. TAPH will utilize a modified version of an NRHA pattern. Earnings for the event will be recorded in NRHA as Category 11 money.
  • NRHA Top 20 Professionals, Non Pros, and Owners lists for 2023 will be published on (These include Category 11 earnings.)
  • NRHA World Title Top 10 Standings for 2023 are published on

 At present, the ReinerSuite team is testing the 2024 Eligibility Tool so it can be released by the second week of January.

 Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse in a fun-filled, family atmosphere. NRHA’s mission is to promote the reining horse worldwide while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of Western horsemanship. To learn more about NRHA, how to join, or to become a fan, visit

Media Contact:
Haley Carmen
Sr. Director of Communications
National Reining Horse Association
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