Oklahoma City, Okla.- The 50th Running of the 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show is scheduled to take place November 26 – December 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Exhibitors will vie for estimated total cash, purse and prizes of more than $2 million, and this year NRHA is proud to celebrate crowning the 50th Open Futurity Champion this December!
The Futurity – Eight countries will be represented in the competition open to 3-year-old horses! A total of 453 Open horses are entered with a total of 515 total entries spread across four (4) levels of competition. On Thursday at 8 AM, the NRHA Open Futurity first go-round, Section 1, will open the 50th edition of the world’s most sought after western competition.
In the Non Pro division, 190 horses are entered with 638 total entries spread across the four (4) levels of competition and youth. The first go-round, Section 1, of the Non Pro Futurity will take place on Monday 30.
The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) In addition to the exciting Non Pro and Open Finals, NRHA will host the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC). NRHA members compete all year long to earn their chance to come to Oklahoma City and compete in the finals. Adequan® NAAC competitors include youth 13 and younger, youth 14 through 18, Non Pro, and Open divisions. These competitors are all competing for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.
In addition to all the exciting action, NRHA has put together a host of awesome activities to celebrate NRHA and this tremendous milestone. Check out some of the highlights about this year’s Futurity:
Open invitation visits to NRHA’s new international headquarters located at 3021 West Reno Ave, on the south side of State Fair Park
New exhibitor coverage at the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships will put a new light on all these champions
A celebration starting at 5:30 on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion includes a special presentation recognizing the first 49 years of champions, showcasing how the history is driving the future and ending the evening with a concert
The NRHA/Markel Sale continues to grow! NRHA is up in consignment numbers from last year. The Marketplace Sale is December 3, Futurity Prospect Sale is December 4 and the Select Yearling Sale is December 5
New for this year, Section 201 is reserved for media to allow all media partners and local news sources a place to get the best shot from the Coliseum.
One of reining’s own will join us Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 to give honors to how this awesome sport got its start. Come early and watch Clark Bradley show the audience the way the sport began by setting the pattern for both the Cinch Non Pro and Lucas Oil Open Level 4 Finals.
Come see America’s favorite pony horse!
This was a very special year for the horse industry. Not only did American Pharoah win the Triple Crown, he also took the Breeder’s Cup Classic, something many will never see again.
In addition to American Pharoah’s class and athleticism, his personality is what made everyone fall in love with his pony horse, Smokey. But to reiners, Smokey is a reining American Quarter Horse known as This Whiz Shines. In celebration of the sport of reining and all these wonderful horse industry milestones that have been accomplished this year, Smokey will be here as NRHA’s guest of honor in the Super Barn December 3-5! Come see him and enjoy watching some world class reining while in town.
Spectators are encouraged to start making plans now to come to Oklahoma City to watch the thrilling action and witness who will take home a check worth at least $150,000 in the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open and the title of NRHA Open Futurity Champion!
More information about the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show:
Download the latest schedule at nrhafuturity.com/schedule
The world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. This is one event NRHA does not want anyone in Oklahoma City, North America, or the entire world to miss!