The National Reined Cow Horse Association was formed in 1949, 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. The organization was originally called the California Reined Cow Horse Association. Despite the name change, the association has continued to celebrate the early California traditions of highly-trained working cow horses and today, 64 years after its creation, continues to work to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry.
The NRCHA also supports numerous affiliate clubs across the United States and abroad. These groups serve as the association’s backbone, holding many NRCHA-sanctioned competitions and events each year. The affiliate clubs often provide the starting point for riders who are interested in reined cow horses.
Visit NRCHA.com for more information and for upcoming events.