NBHA News 

There's plenty of stalls at the Shamrock Showdown Super Show! Come join us on March 29-31 in Jacksonville, Florida. Move in day for vendors at the Shamrock Showdown is March 28th, 2019. 

Spring special! Reveal 4-N-1, the Official Ground Tool of the NBHA is offering NBHA members $500 off any Reveal 4-N-1. Special ends April 15, 2019. Call 937.444.2609 for more details. Also, please note our new NBHA fax number is 706-823-3790. 

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NBHA's Award Sponsors provide special Awards for
NBHA National and World Championship Events.

Gist Silversmiths
Professional's Choice
Triple Crown Nutrition

NBHA's National Partners work to provide NBHA Members with special benefits and services at the Member, District, State and National levels.  

4-Star Trailers, Inc. – Official Trailer Sponsor of the NBHA since 2001 – 4-Star Trailers, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has been building a reputation for quality workmanship and superior engineering  since 1984; a reputation that has made us the industry leader.   4-Star provides trailers to all 16 NBHA World Champions from the Youth and World NBHA Shows.  For more information about 4-Star Trailers, call            800.848.3095       or visitwww.4startrailers.com.

American Quarter Horse Association -- Horse Preferred by NBHA Barrel Racers -- The American Quarter Horse Association is the member organization for the world's most popular equine breed, with 4 million Quarter Horses in more than 70 countries registered with AQHA.  Known for its versatility, athleticism and disposition, the Quarter Horse competes in a variety of disciplines and is the ideal mount for barrel racing.  For NBHA, AQHA sponsors the Best of America's Horse program.  For more information about AQHA, call            806-376-4811       or visit www.aqha.com.
BarrelHorseNews.com -- Official Internet Services Provider of NBHA -- BarrelHorseNews.com is the Nation's Premier Barrel Racing Web site. The company maintains NBHA.com and BarrelHorseNews.com and supplies NBHA members with barrel racing information, Internet bulletin boards, free E-mail, and online classifieds.  For more information about BarrelHorseNews.com, call             877-505-4344      or visit www.barrelhorsenews.com.
Drysdales -- Official Retailer of NBHA -- The Drysdales company of Tulsa, Okla., has been an active supporter of NBHA since the organization began in 1992.  Drysdales produces several NBHA-logo items, including clothing and accessories, and also sponsors the Drysdales NBHA Super Show each year in Tulsa.  For more information about Drysdales or a for free Drysdales catalog, call             800-444-6481       or visitwww.drysdales.com/NBHA.
FarmTek -- Official Timer of NBHA -- The electronic timing systems produced by FarmTek are used throughout the world for timing barrel racing, team roping, team penning, cutting, bull riding and other timed performance events.  Based in Wylie, Texas, FarmTek provides the timers for all NBHA National Shows and World Championship Shows.  For more information about FarmTek, call            800-755-6529       or             972-429-0947      or visit www.farmtek-fti.com.
Gist -- Official Belt Buckle of NBHA -- Gist Silversmiths' distinctive designs make its belt buckles, jewelry and accessories instantly recognizable as the quality award-wear of champions.  The company also makes its own line of distinctive bits and spurs.  Gist provides belt buckles to all champions and reserve champions at NBHA's National Shows and World Championships plus all finalists at both NBHA World Championships.  For more information about Gist, call            800-456-4478       or visitwww.gistsilversmiths.com.
Jackson, Mississippi Convention and Visitors' Bureau -- Home of the NBHA Youth & Junior World Championships -- Jackson, the state capital of Mississippi provides the setting for the most exciting youth barrel racing event in the country and for an annual NBHA Super Show.  The Convention and Visitors' Bureau always rolls out the red carpet for NBHA competitors and their friends and families.  For more information about Jackson, call            800-354-7695       or visitwww.visitjackson.com.

John Deere is the world leader in manufacturing, distributing and financing a full line of agricultural, consumer, construction and commercial equipment.  All horse owners are qualified to receive discounts, some as much as 28% on select John Deere equipment including: lawn and garden tractors, compact utility tractors, Gator utility vehicles, commercial mowing equipment and much more.  Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.  John Deere is proud to be the Official Equipment Supplier of the National Barrel Horse Association.  Stop by the John Deere table in the trade show area and find out more about the NBHA program or call toll-free 866-678-4288, that’s toll-free 866-678-4288.

It’s true that nothing runs like a Deere!

 For more information about John Deere, call visit www.johndeere.com.
Lubrisyn Lubrisyn - Created by renowned equine lameness expert Dr. Steven Allday, LubriSyn is the official joint supplement of the National Barrel Horse Association. A patented, daily oral supplement of hyaluronic acid (HA), which occurs naturally in healthy tissue, LubriSyn promotes healthy joint function and helps maintain consistent levels of HA in the blood and synovial fluid. For additional information about the product, visitwww.lubrisyn.com.
NHSRA -- Official Rodeo Partner of NBHA -- The National High School Rodeo Association has been helping youth competitors meet their top potential through the sport of rodeo since 1947. NHSRA's extensive youth scholarship program provides many young rodeo athletes with the opportunity to continue their education at the collegiate level. Through a mutual partnership, NHSRA and NBHA will encourage membership in both associations for youth competitors. For more information about NHSRA, visit their website at www.NHSRA.com.
Pfizer Animal Health, a business unit of Pfizer Inc, is a world leader in the discovery, development and manufacture of innovative animal health vaccines, medicines, and diagnostic products. Pfizer Animal Health invests more in research and development than any other animal health company. We work to assure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry and fish while helping dogs, cats and horses live healthier longer lives. We strive to be the animal health company that provides full healthcare solutions to veterinarians, livestock producers, and pet owners. To learn more, visitwww.us.animalhealth.pfizer.com
Professionals Choice

Professional's Choice Sports Medicine Products, Inc. -- Official Sports Medicine Products of the NBHA - Professional's Choice, a manufacturer of equine and orthopedic products, is renowned in the equine industry for its commitment to providing effective, high quality and innovative products. Professionals Choice believes, "The more comfortable the horse, the better the performance". As inventor and manufacturer of the original patented Sports Medicine Boots, Professional's Choice recently introduced the new breathable SMx Air Ride Saddle Pad technology, which is available in the Charmayne James Barrel Pad. The authorized licensee for Wrangler� Apparel Corp., manufacturing Wrangler and Twenty X ® equine products and luggage, it continues to develop new and exiting products.
Professional's Choice just introduced the GrassRoots Awards Sponsorship Program � or GRASP for short. GRASP offers cash back for NBHA members and Reward Credits to the participating members District. The Reward Credits are redeemed for District awards that can be used as prizes, incentives, for events and year-end awards. For more information about GRASP, call             800-331-9421       or visitwww.profchoice.com/grasp. www.profchoice.com.

Reveal 4-N-1 -- Official Ground Tool of NBHA -- The technologically superior Reveal 4-N-1 prepares and grooms the ground surfaces at all NBHA National and World Championship Shows.  For more information about the Reveal 4-N-1 ground tool or for a free brochure, call             937-444-2609       or visitwww.reveal4-n-1.com.
Tony Lama Boots – Since 1911 Tony Lama Boots have been handcrafted in the U.S.A. for authentic cowgirls, cowboys and western lifestyle enthusiasts. As the Official boots of the NBHA, Tony Lama will support the #1 barrel racing organization in North America. To see the lineup of Tony Lama styles and to find your nearest dealer visit www.tonylama.com
Triple Crown Nutrition - Triple Crown is proud to be the new Official Feed of the NBHA.  We have been associated with NBHA shows for a number of years in the Southeast and welcome the opportunity to be the National sponsor.  Triple Crown feeds have performed well for many competitors and is used by Team Steinhoff for Hotshot ,the Youth World Champion, Mary Francis Tarode and hundreds of others. 
Triple Crown is often mentioned as the best feed available many equine magazines.  We were the first company to blend high fiber and high fat to provide more energy and stamina without the starch and sugar often associated with other feeds.  We have feeds for any horse, skinny, fat, competing, or retired.
Triple Crown feeds contain high levels of fat and fiber to provide the energy your horses need.  They also contain organic minerals, probiotics, and other digestive aids to help your horses compete better and stay healthier while on the road.  In fact, Triple Crown feeds guarantee more nutrients than any other feed on the market.  
Western Horseman Magazine -- Western Magazine of Choice for NBHA Members -- Western Horseman Magazine has been the world's foremost authority on western horsemanship and horse-world events since 1936. A 2002 NBHA Membership Survey indicated WH as the magazine of choice for NBHA Members. WH provides special awards to all champions from NBHA National Shows and World Championship Shows. In addition, NBHA Members can subscribe to Western Horseman at a special discounted NBHA rate. For more information about Western Horseman, visitwww.westernhorseman.com.
Wrangler -- Official Clothing Line of NBHA -- Wrangler is the world's largest manufacturer of western apparel.  Horse owners and competitive riders have been wearing Wrangler products since 1947.  For more information about Wrangler, call            888-784-8571       or visit www.wrangler.com.  

Q: What is the National Barrel Horse Association? 
A: The NBHA is an international equine sport association whose purpose is to promote the sport of barrel racing and its growth on local, state, provincial, national and international levels. 

Increase the number of participants. 
Improve the quality and safety of shows. 
Enhance the image of barrel racing. 
Provide all barrel racers, regardless of age, sex or experience, the opportunity to compete for prize money, awards and points in local events throughout the year so they may qualify to compete in NBHA State/ Provincial, National and World Championships.

Q: How do I become a member? 
A: You may apply for membership by completing the attached membership application form and submitting it to NBHA Headquarters along with your annual membership fee. You may also join at any NBHA sanctioned event and be eligible to earn points the same day. Your membership is good for one full year. 

Q: What do I receive for my membership fee? 
A: Once your membership is accepted, you will receive a membership card, rule book, individual point record card, and NBHA window decals. You will also receive a one-year subscription to the Barrel Horse News (a $24 value). In addition, your membership entitles you to many other benefits including: 
Eligibility to compete for points in NBHA sanctioned events. 
A chance to compete in State/ Provincial, National and World Championships plus NBHA Super Shows.
Eligibility for year-end awards.
NBHA logo merchandise, including clothing, jewelry and tack. 
Additional benefits, programs and discounts offered by various NBHA sponsors to our members. 

Q: Is the NBHA for professional barrel racers only? 
A: No. The NBHA is for ALL barrel racers, from beginners to experts; from local weekend competitors to professional trainers.

Q: How can beginners compete with professionals?
A: The NBHA uses a four division (4-D) format. This makes it possible for the beginning, intermediate and advanced barrel racer to compete AND WIN in the same event. There are three NBHA 4-D Classes, the YOUTH 4-D for ages 18 and under and the OPEN 4-D for any age. There is also a SENIOR 4-D for competitors 50 years of age and older.

Q: How does the 4-D format work? 
A: All riders, regardless of ability, run in the same 4-D barrel race. The four divisions are then determined by time brackets. With the 4-D format, the OVERALL fastest time of the race is used to set the time brackets for the four divisions. The NBHA awards points to members IN ALL DIVISIONS on a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis for first place through fifth place, regardless of the number of entries or paying places. · 1st Division: These are the riders with the fastest times. · 2nd Division: These are competitors who ran ONE-HALF (1/2) SECOND or SLOWER than the OVERALL fastest time. · 3rd Division: These are competitors who ran ONE (1) SECOND or SLOWER than the OVERALL fastest time. · 4th Division: These are competitors who ran TWO (2) SECONDS or SLOWER than the OVERALL fastest time.

Q: How are points awarded?
A: Points are awarded to the rider in all classes and divisions. 

Q: What happens if I earn points in both the 2nd and 3rd divisions?
A: You may accumulate points in all divisions.

Q: Can I win money at NBHA shows?
A: Yes! All sanctioned shows must use the NBHA approved payback schedule. This schedule requires at least 80% of entry fees (at least 70% if the show has $1,000 or more added money) to be jackpotted and ensures that winners in all NBHA classes and divisions will get prize money.

Q: How do I qualify for the World Championships?
A: By earning NBHA points at sanctioned shows throughout the competition year. The exact number of World Championship qualifiers will be determined by the outcome of competition in each competition district.

Q: Where will I compete?
A: The NBHA has more than 250 competition districts throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, and Panama. In the U.S., each state is divided into competition districts. Riders may accumulate points only at shows in the district where they live OR the district they declare as their competition district. Your NBHA District Director will sanction not fewer than 6 and not more than 18 shows in your competition district each year. Many of these will be existing open shows and association or club shows where you may already be competing
Q: Do I have to compete in the district where I live?

A: No. If you decide to compete in a district other than where you live, you must declare a competition district by filling out a Declaration of NBHA Competition District form. Members may earn points in only one district at a time. Therefore, if you change competition districts during the year, you will lose the points you have earned and will start over in your new district.

Q: Do I have to ride a registered horse?
A: No. Any horse may be used in competition.

Q: Why should I join the NBHA?
A: *You will become part of an international barrel racing organization developed to improve your sport, making it better for you and all other barrel racers. *The sanctioning power of the NBHA helps to improve conditions at existing shows and to upgrade arenas to meet NBHA safety standards and show requirements. *You can ride in sanctioned shows, close to home, to compete for NBHA points and prize money and qualify for year-end awards, State/ Provincial, National and World Championships. *The NBHA is designed primarily for the local weekend competitor. You will have the opportunity to compete for more prize money and awards plus district, and State/ Provincial, National and World titles. The NBHA 4-D format means more entries and larger purses, but more importantly, it gives YOU a fairer chance to win! *You will receive the BARREL HORSE NEWS containing monthly show updates. The BARREL HORSE NEWS is a monthly magazine dedicated to our members and the sport of barrel racing. *As you join forces with other barrel racers around the world, the NBHA is attracting additional national and regional sponsors who are bringing more prize money, awards, benefits and publicity to our sport. *You have the opportunity to help make the NBHA one of the largest equine sport associations in the world. *If you are a barrel racer or if you want to become a barrel racer the NBHA is "THE" association to join!


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The National Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is the largest barrel racing organization in the world.  In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. 

NBHA has over 23,000 members of all ages across the United States and affiliates in twelve countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Find out more about barrel racing's international presence at IBHF.

NBHA official home office events to date have paid out $12,157,330.00. Added money is over $2.5 million.

Divisional barrel racing, using the 4D format, is the heart of NBHA. Divisional barrel racing gives ALL competitors - from beginners to professionals, from youth to seniors - a chance to compete, learn and succeed in barrel racing.  The Divisional format encourages riders to improve their skills and work toward the higher Divisions, while still having a chance to be competitive.  To learn more about how Divisional format barrel racing works, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

NBHA Members compete at District, State, National and World Championship levels.  Each state is divided into competition Districts where members compete for money and prizes at a local level.  Discover which one of the NBHA's more than 300 Districts you can compete in at www.nbha.com/overview/comp_dist.shtml

Most states hold State Championship Shows; find out if your state does here. The NBHA National Office currently produces five National Shows and five Super Shows annually throughout the country.  Check out our National Shows page for dates and locations.

The ultimate goal of NBHA competition is to qualify for the prestigious NBHA World Championships:  The Youth & Teen World Championships, held the last week of July, and the Open & Senior World Championships are held in October annually. 

NBHA enjoys sponsorship from several companies that offer special programs - Incentives, discounts, merchandise and more - to NBHA Members.  Visit the National Partners page and the Show Sponsors page to find out what benefits NBHA Members receive from NBHA's sponsors. 

Whether you're an experienced rodeo rider, a top futurity trainer, a weekend jackpot competitor or a beginning barrel racer, NBHA is right for you!  Visit our FAQ page to learn more about the organization that is #1 in Barrel Racing.


NBHA National Partners