NSBA recently announced it will be holding the its annual Riders Cup in conjunction with the 2018 Arizona Sun Circuit in Scottsdale, Arizona March 3-11, 2018. The purse, estimated to be over $50,000, will be shared between the owner of the horse exhibited and the professional rider/trainer associated with the entry.
“NSBA has seen continued growth and participation at horse shows across the country. The Sun Circuit is a terrific west coast venue for a major NSBA event. Holding these two events together is a win-win for trainers and exhibitors,” said NSBA President Bill Cosentino.
For those not familiar with the NSBA’s Riders Cup program, it is an annual program, designed to award substantial and sustainable purses to NSBA Non Pro members and their professional trainers. The Riders Cup offers prize money in Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Western Riding, Showmanship At Halter, Western Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation events. In 2016, the NSBA Riders Cup paid over $40,000 in total prize money to participating NSBA members.
The Arizona Sun Circuit also saw tremendous growth in 2017. With its move to March, the show saw over 21,000 overall entries. In a city that brags about picture perfect blue skies and technicolor sunsets, the 2017 Arizona Sun Circuit delivered as promised.
To take advantage of the opportunity to compete for the Riders cup, all professional riders must be sold through the NSBA Trainer Sale program. Additionally, each owner is required to pay a nomination fee. For more information on the NSBA Riders Cup and the Arizona Sun Circuit go to www.nsba.com or www.SunCircuit.com.