Congratulations Top 5 NRHA Qualifying Athletes Performing at The American Performance Horseman Presented by Teton Ridge

December 14, 2022

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to announce the top five NRHA Professionals who will compete at the unprecedented The American Performance Horseman (TAPH) presented by Teton Ridge.

The Top 5 professionals from 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. The American Rodeo will provide a global stage for the athletes of each discipline to compete for individual prize money as well as a purse for unique teams comprised of a reiner, cutter, and cow horse rider.

The Top 5 qualifying NRHA Professionals who will represent the reining community at The American Performance Horseman are: Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani, Casey Deary, Fernando Salgado, and Matt Mills.
“This event is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase our sport along with other exciting western performance events like fans have never seen before,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner. “We have been here all along with great horses and great riders, this puts it in the front shop window for all to see. What it means to these riders, their careers, and all NRHA riders is something that we could have only dreamed of before.”
The American Performance Horseman will make its debut at The American Western Weekend, Friday, March 10th, 2023, 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 2022 earnings in NRHA Categories 1-10. TAPH will utilize a modified version   of an NRHA pattern. Earnings for the event will be recorded in NRHA as Category 11 money.
    •    TAPH Reining Qualifiers are being published in advance of the 12/31 official year-end as all events that could affect the top five are published
    •    NRHA Top 20 Professionals, Non Pros and Owners lists for 2022 will be published after the official year-end
    •    NRHA World Title Top 10 Standings for 2022 will be published after the official year-end
    •    At present, the ReinerSuite team is testing the 2023 Eligibility Tool so it can be released by the second week of January

By NRHA Press Release