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History NBHA

About NBHA

The National Barrel Horse Association was formed in 1992 in Augusta, Georgia.  The NBHA, as it is known around the globe, is the recognized world leader in the sport of barrel racing.

The NBHA was the first organization to give credence to divisional barrel racing. From day one all competition was scored by division with the fastest time being the 1D (or 1st division) and other divisions being paid out in half second increments. Prize money is paid out proportionately but awards are the same for all divisions.

With over 20,000 members on 5 continents the NBHA brand is well known. NBHA sanctions over 3,000 district (local) shows per year, sponsors over 44 state shows per year and has a professional staff that crisscrosses the nation producing larger (regional) shows.  The NBHA provides a place for all skill levels to compete.

About Morris Equine Group

The parent company of the NBHA, Morris Communications, is home to the world’s premier media brands focused on original, expert-driven content delivered across the globe in print and digital formats on topics including travel, outdoors, local interest, western and equine. With a history and heritage in publishing dating back to 1785, the company today delivers stand-out magazines, mobile apps, specialty websites, trusted guidebooks and travel maps.

Morris’ Equine Group consists of some of the industry’s most recognized equine publications, including Western Horseman, Stallion Register, Barrel Horse News, and Quarter Horse News. The group manages the Road to the Horse, and the West Coast Barrel Racing Association and is also home to Equi-stat, a statistical service offering detailed information and earnings for a variety of disciplines within the performance horse industry.