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History of the 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. The parent company of the NBHA, Morris Communications, is heavily invested in the western lifestyle owning such properties as Western Horseman magazine, Quarter Horse News, and Barrel Horse News.