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2021 NBHA Open & Senior World Championships

Oct 23 - Oct 30

2021 Open & Senior World Championships | October 23-30

Georgia National Fairgrounds, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA 31069

$83,500 Added Money **More than $30,000 increase of 2020 added money!**

Entries open at 10:00 am EST on 05/01/2021.

10 Alamo Saddles to the 1D-5D Champions in the Open & Senior

2 Cricket Carts, One in Open & Senior – Key lottery for all Division Winners for a 1 in 5 chance to win!

10 Gist World Champion Buckles + Many more awards!

360 Gist Finalist Buckles | 255 to the Open & 105 to the Senior

Enter online beginning 5/1/2021 by mail-in and online at

Enter online at here

Negative coggins & health certificates recommended per Georgia law
Fairgrounds open Friday, October 22 at 8 am sharp
ARRIVALS ARE NOT OFFERED 24/7. ARRIVALS FROM 8 am – 12 am midnight only!
RV Hookups: 478.987.3247 |
RV Reservations OPEN ON May 1st at
Reserve Golf Carts by calling: 478.472.8565
Vendor Information: Click Here
All questions can be directed to [email protected]

Qualifications for 2021 Open Worlds:

Full qualification list available at Direct any qualification concerns to us immediately at [email protected]

Open = anyone qualified contestant.
Senior = any qualified contestant who is 50 and over as of race date.

Entry Fees: All Entry fees cover both go-rounds. No Additional fee for Finals.

Open: $250
Senior: $150 *** New this year! You can carry over your open run to the Senior Class. Would have to make a seperate run for Senior and Open Finals if you make both.***
All Sidepots: $50 | Men, Women, Helmet, Youth, Prime and Paint Horse
Men – Open to all male riders
Women – Open to all female riders
Troxel Helmet – Open to all riders who compete in a safety helmet (any brand)
Prime – Open to all riders between the ages of 19 and 49.
Paint Horse – Open to all riders who are competing on a registered or grade Paint Horse
NoltrexVet Open Redemption Round: $60 (entries not open until 10/28)
NoltrexVet Senior Redemption Round: $50 (entries not open until 10/28)
Mail-In Entry Processing Fee: $50 plus 4% convenience fee for credit card payments
Online Entry: 4% processing fee only.

Important Dates:

Mail-In Entries must be postmarked by 09/24 to avoid late fees
We strongly suggest using trackable mailing methods
Online regular entries close on 10/01 at midnight EST
Late entries ONLY accepted online through 10/15 at midnight EST
Late fee is $100/horse
Absolutely no late entries after 10/15
Vet/Med Outs 10/01 or prior, result in a full refund less the processing fee
Vet/Med Outs 10/01-10/24 result in a 70% refund of entries, no refund on stalls or processing fee with valid Vet/Doctor Note

Finalist Information:

Open: Top 25 in each go-round advance to Finals.
Senior: Top 10 in each go-round advance to Finals.
Round 2 will roll beyond the cut off placings if any horse and rider team is already qualified
All Finalists will receive a Gist buckle for each qualified horse no exceptions
Additional chance to qualify to the Finals in 2021: The NoltrexVet Redemption Round. Info listed below


The entire event stall price of $145 includes 3 bags of shavings.
Stalls will be assigned first-come, first-served.
Online entries will definitely have a better chance at being “first-come” as they open on May 1st. Paper entries will be available on the 1st as well and would be input within a reasonable time upon receipt by mail or fax.
The foolproof way to get your friends and yourself stalled together is to have one of you buy all the stalls on one entry.
There will be a NOTE SECTION online to include your stall preferences and whom you want to be grouped with if purchasing separately from your friends. Suggestion: Use a group name, and make sure all people in your group use the same name, and preferably a total number of how many stalls will be in your group.

Haul Ins:

Haul Ins allowed for a one-time $50 per horse fee
Parking lot for haul ins – to be determine.
Haul Ins must pay for all horses in the trailer, no exceptions


Entries, stalls and exhibitions open on May 1, 2021 at 10:00:01 am EST on Don’t wait, build your profile now!
Example: One Open Entry = Two Exhibitions Max, Two Open Entries = Four Exhibitions Max, etc.
Any purchases greater than two exhibitions per horse will result in the removal of extra exhibitions with no refund.
Exhibitions must be purchased by the competing member in Do not attempt to purchase exhibitions for anyone else. No refunds.
Exhibitions will be available in 50-minute time slots and in both arenas. Members may purchase their two exhibitions in the same arena, or split them between the two arenas.
Exhibitions are not guaranteed and only available while supplies last. Any unsold time slots will be sold at check-in.

Sweepstakes Race

$2,000 Added
Open to ALL NBHA Members
$125 Entry Fee
70% Payback | 5D
Entries close at first big drag

Super Senior Race

$500 Added
Must be a qualifier to enter | 60 and over day of race
*** New this year you can carry over your time from the Sweepstakes Race into the Super Senior Race***
$60 Entry Fee
70% Payback | 5D

Golf Carts & Crickets

Reserve a golf cart by calling 478-472-8565
Personal golf carts, utility carts and Crickets permitted
No other motorized vehicles that you straddle or stand on permitted
All permitted carts must be checked-in at the gate
Cart user must agree to and sign the rules related to use

Reserve Souvenir Packages – Pre-sales end 10/01

Contestant Package | $45 | Limit 1 per Contestant
Commemorative Felt Back Number
Souvenir T-shirt with Contestant Names
Show Program

Commemorative Package | $40
Souvenir T-shirt with Contestant Names
Show Program
Large Show Sticker

*NEW* Payment Plan Available for Online Entries

All online entries will be taken through
Entries open on May 1, 2021 at 10:00:01 am EST
Don’t wait, build your profile now!
Online entries will accept all major credit cards.
Choose the ‘Payment Plan’ option to at checkout break your total entry sum into three payments spaced 4 weeks apart each.
The Payment Plan option will expire on July 23rd and not be available for new entries taken from that point on.
Please use a credit card that does not expire during the upcoming months. Incomplete charges that are not cleared up with the office in a timely matter will result in DQ.
Payment plan becomes void and the full balance is due when adding classes or making changes mid-plan.

NoltrexVet Open Redemption Round:

$2,500 Added | 5D Race
Entry available to the horse/rider combinations who didn’t qualify to Finals
$60 Entry Fee
Winner of Each D (ties included) advance to Finals and receives Finalist buckle

NoltrexVet Senior Redemption Round:

$500 Added | 5D Race
Entry available to the horse/rider combinations who didn’t qualify to Finals
$50 Entry Fee
Winner of Each D (ties included) advance to Finals and receives Finalist buckle

Highlighted Rules:

All horses on the grounds must have a stall or pay a haul-in fee.
A same horse cannot be ridden more than once per class (Family Exception – See Rulebook)
You must name your horse at time of entry and must use registered names, if available
Horse substitutions allowed. $25 fee per horse substitutions after the draw
Anyone caught using horse substitutions for draw advantages will be redrawn within their draw positions at the discretion of NBHA officials.
Rider substitutions not allowed
Check-in is required prior to your first drawn position in your first event, or contestant is disqualified
Maximum 5 horses entered in a class per qualified contestant
Follow Georgia state regulations for coggins & health certificate requirements
Dress code strictly enforced
If in the holding pen, whether a contestant or not, closed toed shoes required
Absolutely no bareback riding at any time – Saddles must be used when horseback
Returned check fee = $35
Dress Code, 1st Offense = Warning, 2nd Offense = $50 Fine, Hat Fine = $10


**New in 2021** No more admission armbands! Arena admission is FREE!
**New in 2021** No more registration fee for bringing your own golf cart

Event Schedule:

Below is a working schedule to help you plan your trip to Perry. More details will be added closer to the event.

Friday 10/22/21
8AM: Gates Open – No Arrivals Prior
8AM to 9PM: Registration | Front Gate

Saturday 10/23/21
7AM to 9PM: Registration | Front Gate
9AM to 7PM: Exhibitions
7PM to 8PM: Open Arena

Sunday 10/24/21
7AM to 12PM: Registration | Front Gate
8AM to 12PM: Exhibitions
10:30am Cowboy Church
12PM to Last Rider: Registration | Main Office
12PM to 12:30PM: Open Arena
1PM: Sweepstakes | Super Senior
At first big drag in Sweepstakes: Sweepstakes Entries Close

Monday 10/25/21
7AM to Last Rider: Registration | Main Office
7AM to 7:30AM: Open Arena
8AM: Start Open Go Round 1

Tuesday 10/26/21
7AM to Last Rider: Registration | Main Office
8AM: Complete Open Go Round 1 | Senior Go Round 1
TBD: Trick or Trot

Wednesday 10/27/21
8AM: Start Open Go Round 2

Thursday 10/28/21
8AM: Complete Open Go Round 2 | Senior Go Round 2
At the Conclusion of Go Round 2: NoltrexVet Redemption Entries Open Online & Office
TBD: Amateur Adult Barrel Race

Friday 10/29/21
7AM: NoltrexVet Redemption Entries thru last big drag
8 AM: NoltrexVet Senior Redemption Round | NoltrexVet Open Redemption Round
7PM: Senior Grand Entry | Senior Finals

Saturday 10/30/21
10AM: Grand Entry Line Up
11AM: Grand Entry | Open Finals

Sunday 10/31/21
11AM: All must vacate the venue

Download the NBHA 2021 Open & Senior World Championship Entry Form & Information Sheet Here

Download the NBHA 2021 Open & Senior World Information Sheet here


Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
Perry, GA United States


Official NBHA
(706) 722-7223