What the Dates for the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)?


NTRA Releases Update on the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship

Thank you for your patience over these last several months as we have attempted to deal with the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. With the health and safety of our participants, guests and team members our highest priority, we have decided to delay the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) until the summer of 2021. The new date for the NHC will be August 27-29, 2021 at Bally’s.
The new August date is nearly 200 days later than the originally scheduled NHC slated for February 12-14. Although we all are aware that planning for many future events during the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult and unpredictable, we are hopeful that the delay will allow ample opportunity for us to host a successful live event that has become an annual celebration of the horseplayer. Rest assured that Bally’s and the NTRA will be doing everything within our power to ensure the safest environment possible next August. Precautions related to COVID-19 will be finalized and announced as we get closer to the new date and will be based on the most up-to-date local, state and federal guidance. Bally’s and many other Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas already are back open and operating and we appreciate our partners at Bally’s working with us to secure this new date for the 2021 NHC.
Importantly, the change in date for the 2021 NHC will have no bearing on the current 2020-21 NHC Tour which remains set to conclude on its regularly scheduled date of January 23, 2021. Thus, the only individuals who will be impacted by this 2021 NHC date change will be those individuals who have qualified for the 2021 NHC. We anticipate that the 2022 NHC will revert to its traditional February date.
Further details on the new NHC date will be forthcoming in the near future. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you.
Keith Chamblin
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