If your horse is sired by one of the Ruby Buckle Stallions, your horse is eligible for nomination.

Only one nomination payment is due per year per horse. Nomination payments are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

All horses need to be nominated every year to remain eligible to compete at the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races (starting in 2020).

Nomination Schedule :

$200 due by Aug 1


$300 due by Dec 1

If you do not pay your horse in (nominate) by the Dec 1 deadline, they will not be eligible for nomination into the Ruby Buckle unless you utilize the Missed Payment Option (see below).


There is a Missed Payment option for horses that were not nominated the first year of eligibility or have missed a nomination payment. Horses must be late paid before the end of their 3 yr-old-year. Yearly nomination payments will be due to maintain your horse’s eligibility to run at the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races.

$2,000 / due by Dec 31 (of their 3 yr old year)

For the entire life of your horse, if you wish to run at the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races, they will need to be paid in yearly. (Example: Weanling $200 + Yearling $200 + 2 yr old $200 + 3 yr old $200 + 4 yr old $200 + 5 yr old $200 = $1200 + Entry Fee for the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races)

Any horse nominated into the Ruby Buckle will need to pay $200 yearly to remain eligible to run at the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races for future years.

$200 nomination for all horses are due by Aug 1.  If you miss this deadline the fee will be $300 due by Dec 1.  AQHA registration papers are not needed at the time of nomination but we require that you email a copy of the papers to when you get them.

In the case of stallions leaving the program or dying –> Within any given year, if you have nominated your horse (sired by a current Ruby Buckle Stallion) and continue to pay your nominations yearly, your horse will always be eligible to run in the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races.

Example — > ‘Stallion X’ sired horses are eligible to run at the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races as long as they are nominated into the program each year starting in 2020 or each year of their life. If ‘Stallion X’ drops out of the Ruby Buckle Stallions list, your foal will be eligible to run at the Ruby Buckle Barrel Races as long as ‘Stallion X’ was Ruby Buckle eligible the year your foal was conceived. Foal must be nominated based on schedule outlined above.

Starting in 2021, only weanlings whose sires were 2020 Ruby Buckle Stallions the year the foal was conceived are eligible for nomination.

*In the case where a horse is not/cannot be registered: a DNA test will need to be provided by the horse owner with nomination/entry form(s) & the stallion owner will be contacted by the Pink Buckle office to verify parentage and confirm that all breeding payments have been made to the stallion owner.

If you have any Nomination questions please email