NHC Contest play is completely different than many other contests that you may be familar with. The trick is to pick winners. If you are new to contest play, you have the ability to learn from some of the most talented and successful horseplayers in the game.

Fill out the form below and we will connect you with a mentor.

  • We cannot guarantee that you will receive your preferred mentor, but we will do our best to place you with your preference, if you have one.
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Thank you for putting me in contact with John.

He spent well over an hour sharing his knowledge and expertise on the tournament scene.  He was able to give ideas how to build my knowledge and ways to improve my expertise.  Along with a nice gentleman and very giving of his time.

Our discussion has given me more confidence e and game plan to more comfortable in the tournament format and will increase my time and financial commitment.

Greg L. , Mentor: John Fisher

Meet the Mentors

Mike Yurczyk

Mike (MN) is a 4 time NHC Qualifier and has cashed every year he has been to the NHC.

Chris Podratz

Chris (CA) is a Registered Nurse Administrator and an 8 time NHC Qualifier. Chris has finished 3 times in the money at the NHC with his best showing in 2012 when he finished 11th.

Paul Weizer

Paul (MA) is a university professor and a 13 time NHC Qualifier. Live money, on track contest player who has qualified at Keeneland multiple times. 2nd place finisher at 2014 BCBC.

Trey Stiles

Trey (TX) is an attorney and a 17 year NHC Qualifier and a Class of 2019 NHC Hall of Fame Inductee. You can follow him on Twitter @ride_that_pony

Jonathon Kinchen

Jonathon (TX) is the 2015 NHC Tour Champion. He is an avid contest player, focusing primarily on on track contests.

Chris Larmey

Chris Larmey (WA) – Class of 2018 NHC Hall of Fame Inductee, NHC Players’ Committee Chairman, 15 year qualifier, can follow his tweets @derby1592

Judy Wagner

Judy Wagner (LA) – NTRA Board of Directors, member of the Louisiana Racing Commission, NHC Players’ Committee, 2nd place finisher 2009 NHC Tour, NHC Champion 2001.

Paul Shurman

Paul Shurman (NY) – 2011 NHC Tour Champion, Players’ Committee, NHC Hall of Fame Inductee, 17 year qualifier

Hal Wafer

Hal Wafer (AZ) – NHC Players’ Committee, enjoys playing with friends on-track

Ellen Patrick

Ellen Patrick (TX) – 2016 Treasure Island Last Chance Tournament winner (first female to win it), excellent online and ontrack player from Dallas, TX

Scott Carson

Scott Carson (NY) – finished 5th at NHC2018, operator of PublicHandicapper.com, 11 year qualifier, east coast expert

Monte Engler

Monte Engler (NY) – has won his way to the NHC multiple times by finishing in the top 150 of the NHC Tour Leaderboard without qualifying ontrack or online

Ray Arsenault

Ray Arsenault (Canada) – 2017 NHC Champion, fan favorite from Canada, specializes ontrack

Robin Buser

Robin Buser (NJ) – lawyer from NJ, online and ontrack expert, qualified 9 times

John Fisher

John Fisher (FL) – fan favorite from Leesburg, FL, retired Boeing engineer, 9 year qualifier

Dennis Decauwer

Dennis Decauwer (CA) – vice-chairman Players’ Committee, west coast specialist, loves ontrack

Ross Gallo

Ross Gallo (FL) – NHC Players’ Committee, dad and brother play – family affair, 12 time qualifier