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Denver to Host
2013 NCHA Western National Championships
Worth, Texas, September 30, 2013 The National Cutting Horse
Association (NCHA) and the National Western Complex of Denver, Colo., have
reached an agreement to host the NCHA Western National Championships presented
by 6666 Ranch in Denver, April 28-May 9, 2014. It has previously been in Reno,
Nev., and Ogden, Utah.
This is a great development for NCHA as it works to satisfy members who face
long travel distances and geographic challenges like mountain ranges to reach
the competition, said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell.
While NCHA did not solicit bids for the Western National Championships,
interested parties were welcome to submit proposals. We appreciate the hard work
by the committees representing Reno and Denver, who were the final contenders
for the bid, and count it a compliment to our sport that both cities were
eager to have the Western National Championships be a part of their event
Campbell said the NCHA Executive Committee has established a plan to rotate the
event between a Midwestern (Denver or similar) and a Western location over the
next four years to address those challenges.
In addition, the Executive Committee will continue to investigate hosting three
national championship shows; however, the committee elected to rotate the shows
on an annual basis in the short term to accommodate the greatest number of NCHA
NCHA members have until November 10 to qualify to compete in the Eastern
Nationals to be held in Jackson, Miss., and the Western Nationals. Qualification
requires that an entry fee be paid and the rider rides to the herd in the event
in which they wish to qualify. A total of $200,000-added is offered at each
event, along with a significant prize package that includes RooHide saddles,
Gist Silversmith belt buckles, Joey Jemison chaps, 5 Star Equine saddle pads and
Platinum Performance and Lubrisyn products.
The National Cutting Horse Association approves approximately 1,600 events each
year with purses totally more than $35 million throughout the sport. Cutting
events take place throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, South
American and Europe and are supported by such companies as Mercuria Energy, Ram
Truck, Great American Insurance Group, the American Quarter Horse Association,
John Deere Tractors and Cinch and Cruel jeans, among many others.
The National Cutting Horse Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the world
governing body for the sport of cutting. With more than 16,000 members
worldwide, its mission is to promote and celebrate the cutting horse, whose
origin on Western supports ranching and Western heritage. By establishing rules
for the conduct of cutting horse shows, NCHA provides a level playing field and
a progressive class structure, which accommodates everyone from the beginner to
the advanced competitor. NCHA draws on the diverse talents and backgrounds of
its members and encourages their participation in helping it achieve these
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