History will be made in Fort Worth, Texas, December 2 – 4 when approximately 100 students will compete in the inaugural NCHA Intercollegiate Cutting Horse Judging Contest. The NCHA, in conjunction with Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension, will host collegiate judging teams and coaches from across the nation during the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity.
Contestants will be treated to a judging seminar featuring NCHA Director of Judges, Russell McCord Wednesday afternoon then Thursday take a rulebook test, judge a penalty clip test and two sets of horses from the second go-round of the Non-Pro Futurity via video. Winning teams and top 10 high scoring individuals will be determined based on a total composite score and recognized during an awards dinner Thursday evening. The top 10 individuals will judge live horses Friday, in the Watt arena, during the World Finals of weekend classes. The overall high point contestant will be recognized and invited to judge from the “6th Box” during the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown Open Finals the evening of December 4.
This will be many of the students’ first trip to Fort Worth and exposure to the NCHA and the exciting sport of cutting. They will have the opportunity to win one or more of many awards including scholarships, boots, stirrups, trophies, buckles, books, vests, jeans and shirts. The NCHA and TAMU plan to make this judging contest an exciting, educational and memorable event for future equine event judges and cutting industry participants.
Sponsors for the event include Rio of Mercedes Boots, Jimmy & Lisa Bankston, NCHA, Arthur Noble, Gist Buckles, Dr. Gary Potter, Nettles Stirrups – Madisonville, Tx, Derby Jones, First Eye Care – Arlington, TX, Dan Yeager, Cowboy Trailer Sales – Crockett, Tx, Ronnie Smith, Cinch/Cruel Girl Clothing, Danny Rosato, Tioga Territory, Wade Smith, 4 Counties Books, Danny Miller, Tennessee Walker, Melinda Harris Montgomery, and Missy Lyons.