NCHA Weekend features cutting across North America

More than 5,000 entries are expected in the National Cutting Horse Association’s celebration of the weekend cutter, NCHA Weekend which will take place at 25 locations across North America June 3-5.

Each year, NCHA Weekend pays out hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash prizes, plus special awards to the contestants who make up the foundation of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Association.

As an added incentive for cutters, many of the shows are dual approved with NCHA and the American Quarter Horse Association, enabling contestants to earn points towards qualifying for the AQHA World Show.

Shows representing each of NCHA’s 25 Areas are scheduled, from one to three days each on June 3-5. There locations are as follows:


AQHA/NCHA Weekend locations announced

NCHA, along with the American Quarter Horse Association, is pleased to announce the 2014 AQHA/NCHA Cutting Weekend locations that will host three days of fun-filled cutting action for weekend cutters.

The shows kick off May 30 and run through June 1 at 25 select locations across the United States and Canada. AQHA/NCHA weekend historically hosts the largest weekend competitions of the year with many locations offering live music, cookouts and more family-oriented activities as well as increased payouts. As an added bonus, AQHA/NCHA Weekend cutters have the chance to qualify for the AQHA World Championship Show, which annually provides a tremendous value opportunity for cutters with great purses and a run at a coveted world championship trophy.

“AQHA/NCHA Weekend is one of the most important events of the year because it highlights weekend cutters,” NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell said. “As always, we are excited to partner with AQHA on what we know will be a successful weekend of great cutting competitions across the nation. We look forward to cheering those qualifying competitors on at the 2014 AQHA World Show.”

New this year, AQHA is allowing these events to be double judged (two AQHA judges concurrently during one cutting run), which will allow for competitors to receive double points. Competitors should check with their area directors to find which AQHA/NCHA weekend locations will offer this double judging system.

Last year’s AQHA/NCHA Weekend awarded more than 200 amateur points and approximately 160 open points to weekend cutters, which made them eligible for a shot at the $41,000 in Amateur payouts and more than $80,000 in Open money awarded at the 2013 AQHA World Show. A pinnacle event that attracts thousands of competitors and their American Quarter Horses each year to vie for thousands in winnings, The AQHA World Show, will be Nov. 7-22 in Oklahoma City.

2014 AQHA/NCHA Weekend Dates and Locations
Area Dates Location Host Affiliate
1 May 30-31 & June 1 Ellensburg, WA – Kittas Valley Event Center Cascade Cow Cutters
2 May 30-31 & June 1 Scottsdale, AZ – West World Arena AZ CHA
3 May 30-31 Farmington, UT – Legacy Events Center Utah CHA
4 May 30-31 & June 1 Livingston, MT – Heart K Land & Cattle Co Arena Montana CHA
5 May 30-31 & June 1 Morarity, NM – Rocking Horse Arena New Mexico CHA
6 May 30-31 Maple Plain, MN – Kuka Equestrian Center MN CHA
7 May 31 & June 1 Park City, KS – Kansas Coliseum Beef Empire CHA
8 May 30-31 & June 1 Waurika, OK – Chisholm Trail Arena Chisholm Trail CHA
9 May 30-31 & June 1 Hamilton, TX – Circle T Arena West Central TX CHA
10 May 30-31 & June 1 Brenham, TX – Washington County Fairgrounds Waller CHA
11 May 30-31 & June 1 Amarillo, TX – Bill Cody Arena Tri State Fairgrounds Panhandle CHA
12 May 31 & June 1 Iowa Falls, IA – Ellsworth Equestrian Center Iowa CHA
13 May 30-31 & June 1 DuQuoin, IL – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Mid State IL CHA
14 May 30-31 & June 1 Batesville, Ms – Ranch Arena One Area 14 Affiliates
15 May 30-31 & June 1 Springville, IN – Pilchers Arena Indiana CHA
16 May 31 & June 1 Lady Lake, FL – Lady Lake Equestrian Center Florida CHA
17 May 31 & June 1 Lewisburg, WV – Shawnee Farms Arena East Coast CHA
18 May 31 & June 1 North Augusta, SC – Hippodrome Area 18 CHA
19 May 31 & June 1 Hamburg, PA – Mountain Springs Arena Pennsylvania CHA
20 May 30-31 Claresholm, AB – Claresholm Agriplex AB CHA
21 May 31 & June 1 Ormstown, QB – Ormstown Fairgrounds Eastern Canadian CHA
22 May 30-31 & June 1 Rainsville, AL – N.E. Alabama Agri Business Center Northeast AL CHA
23 May 31 & June 1 Saskatoon, SK – Praireland Park AG Center Sask CHA
24 May 30-31 Athens, TX – Henderson County Fair Park Area 24 Affiliates
25 May 30-31 Carthage, MO – Lucky J Arena Ozark Mountain CHA

NYCHA looks for shutterbugs

AQHA NCHA WeekendA picture is worth a thousand words, and the NCHA wants to know the story of your area’s NCHA Weekend event. We’re looking for photos from each area’s event that captures the people, excitement, camaraderie, and all the happenings over the weekend for use in the Cutting Horse Chatter. The NYCHA Shutterbugs contest is open to ALL youth members attending an NCHA Weekend event. As an Official NYCHA Press Representative for the NCHA during NCHA Weekend, you’ll be issued a press badge by your show secretary as well as a disposable camera should you need one.

Rios of MercedesIs there a prize?
Of course there’s a prize! Rios of Mercedes, the Official Boot of the NCHA, has generously provided a pair of boots to the winner of the NYCHA Shutterbugs contest. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges that will evaluate each photo entry based on how well the youth member captured the essence of their area’s NCHA Weekend show. Photo clarity (no blurry images, please) and resolution will also be taken into consideration.

What do I have to do?
Grab a camera and look for photo opportunities around the show! We’re looking for all kinds of candid photos – silly pictures, folks interacting with each other, show staff and attendees at work, fellow youth members hanging out together, what’s for lunch, any special events (cookouts, parties, contests, etc.), or just anything you see that would make a great picture!

What if I don’t have a camera? Can I use my phone?
We are sending disposable cameras to each show secretary, in case you need one. Supplies are limited and secretaries will distribute them on a first come, first served basis. Sorry, we can’t use pictures taken with your phone. They are not high enough in resolution to print well in the Chatter magazine. If you have your own digital camera you can use it.

What do I do when I’m done?
If you’re using a disposable camera, just send the whole camera back to the NCHA office with your name and area number written on it and we’ll get your photos developed for the contest. If you’re using a digital camera, make a CD of all the images you took, write your name and area number on the disc, and mail it to the NCHA office. Please do not email photos.

What is the deadline to send in my pictures?
Disposable cameras and CDs should be postmarked no later than Monday, June 10, 2013. The winner will be announced and notified the following Monday, June 17.

Thousands of cutters enjoy AQHA NCHA Weekend

AQHA NCHA WeekendPreliminary figures indicate that AQHA NCHA Weekend attracted nearly 6,200 entries across North America on June 1-3.

Shows were held in each of NCHA’s 25 Areas across the United States and Canada, making it the largest cutting of the year.

Once results from all the shows have been verified, it’s expected that overall entries will show an increase of about 11% over the 2010 NCHA Weekend shows. The event was not held last year, due to the outbreak of the EHV-1 virus.

Unofficially, the top five shows for participation appear to be Graham, Texas with 540 entries; Bakersfield, California with 420; Moses Lake, Washington with 373; Batesville, Mississippi with 352; and Farmington, New Mexico with 339.

The 2012 AQHA-NCHA Weekend offers cutters a road to the AQHA world championship shows.

AQHA-NCHA WeekendThe American Quarter Horse Association is proud to sponsor the National Cutting Horse Association’s largest event of the year, AQHA-NCHA Weekend, June 1-3 in 25 cities throughout the United States and Canada.

AQHA-NCHA Weekend is cutting’s biggest celebration of its grassroots participants, and this year, all of the shows are dual-approved. Points earned in designated classes will count toward qualification for the youth, amateur, Select and open AQHA world championship shows.

“A large percentage of the horses that compete in NCHA are American Quarter Horses, and this nationwide weekend of cutting is a great opportunity to spotlight the crossover between NCHA and AQHA,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “We are excited for our partnership with NCHA and the large number of horses and riders who will qualify for AQHA world championship shows during AQHA-NCHA Weekend.”

As most cutters know, the AQHA world shows offer big prize money, so AQHA-NCHA Weekend is a great opportunity to earn qualifying points and take a run at great purses. The amateur cutting finals for the 2012 Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show should reach $60,000, and the junior and senior cutting finals during the 2012 FedEx Open World Championship Show offers more than $100,000 combined, with 100 percent of entry fees paid back.

AQHA classes will be offered at least one day at each of the AQHA-NCHA Weekend shows and will usually be held as a class-within-a-class of the corresponding NCHA class. NCHA members who also have an individual AQHA membership and show an American Quarter Horse under its AQHA registered name will be eligible to earn AQHA points toward qualification for the 2012 AQHA, the 2013 Built Ford Tough Youth and 2013 Adequan Select world championship shows.

World Show Qualification

Qualification points for the AQHA world shows will work as follows:

  • AQHA points earned in the NCHA open class will count toward qualification for the 2012 FedEx Open World in AQHA’s senior division (horses 6 years and older).
  • The AQHA junior class, for horses 5 years and younger, will be offered within the NCHA $10,000 novice horse class, and those points will count toward junior cutting.
  • AQHA points earned in the NCHA non-pro class will count toward qualification for the 2012 Bank of America Amateur World or for the 2013 Adequan Select World.
  • AQHA points earned in the NCHA youth class will count toward qualification for the 2013 Ford Youth World.
    To qualify for the 2012 AQHA World Show’s amateur cutting, exhibitors must have at least three points. To qualify for the 2012 AQHA World Show’s junior or senior cutting, exhibitors must have 4.5 points.

With 25 locations during the June 1-3 weekend, AQHA-NCHA Weekend is a great opportunity for cutters of all skill levels to earn AQHA points.

2012 NCHA Weekend

Area – Location – Dates – Affiliate

1. Moses Lake, Washington, June 1-3, Washington Cutting Horse Association
2. Bakersfield, California, June 1-3, Kern County CHA
3. Delta, Utah, June 1-2, Central Utah CHA
4. Dillon, Montana, June 2-3, Montana CHA
5. Farmington, New Mexico, June 1-3, Four Corners Cutting Horse Club
6. Huron, South Dakota, June 2-3, South Dakota CHA
7. Lyons, Kansas, June 2-3, Kansas CHA
8. Ada, Oklahoma, June 1-2, Southern Oklahoma CHA
9. Graham, Texas, June 1-3, PK Cutters
10. Brenham, Texas, June 2-3, Central Texas CHA
11. Amarillo, Texas, June 1-3, Palo Duro CHA
12. Iowa Falls, Iowa, June 2-3, Iowa CHA
13. DuQuoin, Illinois, June 1-3, Mid State Illinois CHA
14. Batesville, Mississippi, June 1-3, Mid South CHA
15. Swanton, Ohio, June 1-3, Great Lakes CHA
16. Lady Lake, Florida, June 2-3, Florida CHA
17. Lewisburg, West Virginia, June 2-3, East Coast CHA
18. N. Augusta, South Carolina, June 2-3, Area 18 CHA
19. Hamburg, Pennsylvania, June 2-3, Pennsylvania CHA
20. Claresholm, Alberta, June 1-3, Alberta CHA
21. Codrington, Ontario, June 2-3, Ontario CHA
22. Franklin, Tennessee, June 1-3, Area 22 CHA
23. Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, June 2-3, Saskatchewan CHA
24. Athens, Texas, June 1-2, Area 24 Affiliates
25. Carthage, Missouri, June 1-3, Ozark Mountain CHA