The 2013 NCHA Western Nationals, presented by the Four Sixes Ranch April 29-May 9 in Denver, Colo., is slated to be one for the books, and one cutting enthusiasts won’t want to miss. According to Ron Pietrafeso, one of the many dedicated organizers of the event, the goal is to exceed the number of entries ever reached at Western Nationals, and show producers are going to great lengths to try and reach that goal.
Aside from an intense, $200,000-added cutting competition delivered from some of the top horses and riders from the western states, the Western Nationals will also host numerous social activities and family-oriented events for all to enjoy.
The first ever Kenny Paul Memorial Ranch Rodeo, held in conjunction with the cutting, will welcome trainers to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Half of the proceeds will benefit Payton Paul, daughter of Kenny Paul, the New Mexico trainer who passed away during the Western Nationals four years ago.
“Everyone has kind of pitched in over the years and helped Shauna and Payton as much as we could,” said Pietrafeso, who added that the event will have free finger foods, a cash bar and a free drink coupon for all attendees.
The Western Nationals will host two or three additional cocktail parties during the duration of the cutting. There will also be complimentary coffee and donuts at the practice pen from 5 to 7am every morning. An added highlight of the event is the generous donation by Linda Holmes of a Halreycious yearling. All youth competitors at Western Nationals will automatically be put in a drawing to win the horse. Last, but not least, a complimentary unloading service will be provided to competitors this year. Courtesy of Potestio Bros., a licensed John Deere dealer in the area, volunteers will meet every truck and trailer at the event with a John Deere Gator ready to unload their tack and equipment and direct them to their stalls.
“We’re trying to make it the biggest Western Nationals they’ve ever had,” Pietrafeso said of the efforts show management is taking this year. “The biggest one to date was in 2009 in Ogden, and it had a little over 900 entries. We’re trying to beat that record. We’re shooting for 1,000 entries.”
For more information on the 2013 Western Nationals Click here or call NCHA (817) 244-6188.