Western Nationals gears up for big crowd

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.”

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For more information on the 2013 Western Nationals Click here or call NCHA (817) 244-6188.

Reno to host 2012 NCHA Western Nationals

The 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships will return to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada, next spring. Reno hosted the 2011 Western Nationals this past spring, drawing 572 entries from the western United States and Canada, and from as far away as Indiana.

Established in 1995, the NCHA Western National Championships are a celebration of the National Cutting Horse Association’s grassroots members. It offers $20,000 added money in each of ten classes, plus special prizes in two youth classes. The show held last spring paid out more than $360,000.

Special entry standards for both the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern and Western National Championships will remain in place. Any NCHA member will be allowed to enter the shows held in 2013, provided they paid at least one entry fee and rode to the herd during the 2012 point year in an NCHA-approved show for each class entered.

The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center features multiple covered arenas, 644 permanent stalls, safe and efficient cattle handling facilities, covered and outdoor loping arenas, plentiful RV hookups, food service, and ample space on the concourse of the main arena for commercial vendors.

Entry forms for the Eastern and Western Nationals will be available at nchacutting.com in mid-January.

6666 Ranch/NCHA Western National entries due April 4

If you have already submitted your 2011 6666 Ranch/NCHA Western National Championships entry, THANK YOU! The show will be held in Reno, Nevada April 28 – May 8. Entry deadline is April 4th. So don’t delay in getting your entries into the NCHA office.

For the 2011 National Championships, cutters must only have paid an entry fee and ridden to the herd at least once in a class during the 2011 point year in order to be eligible to enter that class.

The show features $20,000 in added money in each of 10 classes, reasonable entry fees, special activities, the ever-popular junior and senior youth classes and youth team cutting and much more, so get your entries in to make sure you’re in the draw.

One lucky entry will win $10,000 off the price of a new diesel truck at any of Seth Wadley auto dealerships thanks to his new “Official NCHA Weekend Cutter Automotive Dealership” sponsorship.

Host hotel Silver Legacy Resort and Casino is offering special rates of $69 (Sun-Thurs) and $99 (Fri-Sat). Just call (800) 687-8733 and request group code NCHA. *Shuttle service to the livestock events center is available.

Also, come early on Thursday evening, April 26, to see Country Music sensation Luke Byran live in concert at the Reno Events Center and stay at the Silver Legacy for only $49!