The National Cutting Horse Association: From its small grass root beginnings in 1946, to
the stalwart, member-oriented organization it is today, the National Cutting Horse
Association has been, and continues to be a trail blazer in the equine industry. With its
primary goals being: to promote cutting competition, standardize contest rules, and preserve
the cutting horse's heritage, the NCHA provides a remarkable means for cutting horse
enthusiast around the world to join in these efforts. More than 1,400 NCHA-approved shows
and limited-age events are held annually, with purses totaling more than $35 million, quite
different from days of the Old West when cutting was born. The cutting horse has always
been and will continue to be a ranch necessity.
On the ranch no rules are needed, and the objective of separating a particular cow from
the herd is not done under the watchful eye of a judge. However, it is entirely another
story in the contest arena. Thus, standardization of rules during contests is necessary to
give contestants as well as spectators a better understanding of what a cutting horse must
do and must not do when in the show arena. The NCHA provides the means by which contests
are judged by maintaining a point system which gives definite credits and penalties while
providing a fair basis for judging cutting horses and their riders. See
The NCHA also produces cutting horse shows in which the many hours of hard work and dollars
spent by trainers and owners can be put to test and rewarded, whether with trophy or individual
satisfaction. Through sponsor partnerships, the Association is able
to produce six major events: the World Championship Futurity, the World Finals, the Eastern National Championships, the Western National Championships, the
Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic, and the Summer
Cutting Spectacular. These events while endorsing the sport of cutting also support the community around
them. Economic values to host cities are estimated in excess of $70 million for these events,
illuminating the importance of the cutting horse and its industry.
One of the world's fastest growing sports, cutting offers tremendous excitement and drama
for horse, rider and spectators alike. Just as the sport has grown, the NCHA has grown as
well. In 2005 the National Cutting Horse Association saw membership with a total count of 16,442. It is because of these dedicated members, the NCHA has been so successful
in the cause of the cutting horse. Members consist of people from all walks of life, but
each share a true love for the sport of cutting and its horses.
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