NCHA membership benefits
Record Keeping System: NCHA keeps approved show earnings on both horse and rider. Earnings records can be accessed free of charge through NCHA’s web site: www.nchacutting.com.
Judging and Monitoring System: NCHA judging department is committed to providing well-trained judges for all NCHA events. Judges are required to attend special clinics and adhere to strict guidelines.
Award eligibility: NCHA has one of the most extensive and well-rounded award programs in the equine industry, annually awarding more than $600,000 in buckles, trophies, and merchandise. Total added money amounts to over $3 million at the six major NCHA-produced shows alone.
In 1998, NCHA instituted a new program aimed at beginning cutters like yourself. The Achievement Award is given to NCHA members once they have earned $1,000 in Weekend approved classes. For this special milestone, each member receives an inscribed belt buckle courtesy of the NCHA.
NCHA Charities Foundation: NCHA Charities Foundation’s Cutters In Action was created to assist the cutting family. CIA’s top priorities are the education of NCHA youth and assistance to NCHA families in times of crisis. NCHA Charities has provided over $2 million dollars in scholarship funds to children of NCHA members and over $250,000 to assist NCHA families in times of need.
www.nchacutting.com: One of the most rapidly expanding NCHA member benefits is the NCHA web site. The website puts the information you need at your fingertips. The site captures up to date information on current events, show results, horse and rider earnings and what is happening in the sport of cutting. You can even watch selected NCHA events
The Cutting Horse Chatter: NCHA’s official publication is provided online free of charge to its members. The award-winning monthly magazine provides coverage of major NCHA events, informative news, and special columns related to equine and cutting. It also provides a comprehensive list of coming events from coast to coast. A printed version is complimentary with select membership types.
Rule Book: The NCHA Rulebook is a valuable source of information to the competitor. In addition to rules of competition, it also provides a summary of awards and a show management handbook, as well as non-professional and judging casebooks. The Rulebook is also available in its entirety at www.nchacutting.com.
NCHA Governance Regions: NCHA membership is divided into eight regions with each region represented by a voting member of the NCHA Executive Committee.
Areas: The eight NCHA regions are divided into 26 areas.
Class Structure: NCHA has 12 approved divisions of competition which fall in one of two categories: rider class or horse class. Horse classes are divided into Open or Novice divisions, while rider classes are divided into Non-Pro, Amateur, Youth and $2,000 Limit Rider divisions. The $2,000 Limit Rider class, a division for competitors with lifetime earnings of $2,000 or less, was developed especially for the beginning cutter. This is the only rider class where it is not required that a horse be owned by the rider. This unique arrangement allows beginners to experience the sport before investing in a horse of their own.
Horse Classes: Open, $25,000 Novice, $5,000 Novice, $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro, $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro
Rider Classes: Non-Pro; $35,000 Limit Non-Pro; $50,000 Amateur; $15,000 Amateur; $2,000 Limit Rider/Any Horse; Senior Youth; Junior Youth
National Championships: The NCHA Eastern National Championships held in Jackson, MS and its sister event, the NCHA Western National Championships held in Denver, CO are open to qualifying cutters from around the world.