(Fort Worth, TX)- The NCHA Western National Championships, presented by the
Four Sixes Ranch, attracted 924 entries, an all-time record in its 15-year history
at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden, Utah. The show runs April 28-May 9.
Entry numbers are up 35 percent from last year, including each of the 10 addedmoney
classes. Added-money also increased 67 percent, totaling $200,000.
This means every finalist in each of the added-money classes will take home a
larger check than last year. Total prize money is more than $411,000, nearly
doubling last year’s purse.
With all these boosts in numbers and prize money, the one factor that did not
fluctuate was entry fees which remained the same low price from last year.
Classes begin each day at 8 a.m. with free admission to the public. In addition to
the cutting action, there will be NYCHA activities, a team roping on May 2, a golf
tournament May 3, a steak fry luncheon May 7, and other special events. A
complete daily schedule and list of classes are available on the NCHA Web site
Exhibitors featuring Western clothing, tack, jewelry, home décor, and more will
comprise a unique western trade show throughout the duration of the Western
Qualifications for the Western National Championships are based on competing
in weekend shows across the United States and Canada during 2009. The top
ten qualifiers in each of the 12 NCHA classes from each area and each affiliate
are eligible to compete.
The AQHA/NCHA Affiliate Challenge will again bring the team concept to the
competition. This added challenge allows competitors to compete for team points
as well as individual recognition. The highest placing affiliate will receive a check
for $7,500, while the reserve champion will receive a $5,000 check. The
National Cutting Horse Association has more than 20,000 members from a
wide range of backgrounds. Each year more than 2,200 NCHA-approved events
are held throughout North America, with more than $43 million in prize money awarded. For more information visit www.nchacutting.com or call (817) 244-6188.