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NCHA Western National Championship entries shatter 15-year

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Lauren Middleton, of Flora, Miss., riding "Cees Little Poo" at the Eastern National Championships, held in March. Lauren won the $15,000 Novice/Non Pro division.

(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

National Championships.

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 or call (817) 244-6188.


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