NCHA Releases Western Nationals Statement

There have been a number of allegations and innuendos through social media and general “gossip” regarding the bids for the 2017 and 2018 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships. In a continuing effort to keep the membership accurately informed of the association’s operations, Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell would like to update you on the facts relating to the current bid process for those shows.

  • The 2016 Western Nationals will be in Denver, as contracted in 2014.

  • A request for proposal (RFP) was sent to cities that indicated an interest in hosting the 2017-2018 Western Nationals.

  • An initial deadline of June 1, 2015, was set for interested parties to return the RFPs.

  • Equine facilities in four cities have submitted proposals. Those cities are Denver, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Utah, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • As of June 8, no equine facility in Reno, Nevada, has submitted any proposal to the NCHA to host the 2017/2018 Western Nationals.

  • NCHA Executive Committee member Jerry Louie did not, on any date, hand deliver a proposal from any equine facility in Reno to the NCHA office to host the 2017/2018 Western Nationals.

  • NCHA President Bruce Richerson did not instruct any NCHA staff to accept any bid for the 2017/2018 Western Nationals delivered to the NCHA past the current deadline.

It is important for the membership to understand and leadership to demonstrate that the NCHA is first and foremost about integrity and transparency. Campbell will continue to keep members informed about the bid process and information will be posted on the NCHA website.