The first National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon in Lyon, France, from Oct. 28-Nov. 1. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.
Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.
“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now, show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second, the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”
For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit www.nchaeurope.com.