Change to NCHA Amateur Rules Announced

As a result of a recent rule change approved by the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) executive committee, the earnings cap for NCHA Amateur card holders that are 60 years of age or older will be increased to $200,000 limited-age event/$200,000 weekend, and $400,000 lifetime.

Under the new rule, past or future senior monies will not count toward eligibility. Additionally, under the new rule, all NCHA Amateur card holders 70 years or older will be allowed to retain Amateur status, regardless of lifetime earnings. This rule goes into full force and effect at the start of the 2018 point year. Further details will be available in the 2018 NCHA rulebook for further details.

The NCHA is also making a one-time offer to all current NCHA Amateur card holders that meet the requirements listed above to enter the 2017 NCHA Futurity $50,000 Amateur division. To qualify for the offer, amateurs must currently hold an NCHA Amateur card and must reach the required age before the start date of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur class. The offer only applies to the 2017 Futurity and does not apply to any other shows held this year.

Amateurs that are eligible under the offer may enter the Futurity Amateur by making their first payment immediately, without any penalty for missing the Aug. 1 payment deadline. The second payment is due on Oct. 1. All penalties relating to any late payment of the second payment will remain in effect.

For more information, contact the NCHA show department.