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After Convention, NCHA Issues New Class Structure Proposal

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has posted an updated version of its class-restructuring proposal. The document includes changes made after discussion with members at the association’s annual convention, June 1-3.

NCHA President Phil Rapp said the latest proposal, which was posted on NCHA’s website Tuesday afternoon, will go back to the association’s Competition Committee for more discussion. It’s expected to be discussed at the August meeting of the Executive Committee, which is expected to receive a formal class-restructuring proposal during its October meeting, Rapp said.

He said the NCHA Executive Committee may call a special meeting of the Board of Directors during the 2018 NCHA Futurity or the 2019 NCHA Convention to conduct a vote. The timing of the vote will depend on how the proposal matures, Rapp said.

It’s very important to NCHA that the association’s directors and members take ownership in any changes that are made, Rapp said. Anyone who would like to share thoughts on the proposal should contact members of the Competition Committee or its subcommittee focusing on the class-restructuring proposal, he said.

“There’s still a lot of time for input to be put in from the members and from the Executive Committee,” Rapp said.

Current Weekend Class Structure Proposal (6-5-18)

There will be 4 divisions: Open, Non-Pro, Amateur and Youth. 

A rider can compete in the division he/she qualifies in as determined by the definition of an Open, Non-Pro, Amateur and Youth rider in the NCHA’s Rule Book.

Rider class eligibility is determined by their total lifetime earnings at the beginning of the NCHA point year.  There is NO distinction between limited aged event earnings and weekend earnings for rider earnings.  However, consistent with existing novice horse rules, horse earnings for weekend eligibility do not include limited aged event earnings. 

Open Classes

Open– The Open will remain as currently structured.

$25,000 Novice Horse$5,000 Novice Horse– Both classes will remain as currently structured.

Non-Pro Classes

Non-Pro– The Non-Pro will remain as currently structured.

$25,000 NH/NP$5,000 NH/NP– Both classes will remain as currently structured.

$100,000 Non-Pro– The $100K Non-Pro will be a new class, anyone classified as a Non-Pro with total LTEs under $100K can show in this class. The revolving door applies to this class.

$35,000 Non-Pro– This class will remain as currently structured. The revolving door does NOT apply to this class. 

Amateur Classes

Amateur– This class is open to anyone with an Amateur status as defined by the NCHA.

$50,000 Amateur– The $50,000 Amateur class will remain as currently structured.  The revolving door applies to this class. 

$15,000 Amateur– This class will remain as currently structured. The revolving door does NOT apply to this class.

Other Classes

$2,000 Limit Rider– This class will remain as currently structured

Youth– This class will remain as currently structured

Select Non-Pro– This class will remain as currently structured, earnings will be recorded and will NOT count for year-end awards or standings

$1000 Limit Amateur– will remain as currently structured. Earnings will be recorded and will NOT count for year-end awards or standings. However, all earnings in this class will count toward achievement buckles.

The Senior World Tour (60 and up) will remain structured as is, a class within a class.   

Senior Exception: Once a rider turns 70, the rider can drop down into the $100k Non Pro Class and or the $50k Amateur Class, as determined by their rider eligibility, regardless of earnings.. 

Revolving Door:  If a rider is NOT in the Top 100 money earning riders for the previous point year in ANY division, they may drop back into the $100k Non Pro Class or the $50k Amateur Class, as determined by their rider eligibility. 

Earnings Cap

Once an Amateur has won $250,000 or more in Total Non-Pro LAE and Non Pro Championship Weekend money, they MUST make a choice: to remain an Amateur and compete exclusively in the Amateur Division or to compete in the Non-Pro Division. Non Pro Championship Weekend money EXCLUDES Novice Horse Non Pro and $35k Non Pro earnings.  

Once a Non-Pro has won $250,000 or more in Total Open LAE and Open Championship Weekend Open money, they MUST make a choice: to remain a Non-Pro and compete exclusively in the Non-Pro Division or to compete in the Open Division. Open Championship Weekend money EXCLUDES Novice Horse earnings. 

PROPOSED WEEKEND CLASSES

       OPEN

       NON-PRO

       AMATEUR

       $25,000 NOVICE HORSE

       $25,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

       $100,000 NON-PRO

       $50,000 AMATEUR

       $5,000 NOVICE HORSE

       $5,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

       $35,000 NON-PRO

       $15,000 AMATEUR

       $2,000 LTD RIDER

       YOUTH

       SELECT NON-PRO

       $1,000 LIMIT AMATEUR

To download the Weekend Class Structure Proposal please click here.

 

Limited Age Event Class Structure Proposal

There will be three divisions:  Open, Non-Pro and Amateur and within each division there will be 3 levels.  

A rider can compete in whatever division he/she qualifies in as determined by the definitions of an Open, Non-Pro and Amateur rider in the NCHA Rule Book. 

The levels within each division are based upon the Rider’s Total Lifetime Earnings at the beginning of the NCHA point year.  There is NO distinction between Limited Aged Event earnings and Weekend earnings.  ALL earnings (i.e. senior, area work-offs, etc.) are now included in a rider’s Total Lifetime Earnings.

Levels within each division are defined as follows:

Open division: Rider total lifetime earnings

Open: $750,000 or more

Intermediate Open:  $200,001 – $749,999

Limited Open:  $0 – $200,000

Non-Pro division: Rider total lifetime earnings

Non-Pro:  $500,000 or more

Intermediate Non-Pro:  $100,001 – $499,999

Limited Non-Pro: $0 – $100,000

Amateur division: Rider total lifetime earnings

Amateur:  $100,000 or more

Intermediate Amateur:  $25,001 – $99,999

Limited Amateur:  $0 – $25,000

The Limited class within each division is deemed to be an entry-level class. NO rider with lifetime earnings in excess of the amounts stated above can compete in the Limited class.  

Each level within a division is its own class and a rider may enter up if they choose.  

Senior (60 and up), gelding and novice classes will remain structured as is, a class within its respective division.  

Senior Exception:  Once a rider turns 70, the rider can drop down into the Intermediate class regardless of earnings. There is NO exception that allows a rider to return to the Limited class. 

Revolving Door:  If a rider is NOT in the top 100 money-earning riders for the previous point year in ANY division, they may drop back into the Intermediate. There is NO exception that allows a rider to return to the Limited class once they advance out of it.

Earnings Cap: Once an Amateur has won $250,000 or more in total Non-Pro limited-age event and Non-Pro championship weekend money, they MUST make a choice: to remain an Amateur and compete exclusively in the Amateur division or to compete in the Non-Pro division. Non-Pro championship weekend money EXCLUDES Novice Horse Non-Pro and $35,000 Non-Pro earnings.  

Once a Non-Pro has won $250,000 or more in total Open limited-age event and Open Championship weekend Open money, they MUST make a choice: to remain a Non-Pro and compete exclusively in the Non-Pro division or to compete in the Open division. Open championship weekend money EXCLUDES Novice Horse earnings.  

 

RIDER EXAMPLES:

* Rider A is classified as an Amateur rider with lifetime earnings of $150,000. Rider A can show in the Amateur, the Intermediate Non-Pro, the Non-Pro, the Limited Open, the Intermediate Open and the Open classes.  

* Now, let’s say Rider A was not in the Top 100 riders last year, they would be eligible to drop down to the Intermediate Amateur class.  

* Rider B is classified as a Non-Pro rider with lifetime earnings of $175,000.  Rider B can show in the Intermediate Non Pro, the Non-Pro, the Limited Open, the Intermediate Open and the Open classes. 

* Now, let’s say Rider B was not in the Top 100 riders last year, Rider B is NOT eligible to drop down one level because no rider can EVER drop down to the Limited Class.  

* Rider C is classified as an Open rider with lifetime earnings of $650,000.  Rider C can show in Intermediate Open and the Open classes.

* Rider D is classified as an Amateur rider with lifetime earnings of $50,000. Rider D can show in the Intermediate Amateur, the Amateur, the Limited Non Pro, the Intermediate Non-Pro, the Non-Pro, the Limited Open, Intermediate Open and the Open classes.  

* Rider E is classified as an Amateur rider with lifetime earnings of $225,000 and turns 70 years old.  Rider E is now eligible to drop down to the Intermediate Amateur class regardless of lifetime earnings. 

* Rider F is classified as a Non Pro rider with lifetime earnings of $1.2 million but was not in the Top 100 Non-Pro riders last year. Rider F would be eligible to show in the Intermediate Non-Pro.   

To download the Limited Aged Events Structure Proposal please click here.

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