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NCHA Executive Committee to Discuss New Limit Rules

New limit rules restricting the number of horses riders can show in certain classes will be discussed next week at a special meeting of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Executive Committee, an official says. 

NCHA President Ron Pietrafeso said the new rules, which limit the number of horses a contestant can show to only two or three in certain classes, have generated a lot of discussion since they were passed Aug. 7 by the Executive Committee.

Click here to read the NCHA Executive Committee minutes from the Aug. 5-7 meetings.

Under the new rules, riders are limited to three horses per class at NCHA-approved limited-age cuttings with $10,000 to $99,999 in added money, and also at NCHA-approved limited-age events with more than $100,000 in added money.

They can only ride two horses per class at NCHA-produced events, as well as NCHA-approved events with added money of $9,999 or less.

The motion carried on a 9-4 vote. The new rules are set to go into effect in 2020.

Since the vote, officials hosted phone calls to discuss the new limit rules with representatives from all of the NCHA’s eight regions, Pietrafeso said. After the calls, Pietrafeso said he called a special meeting of the Executive Committee — which he said is slated for Thursday, Sept. 12 — because of the quantity of feedback.

“We’ve had so much response about this, both pro and con, from everyone across the United States that we thought [it was] important to take the notes from these regional calls and go back and discuss this in more detail,” he said.

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