The 2020 Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes has been canceled. Officials also released details about the upcoming NCHA Summer Spectacular and Futurity. • Photo by Video West Productions.

Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes Is Canceled

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has canceled the 2020 Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes. The original event, which was supposed to start this week in Fort Worth, was originally postponed due to COVID-19.

“This decision did not come lightly,” NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn said in a statement. “As we evaluated proposed dates to reschedule the show [NCHA Super Stakes], we did not have the option to properly accommodate the length of the show without impacting the welfare of the horses and competitors.”

As the Stallion Foal Program is a unique, standalone program that is not tied to a specific show, the NCHA is continuing to evaluate options to award the $800,000 in added money and awards from the Stallion Foal program within this year. 

The Fort Worth-based association says it will issue paper-check refunds for 100 percent of NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes entries, penalties, and tickets, original payees as a result of canceling the event. Checks will be mailed in the following 10 to 12 business days. 

NCHA Summer Spectacular

The 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular is scheduled for July 7 through August 1 and will run on the same leveled schedule that was originally formatted for the 2020 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes, which officials had originally planned to be the first NCHA Triple Crown event to use the system.

A tentative version of the schedule will be released next week. Entry for the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular will now be a single payment due on June 1. 

NCHA Futurity

Additionally, the third payment for the NCHA Futurity has been delayed in an effort to assist our owners and exhibitors.  The third payment, which previously was due on May 1, will now need to be postmarked by June 15.

“We remain optimistic that we will be able to host the upcoming NCHA Convention and the NCHA Western National Championships,” Ron Pietrafeso, NCHA President, said. “We know that this has been a challenging time for all of us, and we can’t wait to see you back in the cutting pen soon.”

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