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The NCHA says it may need to cancel the 2020 NCHA Super Stakes. Last year, Chelsea Tatum and Bobs Smart Rey were the show's Classic Limited Non-Pro. • Photo by Video West Productions.

Officials Consider Canceling 2020 NCHA Super Stakes

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is mulling the possibility of canceling the 2020 Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes, Executive Director Jay Winborn said in a letter to members.

The letter, which was emailed Monday, said officials with the Fort Worth, Texas-based association are discussing a possible cancellation of the Triple Crown cutting.

The nearly month-long show, which had been set for March 24 to April 18 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, was postponed as part of the community’s effort to avoid large gatherings to limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.

Now, Winborn said the NCHA Super Stakes may need to be canceled — though a final decision has not been made.

“There are many factors involved here. I should have confirmation this week. If, in fact, we are forced to cancel and not postpone this event, our accounting department is standing at ready to issue refunds immediately,” Winborn said in his letter. “Again, this is all the information I have now and will update you as soon as we have a formal direction on how this will proceed.”

In the letter – click here to view the letter in its entirety – Winborn urged owners, riders and trainers to stay the course. He said that he hoped to issue weekly updates as the situation progressed.

“I wish I could tell you when this all will end. One prediction I will make is that cutting will come roaring back,” he wrote. “I am optimistic that we will be hitting the show pen soon.”

Like many businesses, the NCHA has its staff working remotely due to COVID-19. Visit nchacutting.com for more information about how to contact staff during this time.

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