A final decision has been made regarding the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes.
In compliance with requirements from the City of Fort Worth, the association’s first Triple Crown event of the year has been postponed, officials announced late Saturday morning.
“The safety and well-being of our members and guests is our highest priority,” NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn said. “Although we are deeply saddened about having to postpone the show, we respect the decisions made by government and health officials.”
According to the NCHA’s statement, the organization is examining alternative dates for the show.
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Posted on March 13, 2020 by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska
Following mandates from the mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and the City of Fort Worth are examining their options for the Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes.
During a press conference held Friday, March 13, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced all major events in the city with more than 250 attendees, including those at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, be canceled or postponed until further notice. The effort is part of the city’s strategy to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The NCHA Super Stakes — the first of the organization’s three annual Triple Crown shows — is set to begin March 24 in Fort Worth. It is not yet clear if the mayor’s announcement will require the association to cancel the show.
“We are aware of the decision made by the City of Fort Worth this afternoon and are involved with the discussion,” the NCHA posted to its Facebook page Friday evening. “There are several unanswered questions in regards to the 2020 NCHA Super Stakes. We are awaiting direction from the city and [will] communicate changes once we are finalized. We should have a formal statement coming Monday.”
Price’s announcement came just hours after the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) released information about postponing its second annual premier event, the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. That show was slated for March 27-April 4 in Las Vegas.
The American Quarter Horse Association Convention, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, Road To The Horse, Rodeo Austin and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo are among dozens of other equine events canceled or postponed due to a global outbreak of COVID-19. The NRHA also announced it will close its Oklahoma City-based headquarters and move its employees to a remote workplace beginning March 16 through at least March 30.
Major performance horse events currently reporting they are still taking place as scheduled in the next month include the Cactus Reining Classic and the National Reining Breeders Classic.
An outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2, began in Wuhan, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It spread internationally and was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization.
As of 7:30 p.m. CST, the CDC reported 1,629 total cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 41 total deaths recorded. The only states without any cases of COVID-19, as of Friday afternoon, are Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and West Virginia, according to the CDC website.
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