The NCHA has set a time frame for resuming its NCHA World standings and other programs, which were suspended earlier this year due to COVID-19. • Photo by Molly Montag.

NCHA World Standings & Award Programs to Return

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has set a time frame to resume the NCHA World standings and other cumulative programs and races.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based association announced Wednesday, May 20, that it will reinstate the NCHA World standings and other program standings on June 3.

This includes the races for Amateur Horse of the Year, Amateur Rider of the Year, Non-Pro Horse of the year, Open Horse of the Year and Rookie of the Year. The World standings and the Senior World Tour, Youth World championship races and Youth Rookie of the Year calculations also will be reinstated on June 3.

Those programs had all been suspended in March when the show season ground to a halt due to restrictions on gatherings to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Any money won while these races were suspended — March 18-June 2 — will not count towards NCHA rider or horse eligibility, including the $2,000 Limit Rider class. Money won during that period will however apply toward lifetime earnings and NCHA achievement awards.

According to its announcement, NCHA officials realize members in some regions will not be able to return to competition due to government regulation. Because of this, the association is evaluating alternative options in terms of qualifying and eligibility for the 2020 NCHA World Finals, officials said.

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