One of the requirements issued for the NCHA Summer Spectacular has been lifted, the NCHA has learned. The show, which last year included Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Champions Cats Lightning Rey & Regan Plendl (pictured), is set for July 10-Aug. 1 in Fort Worth. • Photo by Video West Productions.

Change to Day-Hauling Rule at NCHA Summer Spectacular

One of the requirements for horses competing at the 2020 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular has been lifted.

The NCHA announced Wednesday, June 24, that it had been notified earlier that afternoon from Will Rogers Memorial Complex (WRMC) that officials there had removed the clause regarding day-hauling in and out of the complex. If that remains in effect — this means stalls will no longer be required for horses entered in the show. 

Due to the coronavirus, there are several policies and health-related rules in place at the 2020 NCHA Summer Spectacular. Because of social distancing requirements, several of the normal Youth Week activities have been modified.

The NCHA said it will issue refunds for stalls at member’s request after July 5 – in the event that WRMC does not reinstate a clause regarding day-hauling. 

NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn in the email asked NCHA Summer Spectacular exhibitors to be patient and understanding about the changes. And, if they have not made stall reservations, he asked them to hold off until July 5. Members will continue to be updated as NCHA receives more information from officials at Will Rogers.

Back Numbers Required

The back-number policy will remain in effect. Back numbers will be issued for all horses on the grounds once NCHA has checked the horse’s health papers and Coggins test results. After the papers have been reviewed, all horses will receive a back number that must be worn in both the competition arena and all practice areas. 

Back numbers will be pinned on the left side of the horse’s saddle blanket and must be visible at all times. Paperwork for horses competing at the NCHA Summer Spectacular must be checked in at the show office. Back numbers for all other horses can be issued at multiple locations.

With the guidelines continuing to develop from local and state officials, NCHA will release personal health and safety protocols for the show following July 5.