Several coronavirus-related health protocols and rule changes were announced for the 2020 NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth. Last year, Caution Piping Hot and RL Chartier (pictured) tied with Summer Time Fun and James Payne for the Derby Open title. • Photo by Video West Productions.

NCHA Summer Spectacular to Have Health Protocols, Safety Rules

New protocols and guidelines will be in place during next month’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth, Texas. The regulations are in place to protect riders and fans from COVID-19.

In an announcement Tuesday, June 16, the NCHA said its officials are working with the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Animal Health Commission to ensure the health and safety of the competitors and horses.

The changes in place for the event, which is set for July 10 through Aug. 1, are as follows:

Health Papers & Coggins

NCHA will be checking health papers and Coggins test results for all horses on grounds. Once 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. Every horse on the grounds will be required to have a back number; this will include all horses competing, turnback horses, and any horse using the practice facilities on site. Paperwork for horses competing must be checked in at the show office.

NCHA will be requiring all name changes and substitutions be made at the show office by 5 p.m., the night prior to competition. There will be additional check-in stations in the practice areas and stall office for exhibitors to present health papers and receive back numbers for all non-competing horses. 

Mandatory Stall Purchase

In compliance with Will Rogers Memorial Complex, all entered horses will be required to purchase a stall for the event. This directive is in place to encourage the reduction of daily travel in and out of the complex. Exhibitors will need to purchase their stalls before July 1. Stalls may be purchased online at or by calling the NCHA Office at 817-244-6188.

Rule Changes

The NCHA Executive Committee voted and passed several rule changes for the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular based on entry numbers and to provide competitors with an ideal experience. The following changes have been made for the 2020 show:

The 4-Year-Old Open will be paid out 50 percent to the semi-finals and 50 percent to the finals.

The 4-Year-Old Non-Pro will take 25 percent of the total entries to the Finals with no Semi-Finals.

The 5/6-Year-Old Open will pay out 40 percent of the total purse to 35th place, plus ties, from the composite scores from the go-rounds. The remaining 60 percent of the purse will be paid out in the Finals. 

The 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro will take 25 percent of the total entries to the Finals, there will not be a payout for composite go-round scores.

For the complete rules for the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular, with the updated rule changes, please visit

Additional Details

The NCHA said it wants to ensure a safe and gratifying experience for our competitors and will continue to monitor the guidelines set forth by the City of Fort Worth and the State of Texas concerning COVID-19 and social distancing. NCHA will release a complete list of protocols and guidelines closer to the start of the event.

Many large horse shows have issued new health or social distancing protocols in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, including the 2020 National Reining Horse Association Derby.