The cutting classes at the 2020 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Show saw a huge boost in entries. Officials say the reason was great prizes and the Chrome Cash incentive program.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based association said the world championship cutting classes at the APHA World Show, held Oct. 2-4, grew by 35 percent over 2019. Its Challenge classes increased far more – a whopping 128 percent.
The 5- & 6-Year-Old Cutting Challenge saw a whopping 450% increase over 2019 and the Non-Pro Cutting Challenge was up 129%. Entries remained steady in the 3-Year-Old Cutting Challenge but doubled in the 4-Year-Old Challenge from 2019.
Overall, the Chrome Cash Cutting Challenge classes paid out a total of $34,415 to registered Paint Horses. The Chrome Cash program was created to provide a monetary incentive for Paint Horses competing in performance events like cutting, and encourage the registration of Quarter Horses that carry enough white to be eligible for Paint registration.
Several double-registered horses competed in this year’s APHA World Show, including Skeet Skat Cat. The 2015 mare by Kit Kat Sugar walked away with three titles — the APHA Amateur Cutting World Championship with owner Xavier Rodriguez and the APHA Junior Cutting World Championship and Chrome Cash 5-/6-Year-Old Challenge Championship with trainer Steve Oehlhof.
Skeet Skat Cat’s Chrome Cash Challenge win paid $2,878 to Rodriguez, of Miami, Floriday.
Chrome Cash Program
The Chrome Cash program has awarded money at several Western performance events this year, such as the Brazos Bash, National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular and the Cattlemen’s Derby and Classic. The program also awarded an incentive during the recent National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity.
Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds can be eligible for Paint registration if they have at least two inches of white somewhere on their body above the center of the knee or hock, or heind the eye and above the chin strap.
Several well-known horses have enrolled and won money in the Chrome Cash program at participating cutting events in 2020, including National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Dual Reyish.
Sunny Bates, APHA Manager of Business Development, said a number of cutting-bred Quarter Horse stallions also have registered with the APHA as a result of the program. As of mid-October, that list included the aforementioned Dual Reyish as well as Catty Hawk, Niki Sixx, Metallic Malice and Metallic Cattack.
Any foals with at least one APHA-registered parent, including any of these newly dual-registered stallions, can be registered with the APHA regardless of whether they have any white on them and therefore be eligible for the Chrome Cash program.
Visit the APHA’s website for more details on the Chrome Cash program. Anyone with an AQHA-registered foal sired by one of the above stallions and wants to also register them with the APHA may contact Bates for more information at [email protected].