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The NCHA announced a new program, called the National Circuit Program, to foster the growth of grassroots cutters across the country. • Photo by Molly Montag.

NCHA Creates National Circuit Program

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced it will launch a new program for weekend cutters called the National Circuit Program.

The NCHA said the circuit program started with an idea from the Weekend Committee and has since gone through a thorough vetting process that included numerous committees and directors. This program includes 12 regional circuits where cutters will compete for points at all NCHA-approved weekend competition.

“The weekend cutters are truly the backbone of this association, and we are really excited for what this program has to offer them,” NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn said in a statement. “This program provides cutters from every region and across all levels the opportunity to compete for prestigious titles and awards on a national scale.”

The National Circuit Program

With the structure of the National Circuit Program, competitors continue to earn money at weekend competition towards the NCHA World Finals while simultaneously earning points to go towards their circuit’s regional finals – all at the same show in the same classes. The former Challenger Series will be reclassified as circuit shows, allowing for club cutters and smaller cutting organizations alike to produce and compete at an NCHA-sanctioned event while also earning points towards their circuit’s regional finals.

Beginning with the 2021 point year, all weekend championship shows and challenger series shows will be recognized as circuit shows. Throughout the year, competing members will earn points to qualify for their regional circuit finals. At the conclusion of the point year, each of the 12 circuits will host their regional finals inviting the top 30 competitors from each division to compete.

The program has plans to grow and incorporate the National Circuit Finals beginning in the 2022 point year. The National Circuit Finals will invite the top competitors from each of the 12 regions to compete on the national stage.

For more information on the National Circuit Program, visit nchacutting.com/circuitprogram.