Horses ages 6 and 7 may be eligible for a special Texas-bred incentive at this year's NCHA Super Stakes. The show wasn't held in 2020, but in 2019 Chad Bushaw rode Rey Banz Gal (above) to the Derby Non-Pro Co-Championship. • Photo by Video West.

6/7-Year-Old Horses May Be Eligible for Incentive at NCHA Super Stakes

Not only will 7-year-old horses be able to compete at the upcoming National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, but they’re potentially eligible for a lucrative incentive.

The NCHA announced Monday that 6- and 7-year-old horses are the ones eligible for the $100,000 Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) incentive program at the show scheduled for March 25-April 18. The incentive is for horses foaled in Texas whose owners and riders are current TQHA members. It will be offered in the 6/7-Year-Old Classic Open, Non-Pro, and Amateur classes. 

Last year, the TQHA Incentive was to be offered for 5/6-year-old horses. However, that edition of the show was canceled due to COVID-19.

The 6/7-Year-Old Classic is one of three divisions that will be offered at this year’s NCHA Super Stakes. The other divisions are the Derby for 4-year-olds and a Special for 5-year-olds. Seven-year-old horses were added to the mix this year after a vote by the NCHA Executive Committee.

In an email sent Monday to members, the NCHA said the NCHA Super Stakes class structure will be offered in the NCHA Leveling format with all division go-rounds held concurrently. Classic division go-rounds, along with any applicable semi-finals, will take place in Watt Arena. The finals for all classes will be held in the Will Rogers Coliseum.

Chrome Cash

In addition, the Chrome Cash incentive will also be offered for registered Paint horses. Chrome Cash is a subclass that is offered concurrently with all cattle classes. Eligible horses include both regular and solid bred American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registered horses. Horse owners must also be members of the APHA and NCHA. 

NCHA Super Stakes Entry Forms

The NCHA says Super Stakes entry forms, updated rules, and a tentative schedule are now available. The first payment is due with a postmark of Feb. 15, followed by the second payment due in the NCHA Office by March 1. Officials say the schedule is tentative and will be adjusted as needed based on the entries received.

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