The 2021 NCHA Western Nationals has been postponed. The last time it was held, in 2019, Regan Plendl rode Cats Lightning Rey to the Non-Pro Championship. • Photo by Video West.

NCHA Postpones 2021 Western Nationals

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced it postponed the 2021 NCHA Western Nationals, citing Colorado’s COVID-19 protocols.

Officials with the Fort Worth, Texas-based association announced Friday that the NCHA Executive Committee voted to postpone this year’s event, the Transwest Western National Championships presented by 6666 Ranch. 

The NCHA did not say when the event might be held in 2021. It had been scheduled to run June 26-July 3 in Denver, Colorado. 

The last time the NCHA Western Nationals was held was in 2019.

“This decision did not come lightly,” NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn said in a statement. “Due to stringent COVID-19 protocols in place in Colorado, producing a quality event that serves the best interests of our members and equine athletes is not feasible at this time.” 

Last year’s event, which also was to be held in Denver, was one of many major shows to be canceled last year.

Officials say the NCHA continues to evaluate all facets of the Eastern & Western National Championships’ future with the full intention to produce a high-quality event that its members can enjoy and participate in safely next year.

The 2021 NCHA Eastern Nationals presented by 6666 Ranch remains scheduled for March 4-13 in Jackson, Mississippi.