Officials have scrapped this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships.
On the heels of a record-breaking year of entries across NCHA weekend events and a successful maiden year for the NCHA Circuit Program, the NCHA Executive Committee has voted to cancel the 2022 NCHA Western National Championship presented by 6666 Ranch, the association announced Thursday afternoon.
The 2022 NCHA Western Nationals was tentatively scheduled for May 19-28, in Reno, Nevada.
Officials with the NCHA said at the time this decision was made, only 62 individual entries had been submitted of the 6,246 individuals that are qualified to enter the NCHA National Championships. They say the applicable National Championship fees that have already been collected will be divided out equally with money allocated to the 13 affiliates that are hosting NCHA Weekend. The fees serving their original purpose of supporting and fostering weekend competition was a very important component of this difficult decision.
“We have seen tremendous growth across the weekend level of competition, and this decision to cancel Western Nationals was not made lightly,” said NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn. “Cutting continues to grow, and we are excited for the opportunity to further support the return of NCHA Weekend as we experience increased participation at all levels of our sport.”
NCHA Weekend is a provision of the National Circuit Program that celebrates the weekend cutter. Each of NCHA’s 13 circuits will host one event June 23-26, 2022, produced by local affiliates. NCHA Weekend will include added money, double circuit points, and weekend awards.
Now, officials say the NCHA Executive Committee is considering the future of the NCHA Western National Championship presented by 6666 Ranch.
The 2023 NCHA Eastern National Championship presented by 6666 Ranch will continue to be held and is scheduled to take place in West Monroe, Louisiana.
For more information about NCHA Weekend, visit nchacutting.com/nchaweekend.