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National Cutting Horse Association Announces 2022 Affiliate Of The Year 

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is pleased to announce that Great Lakes Cutting Horse Association has been named the 2022 NCHA Affiliate of the Year, with Utah Cutting Horse Association named the 2022 NCHA Reserve Affiliate of the Year.

The Great Lakes Cutting Horse Association is comprised of cutters from Michigan and the surrounding states. They were named Reserve Affiliate of the Year in 2021 and wanted to continue positively impacting the cutting horse industry in 2022. Great Lakes CHA focuses on its youth programs, mentorship opportunities, and educating its members. 

“It’s always nice to be recognized, but what we do is really from the heart,” said Amanda Powell, Great Lakes CHA president. “It was a lot of work from a lot of people to make it fly, but we did it! Isn’t that always a great feeling? Now, we are going to strive to do even better for next year; make it more fun for more folks. We are doing it because we are passionate about our sport and about cutting and about showing other people how to have fun in the cutting industry.”

Reserve Affiliate of the Year is Utah CHA, which focuses on making everyone feel welcome, providing quality customer service, and creating a fun and family-oriented atmosphere at their events.

“We try to make sure everyone has a great time, and everyone feels welcomed,” said Kathryn Webb, Great Lakes CHA show secretary. “We treat everyone as a guest in our state at our shows, and we want them to have the best, relaxed, and fun time.”

The Affiliate of the Year and Reserve Affiliate of the Year awards will be presented at the Hall of Fame Gala and Award Ceremony held during the 2023 NCHA Convention. For more information on NCHA Affiliates, including how to find the closest one to you, visit