With record participation and unprecedented enthusiasm in weekend shows this year, the National Cutting Horse Association is celebrating the onset of its 2004 World Finals show. The 2004 Chevy Trucks/NCHA World Finals promises to be the biggest and best ever. The 550 entries poured into the NCHA office as cutters from across the United States and Canada reserved their place to cut in the “Superbowl of Cutting” and one last chance at a World Champion title.
Cutters from coast to coast have worked all year for the right to compete at the event, which will host the top 50 money-earners in all 11 NCHA-approved classes. Those top cutters will converge on Amarillo, Texas, from February 10-20 to compete for cash, prizes and the all-important bragging rights.
With a total purse of more than $635,000 and 11 World Champion titles at stake, the competition will be outstanding. The event will draw families from across North America to share the experience. The World Finals will be the first time for many of these competitors to compete head-to-head, and all will leave with a sense of accomplishment.
“This show is a great way to bring together so many dedicated cutting horse enthusiasts,” said NCHA Executive Director Jeff Hooper. “We had an overwhelming response to last year’s event from our membership. We hope this year will be and even better cutting in Amarillo.”
The Chevy Trucks/NCHA World Finals will be held in the Amarillo National Center at the Tri-State Fairgrounds. In addition to being the home of the NCHA Alliance Partner the American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo was selected based on the city’s commitment to working with the NCHA to produce a “world class” cutting horse event under the new, expanded format for the prestigious event.
Scores, daily news and a live webcast will be available through NCHA’s website, www.nchacutting.com. Admission to the World Finals is free February 10-20 and cutting begins daily at 8 a.m.
The National Cutting Horse Association is made up of over 16,000 members across the United States with a wide range of backgrounds. The sport of cutting has roots in Western ranching traditions, where good horses were a necessity for every day ranch work and cattle handling. From cowgirls to CEOs, from firefighters to professional football players, the common ground is often in the cutting arena. Each year more than 2,200 NCHA-approved events are held throughout the country with more than $30 million in prize money awarded.
To learn more about the National Cutting Horse Association and the sport of cutting, call 817-244-6188 or visit www.nchacutting.com.