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NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular offers $2 Million in Prize Money

National Cutting Horse Association

Boots and spurs return to Fort Worth on July 12 through July 31 for the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The 20-day cutting horse show is presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover. A total of 1,595 horses and riders are entered to vie for the nearly $2 million in prize money.

Along with cash prizes, the champions and reserve champions will receive, trophy saddles from Sean Ryon Western Store and Saddle Shop, Gist buckles, and 100X Black/Gold Straw hats from Resistol Hat Company.

There are 233 youth cutters entered to compete for $28,000 in scholarship money. The National Youth Cutting Horse Association will host its annual Scholarship Cutting and NYCHA Convention from July 12-15. The youth members will compete in the arena, elect new officers, and participate in many fun, family events.

A special ceremony to unveil “The Finalist,” will take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 29 at the NCHA office, located at 260 Bailey Avenue in Fort Worth. World-renowned sculptor Jim Reno created this life-size bronze statue specifically for the NCHA. The public is welcome to attend this once in a lifetime ceremony.

In 2002, the Insurance Corporation of Hannover joined NCHA as the title sponsor of the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. The Insurance Corporation of Hannover is a niche, special-program insurance company that writes policies in areas where they have special knowledge and underwriting expertise. In this case, ICH writes livestock mortality policies. The company carries an “A” rating from A.M. Best rating services, and is the fifth-largest re-insurer in the world.

Among a host of insurance services provided worldwide, ICH writes policies for livestock mortality through agent and NCHA member, Ben Emison. Emison has been active in the NCHA since 1977 as a cutter, a judge, a director, and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a partner in the Western Bloodstock sales company, and serves as the “front line” link between the National Cutting Horse Association and the Insurance Corporation of Hannover.

Policies underwritten by ICH through Emison Insurance offer coverage for full mortality, free emergency colic surgery, major medical, surgical, and loss of use. Group plans are available, as is guaranteed renewal.

“Insurance Corporation of Hannover, represented by Ben Emison Insurance has enjoyed the opportunity of insuring the NCHA membership base and their substantial equine investments,” said Greg Whaley, Vice President of Livestock Mortality for ICH. “During the past several years, with the decline in the investment markets, ICH has seen new and renewed awareness from NCHA members in the importance of investing in family and their interests and in insuring their valuable companions against unexpected loss.”

The Western Mercantile presented by Coors Light opens July 15th in the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall bringing together hundreds of top-quality Western-lifestyle vendors in one location. The Mercantile hosts handmade cowboy boots, original Western art, or even a new barn. Other offerings include Western furniture, accessories, tack, and jewelry. The exhibit hall will be open from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. with the exception of the final two days. The hall will remain open through the semi-finals and finals performances.

Admission and parking are free for this unique shopping opportunity and cutting horse competition through the final weekend. Admission will start at $8 for the semi-finals and finals of the cutting competition on July 30-31.

Finals Friday will be held July 15, on the first Friday of the Summer Show. The day will kick off with the Youth Grand entry, followed by Junior and Senior Youth Finals. The Sponsors Cutting will follow, and the 5 & 6 year old Open Finals will round out the day.

In addition to all the great cutting action, there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. A live band will be playing for your entertainment and food will be available for lunch and dinner at the tents outside the coliseum. Friday will be the opening day of the Western Mercantile and there will be a raffle for a $100 shopping spree to be given away that day.

Finals Friday will be a great day full of exciting cutting horse action and entertainment. This will be a fun, family oriented event, so come on out. Bring the family and stay all day for this great new cutting horse event.

For more information about the National Cutting Horse Association, the Summer Cutting Spectacular presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover, or the long list of activities that accompany the 20-day show, please call the NCHA at 817-244-6188 or visit