National Cutting Horse Association/Millennium Western National Championship Entries up 10%

NCHA Press Release

Date change for Western National Championships due to increased entries - (Fort Worth, TX)—The entries have been made and counted for the 2003 NCHA/Millennium Western National Championships in Ogden, UT. This year there is a 10% increase in the number of individuals attending the event, with 781 total entries.

Due to the increase in entries the show has been extended one extra day, to May 10, 2004. The event will begin on Saturday, May 1 and run through the following Monday, May 10. The Golden Spike Arena in Ogden, UT will be hosting the 10-day long event.

On Saturday evening, May 1, the public is invited to attend the annual Youth Team Cutting, following the Youth Finals. This event is produced and judged by the youth members. There are ten teams comprised of four members who will be dressed in costumes and compete with “theme” music. Participants will receive awards for cutting excellence, music selection, and costumes.

This year, the AQHA/NCHA Affiliate Challenge will again bring the team concept to the competition. This added challenge allows competitors to compete for team points as well as individual recognition. The highest placing affiliate will receive a check for $7,500 and a trophy from the American Quarter Horse Association.

NCHA is honored to have the support of Millennium Industries, Gist Silversmiths, Murray Leather, AQHA, Cowboy Tack, and KO Trading in hosting this event.

Admission to the cutting competition is free to the public. Each day the competition will begin at 8 a.m. There will be plenty of cutting horse action to entertain the entire family as well as a unique western trade show.

The sport of cutting has roots in Western ranching traditions, where good horses were a necessity for everyday ranch work and cattle handling. The National Cutting Horse Association was formed in 1946 by a group of cowboys and ranchers who wanted to promote cutting competition, standardize rules and preserve the cutting horses' Western heritage. Today, the Fort Worth-based NCHA represents over 154,000 people and oversees more than 1,400 NCHA-approved shows with more than $28 million in total prize money awarded annually. For more information about the NCHA, the Millennium / NCHA Eastern National Championships, or the sport of cutting, please call 817-244-6188 or visit
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