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National Cutting Horse Association Membership Initiative attracts new members

NCHA Press Release

(Fort Worth, TX)—In 2003 the National Cutting Horse Association saw record numbers in membership with a total count of 15,534, breaking the long held record from 1985. This increase was due in part to the implementation of a membership initiative. Currently, NCHA is on track to set another new membership record in 2004.

“Implementation of the follow up call program to new members in 2003 has been a great success with new members being very appreciate of the call and the chance to ask questions and be informed of the most common errors for beginners,” said Julie Davis, NCHA Membership Coordinator. “We will continue these efforts in 2004.”

More than 1,000 new members have already joined the NCHA in 2004 due to several exciting membership promotions. All new members joining NCHA for the first time before March 1, 2004, were placed in a drawing for a $500 Cowboy Tack gift certificate. Rick Graff of El Campo, TX was the lucky winner. Mr. Graff plans to compete in the Amateur and Non-Pro classes at weekend cuttings this year.

For the existing membership, NCHA offered several other promotional drawings. Any members who renewed their current membership through on-line renewals prior to October 1, 2003 were entered in a drawing for a lifetime membership. The winners of this drawing were Phillip and Tammy Morrison of Grant, AL. The Morrison’s joined the NCHA is 2003.

A Stetson NCHA Supreme 80 Genuine Beaver Hat Limited Edition was raffled for all new and returning members who signed up for a three-year membership prior to March 1, 2004. Eric J. Clark of Kingman, IN was the hat winner. Clark was been an NCHA member since 1998 and competes in weekend cutting as an Amateur/Non-Pro.

Currently the “Cutter Get A Cutter” drive is in full swing through July 1. A $2,500 cash award provided by MBNA America will be given to the lucky winner of this promotion. The NCHA member who recruits the most new members will win the cash prize. In case of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.

One lucky NCHA member will also drive away from the 2004 NCHA World Championship Futurity in a 2004 Chevy Duramax Diesel Crew-Cab pickup. Each person who purchases a new membership or renews a current membership will be entered to win this pickup. In addition, each time a check is won at an NCHA-approved event, the member is automatically entered again. The winner must be 18 years old.

“We wanted to be sure that every NCHA member had at least one opportunity to win this truck,” said Jeff Hooper, NCHA Executive Director. “This promotion allows us to entice new members while recognizing the on-going participation of our current members. It’s a great feeling to give-away the keys to a $47,000 vehicle to one of our members.”

The National Cutting Horse Association is made up of over 15,000 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 everyday 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 1,400 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