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National Youth Cutting Horse Association convenes in Fort Worth

NCHA Press Release

(Fort Worth, TX)—More than 200 youth cutters from across the United States and Canada will converge on the Will Rogers Memorial Center this weekend for their annual Scholarship Cutting and Convention. The cutting competition begins at 9 a.m. Friday, July 9 with the convention continuing through Monday, July 12.

The NYCHA members will be competing for more than $28,000 in scholarship money. The Senior Youth competition begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 9 in the W.R. Watt building at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The Junior youth competition will also be held at W.R. Watt on Sunday, July 11 beginning at 9 a.m.

The youth members have the option to attend numerous fun, family events during the convention. There will be a cutting seminar hosted by Lindy Burch and Kathy Daughn on Friday evening and a scavenger hunt and art activity on Saturday morning. Youth members and their families are also invited to attend a family fun night at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area on Saturday evening.

On Sunday the officer elections will take place followed by an awards banquet in the Round Up Inn. Members will be recognized for excellence in academics as well as in cutting competition. The winners of the Walton Family Foundation and Cutters In Action scholarships will be presented.

The finals of the youth competition will be held in the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum immediately following the Classic/Challenge Open finals. Saddles will be presented to the winners from Sean Ryon Western Store and Saddle Shop. Other awards include Gist trophy buckles courtesy of Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Stetson Hats, other various awards including halters and lead ropes and t-shirts.

The NYCHA scholarship cutting and convention is held in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover. The 20-day long event includes the Western Mercantile presented by Coors Light—a unique, western shopping experience featuring western art, clothing, tack, and other goods.

The National Cutting Horse Association is made up of 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 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