Fort Worth, TX — Membership in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has reached an all-time high. At the latest count, 16,235 cutting enthusiasts have joined or renewed their NCHA memberships, an increase of nearly 5 percent over 2003.
“A record growth of entries, added money and purses has attracted many cutting horse enthusiasts to become NCHA members,” said Julie Davis, NCHA membership coordinator. “In addition, the membership initiative has encouraged continued involvement and new interest in NCHA.”
Entries have reached an all-time high in 2004 as well. As of September 10, total entries processed in weekend shows were nearly 114,000, a 6 percent increase compared to last year’s numbers. Added money offered at weekend shows has increased by 8 percent to more than $2 million in added money with total purses growing to more than $9.5 million. Additionally, limited age event entries have grown by 19 percent to nearly 18,000 entries, with a 36 percent jump in total purses to more than $8 million.
As part of the membership initiative, one lucky NCHA member will drive away from the 2004 NCHA World Championship Futurity in a 2005 Chevy Duramax Diesel Crew-Cab pickup. Each person who purchased a new membership or renewed a current membership in 2004 has been entered to win this pickup. In addition, each time a check was won at an NCHA-approved event, the member was 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 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 1,600 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.