“The NCHA promotes and celebrates the cutting horse, whose origin on Western ranches allows us to support ranching and its western heritage. By establishing rules for the conduct of cutting horse shows, NCHA strives to give cutters a level playing field and a progressive class structure, which accommodates everyone from the beginner to the advanced competitor. NCHA draws on the diverse talents and background of its members, and encourages their participation in helping it achieve these goals.” – NCHA mission statement
On May 1, 1946 the National Cutting Horse Association was formed by a group of cowboys and ranchers with the main goals of promoting cutting competition, standardizing contest rules, and preserving the cutting horse’s western heritage. NCHA held its first cutting in Dublin, Texas, in September 1946.
In 1955, 300 NCHA events were held with total purses of $190,000. The ensuing decades have afforded tremendous growth for the NCHA and today, more than 2,200 shows are held annually with total prize money exceeding $36 million. The Augusta Futurity is a week-long show in January at the Hippodrome.
Cutting is a fascinating sport and usually once someone cuts a cow they are hooked. Currently South Carolina has two NCHA affiliates. The Area 18 Cutting Horse Association has five shows a year at the Hippodrome in North Augusta. The Wateree Cutting Horse Association will have their 2017 shows at Grassy Pond Arena, a new facility in Gaffney.
Judy Boozer (864-876-6272) is the secretary for both affiliates. The monthly newsletter that is emailed is called the Southeastern Chatter.
Reyzin wins Open Cutting Finals at Congress
Phil Rapp and Reyzin marked 226 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 13.
Reyzin is owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, SC. The seven-year-old mare brought earnings of more than $358,000 to Congress. She’d been Open reserve champion at the Breeders Invitational and the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown with Phil Rapp, and had been named NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year for her achievements with Mary Ann Rapp. She added $10,846 to her career total in the Mercuria finals.